2007 wasn’t that long ago, was it? In the world of the NFL it was. I went back to 2007 to see who the team leaders were for passing yards, rushing yards, receiving yards, tackles and INTs to see how many of those players were still with their respective teams. Out of 160 players, there were either 32 or 33, depending on if you want to count Brian Urlacher twice for leading the Bears in tackles and INTs in 2007. And I even counted players that are currently free agents… like Urlacher.
The following is kind of a funny look at how how time flies in the NFL. Team statistic leaders include guys like Cleo Lemon, Selvin Young, and of course… Vinny Testaverde.
There were 9 teams that no longer employ any of their stat leaders from 2007. The combined record of those teams in 2012 was 42-102, and those teams are drafting 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 8th, 10th, 12th, and 13th, although I think there’s a fair amount of coincidence there.
We’ll start with the teams that have the most players still with their respective teams: