The Top Ranked Linebackers of the 1970's

 

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The Top Ranked Linebackers of the 1970'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 Ham 2.41322
2   Bill Bergey 3.04656
3   Chris Hanburger 3.27138
4   Willie Lanier 3.64363
5   Ted Hendricks 3.71840
6   Brad Van Pelt 4.67550
7   Robert Brazile 4.92880
8   Jack Lambert 5.56033
9   Isiah Robertson 5.77678
10   Andy Russell 6.23600
11   Randy Gradishar 6.88433
12   Dave Wilcox 7.51440
13   Fred Carr 9.44075
14   Phil Villapiano 10.01550
15   Jeff Siemon 10.70713
16   Lee Roy Jordan 13.16600
17   Tom Jackson 15.27029
18   Mike Curtis 15.55257
19   Bobby Bell 17.06900
20   Stan White 18.73263
21   Brad Dusek 19.36900
22   Gregg Bingham 19.89957
23   Dick Butkus 21.06375
24   Matt Blair 21.20883
25   Mike Lucci 22.27575
26   Mark Arneson 22.71988
27   Charlie Hall 23.28633
28   Don Hansen 23.89825
29   Wally Hilgenberg 24.27933
30   Al Beauchamp 24.30286
31   Charlie Weaver 24.42975
32   Jim LeClair 24.45725
33   Dave Robinson 24.85125
34   Chuck Howley 25.41933
35   Doug Buffone 26.43956
36   Jim Merlo 27.14467
37   Jim Lynch 27.30500
38   Paul Naumoff 27.31400
39   Jack Reynolds 27.58411
40   Steve Kiner 27.63075
41   Pat Hughes 28.65900
42   Dave R. Lewis 29.32467
43   Greg Brezina 29.43256
44   Gerald Irons 29.75233
45   Larry Stallings 30.31071
46   Tommy Nobis 30.44233
47   Larry Gordon 30.65875
48   Skip Vanderbundt 31.60556
49   D.D. Lewis 32.15460
50   Brian Kelley 32.48129
51   Steve Nelson 33.15617
52   Joe Federspiel 33.51488
53   Woodrow Lowe 34.09275
54   Jim Youngblood 34.14086
55   Jim Files 34.62300
56   Ted Washington 34.73183
57   Bob Babich 35.54667
58   Frank LeMaster 35.88633
59   John Ebersole 35.95850
60   Jim Carter 36.12800
61   Frank Nunley 36.31300
62   Roy Winston 36.84833
63   Dave Washington 37.05425
64   Monte Johnson 37.14643
65   Sam Hunt 37.16117
66   Harry Carson 37.60250
67   Kim Bokamper 37.67400
68   Jack Pardee 37.74133
69   Greg Buttle 37.84233
70   Pete Barnes 38.16050
71   Nick Buoniconti 38.46867
72   Dave Edwards 39.23517
73   Dewey Selmon 39.82867
74   Billy Andrews 40.21229
75   Shane Nelson 41.17533
76   Ross Brupbacher 41.41525
77   Larry Grantham 41.61300
78   Dan Conners 41.75340
79   Reggie Williams 42.37475
80   Robert Pennywell 42.52200
81   Marlin McKeever 42.57675
82   Steve Zabel 43.06325
83   Ralph Baker 43.14720
84   Ron Pritchard 43.34367
85   Jim Cheyunski 44.28843
86   Ken Geddes 44.96429
87   Harold McLinton 45.05144
88   Waymond Bryant 45.60675
89   Tom MacLeod 46.33880
90   Cecil Johnson 46.56200
91   John Bunting 48.75850
92   Bob Breunig 49.55060
93   Richard Wood 49.85360
94   Reggie Wilkes 50.80600
95   Jim Laslavic 50.99217
96   Ed O'Neil 51.69700
97   Floyd Rice 52.35900
98   Ray May 53.33783
99   Paul Guidry 54.06550
100   Fred McNeill 54.77733
101   Dan Bunz 54.84600
102   Wayne Colman 55.06520
103   Whitney Paul 55.25000
104   Doug Swift 55.42533
105   Wayne H. Walker 55.85400
106   Steve Towle 56.74180
107   Bob Swenson 57.08520
108   Don Goode 57.75050
109   Bob Horn 58.18125
110   Bob Matheson 58.30210
111   Sammy Green 58.73675
112   Dale Lindsey 58.91767
113   Edgar Chandler 58.91767
114   John Garlington 58.99086
115   Chuck Allen 59.15333
116   Ron Porter 60.12550
117   Mike Kolen 61.63317
