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Best AV-Weighted Winning Percentages of Defensive Players and Hall of Famers

Yesterday, I looked at the best AV-weighted winning percentages of offensive players. Today, we examine the same numbers but for defensive players and kickers since 1960. Again, players who entered the league prior to 1960 are included, but for purposes of this study, only their 1960+ seasons count (assuming they produced at least 50 points of AV). That’s a pretty important bit of detail to mention when it comes to the top player on the list. The player with the best AV-adjusted winning percentage since 1960 is Packers linebacker Bill Forester, who entered the NFL in 1953 but only gets credit for his 1960-1963 seasons in Green Bay (spoiler: those were pretty good ones). After him, of course, we have yet another Patriots lineman. Today it’s Vince Wilfork:

Rk
Name
Pos
First
Last
AV
Win%
1Bill ForesterLB-MG-DT19601963510.809
2Vince WilforkNT-DT20042013930.783
3Dan ConnersLB19641974820.781
4George AtkinsonDB19681979800.774
5Bubba SmithDE-DT19671976710.771
6Gus OttoLB19651972520.766
7Otis SistrunkDT-DE-NT19721978580.765
8Bill StanfillDE19691976730.762
9Jake ScottDB19701978980.76
10Curtis JohnsonDB19701978570.759
11Charles HaleyDE-LB198619991000.757
12Herb AdderleyDB196119721330.753
13Raheem BrockDE20022011500.753
14Corey SimonDT20002005500.749
15NaVorro BowmanLB20102013530.748
16Charlie WatersDB19701981790.746
17Larry ColeDE-DT19681980770.746
18Dave DuersonDB19831993670.746
19Mike WalterLB19831993560.745
20Merton HanksDB19911999700.744
21Lenny LylesDB-HB19601969550.744
22Willie DavisDE-DT196019691150.743
23Jerry LoganDB19641972790.743
24Henry JordanDT-DE196019691140.742
25Michael CarterNT19841992770.742
26Dan CurrieLB19601966600.741
27Tim FoleyDB19701980590.741
28Jethro PughDT-DE19651978990.739
29D.D. LewisLB19681981870.739
30Harvey MartinDE-DT19731983960.739
31Bobby BoydDB196019681110.736
32Manny FernandezDT-DE19681975520.736
33Billy Ray Sr. SmithDT-DE19601970810.736
34Bob BreunigLB19751984800.736
35Tom KeatingDT19641975590.735
36Jack TatumDB19711980770.735
37Fred MillerDT19631972840.733
38Cliff HarrisDB19701979920.733
39Dick AndersonDB19681977750.73
40Bobby BryantDB19681980910.728
41Wally HilgenbergLB-G19641979990.728
42Dwight WhiteDE19711980720.726
43Pierce HoltDE-DT19881995520.726
44Ron KostelnikDT19611969580.725
45Mike WagnerDB19711980700.724
46Vern Den HerderDE-NT19711982840.723
47Phil VillapianoLB19711982800.721
48Keena TurnerLB19801990750.72
49Jack ReynoldsLB197019841080.72
50Dave ElmendorfDB19711979730.719
51Don GriffinDB19861996710.718
52Ben DavidsonDE-DT19611971680.717
53Asante SamuelDB20032013890.717
54Mike VrabelLB19972010800.717
55Jack HamLB197119821460.715
56Glen EdwardsDB19711981650.715
57Dwight FreeneyDE20022013990.715
58Bob BaumhowerNT19771986960.714
59Charlie StukesDB19671974530.714
60A.J. DuheLB-DE19771984550.714
61Doug BettersDE19781987690.713
62Ray NitschkeLB196019721200.71
