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Some Notable Miami Hurricanes Alumni

As Hurricane Irene continues its path of destruction along the Carolinas and upper east coast, the University of Miami is in the midst of a “Hurricane” of their own. I thought it would be nice to shift away from the bleak forecast ahead (pun intended) for both situations and instead relive some of the Miami Hurricanes’ glory days by admiring their long history of producing exceptional athletes, uh, I mean STUDENT-athletes (unnecesarry shot, I know, but it was just too easy). Here are some notable Hurricanes alumni and who I think are the best to ever don a professional uniform in each sport.

Baseball – Ryan Braun, Pat Burrell, Aubrey Huff, Jon Jay, Chris Perez, Gaby Sanchez, Danny Valencia, Greg Vaughn, Charles Johnson, Danny Graves

The Best – Ryan Braun, and I really can’t fathom an arguement for anybody else. The awards and honors to back it up: 2007 N.L. Rookie of the Year, 4x All-Star, 3x Silver Slugger

Basketball – Rick Barry, John Salmons, James Jones

The Best – Rick Barry, no contest here. The awards and honors to back it up: 4x ABA All-Star and First Teamer, 8x NBA All-Star, 5x NBA First Teamer, 1975 NBA Finals MVP, member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team

Current Football Players – Jon Beason, Phillip Buchanon, Vernon Carey, Frank Gore, Jimmy Graham, Devin Hester, Andre Johnson, Ray Lewis, Willis McGahee, Rocky McIntosh, Bryant McKinnie, Brandon Meriweather, Santana Moss, Greg Olsen, Roscoe Parrish, Kenny Phillips, Clinton Portis, Ed Reed, Antrel Rolle, Jeremy Shockey, Jonathan Vilma, Reggie Wayne, Vince Wilfork, D.J. Williams, Kellen Winslow II

The Best – Ray Lewis. So many great names to choose from but you can’t go wrong with Mr. Lewis. The awards and honors to back it up: 12x Pro Bowler, 7x First Team All-Pro, Super Bowl XXXV MVP, 2x NFL Defensive Player of the Year, record 12 Pro Bowls for a linebacker, record 10 All-Pro selections for a linebacker, most games ever started by a linebacker, most interception return yards for a linebacker, member of the NFL’s 2000s All-Decade Team

Former Football Players – O.J. Anderson, Jesse Armstead, Bennie Blades, Najeh Davenport, Jeff Feagles, Bubba Franks, Alonzo Highsmith, Michael Irvin, Edgerrin James, Jim Kelly, Bernie Kosar, Jim Otto, Warren Sapp, Sean Taylor, Vinny Testaverde

The Best – Michael Irvin aka “The Playmaker.” I did toy with the idea of Warren Sapp but that was over quicker than a teenage fad. The awards and honors to back it up: 5x Pro Bowler, 1991 First Team All-Pro, 2x Second Team All-Pro, 1992 Pro Bowl MVP, member of the 1990s All-Decade Team, Hall of Famer

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  1. August 11, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    each time i used to read smaller posts that as well clear their motive, and
    that is also happening with this post which I am
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  2. DanD
    December 22, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Ted Hendricks? George Mira?

  3. August 29, 2011 at 8:34 AM

    I’m sure the folks in South Beach appreciate this post because this is the most positive article to feature the U in a while and for a while. Sad situation… Thanks for dropping by my blog!

  4. August 28, 2011 at 10:02 PM

    Sometimes we get so caught up with all the bad press in college sports we forget about all the great players that pass through the college ranks. Excellent post. Thanks for checking out my blog.

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