The Top 100 UBC Football Players: 40 - 36

Every weekday until UBC football's home opener on September 9th, will release five former T-Birds on the list of 'The Top 100 UBC Football Players'. Follow along on the UBC football page of Support the 2017 version of the UBC Thunderbirds football program by purchasing your season tickets today at 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 40 - 36. Let the debate begin.

40) Jack Beetstra (DB):

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('83)

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('82,'86)

  • Led Canada West in QB sacks ('83)

  • Canada West All-Star ('85,'86)

  • All-Canadian ('86)

  • Set school records for most solo tackles in a season (81), total tackles in a season (108), and total tackles per game (9)

39) Bill Crawford (OL):

  • Evergreen Conference All-Star ('58,''59)

  • Hardy Cup Champion ('59)

  • Signed with New York Giants (NFL)

  • 1st Thunderbird to play in NFL regular season game, CFL ('62-'66 CAL, BC)

38) Adrian Rainbow (QB):

  • Hardy Cup Finalist ('92),

  • Led UBC in Passing ('92,'94,'95) including Canada West High 432-yards vs. Manitoba, Oct. 10th, 1992 and Canada West high in attempts (44), completions (31) and 489-yards in a Game vs. Calgary, Oct. 28th, 1994.

  • Led Canada West in passing ('95) including most attempts (55), completions (34), longest TD (94) and 463-yards vs. Calgary, Oct. 15th, 1995

  • Canada West All-Star ('95)

  • All-Canadian ('95)

  • 6th Rd pick, 53rd overall CFL

  • Holds school records for highest completion % in a career (61.7), yards passing in a game (489-yards vs. Calgary, Oct. 28th, 1994), rookie completion % in a season (62.9)

  • Set school records for most TD passes in a season (22) and most completions in a game (34) vs. Calgary, Sept. 15th, 1995

37) Mark Nowotny (WR/K):

  • Hardy Cup, Western Bowl Champion ('87)

  • Hardy Cup finalist ('90,'92)

  • Led UBC in Kickoffs ('87) including Canada West season high (8) vs. Saskatchewan, Sept. 26th

  • Led UBC in FG's ('92), led UBC in punting and kickoffs ('90,'91,'92), Led UBC in receptions, yardage and TD's ('91,'92), Led Canada West in scoring and converts ('92), All-Star ('91,'92), All-Canadian ('92)

  • Set school record for most kickoff yards in a game (453)

36) Jordan Leith (QB/DB):

  • Vanier Cup Champion ('86)

  • Hardy Cup, Western Bowl Champion ('87)

  • Led UBC in passing TD's ('84)

  • Tied Canada West lead for interceptions ('87)

  • Led UBC in interception return yardage ('87)

  • Canada West Presidents Trophy Defensive MOP ('87)

  • Canada West All-Star ('87)

  • All-Canadian ('87)

  • 8th Rd CFL pick, 65th overall by Montreal Alouettes


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