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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Former Canadian Football League player still the best

Believe this: UT's Ealey still above the rest
Matt Leinart couldn't do it. Vince Young couldn't do it, either.
Neither could Ken Dorsey, Jerry Tagge or Steve Davis. And they only compose the greatest collection of winning quarterbacks in the history of Division I-A college football.
Chuck Ealey of the University of Toledo stands alone.
He's the winner, champion and still standing as the all-time winningest college quarterback.
At 35-0, from 1969-71, Ealey was the best. Still is.
Leinart, of USC, is a senior who's 37-1 as a starter, with one game remaining in his college career against Young's Texas Longhorns in the Rose Bowl. Young, a junior, is 29-2 as a starter and has at least one more game to play, if he doesn't return for his senior season.
Dorsey was 38-2 at Miami. Tagge was 24-1-1 at Nebraska. Davis was 32-1-1 at Oklahoma.
Despite outstanding success at Ohio State, Craig Krenzel also doesn't measure up. The Buckeyes were "only" 24-3 with Krenzel in the starting lineup.
Stalwarts all, none of these quarterbacks, no matter how successfully they played their position and - with the exception of Young - led their teams to national championships, can match Ealey's unblemished mark.
Thirty-five starts, 35 victories.
His record won't be challenged soon. USC and Texas are the only undefeated teams in 2005.
Ealey's record could stand for another 34 years. It could stand the test of time.
His accomplishments have been deemed so remarkable that he will be honored in a Ripley's Believe It or Not cartoon in early January. The cartoon appears in more than 200 newspapers worldwide, including The Blade.
Ealey's name was submitted to Ripley's by John Carpenter, a sports memorabilia buff from Firebrick, Ky., who followed Ealey's career from the time he was a high school star in nearby Portsmouth, Ohio.
"We look for things that are peculiar, unique and unusual in nature. Lots of times, things in sports fall in that category," said Viviana Ray of Ripley Entertainment.
Consider that Ealey, who was 18-0 as a starter in high school, was a perfect 53-0 at quarterback in high school and college.
What's more, Ealey, who played in the Canadian Football League after college, led the Hamilton Tigercats to a Grey Cup in his first season, the equivalent of the NFL's Super Bowl. He was also named the league's top rookie and MVP of the Grey Cup that year.
He only started receiving national attention a few years ago, when his 35-0 record was compared to Dorsey's mark.
Even now, Ealey remains a shadowy, distant figure when compared to the likes of big-time winning quarterbacks such as Leinart and Young, but at least people around the country are becoming familiar with his name.
He knows the facts that he didn't win a national championship, and that UT doesn't compete in a major conference, have been held against him all these years.
"All things are relative," Ealey said. "One year we beat Ohio a week after Ohio had beaten Minnesota."
Ealey made the best of the cards he was dealt. He played who was on the schedule. He never lost a game.
His 1.000 winning percentage is the best of all time. He's the closest thing there is to perfection in college football.


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