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The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time

Updated November 21, 2019 13.2k votes 1.5k voters 22.3k views54 items

List RulesVote up the greatest Mountaineers to have ever played football.

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 White1
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    Pat White

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceDaphne, Alabama

    Age34

    TeamsWest Virginia Mountaineers football, Miami Dolphins

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    #55 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time#50 of 60 Famous Athletes Who Could Have Dominated a Second Sport

  • Tavon Austin2
    628
    177

    Tavon Austin

  • Major Harris3
    548
    149

    Major Harris

    Quarterback

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age52

    TeamsCleveland Thunderbolts, Charleston Swamp Foxes, BC Lions, Washington Marauders

  • Steve Slaton4
    455
    118

    Steve Slaton

    Running back

    BirthplaceLevittown, Pennsylvania

    Age34

    TeamsHouston Texans, Miami Dolphins

  • Sam Huff5
    414
    113

    Sam Huff

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceFarmington, West Virginia

    Age86

    TeamsWashington Redskins, New York Giants

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    #28 of 115 The Greatest Washington Redskins of All Time#32 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • Pat McAfee6
    439
    133

    Pat McAfee

    Punter, Placekicker

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Age33

    TeamsIndianapolis Colts

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    #90 of 91 The Best Alabama Crimson Tide Football Players of All Time#2 of 54 The Greatest NFL Punters of All Time

  • Bruce Irvin7
    367
    102

    Bruce Irvin

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Age32

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks

  • Jeff Hostetler8
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    77

    Jeff Hostetler

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceBenson, Pennsylvania

    Age59

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Oakland Raiders, Penn State Nittany Lions football, West Virginia Mountaineers football, New York Giants

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    #117 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#31 of 41 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '90s

  • Darryl Talley9
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    80

    Darryl Talley

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    Age60

    TeamsBuffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings

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

  • Adam "Pacman" Jones10
    394
    125

    Adam "Pacman" Jones

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Age36

    TeamsCincinnati Bengals, West Virginia Mountaineers football, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys

  • Owen Schmitt11
    321
    98

    Owen Schmitt

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceGilman, Wisconsin

    Age35

    TeamsSeattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders, West Virginia Mountaineers football, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Marc Bulger12

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    #70 of 73 The Best Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl#52 of 84 The Most Overlooked Quarterbacks of All Time

  • Stedman Bailey13
  • Noel Devine14
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    95

    Noel Devine

    Running back

    BirthplaceFort Myers, Florida

    Age32

    TeamsOmaha Nighthawks, West Virginia Mountaineers football, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Amos Zereoué15
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    83

    Amos Zereoué

    Running back

    BirthplaceCôte d’Ivoire

    Age43

  • Geno Smith16
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    130

    Geno Smith

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Age29

    TeamsWest Virginia Mountaineers football, New York Jets

  • Chuck Howley17
    211
    53

    Chuck Howley

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceWheeling, West Virginia, United States of America

    Age84

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    #568 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#28 of 322 People Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

  • 18
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    88

    Will Grier

  • Kevin White19
  • Chris Henry20
  • Aaron Beasley21
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    58

    Aaron Beasley

    Cornerback

    BirthplacePottstown, Pennsylvania

    Age47

  • Anthony Becht22
    126
    42

    Anthony Becht

    Tight end

    BirthplaceDrexel Hill, Pennsylvania

    Age43

    TeamsArizona Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs

  • Adrian Murrell23
    110
    32

    Adrian Murrell

    Running back

    BirthplaceFayetteville, North Carolina

    Age49

    Adrian Murrell should be in the top 25. He was great on a bad WVU team.

  • Todd Sauerbrun24
    125
    43

    BirthplaceEast Setauket, New York

    Age47

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    Gary Stills

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey

    Age46