Marcus Mariota among 3 former Oregon Ducks on Pac-12's 'All-Century' team – OregonLive.com
Former Oregon Ducks Mel Renfro, Marcus Mariota and Haloti Ngata are included in the Pac-12 Conference’s “All-Century” football team as the league celebrates its 100th anniversary.
Stanford quarterback John Elway and USC safety Ronnie Lott were named the top offensive and defensive players, and former USC coach John McKay the top coach after his 16-year career with the Trojans from 1960-75 — a tenure that followed nine seasons on the UO sideline where he also played from 1948-49.
Twenty-five former USC players made the all-century team, by far the most of any program. Arizona had five, Stanford and UCLA four, and Arizona State and Cal finished with three along with Oregon. No Oregon State Beavers players were included.
Renfro, a cornerback, is the oldest player honored after playing from 1961-63. He joined cornerbacks Joey Browner of USC, Chris McAlister of Arizona and Antoine Cason of Arizona.
At defensive tackle alongside Ngata, who played from 2002-05, is Washington’s Steve Emtman, Arizona’s Rob Waldrop, USC’s Leonard Williams and Cal’s Ed White.
Mariota, who left Oregon in January with 18 school and eight league records and the distinction of being UO’s only Heisman Trophy winner, joins quarterbacks Matt Leinart of USC and a trio from Stanford: Andrew Luck, Jim Plunkett and Elway.
Mariota is one of seven Heisman Trophy winners to make the all-century team.
“It is definitely an honor to even be recognized with those great players,” said Mariota, in a statement. “It’s truly a privilege and I couldn’t have received this without my teammates. I’m thankful for the Oregon community for supporting me throughout my entire career. I’m truly grateful for that.”
A panel of 119 former players, coaches or media voted. Players could only be considered if they played in the Pac-12 during their career.
The full team can be found here.
— Andrew Greif