Best Two Way Players in College Football History

by George Nichols .

Realizing your talent in any field is very important. Acquiring skills and developing them is a core factor that guarantees success in one’s life. Here we are going to talk about players who developed their football skills and became some of the best to play the game in history.

Football is a kind of sport that demands a lot of competence and application of knowledge. But it also depends a lot on athletic ability. One can become a star in this field by through having quality coaching that grooms that ability, or by just being a freak of nature talent wise.

College football has had many great players in it’s history. There are the guys who could run, juke, catch, or throw the ball with the best of them. There are also those who could defend, get to the quarterback, or tackle anything coming their way.

But, what about the players who could do both? Today’s game has become more specialized where players are either on offense or defense, but back in the day the iron men played on both sides of the ball. We took a look at the best two way players in history and put together this short list. Fans of these players and teams had something to be proud of as the guys poured their hearts out and left everything on the field.

Dick Butkus

A well-known player in his days with the Chicago Bears. His vast football IQ and awareness of the game made him a star of his days. He was one the best defensive players in the history of the game. A fierce lineback that whenever he made a big hit the whole stadium would be on their feet going nuts. His fans loved him so much because of his prowess on the field, but he also played both center and fullback for the offense. He emerged sixth in the Heisman Trophy race in 1963. To this time, the best linebacker awards are given to the best player courtesy of this legendary actor.

Chuck Bednarik

He was a man of his class. He was referred to as the “sixty-minute man,” because of his ability to play every second of the game without having to be substituted for another player. He played center, middle linebacker and could handle duties on special teams. By the end of his career, Chuck was a two-time Consensus All-American in 1947 and 1978.

Bronko Nagurski

Bronko Naguski is a man to remember. He could control the ball in a fascinating way that made everyone admire his skills in college football. He played defensive and full back. At the end of his football career, he was voted First-American in both positions.

Charles Woodson

His career at Michigan proved beyond a reasonable doubt that he was an excellent player full of potential and had a future in the NFL. He was a lockdown cornerback. During his career, he finished with 16 interceptions. By the end of his career, this player had won the Nagurski Bednarik and Thorpe Awards. He went on to have a great pro career and only recently hung up his cleats.

Jim Thorpe

Jim Thorpe will always remain the books of history. He played Major League Baseball and won gold medals in both the decathlon and pentathlon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. In college at Carlisle, he played running back, defensive back, kicker, and punter. Due to his unbelievable athletic ability and physical talents he was named Consensus All-American in 1911 and 1912.