Thousands of Fan Votes Determine Motorola's NFL All-Time Game Changing Innovators ListThe PhoneDog - Mascot
The winning players at each position include (full results are available at Motorola.com/nfl):
- Quarterback – Fran Tarkenton
- Running Back – Walter Payton
- Wide Receiver – Jerry Rice
- Tight End – Shannon Sharpe
- Offensive Line – Anthony Munoz
- Defensive Line – Alan Page
- Linebacker – Lawrence Taylor
- Defensive Back – Ronnie Lott
The voting varied from players separated by a few hundred votes to landslide winners who left no doubt about their role in innovating their position. While Taylor, Page and Rice were clear cut winners, Walter Payton edged out Barry Sanders in a very close race.
To highlight the final results and celebrate the completion of the national voting period, Motorola and the New York Giants held a halftime ceremony during the Giants home Wild Card Playoff game on January 8. The ceremony honored Giants great Lawrence Taylor for being named as the Motorola Game Changing Innovator at the linebacker position.
“It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by Motorola and the fans as having changed the way my position is played,” said Taylor. “When I look at the final list, I know that those players became the prototype for the athletes who followed them in their position, so it is satisfying to be mentioned in their company.”
The campaign, launched by Motorola (NYSE: MOT) in conjunction with the 2005 NFL regular season kicked off in September, opening the debate on which NFL player has had the greatest impact on the evolution of each major position. The voting period wrapped up at the end of the regular season on Jan. 2. Football fans voted at motorola.com/nfl for the greatest game changing innovators at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, offensive and defensive lineman, linebacker and defensive back. Motorola and NFL PLAYERS INC created an initial list of names, but fans also had the opportunity to write or text in the name of any player who had ever played each position.
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