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David C. Moriarty, RB, @Benni

 

140 GP (S9-S17 Miami Neptune, S18 Seattle Predators)

2,725 Carries, 11,321 Yards, 128 TDs, 4.2 YPC; 594 Catches, 5,203 Yards, 35 TDs, 8.8 YPC

2 Time EFL Champion

1 Playoff Most Valuable Player

4 Running Back of the Year

 

With as storied as David Moriarty’s career has been at running back, he faced a change of pace after emerging as a top rushing threat from Alabama in Season 8 after being drafted to Miami… as a receiver. He started his career as third fiddle to HoF Phoenix Hood III & Brian Kowalski in the ‘quiet period’ of the storied Miami Neptune, finishing last in the Eastern Conference (5-9), four straight seasons in the finals (S5-S8) as part of a beleaguered passing attack. He became an immediate star as second leading rusher in the EFL in his sophomore season, but more importantly became the team’s fourth receiving option and laid the foundation for modern dual-threat backs like Margaret McPoyle and Apollo King. Indeed, he flipped Miami’s fortune to an immediate first place spot in the East before suffering a narrow loss to the Brigade where he carried the offensive workload (36 rushes, 127 yards).

Moriarty quickly became a superstar, leading the league in rushing yards (1,539), rushing attempts (381), and tied for first in TDs (14). He led the Neptune to a first-place berth in the East and cruised through the Conference round against the Herd (182 yards on 36 carries) before claiming a nail-biting 23-20 overtime victory the LA Reign in the EFL Championship Game. His 35 carries for 162 yards and a TD earned him a Playoff MVP trophy – a cherry on top of an enviable EFL season. This was only the start for Moriarty, who earned his first of four RBotY awards in Season 13 brought to an abrupt halt with an all-passing gambit in the finals. Indeed, with the advent of Harlon Connecticut – arguably the league’s hottest new quarterback – the EFL had entered what is now recognized as the pass-happy era of sim league football.

The Neptune continued to be competitive in Season 14, riding Connecticut to a league second-best offense that left Moriarty with just 255 carries. But he also experienced his best receiving season by a long margin, with 716 yards on 83 catches – prowess which was on clear display with a clutch early 4th-quarter TD in the first round of the playoffs versus an upstart Memphis Mambas team. Indeed, he’d lay claim to his second career championship against the 10-4 Seattle Predators featuring a burgeoning Drew McPewPewPew. Moriarty once again featured prominently in the offense, with 25 rushes for 122 yards that capped off his second consecutive RBotY. The back end of Moriarty’s career was still filled with top-four rushing performances on competitive Miami teams that stumbled late in seasons – even with a league-leading S16 offense that produced both a massively-prolific Gavin Rose. He continued his run to four consecutive RBotY from S13-16, outmatched only by the immortal Tugg Bote in EFL history.

In his swan song season, Moriarty signed a deal with the Seattle Predators, who dominated the West and held a full three-game margin heading into the playoffs. His final win – a bittersweet conference finals victory over the LA Reign – featured Moriarty scoring a key 1-yard third-quarter run that tied the game, which eventually set up the game-winning field goal by DeShaun Marion in the fourth. It capped off a career featuring 2,725 carries for 11,321 rushing yards and 128 TDs – to say nothing of his nearly 600 catches for over 5,000 yards.

 

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Marcus Bryant, DB, @solas

 

126 GP (S1-S2 Memphis Bandits, S3-S7 Seattle Predators, S8-S9 Los Angeles Reign)

706 Tackles (6 TFL), 4 Sacks, 39 INT, 76 PD, 5 FF, 3 FR, 3 TD

1 Time EFL Champion

1 Cornerback of the Year

3 Safety of the Year

 

It’s not often we see a safety get recognition – but Marcus Bryant is one of the all-time greats. Indeed, his volume and turnover stats were prominent in spite of the minuscule chance safeties have of producing meaningful statistics. Even more notably, Bryant was one of the league’s first players as an inaugural Memphis Bandits player and the eighth-ever selection in league history. Memphis’s defense in Season 1 was, at times, the limiting factor to their success – finishing dead last in passing yards in spite of a strong 4 INT performance from Bryant. He proved himself as an excellent hitter, too – forcing the second-most fumbles in the league in spite of playing pretty far off the line.

