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The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time 

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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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Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Quarterback from Honolulu, Hawaii

Teams: Tennessee Titans

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LaMichael James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Running back from New Boston, Texas

Age: 26

Teams: San Francisco 49ers

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Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Defensive end from Los Angeles, Inglewood, California

Age: 31

Teams: Baltimore Ravens, Oregon Ducks football

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DeAnthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added
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Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Running back from Fort Lewis, Washington

Age: 28

Teams: Carolina Panthers, Oregon Ducks football

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Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Quarterback from California

Age: 64

Teams: Oregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

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#29 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #69 of 122 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time #137 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Patrick Chung Safety from Kingston, Jamaica

Age: 28

Teams: New England Patriots, Oregon Ducks football, Philadelphia Eagles

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Deforest Buckner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Deforest Buckner
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Joey Harrington is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Quarterback from Portland, Oregon

Age: 37

Teams: New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Oregon Ducks football, Miami Dolphins

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#239 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #20 of 152 The Biggest First Round NFL Draft Pick Busts #25 of 28 The Biggest Heisman Busts of All Time

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Kiko Alonso is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added Linebacker from Newton, Massachusetts

Age: 25

Teams: Buffalo Bills

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Royce Freeman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added Royce Freeman
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T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Defensive back from California

Age: 29

Teams: Cleveland Browns

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LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Running back from Madison, Florida

Age: 29

Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Oregon Ducks football

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Max Unger is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Guard and Center from Kailua, Hawaii

Age: 29

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

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#668 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #52 of 135 The Best New Orleans Saints of All Time #21 of 219 The Best Seattle Seahawks of All Time

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Dennis Dixon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Quarterback from Oakland, California

Age: 30

Teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Oregon Ducks football

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Mel Renfro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Cornerback and Safety from Houston, Texas, United States of America

Age: 74

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Ifo Ekpre Olomu is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added Ifo Ekpre Olomu
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Arik Armstead is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added Arik Armstead
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Norm Van Brocklin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Punter and Quarterback from Parade, South Dakota

Age: Dec. at 57 (1926-1983)

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#44 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #183 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #34 of 77 The Best Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl

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Jairus Byrd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Jairus Byrd Free Safety from San Diego, California

Age: 29

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Oregon Ducks football

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Ahmad Rashād is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Running back and Wide receiver from Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Age: 66

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Oregon Ducks football, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings

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#110 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #926 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever #29 of 36 The Best NFL Wide Receivers of the '80s

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Josh Huff is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added Josh Huff
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Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Steve Smith
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Kenny Wheaton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Cornerback and Safety from Phoenix, Arizona

Age: 40

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Ed Dickson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Tight end from Los Angeles, Inglewood, California

Age: 31

Teams: Seattle Seahawks