Leading up to the NBA All-Star Weekend, it seemed as though everyone felt a need to name their own NBA "Mount Rushmore." The term, of course, is poached from South Dakota's national memorial recognizing four of the most prestigious and influential presidents in American History: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.
In basketball terms, “Mount Rushmore” generally means the four best players ever, and rarely do two people agree on who belongs on that pedestal.
In an interview with Steve Smith on NBA.com, LeBron James thinks he'll be on it some day. According to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, Durant has his own four, and Karl Malone doesn't care about a basketball Mount Rushmore, saying "If it ain't some hunting and fishing up there, I have no desire to be up there."
Kobe doesn't want to pick just four:
Kobe's Rushmore: Magic, Bird, Michael, and Russell. "But it's impossible to do four, come on, man."— Eye on Basketball (@EyeOnBasketball) February 17, 2014
But four is the limit. That's the only real rule when naming a Mount Rushmore of anything. Whether it's a Mount Rushmore of comedians, singers or grocery stores, it can only be a list of four.
The same goes for linebackers.
Penn State has a bit of a history when it comes to producing successful linebackers, many of who have gone on to enjoy decorated NFL careers as well.
There are Penn State linebackers who can call themselves All-Americans, National Champions, Bednarik and Butkus Award Winners, first-round draft picks and Pro Bowlers. But who is the cream of the crop?
Who is on the Mount Rushmore of Linebacker U?
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