The Top Ranked Linebackers of the 1960's

 

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The Top Ranked Linebackers of the 1960'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   Nick Buoniconti 2.71650
2   Bobby Bell 3.28250
3   Chuck Howley 5.07217
4   Dick Butkus 5.38330
5   Larry Grantham 5.65420
6   Bill Forester 8.36300
7   Maxie Baughan 8.68535
8   Mike Stratton 8.92088
9   Joe Fortunato 9.84221
10   Ray Nitschke 10.11415
11   Sherrill Headrick 11.15128
12   Sam Huff 13.35728
13   Dave Robinson 13.39143
14   Wayne H. Walker 14.12635
15   E.J. Holub 14.22475
16   Tom Addison 15.42569
17   Archie Matsos 15.63964
18   George Webster 15.65600
19   Lee Roy Jordan 17.09292
20   Jim Houston 17.16369
21   Dave Wilcox 19.15092
22   Frank Buncom 20.83179
23   Dale Meinert 22.64621
24   Bill George 23.13950
25   Dan Currie 23.21114
26   Chuck Allen 25.79869
27   Vince Costello 26.89175
28   Tommy Nobis 27.48983
29   Bill Koman 28.04306
30   Jack Pardee 28.31928
31   John Reger 29.34029
32   Chris Hanburger 29.59300
33   John Bramlett 29.70410
34   Lee Roy Caffey 30.55714
35   Matt Hazeltine 30.85839
36   Joe Schmidt 31.20042
37   Gus Otto 31.37060
38   Willie Lanier 33.75183
39   Dave Lloyd 34.33980
40   Bill Pellington 34.60260
41   John Tracey 35.44188
42   Don Shinnick 35.92561
43   Dan Conners 36.56200
44   Rip Hawkins 37.12760
45   Jerry Tubbs 37.44500
46   Harry Jacobs 38.97722
47   Ed Philpott 39.57617
48   Andy Russell 40.31920
49   Lonnie Warwick 41.47060
50   Dennis Gaubatz 44.11743
51   Myron Pottios 44.52080
52   Emil Karas 44.52100
53   Roy Winston 45.16675
54   Al Atkinson 45.29850
55   Galen Fiss 46.39757
56   Johnny Brewer 46.50313
57   Mike Curtis 46.54100
58   Mike Lucci 47.32819
59   Ralph Baker 47.52283
60   Dave Edwards 47.79800
61   Doug Cline 48.17636
62   Walt Michaels 48.35675
63   Jim Lynch 48.58200
64   Wahoo McDaniel 49.66986
65   John Huard 50.97233
66   Larry Stallings 51.14825
67   Steve Stonebreaker 52.23720
68   Jerry Hillebrand 52.63764
69   Jeff Staggs 52.87450
70   Doug Buffone 54.36850
71   Larry Morris 54.87864
72   Mike Morgan 55.29058
73   Harold Wells 55.47950
74   John Campbell 57.29943
75   Tom Scott 57.56263
76   Paul Maguire 57.93880
77   Olen Underwood 58.17600
78   Les Richter 59.67517
79   Dennit Morris 60.30000
80   Cliff Livingston 60.65233
81   Tom Erlandson 61.73120
82   Jackie Burkett 61.96929
83   Carl Brettschneider 62.23383
84   Rick Redman 62.90300
85   Bill Jobko 63.54193
86   Clancy Osborne 63.55930
87   Carl Cunningham 63.61417
88   Bob L. Harrison 64.01843
89   Bob Pellegrini 64.50750
90   Rod Breedlove 64.56263
91   Garland Boyette 65.43790
92   Ernie Clark 66.92825
93   Jerry Hopkins 67.04400
94   Frank Emanuel 67.15763
95   Mike Dukes 67.99858
96   Johnny Baker 68.05817
97   Gene Babb 68.34433
98   Marion Rushing 69.08793
99   Al Beauchamp 69.49100
100   Paul Guidry 70.33067
101   Mike Dowdle 70.34700
102   Walt Corey 71.69990
103   Bill Laskey 71.90463
104   Bob Dougherty 72.28333
105   Ken Avery 73.46167
106   Ed Beard 73.77313
107   Ron Porter 73.86567
108   Jim Fraser 74.03300
109   Bill Bergey* 74.34100
110   Dale Lindsey 74.45720
111   Ralph Heck 74.75807
