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Herschel Walker Voted the Greatest College Player of All Time
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The greatest college football player of all time is definitely subject to debate. Some believe it’s Barry Sanders. Others might think it’s Tim Tebow or even Bo Jackson. There really is no true correct answer, but that hasn’t stopped anyone for compiling their own GOAT lists.

According to Sporting News, which conducted a poll of 54 voters featuring former players and media members, the greatest college football player ever is none other than former Georgia Bulldogs running back Herschel Walker.

Before he was a USFL and NFL superstar, Walker was an absolute stud in Athens. It’s hard to argue against this selection, especially considering the numbers he posted during his college days.

For three seasons at UGA, Herschel Walker terrorized opposing defenses. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound running back compiled 5,259 rushing yards and scored 53 total touchdowns. He was a three-time Consensus All-American, three-time SEC Player of the Year, won a national championship in 1980 and the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, and Walter Camp Award in 1982.

He’s even the first and only player to ever take a live mascot to the Heisman Trophy ceremony.

There’s no doubt Walker is deserving of any award, and Sporting News named him the best of the best in NCAA college football history.

Sporting News’ Best College Players Ever

1. Herschel Walker, Georgia
2. Tim Tebow, Florida
3. Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State
4. Bo Jackson, Auburn
5. Archie Griffin, Ohio State
6. Charles Woodson, Michigan
7. Red Grange, Illinois
8. Tommie Frazier, Nebraska
9. Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh
10. Jim Thorpe, Carlisle

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Honorable Mentions

Bronko Nagurski, Minnesota
Cam Newton, Auburn
Deion Sanders, Florida State
Derrick Thomas, Alabama
Dick Butkus, Illinois
Earl Campbell, Texas
Hugh Green, Pitt
Jim Brown, Syracuse
John Hannah, Alabama
Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma
Marcus Allen, USC
Orlando Pace, Ohio State
Randy Moss, Marshall
Reggie Bush, USC
Roger Staubach, Navy
Vince Young, Texas

That list to decide the best college football player is completely stacked. It features several Heisman Trophy winners and Hall of Fame selections. Yet, it’s Walker who was tabbed the greatest player of all.

Following his stellar college career, Walker enjoyed a sensational pro football career. The legendary tailback played for the New Jersey Generals (USFL), Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants before calling it quits with the Cowboys in 1997.

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From NCAA records to becoming a Heisman winner, there wasn’t much Herschel Walker didn’t do for his Georgia football team every single season. His career will never be forgotten.

READ MORE: A Coin Flip Decided Herschel Walker’s Fate: Football or U.S. Military?

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With over 10 years of sports writing experience, Brett has covered some of the top local, regional, and national sporting events in the Heartland for both print and digital platforms. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and resides in Austin, Texas.
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