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Safety is the Common Denominator of Champion Teams

According to research, teams with All-Pro Safeties are the most likely to win the Super Bowl, more than any other position.

Rod Woodson was an All-Pro in 2000.
Rod Woodson was an All-Pro in 2000.
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recent study done by Jason Lisk of has unveiled that the position of safety is the most commonly appearing All-Pro position on the roster of Super Bowl champions.

For the sake of this metric, All-Pro means voted by writers, as opposed to being a Pro Bowler. Making the Pro Bowl is also relevant though, with safeties being the second most common position with this accolade, for NFL champs, to quarterbacks.

The All-Pro roster is perhaps a more refining clue when it comes to prognosticating who the champion will be.

Interestingly enough, All-Pro quarterbacks plummet in count when it comes to champion teams. They litter the runner-up teams. (Take this year, for example.)

The second most common All-Pro position of Super Bowl winners is linebacker.

This information tells the Ravens three things:

1) They must commit to getting a five-star playmaker on the back end.

2.) Leadership qualities of an Ed Reed (Because finding a talent of his caliber is rare) for a new generation.

3.)They must continue to cultivate and then, keep, superior linebackers.

The 2000 Ravens had both an All-Pro linebacker (Ray Lewis), and a second team All-Pro safety (Rod Woodson). To be clear, this study was not counting All-Pro second team selections. Yet the point is made.

The 2012 Ravens had neither.

While the stat is not a perfect one, perhaps it can highlight the urgency for the Ravens to "Super-size" their defensive backfield with a blue chipper.

More proof that defense wins championships.