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Greatest Kansas Football Player of All-Time Bracket: Ray Evans vs Larry Brown

(1) Ray Evans vs (17) Larry Brown


Despite some, um, controversy, Ray Evans knocked off Dorian Brew by a 7-4 count, and that’s if we count the questionable votes.

Evans was an overall athlete who played both ways, quarterback and cornerback, for the Jayhawks. He was a first team All-American in 1947 and a big part of leading the Jayhawks to the 1948 Orange Bowl.

Evans is the only player in NCAA history ever to lead the country in passing yards (as a QB) and INTs (as a CB) in the same year. He is the only Jayhawk to be first team All-American in both football (1947) and basketball (1943). He was a three-time first team All-Conference (Big Six) selection (1942, '46-'47) in football. He is still KU's single season and career leader in interceptions. He is one of five Jayhawks ever to be taken in the top 10 of the NFL Draft.

He is also one of five Jayhawks enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame and in KU’s Ring of Honor at Memorial Stadium.

There was much less controversy with our next matchup, which saw Larry Brown knock off Kurt Knoff 8-3.

Larry Brown - once again, not that Larry Brown - played OL/TE at Kansas from 1967-70. He was a member of the 1968 Orange Bowl team and a first round NFL Draft pick. He spent 14 years in the League with the Steelers, the first seven as a starting Pro-Bowl caliber TE, and the final seven as a starting offensive lineman. Brown won four Super Bowls during his time in Pittsburgh, retiring after the 1984 season.


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