In the history of the NFL, there has been a handful of cornerback who has made a definitive impact on the field. These players have transcended the position and help change the game how it is played today. Here are the five greatest cornerbacks in the NFL ever to step on the field.
Blount played an important part of the legendary Pittsburgh Steelers defense that dominated the league. Blount made a name at the cornerback position with his physical style of play where he simply overpowered his opponents. During his Hall of Fame career in the NFL, Blount recorded 57 interceptions and returned two for touchdowns.
He owns the distinction of having at least one interception in every season that he played. Blount was elected to the Pro Bowl five times and earned the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1975 when he led the league with 11 interceptions.
Green who was often referred to as the “Ageless Wonder” played for cornerback for the Washington Redskins from 1983 to 2002. During his stellar career as a Redskin, Green hauled in 54 interceptions while returning six of them for a touchdown.
Aside from being one of the fastest men in the NFL, Green was voted to the Pro Bowl seven times in his career. Green set the standard for other cornerbacks by having at least one interception in 19 consecutive seasons.
Sanders or “Primetime” played in the NFL from 1989 to 2005 for the following teams; Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, Washington, and Baltimore. He was known for his loud mouth and his high stepping, along with being regarded as the best cover cornerback ever to play the game.
In his NFL career, Sanders recorded 55 interceptions with nine of them turning into touchdowns. He also played a major role early in his career in the punting game where he made am impact with points on the board and better field position for his team. This nine-time Pro Bowler was named the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year after his outstanding 1994 season.
Following in the footsteps of the Steelers’ Mel Blount, Woodson made a name for himself as one of the top cornerbacks of his time. Woodson ended his career with 71 interceptions, which is ranked third in NFL history to go along with 13.5 sacks and 32 fumble recoveries.
Woodson had a knack for making the opposing team pay when he picked off a pass. He set a NFL record by returning 12 interceptions back for a touchdown. The NFL’s 1993 Defensive Player of the Year showed his adaptability by making the successful transition to the safety position later in his career when his physical skills diminished slightly.
Lane or better known as “Night Train” played in the NFL from 1952 to 1965 and was one the more feared cornerbacks in the game. Lane started his NFL career off by setting a rookie record of 14 interceptions. During the length of his thirteen year career, Lane pulled down 68 interceptions.
He set a record of picking off at least 3 interceptions in 10 seasons. As a result of his performance on the field with the Chicago Cardinals and Detroit Lions, the seven-time Pro Bowl was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.