20th Century Top 50
No one was sweeter: holds
NFL record for career rushing yards (16,726); also one of
the game's best blocking backs.
In 1984 set NCAA single-season record for TD catches (28);
only NFL player with 1,000 receptions, 15,000 receiving yards, 150 TD catches.
Had more than 1,000 yards receiving every year
from 1963 to '69; led AFL in
TD receptions three times.
Frank (Bruiser) Kinard,
Tackle was first football
All-America at Ole Miss, in 1936; first player to earn all-league honors in both AAFC and NFL.
Finished in top four in Heisman voting in 1969, '70 at Ole Miss; passed for 23,911 yards in NFL.
Coached Delta State women's hoops team to 51-game winning streak and AIAW titles in 1975, '76, '77; NCAA women's player of the year trophy bears her name.
Leader of Packers' resurgence is only player to win three consecutive NFL MVP awards.
Led Ole Miss to 1960 national crown by running for both TDs in 14-6 Sugar Bowl win over Rice; played parts of 10 seasons in majors with Yankees.
Three-time All-America at Delta State; top player on 1975, '76, '77 AIAW basketball champs.
Finished fourth in 1947 Heisman voting with Ole Miss; threw for 19,488 yards, 173 TDs in 14 seasons with Giants.
Two-time world track champion in 200 meters also held world mark in 100; won Olympic gold in 4³100 relay in 1984.
USA Basketball Women's Player of the Year in 1991;
All-WNBA in '97 with Monarchs.
Had 54 career interceptions for Raiders; locked up
Super Bowl XI win with
return for TD.
Five-time Olympian got
silver medal in long jump at 1956 Games and another in
4x100-meter relay in '64.
Intercepted 27 passes in career at Jackson State; had 10 as Lions rookie in
1967; seven-time All-Pro.
Second-leading scorer in
Ole Miss women's basketball history; averaged 20.8 points for WNBA's Mercury in 1998.
Had three sacks for Steelers
in Super Bowl X; appeared
in six Pro Bowls.
Took over 2-7 Ole Miss football team in 1947 and went 9-2 in first year; won six SEC crowns, national titles in '60 and '62.
Broke Jesse Owens's
25-year-old long jump record
in August 1960; won Olympic
gold two weeks later; took silver
at '64 Games, bronze in '68.
Winningest baseball coach in SEC history took Mississippi State to five College World Series from 1976 to '97.
Scored 37 TDs as freshman at Abilene Christian in 1973; rushed for more than 1,200 yards
three times with Eagles.
Averaged 23.7 points
at Jackson State from
1974 to '78; scored 59 for
Warriors against Nets in '84.
Set NFL record for linemen
by playing in 259 games with Rams from 1976 to '95.
The former Chris Jackson averaged 30.2 points as LSU freshman in 1988-89;
15.2 ppg in eight NBA seasons.
Jackson State product hauled in NFL-best 62 passes for 1,048 yards in 1972 for Eagles; also led league in
receiving yards (1,116) in '69.
Won 26 straight games for Chicago American Giants of Negro leagues in 1926.
Three-time All-SEC center led Mississippi State to its only Final Four, in 1996, averaging 14.5 points and 9.3
rebounds; now with Warriors.
Won eight straight state amateur golf championships; 1962 LPGA Rookie of the
Year; won U.S. Open in '63.
Bills pulling guard in 1960s; named to alltime AFL team.
All-America fullback at Petal High was Alabama receiving star; succeeded Bear Bryant
as Tide coach in 1983;
also coached Giants
Against orders of governor, who objected to playing against blacks, Mississippi State basketball coach sneaked team out of state so it could play in 1963 NCAA tournament; won four SEC titles in 10 years.
Won long jump at 1980 Olympic trials, but boycott of Games wiped out gold medal chances; got bronze at '88 Games.
Dave (Boo) Ferriss,
Was 21-10 as rookie in 1945, for Red Sox; won 25 in '46.
Only NCAA player with 16,000 yards of total offense; 3,228 passing yards for Oilers in 1998.
Made 14 trips to NCAAs in 19 years as Ole Miss women's basketball coach; won three WNBA titles with Comets.
Alltime leading rebounder at Southern Miss; led Golden Eagles to 20-win seasons in 1989-90 and '90-91.
All-America averaged 39.7 points as senior at Moss Point High in 1989; 17.7 ppg, 4.0 apg in career at Georgia.
State's top lineman at North High in 1976; won Lombardi
and Maxwell awards at Pitt in '80; played in two Pro Bowls.
Coach won state-record
866 games and seven basketball titles at Gulfport High.
Averaged 25.8 points, 14.7 rebounds at Quitman High in 1991-92 and '92-93; one of six players in NBA with 20 ppg and 10 rpg in '98-99, with Nuggets.
Jim Gallagher Jr.,
Won 1993 PGA Tour Championship; has four
other wins on Tour.
Three-sport star at Okolona High had 21 sacks as defensive end for the Giants in 1972.
Rushed for 5,283 yards and
87 TDs at Philadelphia High from 1979 to '81; spent a year at Oklahoma, two seasons
in USFL and two with Rams.
Won 15 letters at
Brookhaven High and was
All-America in football
in 1950; All-SEC as a running back for Ole Miss in '53.
Led nation in scoring for Southern Miss in 1980 (20 TDs); led Broncos in rushing
every year from 1983 to '87.
As president of USTA he oversaw U.S. Open's move from Forest Hills to
Flushing Meadow in 1978.
Starting NL pitcher in three
All-Star Games in 1940s; 162 wins.
All-SEC wideout at Mississippi State; set Bills receiving record in 1998 (1,368 yards).
quarterback from 1951 to '54;
coached Southern Miss to
first two Division I-A bowls,
in '80 and '81.
Dot Easterwood Murphy,
Averaged 33 points at
Starkville High; played basketball for U.S. in 1973 World University Games; assistant to husband, Gene, football coach at Hinds C.C.