With an abundance of talent, it's not hard to choose the 5 best USC football players from the 70's. It seemed to be a golden age for the Trojans. These players had style, charisma, and grace. Some even have Super Bowl rings.
Ricky Bell. He was the rushing leader two years straight in 1975 and 1976 with 33 touchdowns. He was runner up in the 1976 Heisman race, losing to the great Tony Dorsett. This 1977 first pick in the NFL Draft went on to play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for five years. A heart condition ended his life at age 29 in 1984. He was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 2004.
- Pat Haden. Passing leader at USC in 1974 and 1975, with 26 touchdowns and a 1975 Rose Bowl Co-MVP, Pat Haden managed to take his team to three Rose Bowl appearances and two national championships. As one the the best USC players from the 70's, this Rhodes Scholar managed to balance football with scholastics, graduating magna cum laude…making it look easy.
- Sam Cunningham. There is a reason why Mr. Cunningham is one the the 5 best USC players from the 70's. Cunningham was All-American in 1972 and instrumental in USC's Rose Bowl win over Ohio State in '73 scoring four touchdowns in the second half. He was of course, the MVP. The former USC fullback now has the honor of being named to the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2010.
- Anthony Davis. This All-American runningback is one the best USC football players of the 70's due to his three year USC record for rushing and scoring. He made the years 1972, 1973, and 1974 stellar for the cardinal and gold. His six touchdowns against Notre Dame in 1972, helped catapult USC into the 1973 Rose Bowl, where they defeated Ohio State University. Still holding the single season kickoff return average, Davis is of course, a College Football Hall of Famer.
- Lynn Swann. How can one name the best USC football players of the 70's without Lynn Swann? Considered grace in motion on the field, Mr. Swann's name is befitting. Swann was USC's receiving leader in 1973, before going on to become a No.1 draft pick in 1974 with the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team to which he remained faithful. With four Super Bowl rings, this Trojan is the stuff Super Bowl dreams are made of. Just ask Pittsburgh.
Yes, USC had produced a plethora of talent. The years vary, but for sure they produced some of the best players, period. There were plenty to choose from, but only a few can be considered the best USC football players of the 70's.