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7/25/2007 01:20:00 PM

USC's Top 10 Athletes

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Reggie Bush (left) and Matt Leinart (right) both won the Heisman Trophy during their time at USC.
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By Greg Beaton

Here's a fact about USC you might have already known: with seven Heisman Trophy winners, the Trojans are tied with Notre Dame and Ohio State for the most stiff-arming statuettes. But here's one you might be less familiar with: since 1904, USC's athletes have also won a staggering 234 medals in the Summer Olympics. The 112 gold medals that Trojan athletes (and Women of Troy, the official name for the university's women) have won during that time period is only exceeded by 10 nations.

So while USC gets the most attention each year for its gridiron success -- especially with the recent renaissance under Pete Carroll -- the football team is just symbolic of the entire athletic department's success. How many football players made SIOC's Top 10? Here's how our list breaks down:

10. Mark McGwire
9. Lenny Krayzelburg
8. Carson Palmer
7. Lisa Leslie
6. Stan Smith
5. Reggie Bush
4. Matt Leinart
3. Cheryl Miller
2. O.J. Simpson
1. Marcus Allen


That's our list -- now tell us who we missed, who we overrated, underrated and anything else you want to say about the Trojans.

Comments:

Posted: 1:56 PM   by Anonymous Bob Greasy
You idiots always forget about Bo Jackson. He was awesome.
Posted: 2:12 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How is Randy "Big Unit" Johnson not on the list???
Posted: 2:19 PM   by Blogger Sooners
Cheryl Miller??? Are you crazy? No way in Hell.............
Posted: 2:55 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Nice job on naming Stan Smith to the list, but what about Anthony Davis, Fred Lynn, Tom Seaver, and Steve Timmons?
Posted: 3:10 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
I think you have heard of a guy named Anthony Davis...he graced the cover of your magazine three times, including a foldout poster. I believe he is still the only NCAA athlete to win two national championships in two different sports - USC football in '72 and '74, and USC baseball in '72 and '73.

I'm not sure who gets kicked out of the Top 10, but Davis certainly belongs.
Posted: 3:26 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
No Anthony Davis=No Credability
Posted: 3:36 PM   by Blogger Chris Denney
Forget about USC. Getting to Michigan's top 10 is long overdue.
Posted: 3:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Where is Charles White?
Posted: 3:44 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Charles White!
Posted: 3:54 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
ever heard of randy johnson?
Posted: 3:56 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You gotta have Freddy Lynn on there. Greatest baseball player in USC history. 3 College World Series, College World Series MVP, and only USC player in College baseball HOF.
Posted: 3:56 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Fred Lynn
Posted: 3:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
College Baseball Hall of Famer Fred Lynn
Posted: 8:39 AM   by Blogger Rick Blaine
10. Rodney Peete
9. Sam Clancy
8. Charles White
7. Junior Seau
6. Reggie Bush
5. Matt Leinart
4. Cecil Mamiit
3. Mark Prior
2. OJ Simpson
1. Keyshawn Johnson

FIGHT ON !
Posted: 10:23 AM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How many Heisman winners held a world record? O.J. did on USC's 440 relay team. That makes him #1.
Posted: 11:30 AM   by Blogger Chadwick
Matt Leinart over Reggie Bush? What were you thinking? Matt should be axed and replaced by the 'Big Unit' or Ronnie Lott.
Posted: 11:44 AM   by Anonymous I LUV PETROS
How in the hell could you not include Petros Papadakis on this list?
Posted: 1:16 PM   by Anonymous Alex B.
Keyshawn Johnson? Mike Williams? Dwayne Jarrett? Forget NFL production, there's a reason the USC jersey #1 is so revered.
Posted: 1:43 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Frank Gifford needs a place here. (p.s. bob greasy, Bo Jackson went to Auburn, not USC)
Posted: 1:44 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You need to switch Palmer and Leinart. Palmer was a far better QB, then and now. Leinart benefitted from playing with superior talent.
Posted: 1:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
USC yada yada yada easy to get the best recruits in the country with their weather and girls but that said they have only won the pac-10 title by one to two games over the years so they are no jugernaut. yea I know they still won. Big Deal
Posted: 1:53 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How about Tom Seaver and Randy Johnson?
Posted: 1:57 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Anthony Munoz and/or Tony Boselli need to be on the list.
I think SC should have 2 top 10 lists, 1 for football, and one for other sports.
Posted: 1:58 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
Pretty amazing for a school to be so packed with talent that several of its Heisman Trophy winners can't even make the list, and Hall of Fame-caliber guys like Lynn Swann and Junior Seau are just faces in the crowd.
Posted: 4:24 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
sooners yes cheryl miller belongs on there. she was before the wnba which is why you havent heard of her because she does sideline reporting, but she would have dominated more than any other woman ever if the league had been created.
Posted: 10:28 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
You guys are inept if you think Randy Johnson is a good athlete. He's a darn good pitcher but a lousy ATHLETE
Posted: 10:35 PM   by Anonymous askkevin
Mort Kaer - The first unanimous All-American at USC. Led the nation in scoring and might have been the Heismann Trophy winner if they had a Heismann Trophy back then. Also competed in the Olympics in the Heptathlon.
Posted: 3:09 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
How 'bout Ronnie Lott, Tom Seaver, Lynn Swann, Frank Grifford, Anthony Munoz and Junior Seau?
Posted: 3:48 PM   by Anonymous Anonymous
USC IN NO WAY CAN COMPETE WITH UNC CHAPEL HILL AS FAR AS PROMINENT ATHLETES ARE CONCERNED, WE HAVE THE GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME, THE GREATESST LINEBACKER OF ALL TIME, AN THE GREATEST WOMENS SOCCER PLAYER OF ALL TIME, NOT TO MENTION THAT 25 OF 28 TEAMS AT UNC MAKES IT TO THE NCAA POSTSEASON, AN GIVE BUTCH DAVIS A COUPLE OF YEARS AN IT WILL BE 26, THE ONLY OTHER SCHOOL THAT CAN COMPETE WITH UNC IN ATLETICS IS TEXAS
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