March 3, 2009
DALLAS, March 3 - The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today the names of 76 players and six coaches who comprise the 2009 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
"Having a ballot and a voice in the selection of the inductees is one of the most cherished NFF member benefits," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Ole Miss. "There is no group more knowledgeable or passionate about college football than our membership, and the tradition of the ballot helps us engage them in the lofty responsibility of selecting those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in our sport."
The ballot will be mailed this week to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF's Honors Court, which deliberates and selects the class. Chaired by Gene Corrigan, a former ACC Commissioner and NCAA president, the 13-member NFF Honors Court includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletics directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and members of the media.
"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.6 million people have played college football," said NFF President CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "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 76 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 FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live on ESPNEWS at a noon press conference in New York City on April 30 and inducted at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8, 2009 at the landmark Waldorf=Astoria Hotel also in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. in the summer of 2010.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least ten years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60% of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years; be retired from coaching and over the age of 70 (no waiting period); or over the age of 75 (active coaches eligible). In both cases, the candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.
Once nominated for consideration, all player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school's geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee (formerly known as the Honors Review Committee) may make recommendations to Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago and coaches who have not won at least 60 percent of their games.
Of the 4.6 million individuals who have played college football, only 846 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. From the coaching ranks, 182 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.
The 2009 Divisional College Football Hall of Fame Class will be inducted and enshrined simultaneously July 17-18 in South Bend, Ind., joining the 2008 Football Bowl Subdivision Hall of Fame Class, which was inducted this past December, at their enshrinement.
If you would like to become a member and receive a voting sheet for this year's ballot, please contact NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ballots without valid membership numbers will be invalidated.
- A list of candidates and capsule bios are provided on the following pages. -
First-time ballot members are indicated with an asterisk (*).
First-time ballot members include both first-year nominees and candidates who have been previously nominated but did not pass through the District Screening Committee process until this year.
2009 PLAYER CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
Billy Ray Adams, Mississippi-Fullback-1961 First Team All-America...Helped lead Ole Miss to a share of two National Championships (1959-60)...Led team to 1960 SEC title, topping the SEC in touchdowns (10) and ranking second in rushing (575 yds.) in 1961.
Trev Alberts, Nebraska-Linebacker-Named unanimous First Team All-America, BIG-8 Defensive Player of the Year and Academic All-America in 1993...Recipient of the 1993 Butkus Award and two- time First Team All-Conference pick...NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1993.
Charles Alexander, LSU-Running Back-1977 and '78 consensus First Team All-America...1977 SEC MVP, leading Tigers to berths in the Sun Bowl and Liberty Bowl (1978)...Led the SEC in rushing, total offense and scoring in 1977 and set 27 school records by career's end.
Otis Armstrong, Purdue-Running Back-Named consensus All-America in 1972 after accumulating 3,315 career rushing yards, a school and Big Ten record... Named Big Ten MVP in 1972.
Pervis Atkins, New Mexico State-Running Back- Named First Team All-America in 1960... Twice led the nation in all-purpose yards (1959-60)... Led the nation in rushing yards (971) and punt return yards (241) in 1959... Two-time First Team All-Conference selection.
Steve Bartkowski, California-Quarterback-Named consensus First Team All-America in 1974... Led the nation in passing with 2,580 yards (1974)... Ranks 10th in school history with 4,434 passing yards and 8th in single-season yardage.
Bob Berry, Oregon-Quarterback-Guided the Ducks to three consecutive winning seasons... First Oregon quarterback to surpass 1,000 yards in two different seasons...16 TD passes in 1963 and 39 career touchdowns passes were school records for 20 years.
Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma-Linebacker-Two-time consensus First Team All-America pick (1985- 86)...Set school record for tackles in a game (22) and named Butkus Award winner in 1985 and '86...Led Sooners to three consecutive Orange Bowls and '85 national championship.
