Three former Cal players — tight end Tony Gonzalez, defensive tackle Ed White and defensive end Andre Carter — have been chosen to the Pac-12’s All-Century football team.
The 50-player team was selected by a panel of 119 former players and coaches and media members, including me.
Stanford quarterback John Elway was voted Offensive Player of the Century, USC’s Ronnie Lott is the Defensive Player of the Century and USC’s John McKay was chosen Coach of the Century. Click here to view the full team.
— Gonzalez, a two-sport athlete at Cal, went on to become the most prolific tight end in NFL history. He was a six-time first-team all-pro selection and was named to the Pro Bowl 14 times in 17 seasons with Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons. He totaled 1,325 receptions for 15,127 yards and 111 touchdowns — all NFL records for a tight end.
— White was a consensus first-team All-America nose guard for Cal in 1968, who moved to offensive line in the pros and played 17 seasons with Minnesota Vikings and San Diego Chargers. He played in four Super Bowls and was a three-time first-team All-Pro selection.
— Carter was a consensus All-America pick as a senior at Cal in 2000, compiling 31 career sacks to set a school record that still stands. He then enjoyed a 13-year NFL career in which he totaled 80.5 sacks in 184 career games for four teams, including the 49ers and Raiders. He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2011 with the New England Patriots.
Other Cal players nominated for the Team of the Century:
Bryan Anger, P (2008-11)
Jim Breech, PK (1974-77)
Rob Franz, OL (1946-49)
Nick Harris, P (1997-2000)
DeSean Jackson, WR/RET (2005-07)
Ryan Longwell, P (1993-96)
Alex Mack, C (2005-08)
Chuck Muncie, RB (1973-75)
Deltha O’Neal, CB/RET (1996-99)
Les Richter, OL (1949-51)