The All-RSS Team: Cornerback

Robin Washut, Senior Writer
Husker Online

There will always be endless debates over who are the greatest Nebraska football players of all time, so decided to let our members settle it for themselves.

By voting for the top Huskers at each position, we will assemble our very own All-RSS Team. Today we look at the final voting results for the cornerbacks.


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1. Ralph Brown - 1,072 votes (29.7%)

Widely regarded as the best cornerback ever to play at Nebraska, Ralph Brown started all 52 games of his college career - a school record that ranks the second most ever nationally - to become one of the most decorated Husker secondary players of all time.

Other school records on Brown's resume include pass breakups in a game (7) and career (50), and he became the first Husker to lead the team in breakups four years in a row. His 15 breakups in '99 set an NU record and now rank second all time.

A three-time first-team All-Big 12 selection, Brown was a first-team Freshman All-American in 1996, a third-team All-American in '97 and then a first-team All-American as a senior in '99, along with being a three-time Thorpe Award candidate.

He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the New York Giants and would go on to play 10 years in the NFL.


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2. Prince Amukamara - 737 votes (20.5%)

Arguably the best cornerback to play under Bo Pelini at Nebraska, Prince Amukamara emerged as one of the top players at his position in the country by the time his college career was done.

His breakout year came as a senior in 2010, when he was a first-team All-American and a unanimous first-team All-Big 12 pick, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, and a finalist for the Thorpe Award.

Amukamara was a first-round pick by the New York Giants in 2011 and won a Super Bowl his rookie year. He is now entering his seventh NFL season now as a member of the Chicago Bears.


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3. Tyrone Williams - 387 votes (10.7%)

A two-time first-team All-Big Eight cornerback who helped lead Nebraska to back-to-back national titles in 1994 and '95, Tyrone Williams was a mainstay for Blackshirts.

After sitting out his freshman season in 1992, the Palmetto, Fla., native was named the Big Eight's Co-Defensive Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore and started seven of NU's final eight games eight.

Williams started all but one game over the next two national championship seasons, ending his career with 95 total tackles, 11 pass breakups and five interceptions.

He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1996 NFL Draft and won a Super Bowl ring his first year. Williams played nine NFL seasons before retiring in 2004, and he was inducted into the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

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