Read more:This week at SB Nation, we’re shining the spotlight on the NFL’s most underappreciated — from our favorite underdog stories to the most overlooked players and teams. Now’s the time to give them their due.
Not every great NFL player can be as fortunate as Tom Brady or Jerry Rice when it comes to longevity. Most players slow down long before hitting age 40. Even playing into your 30s takes relatively good luck.
Football is a violent sport and injuries can always knock a star’s career off track.
Sterling Sharpe, WR, Packers
Greg Cook, QB, Bengals
Al Toon, WR, Jets
Ickey Woods, RB, Bengals
Tony Boselli, OT, Jaguars