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Year-in, year-out, Arkansas should be an 8-win team. Agree or disagree? Plus Brittany Wagner from “Last Chance U” on why she thinks universities aren’t doing a good job of preparing athletes for life after football.

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Spreading the Love in Hog Heaven

Who are fans’ most loved Razorbacks?

By Bart Pohlman

Roses are red
So, too, are the Hogs
Everyone has a favorite
But who are the top dogs?

With Valentine’s Day upon us, it’s a perfect opportunity to take a look at the Razorback athletes who, throughout the years, made you fall head over heels for the Hogs.

We took to social media to ask for suggestions, and, per the usual, you all came through in the clutch—just like so many of these former Razorbacks.

So who are some of the most loved Razorbacks of all time? Let’s find out.

Darren McFadden

Any such list has to start with one of the most electrifying Razorbacks of all time, Darren McFadden.

A two-time Heisman finalist, two-time Doak Walker Award winner, two-time consensus All-American, multiple school record-holder, McFadden delighted the Arkansas faithful for three years before heading to the NFL.

That 80-yard run up the middle against LSU in 2006 remains one of the best untouched runs I’ve ever seen in college football.

 

Corliss Williamson & the 1994 National Championship Team

Williamson was another popular choice, and for good reason—he helped bring Arkansas its only national championship in basketball.

He’s a two-time SEC Player of the Year, a two-time All-American and the 1994 NCAA Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He’s also the owner of one of the best nicknames out there: “Big Nasty.”

But the other players on that team are loved just as much by Hog fans: Scotty Thurman, Dwight Stewart, Corey Beck, Darnell Robinson… The list goes on and on. When you bring your school a national championship, the good feelings don’t go away anytime soon.

 

Sidney Moncrief

Another no-brainer for the list is the guy known as “Super Sid,” Sidney Moncrief. The Little Rock native, who was one-third of The Triplets, helped put Arkansas basketball on the map, leading the Hogs to the 1978 Final Four.

Listen to the reception Moncrief received when he left the floor at Barnhill Arena for the final time, and you’ll understand the impact he had and why he’s so loved.

 

Bonus: Michael Qualls

Qualls only picked up one mention among those who responded to our social media polls, but that’s enough reason to include this:

Happy Valentine’s Day!