63Dwaine BoardDE19791987550.708
64Eric WrightDB19811990630.708
65Tedy BruschiLB19962008890.708
66Alan PageDT196719811840.706
67Ordell BraaseDE19601968770.706
68Rich MilotLB19791987520.703
69Dennis GaubatzLB19631969550.703
70Willie BrownDB196319781440.702
71Bill LaskeyLB19651974500.701
72Bob BrudzinskiLB19771989740.701
73Kim BokamperDE-LB19771985590.7
74John MobleyLB19962003590.699
75Loren ToewsLB19731983550.699
76Glenn BlackwoodDB19791987610.699
77Clay MatthewsLB20092013540.698
78Bill SimpsonDB19741982620.698
79Troy PolamaluDB200320131130.697
80Wilber MarshallLB198419951200.697
81Nate OdomesDB19871996600.697
82L.C. GreenwoodDE196919811000.697
83Jevon KearseDE19992009810.696
84Monte JacksonDB19751983570.695
85Carl EllerDE196419791670.695
86Dick HarrisDB19601965560.695
87Don ShinnickLB19601969770.692
88Lee Roy JordanLB196319761230.691
89Fred DryerDE19691980920.691
90Isiah RobertsonLB197119821270.69
91Larry BrooksDT19721982820.69
92Antoine BetheaDB20062013560.69
93Mel BlountDB197019831340.689
94Jack LambertLB197419841350.689
95Dexter ManleyDE19811991780.686
96Bill RomanowskiLB198820031200.685
97James HarrisonLB200420131010.684
98Ronnie LottDB198119941610.684
99Jeff SiemonLB19721982800.683
100Gary LarsenDT19641974870.683
101Bob MathesonLB19671979540.681
102Darryl GrantDT-G-C-T19811990590.681
103Dana StubblefieldDT19932003880.68
104Robert MathisDE20032013760.679
105Matt MillenLB19801991890.678
106Willie WoodDB196119711180.678
107Cornelius BennettLB198720001200.678
108Jack YoungbloodDE197119841390.677
109Mel RenfroDB-RB196419771300.677
110Jim HoustonLB-DE19601972780.677
111Richard SeymourDE-DT200120121110.677
112Dave EdwardsLB19631975920.676
113Paul KrauseDB-WR196419791550.676
114Garo YepremianK19661980530.675
115Earl FaisonDE19611966630.675
116Aaron SmithDE20002011880.674
117Nate WrightDB19691980630.674
118Diron TalbertDT-DE19671980950.673
119James FarriorLB199720111310.672
120Gerald IronsLB19701979620.672
121Randy WhiteDT-LB-DE197519881490.672
122Grant WistromDE19982006620.671
123Steve McMichaelDT-NT198119941270.669
124Ernie LaddDT19611968650.669
125Ike LassiterDE-DT19621971540.668
126Richard DentDE198319971210.668
127Paul WigginDE19601967550.668
128Lee WoodallLB19942001530.667
129Charles MannDE19831994970.666
130Mark MurphyDB19771984510.664
131Neal OlkewiczLB19791989740.663
132Bill GlassDE-C-T19601968690.663
133Clancy WilliamsDB19651972520.663
134Cornell GreenDB196219741240.662
135Steve FoleyDB19761986720.662
136Samari RolleDB19982008750.662
137Riki EllisonLB19831992610.661
138Jerry MaysDE-DT196119701000.661
139Lester HayesDB19771986890.66
140Chuck HowleyLB196119731220.66
141Johnny RobinsonDB-FL-HB196019711180.658
142Dave GraysonDB19611970970.658
143Dave RobinsonLB196319741030.657
144Doug SutherlandDT-G-DE19701981640.657
145Bernie ParrishDB19601966550.657
146Erich BarnesDB19601971890.657
147Joe GreeneDT196919811360.656
148Carlton BaileyLB19891997510.656
149Ken NortonLB198920001050.655
150Roy WinstonLB196219761080.655
151Chris HopeDB20022012540.655
152Dave ButzDT-DE197319881070.654
153Bernardo HarrisLB19952002520.654
154Mike BassDB19671975640.653
155George AndrieDE19621972890.652
156Mike HegmanLB19761987690.652
157Adalius ThomasLB-DE20012009750.652
158Lou MichaelsDE-K19601971840.652
159Bobby BellLB-DE196319741320.651
160Neil SmithDE198820001200.651
161Bob SwensonLB19751983500.651
162Vince CostelloLB19601968580.651
163Jim YoungbloodLB19731983710.65
164Haloti NgataDT200620131050.65
165Mike SingletaryLB198119921590.65
166Tony TolbertDE19891997710.65
167Carnell LakeDB198920011020.65
168Ted HendricksLB196919831470.648
169Otis WilsonLB19801987650.647
170Lyle BlackwoodDB19731986650.647
171Gary ReasonsLB19841992510.645
172Ike TaylorDB20042013630.645
173LaMarr WoodleyLB20072013580.644
174Tommy CasanovaDB19721977500.644
175Buck BuchananDT196319751220.644
176Fred CoxK19631977630.644
177Larry GordonLB19761982540.644
178Tyrone BraxtonDB19881999690.643
179Mark CollinsDB19861998750.643
180Dan HamptonDE-DT197919901230.643
181Shaun PhillipsOLB-DE20042013660.642
182Mike CurtisLB-FB19651978990.642
183Jimmy PattonDB19601966610.641
184Lito SheppardDB20022011520.641
185Ed McDanielLB19922001540.641
186Jim KatcavageDE-DT19601968700.641
187William PerryDT-DE19851994590.641
188E.J. HolubLB-C19611970800.64
189Deshea TownsendDB19982009500.639
190Randall GodfreyLB19962007870.639
191A.J. HawkLB20062013630.639
192Darren PerryDB19922000570.638
193Rick VolkDB19671978880.638
194Tony BanfieldDB19601965540.637
195Rubin CarterNT-DT19751986870.637
196Merlin OlsenDT196219761590.636
197Rulon JonesDE19801988710.636
198Derrick ThomasLB198919991330.636
199LeRoy ButlerDB199020011100.636
200Roy HiltonDE19651975640.636
201Harold McLintonLB19691978610.635
202Ben DavisDB19671976540.635
203Perry WilliamsDB19841993580.635
204Dick LynchDB19601966510.635
205Mike HardenDB19801990690.635
206Rod MartinLB19771988960.634
207Dan SaleaumuaDT-NT-DE19871998780.634
208Mark MoseleyK19711986580.634
209Karl MecklenburgLB-DE198319941130.633
210Sean JonesDE19841996850.633
211Verlon BiggsDE19651974820.632
212Chad ScottDB19972006510.632
213Bob LillyDT-DE196119741480.632
214Lawrence TimmonsLB20072013550.631
215Too Tall JonesDE197419891290.63
216Larry MorrisLB-FB-HB19601966510.63
217Trevor PryceDT-DE199720101010.63
218Curley CulpDT-NT-G196819801050.629
219Darren SharperDB199720101230.629
220Casey HamptonNT-DT20012012960.629
221Karl KassulkeDB19631972750.629
222Brett KeiselDE20042013700.629
223Louis WrightDB197519861090.628
224Steve AtwaterDB19891999980.628
225John DuttonDT-DE19741987900.628
226Larry FooteLB20022012680.628
227Richie PetitbonDB196019721090.627
228Scott ShanleLB20042012500.626
229Vaughan JohnsonLB19861993690.625
230Tom JacksonLB197319861090.625
231John TraceyLB-E-DE19601967580.624
232Lyle AlzadoDE-DT197119851110.623
233Mike HaynesDB197619891330.623
234Jim MarshallDE196019791640.623
235Maxie BaughanLB196019741060.622
236Pat SwillingLB-DE198619981190.622
237Rosey TaylorDB19611972920.622
238Adam VinatieriK19962013570.622
