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Nick Reid, James McClinton, Charles Gordon deserving of ultimate KU football honor

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Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris greets David Beaty prior to the start of the 2017 Spring Game on Saturday, April 15 at Memorial Stadium.

Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris greets David Beaty prior to the start of the 2017 Spring Game on Saturday, April 15 at Memorial Stadium. by Nick Krug

The Ring of Honor schedule for this season at Memorial Stadium is as follows:

Chris Harris, Nicholls State, Sept. 1.

Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon ties to knock the ball loose from KU quarterback Todd Reesing during the 2009 Border Showdown Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium.

Missouri's Sean Weatherspoon ties to knock the ball loose from KU quarterback Todd Reesing during the 2009 Border Showdown Saturday, Nov. 28, 2009 at Arrowhead Stadium. by rgwin

Todd Reesing, Rutgers, Sept. 15.

Larry Brown, TCU, Oct. 27.

Here’s hoping the next three football players to see their names immortalized inside David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium are defensive players who made contributions too meaningful to be overlooked for the ultimate honor for a KU football player.

KU's Nick Reid makes his way down the line of KU seniors during senior day introductions Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

KU's Nick Reid makes his way down the line of KU seniors during senior day introductions Saturday at Memorial Stadium. by scott-mcclurg

Rugged Nick Reid, born to play linebacker, had toughness rivaled only by his efficiency. He cut such direct angles to the football and made his hits hurt. Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and third-team All-American in 2005 equates Ring of Honor. Period. If he’s not a part of the next group of honorees he should be allowed to tackle anyone responsible for denying him the honor as many times as he feels like it.

Kansas University defensive tackle James McClinton is honored by the Allen Fieldhouse crowd for his Big 12 defensive lineman of the year award.

Kansas University defensive tackle James McClinton is honored by the Allen Fieldhouse crowd for his Big 12 defensive lineman of the year award. by Nick Krug

Defensive tackle James McClinton played with such unbridled passion he lifted the entire team’s energy level. So explosive, so quick, so difficult to block. McClinton was Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior for the 12-1 Orange Bowl team and a second-team All-American.

Teammates admired his courageous leadership and winning blend of downright nasty play and super friendly demeanor. It always has baffled me why McClinton, so deeply appreciated by teammates, doesn’t quite get the recognition he deserves.

Charles Gordon is congratulated after an interception.

Charles Gordon is congratulated after an interception. by bill-snead

Charles Gordon was a third-team All-American cornerback as a sophomore in 2004 and a two-time first-team All-Big 12 corner (2004-05). What makes that even more impressive is that he was a freshman All-American wide receiver.

Gordon set freshman receiving records for catches (57) and yards (769). He never completely abandoned the position, despite playing corner. A two-way player, he made 15 catches in 2004 and 34 in 2005, catching a pair of touchdown passes each of those seasons. He also was an outstanding punt returning, averaging 10.4 yards in three seasons. He spent more time on the field than anyone and always seemed to be in the middle of something good for Kansas.

Undrafted, he spent four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, and works for the Denver Broncos as a defensive quality control assistant.

Mark Mangino has been outspoken on Twitter about his three overlooked former players and he’s on the mark.

Comments

Brett Gaul 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Charles Gordon...clap...clap...clapclapclap. All 3 choices spot on.

Brad Farha 2 months, 2 weeks ago

If I had to choose just one, I'd argue in favor of James McClinton. The havoc he wrought in the middle was so hard to replace. There were so many good elements to the defense of 2007, but I think he was the biggest --- even more so than Talib and Harris.

David Robinett 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Just being a very good player should not be enough to get you into the ring of honor. Third team all American seems like a fairly low bar. Plus Gordon left early diminishing his impact on the program.

Dale Stringer 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Third Team All-American still equates to Top 2% off all D1 football players in the country. So if Top 2% is a low bar, where should the bar be?

Maurice E. King III 2 months, 2 weeks ago

What about Chip Hilleary? 1992 All Big 8 1st team Qb

Greg Ledom 2 months, 2 weeks ago

Uh......no. And I’m a Chip fan as he was a tough gritty QB for us but, Ring of Honor; no. IMO

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