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The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time

Updated January 12, 2020 22.5k votes 2.6k voters 36.5k views98 items

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A list of the best Oregon Ducks of all time. Beginning in 1894, the University of Oregon began its illustrious football program. Though Oregon fans didn't always have a lot to cheer for through much of the 20th century, the 2000s ushered in a new era, and the Ducks have become a dominant force in the Pac-12 and nationwide. Oregon has not yet won a national title, but they have taken home 11 conference titles and have 12 post-season bowl game wins. Oregon has produced many truly talented quarterbacks, from NFL legend Dan Fouts, to Joey Harrington, Dennis Dixon, and Akili Smith. Many talented Oregon stars at other positions have gone on to illustrious NFL careers as well, with six former Ducks being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, including Gary Zimmerman, Dave Wilcox, Norm Van Brocklin, Dan Fouts, and Mel Renfro. Other famous players who are considered some of the greatest Ducks ever are the ruthless defender Haloti Ngata and running back Jonathan Stewart.

Former head coach Mike Bellotti helped bring Oregon Duck football to the national stage, and Chip Kelly, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, grew it into the dominant force it is today. The school is regularly ranked in the top ten, and few opponents enjoy coming into Autzen Stadium and facing the Oregon fans. While many people focus on the Ducks's crazy uniforms, it's the great players who are really remembered. Who can forget powerhouse LaMichael James, who ended his Oregon career as the most decorated Duck ever, holding almost every singe Oregon rushing and scoring record including most points scored in a season & career (144, 348), most touchdowns in a season & career (24, 58), most rushing attempts in a season (294), season and career rushing yards (1,805, 5,082), and most 200-yard rushing games, also for both season (4) and career (7). Then there's Oregon's first and (so far) only Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Marcus Mariota, who took home college football's top honor in 2014.

This is the list of the best Oregon Ducks of all time. Is your favorite Duck missing from the list? Feel free to add him. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think should be considered the greatest Ducks football players ever. 
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    Dion Jordan

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceChandler, Arizona

    Age30

    TeamsMiami Dolphins

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    Ed Dickson

    Tight end

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Inglewood, California

    Age33

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

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    Casey Matthews

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceNorthridge, Los Angeles, California

    Age31

    TeamsOregon Ducks football, Philadelphia Eagles

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    BirthplaceFullerton, California

    Age58

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    Bill Musgrave

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceGrand Junction, Colorado

    Age52

    TeamsDenver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers

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    Reuben Droughns

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Age42

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    Dave Wilcox

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceOntario, Oregon

    Age78

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    Akili Smith

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Age45

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, Oregon Ducks football, Frankfurt Galaxy

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    Jeff Maehl

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceParadise, California

    Age26

    TeamsHouston Texans, Oregon Ducks football, Philadelphia Eagles

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    Kellen Clemens

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceLakeview, Oregon

    Age37

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Houston Texans, St. Louis Rams, Oregon Ducks football, New York Jets

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    Russ Francis

    Tight end

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Age67

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    Byron Marshall

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    Chris Miller

    Quarterback

    BirthplacePomona, California

    Age55

    TeamsDenver Broncos, Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, Oregon Ducks football

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    Maurice Morris

    Running back

    BirthplaceChester, South Carolina

    Age40

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Detroit Lions

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    Alex Molden

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Age42

    TeamsOregon Ducks football

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    Samie Parker

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Age39

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    Igor Olshansky

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceDnipropetrovsk, Ukraine

    Age38

    TeamsDallas Cowboys

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    Jeremiah Johnson

    Running back

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Age33

    TeamsDenver Broncos

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    Chad Cota

    Safety

    BirthplaceAshland, Oregon

    Age49

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    Jeremiah Masoli

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Age32

    TeamsEdmonton Eskimos, Ole Miss Rebels football, Omaha Nighthawks, San Francisco 49ers, Oregon Ducks football

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    Onterrio Smith

    Running back

    BirthplaceSacramento, California

    Age39

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    Danny O'Neil

    Quarterback
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    Justin Peelle

    Tight end

    BirthplaceFresno, California

    Age41

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers