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The Mt. Rushmore of Georgia Tech football

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

There was no shortage of suggestions from Georgia Tech fans -- even athletic director Dan Radakovich weighed in on this one. (He was a fan of Bobby Dodd, Calvin Johnson, John Heisman and Bobby Ross).

Jeff in Villa Rica, Ga., agreed: For the Mt. Rushmore I think Bobby Dodd or John Heisman would be two good top picks. I mean you can't beat having the player of the year award or the coach of the year award named after you.

And after only one season in Atlanta, coach Paul Johnson already received some votes. In fact, Matthew in Atlanta wrote: Paul Johnson's face all 4 times. I got confused with which Mt. Rushmore we were referring to when I said Paul Johnson's face 5 times :-)

Richard in Atlanta wrote: I'll make the Georgia Tech Mount Rushmore easy on you. Bobby Dodd, John Heisman, Joe Hamilton and carve out the fourth space in the shape of the Ramblin Wreck.

Zach in Atlanta made me laugh with his picks: Georgia Tech's Mt. Rushmore: John Heisman, William Alexander, Bobby Dodd, then a toss up between Joe Hamilton and Calvin Johnson and Chan Gailey (kidding. seriously, don't put him on there). I'll go with Joe Hamilton, cause he almost won a Heisman. So Heisman, Alexander, Dodd, and Hamilton. Yes I realize three of those are 50 years or more removed from their tenure, but GT had a dynasty once upon a time, and have been pretty terrible since.

Terrible? Nah.

Here's the final verdict:

Bobby Dodd -- Dodd guided Georgia Tech to a 31-game winning streak from 1951-53, including a perfect 12-0 season and national title in 1952. He earned a 9-4 record in bowl games, including eight straight wins. His entire career at Georgia Tech spanned 57 years, as he was an assistant coach (1931-44), head coach, athletic director (1950-76) and an alumni association consultant until he died at age 79 on June 21, 1988. Dodd was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player and a coach.

John Heisman -- He became the program's first permanent head coach, and the first paid coach in the country with a salary of $2,250, plus 30 percent of the gate. Over a 16-year span (1904-1919), Heisman compiled a record of 102-29-7 (.779 winning percentage). He led Georgia Tech to its first national title in 1917 with a 9-0 record, and coached the most lopsided game in school history -- a 222-0 drubbing of Cumberland on Oct. 7, 1916. And of course, he is the namesake of the prestigious Heisman Trophy.

Calvin Johnson -- Johnson, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft, set numerous records in his three seasons (2004-2006) at Georgia Tech. In 28 games, the 2006 Biletnikoff Award Winner holds the school record for most yards gained in a season (1,202 in 2006) and in a career (2,927). He also holds the record for most touchdown receptions in a season (15 in 2006) and in a career (28). Johnson had 13 100-yard games in his career. His rare combination of size and speed, along with his athletic accomplishments, make him arguably the best receiver in program history.

Joe Hamilton -- He became the program's first national award winner when he won the Davey O'Brien Award, and was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1999. Hamilton led the Jackets to an 18-5 record over his last 23 games, including a share of the 1998 ACC Championship. Hamilton became the ACC's all-time leader in total offense with 10,640 yards. He guided the Jackets to three straight bowl appearances.