The Greatest? | Razorback Expats

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

The Greatest?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 29, 2007 at 11:17 PM

It's a favorite conversation starter for sports fans everywhere: who is the greatest player/coach/pitcher/center/quarterback? With Darren McFadden about to embark on a potentially historic season, it feels like an appropriate time to start that debate for the Hogs.

Let's throw out all stats, facts and figures, and comparisons of eras and go with gut feelings here. Simply put, who is the greatest Razorback of them all (looking purely at their college production)?

I'll start by saying that D-Mac has already staked a pretty good claim as the best football player ever to play at Arkansas. With all due respect to past legends such as Lance Alworth, Billy Ray Smith, Joe Ferguson, Steve Atwater and many others, no one has had the individual impact or national recognition as McFadden.

As far as I know (which isn’t very far), no football Razorback had previously won a major national award, and McFadden has already won the Doak Walker. No Razorback has ever seriously been in the conversation for the Heisman, and McFadden was the runner-up after his sophomore season and figures to be the thick of it again this year.

After that it gets trickier. Sidney Moncrief put the basketball program on the map. Corliss Williamson was a dominant national player and led the Hogs to their only major sport national title. Mike Conley won multiple track championships and was a general athletic freak of nature. It’s hard to assess where D-Mac fits in this crowd without some broader perspective, but the simple fact that he’s already in the conversation after just two years is pretty amazing.

So who gets your vote? For me, I have a personal bias for Corliss but D-Mac could very well shoot to the top of this list after this season. In the meantime, McFadden will only be a Razorback for 13 more games, so let’s appreciate and enjoy history in the making while he’s here.

(get more from the expats at www.razorbackexpats.com)


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (4)

Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-4 of 4

Add a comment

More by Razorback Expats

  • Where in the World is Charles Balentine?

    Charles Balentine remains well-known among Razorback fans for hitting the 3rd biggest shot in Arkansas history (we'll give you two guesses as to what #1 and #2 are), but many other details of his storied career are slipping away into the mists of time.
    • Apr 30, 2009
  • Tuesday Hodge Podge

    Razorback news and notes from around the web (warning: some of these links aren't exactly timely, but then again you probably already knew not to count on us for hot-off-the-presses info): * Nate Allen rips Jeff Long a new one (he even busts out the Y-word).
    • Apr 28, 2009
  • Welcome to Expat Status, Jonathan Luigs

    This year's NFL draft has come and gone. ESPN can put Mel Kiper back in the closet, or he can go back to the Pentecostal Church he pastors.
    • Apr 27, 2009
  • More »
 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation