The Top Ranked Defensive Backs of the 1950's

 

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The Top Ranked Defensive Backs of the 1950's

 

Notes:

The ratings on this page comes from AinsworthSports.com's own rating system.  The lower the rating the better.

Players had to complete at least one qualifying season to be included in this list.

A qualifying year is any year that a player participated in 60% of his teams games.

Player's ratings are penalized for every year under 5 qualifying years.

 

Rnk   Player Rating
1   Jack Christiansen 3.53781
2   Bobby Dillon 5.18800
3   Jack Butler 10.29544
4   Warren Lahr 10.36930
5   Night Train Lane 10.58638
6   Emlen Tunnell 14.32680
7   Jim David 18.55606
8   Will Sherman 19.58958
9   Don R. Paul 22.11988
10   Bert Rechichar 23.53550
11   Andy Nelson 26.88383
12   Ken Konz 27.79657
13   Don Doll 30.69390
14   Lowell Wagner 30.83550
15   Tom Keane 31.72517
16   Otto Schnellbacher 31.96950
17   Jerry Norton 32.18870
18   Herb Rich 32.31667
19   Dick Alban 32.41288
20   Yale Lary 33.10633
21   Milt Davis 33.56667
22   Tom Landry 35.36033
23   Tommy James 38.35858
24   Russ Craft 39.45060
25   Rex Berry 42.02708
26   Jim Cason 42.81017
27   Johnny Williams 43.76767
28   Ace Loomis 44.20533
29   Lindon Crow 46.33880
30   Jimmy Patton 47.55080
31   Howard Hartley 50.02967
32   Dicky Moegle 50.18963
33   J.C. Caroline 50.93867
34   Spec Sanders 51.01000
35   Ken Gorgal 53.67140
36   Bibbles Bawel 54.87767
37   Don Kindt 55.04708
38   Erich Barnes 55.27525
39   Jack Dwyer 55.49213
40   Carl Karilivacz 56.85092
41   Ray Ramsey 56.98183
42   Frank Reagan 57.57300
43   Dick Nolan 57.94042
44   Tom Brookshier 58.02450
45   Bill Dudley 58.68600
46   Bill Stits 59.38925
47   Junior Wren 59.80988
48   Stan Wallace 61.76450
49   Woodley Lewis 62.99475
50   Gary Glick 64.72100
51   Don Shula 64.76325
52   Bob Smith 64.78413
53   Don Burroughs 65.05410
54   Joe Golding 65.40050
55   Norb Hecker 65.77050
56   Carl Taseff 65.99207
57   Harry Dowda 66.72475
58   Jerry Mertens 67.52150
59   Ray Brown 67.54675
60   Val Joe Walker 67.90230
61   Jimmy Harris 68.55675
62   S.J. Whitman 68.60950
63   Bill Svoboda 69.83413
64   Jesse Whittenton 70.85675
65   Rebel Steiner 73.48050
66   Eddie Bell 73.50800
67   Hank Gremminger 73.59638
68   Jerry Williams 73.82363
69   Paul Cameron 74.34100
70   Jerry Davis 74.52217
71   Stan Williams 74.74500
72   Dean Derby 74.95983
73   Terry Barr 75.88567
74   Howie Livingston 75.95700
75   Abe Woodson 76.58625
76   John Symank 76.82833
77   Jim Psaltis 77.56900
78   Dave Baker 77.92650
79   Bob Hudson 78.02942
80   Jimmy Hill 78.28025
81   Joe Scudero 78.68910
82   Dick James 79.16817
83   Charlie Sumner 79.63950
84   Chick Maggioli 79.79500
85   Johnny Petitbon 82.68638
86   Ed Salem 84.94600
87   Doyle Nix 84.99250
88   Bernie Parrish 86.20850
89   Ray Gene Smith 86.60850
90   Clarence Self 87.83738
91   Vic Zucco 88.70625
92   Harmon Rowe 89.94150
93   Jack Morris 90.37275
94   McNeil Moore 90.81683
95   Harper Davis 91.15550
96   Roy Barni 91.21310
97   Billy Stone 91.75950
98   Billy Stacy 92.42000
99   Fred Bruney 93.69533
100   Lee Riley 95.12200
101   Ernie Zalejski 95.14700
102   Bobby Freeman 95.59750
103   Joe Sutton 97.28083
104   Dan Sandifer 98.91367
105   Richie McCabe 99.79100
106   Ed Hughes 100.24250
107   Art Powell 100.70200
108   Richie Petitbon 100.70200
109   J.D. Smith 100.95450
110   Jim Finks 101.71000
111   Bobbie Griffin 101.91400
112   Frank Gifford 102.06350
113   Gary Lowe 102.59600
114   Dick Lynch 103.37650
115   John Helwig 103.65425
116   Jesse Thomas 103.66067
117   Tony Klimek 104.03500
118   George Maderos 104.15925
119   George McAfee 104.74200
120   Bennie Aldridge 105.47450
121   Jim Dooley 105.60050
122   Hall Haynes 106.13100
123   Ebert Van Buren 107.26300
124   Art DeCarlo 107.37310
125   Ray Mathews 107.74475
126   Bob Holladay 108.14875
127   Alex Wizbicki 108.58000
128   Joe Arenas 109.03250
129   Jim Powers 109.48500
130   Jimmy Ridlon 109.99000
131   Ken Carpenter 110.49900
132   Cliff Lewis 111.75950
133   Jimmy Carr 111.93625
134   Bobby Joe Conrad 112.51900
