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From zero to 99: Utah's top sports figures by the numbers

Published June 4, 2011 5:13 pm
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Perhaps it is because of all those No. 32 jerseys and T-shirts that seemed to be everywhere this past winter and spring as Jimmermania swept the state and many parts of the country. Or maybe it's simply because most sportswriters love numbers and like to make lists.

Whatever the case, for the past few months, we took it upon ourselves at The Salt Lake Tribune to play with some numbers — jersey numbers that have graced the football fields, basketball and volleyball courts, hockey rinks and baseball diamonds in the great state of Utah, to be exact.

We came up with a numbers game that turned out to be an inexact science, at best.

Unlike golf, these rules were simple: Pick a number that can be worn on a uniform — every number from 0 to 99 — and come up with the biggest name in Utah sports to have worn each one.

For example, BYU's consensus national college basketball player of the year, Jimmer Fredette, must be the pick at No. 32, right?

Well, not exactly.

Jimmer's got a ways to go to surpass the achievements, fame and notoriety of a certain Utah Jazz and NBA legend by the name of Karl Malone, not to mention some pretty decent college football players such as Utah's Eric Weddle, Eddie Johnson and Jamal Anderson, BYU's Dennis Pitta and Utah State's Emmett White.

Kind of fun, isn't it?

For your enjoyment, and in the interest of sparking a little debate, we present our list of more than 1,000 names after having pored over scores of websites, media guides, yearbooks, rosters and photos in The Tribune's archives and at the Utah Historical Society. Special thanks to sports-information directors at all the state's colleges, experts in particular sports such as Salt Lake Bees baseball radio broadcaster Steve Klauke and all-around Utah sports history such as former Utah resident Laury Livsey, now a PGA Tour official.

There were no set rules or criteria for making the list or being named the top individual at each number. Often, we just went with the person who was more well-known, such as at No. 50.

A gentleman who has a school's stadium named after him should be on the list even if he played at a different school, shouldn't he?

And yes, there were plenty of tough calls, such as at No. 40 (BYU football legend Eldon Fortie or Utah basketball legend Jerry Chambers?) or at the number Fredette originally wanted in high school — No. 5 (BYU baseball star Wally Joyner or Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer?). Then there's the No. 22-wearing basketball stars — Danny Ainge or Arnie Ferrin?

Did we miss anybody?


Let us know about them via email or Twitter (see below), and we will publish them throughout the summer in our blogs and Sunday Page 2 offerings.


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0. Olden Polynice, Utah Jazz

Wannabe sheriff kind of took the number from teammate Greg Ostertag, who wore 00, when he arrived in town.

Also considered: BYU center Brandon Davies.

00. Myndee Larsen, Southern Utah women's basketball

SUU retired Larsen's rather unique jersey in 2007, and her name still dominates the SUU record books for scoring, rebounding and shooting percentage from her 1994-98 career.

Also considered: Ostertag.

1. Kevin Dyson, Utah football

Tennessee's first-round draft pick in 1998 wore No. 87 in Super Bowl XXXIV.

Also considered: Jazz coach Frank Layden (No. 1 jersey in EnergySolutions Arena rafters), BYU receiver Todd Watkins, BYU volleyball's Chelsea Goodman, Utah guard Johnnie Bryant, Weber State guard Damian Lillard, Utah State running back Abu Wilson, Salt Lake Golden Eagles goalie Rick Heinz, Utah defensive back Jeff Griffin, Utah DB Brice McCain, USU receiver Nakia Jenkins, Utah Blaze receiver Aaron Boone, Salt Lake Gulls infielder Rance Mulliniks.

2. Erroll Tucker, Utah football

Led the nation in punt and kickoff returns as a senior and made three All-America teams.

Also considered: Utah women's forward Kalee Whipple, Utah guard Marc Jackson, USU forward Desmond Pinegar, Utah Grizzlies defenseman Gord Dineen, BYU guard Travis Hansen, Utah quarterback Bill Swan.

3. Brian Johnson, Utah football

QB's stats weren't always pretty, but he won the most games in school history.

Also considered: Jazz wing Bryon Russell, BYU forward Keena Young, BYU forward Mark Bigelow, USU receiver Kevin Curtis, Weber State guard Jermaine Boyette, Utah guard Manny Hendrix, Weber State forward Jimmy DeGraffenried, BYU guard Robbie Reid, BYU running back Fahu Tahi, USU guard Max Perry, USU guard Marcus Saxon, Salt Lake Bees slugger Brandon Wood.

4. Adrian Dantley, Utah Jazz

Carried the struggling franchise for seven years and finally had his number retired in 2007.

Also considered: Utah center Andrew Bogut, Utah women's forward Kim Smith, BYU guard Jackson Emery, Utah defensive back Sean Smith, USU forward Nate Harris (also wore 41), Utah guard Jeff Jonas, BYU forward Michael Smith, Weber State guard Eddie Gill, Salt Lake Gulls infielder Harold Reynolds, USU receiver Kevin Alexander.

5. Wally Joyner, BYU baseball

After a standout career at BYU, Joyner was a MLB All-Star in 1986 and enjoyed a productive career with four teams. He finished with 204 homers and batted in more than 1,100 runs.

Also considered: Utah Jazz forward Carlos Boozer, Utah Blaze receiver Siaha Burley, BYU volleyball's Carlos Moreno, Utah volleyball's Lori Baird, RSL midfielder Kyle Beckerman, Utah forward Jeff Judkins, BYU safety Kyle Morrell, USU forward Greg Grant, Utah forward Josh Grant, Salt Lake Stingers infielder Chone Figgins, Ogden Dodgers infielder Steve Garvey.

6. Robbie Bosco, BYU football

All-America quarterback led Cougars to the 1984 national championship.

Also considered: BYU running back Curtis Brown, USU receiver Kevin Robinson, BYU running back Luke Staley, BYU quarterback Marc Wilson, Utah running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala, BYU return specialist James Dye, BYU forward Joe Nelson, Utah Jazz guard Jay Humphries, USU running back Robert Turbin, BYU guard Joe Richey.

7. Pete Maravich, Utah Jazz

Played in fewer than 20 games for the Jazz, but his number hangs at EnergySolutions Arena.

Also considered: RSL forward Fabian Espindola, Utah receiver Steve Smith, Utah linebacker Phil Glover, BYU receiver Glen Kozlowski, BYU pitcher Peter Kendrick, Salt Lake Gulls infielder Tom Brunansky.

8. Steve Young, BYU football

After All-America career in Provo, quarterback won several NFL Player of the Year awards, was MVP of a Super Bowl and was inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also considered: Utah Jazz guard Deron Williams, BYU volleyball's Carrie Bowers and Ivan Perez, BYU running back Matt Bellini, Utah safety Harold Lusk, Utah Starzz guard Jennifer Azzi, BYU shortstop Gary Schoonover.

9. Jim McMahon, BYU football

Another quarterback who went on to have a stellar NFL career and win a Super Bowl.

Also considered: RSL forward/coach Jason Kreis, BYU receiver Austin Collie, BYU quarterback Jake Heaps, BYU volleyball's Nina Puikkonen and Ryan Millar, USU linebacker Bobby Wagner, SUU quarterback Matt Cannon, Golden Eagles forward Theo Fleury, Golden Eagles player/coach Bobby Francis, USU receiver Kendall Smith.

10. Vance Law, BYU baseball

Sweet-hitting infielder went on to a stellar MLB career and now coaches the Cougars.

Also considered: Weber State quarterback Jamie Martin, Utah Jazz guard Howard Eisley, Utah Blaze quarterback Joe Germaine, Utah linebacker Stevenson Sylvester, Utah guard Shona Thorburn, Weber State guard Kellen McCoy, Utah Valley guard Ryan Toolson, USU quarterback Eric Hipple, BYU kicker/punter Lee Johnson, BYU infielder Dane Iorg, RSL striker Robbie Findley, Utah/Utah Stars guard Merv Jackson, Utah quarterback Mike McCoy, SUU guard Steve Hodson, Ogden A's outfielder Rickey Henderson.

11. Kresimir Cosic, BYU basketball

Yugoslavian died of cancer at age 46 after an All-America, Hall of Fame career.

Also considered: Utah quarterback Alex Smith, Utah defensive end Paul Kruger, Utah quarterback Lee Grosscup, Golden Eagles center Lyle Bradley, BYU quarterback Brandon Doman, BYU women's guard Erin Thorn, RSL midfielder Javier Morales, USU guard Jeff Anderson, BYU guard Marty Haws, BYU forward Roland Minson, USU quarterback Tony Adams, USU forward Shaler Halimon.

12. John Stockton, Utah Jazz

NBA Hall of Famer is on the league's all-time 50 greats list, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and is the all-time NBA assists leader.

Also considered: Utah basketball forward Billy McGill, BYU quarterback Gary Sheide, BYU quarterback Steve Sarkisian, BYU quarterback John Beck, BYU outfielder/infielder Doug Howard, Utah quarterback Mark Stevens, SUU quarterback Rick Robins, SUU quarterback Jerry Dyer, Bingham High/Arizona State/Miami Dolphins tight end Bruce Hardy.

13. Jonny Harline, BYU football

All-America tight end forever known for his game-winning touchdown catch against Utah in 2006.

Also considered: BYU guard Andy Toolson, Utah forward Hanno Mottola, Utah Sports Hall of Famer Occie Evans (multiple sports), Utah Jazz center Mehmet Okur, USU quarterback Jose Fuentes, Utah kicker Gil Alvarez, BYU catcher D.G. Nelson, USU quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

14. Ty Detmer,

BYU football

Heisman Trophy winner in Provo went on to long, if unspectacular, NFL career.

Also considered: Utah Jazz guard Jeff Hornacek, Utah guard Mike Newlin, BYU volleyball's Lindsy Hartsock and Amy Steele Gant, BYU quarterback Gifford Nielsen, BYU quarterback Virgil Carter, Jazz guard Rickey Green, Utah State forward Jimmy Moore, BYU forward Mel Hutchins, Utah DB Steve Marshall, SUU forward Davor Marcelic, SUU forward Gregory "Skip" Mead, BYU receiver Margin Hooks.

15. Logan Tom, volleyball Olympian

Became one of the greatest women's volleyball players in U.S. history, wearing No. 15 at Stanford and in the Olympics after wearing No. 1 and No. 10 at Highland. The school retired Tom's No. 1 on Dec. 22, 2000.

