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4 USC football fan favorites reveal their all-time favorite Trojans

Evan Desai
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On Wednesday and Thursday, we at Reign of Troy asked who your favorite USC football player of all time is on Twitter. 349 of you responded, and four of those 349 fans are former USC football players. Interestingly, all four responses were names of different players than themselves, though.

It goes to show just how much respect there is for each other within the Trojan family. And there truly are so many terrific players that have come through this program. Heck, SC's responsible for a nation-leading SEVEN Heisman Trophy winners and a nation-leading 14(!) Pro Football Hall of Famers.

There's a reason SC is top five all-time in consensus All-Americans with 82. Players come to the Trojan football program to experience success. SC has won 11 National Titles for a reason. As for which of your favorites had who as their favorite all-time Trojan, this article will begin with someone who won one of those National Titles:

No. 4 USC football fan favorite who revealed his all-time favorite Trojan: Kenechi Udeze

2003 National Champion Kenechi Udeze picked USC Football Defensive Back great Troy Polamalu as his favorite Trojan ever. He also gave an honorable mention to his 2003 National Champion teammate in stud USC WR Keary Colbert.

Of course, Colbert was also the Trojans' Wide Receivers Coach for SC from 2019-2021. Before that, he was USC's Tight End and Inside Receivers Coach in 2018. He is credited for developing the likes of elite USC WRs in Michael Pittman Jr. and Amon-Ra St. Brown, who have been excellent in their NFL careers as well.

He also was credited for developing another elite college receiver in the NFL in Tyler Vaughns, as well as the best wideout in the nation in Drake London--who was just the first wide receiver taken in the 2022 NFL Draft (eighth overall).

Polamalu was an excellent choice to be his favorite, and one many fans agreed with. Udeze played with Polamalu in 2002. Polamalu has six interceptions in his three years on the field for the Trojans, and ran half of them back for scores. That was before he went on to be a 16th overall pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2003 NFL Draft.

Polamalu didn't skip a beat in the pros--making FOUR First-Team All-Pro teams. He is one of the 14 Trojans representing in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after his 32 interceptions and 2010 Defensive Player of the Year Award in the League.

Polamalu was a major part of bringing USC back in 2002, and went out with an Orange Bowl. He truly had a storybook football career both in college and in the pros.

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