112   Jim Purnell 75.58840
113   Ray May 75.63317
114   Doug Satcher 76.00350
115   Jim Carroll 76.68950
116   Jack Rudolph 76.90592
117   Tom Louderback 77.21750
118   Chip Myrtle 78.30967
119   Gorden Kelley 78.54538
120   Marlin McKeever 78.99988
121   Jamie Rivers 80.42425
122   Randy Edmunds 80.42425
123   Doug Woodlief 80.54750
124   Chuck Weber 81.18175
125   Bill Peterson 81.76450
126   Bill Saul 83.28460
127   Grady Allen 83.35325
128   Bob Matheson 83.71317
129   George Tarasovic 84.28750
130   Wally Hilgenberg 84.73900
131   Don Hansen 84.89150
132   Greg Brezina 85.04500
133   Stew Barber 85.45100
134   Mike Henry 85.53690
135   Carl Kammerer 85.55000
136   Jackie Simpson 85.55000
137   J.R. Williamson 85.59442
138   John Kirby 85.72092
139   Bob Grant 86.00650
140   Ted Davis 86.62125
141   Smokey Stover 86.65571
142   John Garlington 86.78725
143   Riley Morris 86.86300
144   Rommie Loudd 87.02933
145   Jim Cheyunski 87.29225
146   Ed Pine 87.81213
147   Paul Naumoff 87.84775
148   Marv Matuszak 88.36490
149   Frank Nunley 88.98200
150   Ralph Felton 89.11025
151   Tony Guillory 90.02150
152   Bill Budness 90.81175
153   Ed Weisacosky 91.28817
154   Hubert Bobo 91.53425
155   Tommy Crutcher 92.79225
156   Ed Cooke 93.88250
157   Pete Barnes 93.94783
158   Bill Swain 94.11775
159   Dick Szymanski 94.79350
160   Wayne Hansen 94.79350
161   Paul Crane 95.55125
162   Dave Meggyesy 95.67617
163   Henry Davis 96.07925
164   Tom Roussel 96.07925
165   John Nocera 96.15725
166   Eddie Bell 96.46000
167   Bob Schmitz 96.85163
168   Marty Schottenheimer 97.12160
169   Bob Hudson 97.97500
170   Sid Williams 99.18200
171   Max Messner 99.68700
172   Frank Richter 100.14250
173   Lou Slaby 100.34450
174   Danny Brabham 101.30300
175   Dick Degen 103.57850
176   Bobby Maples 104.03500
177   Dick Lasse 104.84100
178   Billy Andrews 106.43817
179   Fred Forsberg 107.57000
180   Ron Medved 107.57000
181   Gene Cronin 107.67100
182   Chip Oliver 107.74475
183   Ed Breding 108.24975
184   Jim Fetherston 108.52750
185   Fred Whittingham 108.98200
186   Rudy Kuechenberg 109.75433
187   Bill E. Brown 110.09500
188   Joe Schaffer 110.09500
189   Mike Reilly 110.90192
190   Karl Rubke 111.25250
191   Dick Absher 111.40600
192   Duane Benson 112.86850
193   Bud Abell 112.88533
194   Jerry Stalcup 113.03683
195   Ted Bates 113.61763
196   Roger Ellis 113.91217
197   Mike Ciccolella 114.43600
198   Ronnie Caveness 114.56867
199   Harold Hays 114.82221
200   Mike Strofolino 115.37667
201   Roger LeClerc 115.61813
202   Bob Bruggers 116.31933
203   Stan Sczurek 116.44563
204   Charlie Rieves 116.84117
205   Gene Breen 117.92250
206   Herb Travenio 117.92250
207   Rocky Rosema 118.29925
208   Dave Simmons 118.33933
209   Phil Vandersea 119.98063
210   Dick Campbell 120.54850
211   Harland Svare 120.54850
212   Rudy Hayes 120.54850
213   Tom Bettis 120.75075
214   Chuck Bednarik 121.27875
215   Ike Kelley 121.95850
216   Bill Roehnelt 122.06150
217   Fred Hageman 123.02300
218   Ken Kirk 124.61400
219   John Meyer 124.94200
220   Ron D. Carpenter 125.69950
221   Gene Jeter 126.05100
222   Skip Vanderbundt 126.30550
223   Ted Hendricks 126.30550
224   Adrian Young 126.63175
