College Football 2011: The 10 Most Underrated Players of the Past 50 Years

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College Football 2011: The 10 Most Underrated Players of the Past 50 Years

The past five decades have seen the growth of media attention concerning sports. 

Television, in particular, has been kind to college football. Multiple contests are available for viewing each week during the fall season.

Cable and satellite provide channels featuring highlights from games of national interest that were played in previous years.

Viewers can be treated to in-depth reports of featured players from long ago like Vince Young, Adrian Peterson or even someone from the previous century like Charles Woodson or Peyton Manning.

You know, the ancient ones who used to be great in the far distant time of 2004 or 1997?

Hidden in the shadows of only the past 50 years we discover forgotten names and impressive performances that deserve to receive recognition and praise.

Among the most outstanding, but hardly unappreciated, is Terry Baker of Oregon State (see photo).

Baker won the Heisman Trophy in 1962 and four months later led his basketball team from the point guard position to the Final Four of the NCAA tournament.

Terry overcame many obstacles in his life; the path for a young man coming from a "broken home" environment has never been a stroll down the yellow brick road.

Admired as he was, Terry received his acclaim during the era in America known as "Camelot."

But what of the other great stars whose accomplishments on the field have been swallowed by the layers of time? Someone that has no life story told in print or has not been the subject of any flashback series?

Who carries the torch to keep warm the memory of those forgotten stars from days gone by?

The following is a peek into that world of 10 such men.

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