Much like Tony Gonzalez and tight ends, you can’t discuss the best offensive linemen without bringing up Anthony Munoz. Born in Ontario, Calif., to Mexican-American parents, Munoz and his brother Tom were raised by their mother, who worked on a nearby farm to make ends meet.
At a young age, Anthony developed a fondness for baseball, but his size made him a natural fit for football. The University of Southern California noticed his potential and offered him a scholarship to play for their program. In his junior and senior years at USC, Munoz dealt with lingering knee injuries that limited his time on the field. He played in only eight games during that time span.
As a result, when he declared for the 1980 NFL Draft, numerous people viewed Munoz as a risk. However, Bengals founder and general manager Paul Brown saw Anthony's potential at the Rose Bowl and opted to take him with the third overall pick. It was a bold move, but ultimately a wise one.
It also came with plenty of dedication out of Munoz, who would run three to four miles every day and work out in his installed home weight room. Anthony had his doubters and he needed to prove them wrong. In his career, Munoz was a mainstay at the left tackle spot, racking up 11 Pro Bowl selections and rarely missing games due to injury.
After hanging up his cleats, Munoz established his own foundation, which works toward helping the community, especially the disadvantaged youth by stressing the importance of higher education.