Saturday, August 6, 2011

The greatest Cornerbacks

Originally published 2/24/07

We start the unveiling of the All-time ASU team with the cornerbacks.

Mike Haynes is one of only two Sun Devils in both the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He was all-conference in 1973, '74 and '75, and was named to six All-America teams at the end of the Sun Devils' unbeaten 1975 season. ASU's record was 40-8 during Haynes' four seasons and Frank Kush nicknamed him "luxury".

Eric Allen was a member of the 1987 Rose Bowl championship team. Listed generously at 5'10", Allen used his blazing speed and football instincts to shut down the best of them. He now appears regularly on ESPN.

Although not a condition for selection to this team, it is worth noting that both Haynes and Allen went on to stellar pro careers. Haynes arrival in Los Angeles midway through the 1983 season set the stage for the Raiders to win Super Bowl XVIII, and Eric Allen was a member of some great Philadelphia Eagle defenses during the late '80s and early '90s before moving on to the Saints and Raiders. Haynes was named to the NFL's 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.


Fordo said...

It will be hard to dispute these two Sun Devil athletes. Good selections for the first positions covered!

Anonymous said...

I think you could make a good case for Phillipe Sparks over Allen, but it's a tough call.

phillydevil said...

The second cornerback selection was very tricky. Mike Haynes is a lock - he's possibly the best CB in football history. There were 5 or 6 viable candidates for the second spot and it was really hard to pick one over the others. I can't say that Allen was head-and-shoulders better than any of them, but I would say that he was very, very good.