Feb 1, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Lamar Hunt AFC championship trophy at the NFL Experience at the Ernest N. Morian Convention Center in advance of Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ersl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
8. Emmitt Thomas
Thomas was simply one of the best corners to ever strap on a helmet. His career started with many expectations, coming out of tiny Bishop College in 1966 as an undrafted free-agent rookie. Thomas quickly played his way into the starting lineup and took part in 13 seasons with Kansas City, registering a franchise-record 58 interceptions.
In the 1960s and 70s, few were better than Thomas at playing the bump-and-run. Thomas was the premiere cover-corner of his day along with Willie Brown of the Oakland Raiders and Herb Adderley of the Green Bay Packers, able to shut down the top receivers of the day. Thomas was given the ultimate honor by the Chiefs, retiring his No. 18.
Throughout his 13-year career, Thomas was named to the All-Pro team four times and was a five-time Pro Bowl selection. Thomas was also inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2008, a long overdue accolade. Thomas came back to the organization in 2010 as a defensive backs coach and continues to oversee one of the finest groups in the game.
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