Legendary Orange running back Jim Brown is No. 1 on ESPN’s list of the greatest 150 players from the first century and a half of college football.
In closing its year-long ESPN College Football 150 celebration, the network revealed its top 25 players, including Brown (No. 1) and Syracuse 1961 Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis (No. 15), at halftime of Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game between No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Clemson.
In addition to Brown and Davis, three-time All-American Floyd Little was No. 52 on the list. All three men wore Syracuse’s fabled No. 44, which was retired in 2005, and remains the only retired jersey number in the history of the program.
THEY ALL WORE 4️⃣4️⃣
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#1 all time CFB player @CuseFootball great Jim Brown. @NewhouseSU alum Bill Bonnell producing the title game, Sean McDonough calling it on @ESPNRadio and the generous Newhouse family w the largest gift in school history today. Great day to be 🍊
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