A Panel Of Experts Picked The Top 10 College Football Players Of All Time, Fans Were Triggered

Sporting News Top 10 College Football Players Of All Time Reactions

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Let’s get this out of the way right off the bat. Picking the top 10 anything and then publishing it for internet consumption is a fruitless endeavor at best, and the epitome of trolling at its worst.

As we have seen time and time again, whether its something as specific as best movie trilogies or more broad like best Marvel characters of all time, it’s just begging people on the internet to call you stupid, or worse.

It’s even worse when it comes to ranking anything related to sports, especially college football. Because as we have seen, football fans are not always the most restrained when it comes to sharing their opinions.

On Wednesday, in celebration of college football’s 150th anniversary, The Sporting News asked a panel of 54 college football experts – former players and media members – to vote for their top 10 players of all time.

The results of their poll, at least in the opinion of the internet, are dubious at best.

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

Honorable mention: Bronko Nagurski, Cam Newton, Deion Sanders, Derrick Thomas, Dick Butkus, Earl Campbell, Hugh Green, Jim Brown, John Hannah, Lee Roy Selmon, Marcus Allen, Orlando Pace, Randy Moss, Reggie Bush, Roger Staubach, and Vince Young.

Not listed: Billy Sims, Charles White, Deshaun Watson, Doak Walker, Doug Flutie, Ed Reed, Ernie Davis, Glenn Davis, Jim McMahon, John Elway, Johnny Rodgers, Matt Leinart, Michael Vick, O.J. Simpson, Peyton Manning, Ron Dayne, or Sammy Baugh.

The internet, as is often the case, was not pleased.


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