Clearly, the list is too long to limit to five. And there is room to critique this no matter what I come up with in such a short time. What you call supportive can have many interpretations. What you are looking for is hard to define. Is it the most money? The most loyal in attendance? The greatest players who come back the most? Who gets in front of the national sports scene with a Razorback on it the most? That’s really what some might use for their list.
I don’t really know where to start. Is it someone like Kenoy Kennedy who lives in Terrell, Texas who has five season tickets and comes to almost every game with his family? He was a top player in the NFL. He loves the Hogs no matter what.
Is it Jim and Lyndy Lindsey who have done so much so many times without anyone even knowing they did it? There is a third generation on the field in Jack Lindsey. He’s a walk-on and will probably play this year (as the holder on kicks).
Jerry Jones is sending the third generation in his family to play. That is kind of like Jim, should count for a lot.
Barry Lunney, Jr., could fit there as both a player and a coach. He’s still on staff. His grandfather played for the Hogs. So would Quinn Grovey, who quarterbacked in two Cotton Bowls as a SWC champ.
Clearly, Ken Hatfield fits somewhere on the list. He’s been great as a player, coach and now a member of the College Football Playoff committee. His reputation is wonderful and he’s on the all-time list in multiple ways.
Is it Clyde Scott? He probably wasn’t thought of a lot until the last year when he passed away. But he brought more attention to the Arkansas program in the 40s than anyone had done. You win a medal in the Olympics in a high profile event and leave Navy to come home? What is that worth to the program? Hard to say it wasn’t huge.
Darren McFadden finished second in the Heisman Trophy list two times and is right there in the SEC stat books with the likes of Herschel Walker and Bo Jackson.
How about Lance Alworth? You’d have to say that players like Alworth and Scott were two of the greatest all-time athletes at Arkansas. Alworth was a multiple sport athlete at Arkansas, too. He was a great center fielder in baseball.
If you move to basketball, then you’d put Sidney Moncrief and Corliss Williamson on a list of those who brought fame to the Razorbacks. Both are Arkansans.
And, you wouldn’t be fair without listing the likes of Frank Broyles, Nolan Richardson, John McDonnell, Lance Harter, Chris Bucknam and Eddie Sutton for their coaching successes. All but Sutton have won national titles at Arkansas. Sutton is in the Hall of Fame.
I’ll stop there at the risk of leaving a lot of room for criticism.