Also considered: Utah guard Ticky Burden, BYU forward Mekeli Wesley, Utah guard Jimmy Soto, Utah Stars guard Jimmy Jones, BYU quarterback Max Hall, Utah Jazz forward Matt Harpring, Utah guard Nick Jacobson, Utah women's guard Morgan Warburton, Utah volleyball's Kim Turner.

16. Rich Chernomaz, Golden Eagles hockey

Right winger "Cherno" shined in Salt Lake from 1987 to 1993 and played pro hockey for 20 seasons.

Also considered: BYU volleyball's Charlene Johnson, BYU pitcher Scott Nielsen, Utah running back Bryan Bero, BYU running back Ronney Jenkins, BYU pitcher Matt Rex, Utah receiver David Reed, Utah end Mac Speedie (also wore No. 26).

17. Joey Mullen, Golden Eagles hockey

Helped Eagles win back-to-back Adams Cups and was named the IHL's MVP in 1981.

Also considered: Salt Lake Buzz outfielder Torii Hunter, BYU receiver Andy Boyce, BYU soccer midfielder Aleisha Cramer Rose, Utah safety Robert Johnson, Utah quarterback Don Rydalch, USU kicker Jim Turner, Golden Eagles center Charlie Simmer.

18. Nick Rimando, RSL soccer

Goalie was the kingpin of a team that gave the state its first national professional championship in 30 years.

Also considered: BYU receiver Eric Drage, Utah/Jazz guard Pace Mannion (wore 20 at Utah), BYU volleyball's Michelle Fellows, USU LB Hal Garner, Utah receiver Curtis Marsh.

19. Scott Mitchell, Utah football

Springville product helped Utes finally beat Cougars in 1988 and had a nice NFL career.

Also considered: Jazz guard Raja Bell, BYU defensive back/kick returner Chris Farasopoulos, Utah receiver Bryan Rowley, Utah State punter Louie Aguiar, Utah quarterback Don Van Galder.

20. Jaycee Carroll, USU basketball

Guard from Wyoming is the Aggies' all-time scoring leader and holds nine other school records.

Also considered: BYU guard Dick Nemelka, BYU baseball's Glen Tuckett, Jazz guard Bobby Hansen, BYU midfielder Maren Hendershot, BYU guard Scott Runia, Golden Eagles' Rick Bowness, BYU receiver Reno Mahe.

21. Rick Aguilera, BYU baseball

Rather average pitching career with the Cougars before making it big as a closer in the major leagues.

Also considered: Utah forward Shaun Green, USU defensive back Jarrett Bush, USU guard Jared Quayle, Salt Lake Buzz infielder Marty Cordova, Weber State forward Harold Arceneaux, Jazz forward David Benoit, Utah defensive back Andre Dyson, Utah running back Tony Lindsay, BYU forward Russell Larson, USU running back Demario Brown, SUU guard Fred House.

22. Danny Ainge, BYU basketball

Was the top scorer in Cougars hoops history until Jimmer Fredette came along and had a standout NBA career and is now a successful general manager.

Also considered: Utah forward Arnie Ferrin, Utah Stars center Moses Malone, BYU receiver/kick returner Golden Richards, Weber State guard Bruce Collins, USU swingman Nate Williams, Salt Lake Gulls infielder Willie Mays Aikens, Utah running back Mike Anderson, BYU outfielder Brian Banks, BYU women's forward Jackie Beene McBride, SUU RB Brook Madsen, SUU forward Dana Achtzen.

23. Danny Vranes, Utah basketball

Skyline High product was a first-team All-America as a senior, picked fifth overall in 1981 NBA draft.

Also considered: RSL defender Eddie Pope, Jazz forward/coach Tyrone Corbin, BYU kick returner Vai Sikahema, BYU guard Steve Craig, Utah receiver Loren Richey.

24. Andre Miller, Utah basketball

All-America point guard helped Utes get to the national championship game and is still enjoying an outstanding NBA career.

Also considered: BYU pitcher Jack Morris, Jazz forward Paul Millsap, Weber State forward David Patten, Utah Valley guard Ronnie Price (No. 17 with the Jazz), USU multi-sport star Jay Van Noy, Jazz/Stars guard Ron Boone, Utah Starzz forward Natalie Williams, Jazz guard Jeff Malone. Golden Eagles center Doug Palazzari, USU running back Rick Parros, BYU forward Jeff Chatman, USU forward Cornell Green, Utah slugger C.J. Cron, BYU forward Doug Richards.

25. Morgan Scalley, Utah football

All-America defender didn't have a pro career, but he returned to his alma mater to coach safeties.

Also considered: Utah Stars/BYU center Jim Eakins, Utah running back Carl Monroe, Utah kick returner Steve Odom, BYU guard Jim Jimas, Utah running back Ron Coleman, Weber State guard Justus Thigpen, BYU guard Terry Tebbs, Salt Lake Angels outfielder Mickey Rivers.

26. Dick Stuart, Salt Lake Bees

Before his lengthy MLB career, "Dr. Strangeglove" shined at Derks Field.

Also considered: Jazz guard Kyle Korver, Weber State defensive back Daryl Pollard, USU receiver Tom Forzani, USU kicker Brad Bohn.

27. Cory Snyder, BYU baseball

Set school records for hits, homers, RBIs, runs, batting average and total bases before an outstanding MLB career.