239Donnie ShellDB197419871200.621
240Dale CarterDB19922005820.621
241Terrell SuggsLB-DE200320131090.621
242Jerome BrownDT19871991520.621
243Bill GeorgeLB-G-MG-DT19601966660.619
244Lonnie WarwickLB19651974690.619
245Tim McKyerDB19861997600.618
246Joe FortunatoLB19601966750.618
247George KoonceLB19922000600.617
248Sam MillsLB198619971260.617
249Nick BuonicontiLB196219761370.616
250Dwight HicksDB19791986630.616
251Mike PetersonLB19992012950.616
252Reggie WhiteDE-DT198520002260.616
253Al WilsonLB19992006790.616
254Chris HanburgerLB196519781260.615
255Lee Roy CaffeyLB19631972750.615
256Leonard MarshallDE-DT19831994870.615
257Cortland FinneganDB20062013570.615
258John RandleDT-DE199020031370.615
259Gene AtkinsDB19871996590.614
260Robert JonesLB19922001650.613
261Jeff CrossDE19881995560.613
262Myron PottiosLB19611973830.612
263Gino MarchettiDE-T-DT19601966620.612
264Justin TuckDE20052013650.612
265Rod PerryDB19751984500.611
266Chris DolemanDE-LB198519991560.611
267Kenny GrahamDB19641970530.611
268Clark HaggansLB20012012570.61
269Sam HuffLB19601969740.61
270Joey PorterLB199920111110.61
271Terry KinardDB19831990620.61
272Howie LongDE-NT198119931190.61
273Jim RyanLB19791988550.609
274Ted JohnsonLB19952004600.608
275Roger BrownDT19601969930.608
276Jim LynchLB19671977820.608
277Yale LaryDB19601964710.608
278Byron EvansLB19871994500.607
279Pat FischerDB196219771150.607
280Joe SchmidtLB19601965580.606
281Greg LloydLB198819981100.606
282John AbrahamDE200020131180.605
283Brett MaxieDB19851997600.605
284Darrell GreenDB198320021490.604
285Bob JeterDB-WR19631973650.604
286Willie LanierLB196719771080.604
287Night Train LaneDB-E19601965620.603
288Brock MarionDB19932004710.603
289Levon KirklandLB199220021020.603
290Darrin SmithLB19932003690.603
291Rod WoodsonDB198820031920.603
292Jason GildonLB19942004900.602
293Gary JohnsonDT-DE-NT19751985760.602
294Chris McAlisterDB19992008840.602
295Russell MarylandDT19912000730.602
296Bradie JamesLB20032012640.602
297Pepper JohnsonLB19861998960.601
298Shane ConlanLB19871995700.601
299Henry JonesDB19912002700.6
300Barney ChavousDE-DT19731985910.6
301Walter JohnsonDT19651977790.6
302Bobby TaylorDB19952004580.6
303Bob LurtsemaDT-DE19671977510.6
304Ryan PickettDT20012013770.6
305Na'il DiggsLB20002011710.599
306Keith BulluckLB20002010880.599
307Santana DotsonDT-DE19922001660.598
308Jim KearneyDB19651976590.598
309Brig OwensDB19661977680.597
310Ed ReedDB200220131430.597
311Mel OwensLB19811989500.597
312Dennis SmithDB19811994980.597
313Quentin JammerDB20022013680.597
314Terence NewmanDB20032013820.596
315Eric DavisDB19902002840.596
316John LynchDB199320071170.596
317Tom DayDE-G-DT-T19601968520.595
318Fred DeanDE19751985700.595
319Lionel AldridgeDE19631973740.595
320Tim BowensDT19942004780.595
321Tyrone PooleDB19952006510.594
322Nemiah WilsonDB19651975530.594
323Don FloydDE19601967580.594
324Kimo von OelhoffenDE-NT-DT19952007700.594
325Bryce PaupLB19912000760.594
326Joel SteedNT19921999560.594
