Wednesday and Thursday, we at Reign of Troy asked who your all-time favorite USC football player was on Twitter. 349 of you responded, and four of those 349 fans are former USC football players. Interestingly, all four answers were player names different from themselves, though.
This shows how much respect there is for each other within the Trojan family. And there really are so many great players who have gone through this program. Heck, SC is responsible for a national number of seven Heisman Trophy winners and a national leader of 14 (!) Pro Football Hall of Famers.
There’s a reason SC is the all-time top five in consensus All-Americans with 82. Players come to the Trojan football program to find success. SC has won 11 national titles for a reason. As for which of your favorites had who as their all-time favorite Trojan, this article will start with someone who won one of these national titles:
2003 National Champion Kenechi Udeze chose USC Football great defensive back Troy Polamalu as his favorite Trojan. He also awarded an honorable mention to fellow 2003 USC National Stud Champion WR Keary Colbert.
Of course, Colbert was also the Trojans wide receivers coach for SC from 2019-2021. Prior to that, he was the tight and inside receivers coach for USC in 2018. He is credited for developing WRs USC elite like Michael Pittman Jr. and Amon-Ra St. Brown, who have also been excellent in their NFL careers.
He was also credited for developing another elite college wide receiver in the NFL in Tyler Vaughns, as well as the nation’s leading wide receiver in Drake London – who was only the first wide receiver taken in the 2022 NFL Draft. (eighth overall).
Polamalu was a great choice to be his favorite, and many fans agreed with him. Udeze played with Polamalu in 2002. Polamalu had six interceptions in his three years on the field for the Trojans, and returned half of them for scores. That was before he became the 16th overall pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Polamalu didn’t skip a beat at the pros – forming FOUR first-team All-Pro teams. He is one of 14 Trojans represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame after his 32 interceptions and the 2010 League Defensive Player of the Year award.
Polamalu played a major role in USC’s comeback in 2002 and came out with an Orange Bowl. He truly had a storybook footballing career both in college and in the pros.