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Do you think he’s the best Tiger football player of all time and if not who would you put ahead of him?
Best Tiger football player of all time. Man, that is a hell of a debate. For a single season it's a very simple answer because Burrow had the best season of any player at any position in college football history. I also feel like he did more for LSU than any one player in history because he took a team that was just a step away for a decade and went through two college football dynasties to break the mold in which the team was stuck. He made the laughing stock of college football offense legendary in 15 games.

So he is easily the best Tiger ever right? I don't think so. Guys like Billy Cannon, Kevin Faulk, Wendell Davis, Marcus Spears, Corey Webster, Laron Landry, Eric Martin, Dalton Hilliard, Ryan Clark, Dwayne Bowe, Bradie James and Glenn Dorsey who contributed over 4 seasons and were dominant for at least two of them deserve a lot of credit for their play.

Then you have the guys that came in and played 3 years like Patrick Peterson, LF7, Jamal Adams and OBJ who are just superstars and did so much for the team on the field while here and even more for the team after they left. These guys help with recruiting more than any of us will probably ever realize.

To me though, the best all time tiger goes to a guy most probably don't ever think about. Andrew Whitworth started the 2nd most games of any player in NCAA history. He led the teams in snaps for 4 straight years and played 3 different positions on the offensive line. He went two straight seasons without ever allowing a sack including one at LT. He was a road grader in the running game, team captain for 3 years and never missed a practice. He has been underrated his entire career, a 6'7 guy that is now 39 years old and still playing at a high level in the NFL after 14 seasons and almost never missing a game. In 2014 he didn't allow a single sack in the NFL and still didn't get voted to the Pro Bowl. In high school at 6'7 275lbs he was a tennis champion that showed the rare athletic ability for a man his size. To me, showing up and going to work every single day for 4 seasons while being dominant on the field and a leader off the field is really difficult to top by a single season, even if that single season is the closest thing to perfection I've seen.
 

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To me though, the best all time tiger goes to a guy most probably don't ever think about. Andrew Whitworth started the 2nd most games of any player in NCAA history. He led the teams in snaps for 4 straight years and played 3 different positions on the offensive line. He went two straight seasons without ever allowing a sack including one at LT. He was a road grader in the running game, team captain for 3 years and never missed a practice. He has been underrated his entire career, a 6'7 guy that is now 39 years old and still playing at a high level in the NFL after 14 seasons and almost never missing a game. In 2014 he didn't allow a single sack in the NFL and still didn't get voted to the Pro Bowl. In high school at 6'7 275lbs he was a tennis champion that showed the rare athletic ability for a man his size. To me, showing up and going to work every single day for 4 seasons while being dominant on the field and a leader off the field is really difficult to top by a single season, even if that single season is the closest thing to perfection I've seen.
Yes... it's a shame that these 'non-glamorous' positions aren't generally held in such high esteem by the fans or the media. And yet most often it is these 'trench guys' who really make the 'glory guys' look so good.

While it's true that in this team sport no kid is bigger than the sum of all the parts, guys like Joe Burrow does make the difference between a good season and an epic one! But I'm just glad that we had all the right parts in place for this season. It's hard to imagine that we will see anything like it for a long time... if ever!
 

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