Although it’s been 63 years since running back Jim Brown played college football at Syracuse, the romance with his hard-charging style continues.
In the first week of voting in USA TODAY Sports’ quest to select the best college football player of all-time, Brown rolled to a landslide win over Sammy Baugh, Doc Blanchard and Sam Huff. Brown received 73% of the votes cast. Red Grange, once called the Babe Ruth of college football, was the only other player to record such an overwhelming triumph. He received 70% of the vote in his matchup against Jack Tatum, Billy Cannon and Bob Lilly.
The full first week results are below.
Week 2 of the 10-week tournament starts today, with four more four-player matchups from the Dorsett Region. You vote on the best in each foursome and the highest vote total advances to the Sweet 16. Voting opens today and ends Saturday at noon ET. Once the field is whittled to 16 players, we will switch to a March Madness-style head-to-head format to determine the greatest college football player of all-time.
This week’s Dorsett Region matchups:
►No. 1 Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh) vs. No. 16 Tommy Nobis (Texas) vs. No. 8 Gale Sayers (Kansas) vs. No. 9 Lee Roy Jordan (Alabama)
►No. 2 Archie Griffin (Ohio State) vs. No. 15 Bubba Smith (Michigan State) vs. No. 7 Ray Guy (Southern Mississippi) vs. No. 10 Joe Greene (North Texas)
►No. 3 O.J. Simpson (USC) vs. No. 14 Earl Campbell (Texas) vs. No. 6 Lawrence Taylor (North Carolina) vs. No. 11 Fred Biletnikoff (Florida State)
►No. 4 Walter Payton (Jackson State) vs. No. 13 Alan Page (Notre Dame) vs. No. 5 Ronnie Lott (USC) vs. No. 12 John Hannah (Alabama)
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