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Chart: Comparing Tingelhoff to the great NFL centers

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG
  • Star Tribune
  • August 20, 2013 - 8:41 PM

Measuring Mick

A look at former Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff and the seven modern-era Pro Football Hall of Famers who spent their entire careers playing only center:

Player Years All-Pro* Games Gms missed Hall of Fame

Mick Tingelhoff, Vikings (1962-78) 17 5 240 0 ??

Dermontti Dawson, Steelers (1988-2000) 13 6 184 24 2012

Dwight Stephenson, Dolphins (1980-87) 8 4 114 3 1998

Mike Webster, Steelers, Chiefs (1974-90) 17 5 245 11 1997

Jim Langer, Dolphins, Vikings (1970-81) 12 4 151 25 1987

Frank Gatski, Browns (1946-57) 12** 3 144 8 1985

Jim Ringo, Packers (1953-67) 15 6 187 7 1981

Jim Otto, Raiders (1960-74) 11 10 210 0 1980

*-All-Pro numbers reflect only first-team Associated Press selections

**-Gatski played his first four seasons in the All-America Football Conference before the Browns joined the NFL in 1950.

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