This time next month, 32 NFL Training Camps will kick-off at hot and humid practice fields across the country.
The ultimate destination on everyone’s mind? The Arizona desert for Super Bowl XLIX.
With more than 1,000 football personalities on Thuzio’s talent network, let this be a simple reminder that some of your all-time favorite players are just a few clicks away. Here are a few of our favorites for corporate appearances, speaking engagements, golf outings, game watches, suite appearances and more.
One of the best running backs in NFL history, Dickerson began his career in 1983, when the Los Angeles Rams took him second overall. His rookie season was electrifying, rushing for 1,808 yards and 18 touchdowns. If that was not good enough, Eric broke his own record the following season and ran for 2,105 yards, still an NFL single season record. He was a six-time Pro Bowler, five-time AP First-Team All Pro selection, and NFL MVP in 1983. After 12 unbelievable seasons, Eric finished with 13, 259 yards (7th all-time) and 90 rushing touchdowns (12th all-time). In 1999, Dickerson was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He regularly works as a motivational speaker and appears at several celebrity golf tournaments. He is also the co-founder of a sports memorabilia company called Original Mini Jerseys.
Entering the NFL in 1979, Simms played his entire 14-year career with the New York Giants. After his inspired career came to an end, Simms finished with 199 touchdown passes and 33,462 passing yards in 164 games played. Phil led the Giants to Super Bowl victories in 1987 and 1991. He was named NFL MVP in 1986 and was the Super Bowl MVP in 1987. A member of the New York Giants Ring of Honor, Simms had his #11 jersey retired 1995 in honor of his outstanding career. After retirement, Phil joined ESPN and then NBC as a broadcaster for Super Bowls XXX and XXXII. He even announced the Weightlifting competition at the 1996 Summer Games. From 1998-2003, he worked alongside Greg Gumbel covering AFC games on CBS. He currently broadcasts games with Jim Nantz and serves as a host of Inside the NFL on Showtime. His voice was used for the commentary in the Madden NFL 13 video game.
The former Denver Broncos running back took no time in introducing himself to opposing defenses in the NFL. Though he was taken in the sixth round of the 1995 draft and entered training camp as the sixth string back, he worked to the starting lineup by the opening game and became the lowest pick to ever rush for or over 1,000 yards in a rookie season. Davis continued his strong play, earning Pro Bowl and AP First-Team All-Pro selections over the next three seasons. Terrell led the team Super Bowl wins in 1997 and 1998, earning the honor of Super Bowl MVP in 1998 (the same season he was named league MVP after rushing for over 2,000 yards). After retiring, the Broncos’ all-time leading rusher worked for the NFL Network as an analyst and started a line of barbecue sauces known as “Mile High Salute.”
Ronde was a selected in the third round of the 1997 NFL draft. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Barber struggled during his rookie year, but broke out in 1999 for the Bucs. Undersized for his position, Ronde gained a great amount of respect from his peers, as he was willing and able to make any open field tackle against anybody. Many consider the highlight of his career an interception return for a touchdown against the Eagles in the 2002 NFC championship game. Barber is the only cornerback in NFL history to record at least 40 interceptions and 20 sacks, and is one of three cornerbacks to record 1000 tackles in his career. He recorded a league-high 10 interceptions in the 2001 season, earning him the NFL Defensive MVP award. In May of 2013, he announced his retirement, concluding a phenomenal career. He currently resides in Tampa with his wife and daughters while working as a game analyst and contributor for FOX Sports.
Taken in the 6th round of the 1986 draft by the Washington Redskins, Rypien became the first Canadian-born quarterback to start in the NFL. He is one of five players to throw for at least 300 yards in his first NFL game. In his first full year as the Redskins starter, he threw for 3,768 yards and 22 touchdowns and earned a trip to the Pro Bowl. In 1991, he had a career year, throwing for 28 touchdowns and leading the Redskins to a 14-2 record and a Super Bowl victory (he was named Super Bowl MVP). Known for his impeccably accurate deep ball, Mark finished with 18,473 yards and 115 touchdowns. After retirement, he had a brief stint as a team owner in NASCAR, selling the team to Jack Roush in 1997.
Swann was part of the outstanding Steelers’ draft class of 1974, which included Hall of Famers John Stallworth, Mike Webster, and Jack Lambert. Lynn played his entire nine-year career with the Steelers, leading the NFL with 577 punt return yards his rookie season. His second season, he caught 49 passes for 781 yards and a league-high 11 touchdowns. Swann won four Super Bowls with the Steelers during his career, named MVP in Super Bowl X. He is a member of the NFL 1970s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2001. After retiring, Swann began his broadcasting career with ABC Sports, which he remained with until 2006. Among other things, he is currently a partial owner of the AFL expansion team, the Pittsburgh Power.
Cris started his career in 1987, making his presence known when the Vikings signed him in 1989. Carter’s best season came in 1995, when he caught 122 passes for 1,371 yards and 17 touchdowns. He finished his career with 13, 899 yards and 130 touchdowns, good for ninth and fourth all-time respectively. Throughout his illustrious career, Carter was elected to eight consecutive Pro Bowls from 1993-2000 and was a two-time AP First-Team All-Pro. He is a member of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2013. He can now be seen on Sunday NFL Countdown, NFL Live, and SportsCenter on ESPN. Cris is the founder of the Carter-White Charitable Foundation, which helps underprivileged children emotionally and financially.
The former Dallas Cowboys phenomenon played 11 seasons for America’s Team, rushing his way to the record books along the way. Dorsett ran for a total of 12,739 yards during his career, eighth all-time in the NFL. On January 3, 1983, Dorsett took the ball from his own one-yard line and sprinted 99 yards for a touchdown, the longest run from scrimmage in NFL history. Tony won one Super Bowl, the same year he won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994. He currently hosts the Tony Dorsett Celebrity Golf Classic, which, in its 17th year, has raised $5 million in support of McGuire Memorial. He is also a big promoter of sleep apnea awareness, helping over 150 former players get treated for the condition.
One of the most decorated NFL players of all time, LaDainian rose to stardom as soon as he entered the league, rushing for the first of eight consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in his rookie year. After rushing for over 7,000 yards in his first five seasons in San Diego, LT made his mark in history in 2006, one of the best seasons ever recorded by an NFL running back. Tomlinson ran a league-high 1,815 yards with an average of over five yards/carry. He was not just running far, he was scoring at a record pace too, crossing the end zone 31 times, an NFL record for one season. This magnificent season earned LaDainian the titles of AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Payton Man of the Year, and NFL MVP. LT finished his career fifth all time in rushing with 13,684 yards and second in touchdown runs with 145, only behind Emmitt Smith. In 2012, Tomlinson joined the crew at NFL Network’s “First on the Field” as an analyst. He is very charitable as well, working closely with his organization, The Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation, to help needy children in the fight against hunger.
Drafted in the 1995, Brooks played his entire 14-year career with Buccaneers. During this span, he started in 221 of 224 games, recording 1,301 tackles, good for seventh in history. In just his second season, Derrick broke out as a star defender, leading the team in tackles with 132 and picking off his first pass. He only trended upward, making his first of 11 Pro Bowl appearances in 1997. After the 2002 season, Derrick’s Bucs faced Jerry Rice’s Raiders in Super Bowl XXXVII. Though underdogs going in, Brooks and the Buccaneers’ #1 ranked defense took care of the Oakland’s dangerous attack, and went on to win their first title in franchise history. After an unbelievable career, Brooks retired in 2010. On August 2, 2014, he will be formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a very deserving honor for one of the best linebackers in modern NFL history. Brooks is now a football analyst for ESPN as well as co-host of “The Red Zone” on Sirius Radio. He is also the team president for the Tampa Bay Storm, an Arena Football team.
After a remarkable career playing for the Miami Hurricanes, James began his NFL career in 1999, taken fourth overall by the Indianapolis Colts. He immediately made an impact, rushing for over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns, earning the AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award and becoming the most recent player to win the rushing title in a rookie season. James finished his career with 12,246 rushing yards and 80 touchdowns. He is a member of the NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team and the Colts Ring of Honor. After retirement, Edgerrin went from being a full-time athlete to a full-time traveler, consistently flying to New York, Vegas, Albuquerque and South Florida all in one trip. However, his six children keep him close to home, as family is a big priority for the former NFL star. He is a co-owner of and indoor go-cart track in Arizona, which he bought with former teammate Matt Leinart. During the college football season, you can find Edgerrin at his alma mater (The U), to which he donated $250,000 in 2000, the largest donation ever made by a former athlete.