Category Archives: Defensive Backs

Tunnell Vision Awards 1943-2017

Named in honor of the first great pure safety, Emlen Tunnell, the Tunnell Vision Award goes to the league’s most outstanding safety each season. The caveat here, of course, is that defensive back play can be quite inconsistent from year to year, and player’s with a higher baseline level of ability will often not have better seasons than players with a lower “true” talent level who happen to experience positive variance for a season. There are also different types of safeties: primarily, I’m referring to…

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Prime Time Awards 1943-2017

Named in honor of Deion Sanders, the greatest cover man of all time, even when he wasn’t fully invested in football, the Prime Time Award goes to the top cornerback in the league each season. The position is a highly volatile one, and you can see evidence of that in how few players won the award multiple times, and the fact that no one won it more than four times. When handing out awards for cornerbacks, there is much subjectivity, and value is in the…

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GridFe Hall of Fame Safeties

Expectations for safeties have evolved as offensive trends philosophies have evolved. The earliest pure safeties lived up to their names, acting as safety nets deep behind the rest of their defense, combating the long ball tendencies of the day. As offenses became more sophisticated, roles on defense became more complex. Safeties now had to be able to cover most all areas of the field, as well as run and pass blitz, as well as their requisite support against the rush. The position has seen several…

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GridFe Hall of Fame Cornerbacks

Cornerbacks have one of the toughest jobs in football. Usually playing in a reactionary posture, they have to rely on technique and savvy to keep some of the most athletic people in the world from catching the ball. They have to do this on every play of every game. Okay, not every play. On running plays, they have to first respect the pass and then react to much larger men coming their way to clear a path for the runner. When they do their job…

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