Bob Breunig, Arizona State-Linebacker-Named 1974 First Team All-America selection...Led ASU to 1972 WAC title and to consecutive Fiesta Bowl wins in 1972 and '73... Three-time All-WAC pick who ranks third all- time in career solo tackles (206) and fifth in career tackles (353) at ASU.
Tim Brown, Notre Dame-Wide Receiver-Two-time First Team All-America (1986-87) - unanimous in 1987 and won 1987 Heisman Trophy... 1987 Walter Camp Player of the Year... Set 19 school records during his four-year career.
Dave Butz, Purdue-Defensive Tackle-1972 consensus First Team All-America... Finalist for the Lombardi Award in 1972 and named First Team All- Conference...Named Defensive MVP of the Senior Bowl.
Dennis Byrd, North Carolina State-Defensive Tackle- First Team All-America in 1966 and '67, garnering consensus honors in 1967...Three-time All-ACC selection, leading Wolfpack to 1967 Liberty Bowl win...First player in NC State history to be named consensus All-American.
Dave Casper, Notre Dame-Tight End-Named 1973 consensus First Team All-America...Played on 1973 National Championship Team...1973 ND Offensive MVP and recorded 21 receptions for 335 yards and four touchdowns in career .
Ronnie Caveness, Arkansas-Center-Named First Team All-America in 1964...Named Outstanding Lineman of the 1965 Cotton Bowl...Member of the 1964 Arkansas National Championship team...Holds the school record for most tackles in one game (29).
Chuck Cecil, Arizona-Defensive Back-1987 consensus First Team All-America... Named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1987... Set school records for career passes defended (38), interceptions in a single-game (four) and career interceptions (21).
Ray Childress, Texas A-Defensive Lineman-1984 First Team All-America and two-time All-Southwest Conference pick... Holds the Texas A record for tackles by a defensive lineman (360)... Upon leaving A, ranked second all-time in career sacks (25).
Marco Coleman, Georgia Tech-Linebacker-1991 First Team All-America pick...Two-time First Team All-ACC, leading Jackets to the national championship and an 11-0-1 record in 1990...28 career sacks ranks 12th all- time in ACC history.
Gary Collins, Maryland-Wide Receiver-1961 consensus First Team All-America selection... Two- time First Team All-Conference pick, recording 74 receptions for 1,182 yards and 12 touchdowns in his three-year career...Punted 113 times for 4,205 yards.
Randy Cross, UCLA-Offensive Guard-Named First Team All-America in 1975... Helped lead UCLA to a victory over top-ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl... First Team All-Conference selection in 1975... Starter in 28 of 34 career games including his final 23.
Randall Cunningham, Nevada-Las Vegas-Punter- Named First Team All-America as a punter in 1983 and Second Team All-America as a punter and Honorable Mention as a quarterback in 1984...Led UNLV to their first-ever Bowl game...Broke 18 UNLV records.
Sam Cunningham, Southern California-Running Back- Named First Team All-America in 1972... Rushed for 1,579 yards and 23 touchdowns during career... Named 1973 Rose Bowl Player of the Game (four touchdowns)... Member of the 1972 National Championship team.
Eric Dickerson, Southern Methodist-Running Back- Named unanimous First Team All-America and finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1982...Twice named SWC Player of the Year, he holds 14 SMU records including career rushing yards (4,450).
Bobby Douglass, Kansas-Quarterback-1968 First Team All-America and finished seventh in the 1968 Heisman Trophy voting...1968 Big Eight Player of the Year... Held nearly every KU offense/passing/rushing record by career's end.
D.J. Dozier, Penn State-Running Back- Named 1986 consensus First Team All-America and led PSU to perfect 12-0 season and national championship (1986)... Finished eighth in 1986 Heisman voting... First PSU back to lead the team in rushing for four consecutive seasons.
Ed Dyas, Auburn-Fullback-Named First Team All- America and All-Conference in 1960 at Fullback...Set numerous NCAA records for his placekicking...Led Auburn in rushing and scoring in 1960. NFF National Scholar-Athlete in 1960...Three-time Academic All- Conference selection.