118   Willie Hall 62.06975
119   Fulton Kuykendall 62.31800
120   Terry Beeson 62.45267
121   Tom Graham 62.70133
122   Myron Pottios 63.05867
123   Ed Simonini 63.30700
124   Dick Ambrose 64.03400
125   Garland Boyette 64.43900
126   Gary Campbell 64.87667
127   Bob Brudzinski 65.68467
128   Jim Houston 66.08867
129   Joe Rizzo 66.21560
130   Henry Davis 66.66525
131   Al Atkinson 66.91775
132   Thomas Henderson 67.14480
133   Fred Forsberg 67.37225
134   Tom Howard 67.57000
135   Bo Harris 68.10450
136   Willie Harper 68.14967
137   Merv Krakau 68.23560
138   Jim Purnell 68.68100
139   Eric D. Williams 69.99400
140   Bob Grant 70.20000
141   Don Parish 71.21000
142   Jackie Burkett 71.21000
143   Rod Shoate 71.34067
144   Ken Avery 71.71633
145   Rusty Chambers 72.09380
146   Ken Lee 72.22000
147   Don Rives 72.65940
148   Gary Weaver 72.66233
149   Jim Haslett 72.82600
150   Stan Blinka 72.82600
151   Lucius Sanford 73.43000
152   Tim Rossovich 73.48275
153   Bob Martin 73.96667
154   Tim Kearney 74.00750
155   Dirt Winston 74.57267
156   Loren Toews 74.68157
157   John Skorupan 75.68940
158   Ron Acks 75.88343
159   Jamie Rivers 76.28550
160   Dan Jilek 77.54800
161   Mike Stratton 77.69950
162   Godwin Turk 77.77525
163   Bill Laskey 78.09320
164   Rick Redman 78.45700
165   Chip Myrtle 78.50750
166   Larry Keller 79.15133
167   Steve King 79.59667
168   Steve Neils 79.99725
169   Guy Roberts 80.07300
170   John Anderson 80.09800
171   Sanders Shiver 80.47700
172   Tom Hicks 80.63267
173   Gus Otto 81.10400
174   Bo Cornell 81.25200
175   George Webster 81.37567
176   Ralph Ortega 81.73950
177   Jim Sniadecki 82.14767
178   Tom Toner 83.83525
179   Matt Hazeltine 84.34000
180   John Douglas 85.47650
181   Mike Hunt 85.75400
182   Doug Allen 86.76200
183   Keith Butler 86.76200
184   Ralph Heck 87.11550
185   Mike Douglass 87.16600
186   Lonnie Warwick 87.66900
187   Derrel Luce 87.68820
188   Jimmy Gunn 88.27300
189   Jeff Staggs 88.44333
190   Rich Wingo 88.98600
191   Mike Hegman 89.13775
192   Dan Lloyd 89.74375
193   Ed Bradley 89.78983
194   Gary Spani 90.39800
195   Kurt Allerman 91.27133
196   Ray Preston 91.96575
197   Clay Matthews 93.22600
198   Earnest Rhone 93.29133
199   Ed Philpott 93.83200
200   Drew Mahalic 93.86367
201   Pete Cronan 93.96467
202   Carl Gersbach 95.82880
203   Rick Middleton 95.99040
204   Ted Thompson 96.11160
205   Duane Benson 96.30200
206   Tom Roussel 96.66000
207   John Hennessy 97.46600
208   Ray Costict 97.73533
209   Ed Weisacosky 97.82150
210   Dewey McClain 97.84900
211   Rod Martin 98.47800
212   Larry Evans 98.63175
213   Rick Kingrea 98.76783
214   Jerry Muckensturm 98.96000
215   Marv Kellum 99.74275
216   Bill Peterson 100.04575
217   Bob Pifferini 100.17200
218   Randy McClanahan 100.90200
219   Dave Rozumek 101.37133
220   Pete Wysocki 101.54540
221   Mike Simone 101.94367
222   Ken Bordelon 102.01100
223   Clyde Werner 102.92425
224   Rusty Tillman 103.44938
225   Mike Morgan 103.53000
226   Greg Westbrooks 103.82900
227   Robin Cole 104.46867
228   Andy Selfridge 104.64125
229   Terry Tautolo 105.02000
230   Jim Gueno 105.27250
231   Ed Beard 105.31033
232   Glenn Cameron 105.64600
233   Joe Harris 105.81533
234   Tom Ruud 106.05525
235   Larry Ball 106.19140
236   Lee Roy Caffey 106.25500
237   Bob Geddes 106.62333
