Kansas' Mount Rushmore

February, 12, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

It would be fitting if the Mount Rushmore of Kansas had a wheat field nearby for inspiration. I can almost hear "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" in the background as I try to winnow my choices.

Here are my final four destined for the side of the Jayhawk football Mount Rushmore:

  • Gale Sayers -- Two-time All-American was the most notable and dramatic player in school history, leading the Jayhawks in rushing in three straight seasons and in receiving in two seasons.
  • John Hadl -- Made All-American as halfback and quarterback and had a knack for making big plays in his career -- a 98-yard interception return, a 97-yard kickoff return and a 94-yard punt.
  • Ray Evans -- Only player in history to lead the nation in passing and interceptions in the same season (1942). He also led the Jayhawks to the 1947 Orange Bowl, earning All-American honors in football and basketball during his college career.
  • Mark Mangino -- There's got to be a place for Mangino on this mountain. He's made history by leading the Jayhawks to their first BCS bowl victory in school history and back-to-back bowl trips for the first time ever in the last two seasons.

If Todd Reesing takes the Jayhawks to a Big 12 title, he might have some argument for a place. And so could past titans like Nolan Cromwell, Mike McCormack, John Riggins, Aqib Talib and Bobby Douglass.

Any glaring omissions on my list?

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