WRITER’S NOTE: Here’s a feature to go with our countdown of the Top 50 football players in Arizona Wildcats history. Here is a look at where we very well could have messed up.
In our countdown of the top 50 University of Arizona football players of all time, there are easily 20 more who could have made the list and at least a few who probably should have made the list.
The agonizing choices came not at the top — which is mostly self-evident and already long-argued — but in the final 10 or so, where there simply aren’t enough slots in which to squeeze all the worthy players.
The question becomes, which player do you take off?
That’s the problem. Someday, we’ll have to do a top 75.
The hardest part was reaching far back in time, trying to make comparisons between different eras, different positions and what is, in so many ways, a different sport. Our list has representatives from every decade going back to the 1930s, but we might not have paid proper respect to many from the first half of the 20th century:
Quarterback Ted Bland (three-time All-Border Conference, 1933-35), end Hank “Birdlegs” Stanton (his 50 receptions in 1941 set an NCAA record), center Tom Greenfield (a first-team Little All-American in 1938), halfback Ramblin’ Robert Ruman (a third-team Little All-American in 1942 and a threat as a runner, passer, defensive back and punter), and Eddie Wolgast, who ended his career in 1950 with 2,022 rushing yards and 12 interceptions.
Closer to the present day, here are 10 more Wildcats who can make a compelling case to be among the top 50 in school history: