The Greatest College Football Players By The Number: 41-50

Chris HumphreyCorrespondent IJuly 29, 2010

The Greatest College Football Players By The Number: 41-50

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    Who's the greatest?

    This is the fifth slideshow in a series that will reveal the greatest college football players by the number jersey that person wore at their respective universities.

    Let's continue with numbers 41 through 50...

     

Number 41: Keith Byars

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    Ohio State University from 1982-1984

    - Second place in Heisman Voting in 1984
    - Big Ten Conference MVP in 1984
    - Ohio State football MVP
    - 1984 First-Team All-America
    - Ohio State's all-purpose yards leader
    - Second-most touchdowns in Ohio State history

Number 42: Ronnie Lott

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    University of Southern California from 1977-1980

    - College Football Hall of Fame
    - 1978 national champion
    - 1980 All-American
    - 1979, 1980 Rose Bowl games

Number 43: Terry Kinard

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    Clemson University from 1978-1982

    - College Football Hall of Fame
    - 1981 national champion
    - 1982 National Defensive Player of the Year
    - Two-time First-Team Associated Press All-American
    - Two-time All-American defensive back
    - Clemson's career interception leader with 17

Number 44: Jim Brown

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    Syracuse University from 1954-1956

    - College Football Hall of Fame
    - 1956 First-Team All-American
    - Number 44 Retired at Syracuse
    - 43 points against Colgate by scoring six touchdowns and seven PATs
    - Finished fifth in Heisman voting in 1956
    - 1956 Lambert Trophy winner

Number 45: Archie Griffin

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    Ohio State University from 1972-1975

    - College Football Hall of Fame
    - Two-time Heisman Trophy winner in 1974 and 1975
    - Three-time First Team All-American
    - Two-time pick as National Player of the Year
    - Four-time Big Ten Conference champion
    - Led the Big Ten in rushing three straight years
    - Number 45 retired at Ohio State
    - One of two players to start four Rose Bowl games in a career

Number 46: Bob Ferguson

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    Ohio State University from 1959-1961

    - College Football Hall of Fame
    - UPI Player of the Year (1961)
    - 1961 Heisman Trophy runner-up
    - 1961 Unanimous All-American selection
    - Maxwell Award (1961)
    - 1961 Ohio State football MVP
    - Ohio State football All-Century Team in 2000

Number 47: Michael Irvin

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    University of Miami (FL) from 1985-1987

    - 1987 national champion
    - Set Miami records for career receptions, receiving yards, and touchdown receptions
    - Florida Sports Hall of Fame

Number 48: Gale Sayers

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    University of Kansas from 1962-1964

    - College Football Hall of Fame
    - Two-time All-American
    - 2,000 yards rushing in his junior season

Number 49: Bob Chappuis

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    University of Michigan from 1942, 1946-1947

    - College Football Hall of Fame
    - 1947 All-American
    - Finished second in Heisman Trophy voting in 1947
    - Big Ten rushing champion in 1946
    - Michigan MVP in 1946
    - Big Ten single-season passer rating
    - Single-season yards/completion ratio record

Number 50: Dick Butkus

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    University of Illinois from 1962-1964

    - College Football Hall of Fame
    - 1963 and 1964 unanimous All-American
    - 1964 Big Ten's Most Valuable Player
    - American Football Coaches Association Player of the Year in 1964.
    - Finished sixth and shird in Heisman Trophy voting in 1963 and 1964, respectively
    - Number 50 retired at Illinois