Rob Manoff, Rob Whitney, and myself aka the voices behind the Write The Radio podcast are embarking on the 12 Jersey GOATS of Christmas. From the partridge in the pear tree to twelve drummers drumming we’re going 1 through 12 to find the best player who ever wore the number.
How it’s going down is simple. We’ve narrowed down a rep from each of the 4 major sports and throw a poll up on Twitter. Then the real experts weigh in and select the final winner. We’ll put up a post announcing the winner. Later in the countdown, we’ll announce our contest winners as well.
Oh, that’s right, we’re doing a giveaway as well. That part is simple too. All it takes is 3 simple steps. 1. Vote in the polls. 2. Retweet the poll. 3. Follow the Last Out Media Twitter account.
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Beating out Isiah Thomas (thank goodness) Mark Messier, and Barry Larkin, Norm Van Brocklin was the voter’s choice for the best #11 of all time.
A quarterback and punter for the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles, Van Brocklin was a two-time NFL champion, a nine-time Pro Bowler, and won an MVP award in 1960. Van Brocklin was apart of the changing NFL and was a quarterback known for throwing the ball around. He also lead the NFL in passing 3 times, and would also lead it in punting twice.
Van Brocklin won an NFL championship in ’51 with the Rams but is best known for his 1960 championship with the Philadelphia Eagles. His play helped push the Eagles past the Vince Lombardi lead Packers. Van Brocklin and the Eagles were the only team to hand the legendary coach a playoff loss during his tenure in Green Bay.
Van Brocklin, despite playing in a much different era with fewer games still owns one of the most impressive passing records ever. The single-game record for most yards still belongs to NVB. He threw for an astounding 554 yards in 1951. He completed 27 of 41 throws and tacted on 5 touchdowns. The record so far has stood for 69 years.