USC Football: The Top 50 Players in School History

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USC Football: The Top 50 Players in School History
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The USC Trojans' storied football program has produced arguably the best football players of any college.

USC has the most NFL draftees (477), first-round NFL draft picks (75), No. 1 NFL draft picks (five) and Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductees (11), as well as 162 Trojans selected to the NFL Pro Bowl, 29 College Football Hall of Fame players, 156 first-team All-Americans and six Heisman Trophy winners, resulting in 11 national championships.

In 2008, the NFL Network selected USC as the No. 1 "football factory" in college football.

This top 50 player list features the best USC football players in school history.

It is not based on who is the best person, most likable or any criteria other than football talent and accomplishments on the field. It excludes current USC players.

Players were selected and ranked from USC first-team All-Americans, the USC Athletic Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame, USC legends, Heisman Trophy winners, Trojan honorees, contributions to a USC national championship, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductees, an all-century Trojan team selected by fan vote published by The Orange County Register in 1999, Athlon Sports' all-time USC football team in 2001 and almost 50 years as a USC fan and alumnus.

This resulted in a database of almost 200 football players. The list was reduced to 50 players and ranked based on achievements and awards earned by each player.

There is consideration for each player’s pro career, but the USC accomplishments are more significant.

It is not possible to prepare a list that everyone will agree on, and my sincere apologies to any great USC players either ranked inappropriately or missing from this list.

Hopefully you will find this list entertaining and it brings back good memories. Much of the information about the players' accomplishments and statistics came from the 2011 USC Media Guide.

Since the USC vs. Notre Dame game is Saturday, you might also enjoy this review and ranking of the top 25 games in the greatest intersectional rivalry in college football.

Here is my humble attempt to identify the top 50 USC football players.

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