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2011 College Football HOF Ballot Announced

Posted on: March 7, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2011 1:05 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

The National Football Foundation released its list of the 79 players and nine coaches who are eligible for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame on Monday, and the list of first-time nominees includes some big names. Names like former Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier, Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas, NC State running back Ted Brown, Minnesota quarterback Sandy Stephens, and Michigan State running back Lorenzo White are just a few of the first-timers on this year's list.

You can see the entire ballot here.

"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.79 million people have played college football," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell in the official release. "The Hall's requirement of being a First Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,900 individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today's group of 79 names means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are proud to announce their names today." 

The ballot has already been sent out to the more than 12,000 voting members of the NFF, and their selections will then be sent to the NFF Honors Court. The Honors Court, which has 13 members, will then deliberate and select the newest Hall of Fame classed based on the votes. The newest inductees will be announced at a May press conference in New York, and the class will be inducted on December 6.

As for who should be in this year's class, while I'm too young to remember seeing a lot of names on the ballot play, I do remember seeing Derrick Thomas and Tommie Frazier. And from what I saw of those two in their careers, if they weren't Hall of Famers, then I don't know who is.

Since: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2011 2:05 pm

2011 College Football HOF Ballot Announced

To be inducted, a player has to be a first team all-american by one of the recognized organizations.  If a player is not a first team all-american, then they can't be in the HOF. As far as I know the accepted organizations used by the NCAA to determine concesus All-americans are as follows: 
The Assoc Press, American Football Coaches Assoc, Football Writers Assoc of America, Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
I think DW was an AA in '95 and '96 but not sure if he was first team or by which organization.  To illustrate my point, Joe Montana can never be in the HOF becuase he was never a First team AA.  Hope this helps

Since: Mar 7, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2011 1:00 pm

2011 College Football HOF Ballot Announced

Here's the to the ballot, the story's link is incorrect. The link will open a pdf.

What it takes ...

1. First and foremost, a player must have received First-Team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All-America teams.

2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s Honors Courts 10 years after his final year of intercollegiate football played.

3. While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post-football record as a citizen is also weighed.  He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and his fellow man, with love of his country. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate  earned a college degree.

4. Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years*. For example, to be eligible for the 2011  ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1961 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.

5. A coach becomes eligible three years after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games
with a .600 winning percentage*.

* Players who do not comply with the 50-year rule and coaches who have not won 60 percent of their games may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Veterans Committee, which examine unique cases.

Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2011 10:19 am

2011 College Football HOF Ballot Announced

Derrick Thomas, rest his soul, is hands-down a first ballot inductee.  This is a football player who amonst many others, had their lives taken from them when they were just "starting" their lives.  But I still feel the pain when i think about Derrick's like a wound that will not heal.

Tommy Frazier if certainly a first-ballot as well.  Fondest memory was him making roughly a 60 yd. run, eluding every Florida defender on their way to a trouncing win in the National Championship!

Will check entire ballot to see other names that pop up!

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2011 4:39 am

2011 College Football HOF Ballot Announced

Granted, that the players nominated this year are most deserving of being inducted in the Hall of Fame.  However, this announcement again brings up one of my favorite questions.  As a Gator fan of long standing who was at U-F during the Doug Dickey days, what the hell is the requirement for coaches to get into the Hall of Fame?  Dugout Doug's years were marked by mediocrity, at best.

Since: Mar 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:35 pm

2011 College Football HOF Ballot Announced

I guess I do not understand exactly what are the qualifications to be nominated to the College Football Hall of Fame.  Danny Wureffel was not nominated even though he was on 4 SEC championship teams, played in 2 national championship games, winning 1, and won the Heisman Trophy among other honors.  However Joe Hamilton, who played after Wuerffel and had fewer accomplishments than Wuerffel, was nominated.  Maybe its because the chairman, Archie Manning, does not want Wuerffel in.  Remember, Wuerffel went 3-0 against his son in college.

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2011 10:19 pm

2011 College Football HOF Ballot Announced

Husker fans, have to agree with you, Tommie Frazier deserves in immediately. I also would agree with Derrick Thomas being in. Lorenzo White was a beast at Mich State. I saw the complete list. There were a lot of great players who should be in. I question Eric Dickerson. It is pretty obvious he was paid very well to attend SMU. I am pretty sure that should hold him back.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 6:52 pm

2011 College Football HOF Ballot Announced

We may never see a Tommie Frazier type pass this way again. He will always be in the hearts of Husker Nation.


Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2011 2:08 pm

2011 College Football HOF Ballot Announced

Tommie Touchdown finally gets his day!  First-ballot.  Guaranteed.  Congrats, Tommie!  Big Red Nation will always love you!

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2011 1:35 pm

2011 College Football HOF Ballot Announced

Tommie Frazier & Derrick Thomas are both locks in the CFB Hall of Fame.

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