Two years ago, then-Jets receiver Brandon Marshall called Darrelle Revis the best cornerback in the NFL. Head coach Todd Bowles disagreed, saying that ... while he appreciated Revis and all that he brings to the table ... the best cornerback ever was Hall-of-Famer Deion Sanders.
OK, to each his own.
One year later, however, Washington's Josh Norman joined the debate, listing himself among the six best cornerbacks of all time -- and while he won't gain much support for that nomination he will for this: He began his list with Dick "Night Train" Lane, not Deion or Revis, as numero uno.
Score one for history. Apparently, Norman studied it.
Lane not only holds the league record for most interceptions in a season (14) but did it when the NFL played 12-game seasons and did it as a rookie. A sure tackler and gambler who made spectacular plays, Lane is a Hall of Famer and member of the NFL's 75th anniversary team.
But he is more than that. He is, according to T.J. Troup of Pro Football Journal, the best cornerback to play the position ... and he makes a compelling case why in this case study: