5 Greatest Auburn Football Players of All Time

The greatest football players in Auburn history include 1985 Heisman winner Bo Jackson.
The greatest football players in Auburn history include 1985 Heisman winner Bo Jackson. | Getty Images/Getty Images

The Auburn Tigers football program has been a staple in college sports. They continue to find top talent to showcase on Saturdays, with many going on to have successful careers at the next level. These are the five best players in Auburn program history.

5. Terry Beasley, WR, 1969-71

Terry Beasley played with the great Pat Sullivan, as his go-to receiving weapon. Beasley is by far the best receiver in Auburn history, leading the program with 2,624 yards and 29 receiving touchdowns, which is 11 more scores than the next closest player. He had an especially great year in 1970, averaging an outstanding 20.2 yards per reception. A two-time All-American (1970 and 1971), Beasley was also voted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

4. Tracy Rocker, DT, 1985-88

Tracy Rocker was a highly accomplished defensive tackle at Auburn. He was a three-time All-SEC selection, two-time first-team All-American, SEC Players of the Year, Lombardi Award winner, Outland Trophy winner, and a two-time SEC champion. He ranks fourth in Auburn history sacks (21) and seventh in total tackles (354) and was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

3. Cam Newton, QB, 2010

Cam Newton was Auburn's second Heisman-winning quarterback and he put together one of the greatest seasons in college football history in his lone year with the Tigers in 2010. He threw for 2,854 with 30 touchdowns and only 7 interceptions, adding another 1,515 yards and 21 touchdowns with his legs, clinching his Heisman Trophy win. Making this list in only one season is incredibly impressive, and showcases just how valuable he was for the 2010 BCS Champions.

2. Pat Sullivan, QB, 1969-71

Pat Sullivan was the first Heisman Trophy winner in program history, passing for 21 touchdowns in 1971. This came one year after leading the nation in yards per play and total offense during the 1970 season. He is often credited for the "rebirth" of Auburn football and bringing a new level of excitement around the entire program. He ranks forth for passing yards in program history, with 6,534, while adding another 541 with his legs.

1. Bo Jackson, RB, 1982-85

Bo Jackson is one of the best athletes of all time. He rushed for 4,303 yards during his time at Auburn, which is nearly 500 yards more than the next-highest mark on the all-time leaderboard. He also added 272 yards through the air and found the end zone 45 total times, which is second in program history. He was so good in his 1985 season (1,786 rushing yards, 17 total touchdowns, 6.4 yards per carry) that he won the Heisman Trophy, despite being on an 8-4 team.

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