327Carl EkernLB19761988700.594
328Gary DunnNT-DT-DE19761987660.594
329Ryan ClarkDB20032013690.593
330Albert HaynesworthDT20022011630.593
331Lance MehlLB19801987540.592
332Ray LewisLB199620122270.592
333Randy GradisharLB197419831070.592
334Tom SestakDT19621968720.592
335Lawrence TaylorLB198119931820.592
336Sam MadisonDB199720081030.592
337Gary AndersonK19822004910.591
338Robert BrownDT-DE19661976630.591
339Kevin HardyLB19962004730.591
340Derrick RodgersLB19972004510.591
341Al HarrisDE-LB19791990590.59
342John RowserDB19671976590.59
343Jason ElamK19932008610.59
344Tony BrackensDE19962003570.59
345Darren WoodsonDB19922003950.589
346Aaron BeasleyDB19962004510.589
347Phil HansenDE19912001770.589
348Keith MillardDT-NT-DE19851993660.589
349Charlie JohnsonNT19771984750.589
350Gary FencikDB197619871010.588
351Charles WoodsonDB199820131430.587
352Willie WilliamsDB19932005560.587
353Eddie RobinsonLB19922002820.587
354Jarret JohnsonDE20032013590.587
355Sean LandetaP19852005500.587
356Paul MaguireLB-P19601970550.586
357Darryl TalleyLB19831996960.586
358Pete BarnesLB19671977610.586
359Jonathan VilmaLB20042012690.586
360Jonathan BabineauxDE-DT20052013560.586
361Terrell BuckleyDB19922004750.586
362Jay RatliffDE20052013590.586
363Keith TraylorDT-NT19912007780.586
364John ThorntonDT19992008600.585
365Kevin GreeneLB-DE198519991210.585
366Jack PardeeLB19601972970.585
367Antonio CromartieDB20062013600.584
368Monte ColemanLB19791994540.584
369Deltha O'NealDB20002008540.583
370Ted WashingtonNT-DT199120071210.583
371Jason FiskDT-NT19962006550.583
372Troy VincentDB199220061160.582
373Brian UrlacherLB200020121520.582
374John OfferdahlLB19861993540.582
375Frank WarrenDE-NT19811994580.582
376Charlie WestDB19681979520.581
377Donnie AbrahamDB19962004630.581
378Sherrill HeadrickLB19601968840.581
379Ray CrockettDB19892002800.58
380Brad DusekLB19741981580.58
381Willie McGinestDE-LB199420081030.58
382Al SmithLB19871995640.58
383Carlos EmmonsLB19962006660.58
384Mike WilcherLB19831990500.579
385Chuck AllenLB19611972740.579
386Charles TillmanDB20032013840.579
387Vonnie HollidayDE-DT19982012810.579
388Tom AddisonLB19601967710.578
389Jason FergusonDT-NT19972009630.578
390Ron McDoleDE-DT196119781380.578
391Lance BriggsLB200320131210.578
392Tony PetersDB19751985540.578
393Bryant YoungDT-DE199420071180.578
394Anthony McFarlandDT19992006500.578
395Marcus RobertsonDB19912002730.577
396Greg KragenNT-DT19851997980.577
397Everson WallsDB198119931050.576
398Bobby HuntDB19621969600.576
399Erik HowardNT-DT-DE19861995560.576
400Andy RussellLB196319761020.576
401Lofa TatupuLB20052010520.576
402DeMarcus WareLB200520131050.576
403Ed SharockmanDB19611972800.575
404Ryan LongwellK19972011550.575
405Kabeer Gbaja-BiamilaDE20002008500.575
406Bart ScottLB20022012820.575
407Matt BlairLB19741985900.574
408Tommie HarrisDT20042011630.573
409Bruce SmithDE198520032230.573
410Blaine BishopDB19932002650.573
411Reggie TongueDB19962004550.573
412Chad BratzkeDE19962003560.573
413Julius PeppersDE200220131510.572
