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The Best Oregon Ducks of All Time

Updated January 12, 2020 23.6k votes 2.5k voters 34.7k 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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  • 1
    Marcus Mariota
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    Marcus Mariota

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii

    Age26

    TeamsTennessee Titans

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  • 2
    490
    111

    Deforest Buckner

  • 3
    Dan Fouts
    581
    164

    Dan Fouts

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Age69

    TeamsOregon Ducks football, San Diego Chargers

  • 4
    Jonathan Stewart
    669
    197

    Jonathan Stewart

    Running back

    BirthplaceFort Lewis, Washington

    Age33

    TeamsCarolina Panthers, Oregon Ducks football

  • 5
    Patrick Chung
    592
    150

    Patrick Chung

    Safety

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Age33

    TeamsNew England Patriots, Oregon Ducks football, Philadelphia Eagles

  • 6
    Haloti Ngata
    702
    218

    Haloti Ngata

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Inglewood, California

    Age36

    TeamsBaltimore Ravens, Oregon Ducks football

  • 7
    LaMichael James
    748
    241

    LaMichael James

    Running back

    BirthplaceNew Boston, Texas

    Age30

    TeamsSan Francisco 49ers

  • 8
    DeAnthony Thomas
  • 9
    Max Unger
    394
    102

    Max Unger

    Guard, Center

    BirthplaceKailua, Hawaii

    Age34

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

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  • 10
    Kiko Alonso
    456
    132

    Kiko Alonso

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts

    Age30

    TeamsBuffalo Bills

  • 11
    Royce Freeman
    629
    187

    Royce Freeman

  • 12
    Joey Harrington
    460
    147

    Joey Harrington

    Quarterback

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon

    Age41

    TeamsNew Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Oregon Ducks football, Miami Dolphins

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  • 13
    TJ Ward
    488
    143

    TJ Ward

    Safety

    BirthplaceSan Francisco, California

    Age33

    TeamsCleveland Browns

  • 14
    Dennis Dixon
    387
    114

    Dennis Dixon

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Age35

    TeamsPittsburgh Steelers, Oregon Ducks football

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  • 15
    Mel Renfro
    259
    74

    Mel Renfro

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Age78

  • 16
    Norm Van Brocklin
    245
    79

    Norm Van Brocklin

    Punter, Quarterback

    BirthplaceParade, South Dakota

    AgeDec. at 57 (1926-1983)

  • 17
    Arik Armstead
    296
    71

    Arik Armstead

  • 18
    Ahmad Rashād
    322
    86

    Ahmad Rashād

    Running back, Wide receiver

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Age70

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills, Oregon Ducks football, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings

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  • 19
    Ifo Ekpre Olomu
    273
    99

    Ifo Ekpre Olomu

  • 20
    LeGarrette Blount
    574
    201

    LeGarrette Blount

    Running back

    BirthplaceMadison, Florida

    Age33

    TeamsTampa Bay Buccaneers, New England Patriots, Oregon Ducks football

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  • 21
    Jairus Byrd
    258
    95

    Jairus Byrd

    Free Safety

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California

    Age33

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Oregon Ducks football

  • 22
    Josh Huff
    293
    108

    Josh Huff

  • 23
    Steve Smith
    352
    130

    Steve Smith

    Wide receiver
  • 24
    Kenny Wheaton
    202
    76

    Kenny Wheaton

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplacePhoenix, Arizona

    Age45

  • 25
    Dion Jordan
    184
    74

    Dion Jordan

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceChandler, Arizona

    Age30

    TeamsMiami Dolphins