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Top Five: Pac-12's College Football Hall Of Fame Classes

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Prior to becoming an NFL standout with the Buffalo Bills, O.J. Simpson, seen here rushing against the Denver Broncos on Jan. 1, 1980, was as dominant a runner as the Pac-12 has ever witnessed. Getty Images.
Prior to becoming an NFL standout with the Buffalo Bills, O.J. Simpson, seen here rushing against the Denver Broncos on Jan. 1, 1980, was as dominant a runner as the Pac-12 has ever witnessed. Getty Images.

Johnny Baker, G – USC

Johnny Baker twice earned All-American honors as a guard for the Southern California Trojans in the early 1930s. If that wasn’t enough, he also kicked five PATS in the 1932 Rose Bowl. He went on to coach at five different schools, including Northern Iowa, Denver and Sacramento State.

Darrell Royal, Coach – Washington

Darrell Royal only spent one season in the Pac-8, compiling a 5-5 record with the Huskies. His claim to fame at UW was orchestrating an upset over No. 13 Illinois. Royal finished his illustrious coaching career with 184 wins against 65 losses and five ties at Mississippi State and Texas.

O.J. Simpson, RB – USC

Before O.J. Simpson’s life turned sour, he was as dynamic a running back as college football has ever seen. The two-time All-American twice led the nation in rushing and still holds the highest margin of victory (1,750 votes) in the Heisman voting. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Al Sparlis, G – UCLA

Al Sparlis manned the guard position for UCLA in the early '40s. The Green Bay Packers drafted the WWII vet in 1946. Sparlis didn’t have much of a career in the NFL, but upon returning to Hollywood, he appeared in several motion pictures.