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The Best Miami Football Players of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 42.0k votes 4.9k voters 94.0k views64 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Ed Reed is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Ed Reed

    Free Safety

    BirthplaceSt. Rose, Louisiana

    Age42

    TeamsHouston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets

  • 2
    Michael Irvin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Michael Irvin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Fort Lauderdale

    Age54

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

  • 3
    Ray Lewis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Ray Lewis

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

    Age45

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

  • 4
    Sean Taylor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    AgeDied at 24 (1983-2007)

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Miami Hurricanes football

  • 5
    Warren Sapp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Warren Sapp

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida, United States of America

    Age47

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Miami Hurricanes football

  • 6
    Andre Johnson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Andre Johnson

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age39

    TeamsHouston Texans, Miami Hurricanes football

  • 7
    Reggie Wayne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Reggie Wayne

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Age41

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Miami Hurricanes football

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    #112 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame#124 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • 8
    Frank Gore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Frank Gore

    Running back

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age37

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

  • 9
    Edgerrin James is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Edgerrin James

    Running back

    BirthplaceImmokalee, Florida

    Age42

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football

  • 10
    Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Vince Wilfork

    Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceBoynton Beach, Florida

    Age38

    TeamsNew England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football

  • 11
    Clinton Portis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Clinton Portis

    Running back

    BirthplaceLaurel, Mississippi, United States of America

    Age39

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Miami Hurricanes football

  • 12
    Jim Kelly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Jim Kelly

    Quarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age60

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

  • 13
    Devin Hester is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Devin Hester

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceRiviera Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Age33

    TeamsChicago Bears, Miami Hurricanes football

  • 14
    Greg Olsen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Greg Olsen

    Tight end

    BirthplaceWayne, New Jersey

    Age35

    TeamsCarolina Panthers

  • 15
    Jeremy Shockey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    BirthplaceAda, Oklahoma

    Age40

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

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    #22 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time#7 of 57 The Best College Football Tight Ends of All Time

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    Willis McGahee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Willis McGahee

    Running back

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age38

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Denver Broncos, Baltimore Ravens, Cleveland Browns, Miami Hurricanes football

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  • 17
    Jonathan Vilma is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Jonathan Vilma

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCoral Gables, Florida

    Age38

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Miami Hurricanes football

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    #70 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time#205 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • 18
    Santana Moss is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Santana Moss

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Miami

    Age41

    TeamsWashington Redskins, New York Jets, Miami Hurricanes football

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    Jerome Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Jerome Brown

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceBrooksville, Florida

    AgeDied at 27 (1965-1992)

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

  • 20
    Cortez Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Cortez Kennedy

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceOsceola, Arkansas

    Age52

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

  • 21
    Antrel Rolle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Antrel Rolle

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceHomestead, Florida

    Age37

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

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    #48 of 149 The Best New York Giants of All Time#34 of 225 The Best Arizona Cardinals of All Time

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    Jim Otto is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Jim Otto

    Linebacker, Center

    BirthplaceWausau, Wisconsin

    Age82

    TeamsOakland Raiders

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    #1517 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#20 of 28 The Best NFL Players With The Most Pro Bowl Appearances

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    Bernie Kosar is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Bernie Kosar

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceYoungstown, Ohio

    Age56

    TeamsCleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins, Miami Hurricanes football, Dallas Cowboys

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    #49 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#83 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

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    Jimmy Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Miami Football Players of All Time
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    Jimmy Graham

    Tight end

    BirthplaceGoldsboro, North Carolina

    Age33

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

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

    Age41

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings

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