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CFN: Best 100 - No. 95 Jim McMahon

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Some were amazing players, some revolutionized their positions, some were legends, and some we just think were truly great. Yes, there was a bias towards players who played in the bigger conferences and against the biggest teams, but we also give a nod to the best who weren't in the spotlight as well. You can consider this the list of the college football careers as we give high marks to the legends.

How do you possibly pick an offensive lineman over a quarterback? It's tough, but our friends at the CollegeFootballNews.com we tried to make the call in regards to how good of a player they were without necessarily giving more credit to one position over another. Think of it this way, if you could take one running back, who would you take? You couldn't go wrong with Walker, Dorsett, Williams, Simpson, Dayne or about 20 other backs. Now if you had to pick one center, who would you go with? There are very few who stand out.

No. 94: Jim McMahon, QB - BYU 1977-1978 & 1980-1981

Before he become the punky QB known as McMahon, Jim torched college football secondaries on his way to 70 NCAA records for passing and total offense. Not bad for a guy who desperately wanted to go to Notre Dame. While BYU can boast their share of great passers, no one seemed to play like McMahon who had a swagger and attitude unlike any of the other greats. Certainly Gifford Nielson and Marc Wilson set the BYU offensive wheels in motion and Steve Young, Robbie Bosco and Ty Detmer were just as spectacular, but McMahon was one of a kind. What most will remember his college career for was the most improbable comeback in college football history which cemented his legacy as a never-say-die player. See below for that signature performance. He wasn't very big. For all he's done, he was only listed as 5'11" and 184 pounds coming out of college. He wasn't very fast clocked at 4.85 in the 40 yard dash. His negatives coming out of school? He'd never taken a real beating and pro scouts were worried how he'd hold up. As it turned out, injuries would follow him throughout his NFL career. He redshirted in 1979 following knee surgery. Signature performance: In the 1980 Holiday Bowl, BYU trailed Eric Dickerson, Craig James and SMU by 20 points with 4:07 to play. McMahon threw a TD pass to cut the lead to 13. After recovering the on-side kick, McMahon got them down to the one when Scott Phillips ran for a TD. SMU got the ball back but had to punt. After blocking the punt, McMahon ended up with one final shot with :03 to play. Heaving a "save the game" pass (remember this is a Mormon school...no Hail Mary's), McMahon hit Clay Brown for the game tying score and an improbable finish. McMahon was 32 of 49 for 446 yards and 4 TD passes. Here's a fork in your eye: At seven years old, he poked his eye with a fork which almost blinded him. As it turned out, his 20/60 vision never proved to be a problem on the football field as he was regarded as having one of the most accurate arms, and keenest eyes for defenses, of anyone who has ever played college football. The record setter: For his 156.9 passer rating he went a sick 653 for 1,060 for 9,536 yards for 84 TDs and just 34 interceptions. The pro: He won two Super Bowls. One with the Chicago Bears and one as a backup with Green Bay. He had notable stints with Minnesota and Philadelphia, but it was his career with the Bears that really made him a star with his goofy eccentricities. From mooning fans on Bourbon Street before the Super Bowl to his head bands with various sayings, McMahon was the ring leader of maybe the most colorful cast of characters in NFL history. Always injured, the Bears never got back to Super Bowl form, but there was never a better team leader when McMahon got in the huddle. Honors: College Football Hall of Fame - 1998, Heisman Trophy - 3rd in 1981, 5th in 1980, Consensus All-American - 1981, All-American - 1980, First Davey O' Brien Award winner - 1981, Sammy Baugh Trophy winner as nation's best QB - 1981, Chicago Bears 1st round draft pick - 1982, NFL Rookie of the Year - 1982.

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