They blocked and tackled and got lost in those scrums at the line of scrimmage, overshadowed by the guys who handled the ball and got the moments of glory.
It all changes in Canton this weekend, when linemen are the stars of the NFL's most prestigious event.
Four linemen will be among the six players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night - Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf and Dermontti Dawson. Running back Curtis Martin and cornerback Jack Butler will join them.
The weekend took a hit last year when the Hall of Fame game had to be called off because of the NFL lockout. It's back this year, with the Saints and the Cardinals playing in the preseason opener on Sunday night.