Also considered: Salt Lake Buzz infielder David Ortiz, Utah football/basketball star and BYU football coach Tally Stevens, BYU kicker Owen Pochman, Golden Eagles center Scott MacLeod, BYU pitcher/QB Ryan Hancock (baseball number), BYU infielder Brad Winget, SUU defensive back Lenny Walterscheid.

28. Pete Van Valkenburg, BYU football

Led the nation in rushing (1,386 yards) in 1972 despite pass-happy, first-year coach LaVell Edwards.

Also considered: Salt Lake Buzz slugger Bernardo Brito, Utah running back Dameon Hunter, BYU outfielder Gary Cooper, Utah/USU safety Steve Tate.

29. Jamal Willis, BYU football

Cougars' leading rusher (2,970 career yards) until Curtis Brown and Harvey Unga came along.

Also considered: BYU receiver Mike Chronister, BYU pitcher Nate Fernley, Utah State receiver Tracey Jenkins, Golden Eagles goalie Mike Vernon, Salt Lake Stingers pitcher John Lackey.

30. Dean Hunger, USU basketball

Two-time Big West Player of the Year is 10th on Aggies' all-time scoring list.

Also considered: BYU forward Lee Cummard, BYU women's guard Mallary Gillespie-Carling, Golden Eagles goalie Jim Craig, Jazz guard Blue Edwards, Jazz guard Dell Curry, BYU defensive back Brian Mitchell, Utah fullback Frank Nelson, BYU running back Jeff Blanc, SUU linebacker Marques Harris.

31. Zelmo Beaty, Utah Stars basketball

Led the Utah Stars to the 1971 ABA title, earning tournament MVP honors, then played three more seasons for the Stars before returning to the NBA. Beaty finished with 15,207 points and 9,665 rebounds in his pro career.

Also considered: Utah forward Britton Johnsen, USU guard Tony Brown, USU forward Marvin Roberts, Jazz forward Adam Keefe, Jazz center Jarron Collins, BYU center Kenneth Roberts, BYU guard Matt Montague, Utah center Pearl Pollard.

32. Karl Malone, Utah Jazz

Perennial NBA All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist, NBA MVP and Hall of Famer.

Also considered: BYU guard Jimmer Fredette, Utah safety Eric Weddle, BYU tight end Dennis Pitta, USU running back Emmett White, USU guard Kendall Youngblood, Utah running back Eddie Johnson, Utah running back Jamal Anderson, USU guard Reid Newey, Golden Eagles defender Stu Grimson, BYU guard Bernie Fryer, USU forward Spencer Nelson.

33. Wayne Estes, USU basketball

Died at the height of his college career when he walked into a dangling power line and was electrocuted just hours after scoring 48 points in a 1965 game. Posthumously named first-team All-American.

Also considered: BYU running back Todd Christensen, Utah running back Del "Popcorn" Rodgers, Utah forward/center Vern Gardner, BYU safety Aaron Francisco, Utah women's guard Julie Krommenhoek, BYU linebacker Thor Salanoa, BYU forward Timo Saarelainen.

34. Kurt Gouveia, BYU football

Best defender on the Cougars' 1984 national championship team had a 13-year NFL career, mostly with the Washington Redskins.

Also considered: BYU forward Fred Roberts (No. 33 with Jazz), SUU/Westminster forward Geoff Payne, BYU center Gary Trost, Jazz forward Chris Morris (also wore 43), Weber State running back Lee White, SUU center Richard Barton, Salt Lake Bees slugger Mark Trumbo.

35. Darrell Griffith, Utah Jazz

The second overall pick of the 1980 NBA Draft, "Dr. Dunkenstein" was the 1981 Rookie of the Year and averaged 16 points a game in 11 seasons with the Jazz. Utah retired his number in 1993.

Also considered: Utah kicker Louie Sakoda, BYU linebacker Cameron Jensen, BYU running back Lakei Heimuli, Utah forward Kenny Gardner, Weber State center Willie Sojourner, USU lineman Elmer "Bear" Ward, BYU forward Devin Durrant, Utah center Buster Matheney, BYU forward Steve Schreiner.

36. MacArthur Lane, Utah State football

St. Louis Cardinals took Lane with the 13th pick of the 1968 NFL Draft. Lane made the Pro Bowl in 1970.

Also considered: Utah running backs George Bean, Merrill Douglas and Allen Jacobs, BYU running back Eric Lane, BYU linebacker Bob Davis, Salt Lake Bees pitcher Jered Weaver.

37. John Chick, Utah State football

Aggies' best player in 2005 bounced around the Canadian Football League but has seemingly found a spot with the Indianapolis Colts.

Also considered: BYU defensive end Vic So'oto, Utah running back Earl "Powerhouse" Pomeroy, BYU linebacker Alema Fitisemanu, BYU linebacker Jeff Lyman.

38. Mitch Payne, BYU football

Don't laugh — this kicker became the Cougars' all-time leading scorer last season, picking the same number as his brother, Matt.

Also considered: BYU kicker Matt Payne, Utah linebacker Armand Boglin, BYU punter Jesse Sowards.

39. Greg Ostertag, Utah Jazz

"Big O" wore 00 most of his Jazz tenure, but he switched to number 39 when Olden Polynice came to town and took the No. 0.

Also considered: BYU linebacker Bryant Atkinson.

