JACKSONVILE, Fla. – During halftime of Monday night’s College Football Playoff national championship game, the top 11 players in the 150-year history of college football were presented. The 11, including No. 2 Herschel Walker, were the top of the list of 150 players selected by a panel of experts to serve as the all-time college football team as the sport celebrates its 150th year.
In addition to Walker, the following players with local ties made the list of 150:
No. 26 - Deion Sanders-The former Florida State Seminole was a dominant cover corner, being named as a unanimous All-American in 1987 and 1988 and winning the Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back as a senior.
No. 70 - Emmitt Smith-Before he became the NFL’s all-time leading rusher, Smith ran for 3,928 yards and 36 touchdowns as a Gator. While in Gainesville, he set 58 school records.
No. 76 - Tim Tebow-He was a part of two national championships, was the first sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy and set an SEC record for touchdowns. 76 seems a little low on the list for Tebow.
No. 91 - Steve Spurrier-The 1966 Heisman Trophy winner is one of only four men to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as both a coach and player. He was a great player, but a better coach.
No. 130 - Charlie Ward - Nobody had seen a quarterback play like a point guard before Charlie Ward. Then he went to the NBA and played point guard for the Knicks.
No. 144 - Tony Boselli - The first draft pick in Jaguars’ history was great in college. How great? He made all-conference as a freshman on a 3-8 football team. Boselli was twice named to the All-America team.
No. 149 - Champ Bailey - The Charlton County High school legend was a two-way threat at Georgia. While on defense, he totaled three interceptions and 52 tackles while catching 47 passes and leading the Bulldogs in receiving yards his final season in Athens.