Art Donovan -- DT, 1950, 1953-61
Sure, he's a Hall of Famer and he has a couple of championship rings from his days with Johnny Unitas. He also played in the watershed 1958 NFL Championship Game, but he was better known to younger generations for his funny stories than he was for teaming up with Gino Marchetti to anchor the premier defensive line in football in the 50s. Sure, Rosey Grier and the Giants were considered the gold standard on defense of that era, but Donovan helped to define defensive line play and was an early prototype for modern players. When you look at film of Randy White, Alan Page, Gary Larsen, Lamar Lundy and Deacon Jones, you're seeing an extension of Donovan. That's far more important to the game than his drinking stories. OK, maybe his play comes in at 1A to his stories.