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Experts Discussion ... Best Players & Games
Texas QB Vince Young
Texas QB Vince Young
Posted Jul 16, 2008

The five best players, the five favorite players, and the favorite games of all-time.

Preview 2008 - Experts Roundtable

Part 15 - Greatest Players & Greatest Games

CFN is honored to once again get the thoughts and opinions on some of the hot topics from some of the most talented, influential insiders in the college football media, while getting to know a little bit more about them.

Along with
Pete Fiutak and Richard Cirminiello from CFN in the discussion are ...

- Charles Davis, NFL Network/FOX Sports
- Dennis Dodd, - College Football Columnist

- Bruce Feldman, - College Football Columnist
- Steve Greenberg, The Sporting News - College Football Columnist
- Teddy "Mr. Media" Greenstein, Chicago Tribune - College Football Columnist, Media Columnist
- Stewart Mandel, - College Football Columnist

- Part 1 What aspect of college football should you care about, but really don't?
- Part 2 Should a two loss LSU team really have won the national title?
- Part 3 How should college football be more like the NFL?
- Part 4
Your college football guilty pleasure
- Part 5 How/why did you get into covering college football?
- Part 6 How/why is the BCS better than a playoff?
- Part 7 I'm not buying into ...
- Part 8 Just how bad is the Big Ten?
- Part 9 Do you have any problems with Tim Tebow winning two Heismans?
- Part 10 Give the 2010 Rankings for: Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska & Notre Dame
- Part 11 How much do you care about non-BCS teams?
- Part 12 When Should Players Be Eligible for the Draft?
- Part 13 The Next Really Big Superpower Will Be ...
- Part 14 The Best & Worst Interviews You've Ever Done
- Part 15 Quick Hitters, Part 1: Greatest Players & Greatest Games

- Part 16 Quick Hitters, Part 2: The National Champion & Heisman Winner

15. Quick Hitting Thoughts On (Part One) ...

- Your five favorite players of all-time.

Richard Cirminiello:

1. Oklahoma State RB Barry Sanders – In my lifetime, no player was more fun to watch than Sanders.
2. Georgia RB Herschel Walker – Redefined the limitations for a freshman player.
3. Boston College QB Doug Flutie – There was something magical about Flutie when he was on the field.
4. USC S Ronnie Lott – One of the most intimidating defensive players of all-time.
5. BYU QB Jim McMahon – He put up huge numbers, doing it with swagger.

Dennis Dodd: Michael Vick, Reggie Bush, Barry Sanders, Brian Bosworth, Kellen Winslow

Fiu: 5) Any marginally talented quarterback who just won games, like Alabama’s Jay Barker or Florida’s Danny Wuerffel; 4) Don McPherson, QB Syracuse; 3) Jamelle Holieway, QB Oklahoma; 2) Steve Walsh, QB Miami; 1) Deion Sanders, CB Florida State

Charles Davis: In no particular order…Hugh Green, Pitt,  Condredge Holloway, Tennessee (first black QB in the SEC), Donald McPherson, Syracuse,  Doug Williams, Grambling, Anthony Davis, USC

Steve Greenberg: 1. Herschel Walker 2. Barry Sanders 3. Chris Zorich 4. Reggie Bush 5. Ron Dayne

Bruce Feldman: Jack Ham, Deion Sanders, Ed Reed, Chris Spielman, Jared Lorenzen

Teddy Greenstein: 1. Braylon Edwards

2. Len Williams (Northwestern quarterback from 1990-93. Was short, tough, fast and an overall bad-ass)

3. Sam Valenzisi (Northwestern kicker was a fellow journalism student who made 15 of 16 field goal tries for the Rose Bowl Wildcats)

4. J Leman

5. Garrett Wolfe

- The five best players since you’ve been covering college football.

Teddy Greenstein: Reggie Bush, Troy Smith, Michael Robinson, Rashard Mendenhall, Mike Noooogent.

Richard Cirminiello: 1. Texas QB Vince Young – Elevated his program, which is the best thing you can say about a quarterback.
2. USC RB Reggie Bush – A vision of explosiveness every time he touched the ball.
3. Georgia Tech WR Calvin Johnson – Would have been unstoppable if Reggie Ball wasn’t his battery mate.
4. Georgia DE David Pollack – Best motor on a defensive player that I ever saw.
5. Indiana QB Antwan Randle El – Had he played at a name brand school, would have been a legend.

(North Carolina DE Julius Peppers, Georgia DE David Pollock, Oklahoma S Roy Williams, Pitt WR Larry Fitzgerald and Miami S Ed Reed should also be on here somewhere.) 5) Matt Leinart, QB USC; 4) Michael Vick, QB Virginia Tech; 3) Adrian Peterson, RB Oklahoma; 2) Charles Rogers, WR Michigan State; 1) Vince Young, QB Texas

Dennis Dodd: Reggie Bush, Michael Vick, Barry Sanders, Brian Bosworth, Vince Young

Steve Greenberg: 1. Reggie Bush 2. Vince Young 3. Roy Williams (OU) 4. Sean Taylor 5. Michael Vick

Bruce Feldman: Vince Young, Ed Reed, Mike Patterson, Patrick Willis, Julius Peppers

Charles Davis: No particular order…Vince Young, Texas, Reggie Bush, USC, Darren McFadden, Arkansas,  Chris Long, Virginia, Peyton Manning, Tennessee

- Your favorite game of all-time.

Dennis Dodd:
Nebraska 42, Missouri 35 OT, 1997. I was there 11 years ago and the result still resonates. It was the infamous Flea Kicker Game.

The game marked the first time a No. 1 in the AP polls won a game and dropped from the top spot, and the losing team got into the poll after losing.

Fiu: The correct answer is the 1984 Miami Orange Bowl win over Nebraska, but I don’t think I’ve ever had more fun watching a football game than either the 1988 Notre Dame Catholics vs. Convicts win over Miami or the 2005 USC Bush-Push win over Notre Dame.

Richard Cirminiello: 2007 Fiesta Bowl.  While it didn’t have national championship implications, Boise State’s improbable win over Oklahoma was the single most exciting college game I ever witnessed.  I still pull out the DVD every few months just to make sure it wasn’t a figment of my imagination.  Texas over USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl is a close second, but a photo-finish was needed.

Teddy Greenstein: USC-Texas for the national title is the obvious choice. The Northwestern Rose Bowl loss to USC takes the silver. Michigan's triple-overtime victory over Michigan State in 2004 earns the bronze.

Steve Greenberg: Sorry, but it has to be Wisconsin’s win over UCLA in the Rose Bowl after the 1993 season. It was my second season covering the Badgers after college. At least 80% Big Red fans in that stadium.

Bruce Feldman: Texas-USC Rose Bowl. There was so much at stake with USC’s winning streak and going for the unprecedented three championships in a row and instead we got to see the greatest clutch performance in the history of the sport by Vince Young. The game had everything: big plays, bad plays, weird plays (the Reggie Bush lateral to Brad Walker, a guy who wasn’t even in the game program) and of course, clutch plays.