All-decade repeaters and why they do ... and don't ... belong

It's an honor to be chosen to an all-decade team, but two? That's rare, and, in some instances, it might not be fair. Pro Football Journal's John Turney explains.

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles
Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles

(Reggie White photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles)

(Dick Butkus photo courtesy of the Chicago Bears)

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There are all-decade picks, and then there are all-decade repeaters – you know, guys who are so good for so long that they’re chosen not to one, but to two, all-decade teams.

Dick Butkus was one of those guys. So was Bob Lilly. And Jack Lambert, Jerry Rice, Bruce Smith and Reggie White. We think you get the idea. They’re some of the game's greats, household names that were so stuck in the heads of Hall-of-Fame voters they voted them to successive all-decade squads.

Only Pro Football Journal’s John Turney wonders if some of those two-time all-decade choices really deserve that acclaim – and he starts with Butkus, one of the game’s most dominant defensive players of all time, and continues through a galaxy of stars. It’s a though-provoking piece, and one worth your attention.

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