3. Takeo Spikes 1995-1997, Linebacker
One of the most effortless tacklers college football has ever seen, Takeo Spikes begins are best of list at the #3 spot. Spikes played 3 seasons for the Tigers and was drafted #13 overall in the 1997 NFL Draft by the Bengals. He has also played with the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles San Francisco 49ers and currently the San Diego Chargers and is a 2 time Pro-Bowl and All-Pro selection in the NFL. After playing alongside fellow Auburn great running back Stephen Davis for the past two seasons, Spikes had an outstanding final season at Auburn, leading their ferocious defense with 136 tackles which is the 9th most for a single season at Auburn. Arguably the best line backer to ever wear an Auburn uniform Takeo Spikes comes in as the third greatest Auburn Tiger football player in the school’s storied legacy.
2. Bo Jackson 1982-1985, Running Back
Undoubtedly the greatest running back to ever wear a Tiger uniform, Bo Jackson has made quite possibly the largest impact on the sports world that any other Auburn alum could claim. A two-time All American and the schools second ever Heisman Trophy winner, Jackson has one of the most decorated careers ever in College Football. The pinnacle of his career came in 1985 as he ran for a school record 1.786 yards; winning the Heisman trophy and the Walter Camp Award in that season and finishing his Auburn career with 4,303 rushing yards, once again being the highest total in school history which led to his #34 jersey number being retired. Jackson is unique in that he went on to play 2 sports professionally, both football and baseball playing for the Los Angeles Raiders of the NFL and playing for the Kansas City Royals, Chicago White Sox and California Angels of the MLB. Bo Jackson is undeniably one of the greatest athletes of all time.
1. Cam Newton, 2010 Quarterback
After a Sophomore year that had Cam Newton backing up a guy you may or may not be familiar with at the University of Florida, Tim Tebow, and a successful junior year at Blinn College in Texas Cam Newton found himself at the University of Auburn with just one year of eligibility left to prove to NFL scouts how good he really is. And Cam did just that, throwing for over 2,500 yards for 30 touchdowns and running for a remarkable 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns. Cam proved to be the perfect combination of running and throwing quarterback confirming this by leading the Tigers to a BCS National Championship victory over the Oregon Ducks 22-19. Cam was drafted by the Carolina Panthers last year and continued his excellence shattering almost every rookie quarterback record previously set. Cam went onto the win the Heisman trophy and a National Championship in 2010 making him the greatest Auburn Tiger ever.
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