CFN All-President Name College Football Team
In honor of Inauguration Day, who are the top players of all-time with presidential names? It’s the CFN All-President Team.
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It’s not quite as easy as you’d think to find a whole slew of all-time great college football players with presidential names.
Unless you’re a running back.
It’s impossible to find worthy presidents for several positions, but name the president, and there are more than enough options to carry the ball with three Van Burens, two Thomas Jeffersons, and a James Monroe, just to start.
Overall, there are some with actual presidential names, some with just the last name, some who double up on names, and an actual president who makes the list.
Taking a few liberties with the positions, let the parade begin.
CFN All-President Name Team: Offense
QB: Ted Trump, Rutgers
He didn’t make anything great again for the Scarlet Knights from 2001-2003. However, he beat out Tulsa’s Chad President for this spot – bigly.
RB: Reggie Bush, USC
RB: Clinton Portis, Miami
Yeah, yeah, yeah, George Gipp probably belongs among the running backs somewhere, and Texas legend – and College Football Hall of Fame star – Roosevelt Leaks was in the running, but the Bush/Clinton team of rivals in the backfield would be too formidable. Ironically, Bush should’ve deleted all e-mails, and Clinton managed to win in Florida.
WR: Anthony Carter, Michigan
WR: John Kennedy, Navy
Unlike the other John Kennedy, this one actually made a varsity football team. He caught one pass for seven yards. Army WR Jameson Carter was close to making the list, but Jameson to Jimmy was a stretch. Unlike the other Carter, Anthony – on the way to a Hall of Fame career – owned Michigan in 1980.
TE: Gerald Ford, Duke
Pardon? Isn’t there another one of these somewhere on the team? That’s coming. This one stumbled into 25 catches for 251 yards for the Blue Devils in 1995 and 1996.
OL: Gerald Ford, Michigan
OL: Lincoln Kennedy, Washington
OL: Eugene Monroe, Virginia
OL: Zach Taylor, Oregon State
All snark aside, future president Gerald Ford was a stone cold dude of an offensive lineman on a few national championship Michigan teams. Eugene Monroe might not have had a capital of Liberia named after him, but he was an elite blocker for some good Virginia teams. No, every other middle school in America wasn’t named after Lincoln Kennedy.
CFN All-President Name Team: Defense
DL: John Adams, LSU
DL: Truman Gutapfel, Boston College
DL: Lyndon Johnson, Cincinnati
DL: Gimel President, Illinois & Auburn
Adams was more of a punter than a defensive lineman, but he didn’t need his dad to get him the gig. Truman gave ’em hell on the BC defensive line, but Lyndon Johnson did not seek, and shall not accept, a bigger role on the Cincinnati defensive front making just 12 career tackles. They can all rotate with former Fresno State defensive lineman, Andrew Jackson. But the better one was …
LB: Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky
LB: Jonathan Truman, Kansas State
Truman dropped a slew of big ones as a terrific undersized hitter for the Wildcats, coming up with 256 tackles. Andrew Jackson came up with 295 tackles in his three years for the Hilltoppers.
DB: Johnny Adams, Michigan State
DB: James Polk, Hawaii
DB: Ron Reagan, Maryland
DB Trumaine Washington, Louisville
With just 19 tackles and three interceptions, it wasn’t exactly morning in College Park for Reagan. Johnny Adams wasn’t second to anyone with a solid 11-interception, four-year run at Michigan State. Polk wasn’t nearly as effective as the president – with just two punt returns in his career.