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Any Other College Have Three NFL Hall of Famers on Same Team?
Three NFL Hall of Famers at Syracuse in one backfield back in 1966
https://www.profootballhof.com/heroes-of.../colleges/

Floyd Little
Larry Csonka
Tom Coughlin

Floyd and Larry made it as players and Tom made it as a coach. Tom was a second string running back.

Schools with the most Hall of Famers
Notre Dame (13)
Southern California (12)
Ohio State (10)
Michigan (9)
Alabama (8)
Miami - Florida (8)
Pittsburgh (8)
Syracuse (8)
Minnesota (7)
Illinois (6)
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Might be at least one other team that had 3 future HOFers at the same time.

Any of those with several should be checked, but just at a glance, looks like Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, and Anthony Muñoz were USC teammates.
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(04-12-2019 04:15 PM)Wedge Wrote:  Might be at least one other team that had 3 future HOFers at the same time.

Any of those with several should be checked, but just at a glance, looks like Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, and Anthony Muñoz were USC teammates.

Hopefully a USC fan can confirm.

BTW, a fun fact Jim Boeheim (a BB HoF'er) was Tom Coughlin's Resident Hall Adviser. 03-lmfao
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NFL Hall of Famers Ricky Jackson, Russ Grimm and Dan Marino were all teammates at Pitt in the early 80s. Ironically, none of those guys was considered the best player on those teams. That honor belonged to DE, Hugh Green.

Green was the seventh overall pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the ‘81 draft and was a two time Pro Bowler. Unfortunately, knee injuries and a really bad car accident robbed him of his legendary explosiveness that made him such a dominant collegian and the runner up for the 1980 Heisman Trophy.
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Sure there have been several with 3 on the same team. 3 in the same backfield is pretty unusual.
Texas had 2 NFL rushing leaders in its 1996 backfield, Priest Holmes and Ricky Williams. Interestingly, Shon Mitchell was considered the top back on that team. He had lead the team in rushing in 1995, but suffered some injuries and never regained his form.
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(04-12-2019 03:52 PM)TexanMark Wrote:  Three NFL Hall of Famers at Syracuse in one backfield back in 1966
https://www.profootballhof.com/heroes-of.../colleges/

Floyd Little

You're jumping the gun on Coughlin, he isn't in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Although I think he will be - every time Bill Belichick and Tom Brady win another Super Bowl, Coughlin laughs, because he knows that makes his two wins against them shine even brighter on his resume.

I stared watching football in the early 1970s, and I loved Floyd Little, he was a great back and i was happy when he eventually made the Hall.

Too bad guys like that are not remembered very well these days.
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(04-13-2019 10:58 AM)Dr. Isaly von Yinzer Wrote:  NFL Hall of Famers Ricky Jackson, Russ Grimm and Dan Marino were all teammates at Pitt in the early 80s. Ironically, none of those guys was considered the best player on those teams. That honor belonged to DE, Hugh Green.

Green was the seventh overall pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the ‘81 draft and was a two time Pro Bowler. Unfortunately, knee injuries and a really bad car accident robbed him of his legendary explosiveness that made him such a dominant collegian and the runner up for the 1980 Heisman Trophy.

I remember Hugh Green. In college, he was talked about right alongside Lawrence Taylor in terms of being a special cat with dominating potential.

It is sad that getting saddled with the Tampa Bay Bucs, and the injuries, kept him from maybe realizing that potential.
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Yeah, that’s how it goes. The NFL history books are littered with guys just like him who came in with a lot of potential and hype and who for one reason or another failed to live up to it. Green was particularly unlucky, but dems da breaks.

Still, it’s hard to overstate how dominant he was as a collegian. He’s the most dominant defensive player I have ever seen at the collegiate level and I realize that saying a mouthful because there have obviously been some incredible defensive players over the years. For you younger guys, as a collegian, he was kind of like a cross between Jadeveon Clowney and LaVarr Airington – and he was better than both of those players!

As I said, that team had three NFL Hall of Famers on it and he was unquestionably the best player on the field just about every single week.