135   John Panelli 112.72100
136   Tom Franckhauser 113.12500
137   Marvin Johnson 113.60917
138   Del Shofner 113.98350
139   Don Menasco 114.28450
140   Pete Layden 114.33700
141   George Rosso 116.76100
142   Eddie Dove 117.26600
143   Eddie Meador 117.26600
144   Bobby Gordon 118.88200
145   Billy Bookout 119.78900
146   Shorty McWilliams 120.09400
147   Al Campana 120.32567
148   Lynn Chandnois 122.01300
149   Bobby Luna 122.54125
150   Veryl Switzer 123.12400
151   Henry Ford 124.58850
152   Johnny Sample 124.61175
153   Johnny Lujack 124.63700
154   Gene Johnson 125.54800
155   Ron Hall 125.54800
156   Jack Cloud 125.85100
157   Dom Moselle 126.54563
158   Paul Crowe 127.36600
159   Red O'Quinn 128.07100
160   Paul Carr 128.75917
161   Pat McHugh 128.92950
162   Jim Shofner 129.78800
163   Jack Johnson 129.81325
164   Billy Kinard 130.99800
165   Billy Cox 131.60800
166   Wally Dreyer 131.60800
167   Claude Hipps 131.70900
168   Jim Hill 132.66450
169   Jim Brandt 134.43200
170   Frank Bernardi 135.30733
171   Al Baldwin 135.44600
172   Bill Bredde 135.85000
173   Darrell Hogan 135.85000
174   Dick Haley 135.90050
175   Jim Martin 137.36500
176   Randy Clay 137.46400
177   Ben Scotti 137.97100
178   Rex Bumgardner 138.82950
179   Eddie Macon 139.30725
180   John Roach 140.04150
181   Sam Cathcart 140.24150
182   John Hoffman 141.20300
183   Neill Armstrong 141.20300
184   Lenny Lyles 142.03425
185   Jug Girard 142.05950
186   Al Brosky 142.21300
187   J.R. Boone 142.21300
188   Rocky Ryan 143.45467
189   Billy Mixon 143.57450
190   Bert Zagers 143.59975
191   Bob Stringer 144.18250
192   Harry Gilmer 144.33400
193   John Amberg 145.49350
194   George Taliaferro 146.45500
195   Bob Livingstone 146.96000
196   Neil Ferris 147.94275
197   Ellsworth Kingery 148.57600
198   Les Walters 148.57600
199   Floyd Sagely 148.72550
200   Bob Gage 148.87900
201   Gene Schroeder 150.69700
202   Don Phelps 150.79800
203   Rob Goode 150.79800
204   Dick Doyle 151.00000
205   Nick Adduci 151.00000
206   Buford Long 151.37675
207   Dave Whitsell 151.42725
208   Billy Anderson 152.05850
209   Jesse Castete 152.71500
210   Brad Myers 152.81800
211   Ed Kissell 152.81800
212   Bob Boyd 154.02800
213   Monte Brethauer 154.86125
214   Vic Janowicz 154.93900
215   Johnny Bookman 157.41350
216   Billy Atkins 157.73975
217   Rip Collins 157.96700
218   Jim Owens 158.47400
219   Mal Kutner 158.47400
220   Darrel Meisenheimer 159.18100
221   Pete Schabarum 159.18100
222   Dorne Dibble 161.30200
223   Hal Norris 162.36250
224   Ollie Matson 162.56450
225   Dewey McConnell 163.42300
226   Ed Crawford 163.92800
227   Ed Sutton 163.92800
228   Fred Gehrke 164.23100
229   Bob Leberman 165.54400
230   Charlie Trippi 165.54400
231   Julian Spence 167.31150
232   Eddie Saenz 168.06900
233   Corky Taylor 169.18000
234   Tony Curcillo 169.18000
235   Kelley Mote 169.98800
236   Bill Butler 171.09900
237   Ed Mioduszewski 171.45250
238   George Kinek 171.90700
239   Alex Bravo 172.61400
240   Jimmy Lesane 173.01600
241   Al Romine 174.02800
242   Walt Kowalczyk 174.02800
243   Jim Steffen 175.24000
244   Joe Watson 175.74500
245   Jim Capuzzi 176.80550
246   Henry Moore 176.95700
247   Bob Forte 177.66400
248   Doak Walker 177.66400
249   Fred Naumetz 177.66400
250   Joe Bartos 177.66400
251   Gene White 178.27000
252   Bob White 180.39100
253   Chuck Ortmann 180.39100
254   Ed Brown 180.39100
255   Les Goble 180.39100
256   Billy Baggett 181.55250
257   Chick Cichowski 183.47150
258   Jimmy Sears 183.47150
259   Clendon Thomas 183.52200
260   Jackie M. Simpson 183.52200
261   Rex Shiver 183.92600
262   Sherman Howard 185.08750
263   Walter Bryan 187.36000
264   Stan West 188.67300
265   Charlie Jackson 188.87500
266   Bill Bowers 190.99600
267   Don Sutherin 191.80400
268   Dom Fucci 191.90500
269   Jim R. Jones 193.11700
270   Johnny Hermann 193.42000
271   Lloyd Lowe 194.17750
272   George Sims 194.93500
273   Art Davis 195.79350
274   Mike Swistowicz 196.85400
275   Pete Johnson 198.01550
276   Dick Nyers 198.67200
277   Frank McPhee 198.72250
278   Gerry Krall 198.77300

 


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