225   Jim Price 126.76000
226   Bob W. Long 126.95800
227   Bob Simms 127.59767
228   Bob Mitinger 127.74917
229   Al Day 128.27500
230   Hardy Brown 128.27500
231   Pete Mangum 128.27500
232   Jack Laraway 128.34875
233   Bill Cody 129.38400
234   John Thomas 129.79000
235   Lonnie Farmer 130.21725
236   Edgar Chandler 130.49500
237   Ed Cummings 131.17675
238   Fred R. Brown 131.47975
239   Monte Lee 132.04167
240   Jack Chapple 133.07250
241   Les Kelley 134.28250
242   John Neidert 135.26725
243   Wayne Colman 135.26725
244   Ray Ilg 135.41875
245   Fred Carr 138.82750
246   Wayne Meylan 138.82750
247   Andy Von Sonn 138.88000
248   Ed Mooney 138.97900
249   Chip Healy 139.03150
250   Ken Herock 141.47875
251   Bernie Erickson 141.50400
252   Jim Flanigan 141.50400
253   Dave Yohn 141.91000
254   Dave Tobey 143.12200
255   Steve Jackson 143.49875
256   Ed Henke 143.72800
257   Brian Stenger 144.33400
258   Dale McCullers 145.39450
259   Bob Laraba 145.44300
260   Dave Olerich 146.40250
261   Mike McGill 146.40250
262   Roy Wilkins 146.55400
263   Jim O'Mahoney 146.65500
264   Freeman White 148.57600
265   Joe Hergert 148.80125
266   Ted Greene 148.80125
267   Mal Hammack 149.13150
268   Arunas Vasys 149.55875
269   Nelson Toburen 149.55875
270   Larry Onesti 149.68500
271   Barry Brown 149.99000
272   Jeff Smith 150.39400
273   Bob Horton 151.32625
274   Al Miller 152.51500
275   Bill Hobbs 152.81800
276   Bob Stein 152.81800
277   Dave Ogas 152.81800
278   Jesse Powell 152.81800
279   Jim Sniadecki 152.81800
280   Ron Acks 152.81800
281   Ron Pritchard 152.81800
282   Tom Costello 154.53500
283   Bill Cooper 155.82075
284   Henry Sorrell 157.86800
285   Jim Hargrove 157.86800
286   Ed Holler 157.91850
287   Marv Harris 157.91850
288   Robert Soleau 157.91850
289   Zeke Smith 159.07800
290   Ron Botchan 159.60825
291   Frank Kuchta 160.09000
292   Jim Christopherson 160.09000
293   Mike Woulfe 160.09000
294   Tom Braatz 161.75650
295   Bob Print 165.14000
296   D.D. Lewis 165.14000
297   Dick Capp 165.14000
298   Gordon Lambert 165.14000
299   Jimmy Keyes 165.14000
300   Mike Hibler 165.14000
301   Wayne McClure 165.14000
302   Ray Schmautz 166.15000
303   Ronald Sbranti 166.15000
304   Frank Robotti 166.85700
305   Dick Hermann 167.16000
306   Floyd Dean 167.16000
307   Jim Thibert 167.16000
308   Russell Wayt 167.16000
309   Butch Riley 167.66500
310   Dave Martin 167.66500
311   Ed Harmon 167.66500
312   Jerald Collins 167.66500
313   John Pergine 167.66500
314   Ken Criter 167.66500
315   Loyd Wainscott 167.66500
316   Ray Hickl 167.66500
317   Ted Cottrell 167.66500
318   Thomas Stincic 167.66500
319   Tim Buchanan 167.66500
320   Dick Grecni 168.42250
321   Pat Lamberti 168.42250
322   Jerry Fields 170.69500
323   Sam Tidmore 170.69500
324   Tom Goode 170.69500
325   Don McKinnon 172.21000
326   Herb Paterra 172.21000
327   Bob Sanders 172.96750
328   Lou Andrus 172.96750
329   Ron Goovert 172.96750
330   John Guzik 177.20950
331   Al Bansavage 180.94650
332   Jim Furey 180.94650
333   Bernard Buzyniski 182.81500
334   Buddy Alliston 182.81500
335   Charlie Brueckman 196.45000

 


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