40. Eldon Fortie, BYU football

The Cougars' first-ever All-American led nation in total offense his senior season as a running quarterback in the single-wing offense; was first BYU student to have his jersey number retired (also wore No. 17).

Also considered: USU running back Altie Taylor, USU defensive back Bob Fuhriman, Jazz forward Shandon Anderson, Jazz forward Mike Brown, Jazz center Billy Paultz, Utah forward Jerry Chambers, Utah center Mike Sojourner.

41. Thurl Bailey, Utah Jazz

"Big T" was a crowd favorite in two stints with the Jazz (1983-91 and 1998-99) and is still a fixture in the community as a television analyst, musical performer and public speaker.

Also considered: BYU linebacker Brian Kehl, Utah defensive end Koa Misi, BYU linebacker Leon White, Utah forward Brandon Jessie, BYU linebacker Glen Redd, Utah running back/safety Larry Wilson, BYU linebacker Coleby Clawson, USU forward Nate Harris.

42. Tom Chambers, Utah and Jazz basketball

Born in Ogden but raised in Colorado, Chambers was a three-time all-conference performer at Utah and a four-time All-Star in the NBA for the Suns and Supersonics.

Also considered: USU forward Tai Wesley, Utah running back Charlie Smith, Utah Stars guard Willie Wise, USU forward Eric Franson, Weber State running back Fine Unga, Jazz forward Larry Krystkowiak, BYU tight end Gabe Reid, Jazz forward Donyell Marshall.

43. Louie Giammona, Utah State football

All-American led the country in rushing in 1974 with 1,534 yards.

Also considered: BYU linebacker David Nixon, BYU defensive back Bill Schoepflin, Utah linebacker Anthony Davis, Utah linebacker Kautai Olevao, Utah defensive back Norm Thompson, Utah kick returner Jack Steptoe, Utah guard Bill Kinner.

44. Keith Van Horn, Utah basketball

Averaged 20.8 points as a four-year starter for the Utes, was the second pick of the 1987 draft and played 10 seasons in the NBA.

Also considered: BYU center Paul Ruffner, BYU forward Brett Applegate, BYU center Dave Eastis, BYU forward Steve Trumbo, BYU center Trent Plaisted, BYU linebacker Rob Morris, Jazz center Greg Foster, BYU volleyball's Rachel Dyer, BYU women's center Tina Gunn Robison, USU linebacker Brent Passey, USU DB Henry King, USU center Troy Collier, Ogden Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda.

45. Harvey Unga, BYU football

Leading rusher in school history despite missing his senior season due to an honor-code violation.

Also considered: BYU forward Jonathan Tavernari, BYU center Shawn Bradley, Utah guard Byron Wilson, BYU linebacker Rocky Biegel, Utah running back Jack Cross, BYU forward Jay Cheesman.

46. Tom Holmoe, BYU football

Current athletic director was all-conference in 1982 and had a stellar career in the NFL before becoming head coach at California.

Also considered: BYU linebacker Kelly Poppinga, BYU linebacker Colby Bockwoldt, Utah end Filipo Mokofisi, BYU linebacker Shay Muirbrook, USU running back Kent Ryan.

47. Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz

Likeable Russian "AK-47" never lived up to his max contract but has been a valuable team member for most of the past decade.

Also considered: Weber State safety/kicker Scott Shields, Utah running back Frank Christensen, Utah receiver Fred Graves, BYU linebacker Todd Shell, BYU linebacker Paul Walkenhorst.

48. Kevin Bouwman, Utah State football

Aggie linebacker became school's all-time leading tackler in 1990.

Also considered: Weber State linebacker Mike Humiston, Utah kicker Dan Beardall, Weber State linebacker David Stroshine.

49. Brady Poppinga, BYU football

Two-time all-conference selection moved from defensive end to linebacker during his college career, was picked in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft by Green Bay and is still a member of the Super Bowl champion Packers.

Also considered: BYU linebacker Marv Allen, USU linebacker Del Lyles, Utah lineman Ray Geary.

50. LaVell Edwards, USU football

A decent halfback/linebacker for the Aggies, he gained greater acclaim by coaching BYU to 257 wins and a national championship in 1984.

Also considered: Utah center Luke Nevill, Utah lineman Pat McKissick, Utah linebacker Larry Stone, BYU lineman Bart Oates, BYU linebacker Mel Olson, Utah forward Alex Jensen, BYU center Greg Kite, BYU women's forward Cathy Nixon.

51. Michael Doleac, Utah basketball

All-American helped Utes get to the 1998 NCAA championship game, then went on to a lengthy NBA career.

Also considered: BYU linebacker Justin Luettgerodt, BYU lineman John Raas, USU linebacker Jermaine Younger.

52. Trevor Matich, BYU football

All-American for the Cougars was a first-round pick in the NFL draft by the New England Patriots. After a lengthy NFL career, he's now a college football analyst for ESPN.

Also considered: Utah lineman Chuck Johanson, BYU center Mark Handy, BYU center Jim Usevitch, BYU lineman Ken Serck, BYU running back Matt Bellini, BYU linebacker Aaron Wagner, Provo High/Jazz center Brett Vroman, Jazz center Bill Robinzine, Weber State tackle Henry Reed.

53. Mark Eaton, Utah Jazz

Twice named the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, the 7-foot-4 Eaton barely played in college before the Jazz gambled on him with their fourth-round pick.

