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Maroon Madness Elite Eight: No. 1 Reggie Jackson vs. No. 4 Randall McDaniel

Two Hall of Famers but just one spot in the Final Four


The Matchup:

No.1-seed Reggie Jackson cruised to the elite eight with convincing wins over Joe Caldwell (88 percent) in the first round and Darren Woodson (84 percent) in the Sweet 16. No. 2-seed Randall McDaniel beat Dan Henderson with 92 percent of the vote and Danny White with a 63 percent of the consensus.


Jackson (from first-round article): Inducted into the 1993 Hall of Fame, Jackson holds a retired number from both the Yankees and Athletics. He made the All-Star Game 14 times in his 21-year career. Why’s he famed to be “Mr. October?” Stats in 27 World Series games: .357 batting average, .457 on base percentage, 24 RBIs and 10 home runs. He hit five home runs in a single World Series against the Dodgers in 1977.

McDaniel (from first-round article): Where do we even start? Inducted into the 2009 NFL Hall of Fame and 2008 College Football Hall of Fame. McDaniels was invited to 12 straight Pro Bowls and was awarded First Team All-Pro for nine-straight seasons. McDaniel also started 202 consecutive games in his NFL career and was later named to the 1990 NFL All-Decade team.


Jackson’s Resume

Career Stats
Career Stats
ASU Career
15 HRs (most in single-season with wood bat)
1966 Sporting News' National Player of the Year
Pro Career
5-time World Series champion (1972-74, 1977, 1978)
American League MVP (1973)
14-time All-Star (1961, 1971-75, 1977-84)
2-time World Series MVP (1973,1977)
563 HRs (14th)

McDaniel’s Resume

Career Stats
Career Stats
ASU Career
1987 Rose Bowl Champion
two-time first team all-american (1986-1987)
Pac-10 offensive lineman of the year (1986)
Pro Career
Pro Football Hall of Fame
Tied with two others for most Pro Bowl appearences (12)
Minnesota Vikings Ring of Honor