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Syracuse’s Jim Brown named greatest College Football player by ESPN

Legendary Orange running back Jim Brown is No. 1 on ESPN’s list of the greatest 150 players from the first century and a half of college football.

In closing its year-long ESPN College Football 150 celebration, the network revealed its top 25 players, including Brown (No. 1) and Syracuse 1961 Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis (No. 15), at halftime of Monday’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game between No. 1 LSU and No. 3 Clemson.

Jim Brown Named Greatest College Football Player by ESPN

In addition to Brown and Davis, three-time All-American Floyd Little was No. 52 on the list. All three men wore Syracuse’s fabled No. 44, which was retired in 2005, and remains the only retired jersey number in the history of the program.