Sunday, November 12, 2006

50 GREATEST GOLDEN BEARS - #32 - TODD STEUSSIE

#32 - TODD STEUSSIE - OFFENSIVE GUARD/TACKLE - (1990-1993)
Steussie started 47 consecutive games, a Cal record (since broken by Mark Wilson), and during his tenure at guard and tackle the Bears averaged more than 30 points per game.

Steussie came to Cal as a defensive lineman, and won the team's Clint Evans trophy for most intense freshman competitor during his blueshirt year of 1989. Bruce Snyder switched him to guard in 1990, and he emerged as a 2nd team All-Pac 10 choice at guard during his sophomore season of 1991, in which the Bears finished 10-2 with a Top 10 national ranking.

Cal shifted Steussie to tackle following the graduation of Troy Auzenne, and he quickly became the conference's dominant lineman. An All-Pac 10 first team choice in both his junior and senior years, Steussie became the first Golden Bear to win the Morris Trophy, given annually to the Pac-10’s best offensive lineman, in 1993. He was also named a first-team Kodak All America selection following his senior season.

Steussie was taken by the Minnesota Vikings as the 19th overall selection in the 1994 NFL Draft, and has been a fixture in the league ever since, starting in two Pro Bowls and one Super Bowl game (Panthers, 2004)

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