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The Best Miami Football Players of All Time 

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Updated July 10, 2020 35.9k votes 4.6k voters 88.6k views 64 items

List Rules Vote up the best Miami Hurricanes ever to take to the gridiron. Vote based on each player's University of Miami career only.

The Hurricanes from The University of Miami (or, THE U!) is one of the most storied programs in college football history. The Miami Hurricanes football team boasts 5 national titles, 9 conference championships, 2 Heisman Trophy winners, 35 consensus All-Americans, and that's not all. The Canes have also produced the most first round NFL draft picks of any college football program, and also hold the record for most consecutive drafts with at least one first round pick. Not to mention that 10 players from The U are now in the College Football Hall of Fame.

There have obviously been some greats at Miami, but who are the greatest? The following is a list of the best Miami Hurricanes ever. What do you think? Upvote the Miami Hurricane football players from any era, who you think are the best University of Miami players ever.

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Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Free Safety from St. Rose, Louisiana

Age: 37

Teams: Houston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets

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#40 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames #8 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #22 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Sean Taylor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Safety from Miami, Florida

Age: Died at 24 (1983-2007)

Teams: Washington Redskins, Miami Hurricanes football

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#792 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #3 of 119 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time #45 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

3
Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Bartow, Florida, United States of America

Age: 43

Teams: Baltimore Ravens

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#1,268 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #44 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames #5 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

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Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

Age: 52

Teams: Dallas Cowboys

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#8 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #44 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #33 of 343 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle and Defensive end from Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Age: 43

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

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#34 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #130 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #6 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

6
Andre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Miami, Florida

Age: 37

Teams: Houston Texans, Miami Hurricanes football

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#15 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #90 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #131 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Reggie Wayne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from New Orleans, Louisiana

Age: 37

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Miami Hurricanes football

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#13 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #128 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #93 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Running back from Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States of America

Age: 32

Teams: Buffalo Bills

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#18 of 226 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #135 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #21 of 53 The Most Likable Active NFL Players

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Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from USA, Pennsylvania, East Brady

Age: 55

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

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#12 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #23 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknameslisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Defensive lineman from Boynton Beach, Florida

Age: 37

Teams: New England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football

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#86 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #152 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #9 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Edgerrin James is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Running back from Immokalee, Florida

Age: 37

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football

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#66 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #65 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames #34 of 226 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
yanksgiants1989 added Wide receiver from Riviera Beach, Florida, United States of America

Age: 33

Teams: Chicago Bears, Miami Hurricanes football

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#97 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #30 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #55 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames

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Clinton Portis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Running back from Laurel, Mississippi, United States of America

Age: 37

Teams: Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Miami Hurricanes football

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#18 of 119 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time #220 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #44 of 226 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

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Jeremy Shockey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Tight end from Ada, Oklahoma

Age: 35

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

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#429 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #20 of 92 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time #8 of 57 The Best College Football Tight Ends of All Time

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Willis McGahee is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Running back from Miami, Florida

Age: 34

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Miami Hurricanes football

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#101 of 226 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #487 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #29 of 95 The Best Baltimore Ravens of All Time

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Santana Moss is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Miami, Florida, United States of America

Age: 36

Teams: Washington Redskins, New York Jets, Miami Hurricanes football

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#16 of 119 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time #65 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #281 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Tight end from Wayne, New Jersey

Age: 30

Teams: Carolina Panthers

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#196 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #51 of 147 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time #2 of 33 The Best Tight Ends in the NFL

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Jonathan Vilma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Coral Gables, Florida

Age: 33

Teams: New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Miami Hurricanes football

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#225 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #960 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #76 of 155 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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Antrel Rolle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Cornerback and Safety from Homestead, Florida

Age: 33

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

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#1,053 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #52 of 157 The Best New York Giants of All Time #44 of 225 The Best Arizona Cardinals of All Time

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Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
yanksgiants1989 added Tight end from Goldsboro, North Carolina

Age: 29

Teams: Green Bay Packers

21
Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Youngstown, Ohio

Age: 55

Teams: Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football, Dallas Cowboys

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#100 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #18 of 92 The Most Overlooked Quarterbacks of All Timelisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

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Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Jerome Brown Defensive tackle from Brooksville, Florida

Age: Died at 27 (1965-1992)

Teams: Philadelphia Eagles

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#224 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #388 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #13 of 89 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

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Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
yanksgiants1989 added Cortez Kennedy Defensive tackle from Osceola, Arkansas

Age: 47

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

24
Vinny Testaverde is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from New York City, New York

Age: 52

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, + more

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#68 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #156 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #42 of 122 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

25
Bryant McKinnie is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
Tackle from Woodbury, New Jersey

Age: 36

Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings

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#1,246 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #92 of 99 The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports #85 of 138 The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time