414Adewale OgunleyeDE20012009730.572
415Robin ColeLB-DE19771988800.572
416Greg TownsendDE-LB-DT-NT19831994740.572
417Carlos RogersDB20052013560.571
418Simon FletcherLB-DE19851995770.571
419Eddie MeadorDB196019701030.57
420Chad BrownLB199320061060.57
421Kurt SchulzDB19922001500.57
422John MatuszakDE-DT19731981500.57
423Bryan CoxLB19912002870.57
424Bill ThompsonDB196919811060.569
425Michael BrooksLB19871996680.569
426Shaun GayleDB19841995550.569
427Joe RobbDE-LB19601971780.569
428Ty LawDB199520091130.569
429Joe PhillipsNT-DT-DE19861999740.569
430Will SmithDE20042012640.568
431Jeremiah TrotterLB19982009870.568
432Steve NelsonLB19741987950.568
433Jim LeClairLB19721983730.568
434Jim NortonDB-P19601968730.567
435Hanford DixonDB19811989800.566
436Brian DawkinsDB199620111400.566
437Elvis DumervilDE20062013530.566
438William WhiteDB19881998560.566
439LeRoy IrvinDB19811990810.566
440Shelton QuarlesLB19972006670.565
441Fredd YoungLB19841990570.565
442Jeff ZgoninaDT19932009550.565
443Frank MinnifieldDB19841992710.564
444William FullerDE19861998930.564
445Gerry PhilbinDE19641973670.564
446Bruce ScholtzLB19821989520.564
447Tim FoxDB19761986580.563
448Jamal WilliamsDT-NT19982010790.563
449Chris MartinLB19831994520.563
450Doug AtkinsDE19601969850.563
451Mike McKenzieDB19992009600.563
452Louis OliverDB19891996500.563
453Carl BanksLB19841995830.563
454Ted WashingtonLB19731982560.562
455Eric AllenDB198820011310.562
456Hugh DouglasDE19952004810.562
457Ken LucasDB20012009560.561
458Clyde SimmonsDE-DT198620001120.56
459Michael LewisDB20022010510.56
460Larry McGrewLB19801990540.56
461Earl EdwardsDT-DE19691979530.559
462Larry StallingsLB19631976850.559
463Dewayne WashingtonDB19942005850.559
464Justin SmithDE200120131260.559
465Aaron KampmanDE-DT20022010650.559
466Mike PattersonDT20052013550.559
467Ray ChildressDT-DE198519951100.558
468Michael DownsDB19811989630.558
469Gerald WilliamsNT-DE-DT19861997680.558
470Lonnie MartsLB19912000550.558
471Alex KarrasDT196019701100.558
472Paul RochesterDT19601969600.558
473Kenny EasleyDB19811987680.558
474Louie KelcherDT-NT19751984600.558
475Mike WegerDB19671977510.557
476Rodney HarrisonDB19942008940.557
477Dirt WinstonLB19771986510.556
478Osi UmenyioraDE20032013690.556
479Jerry GrayDB19851993660.556
480Kelly GreggNT-DT20012011740.556
481Henry ThomasDT-NT198720001140.556
482Seth JoynerLB-DB198619981080.555
483Ken RileyDB196919831260.555
484Marcus TrufantDB20032012630.555
485Reggie DossDE-DT19781987550.554
486Quintin MikellDB20032013610.554
487Rickey JacksonLB-DE198119951600.554
488Doug EvansDB19932003660.554
489Wayne WalkerLB196019721110.554
490Mike BrownDB20002009680.553
491Derrick BrooksLB199520081900.553
492Larry EisenhauerDE19611969740.553
493Emmitt ThomasDB19671978890.553
494Bob DeeDE-DT19601967680.553
495Carl LeeDB19831994820.552
496Carl HairstonDE-DT-LB197619901010.552
497Champ BaileyDB199920131540.552
498Trent ColeDE-LB20052013780.552
499Woodrow LoweLB19761986720.552
500Leonard SmithDB19831991550.551

