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Greatest Kansas Football Players of All-Time Bracket: George Mrkonic vs Nick Reid

(5) Mrkonic vs (12) Reid

NCAA Football - Florida Atlantic  vs Kansas - September 3, 2005 Photo by G. N. Lowrance/Getty Images

George Mrkonic bested Kyle McNorton in the preliminary round of our D/ST/OL bracket by a 12-1 count. He takes on Nick Reid, who got past kicker Dan Eichloff by a 9-0 mark.

(5) George Mrkonic

Mrkonic's honors at KU include first-team All-Big 7 in 1951 and 1952, first team All-American in 1951, and the Ring of Honor at Memorial Stadium.

He was part of the great KU teams of the early 1950s, playing from 1950-52. George was a do-everything man for KU, playing on both the offensive and defensive lines as well as punting for the Jayhawks. He also lettered in baseball.

George was drafted 45th overall in the 1953 NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played in 10 games during the '53 season, his only season in the NFL.

(12) Nick Reid

Reid was a linebacker at Kansas from 2002-05, a stalwart on the defense under Mark Mangino. Reid played in 48 games, becoming the second leading tackler in Kansas history, a mere 217 tackles behind school record holder Willie Pless. He was named first team All-Big 12 after his senior season in 2005. Reid helped lead the Jayhawks to two bowl games, the 2003 Tangerine Bowl and the 2005 Fort Worth Bowl.


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