SIU All-Century football team quarterbacks announced

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    Aug 24, 2013

    In celebration of 100 years of SIU football, Saluki Athletics is announcing the SIU All-Century football team. The team was selected by a fan vote over the course of three weeks and includes 50 players and two coaches. The ballot for the vote was comprised of 95 players and three head coaches and was created by a committee of SIU administrators.

    The team includes four quarterbacks, eight running backs, four wide receivers/tight ends, seven offensive linemen, five utility players, seven defensive linemen, five linebackers, six defensive backs, two punters, two kickers, two return specialists and two head coaches. Two players were voted onto the team twice because they were voted in as linebackers as well as in the "Utility" category that includes players who played both offense and defense, which was common in college football prior to 1970.

    Members of the All-Century team will be recognized on the field during the Sept. 14 home game versus the University of Charleston at Saluki Stadium at 2 p.m.

    The All-Century team will be announced over the course of the next week beginning with the quarterbacks. The All-Century team quarterbacks are Jim Hart, Nick Hill, Rick Johnson and Joel Sambursky.

    Hart enjoyed an 18-year NFL career that featured four Pro Bowl selections and is a member of the Saluki Hall of Fame. His 3,779 career passing yards rank eighth in SIU history, and his 34 touchdown passes rank fifth.

    Hill was a Walter Payton Award finalist, Honorable Mention All-American and a First-Team All-Conference selection. He is SIU's all-time leader in completion percentage (68.3%), ranks second in touchdown passes (46) and ranks fourth in passing yards (5,184). He also led the Salukis to two playoff appearances.

    Johnson quarterbacked the 1983 National Champion team and is a member of the Saluki Hall of Fame. He ranks second on SIU's all-time list for passing yards (5,804) and completions (483). His 27 touchdowns are eighth-most in school history.



    Sambursky is a Saluki Hall of Famer and a two-time Payton Award finalist. He was the Gateway Conference Player of the Year and a two-time First-Team All-Conference selection. He is Southern's all-time leader with 7,894 passing yards and 65 touchdowns. He guided SIU to three playoff appearances and also ran for 1,100 yards.

    On Sunday, the All-Century running backs will be the next position announced.