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The Best Miami Football Players of All Time

Updated July 13, 2020 42.8k votes 5.1k voters 100.0k 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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  • Ed Reed1
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    Ed Reed

    Free Safety

    BirthplaceSt. Rose, Louisiana

    Age37

    TeamsHouston Texans, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets

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    #35 of 85 The Best Houston Texans of All Time#1 of 24 The Best Baltimore Ravens First-Round Picks In The NFL Draft

  • Sean Taylor2
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    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    AgeDec. at 24 (1983-2007)

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Miami Hurricanes football

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    #7 of 23 23 Athletes Who Were Murdered#13 of 48 Athletes Charged with DUI

  • Ray Lewis3
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    Ray Lewis

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceBartow, Florida, United States of America

    Age45

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens

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    #20 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History#32 of 60 Famous Athletes Who Could Have Dominated a Second Sport

  • Michael Irvin4
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    Michael Irvin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America

    Age54

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

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    #790 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021#35 of 329 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

  • Warren Sapp5
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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

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    #62 of 85 Great Athletes Who Waited Too Long To Retire#37 of 98 The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports

  • Andre Johnson6
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    Andre Johnson

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age39

    TeamsHouston Texans, Miami Hurricanes football

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    #19 of 32 The Best Indianapolis Colts Wide Receivers of All Time#1 of 11 The Best Houston Texans Wide Receivers of All Time

  • Reggie Wayne7
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    Reggie Wayne

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Age37

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Miami Hurricanes football

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    #13 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#112 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • Edgerrin James8
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    Edgerrin James

    Running back

    BirthplaceImmokalee, Florida

    Age37

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

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    #60 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames#32 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

  • Frank Gore9
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    Frank Gore

    Running back

    BirthplaceCoconut Grove, Miami, Florida, United States of America

    Age32

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

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    #453 of 583 The Greatest Entertainers of All Time#16 of 53 The Most Likable Active NFL Players

  • Vince Wilfork10
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    Vince Wilfork

    Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceBoynton Beach, Florida

    Age38

    TeamsNew England Patriots, Miami Hurricanes football

  • Clinton Portis11
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    Clinton Portis

    Running back

    BirthplaceLaurel, Mississippi, United States of America

    Age39

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Denver Broncos, Miami Hurricanes football

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    #24 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time#91 of 115 The Funniest Professional Athletes

  • Devin Hester12
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    Devin Hester

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceRiviera Beach, Florida, United States of America

    Age33

    TeamsChicago Bears, Miami Hurricanes football

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    #10 of 144 The Greatest Chicago Bears of All Time#30 of 176 The Best Atlanta Falcons of All Time

  • Jim Kelly13
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    Jim Kelly

    Quarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Age60

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Miami Hurricanes football, Houston Gamblers

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    #2 of 73 The Best Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl#8 of 41 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '90s

  • Jeremy Shockey14
    801
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    BirthplaceAda, Oklahoma

    Age35

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

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    #7 of 57 The Best College Football Tight Ends of All Time#37 of 149 The Best New York Giants of All Time

  • Willis McGahee15
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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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    #33 of 95 The Best Baltimore Ravens of All Time#86 of 106 The Fastest NFL Players of All Time

  • Greg Olsen16
    812
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    Greg Olsen

    Tight end

    BirthplaceWayne, New Jersey

    Age35

    TeamsCarolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Seattle Seahawks

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    #7 of 33 The Best Tight Ends in the NFL#4 of 137 The Best Carolina Panthers of All Time

  • Jonathan Vilma17
    617
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    Jonathan Vilma

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCoral Gables, Florida

    Age38

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Miami Hurricanes football

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    #267 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#69 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • Santana Moss18
    710
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    Santana Moss

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Miami

    Age41

    TeamsWashington Redskins, New York Jets, Miami Hurricanes football

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    #32 of 106 The Best New York Jets of All Time#4 of 48 The Best Miami Hurricanes Wide Receivers Of All Time

  • Jerome Brown19
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    Jerome Brown

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceBrooksville, Florida

    AgeDied at 27 (1965-1992)

    TeamsPhiladelphia Eagles

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    #17 of 26 NFL Players Whose Careers Ended Too Soon#18 of 83 The Greatest Defensive Tackles of All Time

  • Cortez Kennedy20
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    Cortez Kennedy

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceOsceola, Arkansas

    Age52

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

  • Antrel Rolle21
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    Antrel Rolle

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceHomestead, Florida

    Age37

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

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    #36 of 225 The Best Arizona Cardinals of All Time#7 of 48 The Best Arizona Cardinals Cornerbacks Of All Time

  • Bernie Kosar22
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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#78 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

  • Jim Otto23
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    Jim Otto

    Linebacker, Center

    BirthplaceWausau, Wisconsin

    Age82

    TeamsOakland Raiders

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    #1257 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#20 of 28 The Best NFL Players With The Most Pro Bowl Appearances

  • Ted Hendricks24
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    Ted Hendricks

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceGuatemala City, Guatemala

    Age72

    TeamsOakland Raiders, Baltimore Colts, Green Bay Packers

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    #1 of 173 The Best Oakland Raiders Of All Time#32 of 147 The Best Indianapolis Colts of All Time

  • Jimmy Graham25
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    Jimmy Graham

    Tight end

    BirthplaceGoldsboro, North Carolina

    Age29

    TeamsGreen Bay Packers

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    #225 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#13 of 34 The Most Overpaid Professional Athletes Right Now