USC Dominates Pac-12 All-Century Football Team|
Dec. 2, 2015
Twenty-four of the team’s players are Trojans, as is the head coach. No other school had more than 5 players represented. The team was unveiled on the Pac-12 Network last night (Dec. 1).
John McKay is the team’s head coach. Ronnie Lott is the Defensive Player of the Century. All 5 of the teams’ running backs are Trojans, as are 4 of the 7 offensive linemen, 3 of the 5 wide receivers and linebackers and 3 of the 4 safeties. Reggie Bush was the only player named at 2 positions, running back and returner.
The 24 Trojans on the Pac-12 All-Century team are: QB Matt Leinart, RBs Marcus Allen, O.J. Simpson, Charles White, Reggie Bush and Mike Garrett, WRs Keyshawn Johnson, Lynn Swann and Marqise Lee, TE Charles Young, OLs Ron Yary, Tony Boselli, Anthony Munoz and Brad Budde, DE Willie McGinest, DT Leonard Williams, LBs Junior Seau, Richard Wood and Chris Claiborne, CB Joey Browner, Ss Ronnie Lott, Troy Polamalu and Mark Carrier and RET Reggie Bush.
The team, celebrating the Pac-12’s 100th anniversary, was selected from a pool of 125 eligible players and 10 head coaches by a panel of 119 former players, coaches and media members. Collegiate career accomplishments and accolades were the primary factors taken into account by the voters. Five players each were selected at quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive end, defensive tackle and linebacker, while there were 7 at offensive line, 4 at both cornerback and safety, 2 at tight end and 1 each at kicker, punter and returner.
Of USC’s Pac-12 All-Century honorees, 12 are in the College Football Hall of Fame and 7 are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Five won Heisman Trophies and there also is a winner of an Outland Trophy, Lombardi Award, Thorpe Award, Butkus Award and Biletnikoff Award.
Several members of the 50-man team, including Trojans Lott, Allen, Yary and Browner, will be saluted on the field during this Saturday’s (Dec. 5) Pac-12 Football Championship Game between USC and Stanford.
Quotes from USC honorees:
Marcus Allen – USC
“When you look at the entire landscape some of the most incredible players to ever play the game have come out of this Conference. To be recognized as one of the best over the 100-year history is truly an honor.”
Mark Carrier – USC
“My first reaction is simply that I'm humbled. I don't know exactly how this came about, but obviously there have been so many great players in the Pac-12. It's really a thrill that people considered me as someone worthy of putting in this group. It is a very happy day for me and my family.”
Mike Garrett – USC
“Beating teams like Oklahoma, Ohio State and Notre Dame was great. The Midwest and South thought they dominated college football. We showed the West could beat the best.”
Matt Leinart – USC
"Being a part of this team is such a tremendous honor. Just seeing my name next to the guys on this list is something I never would have thought would happen. Looking back on my time at USC, I couldn’t have accomplished what I did without the teammates and coaches that I had around me, so they deserve just as much credit for our success. I'm truly humbled to be ncluded in such an incredible class of players."
Ronnie Lott – USC
“To be in the arena with these men of courage and fight, it is a privilege and honor! Looking at the history and knowing all the players who had played defense, I'm humble being selected for this honor and I know so many that are more deserving than me.”
Lynn Swann – USC
“It’s a great honor that I personally share with my teammates. Football is the consummate team sport and I couldn’t have accomplished anything without them. I also benefitted from great coaching from Willie Brown and John McKay. We enjoyed a lot of success and had a lot of fun at USC. It was a great time but we put in a lot of hard work and effort to succeed as a team. I am thankful for the honor and am thrilled to be in the company of so many great players.”
Richard Wood – USC
“It really is a great honor to be mentioned among so many great football players who have played in the Pac-12 and in college football. I need to thank my teammates and my coaches. For me to be able to receive any recognition and accolades is because of them. To be recognized and honored is truly a blessing.”
Ron Yary – USC
“It’s truly a great honor, but I don’t feel like I deserve it. I keep thinking that those who voted for me made a mistake. There has been exemplary offensive line play by so many guys in this Conference over the last 100 years. Players who absolutely controlled the line of scrimmage all of the time, so it’s a deep honor; a wonderful tribute to my life that I just hope inspires my kids.”