Texas Tech's Mount Rushmore

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Texas Tech provided a difficult choice of whether to go with history and tradition or modern notoriety in my choices for the school's Mount Rushmore of iconic football figures.

But in the end, I figured the place probably needed sprucing up with some kind of pirate-themed amusement park next door.

Here are my choices.

  • Mike Leach -- The quirky coach led his team to a share of its first Big 12 South title in 2008 with an 11-2 season that matched the school single-season record for victories. He needs seven victories to break the school record for coaching victories and has done more for pirates than any major American sports figure since Willie Stargell.

  • Michael Crabtree -- Will go down in history as the finest receiver in Big 12 history, winning the Biletnikoff Award in both of his seasons of eligibility.

  • Graham Harrell -- Leach has produced a slew of record-breaking quarterbacks, but nobody matches the numbers or the toughness of Harrell.

  • Donny Anderson -- "The Golden Palomino's" numbers don't match those of modern-day players, but he was a two-time All-American running back who helped the school gain national attention in its early years in the Southwest Conference during the mid-1960s.

Of course, a case could be made for Zach Thomas, Spike Dykes, Gabe Rivera or E.J. Holub. But the modern-day Red Raiders have helped make the school more widely known than at any other time.