College football in 2014 looks like a mutated ancestor of the football of yesteryear. The speed of the game is faster even though the players (at all positions) have gotten bigger and stronger. Offenses regularly pass 50 times per game.
For obvious reasons, this means that many of college football's former stars would not have been stars had they played in 2014. This is not meant as an insult to their respected (and revered) careers but merely as an acknowledgement of fact. They were still in the 99th percentile of their time, which is something to be celebrated.
But where would yesterday's 99th percentile have fallen today?
To illustrate this point, we have selected six former college football stars who would have struggled to find success in modern times.
More often than not, this had to do with size. Yesterday's linemen, for example, looked more like today's linebackers and strong safeties.
Even the best would have been at too big of a disadvantage to hold up.