UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE FOOTBALL TEAM
team is a result of fans who placed nominations on Red Rage
from April 20-August 1, 2000.
Five honored jerseys. Ten
All-American's. Five first-round NFL Draft picks. The school's
all-time passing, receiving and interceptions leaders . A
potential NCAA 1-A all-time leader for receptions. Dominating performers regarded by
Louisville football fans as the best to ever play the game in a
Legend after legend after legend.
And a quick glance at the players who made the team reads
like a "Who's Who" of the Louisville record books and pro football greats.
Tom Jackson. Mark Clayton. Ted Washington. Lenny Lyles. Sam Madison. Joe Jacoby. Frank Minnifield.
The list goes on and on, and they serve as the perfect reminder of the
school's football history and recent development.
The most hotly-contested race was for the
best-ever defensive lineman. Ted Washington and Joe Johnson
remained nearly even throughout the voting period,
One of the biggest surprises
may be the absence of Johnny Unitas, who was named the "Greatest
Player in the First 50 Years of Pro Football."
Chris Redman, who completed his college career in 1999 and is
now with the Baltimore Ravens, ironically the same NFL city
where Unitas came into greatness, was voted as the school's best-ever quarterback.
When Redman left the
University of Louisville he had set new school marks for career
passing yards (12,541), single season passing yards (4,042),
career total offense (12,129), single season total offense
(4,009), single game passing yards (592), single game touchdown
passes (6), 300-yard passing games (23), single season
completion percentage (.653) and many more. Following his
senior season, Chris Redman was awarded the Johnny Unitas Golden
Arm Award, which goes to the nation's top senior quarterback.
Even though the group of players who made the
represents many of the greatest players to ever play football at
the university, the list of players who
didn't make the team stand as perhaps an even greater testament to the quality of players
who have played for the Red and Black.
Pro Football Hall of Fame
member Johnny Unitas and Ernie Green, who's jersey hangs from
the facade of Papa John's Cardinal Stadium, are both absent. Other former
Cardinal greats that failed to garner enough votes were Otis
Wilson, Eddie Johnson, Ibn Green, Walter Peacock, Ralph Dawkins,
Kendrick Gholston and Mike Flores. Wilson and Johnson are both
in the program's top four in career tackles. Green is
second on the U of L career receptions list. Peacock is tops
when it comes to career rushing yards at Louisville.
Dawkins is eighth in career rushing yards and fifth in career
receptions. Gohlston and Flores rank one and two for most
career sacks. Of course there are others who many will feel that
should have been included on the all-time team.
Unofficial University of Louisville Football All-Time Team
(As selected by fan voting)
Pos - Name,
QB - Chris Redman, 1996-99
RB - Lenny Lyles, 1954-57
WR - Arnold Jackson, 1997-2000
WR - Mark Clayton, 1979-82
WR - Miguel Montano, 1994-97
TE - Jamie Asher, 1991-94
OL - Bruce Armstrong, 1983-86
OL - Joe Jacoby, 1978-80
OL - Roman Oben, 1992-95
OL - Ken Kortas, 1960-63
OL - Graig Hoffman, 1994-97
P - Klaus Wilmsmeyer, 1988-91
DL - Joe Johnson, 1991-93
DL - Ted Washington, 1987-90
DL - Jim Hanna, 1990-93
DL - Carl Powell, 1995-96
LB - Doug Buffone, 1962-65
LB - Tom Jackson, 1970-72
LB - Tyrus McCloud, 1993-96
DB - Sam Madison, 1993-96
DB - Ray Buchanan, 1989-92
DB - Frank Minnifield, 1979-82
DB - Dwayne Woodruff, 1976-78
K - David Akers, 1993-96
Howard Schnellenberger, 1985-94
Fiesta Bowl Champions
comprised team was created by nominations from fans visiting
Red Rage, an unofficial site for University of
Louisville. This is not an official all-time team that
was determined by officials with the University of
Louisville. This site is not related to the University of
Louisville or its athletic department.)