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Postby EastStang » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:16 pm

Robert Popelka is my nominee. Any other thoughts.
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby SMUguy » Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:24 pm

Wes Hopkins
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby mrydel » Tue Jun 16, 2020 1:30 pm

Robert Pop-a-Lick Popelka was my teammate so I have to vote for him. Hopkins was fun to watch also.
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby Hilltopper » Tue Jun 16, 2020 3:07 pm

I was a big fan of Carey Brabham.
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby Charleston Pony » Tue Jun 16, 2020 5:04 pm

I loved Popelka and always thought he pioneered concussions (remember him staggering off the filed a few times after "popping a lick"), but have to go with Hopkins who just seemed to get better year after year through both his collegiate and professional careers.
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby ponyte » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:06 am

Strong or free safety?
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby ponywhupp9202 » Thu Jun 18, 2020 9:20 am

May be a difference between best and favorite, but my favorite is Chris Banjo.
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby Dukie » Thu Jun 18, 2020 2:22 pm

ponywhupp9202 wrote:May be a difference between best and favorite, but my favorite is Chris Banjo.

Great guy but he's too small to be the greatest.
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby well travelled pony » Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:17 pm

SMUguy wrote:Wes Hopkins


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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby PlanoStang » Sat Jun 20, 2020 7:53 pm

Popelka, remember seeing him play while I was in school, and on the Bob Hope special where Bob
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby dalpony » Mon Jun 22, 2020 7:57 am

What about Jerry Norton - was all conference safety at SMU as well as a outstanding running back- drafted by the Eagles was named all-pro at safety in the NFL for 5 straight years and led the league one year with a 45.5 yard average - finished his career as a Cowboy and was a starting safety that last year
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby SMUstang07 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 2:30 pm

Joe Sturdivant
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby ozfan » Sat Jun 27, 2020 2:23 am

I have seen most of them since the late 40s and the best was Val Jo Walker.
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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby Doesntmatter » Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:44 pm

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Re: Greatest SMU Safety

Postby RGV Pony » Sat Jun 27, 2020 6:05 pm

Wes Hopkins
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