Forget about Bo Jackson, Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning. Johnny Manziel is the greatest player to ever play in the SEC, according to the fans who voted in The Tennessean’s six-round poll.
After two close calls in the first and second rounds, Manziel cruised to the win.
From The Tennessean:
Round 1: Upset Derrick Henry, 51.5 percent to 48.5 (3,076 votes to 2,893)
Round 2: Upset Steve Spurrier,55.7 percent to 44.3 (1,822 to 1,448)
Round 3: Upset Jack Youngblood, 67.9 percent to 32.1 (2,155 to 1,020)
Round 4: Upset Reggie White, 67.6 percent to 32.3 (3,462 to 1,654)
Round 5: Upset Herschel Walker, 75.8 percent to 24.2 (3,006 to 959)
Round 6: Upset Bo Jackson, 95.3 percent to 4.7 (2,489 to 124)
I’m going to call shenanigans on this. These polls usually come down to which fan base cares enough to stuff the ballot box. Clearly, Texas A&M was that fanbase.
We at For the Win are all too familiar with this phenomenon. Look no further than our Ultimate Sports Uniform Bracket, which was somehow dominated by MLS side Sporting Kansas City. That was a travesty. Manziel being named the best player in SEC history is equally egregious.
According to the Tennessean, over 250,000 votes were cast during the voting process. How many of them were from Aggies fans?
Source: USA Today Fan Sports Poll