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The Best Miami Football Players of All Time 

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Updated July 13, 2020 36.3k votes 4.6k voters 89.5k 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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#8 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #22 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #41 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames

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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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#45 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #53 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #163 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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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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#1,228 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #35 of 292 The Most Obnoxious Athletes

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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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#31 of 292 The Most Obnoxious Athletes #8 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #44 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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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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#35 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #130 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Everlisted on The Best 'Dancing With The Stars' Contestants, Ranked

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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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#90 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #16 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #132 of 1,323 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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#128 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #13 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #94 of 1,323 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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#17 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #136 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #11 of 59 Short NFL Players Who Show Size Doesn't Matter

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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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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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#85 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #154 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #9 of 83 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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#34 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #66 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #217 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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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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#30 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #98 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #184 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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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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#44 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #216 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #242 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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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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#426 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #20 of 87 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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#99 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time #465 of 1,323 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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#278 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #67 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #299 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

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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 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #50 of 144 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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#228 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #1,002 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #77 of 154 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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#1,075 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #52 of 149 The Best New York Giants of All Time #45 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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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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#207 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #399 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #63 of 143 Athletes Whose Careers Ended Too Soon

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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

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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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#65 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #164 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #41 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time

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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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#1,154 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever #92 of 98 The Greatest Out of Shape Athletes in Sports #86 of 135 The Best Minnesota Vikings Of All Time