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Final Group: W&M Football's Greatest Defensive Backs
Concluding our All-Time Football roster series, we've rolled out our list of W&M's greatest Safeties & Cornerbacks! Check it out, and let us know who we missed.

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Article: https://wmsportsblog.com/2020/07/30/all-...rnerbacks/
07-30-2020 03:50 PM
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Final Group: W&M Football's Greatest Defensive Backs
I know he's a convicted felon, but leaving Darren Sharper off is negligent. :)

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I know it's a touchy subject, but if the list is based on what guys accomplished at W&M, he has to be included. I'm kind of torn on him being for all purposes erased from tribe history. I understand the reluctance of celebrating someone who committed a heinous crime in his professional life, but in his time at W&M, he was a graduate in good standing and had an All-American career.

I suppose for the same reason he won't make the pro football hall of fame is the same reason he can't be celebrated at William and Mary.
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RE: Final Group: W&M Football's Greatest Defensive Backs
(07-30-2020 04:07 PM)Tribal Wrote:  I know he's a convicted felon, but leaving Darren Sharper off is negligent. :)

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I agree, Darren was a nice guy while here. Who reAlly knows if he had multiple concussions that may have change his personality and cause his problems!! Only an autopsy will tell us for sure!!
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RE: Final Group: W&M Football's Greatest Defensive Backs
You missed Charlie Sumner. Big DB from the 50s. Good NFL career and a long stint as a DC and HC in the professional ranks.
07-30-2020 07:09 PM
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RE: Final Group: W&M Football's Greatest Defensive Backs
(07-30-2020 07:09 PM)Tribe32 Wrote:  You missed Charlie Sumner. Big DB from the 50s. Good NFL career and a long stint as a DC and HC in the professional ranks.

Sumner actually came very close to making this list! Famed Iron Indian.
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RE: Final Group: W&M Football's Greatest Defensive Backs
(07-30-2020 07:02 PM)Biggjohn43 Wrote:  
(07-30-2020 04:07 PM)Tribal Wrote:  I know he's a convicted felon, but leaving Darren Sharper off is negligent. :)

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I agree, Darren was a nice guy while here. Who reAlly knows if he had multiple concussions that may have change his personality and cause his problems!! Only an autopsy will tell us for sure!!


Yeah we just couldn't include Sharper; if W&M itself refuses to acknowledge his existence in their football program then we can't justify claiming him in these rankings.

If that changes in the future, so be it -- but that's not the case right now.
07-30-2020 08:26 PM
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RE: Final Group: W&M Football's Greatest Defensive Backs
(07-30-2020 08:26 PM)WMSportsBlog Wrote:  
(07-30-2020 07:02 PM)Biggjohn43 Wrote:  
(07-30-2020 04:07 PM)Tribal Wrote:  I know he's a convicted felon, but leaving Darren Sharper off is negligent. :)

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I agree, Darren was a nice guy while here. Who reAlly knows if he had multiple concussions that may have change his personality and cause his problems!! Only an autopsy will tell us for sure!!


Yeah we just couldn't include Sharper; if W&M itself refuses to acknowledge his existence in their football program then we can't justify claiming him in these rankings.

If that changes in the future, so be it -- but that's not the case right now.

Not picking a fight with you guys but how has W&M itself refused to acknowledge his existence in their football program? Sure, he is not celebrated and I believe he has been removed from the W&M Hall of Fame, but all his records, acknowledgement as a player, and as an All-American are all still listed in the history of the program.

If you want to say you didn't include him because of the awful things he did post-W&M days (which I think everyone concurs on) so be it, but don't claim that W&M itself refuses to acknowledge his existence in the football program.
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RE: Final Group: W&M Football's Greatest Defensive Backs
Glad to see "Jumping" Jack on the list....
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RE: Final Group: W&M Football's Greatest Defensive Backs
Short list of great safeties has to include David Caldwell and Jerome Couplin.
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RE: Final Group: W&M Football's Greatest Defensive Backs
(07-31-2020 10:14 AM)Tribe4SF Wrote:  Short list of great safeties has to include David Caldwell and Jerome Couplin.
I thought of the sam two guys. Both led or were near the top in tackles multiple seasons.

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