The Arena Football League Silver Anniversary Committee has selected Chicago Rush head coach Bob McMillen is the 17th greatest player in AFL history.
"It's a tremendous honor, because I've never looked at myself as one of the best players to play this game," said McMillen, a Naperville resident who played 13 seasons in the AFL. "I was just a guy who went out there and played hard every game and did what I could to help our team win. There are probably a hundred guys better than me on this list."
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A true AFL Ironman, McMillen was able to win three ArenaBowl titles during his playing career with three separate teams, a feat only attained by two other players in league history.
"I've been very fortunate to have played for three great organizations in Arizona, San Jose and Chicago. I learned the game of football out in Arizona, helped teach the game in San Jose and then had the tremendous honor of coming back home to play in front of family and friends in Chicago," McMillen said.
In a playing career spanning from 1995-2007, McMillen accumulated 2,318 total offensive yards at fullback to go with 95 touchdowns, 85 of which came rushing the ball. Defensively, he finished his career with 13 sacks, 5 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles and 12 fumble recoveries. His 1,508 rushing yards still rank second on the all-time AFL list.
"I never played this game for recognition," McMillen said, "I played it because I love the game of football and I fell in love with Arena Football."