No. 9 -- Jonathan Vilma

Once considered undersized, Vilma overcame his shortcomings to become one of the Hurricanes’ finest defenders. A first-round selection by the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000199" title="New York Jets" href="/topic/sports/football/new-york-jets-ORSPT000199.topic">New York Jets</a> in 2004, he’s already won a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="EVSPR000004" title="Super Bowl" href="/topic/sports/football/super-bowl-EVSPR000004.topic">Super Bowl</a> and been to two Pro Bowls. Great moment: Led the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORSPT000007" title="NFL" href="/topic/sports/football/nfl-ORSPT000007.topic">NFL</a> with 169 tackles in 2005, just his second season.
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( BRIAN BAHR, GETTY IMAGES / January 1, 2003 )

Once considered undersized, Vilma overcame his shortcomings to become one of the Hurricanes’ finest defenders. A first-round selection by the New York Jets in 2004, he’s already won a Super Bowl and been to two Pro Bowls. Great moment: Led the NFL with 169 tackles in 2005, just his second season.

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