One of Syracuse’s surest tacklers checks in at 31st on our SU Top 100 list. Keith Bulluck was a stud for the Orange on Saturdays, and that also carried over to Sundays.
One of the many in-state standouts that have gone on to succeed with SU, Bulluck was a versatile member of the Orange from 1996 to 1999 playing multiple linebacker positions and also appearing in the secondary.
As a freshman Bulluck made an impact in the turnover department. His three interceptions are tied for the second most ever by a first year Orange player and led the team to a victory in the Liberty Bowl over Houston.
Over the course of Bulluck’s career, he racked up 375 tackles, which is tied for the 8th most ever in Orange history. He led the Orange in tackles in both of his junior and senior seasons and even led the Big East in that department in his final season.
Bulluck landed on the All-Big East team twice, a second team nod in 1998 and a first team spot in 1999. Each of those seasons resulted in bowl appearances.
You may notice a theme here. Bulluck played in a lot of bowl games. In fact, he played in the maximum. The Orange reached the postseason in all four years of his career. Bulluck and his Class of 1999 teammates are the last crop of SU players to achieve that and posted a 2-2 record in the process.
His performance at SU made him the 30th overall pick by the Titans in the 2000 NFL Draft as a part of a loaded linebacker class that also featured LaVarr Arrington, Brian Urlacher and Julian Peterson. Bulluck ended his NFL career as a 3-time All-Pro, all of which came with Tennessee.
Some view Bulluck as the greatest linebacker in Orange history, and that’s certainly hard to dispute given his numbers and the 33-16 record his teams compiled. Keep up to see if any other linebackers appear on our list and check out our full breakdowns on our latest episodes of Fizz Radio and the FizzCast.