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The Mt. Rushmore of BC football

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

First of all, thank you all so much for your suggestions. The mailbag is packed, and I've heard from fans at just about every school. There were so many comments that I think I'll post at least one with each entry. There's still time if you want to contribute (that means you, Duke and Wake Forest fans), and even if your program has only been in the ACC for a few years, we're looking at the entire history of the program. I'll do six today and six tomorrow, alphabetically. Don't forget, this is just for football, so no, Mike Krzyzewski won't make the cut.

Let's start with BC:

Robert in Stamford, CT., suggested: Doug Flutie (Heisman Trophy), Art Donovan (Pro Football Hall of Fame), Charlie O'Roarke (led BC to unprecedented success in WWII era) and Matt Ryan (the highest draft pick in school history) Honorable Mention: Mike Ruth (Outland Trophy) (2-3 years is not enough for Frank Leahy, Jags, Coughlin).

Doug Flutie and Matt Ryan were no brainers. The other two weren't so easy.

Here's the final verdict:

Doug Flutie -- Between 1981 and 1984, Flutie set a career record of 11,054 yards of total offense (10,579 of which were passing yards, another national career record). He had a 30-11-1 record as a starter, and in 1984 became the first player from BC to win the Heisman Trophy. Of course, that was the year his storied, last-play, Hail Mary touchdown pass to Gerard Phelan beat Miami.

Matt Ryan -- Ryan was chosen by Atlanta in the first round as the third overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, the highest draft pick in school history. The ACC's 2007 Player of the Year set the school record for single-season passing yards (4,507), and finished his career third on BC's all-time passing yardage list (9,313), behind Flutie and Glenn Foley. He threw 56 career touchdowns, and is BC's career leader in completions (807). He was 25-7 in 32 career starts.

Mike Holovak -- He is remembered as one of the top running backs in school history, as the Eagles went 26-5 during his career. Holovak scored all three BC touchdowns in the 1943 Orange Bowl and averaged 15.8 yards per carry against Alabama. He was a first-team All-American in 1942, and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Mike Ruth -- Ruth, a nose tackle, was the only Boston College player to win the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's best interior lineman. Ruth won it in 1985, despite a losing season. At 6-foot-1, 265 pounds, Ruth was the Eagles' strongest player and quickest lineman. As a sophomore in 1983 he had 80 tackles and 7.5 sacks. The following year he had 102 tackles (76 solo), 6.5 sacks, 20 quarterback pressures and seven other minus-yard plays. The best story about Ruth, though, was how he carried his mother, who had severe arthritis, to her pew in church, and carried her to the alter and back again when it was time for Holy Communion. Now that's a team captain.