As another decade of Miami football comes to end, it's time to reflect.
I began reminiscing over all the first round picks, pro bowlers and Super Bowl champions that have gone to school in Coral Gables. That led inevitably to looking ahead to the future of this group of players.
Randy Shannon has compiled three amazing recruiting classes. It's only a matter of time before we see a number of them playing on Sundays.
With all this restless energy surging through me I need a fix to settle down.
I've decided to take a look back at some of my favorite players who have transcended the college game while wearing orange, green and white; players who have then made the leap to the NFL and made me and fellow 'Canes fans/alumni/family damn proud.
The criteria for this all too short list is simple:
1. Players had to of been on a championship squad either in college or in the NFL.
2. Players had to be alive and playing when I was alive; this means I left off Hurricane greats and NFL Hall of Famer's Jim Otto and Ted Hendricks. Look, don't be offended. I know of their contributions to the sport but I actually got to witness the contributions of the guys on this list.
3. Overall Awesomeness. I believe this is self explanatory.
Again the list only contains ten players. I had to leave off a ton of UM all stars but if I'd put them all in, well, the internet just isn't big enough (I wallow deep in hyperbole when gushing over UM football; I apologize).