Top 10 college football legends who should be head coaches

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October 5, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers inside linebacker Patrick Willis (52) during player introductions before the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi

These former college football legends should make a return to the college scene and patrol the sidelines as a college head coach.

Regardless of the sports, most great players traditionally don’t make for great head coaches. Just look at Wayne Gretzky’s 143-161-24 record in four seasons as the head coach of the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes or Magic Johnson’s 5-11 record as the interim coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

College football is no different where the two best coaches in the game weren’t game-changing talents. Nick Saban played defensive back at Kent State and Urban Meyer was a better baseball player than he was a defensive back at Cincinnati. Sure, there was Steve Spurrier who won a Heisman at Florida and is one of the best coaches of all-time, but Spurrier is the exception to the rule and not the standard.

But who could be the next Spurrier and backup a stellar college football career with a second stint in college as a head coach?

I picked 10 former college football legends who I believe to have the makeup and qualities to be a potential great coach.

I had two qualifiers to be eligible for this list. First, you have to be a retired football player. Just like the College Football Hall of Fame stipulates that you can’t be playing in the NFL, you can’t be playing on Sunday’s and be a head coach in college football. So this is not a place where you’ll see me wax poetic about why Peyton Manning, Colt McCoy or Tim Tebow would kill it in college.

Secondly, I wanted to put great players in the spotlight so each of the players on the list are former All-Americans.

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Without further ado, here are 10 former college football legends who should return to the college game as head coaches.

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