10. Anthony Muñoz
Nola McConnan + Tim Cortes
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Nola McConnan + Tim Cortes
In 2013 the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new addition adjacent to the original building. The new section of the Hall of Fame was joined to the existing section by means of a passageway called the Time Tunnel. The Hall of Fame decided to decorate the...
In 2013 the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Museum celebrated its 50th anniversary by adding a new addition adjacent to the original building. The new section of the Hall of Fame was joined to the existing section by means of a passageway called the Time Tunnel. The Hall of Fame decided to decorate the passageway by showing life-size portraits of The 15 Greatest NFL Players of All Time. The Hall of Fame hired Scott Sillcox of Heritage Sports Art to create the player images. This framed piece contains the two actual original pieces of art that were used to create the life-size image of Player #10 in the timeline – Anthony Muñoz. To the viewer’s left is the actual original watercolor painting of Muñoz’s uniformed body, while the image in the center-top is the actual original painting of Muñoz’s head. The image to the viewer’s right is the final art that was electronically created using the two original pieces of art, and it is this compiled image that has been enlarged to life-size and can be found in the Time Tunnel at the Hall of Fame.
The outer dimensions of this framed piece, as measured from the outside of the frame to the outside of the frame, are 45" wide x 40" tall.
Anthony Muñoz, a 6-6, 278-pound offensive tackle, was the first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals and the third player selected overall in the 1980 NFL Draft. Some considered the pick a risk because of multiple knee injuries and the fact that he played only one full game his senior year at the University of Southern California. But as the two-time All-America lineman (1978-1979) proved, the concerns were unnecessary.
An exceptional straight-on blocker, Muñoz was agile, quick, and strong. He had great foot quickness and agility necessary to block quick defensive ends. Considered by many to be the premier tackle during his 13-seasons of play, he started 164 of 168 games from 1980-1990.
An all-around athlete, he even caught seven passes and scored four touchdowns on tackle eligible plays. His stalwart play was the key to the success that propelled Cincinnati to three AFC Central Division titles and two AFC championships (1981 and 1988).
The recipient of virtually every possible honor, Anthony was elected to 11 consecutive Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro 11 straight times from 1981 through 1991. He was named the NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1981, 1987, and 1988 and the NFL Players Association Lineman of the Year in 1981, 1985, 1988, and 1989.
Always in top-notch condition, Muñoz missed only three games due to injury. His rigorous workout routine included working out in the weight room he had installed in his home and running three to four miles every day. He set high personal standards and worked tirelessly to achieve them.
Born August 19, 1958, in Ontario, California, Muñoz was too big to play Pop Warner football as a youth. Instead, he concentrated on becoming an excellent baseball player. Eventually, as a college sophomore, he pitched for USC’s national championship team in 1978. By then, however, it was clear that his size and his talents were more suited for football.
MICHAEL ANTHONY MUÑOZ ... UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ... 6'6'', 278 ... BENGALS’ FIRST-ROUND DRAFT PICK, THIRD PLAYER OVERALL, 1980 DRAFT ... ALL-PRO 11 CONSECUTIVE YEARS, 1981-1991 ... ELECTED TO 11 STRAIGHT PRO BOWLS ... GREAT AGILITY, EXCEPTIONAL STRAIGHT-ON BLOCKER ... CAUGHT SEVEN PASSES AND SCORED FOUR TOUCHDOWNS ON TACKLE-ELIGIBLE PLAYS ... NFL OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR 1981, 1987, 1988 ... SELECTED TO NFL’s 75TH ANNIVERSARY ALL-TIME TEAM, 1994 ... STARTED AT TACKLE IN SUPER BOWLS XVI, XXIII ... BORN AUGUST 19, 1958 IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA.