Ernie Accorsi watched the 1958 NFL championship game between the New York Giants and Baltimore Colts as a 17-year-old Colts fan. He went on to become general manager of both teams that played in the historic contest. He has probably watched the game 40 times since and picks up something new with each viewing. Here are his thoughts on 10 of the great players from the game:
John Unitas -- "No disrespect to Charlie Conerly,
but if Unitas had taken off his jersey and switched
sides, the game would have gone the other way. Every
other advantage for either team was canceled out
somehow. The difference in the game was the
difference between the quarterbacks."
Raymond Berry -- "People talk about his speed,
but he probably would have run about a 4.65
[40 yards in 4.65 seconds], and plenty of guys
get by with that now. He would be the same player
today that he was then. He would run every route
with precision, he would get open and he would
Lenny Moore -- "It's hard to say that a guy is
underrated when he's in the Hall of Fame. But Lenny
had everything -- size, speed, great hands. Jim
Brown was the greatest runner I've seen, but he
played as more of a fullback. Lenny and Gale Sayers
were the greatest halfbacks I've ever seen."
Jim Parker -- "You could scout him from the still
photos. There he was on the end, blocking out the
sun, with the poor defensive end desperately reaching
around him to find a little bit of space. In those days,
they didn't always put great athletes on the offensive
line, but he was big, strong and mobile."
Gino Marchetti -- "He just had unbelievable
quickness, and when he got near the quarterback, he
was like a 747 banking toward landing. The great
ones just have an instinct for closing like that. For
years, when you talked about the all-time teams, you
could stir up debate at most positions, but no one ever
questioned that Gino was the best defensive end.
There was no debate."
Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb -- "It bothers me to
this day that he's not in the Hall of Fame. Of
anybody from that era who's not in, he deserves it
the most. The really great ones cause you to
game-plan for them. Well, I guarantee you that
coaches game-planned around Big Daddy."
Art Donovan -- "In talking to guys from that era,
they always said nobody got better penetration in
the middle than Artie. He was very quick."
Frank Gifford -- "Frank didn't have great speed.
He'd probably be about a 4.6 guy. But speed isn't the
only thing you need to be a great back. He had great
vision and an instinct for finding holes and wiggling
Sam Huff -- "Tom Landry's 4-3 [defense] funneled
plays to the middle linebacker, and Huff was a great
one. It was an era of great linebackers, and of course,
he played in New York, so people said that's why he got
the most attention. But he was a great player."
Roosevelt Brown -- "Gifford told me that when
they used to the run the sweep, he'd have to tell
Rosey to slow down because he was running too
far ahead of him. ... Jim Parker and Rosey Brown
are the greatest left tackles I've ever seen."
- CHILDS WALKER