He received his first bit of recognition in Season 2, where he crowded out a 5 INT performance from New York’s L’Carpetron Dookmarriot by absolutely stuffing the stat sheet with three sacks (T-1st among safeties), three turnovers, and a best-in-conference pass defense (194.6 yards/game). If you needed any second opinions on how valuable Bryant was, however, look no further than the November 2nd, 2017 trade that moved him to Seattle in exchange for another safety (Aston Martin) and two first round picks – value unheard of for a safety. While the trade didn’t truly pay off for a couple of seasons – with Bryant averaging a few picks in the regular season each time – Seattle continued to be top competitors in their conference. He broke out in Season 5 after a brief stint at cornerback – one that earned him a league-second 5 INTs. And while some argue in favor of Vontae Peterson, Jr., who had seven picks that season, Bryant’s impact on the running game (2 TFLs) and overall prominence against the pass (15 PDs) truly earned him his one CBotY

However, Bryant’s true prime didn’t exist until the middle of his career, where he earned two consecutive Safety of the Year awards for 6 INT/13 PD/1 Def. TD and 9 INT/14 PD/1 Def. TD performances that hadn’t been seen at the position since Harrison Clark’s absurd show in Season 1. Despite his five seasons and massive output with Seattle, however, Bryant hadn’t been to the championship since his loss to New York in Season 4. By this point, however, the clear #1 safety in the EFL had gone inactive – which forced Seattle’s hand into a late S7 trade with Los Angeles with Charlie Hudson and Robbie Danger in exchange for the legendary Tugg Bote and both of Bushito’s players, Tyler Barabash and Brady Stropko. Indeed, Bryant threw up another 5 INT regular season line and earned himself a legendary overtime playoff victory over the Miami Neptune, 26-20.

He rode out his final season in the EFL with Los Angeles – posting 39 INTs, 76 PDs, and 3 defensive touchdowns in his career.

 

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Adam Winesorcery, K, @Holst

 

112 GP (S8-S10 Los Angeles Reign, S10-S15 Seattle Predators)

182/196 FG (92.9%), 350/359 XP (97.5%); 557 Punts, 26,210 Yards, 47.1 Avg, 74 Ins 20

1 Time EFL Champion

5 Kicker of the Year

S8 Rookie of the Year

 

It’s all in the name: sometimes, a kicker just has a little magic in their leg. And Winesorcery was great enough to become the first-ever Veteran’s Committee selection as well as the second kicker to enter the Hall. While the kicker award is named after Miami great Bryce Larkin, Winesorcery possessed immaculate accuracy en route to five Kicker of the Year awards that featured four seasons with perfect field goal percentages.

He was drafted in Season 8 by the Reign and immediately became a star, sharing KotY with the Larkin at a perfect 18-18 on field goals. Although he played a small role in a three-point victory over the 9-5 Reign in the conference finals, he had a far larger impact on the nail-biting 26-20 victory over Miami. Indeed, he had two clutch 40+ yard field goals in the fourth quarter to help send the game into overtime in what could only be described as a legendary rookie season. Though Winesorcery would not return to the finals again until Season 12, he ushered in a new era of kicking: indeed, he had three MORE straight Kicker of the Year awards and completed his first 68 field goals without a single miss. By that point, he’d firmly established himself as one of the greatest kickers of all time despite being traded in the middle of Season 10. He was truly tested to his limits in the S12 playoffs, starting with a nail-biting 34-31 overtime victory over the Reign that included a massive 54-yard field goal and a game-winning 30-yard shot. Winesorcery’s run was cut short in a heartbreaking 29-23 overtime loss against the Brigade – though he remained immaculate with two 40+ yard field goals while finishing 3/3 on FGs and 2/2 from XPs.

The Seattle Predator earned his final Kicker of the Year award in Season 13 – an uncharacteristic 86.7% field goal rate that saw him win narrowly over New York’s Rencis Basais because of his perfect rate under 40 yards. But even through the end of his career, he continued to hit roughly 90% of his attempts while giving way to yet another generation of dominant kickers that included Johnny Greg and Diana Gunner.

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