The American Football Favorite Player Tournament - And the Winner is.... Announced Inside!

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  1. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Welcome to the Arena's American Football Favorite Player tournament. A few notes before we begin:


  2. This is a favorite player tournament, not best player tournament. So don't vote based on who was better, but vote for the one you like more


  3. Each round will take between 24 to 48 hours depending on the number of votes. Be sure to look at my most recent post for who is being voted upon currently. Votes for previous (or future) rounds will be ignored. You do not have to vote for every pairing in a round, however.


  4. Each player's name will link to a wiki article to help you decide if you have trouble


  5. Feel free to discuss why you voted for a particular player, that is a large part of what makes these fun.


  6. Voting with socks is prohibited. If any of the mods tell me that multiple votes were made by the same user, those votes will be discounted and the user barred from future voting. Obviously, if you're game-banned or posting with a holiday sock, you can vote with that username as long as you do not vote with your regular name as well.


  7. The bracket is divided into the NFC and AFC brackets, each of which has a division for each team in the conference. This makes 32 divisions with 4-5 teams each (those with 5 will have an opening round vote to narrow it down to 4). Players are listed in alphabetical order with no correlation to the team whose division they are in. The players in the opening round were chosen mostly at random, though I tried to avoid having the biggest names involved in the opening round.


  8. For most of the tournament, there will be 4 pairs of names to vote on at a time. As the field narrows, this will drop to two and eventually only one pair. The opening round, however, will have 5 pairs at a time (10 total)



  9. I will post the updated bracket frequently, though not necessarily every time the round changes. Hopefully one of the managers will update the list in this post as well as update the title to make it easier to keep track of.


  10. Without further ado, the bracket:


    NFC

    Cowboys Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Abraham_%28American_football%29]John Abraham[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Aikman]Troy Aikman [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Allen]Marcus Allen[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Atkinson]George Atkinson [/link]


    Giants Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champ_Bailey]Champ Bailey[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Bavaro]Mark Bavaro[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Beebe]Don Beebe[/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Bettis]Jerome "The Bus" Bettis[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Belitnikoff]Fred Belitnikoff [/link]

    Redskins Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Blount]Mel Blount[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anquan_Boldin]Anquan Boldin [/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Bradshaw]Terry Bradshaw[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brady]Tom Brady[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Brown]Jerome Brown[/link]


    Eagles Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Brown]Jim Brown[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Brown_%28football_player%29]Sheldon Brown[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Brown]Tim Brown[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Brown]Troy Brown[/link]


    Bears Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Brown_%28football_player%29]Willie Brown [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggie_Bush]Reggie Bush [/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Butkus] Dick Butkus[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Butler]Leroy Butler[/link]

    Lions Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Campbell]Earl Campbell [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H
  11. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Opening round of voting:

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Bavaro]Mark Bavaro[/link] vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Beebe]Don Beebe[/link]


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Blount]Mel Blount[/link] vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anquan_Boldin]Anquan Boldin [/link]


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Christensen]Todd Christensen[/link] vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Couch]Tim Couch [/link]


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Craig]Roger Craig[/link] vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Cribbs]Joshua Cribbs [/link]


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Fitzgerald]Larry Fitzgerald[/link] vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Fletcher]London Fletcher[/link]


    Let the voting begin!
  12. DRHJ9 Jedi Master

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    Don Beebe- tough for his size, and stripped that ball from Leon Lett.


    Boldin-good young receiver, and have watched him play.


    Todd Christensen- One of the best.

    Roger Craig - Even though I am a Raider fan, Roger Craig has my respect.


    Larry Fitzgerald- Could be a great one if he ever plays for a stable franchise. I would welcome him in silver and black....but I said Stable franchise:p
  13. rechedelphar Jedi Master

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    Don Beebe


    Boldin- Another FSU player who got better in the pros


    Todd Christensen- .

    Roger Craig


    Larry Fitzgerald- Amazing reciever in college and will be good in he pros
  14. Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master

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    Beebe
    Boldin
    Christensen
    Craig
    Fitzgerald
  15. JMJacenSolo Jedi Padawan

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    May 21, 2006
    star 4
    Beebe
    Boldin
    Couch
    Craig
    Fitzgerald
  16. darthtenbiscuits Jedi Grand Master

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    star 7
    Don Beebe
    Mel Blount
    Todd Christensen
    Roger Craig
    London Fletcher
  17. DarthIntegral JC Comic Draft Commish/SFTC Winner

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Beebe]Don Beebe[/link]


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Blount]Mel Blount[/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Couch]Tim Couch [/link]


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Craig]Roger Craig[/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Fletcher]London Fletcher[/link] (go OAC)
  18. Drac39 Jedi Grand Master

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    Don Beebe
    Mel Blount
    Todd Christensen
    Roger Craig
    Larry Fitzgerald
  19. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Beebe]Don Beebe[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anquan_Boldin]Anquan Boldin [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Christensen]Todd Christensen[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Craig]Roger Craig[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Fitzgerald]Larry Fitzgerald[/link]
  20. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    Don Beebe 8, Mark Bavaro 0


    Anquan Boldin 5, Mel Blount 3


    Todd Christensen 6, Tim Couch 2


    Roger Craig 8, Joshua Cribbs 0


    Larry Fitzgerald 6, London Fletcher 2



    Next round of voting:


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Haynes_%28cornerback%29]Mike Haynes[/link] vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henderson]William Henderson[/link]


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hornung]Paul Hornung[/link] vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Hutson]Don Hutson[/link]


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howie_Long]Howie Long[/link] vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Lott]Ronnie Lott[/link]


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Miller_%28football_player%29]Justin Miller[/link] vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawyer_Milloy]Lawyer Milloy[/link]


    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Nugent]Mike Nugent[/link] vs [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Okoye]Christian Okoye[/link]


    After this we will move from the opening round to the regular first round, the round of 128, with four pairs at a time.
  21. Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master

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    What the crap!

    Two of the greatest Packers players of all time against each other in the first round?! BAH! :(



    Henderson
    Hutson
    Lott
    Milloy
    Okoye


    I chose Hutson over Hornung simply because Hutson is the greatest WR of all time. I know Rice has the flashy numbers, but Rice didn't dominate his era as much as Hutson dominated his. He played in a time when passing wasn't really used much. He was the first receiver to have 50 receptions in a season, and he was the first receiver to reach 1,000 yards in a season too. No one in that time even came close to those numbers in that time.

    For example, in his best season he caught 74 passes. Second place that year? caught 27 passes.
    That year he had 1,211 yards. second place? 571.
    He had 17 touchdowns that year. second place? 8.

    Not even Jerry Rice was good enough to double his competition's achievements.
  22. rechedelphar Jedi Master

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    Henderson
    Hutson
    Lott
    Miller
    Okoye
  23. DarthIntegral JC Comic Draft Commish/SFTC Winner

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henderson]William Henderson[/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hornung]Paul Hornung[/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Lott]Ronnie Lott[/link] (ugh ... this needed to be a later round vote ... ugh)

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawyer_Milloy]Lawyer Milloy[/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Nugent]Mike Nugent[/link]
  24. s65horsey Otter-loving Former EUC Mod

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henderson]William Henderson[/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Hornung]Paul Hornung[/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronnie_Lott]Ronnie Lott[/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justin_Miller_%28football_player%29]Justin Miller[/link]

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Nugent]Mike Nugent[/link] vs


  25. Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master

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    I must have been on something when I typed that sentence. :p
  26. DRHJ9 Jedi Master

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    Mike Haynes

    Paul Hornung


    Howie Long


    Lawyer Milloy


    Christian Okoye

    Did you guys forget about the first two?
  27. Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master

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    forget about what first two?



    btw, I can't believe Hornung is beating Hutson...
  28. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Henderson]William Henderson[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Hutson]Don Hutson[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howie_Long]Howie Long[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lawyer_Milloy]Lawyer Milloy[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Nugent]Mike Nugent[/link]

    Which leaves two ties, currently. Next round will begin as soon as someone breaks the tie (or in 24 hours if nobody else votes in which case I'll drop my vote).
  29. DRHJ9 Jedi Master

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    forget about what first two?

