The All-RSS Team: Safety

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 safeties.


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1. Mike Brown - 1,171 votes (33.1%)

Likely the best tackling safety in school history, Mike Brown led the Huskers in tackles in each of his last three seasons and finished his career with 287, which at the time was the second most in program history.

Always known as a hard hitter, Brown forced six fumbles in his senior season, when he was named a first-team All-American.

He started the final 38 games of his career, not missing a single contest in his sophomore-senior seasons.

The Chicago Bears selected Brown in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft, and he played in every game in his first four years. But he was then ravaged by a series of injuries, missing a combined 43 games over the next four seasons.

Brown finished his NFL career in 2009 with 616 tackles and 20 interceptions.


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2. Mike Minter - 1,104 votes (31.1%)

Mike Minter's career statistics are hurt historically by an ACL injury that ended his sophomore season and slowed him for some of his junior campaign, though he still had 53 tackles and two interceptions to help NU win the national title in 1995.

Fully healthy his senior year, Minter showed what he was capable of, picking off five passes, defending six others and recording 51 tackles en route to earning first-team All-Big 12 honors.

The Carolina Panthers picked Minter in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He became a starter six games into his rookie season and stayed there (barring injury) until his retirement in 2006, setting team records for starts (141) and consecutive starts (94).

Minter finished his career with 790 tackles, 15 forced fumbles, 15 interceptions and four defensive touchdowns. He's now entering his fifth season as head coach at Campbell University.


3. Josh Bullocks - 705 (19.9%)

Josh Bullocks had one of the best seasons for an NU defensive back in 2003, hauling in a nation-leading and school-record 10 interceptions to help him earn first-team All-American honors.

Though he only had two picks in 2004, Bullocks displayed a more physical side to his game, ranking third on the team with 63 tackles.

Bullocks left Nebraska after his junior year with 13 career interceptions, just one shy of the school record.

A second-round pick of the New Orleans Saints, he played 90 games over six NFL seasons, starting 53 and finishing with 235 tackles and six interceptions.

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