Friday, February 20, 2009

The IU Football Mt. Rushmore

ESPN.com has an interesting series going asking fans to name the four best sports figures from each state -- their Mt. Rushmore.

One of my favorite blogs, the ESPN.com Big Ten football blog, is asking for the Mt. Rushmore of every school. At the time of this post, an IU football Mt. Rushmore hasn't been named. It got me thinking who are the four more important IU football players or coaches. My picks:

Anthony Thompson: The best running back in Hoosier history, he graduated with the NCAA Division I record for career touchdowns. Was runner-up in the Heisman voting in 1989. Now a member of the college football hall of fame.

Antwaan Randle El: One of the greatest running-throwing quarterbacks in NCAA history with more than 11,000 career yards in total offense. He threw for nearly 7,500 career passing yards and ran for 3,895 yards in his career. He now is a wide receiver in the NFL.

Trent Green: Probably IU's best-ever pocket passer. He is in the top five in career and single-season passing yards and completions. Also played several years in the NFL.

Bill Mallory: He had a losing record during his 12 years as head football coach, but Mallory still has the school record for career wins. He led the team to six bowl games, winning two. Top to bottom, his tenure may have been the best-ever stretch of consistent excellence.

Others I considered: James Hardy, one of the best wide receivers in IU history, holds the school record for career receiving yards and touchdowns; and Adewale Ogunleye, among the best defensive linemen in IU history and career sack leader. He now plays for the Chicago Bears.

1 comment:

T.J. said...

An IU football Mount Rushmore is sort of a ridiculous concept to start with. However, since you asked, you omitted a few more important figures:

John Pont
George Taliafero
Terry Hoeppner
Lou Saban
Bo McMillin
Lee Corso

Anthony Thompson and Mallory are worthy of the "top 4" figures. None of the others belong. Sorry.