Thursday, February 12, 2009
Nebraska's Mount Rushmore
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Picking my four selections for the Nebraska Mount Rushmore of football was excruciatingly difficult. But after bouncing ideas around for several days, I realized I'm going to have to leave at least one Heisman Trophy winner off my mountain, no matter which way I lean.
And that's tough.
Here are my four choices:
- Bob Devaney -- Led the Cornhuskers to a pair of national championships and produced eight conference championships in his 11-season coaching career.
- Tom Osborne -- Set the school record with 255 victories in his 25-season career as coach, including three national championships and at least nine victories in every season.
- Johnny Rodgers -- Heisman Trophy winner in 1972 who helped lead the Cornhuskers to a pair of national championships. When he left school he owned the NCAA records for all-purpose yards and punt returns for touchdowns.
- Mike Rozier -- Two-time consensus All-American won the Heisman Trophy in 1983, leading the nation with 2,148 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns.
It was hard not putting Tommie Frazier or Eric Crouch up on my Nebraska Rushmore. Same with Rich Glover, Dave Rimington, Dean Steinkuhler, Grant Wistrom and Trev Alberts.
Ultimately, I'm satisfied with my four picks. I'm hoping it would get the Herbie Husker seal of approval.