It seemed wrong to post anything on the amazing Art post so I thought I would just start another and see what you all think.
Johnny Unitas? Naa. Let's face it: UofL was terrible back then (even by our football standards), Unitas wasn't yet UNITAS, and they played across Brandies/Cardinal Blvd from campus at the duPont Manual High School field. Though I did lived two years in the Unitas Tower dorm which by name alone it doesn't get much cooler.
My picks have to do mostly with my own nostalgia though you could argue that the names below are some of the best in UofL football history. My college career at UofL spanned '91 to '95 so that's the fond football memories for me.
Even though the teams were often questionable at best Schnellenberger would play just about any team anywhere (Tennessee, Florida, Florida State-FMBO for that one, Ohio State, Arizone State, Texas to name a few) and sometimes these early 90s teams pulled off some nice wins (home win v/Texas in '93 was nice) , but often they didn't. Still they were our team and it was fun to go out to the KFEC, tailgate and watch a bit of football. I will say they played with passion which win or lose you could appreciate and I'm looking forward to that scenario again this year.
Ray Buchanan was the best of the bunch in how he is seen long term, but I've also gotta mention Jeff Brohm as he was there for the Fiesta Bowl win for the '90 (Browning Nagle!) season and the '93 Liberty Bowl win (as well as tough losses like the Thursday night ESPN game v/Tennessee in '91-we got drilled, but it was a fun night to be at Cardinal Stadium nonetheless). I also have to mention two great RBs from back in the day-Anthony Shelman and Ralph Dawkins. The stats don't lie with these two men. They were fun to watch.
But maybe the fan favorite from '91 was none of the above. I think it might have just been because of his name. Hey, the guy could boot the ball and played in the NFL, but I really think it was all about the name...Klaus Wilmsmeyer.
I could go on and on with the players from other eras-Deion Branch, Joe Johnson, Mark Clayton, Tom Jackson, Frank Minnifield, Dumervil, Bush, Otis Wilson, Okoye, William Gay (sans that Rutgers game), a ton of QBs and of course Art.
As marginal as Louisville football has been historically I would say we've had some pretty nice players and a some nice seasons. Here's to the future. Go Cards.