The Mt. Rushmore of North Carolina football
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
There seemed to be a few names out of Chapel Hill that were agreed upon, check it out:
John in Houston wrote: UNC Mount Rushmore: Charlie Justice, Lawrence Taylor, Harris Barton, and save a spot for Butch Davis!
AJ from Greensboro NC wrote: UNC Mt. Rushmore: Charlie Justice, Lawrence Taylor, Dre Bly, and Julius Peppers.
Brandon in Charlotte wrote: UNC I would go with: Lawrence Taylor Charlie Justice Kelvin Bryant Amos Lawrence Honorable mention: Julius Peppers, Dre Bly, William Fuller, Mike Voight
Bryant in Tampa, FL wrote: So for the Mt. Rushmore assignment, for UNC you can have Choo Choo Justice. Remember that guy?!
Well, technically, no, but he still counts.
Here's the final verdict:
Charlie "Choo-Choo" Justice -- He was a two-time runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, and led Carolina in rushing, passing and punting from 1946-1949. Justice led UNC to two appearances in the Sugar Bowl and one berth in the Cotton Bowl. For more than 40 years, Justice held the distinction of being the school's all-time leader in total offense with 4,883 yards. He had a career punting average of 42.6 yards and averaged 14.2 yards on punt returns and 26.6 yards on kickoff returns. Of course, he's in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Julius Peppers -- He was one of the top two-sport athletes in Carolina history as a defensive end (1999-01) and a forward on the basketball team. Peppers became the first Tar Heel defender to win a national award when he won the Lombardi Trophy as the nation's top lineman and the Bednarik Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive player. In just three seasons, Peppers finished second at UNC in career sacks and tackles for loss. In 2000, he led the nation with 15 sacks and set a school record with 24 tackles for loss.
Lawrence Taylor -- His three-year career (1978-80) as an outside linebacker was highlighted by his senior season during which he made a school-record 16 sacks and six other tackles for losses. He often made the game-saving defensive plays in 1980 during the Tar Heels' 11-1 season, the most memorable of which were against Texas Tech and Clemson. He was named the ACC's Player of the Year in 1980.
Don McCauley -- During his memorable, record-setting senior season in 1970 the halfback rushed for 1,720 yards and scored 21 touchdowns, school records which still stand. His 1,720 yards was an all-time NCAA high at the time, and broke O.J. Simpson's record. McCauley led the nation in all-purpose running yards that year. He was named the ACC's Player of the Year twice and still ranks fifth in career rushing. McCauley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
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