Every weekday until UBC football's home opener on September 9th, GoThunderbirds.ca will release five former T-Birds on the list of 'The Top 100 UBC Football Players'. Follow along on the UBC football page of GoThunderbirds.ca. Support the 2017 version of the UBC Thunderbirds football program by purchasing your season tickets today at GoThunderbirds.ca/tickets.
Who is the greatest Thunderbird to ever play football for UBC? A lofty question and one that is hard to quantify. Comparing football players through generations is challenging. The game of football has seen countless changes in rules and equipment, since the first team of what were then called Canadian rugby-football players formed at Point Grey in 1923.
These obstacles did not deter UBC defensive coordinator Pat Tracey, however. Tracey, a self-confessed football stats and history 'geek', wanted to compile an easy to digest ranking list for fans and alumni alike. He went to work devising a ranking system to create a final compilation: 'The Top 100 UBC Football Players'.
Here are numbers 80-76. Let the debate begin.
80) Aaron Barker (OL):
• Vanier Cup Champion ('97)
• Hardy Cup Finalist ('98,'99)
• Canada West All-Star ('99)
• All-Canadian ('99)
79) Nate Beveridge (WR):
Led UBC in Receiving ('04)
Bobby Gaul Memorial Trophy ('05)
Canada West All-Star ('04)
CFL (BC Lions '05)
78) Andrew Walters (DB):
Hardy Cup Finalist ('90,'92)
Led UBC in fumble returns ('91)
Led Canada West in Interceptions and return yards including two vs. Alberta on Sept. 18th 1992.