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So the San Francisco 49ers have good linebackers -- four of the best in the league, in fact. No wonder the team finished third in the league in yards allowed per game and third in points in 2012. Where do these Bay Area aces rank among all of the league's LBs? Click the images below to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: MVP | QBs | RBs | WRs | TEs | DLs | DBs | Offensive ROY | Defensive ROY

NFL linebackers in 2013

NaVorro Bowman

NaVorro Bowman

49ers
2012: 148 tackles, 2 sacks, FF, INT

Lance Briggs

Lance Briggs

Bears
2012: 103 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT

Ahmad Brooks

Ahmad Brooks

49ers
2012: 46 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 2 FF, INT

Brian Cushing

Brian Cushing

Texans
2012: 30 tackles, FF, INT

Tamba Hali

Tamba Hali

Chiefs
2012: 51 tackles, 9 sacks, FF

Derrick Johnson

Derrick Johnson

Chiefs
2012: 125 tackles, 2 sacks, 3 FF

Luke Kuechly

Luke Kuechly

Panthers
2012: 164 tackles, 1 sack, 2 INT

Sean Lee

Sean Lee

Cowboys
2012: 58 tackles, FF, INT

Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

Packers
2012: 43 tackles, 13 sacks, FF

Jerod Mayo

Jerod Mayo

Patriots
2012: 147 tackles, 3 sacks, 4 FF, INT

Von Miller

Von Miller

Broncos
2012: 68 tackles, 18.5 sacks, 6 FF, INT

Brian Orakpo

Brian Orakpo

Redskins
2012: 5 tackles, sack, FF

Terrell Suggs

Terrell Suggs

Ravens
2012: 22 tackles, 2 sacks

Aldon Smith

Aldon Smith

49ers
2012: 66 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 3 FF, INT

Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis

49ers
2012: 120 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 INT

Lamarr Woodley

Lamarr Woodley

Steelers
2012: 38 tackles, 4 sacks, FF, INT

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Every athlete wants to be a musician. So why not give a group of them a head start at achieving their dream by recreating some of the most iconic album covers of all time? That's exactly what ESPN The Magazine has done for its music issue, and the results have to be seen to be believed. Check out the full-size images in the galleries below and then click on the smaller images to rank your favorites!

Behind-The-Scenes Photo Galleries:

Rank: ESPN The Magazine's Cover Acts

Allyson Felix

Allyson Felix

Athlete: Allyson Felix
Artist: Beyonce
Album: Dangerously In Love (2003)

Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte

Athlete: Ryan Lochte
Artist: Nirvana baby
Album: Nevermind (1991)

Jimmie Johnson

Jimmie Johnson

Athlete: Jimmie Johnson
Artist: Bob Dylan
Album: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963)

Alex Morgan

Alex Morgan

Athlete: Alex Morgan
Artist: Katy Perry
Album: One Of The Boys (2008)

Richardson, Woodley, Lynch

Richardson, Woodley, Lynch

Athletes: Trent Richardson, LaMarr Woodley, Marshawn Lynch
Artist: Run-D.M.C.
Album: Ultimate Run-D.M.C. (2003)

Josh Freeman

Josh Freeman

Athlete: Josh Freeman
Artist: Michael Jackson
Album: Thriller (1982)

James Stewart

James Stewart

Athlete: James Stewart
Artist: Rick James
Album: Street Songs (1981)

Upton, Stanton, Phillips . . .

Upton, Stanton, Phillips . . .

Athletes: Justin Upton, Evan Longoria, Brandon Phillips, Giancarlo Stanton, Shane Victorino
Artist: Devo
Album: Freedom Of Choice (1980)

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If you're going to sign a guy to a six-year, $63 million contract, do it the day after a team gave the same contract to a quarterback who never started a game in college.

A moral of limited use in your everyday life? Perhaps, but that's apparently the lesson SportsNation is offering in the wake of the Ravens' keeping pass-rusher extraordinaire Terrell Suggs in the fold for the next six seasons (hypothetically, at least, given the nature of NFL contracts; let's just say voters aren't sure he'll be around in 2015).

But if the 'Nation thinks Suggs is a safer investment than Matt Cassel, does it mean he's one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL? Because if that's the only qualification, Citibank might be one of the NFL's best pass-rushers.

ashy-larry

D. Ware is smiling from ear to ear right now. He should send Suggs a thank you card.

-- Ashy-Larry
sfirx

That's a lot of pressure to perform. You know the more you earn the more the company and people expect from you, except if you're a CEO of a company that deals with mortgages, stocks, or any other financial institution.

-- sfirx

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