    My fault...I read the list wrong:p
  30. JMJacenSolo Jedi Padawan

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    Henderson
    Hornung
    Lott
    Milloy
    Nugent


  31. Rogue...Jedi Administrator Emeritus

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    William Henderson 6, Mike Haynes 1

    Paul Hornung 4, Dot Hutson 3

    Ronnie Lott 5, Howie Long 2

    Lawyer Milloy 5, Justin Miller 2

    Mike Nugent 4, Christian Okoye 3

    Which leaves the bracket as follows:

    NFC

    Cowboys Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Abraham_%28American_football%29]John Abraham[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Aikman]Troy Aikman [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Allen]Marcus Allen[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Atkinson]George Atkinson [/link]

    Giants Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champ_Bailey]Champ Bailey[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Bavaro]Mark Bavaro[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Beebe]Don Beebe[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Bettis]Jerome "The Bus" Bettis[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Belitnikoff]Fred Belitnikoff [/link]

    Redskins Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Blount]Mel Blount[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anquan_Boldin]Anquan Boldin [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Bradshaw]Terry Bradshaw[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Brady]Tom Brady[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerome_Brown]Jerome Brown[/link]

    Eagles Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Brown]Jim Brown[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheldon_Brown_%28football_player%29]Sheldon Brown[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Brown]Tim Brown[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Brown]Troy Brown[/link]

    Bears Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willie_Brown_%28football_player%29]Willie Brown [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reggie_Bush]Reggie Bush [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Butkus] Dick Butkus[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Butler]Leroy Butler[/link]

    Lions Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earl_Campbell]Earl Campbell [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Carmichael]Harold Carmichael [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Casper]Dave Casper [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Christensen]Todd Christensen[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Couch]Tim Couch [/link]

    Packers Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Craig]Roger Craig[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joshua_Cribbs]Joshua Cribbs [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Cromartie]Antonio Cromartie [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodney_Culver]Rodney Culver[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randall_Cunningham]Randall Cunningham[/link]

    Vikings Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Davis_%28football_player%29]Jeff Davis[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrell_Davis]Terrell Davis[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Dawkins]Brian Dawkins [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Dickerson]Eric Dickerson[/link]

    Panthers Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Driver]Donald Driver[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalimba_Edwards]Kalimba Edwards[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Elway]John Elway[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marshall_Faulk]Marshall Faulk [/link]

    Falcons Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Favre]Brett Favre[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Fitzgerald]Larry Fitzgerald[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Fletcher]London Fletcher[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Flutie]Doug Flutie [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Fouts]Dan Fouts[/link]

    Saints Division

    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Gates]Antonio Gates [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Ginn%2C_Jr]Ted Ginn, Jr [/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ahman_Green]Ahman Green[/link]
    [link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Greene_%28American_football%29]Mean Joe Greene[/link]

    Buccanee
  32. DRHJ9 Jedi Master

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    Troy Aikman - Made those great cowboys teams click.

    Marcus Allen -Maybe the best all-around back ever, certainly the best

    Goaline back.

    Champ Bailey-Probably the best in the game right now.

    Fred Belitnikoff - Hall of fame receiver who had some of the best hands ever. Jerry Rice (The best WR ever) said Belitnikoff still had something to teach Rice, when Rice joined the Raiders.

    Two Raider greats face off this early...But Marcus gets the nod IMO.
  33. JMJacenSolo Jedi Padawan

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    May 21, 2006
    star 4
    Aikman
    Allen
    Beebe
    Bettis
  34. Armenian_Jedi Jedi Master

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    star 7
    Aikman
    Allen
    Beebe
    Bus



    EDIT: And I'm so disappointed that the greatest receiver of all time is knocked out so early.
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