No game I ever saw was better than those two guys trying to push each other all over the football field. Teams doubled teamed Randy White. John Hannah played him head up. It was magnificent. Do you get the sense of respect and awe I have for John Hannah? He is without a doubt among the greatest players I ever had the privilege of seeing.
In my not so humble opinion, John Hannah pales in comparison to Larry Allen. Yeah, I’m saying it. Larry Allen is the greatest Guard to ever play in the NFL and I think he is the greatest Dallas Cowboy to ever strap on pads, pull on a jersey and a silver helmet with a star. That’s right, greater than Emmit. Greater than Roger. He is the best pure football player to ever be a Dallas Cowboy, and in my opinion is one of the five best players I ever saw play. So I don’t agree with his ranking of 95 at all.
Let me reiterate my praise for John Hannah before I compare them. The man was a fantastic football player. In my opinion he is the second best Guard to ever play and no disrespect is meant, but I also think the gap from Larry Allen to him as the second best ever is the largest gap of any position in the History of the NFL. How can I say this? Simple, Larry Allen had no Randy White like John Hannah.
You take the greatest Defensive Tackles of the time, John Randle and Warren Sapp, and pit them against Larry Allen and he abused them. He pushed them off the film. No disrespect to Randy White either, one of the players I love and admire above any who ever wore the star, but if he had played in the same era as Larry Allen, as strong and fast as Manster was, Larry Allen would have pushed him off the film too.