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The NFL 1980s All-Decade Team was chosen by voters of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The team was composed of outstanding performers in the National Football League in the 1980s.[1][2][3] The squad consists of first- and second-team offensive, defensive and special teams units, as well as a first- and second-team head coaches.

Jerry Rice, Anthony Muñoz, and Lawrence Taylor were the only unanimous choices, being named on all 26 ballots. John Hannah was next with 25, followed by Joe Montana tallied 24½ votes, Walter Payton 23½, Ronnie Lott had 23.

Payton, Ted Hendricks were all either first-team choices on the National Football League 1970s All-Decade Team as well. John Hannah was a second-team choice on the 1970s team prior to being named to the first-team on the 1980s Team of the Decade.

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Offense

Position First Team Votes Hall of Fame? Second Team Votes Hall of Fame?
Quarterback Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers 24½ Yes Dan Fouts, San Diego Chargers 1 Yes
Running back Walter Payton, Chicago Bears 23½ Yes Roger Craig, San Francisco 49ers 5 No
Running back Eric Dickerson, Los Angeles Rams, Indianapolis Colts 19 Yes John Riggins, Washington Redskins 3 Yes
Wide receiver Jerry Rice, San Francisco 49ers 26 e-2010 James Lofton, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Raiders 2 Yes
Wide receiver Steve Largent, Seattle Seahawks 22 Yes Art Monk, Washington Redskins 2 Yes
Tight end Kellen Winslow, San Diego Chargers 18½ Yes Ozzie Newsome, Cleveland Browns 2 Yes
Tackle Anthony Muñoz, Cincinnati Bengals 26 Yes Gary Zimmerman, Minnesota Vikings 7 Yes
Tackle Jimbo Covert, Chicago Bears 8 No Joe Jacoby, Washington Redskins 5 No
Guard John Hannah, New England Patriots 25 Yes Bill Fralic, Atlanta Falcons 4 No
Guard Russ Grimm, Washington Redskins 16 No Mike Munchak, Houston Oilers 3 Yes
Center Dwight Stephenson, Miami Dolphins 13 Yes Mike Webster, Pittsburgh Steelers, Kansas City Chiefs 10 Yes

Defense

Position First Team Votes Hall of Fame? Second Team Votes Hall of Fame?
Defensive end Reggie White, Philadelphia Eagles 22 Yes Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 3 Yes
Defensive end Howie Long, Los Angeles Raiders 21 Yes Bruce Smith, Buffalo Bills 3 Yes
Defensive tackle Randy White, Dallas Cowboys 22 Yes Keith Millard, Minnesota 7 No
Defensive tackle Dan Hampton, Chicago Bears 12 Yes Dave Butz, Washington Redskins 3 No
Middle linebacker Mike Singletary, Chicago Bears 21½ Yes Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh Steelers 4 Yes
Outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants 26 Yes Andre Tippett, New England Patriots 6 Yes
Outside linebacker Ted Hendricks, Los Angeles Raiders 18 Yes Carl Banks, New York Giants
John Anderson, Green Bay Packers
1
1
No
No
Cornerback Mike Haynes, New England Patriots, Los Angeles Raiders 13 Yes Frank Minnifield, Cleveland Browns 7 No
Cornerback Mel Blount , Pittsburgh Steelers 9 Yes Lester Hayes, Los Angeles Raiders 4 No
Safety Ronnie Lott, San Francisco 49ers 23 Yes Deron Cherry , Kansas City Chiefs 5 No
Safety Kenny Easley, Seattle Seahawks 11 No Nolan Cromwell, Los Angeles Rams
Joey Browner, Minnesota Vikings
4
4
No
No

Special teams

Position First Team Votes Hall of Fame? Second Team Votes Hall of Fame?
Kicker Morten Andersen, New Orleans Saints 12 e-2013 Gary Anderson, Pittsburgh Steelers
Eddie Murray, Detroit Lions
4
4
No
No
Punter Sean Landeta, New York Giants 8 e-2012 Reggie Roby, Miami Dolphins 6 No
Kick Returner Mike Nelms, Washington Redskins No Rick Upchurch, Denver Broncos 5 No
Punt Returner Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, Atlanta Falcons, Washington Redskins 13 No John Taylor, San Francisco 49ers 3 No

Coach

Position First Team Votes Hall of Fame? Second Team Votes Hall of Fame?
Coach Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers 19 Yes Chuck Noll, Pittsburgh Steelers 3 Yes

Key

  • Under "Hall of Fame" if a year is listed, i.e., "e-2010", that is the year player is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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