Unofficial All-Time Cardinal Football Team

From April 20th through August 1st of 2000 fans visiting, which has since become apart of Inside theVille, voted on their choices for an unofficial All-Time Louisville Football Team. The results are below.


This 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 Cardinals uniform.

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, flip-flopping twice.

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 all-time team 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, Years Played

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

Head Coach

Howard Schnellenberger, 1985-94


1990 Fiesta Bowl Champions

(This 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.)

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