NFL'S ALL-DECADE TEAM OF THE 1980s - DEFENSE. Reggie White, who began his career in the USFL, was voted to NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team, and was voted first-team All-Pro 10 times in his 15-year career.
Dan Hampton, who was only the second Chicago Bears player to have his career span three different decades, was nicknamed “Danimal” in reference to his ferocious and animal-like attack on defense.
Known as “LT” for his flashy personality, Lawrence Taylor was a first-team All-Pro selection his first nine years in the NFL and a three-time Defensive Player of the Year recipient.
In 1980 Lester Hayes led the NFL with 13 interceptions, the second most in league history. His total would have even been higher had not four picks been nullified by penalties.
In an example of Ronnie Lott’s heart and dedication to the game, he once had had part of his little finger amputated so that he could play rather than have season-ending surgery to repair the injury.