Defensive Linemen

Wilfork has an incredible 0.783 winning percentage: it’s been a very good decade in New England, and that doesn’t even include the ’01 season. Bubba Smith comes in at #5, while Otis Sistrunk, Bill Stanfill, Charles Haley, Raheem Brock, Corey Simon (?!), and Larry Cole also crack the top twenty.

Among active players, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are the second and third “winningest” defensive linemen, but both are far behind Wilfork. Haloti Ngata, Shaun Phillips (who is really more linebacker), Brett Keisel, Justin Tuck, and John Abraham also make the top 300.

Linebackers

In addition to Forester, Raiders linebackers Dan Conners and Gus Otto both crack the top ten. Next up at #15 is NaVorro Bowman, who has a 0.748 adjusted winning percentage. Other notables; Phil Villapiano, Keena Turner, and Jack Reynolds come in at 47, 48, and 49, Mike Vrabel and Jack Ham at 54 and 55, and Tedy Bruschi ranks 62nd. Among active players, Clay Matthews and James Harrison also crack the top 100.

Defensive Backs

Among defensive backs, players from the ’60s and ’70s dominate: George Atkinson (Oakland), Jake Scott (Miami), Curtis Johnson (Miami), Herb Adderley (Green Bay), and Charlie Waters rank in the top sixteen, with the late Dave Duerson at #18 and Merton Hanks at 20. Among active players, Asante Samuel (0.717), Troy Polamalu (0.697), and Antoine Bethea (0.690 and now in San Francisco) have the best AV-adjusted winning percentages.

Hall of Famers

What about the best and worst AV-adjusted winning percentages of players in the Hall of Fame? Remember, we’re only looking at seasons since 1960. The table below shows the AV Adjusted winning percentages for all players in the Hall of Fame with at least 50 points of AV. It also includes their “actual record” which I’m putting in quotes because it’s the records of the teams they played on and not the actual records of those players. And please be sure to read this footnote.1

Rk
Name
Pos
First
Last
AV
Adj Win%
Act Rec
Act Win%
1Fred BiletnikoffWR-FL196519781190.774144-45-90.75
2Gene UpshawG196719811510.764155-56-70.727
3John MackeyTE19631972680.75796-38-60.707
4Paul HornungHB-FB-QB19601966500.75573-42-30.631
5Herb AdderleyDB196119721330.753119-44-50.723
6Paul WarfieldWR-SE196419771360.745131-48-30.728
7Willie DavisDE-DT196019691150.743112-45-50.707
8Jim TaylorFB19601967970.74384-46-40.642
9Henry JordanDT-DE196019691140.742121-47-60.713
10Roger StaubachQB196919791280.736116-41-10.737
11Art ShellT196819821210.733150-56-70.721
12Rayfield WrightT-TE196719791030.73137-48-10.739
13Tom MackG196619781200.73129-48-70.72
14Forrest GreggT-G-DT196019711130.729125-71-60.634
15Lynn SwannWR19741982730.72790-38-10.702
16Larry LittleG-T196719801310.727132-67-30.661
17Franco HarrisRB197219841340.72133-55-10.706
18Bob HayesSE-WR19651975960.72103-49-20.675
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155Barry SandersRB198919981500.49678-82-00.488
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163Gale SayersRB19651969640.46841-54-30.434
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166Dick ButkusLB19651973950.4248-74-40.397
167Floyd LittleRB19671975830.41847-73-60.397
168O.J. SimpsonRB196919791160.40947-109-20.304
169Lee Roy SelmonDE-DT19761984870.39844-88-10.335
170Cortez KennedyDT199020001200.39776-100-00.432

O.J. Simpson‘s teams had the worst record of any player in the Hall of Fame, although for AV-adjusted winning percentage, Cortez Kennedy has him beat. One reason for that? In Simpson’s best year, the Bills went 8-6, while in Kennedy’s top season, the Seahawks finished 2-14. The remainder of the bottom of the list of AV-adjusted winning percentages of HOFers is no surprise: Tampa Bay’s Lee Roy Selmon, Denver’s Floyd Little, Chicago’s Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers, Simpson’s teammate in Buffalo, Joe DeLamielleure, and Houston’s Elvin Bethea (another Oiler, Earl Campbell, isn’t too far behind).

The list of the Hall of Famers with the best career adjusted winning percentages won’t bring any surprises, either. Raiders and Packers and Steelers tend to dominate the top of the list, along with Paul Warfield, the wide receiver whose career has confounded analysts for decades.

  1. For someone like Jerry Rice, who played for two teams in one season, the record is misleading because I’ve combined the records of both of his teams that year. But I was in a rush, and I figured I’d rather include the data with a disclaimer than not include it at all. Even by “good enougher” standards this one was pretty bad, but… oh well. []

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  • Vince Verhei July 4, 2014, 8:31 pm

    Am I missing something or did Deion Sanders slip through the cracks? I can’t find him in the tables.

    • Chase Stuart July 4, 2014, 9:14 pm

      He’s on there – just search for him. His teams went 112-112, although his AV-adjusted win% was a little bit above .500.

  • Vince Verhei July 5, 2014, 8:56 pm

    Weird. Search wasn’t working for me last night. Thanks!

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