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The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time

Updated December 6, 2019 20.2k votes 2.1k voters 39.7k views69 items

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A list of the best Nebraska Cornhuskers football players of all time. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are one of college football's traditional powers. The team has won over 800 games are currently the fourth winningest team of all time. But the school couldn't have been consistent winners without help from great players. Some of the best players in college football history have played for Nebraska. There have been Heisman Trophy winners like Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier and Eric Crouch, who are considered the top players in Nebraska history. Tommie Frazier didn't have an NFL career, but is considered by many the greatest Cornhusker ever. The quarterback led Nebraska to two national championships during his time in Lincoln, Frazier is one of the most popular players to wear Nebraska's red and white uniform.

Nebraska has claimed 43 conference championships and part or all of five national championships: 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997. So how was Nebraska able to sustain this success? With a strong roster of great players, which come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Nebraska's long history of having star players on its roster. Some of the best college football players ever have played for Nebraska. Who could forget Ndamukong Suh dominating offensive tackles during the 2009 season? The same goes for Nebraska's powerful offensive linemen who steamrolled defense during the school's dominant years.

This is a list of the best Nebraska Cornhuskers football players of all time. If you notice someone is missing from this list, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list of the greatest Nebraska Cornhuskers football players in school history.
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    Ndamukong Suh

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Age33

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

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    565
    159

    Johnny Rodgers

    Running back, Return specialist

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska, United States of America

    Age64

    TeamsMontreal Alouettes, Nebraska Cornhuskers football, San Diego Chargers

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    546
    152

    Mike Rozier

    Running back

    BirthplaceCamden, New Jersey

    Age54

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    533
    151

    Lawrence Phillips

    Running back

    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas

    Age45

    TeamsFlorida Bobcats, Barcelona Dragons, Montreal Alouettes, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers

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    #4 of 25 The Best College Running Backs of the 1990s#1 of 30 The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Running Backs of All Time

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    381
    91

    Irving Fryar

    Return specialist, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceMount Holly, New Jersey, United States of America

    Age58

    TeamsWashington Redskins, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

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    145

    Ahman Green

    Running back

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska

    Age43

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Montreal Alouettes, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Omaha Nighthawks

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    124

    Roger Craig

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceUSA, Davenport, Iowa

    Age60

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    100

    Grant Wistrom

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceJoplin, Missouri

    Age44

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    429
    121

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska

    Age60

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    373
    99

    Will Shields

    Guard

    BirthplaceFort Riley, Kansas

    Age44

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    71

    Dean Steinkuhler

    Tackle, Guard

    BirthplaceBurr, Nebraska

    Age59

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    66

    Rich Glover

    Defensive tackle, Tackle

    BirthplaceBayonne, New Jersey

    Age65

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    90

    Turner Gill

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America

    Age58

    TeamsMontreal Alouettes, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

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    117

    Lavonte David

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age25

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers

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    256
    68

    Mike Brown

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceScottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona

    Age37

    TeamsKansas City Chiefs

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    Tom Rathman

    Fullback

    BirthplaceGrand Island, Nebraska

    Age53

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    #103 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time#25 of 26 The Best NFL Running Backs of the 80s

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    Eric Crouch

    Safety, Quarterback

    BirthplaceOmaha, Nebraska

    Age41

    TeamsHamburg Sea Devils, Toronto Argonauts, St. Louis Rams, Omaha Nighthawks, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

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    415
    149

    Scott Frost

    Quarterback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceLincoln, Nebraska

    Age45

    TeamsStanford Cardinal football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

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    Trev Alberts

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCedar Falls, Iowa, United States of America

    Age50

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

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    100

    Brook Berringer

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceScottsbluff, Nebraska

    AgeDec. at 23 (1973-1996)

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    Jason Peter

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceUSA, New Jersey, Locust Point

    Age41

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    Aaron Taylor

    Offensive Lineman, Guard

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Age45

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    Rex Burkhead

    Running back

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky

    Age30

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Nebraska Cornhuskers football