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17. Tony Rice

Quarterback | Notre Dame

Rice wasn't the best passer, but his swift feet and uncanny decision-making made him a perfect fit for Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz's option-based offense.

With Rice under center, the Fighting Irish had a 23-game winning streak and went 12-0 in 1988, winning the national championship. Along the way, the Irish also beat No. 1 Miami, No. 2 USC and No. 9 Michigan. Rice set Notre Dame records for rushing yards by a quarterback (884 in '89) and career (1,921).

He wasn't selected in the NFL draft and his career ended after playing in the Canadian Football League and World League.

-- Mark Schlabach