Free safety: Larry Wilson (1960-72)

Free safety: Larry Wilson (1960-72)

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Larry Wilson

Larry Wilson zeroes in on a runner in a 1964 game. Post-Dispatch file photo.

Wilson didn't invent the safety blitz, but certainly popularized it. A ballhawk of the highest order with 52 career interceptions, including picks in seven straight games in 1966. You want toughness? Wilson (No. 8 above) once intercepted a pass wearing casts on both hands due to broken wrists. Eight-time Pro Bowler, and Hall of Famer.

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