The winner of the 1980 Heisman Trophy was George Rogers out of South Carolina. Rogers was a fine running back and this is in no way disrespectful of him. However, Keith Jackson was so upset with that decision that he resigned his Heisman Trophy ballot. I’ve seen him talk about that. He said it was the biggest injustice he’d ever seen in the voting. I would argue that in the years since we’ve seen a few equally ridiculous decisions, but that gives you an idea of how good Green was as a defensive end at Pitt.

BTW, he is from Natchez, Mississippi and that really shows you how much times have changed. There’s no way on earth a player that good would’ve ever gotten out of the SEC in this day and age. Pitt landed from there Green and his cousin, an excellent running back named Rooster Jones.
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(04-13-2019 05:49 PM)Dr. Isaly von Yinzer Wrote:  The winner of the 1980 Heisman Trophy was George Rogers out of South Carolina. Rogers was a fine running back and this is in no way disrespectful of him. However, Keith Jackson was so upset with that decision that he resigned his Heisman Trophy ballot. I’ve seen him talk about that. He said it was the biggest injustice he’d ever seen in the voting. I would argue that in the years since we’ve seen a few equally ridiculous decisions, but that gives you an idea of how good Green was as a defensive end at Pitt.

I think that Keith may have been a little off his rocker there. The vote between Rogers and Green wasn't close, Rogers got 216 first-place votes to 179 for Green, and he also got more second-place votes than Green. The total points, 1128 to 861, wasn't close either. So it wasn't like Green was overwhelmingly regarded as the best but lost out because a couple haters left him off the ballot or something. Also, in the 1981 draft, Rogers was picked 1st while Green went 7th, so it's not like NFL evaluators regarded Green as obviously better.

Green just had to contend with the same thing all defensive players did then and now, the bias in favor of offensive players who generate eye-catching stats that defenders can't match.

The real controversy i remember from 1980 was that many believed that Herschel Walker, who finished 3rd in the voting, would have won had his last game been counted. At the time, the Heisman organization tallied its ballots around November 25, and while Rogers had played his regular season by then, Walker had a game vs Georgia Tech after that, in which he gained over 200 yards and scored a bunch of TDs. Many at the time thought that with that performance included, he might have won the Heisman.

In any event, some other nuggets about those three players and teams in 1980:

1) Georgia of course went undefeated and won the National Championship.

2) Even though South Carolina was independent that year, they played Georgia. Both Rogers and Walker played well, Walker gained 219 yards, Rogers 168 in Georgia's 13-10 win.

3) Pittsburgh was in the spotlight all year. They were expected to contend for the national title, starting the year at #3 in the polls. They lost one game, to FSU, but never dropped below #11 in the polls, and were again #3 going in to the bowl games.

4) While South Carolina wasn't contending for the national title like Pitt and Georgia, Rogers did help them win. The two years that he was an All-American, 1979 and 1980, the Gamecocks won 8 regular season games, which they had done exactly zero times before in their history dating back to 1903. South Carolina even lingered at the bottom end of the polls most of the year.

Ironically, Pitt would finish #2 in the final polls after winning the Gator Bowl versus ... South Carolina. Rogers ran for over 100 yards, but Pitt won easily, 37-9.

Finally, Rogers and Green had similar NFL careers. Rogers, like Green, started with a bang. In 1981, he gained 1674 yards. That was enough to lead the NFL, and he was Rookie Of the Year and first-team All-Pro as a result. It also set the NFL rookie rushing record, and even though that record was broken by Eric Dickerson just two years later, it is still the second-most yards ever gained by a rookie.

But as with Green, his career was hobbled. Between the 1981 and 1982 seasons, Rogers was caught up in a cocaine investigation among Saints players, and he admitted to using cocaine and had to enter a summer rehab treatment program. He would gain 1,000 yards three more times, in 1983, 1985, and 1986, but he never had the same mojo after the cocaine affair, and he also suffered from chronic injuries. His last year was 1987.
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(04-13-2019 10:07 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(04-13-2019 05:49 PM)Dr. Isaly von Yinzer Wrote:  The winner of the 1980 Heisman Trophy was George Rogers out of South Carolina. Rogers was a fine running back and this is in no way disrespectful of him. However, Keith Jackson was so upset with that decision that he resigned his Heisman Trophy ballot. I’ve seen him talk about that. He said it was the biggest injustice he’d ever seen in the voting. I would argue that in the years since we’ve seen a few equally ridiculous decisions, but that gives you an idea of how good Green was as a defensive end at Pitt.

