Cal Football Heroes
Cal’s All-Century Football Team
- QB: Steve Bartkowski (1972-74) Edges another NFL first-round pick in Craig Morton (Cowboys). Consensus All-American in 1974 was first player taken in NFL draft, by Atlanta.
- RB: Chuck Muncie (1973-75) Gained 1,460 yards rushing in 1975, leading Cal to 8-3 record and share of Pac-8 title with UCLA. Rushed for 100 yards or more 15 times in career.
- RB: Russell White (1990-92) Bears’ career rushing leader with 3,367 yards only Cal player to rush for at least 1,000 yards in three straight seasons.
- TE: Tony Gonzalez (1994-96) First-round pick of Kansas City Chiefs in 1997 also played three years of basketball at Cal.
- WR: Sean Dawkins (1990-92) Cal’s all-time leader with 14 receiving touchdowns in 1992 was first-round pick by Indianapolis Colts.
- WR: Wesley Walker (1973-76) Had eight catches for 289 yards against San Jose State in 1976.
- OL: Todd Steussie (1990-93) Two-time All-Pac-10 tackle was first-round choice of Minnesota Vikings in 1994.
- OL: Dan McMillan (1920-21) Bears were 18-0-1 during McMillan’s two years as an offensive tackle, including a 127-0 demolishing of St. Mary’s on Oct. 9, 1920.
- OL: Rod Franz (1946-49) Guard was only three-time All-American in Cal history and helped Bears post unbeaten regular seasons (10-0) in 1948 and ’49.
- OL: Les Richter (1949-51) Consensus All-America guard in 1950 and ’51 was just as good at linebacker.
- OL: Bob Herwig (1935-37) Offensive center was narrow choice over fellow Cal Hall of Famer member Babe Horrell. Also played basketball for the Bears.
- PK: Doug Brien (1991-93) Bears’ all-time leading scorer (288 points) secured job by beating Arizona, UCLA with fourth-quarter field goals on back-to-back weeks in 1991.
- DL: Brick Muller (1920-22) Two-time All-American led ferocious defense and threw 50-yard touchdown pass in 28-0 win over Ohio State on Jan. 1, 1921, Cal’s first Rose Bowl win.
- DL: Stan Barnes (1918-21) Another Wonder Team member gets narrow nod over Pittsburg High School’s Regan Upshaw.
- DL: Ed White (1966-68) One of best NFL offensive linemen ever was four-time Pro Bowler and played in four Super Bowls with Vikings.
- DL: Sherman White (1969-71) Didn’t play in high school football, but was all-conference pick in 1970 and ’71, and was first-round pick of Cincinnati Bengals in 1972.
- LB: Ron Rivera (1980-83) Consensus All-American in 1983 holds Cal single-season records for tackles for loss (26.5) and sacks (13).
- LB: Sekou Sanyika (1996-1999) Hercules resident is Cal’s all-time leader in tackles for loss and is expected to be first-round NFL draft pick next spring.
- LB: Matt Hazeltine (1951-54) Two-time All-American played with 49ers from 1955-68.
- DB: Carl Van Heuit (1949-50) Gifted athlete averaged 11.1 yards per punt return while helping Cal go to back-to-back Rose Bowls in 1950 and ’51. Was All-American in 1950.
- DB: Ken Wiedemann (1967-69) School’s all-time interception leader with 16.
- DB: Deltha O’Neal (1996-) Four interceptions returned for touchdowns this season set NCAA record.
- DB: Jackie Jensen (1946-48) First Cal player in history to rush for more than 100 yards in a game. Had five carries for 109 yards in 47-14 rout of Washington State on Nov. 2, 1946.
- P: Nick Harris (1997-) Averaging 42.6 yards per punt despite many pooches. Sure NFL player.
- UTL: Walter Gordon (1916-18) Could play any position on the field better than anyone else.
- Andy Smith (1916-25) Never had losing season while going 74-16-7 in 10 seasons at Cal. Record included 7-0-1 mark against USC and 6-1-1 ledger in Big Game. Beat USC 12-0 on Oct. 28, 1922, in first game played at the Rose Bowl.