College Football History

All-Time College Football Team: Center

Tim CroleySenior Analyst IAugust 7, 2008

As I continue my series "All-Time College Football Team," I now look at one of the more critical positions on the football field: center.

 

These big guys not only anchor the line, but they are the only player to touch the football every offensive possession. And as soon as a bad snap occurs, everyone knows to whom the finger is pointed. That’s right, the center.

 

The center is the one who traditionally makes the initial audible at the line of scrimmage.

 

The center has laid upon him a more vital task than any other lineman: snapping the ball and releasing from his stance in time to block a defender.

 

There have been some great centers over the years that have undoubtedly helped to carry their respective teams to glory through outstanding play.

 

Such players include Jim Ritcher from North Carolina State, Dick Butkus from Illinois, and Jerry Tubbs from Oklahoma.

 

Chuck Bednarik from Penn was once voted as the best center of all-time.

 

Dave Rimington from Nebraska is the only player to win the Outland Trophy two consecutive years. He also has the Rimington Trophy, given to the nation’s best center each season, named after him.

 

So here are just a few of the greats that could be considered for the All-Time College Football Team.

 

Let the voting begin!

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