Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
None of these have been easy, and Virginia was no exception. Consider the accomplishments of former players like Bill Dudley, Anthony Poindexter, Jim Dombrowski, Heath Miller, Tiki Barber and Chris Long.
There were plenty of responses from Virginia fans, but many didn't get the memo it was just for football -- real football. (Sorry, guys, Bruce Arena doesn't count.)
Ben in Washington, DC wrote: For UVA football, the four would have to be: George Welsh: For resurrecting, nay, creating a football program at Hoo U. Bill Dudley: Maxwell Award Winner, first UVA All-American, and #1 NFL draft pick. Shawn Moore: Of the famous "Moore to Moore" connection. Led the 1989 squad to an ACC championship and the 1990 squad to UVA's only #1 national ranking of all time. Led the NCAA in passer efficiency and finished 4th in Heisman voting. Tiki Barber: All-ACC, All-American running back led UVA past FSU in 1995 for the 'Noles first ACC loss. Also, an Academic All-American, demonstrating UVA's committment to excellence on and off the field.
Mark in Richmond wrote: Heather, For Rushmore for UVA, I nominate Chris Long, Herman Moore, and the Barber Twins. I'm only 23 so there may be some older guys out there I don't remember. Keep up the great work.
Here's the final verdict:
George Welsh -- Welsh, who established himself as the winningest coach in school history during his tenure from 1982-2000, compiled a record of 134-86-3, including a conference-record 80 ACC wins. He guided the Cavaliers to two ACC titles and 12 bowl games, including three on New Year's Day. His teams set and ACC record with 13 straight seasons of at least seven wins form 1987-99.
"Bullet" Bill Dudley -- As a 19-year-old senior in 1941, Dudley led Virginia to an 8-1 record and contributed to 206 of the Cavaliers' 279 points. He led the nation that year in points scored (134), and finished second nationally in total offense (1,824 yards). Dudley was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the first Cavalier to have his number retired and finished fifth in the 1941 Heisman Trophy voting.
Heath Miller -- For a program that has developed a reputation as a factory for tight ends, it's hard to ignore this one. During his three-year career, Miller caught 144 passes for 1,703 yards and 20 touchdowns -- all records for a tight end. In 2004, Miller won the Mackey Award, given to the nation's best tight end, and became Virginia's first major award winner since 1941.
Jim Dombrowksi -- The former offensive tackle anchored Virginia's offensive line from 1982-85, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame last year. He was the program's first unanimous All-American, and was a two-time winner of the Jacobs Blocking Trophy, given to the best blocker in the conference. He helped lead UVa to three straight winning seasons and a 27-24 win over Purdue in the 1984 Peach Bowl, the program's first bowl appearance.