My Big NFL 5: Offensive Linemen

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The next part of my segment is dedicated to perhaps the most hardworking men in all of sports, the offensive linemen. This, in my opinion, is the most underappreciated position in all of football. Without these five men on the field, a quarterback would get killed. There would be little to no running game, and the passing game would be nonexistent. There would be no offense, thus no football. The following five men have saved the lives of so many great QBs:

Oct 16, 2011; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday (63) looks at the scoreboard while on the sidelines during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

5. Jeff Saturday (Colts/Packers)

Here is one guy who had it made, getting to hike the ball to and protect Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers. The best part of his career was when he was in Indy protecting Manning for all those years. During his time in Indy, Peyton hardly ever had to worry about pressure up the middle, and runningbacks like Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai got huge holes to run through, making the passing game a lot more dangerous. During his time, he was selected to five Pro Bowls and was an All-Pro four times.

4. John Hannah (Patriots)

Before the Sebastian Volmers in the Boston area, there was John Hannah. Hannah was the first ever Patriot to get inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. His accolades are incredible: 9X Pro Bowl Selection, 10X All-Pro, NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and 1980s All-Decade Team.

3. Larry Allen (Cowboys/49ers)

He is considered the strongest player in NFL history. He had a 900 pound squat and a 700 pound dead lift! He protected Troy Aikman and left holes for Emmit Smith. This guy was also highly versatile, playing three different positions. His accolades include 11 Pro Bowls, 8 All Pro Selections, and a member of the All Decade Team in the 90s. He was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for this year, his first year of eligibility.

2. Jonathan Ogden (Ravens)

He was the first ever pick for the Baltimore Ravens in 1996, and his career backed up the pick. He was extremely athletic for a lineman, and that lead to 11 Pro Bowls, 10 All Pro selections, 2000s All-Decade team, and a first ballot Hall of Fame induction this year.