238   Grady Allen 107.26500
239   Bruce Elia 107.74700
240   Don Hover 107.77000
241   Bill McKoy 107.90267
242   Dave Graf 107.99950
243   Charles Anthony 108.27700
244   Frank Manumaleuga 108.37800
245   Dan Dickel 108.42875
246   Amos Martin 108.67700
247   Dick Absher 108.98000
248   Ron McCartney 109.04733
249   Jim O'Malley 109.21567
250   Jeff Barnes 109.31667
251   Rich Lewis 109.31667
252   Don Coleman 109.33550
253   Ron Hornsby 110.39825
254   Brian Stenger 110.52867
255   Mike Hennigan 110.97880
256   Scott Studwell 111.20200
257   Dean Halverson 112.03950
258   Jim Romaniszyn 112.61600
259   Mike McGill 113.07250
260   Bob Stein 113.37000
261   Ken Criter 113.46340
262   Mike Hawkins 113.83000
263   Ray Nitschke 114.09733
264   John Sodaski 114.64000
265   Tom Ehlers 115.14100
266   Rik Bonness 115.22100
267   Ed Mooney 115.41033
268   Mark Merrill 116.25400
269   Doug Adams 116.52133
270   Mike McKibben 117.26600
271   Cal Peterson 117.43033
272   Bob Creech 117.67000
273   Adrian Young 117.87000
274   Jerry Hillebrand 118.68000
275   Ray Phillips 118.74333
276   Olen Underwood 119.03150
277   Mel Long 119.31567
278   Al Palewicz 119.61450
279   Neal Olkewicz 119.69000
280   Dave Olerich 120.06900
281   Larry Hefner 120.44550
282   Jesse Powell 120.46033
283   Carl Cunningham 120.54650
284   John Bramlett 120.70000
285   Paul Crane 120.96533
286   Jim Flanigan 121.05150
287   Jerry Robinson 121.30600
288   Ralph Cindrich 121.40500
289   Linden King 121.50600
290   Greg Hartle 121.80900
291   Bruce Huther 121.97533
292   Carl Ekern 122.37933
293   Mel Rogers 122.61500
294   Terry Miller 122.71600
295   John Babinecz 122.78333
296   Barry Krauss 122.92200
297   Michael Jackson 123.73000
298   Pete Lazetich 123.73000
299   John Tanner 124.50033
300   Monte Coleman 124.53800
301   John Pergine 125.05820
302   Frank Marion 125.14200
303   Ken Fantetti 125.34600
304   Ray Hester 125.44700
305   Tom Dinkel 125.54600
306   Ted Davis 125.75000
307   Rick Kay 125.94800
308   Tony Daykin 126.01533
309   Al Cowlings 126.45700
310   Stu O'Dell 126.72233
311   Ken Mitchell 126.80850
312   Steve Reese 126.92433
313   Howard Kurnick 128.57800
314   Phil Croyle 129.03050
315   Dick Palmer 129.53775
316   Garth Ten Napel 129.73750
317   Kevin McLain 129.76500
318   Maxie Baughan 129.79000
319   Bill Ferguson 130.59600
320   Calvin Favron 131.00200
321   Guy Brown 132.21000
322   Larry Ely 132.51500
323   Mike Woods 132.61800
324   Rob Nairne 133.55667
325   Jim Hargrove 133.59033
326   Dana Nafziger 134.23400
327   Bert Cooper 134.63800
328   Bill Budness 135.85000
329   Paul Harris 135.85000
330   Rich Milot 135.85000
331   Charles Jackson 136.45400
332   Jimbo Elrod 136.45400
333   Bruce Bannon 138.42350
334   Greg Collins 138.74133
335   Ricky Jones 140.09000
336   Will Foster 140.39300
337   Al Chesley 140.69800
338   Cliff Thrift 140.69800
339   Jim Peterson 140.90000
340   Robert L. Jackson 141.30200
341   Ike Kelley 141.60500
342   Al Andrews 141.70600
343   Mike Baldassin 141.70600
344   Dick Blanchard 141.91000
345   Ron Kadziel 141.91000
346   Dave Lloyd 142.92000
347   Mike McCaffrey 142.92000
348   Art Stringer 143.12200
349   Bruce Herron 143.32200
350   Mike Dennery 143.47350
351   Tom Perko 143.72800
352   Bob Nelson 144.68550
353   Aaron C. Brown 144.93800