Also considered: BYU center Alan Taylor, BYU center Jim Eakins, USU linebacker Kent Baer, Ogden Raptors infielder Prince Fielder.

54. Tressa Spaulding Hamson, BYU women's basketball

Towering center led the country in scoring in 1987 with a 28.9 average and earned All-America honors.

Also considered: BYU center John Fairchild, Jazz center Mel Turpin, Utah lineman John Urses, Utah linebacker Sheldon Deckart, BYU lineman Lance Reynolds Jr., BYU linebacker Cary Whittingham, BYU forward/center Scott Warner.

55. Gary Wilkinson, Utah State basketball

WAC Player of the Year gets the nod here, if only slightly, because he never played high school basketball.

Also considered: Jazz forward Antoine "Big Dog" Carr, USU forward Randy Funk, BYU forward Rafael Araujo, BYU lineman Orrin Olsen, BYU center Craig Raymond, BYU linebacker Justin Ena, Utah lineman Ed Pine, Utah linebacker Mark Rexford, USU forward Brian Jackson.

56. Travis Hall, BYU football

Perhaps the Cougars' most underrated defensive lineman of all time, Hall was a mainstay in the NFL for more than a decade for the Falcons and 49ers.

Also considered: Utah lineman Lance Scott, Utah lineman Tom Krebs, BYU lineman Lloyd Eldredge, BYU lineman Shaun Nua, USU linebacker Al Smith, USU linebacker Jesse Busta.

57. Robert Anae, BYU football

Some Cougar fans forget that the former offensive coordinator, who resigned in December to take a similar position at Arizona, was part of four WAC championship teams as an offensive guard and tackle in the early 1980s.

Also considered: Utah linebacker Weston Gardner.

58. Chris Hoke, BYU football

An undrafted free agent after an all-conference senior season, the defensive lineman has made himself a valuable member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Also considered: Utah linebacker John Huddleston, BYU lineman Steve Kaufusi, BYU lineman Robert Stephens.

59. Kyle Whittingham, BYU football

Yes, Utah's current head coach was the Western Athletic Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1981 and an honorable mention All-American. Began his college career as a fullback.

Also considered: Utah lineman Doug Kaufusi, BYU lineman Rich Kaufusi, BYU lineman Craig Garrick, Utah lineman Jimmy Bellamy, Utah lineman Chad Folk.

60. Dave Kuresa, Utah State football

Now known as the father of former BYU lineman Jake Kuresa and all-state quarterback Alex Kuresa, Dave Kuresa was a three-time all-conference lineman for the Aggies from 1981-84.

Also considered: Utah linebacker Mark Blosch, Utah linebacker Bill Gompf, Utah tackle Jack Johnson, BYU linebacker Marv Allen, BYU lineman Terence Brown.

61. Peter Owens, Utah football

Two-time all-conference nose guard made running on the Utes difficult in the mid-'80s.

Also considered: BYU linebacker Gary Kama, Utah lineman Mike DeHoog.

62. Barry Sims, Utah football

A two-time all-WAC lineman for Utah after transferring from Dixie College, he is a 12-year NFL veteran now with the 49ers.

Also considered: BYU lineman Danny Hansen, BYU lineman Matt Johnson, BYU lineman Larry Moore, USU lineman Warren Bowers.

63. Calvin Close, BYU football

Undersized tackle from Camarillo, Calif., was a two-time all-WAC performer during the Jim McMahon era in Provo.

Also considered: BYU lineman Brian White, Utah lineman Garrett Smith.

64. Andy Reid, BYU football

After playing guard and tackle for the Cougars from 1978-80 with little notoriety, Reid has gained more acclaim as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

Also considered: Utah lineman Dean Miraldi, Utah lineman Lynn Stiles, BYU lineman Don Busenbark, BYU lineman R.J. Willing.

65. Manny Fernandez, Utah football

Played in three Super Bowls in an eight-year career with the NFL's Miami Dolphins, recording three sacks and 28 tackles.

Also considered: BYU lineman Ben Archibald, BYU lineman Lloyd Fairbanks, Utah lineman Chester Franklin, Utah lineman Wayne Jones, BYU lineman Dallas Reynolds.

66. Mohammed Elewonibi, BYU football

Won the 1989 Outland Trophy while at BYU despite having not played the sport in high school.

Also considered: BYU lineman Mike Empey, BYU lineman Tom Bell, Utah lineman Robert Conley, Southern Utah defensive back Don Conrad.

67. Roger DuPaix, BYU football

Few people know that Skyline High's highly successful coach blocked for the great Eldon Fortie in 1960-62, earned all-conference honors in 1962.

Also considered: USU lineman Dave Manning, BYU lineman Garry Pay, Utah guard Tom Lovat.

68. Norm Chow, Utah football

Before he was BYU's offensive coordinator, and before he returned to his alma mater a few months ago, Chow was an all-conference offensive guard for the Utes in the late 1960s.

Also considered: Utah lineman Zane Beadles, Utah lineman Chris Kemoeatu, Utah lineman Daryl Haley, Utah lineman Bill Powers, BYU lineman Jason Scukanec, Golden Eagles right wing Ziggy Palffy.

69. Jordan Gross, Utah football

A Ute All-American as a senior, Gross was the eighth player taken in the 2003 NFL Draft and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2008.

