It was a tough decision trying to figure out who should be No. 1, when there are so many great players to choose from, but in the end I went with "Touchdown" Tommie Frazier.
To me, no one exemplifies winning and absolute excellence, but also hard-nosed Nebraska style better than Tommie Frazier. He was an integral part of the 1990s new guard that made the transition from very good teams that came up short in the biggest games, to those that not only could compete with the speedy Florida teams, but were finally able to best them in championship games.
After being named Big Eight Conference Freshman of the Year in 1992, Frazier followed with a sophomore season in which he dueled Heisman winner Charlie Ward to a near dead heat in the 1994 Orange Bowl.
Eventually, an errant 45-yard Husker field goal attempt gave the Seminoles the 1993 title, 18-16. Tommie was nevertheless named MVP of the game.
During the 1994 season, Frazier led a team on a mission to take care of unfinished business, but was sidelined for much of the season with a blood clot in his leg. Despite being benched in favor of Brook Berringer in the 1995 Orange Bowl, he returned in the 4th quarter to lead his team to two touchdowns and a 24-17 victory over longtime nemesis Miami, earning a second straight bowl game MVP.
Frazier returned for his senior season in 1995 to quarterback a team that is considered by many to be the greatest in college football history. After running roughshod through a regular season schedule where their closest game was decided by 14 points and the average margin of victory was more than 38 points, Big Red once again found itself playing for all the marbles.
Tommie was at his best once again in this game, running for 199 yards, including "The Run" in the third quarter, where he broke the tackles of nearly every defender on the field en route to a 75 yard touchdown. After the dust had settled in Nebraska's 62-24 demolition of previously unbeaten Florida, Frazier was once again named the game's MVP, making him the only player to be named MVP of three national championship games.
To top it off, he was runner-up in the 1995 Heisman Trophy voting. Frazier ended his career with a 33-3 record as a starter and a then-school record 43 passing touchdowns.
As winners go, few have ever been better or more fun to watch than the great Tommie Frazier.