The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have a long and proud history of athletics, with many talented players having graced their various teams over the years. Here, we take a look at the top 5 best players of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles across all sports.

  1. Brett Favre - Football Brett Favre is undoubtedly the most famous and accomplished athlete to have played for the Golden Eagles. During his college career at Southern Miss, he threw for over 7,000 yards and 52 touchdowns. He went on to have a legendary career in the NFL, where he won three MVP awards, a Super Bowl, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

  2. Clarence Weatherspoon - Basketball Clarence Weatherspoon played for the Golden Eagles from 1989 to 1992 and was a dominant force on the basketball court. He averaged 18.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game over his career and was a two-time Metro Conference Player of the Year. Weatherspoon went on to have a successful NBA career, playing for teams such as the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat.

  3. Michael Watson - Basketball Michael Watson played for the Golden Eagles from 2000 to 2004 and is considered one of the best guards in Southern Miss history. He finished his career with 2,511 points, which is still the school record, and was a two-time All-Conference USA selection. Watson also led the team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in 2004.

  4. Reed Green - Baseball Reed Green was a standout baseball player for Southern Miss in the 1930s and 1940s, earning All-American honors twice. He later became the school's baseball coach, leading the team to two conference championships and a 342-183 record. In honor of his contributions to the program, the school's baseball stadium is named after him.

  5. Ray Guy - Football Ray Guy played for the Golden Eagles from 1970 to 1972 and was one of the best punters in college football history. He was a three-time All-American and is the only pure punter to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Guy went on to have a long and successful career in the NFL, winning three Super Bowls with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders.

These five players are just a small sampling of the many talented athletes who have represented the Southern Miss Golden Eagles over the years. Each of them left an indelible mark on their respective sports and the university as a whole, and will always be remembered as some of the best to ever wear the black and gold.

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