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Texas' Mount Rushmore

2/12/2009

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Something tells me that Bevo is going to be grazing contentedly at my Texas version of Mount Rushmore. "The Eyes of Texas" and "Texas Fight" assuredly will be heard on the breeze.

And four pretty monumental football icons will be there too, at least if the choices of cutting down to the four most noteworthy figures in the school is any indication.

Here are my picks:

  • Darrell Royal -- Claimed a school record 184 victories, including a share of three national championships and 12 Southwest Conference titles.

  • Earl Campbell -- Texas' first Heisman Trophy winner led the nation in rushing with 1,744 yards in his senior season in 1977.

  • Mack Brown -- Has helped turn Texas into a national power with eight straight 10-win seasons, two Big 12 South titles and the 2005 national championship.

  • Vince Young -- Did anybody ever finish their career with as memorable a finish as he did in the Longhorns' 2006 Rose Bowl victory over USC?

That's not to say that Ricky Williams, Tommy Nobis, Scott Appleton, Freddie Steinmark, James Street, Derrick Johnson or even Colt McCoy doesn't deserve consideration on the Longhorns' Rushmore.

But I think my four picks are a little bit above the rest because of their storied success while at Texas.

Any grievous omissions?