354   Jim Teal 144.94000
355   Michael Kaczmarek 144.94000
356   Rodrigo Barnes 144.94000
357   Eddie Cole 145.54600
358   Marty Schottenheimer 145.95000
359   Dave LaCrosse 146.35400
360   John Kirby 146.96000
361   Robbie Nichols 146.96000
362   Thomas Stincic 146.96000
363   Joe Norman 147.16200
364   Daryl Hunt 147.97000
365   George Andrews 147.97000
366   Jerry Blanton 147.97000
367   Jim Ryan 147.97000
368   Mel Land 147.97000
369   Rich Baska 148.27300
370   Noel Jenke 148.32150
371   Clarence Sanders 149.58600
372   Dean Moore 149.58600
373   Jack LeVeck 149.73550
374   Charles McShane 150.19000
375   Michael Taylor 150.69500
376   Willie Zapalac 151.25050
377   Bill Cody 152.21000
378   Bob Thornbladh 153.72700
379   Kevin Reilly 153.72700
380   Tony Bertuca 153.72700
381   John Huddleston 153.82600
382   Randy Edmunds 154.33300
383   Terry Mendenhall 154.33300
384   Tom Nowatzke 154.33300
385   Andy Spiva 154.43400
386   Raymond Burks 154.43400
387   Mike Ballou 155.04000
388   Greg Slough 155.18950
389   Joe Carroll 155.24000
390   Jeff McIntyre 155.24200
391   Ron Crosby 155.44200
392   Brad Cousino 156.05000
393   Jon Brooks 156.05000
394   Rob Spicer 156.05000
395   Ken Hutcherson 156.09850
396   Mike Lemon 156.85800
397   Mark R. Nichols 157.66600
398   Bob Bruggers 158.07000
399   Paul Rudzinski 159.07800
400   Bill Matthews 159.28200
401   John Zamberlin 159.28200
402   Randy Coffield 160.09000
403   Mike Osborn 160.89800
404   Chris Devlin 161.65350
405   Larry Polowski 161.70600
406   Bill M. Butler 162.11000
407   Chip Healy 162.11000
408   Jack Protz 162.11000
409   Paul Maguire 162.11000
410   Ted Cottrell 162.11000
411   Wayne McClure 162.11000
412   Chris Keating 162.51400
413   Curtis Weathers 162.51400
414   Dave Simmons 162.51400
415   Gordy Ceresino 162.51400
416   Jim Kovach 162.51400
417   Joel Williams 162.51400
418   Lee Kunz 162.51400
419   Reggie Mathis 162.51400
420   Tom Higgins 162.51400
421   Zack Valentine 162.51400
422   Glen Holloway 163.12000
423   Chuck Winfrey 163.22100
424   Larry Rowden 163.22100
425   Ray White 163.22100
426   Gail Clark 164.17850
427   Tom Hull 164.43100
428   Tommy Crutcher 164.58250
429   Bob Schmit 167.16000
430   Bill Hobbs 168.37000
431   Cleo Walker 169.38000
432   John McCrumbly 170.19000
433   Carl Russ 173.22000
434   Mark Cooney 176.45200
435   Marvin Davis 176.45200
436   J.R. Williamson 177.26000
437   Ron Shumon 177.86600
438   Bill Saul 178.27000
439   Fred Whittingham 178.27000
440   Calvin O'Neal 178.67400
441   Mike Jones 178.67400
442   Mike Mock 178.67400
443   Steve Poole 180.08800
444   Jess Lewis 180.29000
445   A.J. Duhe 181.09800
446   Dale Mitchell 181.90600
447   Evan Jolitz 181.90600
448   John Barefield 181.90600
449   Loyd Wainscott 183.32000
450   Steve Conley 185.34000
451   Tom Seabron 185.94600
452   Maury Damkroger 186.45100
453   Steve Stewart 186.75400
454   Tom DePaso 186.75400
455   John Sullivan 187.56200
456   Dennis Onkotz 189.38000
457   Rudy Kuechenberg 189.38000
458   Louie Walker 190.08700
459   Brian McConnell 190.39000
460   Sean Clancy 190.79400
461   Tom Graves 191.60200
462   Greg Blankenship 193.72300
463   Charlie Hunt 194.43000
464   Jim Opperman 196.45000
465   Dennis Coleman 199.88400

 


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