I think that Keith may have been a little off his rocker there. The vote between Rogers and Green wasn't close, Rogers got 216 first-place votes to 179 for Green, and he also got more second-place votes than Green. The total points, 1128 to 861, wasn't close either. So it wasn't like Green was overwhelmingly regarded as the best but lost out because a couple haters left him off the ballot or something. Also, in the 1981 draft, Rogers was picked 1st while Green went 7th, so it's not like NFL evaluators regarded Green as obviously better.

Green just had to contend with the same thing all defensive players did then and now, the bias in favor of offensive players who generate eye-catching stats that defenders can't match.

The real controversy i remember from 1980 was that many believed that Herschel Walker, who finished 3rd in the voting, would have won had his last game been counted. At the time, the Heisman organization tallied its ballots around November 25, and while Rogers had played his regular season by then, Walker had a game vs Georgia Tech after that, in which he gained over 200 yards and scored a bunch of TDs. Many at the time thought that with that performance included, he might have won the Heisman.

In any event, some other nuggets about those three players and teams in 1980:

1) Georgia of course went undefeated and won the National Championship.

2) Even though South Carolina was independent that year, they played Georgia. Both Rogers and Walker played well, Walker gained 219 yards, Rogers 168 in Georgia's 13-10 win.

3) Pittsburgh was in the spotlight all year. They were expected to contend for the national title, starting the year at #3 in the polls. They lost one game, to FSU, but never dropped below #11 in the polls, and were again #3 going in to the bowl games.

4) While South Carolina wasn't contending for the national title like Pitt and Georgia, Rogers did help them win. The two years that he was an All-American, 1979 and 1980, the Gamecocks won 8 regular season games, which they had done exactly zero times before in their history dating back to 1903. South Carolina even lingered at the bottom end of the polls most of the year.

Ironically, Pitt would finish #2 in the final polls after winning the Gator Bowl versus ... South Carolina. Rogers ran for over 100 yards, but Pitt won easily, 37-9.

Finally, Rogers and Green had similar NFL careers. Rogers, like Green, started with a bang. In 1981, he gained 1674 yards. That was enough to lead the NFL, and he was Rookie Of the Year and first-team All-Pro as a result. It also set the NFL rookie rushing record, and even though that record was broken by Eric Dickerson just two years later, it is still the second-most yards ever gained by a rookie.

But as with Green, his career was hobbled. Between the 1981 and 1982 seasons, Rogers was caught up in a cocaine investigation among Saints players, and he admitted to using cocaine and had to enter a summer rehab treatment program. He would gain 1,000 yards three more times, in 1983, 1985, and 1986, but he never had the same mojo after the cocaine affair, and he also suffered from chronic injuries. His last year was 1987.

Big George has all kinds of back and knee problems to this day.

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(04-13-2019 10:58 AM)Dr. Isaly von Yinzer Wrote:  NFL Hall of Famers Ricky Jackson, Russ Grimm and Dan Marino were all teammates at Pitt in the early 80s. Ironically, none of those guys was considered the best player on those teams. That honor belonged to DE, Hugh Green.

Green was the seventh overall pick for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the ‘81 draft and was a two time Pro Bowler. Unfortunately, knee injuries and a really bad car accident robbed him of his legendary explosiveness that made him such a dominant collegian and the runner up for the 1980 Heisman Trophy.
I thought Bill Fralic was the best player on the early Pitt teams and am surprised he isn't in the NFL Hall of Fame.
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Jackson State had Walter Payton, Jackie Slater, and Robert Brazile all on the same team if I'm not mistaken.
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(04-16-2019 02:07 PM)GreenHornet33 Wrote:  Jackson State had Walter Payton, Jackie Slater, and Robert Brazile all on the same team if I'm not mistaken.

Yes they did, in 1975.

Which puts them ahead of Syracuse, who only had two on the same team. 07-coffee3

FWIW, Jackson State has 4 players in the NFL Hall of Fame. That's more then Florida, Georgia, and Texas AM.
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(04-16-2019 05:05 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(04-16-2019 02:07 PM)GreenHornet33 Wrote:  Jackson State had Walter Payton, Jackie Slater, and Robert Brazile all on the same team if I'm not mistaken.