Also considered: Utah lineman Tony Polychronis, Utah lineman Ray Westort.

70. Evan Pilgrim, BYU football

All-America lineman anchored a Cougars offense that, in 1994, his senior season, was fifth in the country in total offense.

Also considered: BYU lineman Matt Reynolds, BYU lineman Louie Wong, Utah lineman Danny Davis, Utah lineman James Hansen, Utah lineman Bob Peterson, USU lineman Dave Kragthorpe.

71. Merlin Olsen, Utah State football

Before he was a television actor, corporate spokesman and member of the Rams' "Fearsome Foursome," Olsen was a two-time consensus All-American and Outland Trophy winner at Utah State.

Also considered: USU lineman Len Rohde, USU lineman Jim Hough, Weber State lineman Sid Otton, BYU lineman Scott Brumfield, BYU lineman Morris Unutoa, Utah lineman Larry Amizch, Utah lineman Mel Carpenter.

72. Hans Olsen, BYU football

Sports radio talk-show host had a cup of coffee in the NFL and was an arena football standout after a stellar, if unspectacular, career at BYU.

Also considered: BYU lineman Nick Eyre, Utah lineman Kevin Reach, Utah lineman Gary Keller, Utah lineman John Stipech, BYU lineman Brian May.

73. Gordon Jolley, Utah football

A 17th round draft pick after an All-America career at Utah, Jolley spent seven years in the league with the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions.

Also considered: BYU lineman Jake Kuresa, BYU lineman Keith Rivera, BYU lineman Eric Bateman, USU lineman Walter Fiefia, Utah lineman Jeff Lyall, SUU lineman Randy Bostic.

74. Jeff Cunningham, Real Salt Lake soccer

Led Major League Soccer with 16 goals in 2006 wearing the unsoccerlike number, which he chose because that was the number of career goals he had at the time. He switched to No. 90 in 2007.

Also considered: Utah lineman Anthony Brown, Utah lineman Bob Fratto, Utah lineman Dave Cullity, BYU lineman Travis Bright, BYU lineman Paul Linford.

75. John Tait, BYU football

An All-America lineman his final season at BYU, Tait was the 14th player taken in the 1999 NFL Draft and was a two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears.

Also considered: Utah lineman Don Henderson, USU lineman Jed DeVries, BYU lineman Scott Young, BYU lineman Lance Reynolds (also wore 78).

76. Eli Herring, BYU football

A towering and solid offensive tackle at 6-foot-8, Herring gained nationwide attention when he turned down a $500,000 contract offer from the Oakland Raiders because playing on Sunday was against his religious beliefs.

Also considered: BYU lineman Ray Feinga, USU lineman Len Rohde, BYU lineman Gordon Gravelle, Utah lineman Carlton Walker, Utah lineman Jack Campbell, Utah lineman Luis Park, BYU lineman Neal Fort, BYU lineman Glen Titensor.

77. Andy Williams, Real Salt Lake

Once a Major League Soccer journeyman, the popular midfielder is the only original player from the inaugural 2005 team who is still around.

Williams began his Real Salt Lake career wearing No. 7.

Also considered: Utah lineman Dave Costa, BYU lineman Shawn Knight, BYU lineman Keith Uperesa, BYU lineman Mike Morgan, Utah running back Joseph Wirthlin, Utah lineman Jim Dublinski.

78. Brad Oates, BYU football

Played for five different teams in a six-year NFL career after an All-America senior season blocking for Gary Sheide and Jeff Blanc at BYU.

Also considered: Utah lineman Tavo Tupola, Utah lineman Norm McBride, BYU lineman Chuck Ehin, BYU lineman Dave Wright, BYU lineman Paul Howard.

79. Jesse Boone, Utah football

All-MWC center in 2005 for the Utes is still playing professional football, helping the Las Vegas Locomotives of the UFL win two championships.

Also considered: BYU lineman Bill Rice, Utah lineman Ron Rydalch, Utah lineman Ken Peterson, Utah lineman Evert Jones.

80. Roy Jefferson, Utah football

Named the WAC Player of the Year as a senior, the consensus All-America wide receiver played 12 seasons in the NFL, making it to the Pro Bowl three times.

Also considered: USU lineman Rulon Jones, BYU lineman Mekeli Ieremia, BYU lineman Ty Mattingly, Utah tight end Dennis Smith, Utah tight end Craig McEwen, Utah receiver Danny Huey.

81. Marv Bateman, Utah football

Before the great Louie Sakoda, there was "Marvelous Marv," who led the nation in punting twice (1970 and 1971) and once booted a 59-yard field goal, which is a school record.

Also considered: BYU lineman Marion Probert, Utah slotback Ray Elgaard, Weber State receiver Randy Jordan.

82. Chuck Cutler, BYU football

Two-time all-WAC receiver started his college career as a walk-on, as did his son, current BYU receiver Dallin Cutler.

Also considered: Utah receiver Paris Warren, Utah lineman Jerry Liston, Utah tight end Kurt Haws, BYU linebacker Larry Miller, Utah tight end Andy Parker.

83. Luther Ellis,

Utah football

The WAC's Player of the Year in 1994, Ellis was a consensus All-American and a first-round NFL draft pick by the Detroit Lions.

Also considered: BYU lineman Mat Mendenhall, Utah end George Siefert, Utah tight end Steve Folsom, Utah tight end Bob Trumpy, USU lineman Bill Staley.

