Selmon vs. Smith is just a brutal decision. You cannot go wrong with either one, but Selmon had more range - just a truly prodigious player. For a few years nobody ever rushed the passer better than Smith, with only Charles Haley coming close - he should be on this list which could easily have 8 rounds and include some other great pass rushers like Freeney, LC Greenwood, Jim Marshal, Howie Long (although he mostly payed DT), Atkins, Chris Doleman, and some others -- so the raffle could determine a solid Top 10. And if Strahan gets in this Haley should definitely be in it.
But we're not making a top ten here. We're out to find the Greatest of All Time. Just 1. Is there anyone here who would vote for Doug Atkins over Reggie White? Or Deacon Jones? Maybe 1 or 2 people, but I doubt I'm leaving a winner off the list. If anything, 8 may be too much. But I think (especially later on when we get to the offense) that 4 isn't enough.
As cliche as it may sound, I'd like to raise another round, and if your bottle's empty help yourself to mine, thank you for your time and here's to life.