Thursday, February 12, 2009
Missouri's Mount Rushmore
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
If there was a Mount Rushmore for Missouri football players, I can think of several notable figures who would deserve immortalization. Here are my four choices, along with some others who almost made the cut.
- Johnny Roland -- All-Big Eight as a running back as a sophomore and later became an All-American at defensive back. He was the first African-American player to be a team captain at Missouri.
- Don Faurot -- Namesake of Missouri's current football field was the inventor of the Split-T offense, a former Missouri player and the school record holder with 101 career victories in his 19 seasons. He's in the Hall of Fame for a reason.
- Roger Wehrli -- Was a unanimous All-American selection during his senior season in 1968, when he produced seven interceptions and was named the Big Eight's Defense Player of the Year.
- Chase Daniel -- He left school with back-to-back Big 12 North titles and virtually every school passing record in his possession. And some day, I bet all those View Masters that the school sent out to hype his Heisman candidacy will be worth something on eBay.
Among those I found it hard to keep off my Missouri mountain were Paul Christman, Kellen Winslow, Jeremy Maclin, Gary Pinkel and Chase Coffman. But those are the four immortals that I'm sticking with.
Anybody else have suggestions or comments?