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The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time 

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Updated November 21, 2019 10.7k votes 1.4k voters 20.6k views 55 items

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The Mountaineers of West Virginia are one of those teams that just seems to stick around. There's always there, and they're never going down without a fight. The program has racked up 15 conference championships, as well as having the most victories of any NCAA FBS program to never win a national title. The Mountaineers have also produced 11 consensus All-Americans. Though no Mountaineer has ever won the Heisman Trophy, there have been six candidates over the years (most notably Major Harris).

They may not be a college football powerhouse, but the program's ability to consistently bring it year after year without the recruiting prowess enjoyed by schools like USC, Ohio State, or Florida for example, speaks volumes.

This is a list of the greatest Mountaineers ever. What do you think, Rankers? Vote for your pick now!
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Pat White is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Daphne, Alabama

Age: 32

Teams: West Virginia Mountaineers football, Miami Dolphins

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Tavon Austin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Tavon Austin

Age: 24

Teams: St. Louis Rams

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Major Harris is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Major Harris Quarterback from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Age: 47

Teams: Cleveland Thunderbolts, Charleston Swamp Foxes, BC Lions, Washington Marauders

4
Steve Slaton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Running back from Levittown, Pennsylvania

Age: 29

Teams: Houston Texans, Miami Dolphins

5
Sam Huff is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Linebacker from Farmington, West Virginia

Age: 81

Teams: Washington Redskins, New York Giants

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#28 of 119 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time #77 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #193 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Pat McAfee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Punter and Placekicker from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Age: 28

Teams: Indianapolis Colts

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Bruce Irvin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Krakatau added Defensive end and Linebacker from Atlanta, Georgia

Age: 31

Teams: Seattle Seahawks

8
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Cornerback and Return specialist from Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Age: 35

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, West Virginia Mountaineers football, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys

9
Geno Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Miami, Florida

Age: 28

Teams: West Virginia Mountaineers football, New York Jets

10
Stedman Bailey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time

Age: 25

Teams: St. Louis Rams

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Owen Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Plowman251 added Running back and Fullback from Gilman, Wisconsin

Age: 34

Teams: Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, West Virginia Mountaineers football, Philadelphia Eagles

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Jeff Hostetler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Quarterback from Benson, Pennsylvania

Age: 57

Teams: Washington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Penn State Nittany Lions football, West Virginia Mountaineers football, New York Giants

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Noel Devine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Krakatau added Running back from Fort Myers, Florida

Age: 31

Teams: Omaha Nighthawks, West Virginia Mountaineers football, Philadelphia Eagles

14
Darryl Talley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
JohnChristopher1 added Linebacker from Cleveland, Ohio

Age: 55

Teams: Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings

Talley is surely one of the top 15 players ever at WVU.

15
Amos Zereoué is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Krakatau added Running back from Côte d’Ivoire

Age: 42

16
Marc Bulger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Dana Watts added

Age: 41

Teams: St. Louis Rams, Baltimore Ravens, West Virginia Mountaineers football

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#137 of 257 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time #47 of 92 The Most Overlooked Quarterbacks of All Time #76 of 77 The Best Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl

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Kevin White is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
SDobbinsMountaineer added

Teams: TCU Horned Frogs football

18
Will Grier is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
JackMcLane added Will Grier
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Chuck Howley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Chuck Howley Linebacker from Wheeling, West Virginia, United States of America

Age: 79

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#32 of 350 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame #148 of 543 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History #585 of 1,537 The Best Football Players Ever

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Chris Henry is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
JohnChristopher1 added

Age: Dec. at 26 (1983-2009)

Teams: Cincinnati Bengals, West Virginia Mountaineers football

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Aaron Beasley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Cornerback from Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Age: 42

22
Dan Mozes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time

Age: 32

23
James Jett is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Wide receiver from Charles Town, West Virginia

Age: 45

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Avon Cobourne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Running back from Camden, New Jersey

Age: 36

Teams: Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, Cologne Centurions

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Renaldo Turnbull is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time
Defensive end and Linebacker from Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

Age: 49