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The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time  

Ranker College Football
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List Rules Vote up the top Longhorns football players based on their time at the University of Texas at Austin.

A list of the best Texas Longhorns football players of all time. Texas is one of the most highly regarded and historic football programs of all time. The program began in 1893 and currently has the second most wins in NCAA history, trailing only Michigan. Texas is also recognized for their post-season appearances ranking second in number of bowl game appearances (51) and ranked fourth in bowl game victories (27). Why are the Longhorns one of the greatest college football teams ever? Because of the number of outstanding players who have worn the burnt orange. Many of the best players in college football history have played for Texas. Throughout the school's history, Texas's roster has been filled with some college football's biggest stars. 

Texas football has had some of the greatest running backs in college history. Between Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams, two of the greatest Longhorns ever and Heisman Trophy winners, Texas has a rich history of attracting the country's best recruits to Austin. These two legendary players hold university records and are some of the most beloved Texas Longhorns football players of all time. The same goes for Vince Young. The quarterback led Texas to an iconic victory over heavily favored USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl. Young carried the team to win the national championship in one of the greatest performances by a quarterback in college football history. While his NFL career didn't pan out, in the eyes of Texas Longhorn fans, there is nothing that will ruin the memory of one of the greatest Longhorns in school history. 

This is a list of the best Texas Longhorns football players of all time. Some of most outstanding players in Texas history and famous football players from Texas are on this list. If you think someone is missing, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank the list according to who you think should be considered the greatest Texas Longhorns football player ever.
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Earl Campbell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 63
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Ricky Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
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Vince Young is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 35
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Earl Thomas is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 70
5
Jamaal Charles is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
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Colt McCoy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 32
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Derrick Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
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Tommy Nobis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 75
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Brian Orakpo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 29
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Bobby Layne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
Dec. at 60 (1926-1986)
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Cedric Benson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
Cedric Benson age 36
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Jordan Shipley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
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Roy Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 37
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Priest Holmes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
Priest Holmes age 45
15
Michael Huff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 32
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Eric Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 51
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Michael Griffin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
_1443311062050 added age 34
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Justin Tucker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 29
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Roosevelt Leaks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
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Quentin Jammer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
Quentin Jammer age 39
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Casey Hampton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
Casey Hampton age 41
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James Street is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
MarshallBennett added James Street Dec. at 65 (1948-2013)
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Leonard Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 40
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Aaron Ross is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time
age 36
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Major Applewhite is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Texas Longhorns Football Players of All Time