Whenever athletes are recognized as some of the greatest players in their respective sports, they usually have their named forever enshrined in glory with whatever team or conference they played in.
With former players of the ACC and SEC, that is the exact case.
According to College Football Talk, the two conference recently released their 2015 legends teams, which feature one great player from each team in the conference. However, upon closer research, any college football fan will know that some of the players recognized never even played in their respective conference.
Five players on the ACC list, including Miami’s Clinton Portis and Virginia Tech’s Corey Moore, and three players on the SEC list played for teams that weren’t a part of the ACC or SEC during their college days.
Until 2004, Virginia Tech and Miami were both in the Big East. The same goes for Boston College in 2005 and Louisville, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh in 2013. In the SEC, Missouri and Texas A&M weren’t members of the SEC until 2012.
You can see the full list of legends below:
Boston College: Dan Koppen, center
Clemson: Anthony Simmons, inside linebacker
Duke: Chris Douglas, running back
Florida State: Warrick Dunn, running back
Georgia Tech: Bobby Ross, head coach
Louisville: Chris Redman, quarterback
Miami: Clinton Portis, running back
North Carolina: Ken Huff, guard
N.C. State: Fred Combs, cornerback
Pittsburgh: Tony Dorsett, running back
Syracuse: Chris Gedney, tight end
Virginia: Patrick Kerney, defensive end
Virginia Tech: Corey Moore, defensive end
Wake Forest: Chuck Ramsey, punter
Alabama: Woodrow Lowe, linebacker
Arkansas: Madre Hill, running back
Auburn: Takeo Spikes, linebacker
Florida: Fred Taylor, running back
Georgia: Richard Seymour, defensive tackle
Kentucky: Dave Roller, defensive line
LSU: Alan Faneca, guard
Ole Miss: Ken Lucas, defensive back
Mississippi State: Mario Haggan, linebacker
Missouri: Roger Wehrli, defensive back
South Carolina: Andre’ Goodman, cornerback
Tennessee: Chuck Smith, defensive end
Texas A&M: Bubba Bean, running back
Vanderbilt: Earl Bennett, wide receiver
Those are some pretty impressive names, but I wonder how the Big East and Big 12 feel about not getting the proper recognition for housing these players for so many years.
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