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Greatest Kansas Football Players of All-Time Bracket: John Zook vs Bruce Kallmeyer

(6) Zook vs (11) Kallmeyer

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Zook knocked off challenger Milt Garner by an 8-1 count to enter the field, while Kallmeyer, perhaps surprisingly, knocked out Algie Atkinson by a convincing 7-1 mark to claim the 11-seed.

(6) John Zook

Zook played DE at Kansas from 1965-68. He was a senior leader on the 1968 Orange Bowl team and was twice named first team All-Big 8 (1967-68). In addition, Zook was named first team All-American in 1968. He would leave KU as the fourth-leading tackler in Kansas history.

Zook went 99th overall in the 1969 NFL Draft sparking a professional career that spanned 10 years and 144 games.

His name is enshrined at Memorial Stadium in the Ring of Honor.

(11) Bruce Kallmeyer

Kallmeyer may be one of the best players in Kansas football history that you've never heard of - ok, I know that intro is getting old. He suited up for KU from 1980-83, and by the time he left school, he was the school record holder for career field goals made (since broken by Dan Eichloff). However, Kallmeyer still holds the record for field goal percentage, hitting 53 of 69 in his four years, good for 76.8%.

He was named first team All-Big 8 and first team All-American his senior year of 1983, when he hit 24 of 29 field goals.

That makes Kallmeyer one of only 13 Jayhawks in history to be first team All-American.


Both players were first team All-Americans. So who you gonna go with?

Who was the greater Jayhawk? Register your vote in the comments below. Other matchups can be found here.