Football 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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1
902 93
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Quarterback

2
434 149
Haloti Ngata is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Defensive end

3
331 101
Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Quarterback

4
437 152
Jonathan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Running back

5
469 148
LaMichael James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Running back

6
505 145
DeAnthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added

7
346 97
Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Safety

8
358 119
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Running back

9
399 104
Royce Freeman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added Royce Freeman

10
337 95
T. J. Ward is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Safety

11
260 52
Deforest Buckner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Deforest Buckner

12
268 67
Kiko Alonso is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added Linebacker

13
232 64
Max Unger is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Guard, Center

14
236 85
Joey Harrington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Quarterback

15
179 65
Jairus Byrd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Free Safety

16
251 80
Steve Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Steve Smith Wide receiver

17
187 64
Josh Huff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added Josh Huff

18
220 71
Dennis Dixon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Quarterback

19
147 55
Ed Dickson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Tight end

20
173 54
Ahmad Rashād is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Running back, Wide receiver

21
143 48
Arik Armstead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added Arik Armstead

22
128 41
Norm Van Brocklin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Punter, Quarterback

23
162 63
Ifo Ekpre Olomu is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
MattBryant added Ifo Ekpre Olomu

24
131 44
Mel Renfro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time
Cornerback, Safety

25
144 63
Darron Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time