The Most Famous LSU Football Player: Ranking the Legends of the Gridiron

Choose the player you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Updated on Sep 30, 2023 11:15
Welcome to StrawPoll, your ultimate destination for all things polls and rankings! Today, we're tackling the burning question on every college football fan's mind: "Who is the most famous LSU football player?" From record-breaking superstars to unforgettable legends, we've got them all lined up for you to cast your vote and settle the debate once and for all. And in case you feel we've missed out on a worthy contender, fret not! You can easily suggest a deserving addition to make sure your favorite LSU player gets the recognition they deserve. So, gear up, Tigers fans! It's time to showcase your purple and gold pride as you join thousands of others in ranking the most iconic LSU football players in history. Dive in now and let your voice be heard!

Who Is the Most Famous LSU Football Player? (October 2023)

  1. 1
    Billy Cannon
    Topps · Public domain
    He won the Heisman Trophy in 1959 and led LSU to their first national championship. He is considered one of the greatest college football players of all time.
  2. 2
    Although he is primarily known for his basketball career, Shaquille O'Neal also played football at LSU. He was a member of the team in 1989 and 1990 before focusing on basketball.
    The Shaquille O'Neal basketball jersey is a popular sports jersey inspired by the legendary American professional basketball player Shaquille O'Neal. It is known for its unique design and iconic style.
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    Shaquille O'Neal in other rankings
  3. 3

    Odell Beckham Jr.

    Various critics and NFL fans
    He played at LSU from 2011-2013 and was a two-time first-team All-American. He has gone on to become one of the best wide receivers in the NFL.
    Odell Beckham Jr. is a professional American football player who gained significant attention and acclaim during his time in the NFL. He is widely regarded as one of the most overrated players in recent years due to various factors. Despite notable performances and highlights throughout his career, his overall impact and consistency have been questioned by many critics.
    • Position: Wide Receiver
    • Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
    • Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
    • Team(s): New York Giants (2014-2018), Cleveland Browns (2019-present)
    • Drafted: 1st round, 12th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft
    Odell Beckham Jr. in other rankings
  4. 4
    He led LSU to a national championship in 2019 and won the Heisman Trophy that same year. He set numerous records during his time at LSU and is now an NFL quarterback.
    Joe Burrow in other rankings
  5. 5
    Glenn Dorsey
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    He was a dominant defensive tackle for LSU from 2004-2007 and won the Lombardi Award and Nagurski Trophy in 2007. He was also a two-time first-team All-American.
  6. 6
    He played at LSU from 1995-1998 and is the school's career leader in rushing yards and all-purpose yards. He went on to have a successful career in the NFL.
    Kevin Faulk in other rankings
  7. 7
    He played at LSU from 2008-2010 and was a two-time first-team All-American. He is considered one of the best cornerbacks in NFL history.
  8. 8
    He played at LSU from 2014-2016 and was a consensus All-American in 2015. He was also a two-time first-team All-SEC selection. He is now a running back in the NFL.
  9. 9
    He played at LSU from 2010-2011 and was a consensus All-American in 2011. He was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy that same year. He is now a safety in the NFL.
  10. 10
    Y. A. Tittle
    Topps · Public domain
    He played at LSU from 1944-1947 and was a two-time All-SEC selection. He went on to have a Hall of Fame career in the NFL.

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Ranking factors for famous player

  1. On-field success
    The player's performance on the field and their contributions to the team's success, including individual accolades and team achievements.
  2. Popularity
    How well-known and recognizable the player is to both LSU and non-LSU football fans.
  3. Legacy
    The lasting impact the player had on LSU football and how they are viewed in the program's history.
  4. Professional success
    How the player performed at the professional level, if applicable, and their impact on the sport beyond their LSU career.
  5. Character
    The player's reputation on and off the field, including sportsmanship, community involvement, and behavior.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous LSU football player. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or your favorite player is missing from the list, feel free to help us improve the ranking.


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More information on most famous lsu football player

LSU (Louisiana State University) has produced many talented football players over the years, but who stands out as the most famous? It's a tough question to answer, as there have been so many great players to come out of this college football powerhouse. From Hall of Famers like Billy Cannon and Jerry Stovall to recent stars like Leonard Fournette and Joe Burrow, LSU has a rich tradition of producing top-tier talent. But who takes the crown as the most famous LSU football player of all time? Let's take a closer look at some of the top contenders and their accomplishments.