Yes they did, in 1975.

Which puts them ahead of Syracuse, who only had two on the same team. 07-coffee3

FWIW, Jackson State has 4 players in the NFL Hall of Fame. That's more then Florida, Georgia, and Texas AM.

Syracuse had three on the same team (1966). Tom Coughlin played FB/RB on the team. However, he made the HoF as a coach.
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(04-16-2019 05:30 PM)TexanMark Wrote:  
(04-16-2019 05:05 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(04-16-2019 02:07 PM)GreenHornet33 Wrote:  Jackson State had Walter Payton, Jackie Slater, and Robert Brazile all on the same team if I'm not mistaken.

Yes they did, in 1975.

Which puts them ahead of Syracuse, who only had two on the same team. 07-coffee3

FWIW, Jackson State has 4 players in the NFL Hall of Fame. That's more then Florida, Georgia, and Texas AM.

Syracuse had three on the same team (1966). Tom Coughlin played FB/RB on the team. However, he made the HoF as a coach.

Which Hall of Fame?
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(04-16-2019 07:17 PM)dbackjon Wrote:  
(04-16-2019 05:30 PM)TexanMark Wrote:  
(04-16-2019 05:05 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(04-16-2019 02:07 PM)GreenHornet33 Wrote:  Jackson State had Walter Payton, Jackie Slater, and Robert Brazile all on the same team if I'm not mistaken.

Yes they did, in 1975.

Which puts them ahead of Syracuse, who only had two on the same team. 07-coffee3

FWIW, Jackson State has 4 players in the NFL Hall of Fame. That's more then Florida, Georgia, and Texas AM.

Syracuse had three on the same team (1966). Tom Coughlin played FB/RB on the team. However, he made the HoF as a coach.

Which Hall of Fame?

The one in my imagination apparently...guys, I'm sorry. I thought he was already voted in for the NFL HoF. I think he will get there in a year or two when eligible. So Cuse only had two on that team at the moment. I screwed up by not confirming what my brain thought was true.

It appears Jackson State and Pitt own that distinction at the moment.

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(04-16-2019 09:25 PM)TexanMark Wrote:  
(04-16-2019 07:17 PM)dbackjon Wrote:  
(04-16-2019 05:30 PM)TexanMark Wrote:  
(04-16-2019 05:05 PM)quo vadis Wrote:  
(04-16-2019 02:07 PM)GreenHornet33 Wrote:  Jackson State had Walter Payton, Jackie Slater, and Robert Brazile all on the same team if I'm not mistaken.

Yes they did, in 1975.

Which puts them ahead of Syracuse, who only had two on the same team. 07-coffee3

FWIW, Jackson State has 4 players in the NFL Hall of Fame. That's more then Florida, Georgia, and Texas AM.

Syracuse had three on the same team (1966). Tom Coughlin played FB/RB on the team. However, he made the HoF as a coach.

Which Hall of Fame?

The one in my imagination apparently...guys, I'm sorry. I thought he was already voted in for the NFL HoF. I think he will get there in a year or two when eligible..

Coughlin's best bet for the Hall, as is Eli Manning's, is for Brady and Belichick to keep winning Super Bowls. Every time they win another one and get called the GOATs, Manning's and Coughlin's 2-0 record against them shines brighter and brighter.
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In 1953, Cincinnati had 2 Hall of Famers on the basketball team: NBA Hall of Famer Jack Twyman, and MLB Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax (a freshman walk-on who earned a partial scholarship midway through the season).
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I just think it's crazy that the '86 and '87 Oklahoma State teams had Thurmon Thomas and Barry Sanders in the backfield.
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(04-12-2019 04:26 PM)TexanMark Wrote:  
(04-12-2019 04:15 PM)Wedge Wrote:  Might be at least one other team that had 3 future HOFers at the same time.

Any of those with several should be checked, but just at a glance, looks like Marcus Allen, Ronnie Lott, and Anthony Muñoz were USC teammates.

Hopefully a USC fan can confirm.

BTW, a fun fact Jim Boeheim (a BB HoF'er) was Tom Coughlin's Resident Hall Adviser. 03-lmfao

My dad played on that team. It even had Bruce Matthews and Jeff Fisher (the coach).
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