Ed Sprinkle played as a defensive end for the Chicago Bears from 1944 until 1955. A Collier’s Weekly article called him “The Meanest Man in Football,” to which he responded: “I was about as aggressive as any football player that walked on the field. If I had an opportunity to hit someone, I hit them. … That doesn’t make me mean or dirty.”
Jackie Slater was an offensive tackle for the Loss Angeles/St. Louis Rams from 1976 until 1995. By the time Slater retired, he had recorded more games played than any other offensive lineman ever. He made the Pro Bowl seven times total as well.