84. Jan Jorgensen, BYU football

All-Mountain West Conference first-team defensive end for three years, he is the league's all-time sacks leader, tied with Texas Christian University's Jerry Hughes at 28.5. He's now a radio talk-show host and mixed-martial arts fighter.

Also considered: Utah receiver Louis "Speedy" Thomas, BYU receiver Kirk Pendleton, Utah receiver Dick Graham, BYU lineman Joe Liljenquist.

85. Clay Brown, BYU football

All-America tight end best known for catching the Hail Mary pass from Jim McMahon to win the 1980 Holiday Bowl.

Also considered: BYU receiver Zac Collie, BYU defensive back Jeff Slipp, Weber State University lineman Halvor Hagen.

86. Ben Cahoon, BYU football

After a fairly average college career, current Cougars' assistant coach went on to become the leading receiver in Canadian Football League history.

Also considered: Utah lineman Jason Kaufusi, Utah end Gary Kerl, BYU receiver Dan Plater, BYU kicker Earl Kauffman, BYU tight end Doug Jolley.

87. Marv Fleming, Utah football

All-conference tight end became the first player in NFL history to participate in five Super Bowls, appearing twice with Green Bay and three times with Miami.

Also considered: BYU receiver Adam Haysbert, Utah end Orville Nellestein, Weber State tight end Cam Quayle, USU receiver James Murphy, BYU tight end Brian Billick, USU end Lionel Aldredge.

88. Jay Miller, BYU football

Still holds the BYU record for most receptions (22) and most receiving yards (263) in a single game, and he led country in receiving in 1973, with 100 receptions for 1,181 yards.

Also considered: BYU tight end Itula Mili, BYU tight end Andrew George, BYU receiver Phil Odle, SUU receiver Doug Berry.

89. Chris Cooley, Utah State football

Led the NCAA in receptions for a tight end during his senior season at Utah State and has been a two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Washington Redskins during a seven-year NFL career.

Also considered: USU lineman Greg Kragen, Utah end Dick Bubak, Weber State linebacker Ron McCall, BYU receiver Neil Balholm, BYU end Fred Whittingham Sr.

90. Phil Olsen, Utah State football

Merlin's younger brother was a consensus All-America selection for the Aggies in 1969 and was named the USU Athlete of the Year that same year. He played for four teams during an eight-year NFL career.

Also considered: BYU lineman Lenny Gomes, Utah end Jeff Reyes, Utah lineman Sione Pouha, Utah tight end Mike Butera.

91. Al Pupunu, Weber State football

Having led the nation in receptions for a tight end (93) in 1991, this product of Salt Lake City's now-defunct South High School played in a Super Bowl for the San Diego Chargers and spent eight seasons in the NFL.

Also considered: BYU tight end David Mills, BYU lineman Ross Varner, BYU tight end Tevita Ofahengaue, BYU lineman Henry Bloomfield.

92. The Denney brothers, BYU football

These three defensive linemen from Thornton, Colo., were all stellar performers for the Cougars. John and Ryan carved out nice careers in the NFL, while Brett was a member of four straight winning teams under Cougars coach Bronco Mendenhall.

Also considered: BYU tight end Tod Thompson, BYU end Jim Hermann.

93. Brett Keisel, BYU football

Defensive end didn't start for the Cougars until his senior year, but he has had a far greater impact in the NFL as a nine-year mainstay for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gained notoriety for growing a mountain-manlike beard during the 2010 season and playoffs.

Also considered: Utah end John Frank, Utah end Martail Burnett, BYU end Brad Anae, BYU lineman Byron Frisch.

94. Chris Smith, BYU football

All-American had one of the best seasons for a tight end in BYU history, with 1,156 receiving yards from Ty Detmer in 1990.

Also considered: Utah lineman Steve Fifita, BYU tight end Trevor Molini.

95. Gordon Hudson, BYU football

Two-time consensus All-America tight end was recently inducted into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame.

Also considered: BYU tight end Byron Rex, BYU lineman Ifo Pili, USU lineman Ben Crosland, Utah State lineman Joe Jacobs.

96. Chad Lewis, BYU football

Former walk-on caught 111 passes for 1,376 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Cougars, then became a three-time Pro Bowl player in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Also considered: BYU tight end Carlos Nuno, Weber State tight end Ryan Prince.

97. Randy Brock, BYU football

Defensive tackle was a first-team all-WAC pick for the Cougars in 1994.

Also considered: BYU lineman Daren Yancey.

98. Ralph Maughan, Utah State football

Three-time all-conference performer on the gridiron, Maughan was also an accomplished hammer and javelin thrower who became USU's track coach and had the track stadium named after him (also wore No. 62).

Also considered: Utah lineman Kelly Talavou, BYU lineman Romney Fuga, BYU punter/lineman Brad Hunter, BYU lineman Mike Ulufale, Weber State end Ta'u Pupu'a.

99. Jason Buck, BYU football

Won the 1986 Outland Trophy at BYU after transferring from Ricks College, was picked 17th overall in the 1987 NFL Draft and spent eight years in the league with the Bengals and Redskins.

Also considered: Utah lineman Steve Clark, BYU lineman Manaia Brown, BYU lineman Setema Gali, BYU end Brandon Flint, USU lineman Brian Hunsaker.






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