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The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time 

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Updated December 6, 2019 16.8k votes 1.8k voters 35.5k views 71 items

List Rules Only Nebraska football players. Vote only on on-field accomplishments

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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Tommie Frazier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time

Age: 41

Teams: Montreal Alouettes, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

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Ndamukong Suh is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle from Portland

Age: 32

Teams: Detroit Lions

3
Johnny Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Running back and Return specialist from Omaha

Age: 64

Teams: Montreal Alouettes, Nebraska Cornhuskers football, San Diego Chargers

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Mike Rozier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
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Ahman Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Running back from Omaha

Age: 38

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Montreal Alouettes, Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Omaha Nighthawks, + more

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Lawrence Phillips is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Running back from Little Rock

Age: 40

Teams: Florida Bobcats, Barcelona Dragons, Montreal Alouettes, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, + more

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Roger Craig is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
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Dave Rimington is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Center from Omaha

Age: 55

9
Grant Wistrom is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Defensive end from Joplin

Age: 39

10
Will Shields is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Will Shields Guard from Fort Riley

Age: 44

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#62 of 348 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #264 of 1,536 The Best Football Players Ever

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Eric Crouch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Safety and Quarterback from Omaha

Age: 37

Teams: Hamburg Sea Devils, Toronto Argonauts, St. Louis Rams, Omaha Nighthawks, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

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Scott Frost is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Quarterback and Defensive back from Lincoln

Age: 40

Teams: Stanford Cardinal football, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Nebraska Cornhuskers football, + more

13
Irving Fryar is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Return specialist and Wide receiver from Mount Holly

Age: 53

Teams: Washington Redskins, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles

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Lavonte David is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
KevinConiglio added Linebacker from Miami

Age: 25

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Ameer Abdullah is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
tyler-weseman added

Age: 22

Teams: Nebraska Cornhuskers football

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Dean Steinkuhler is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Tackle and Guard from Burr

Age: 54

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Turner Gill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Fort Worth

Age: 53

Teams: Montreal Alouettes, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

18
Rich Glover is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Defensive tackle and Tackle from Bayonne

Age: 65

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Tom Rathman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
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Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Neil Smith Defensive end from New Orleans

Age: 49

Teams: Denver Broncos, Nebraska Cornhuskers football, San Diego Chargers, Kansas City Chiefs

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Prince Amukamara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Prince Amukamara Cornerback from Leominster

Age: 26

Teams: Nebraska Cornhuskers football, New York Giants

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Brook Berringer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Scottsbluff

Age: Died at 23 (1973-1996)

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Trev Alberts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Cedar Falls

Age: 45

Teams: Indianapolis Colts, Nebraska Cornhuskers football

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Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Safety and Defensive back from Scottsdale

Age: 37

Teams: Kansas City Chiefs

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Jason Peter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Nebraska Cornhuskers Football Players of All Time
Defensive end from Locust Point

Age: 41