Luther Elliss, Utah-Defensive Lineman-1994 consensus First Team All-America...Led Utes to 1992 Copper Bowl and two consecutive Freedom Bowls (1993, 94)... Set school record for career tackles for loss (47) en route to earning 1994 WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Bill Enyart, Oregon State-Fullback-Named First Team All-America in 1968...Set school record with 1,304 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns in 1968...1968 Hula Bowl MVP and two-time First Team All-Conference selection (1967-68).
Tony Franklin, Texas A-Plackekicker-Two-time First Team All-America (1976-consensus, '78)...Led A to four bowl appearances...Set seven NCAA records, including most field goals made from 50 yards or longer (15) and most points scored by a kicker in a career (291).
David Foley, Ohio State-Offensive Tackle-Named consensus First Team All-America in 1968...Led Buckeyes to the 1968 national championship and an undefeated season...1968 National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete.
Willie Gault, Tennessee-Wide Receiver-1982 First Team All-America...Led Vols to three bowl berths...Set six conference and 12 school punt / kickoff return records...Tied NCAA record for most touchdowns by kick return in a single season (3) in 1980.
Kirk Gibson, Michigan State-Wide Receiver-Named First Team All-America, led BIG TEN in receiving in league play and helped the Spartans to a BIG TEN Co- Championship and a No.12 national ranking in 1978...Played MLB for 17 seasons.
Bob Golic, Notre Dame-Linebacker-Named unanimous First Team All-America and was a finalist for the Lombardi Award in 1978...Co-holder of UND's single-game record for tackles with 26 vs. Michigan in 1978...Ranks second in school history with 479 career tackles.
Curtis Greer, Michigan-Defensive Tackle-1979 First Team All-America selection...Set school record for tackles-for-a-loss in a season (23) and career (48)...Two-time First Team All-Big Ten Conference selection (1978-79); Led Wolverines to three conference championships and four bowls.
Major Harris, West Virginia-Quarterback-Named First Team All-America in 1989...Finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1989 and fifth in 1988...Became the first player in NCAA history to rush for more than 2,000 career yards and pass for more than 5,000.
Mark Herrmann, Purdue-Quarterback-Named unanimous First Team All-America, BIG TEN MVP and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1980...A First Team All-Conference selection, he broke NCAA career records for passing yards (9,188) and completions (707).
Clarkston Hines, Duke-Wide Receiver-First Team All- America in 1988 and '89 (consensus), leading Devils to ACC title and All-American Bowl berth in 1989...Finished career as NCAA record-holder for career touchdown receptions (38) and posted three 1,000-yard receiving seasons.
Desmond Howard, Michigan-Wide Receiver-1991 consensus First Team All-America and Heisman Trophy winner...Led Wolverines to three Big Ten titles and two Rose Bowls...Led the nation in scoring (11.5 points per game) and kickoff returns (27.5 avg.) in 1991.
Gordon Hudson, Brigham Young-Tight End-Two-time unanimous First Team All-America pick in 1982 and '83...Led BYU to four WAC titles and four Holiday Bowl berths... Set the NCAA record for most career receiving yards by a tight end in a career (2,484).
Bobby Humphrey, Alabama-Running Back-Named First Team All-America in 1987...Led Tide to victories in Aloha Bowl and two Sun Bowls...Named UPI Offensive Player of the Year in 1987...Ended career with 4,958 all-purpose yards and 40 TDs.
Dick Jauron, Yale-Running Back-Named First Team All-America in 1972...A three-time First Team All- Conference selection, he received the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League's Player of the Year...Holds Yale's career rushing record with 2,947 yards.
Tim Krumrie, Wisconsin-Defensive Tackle-Named a consensus First Team All-America in 1981... Led Badgers to 1981 Garden State Bowl and earned Defensive MVP honors in 1982 Independence Bowl...Three-time First Team All-Conference selection, recording 444 career tackles.
Woodrow Lowe, Alabama-Linebacker-Three-time First Team All-America pick, garnering consensus honors in 1974... Led Alabama to four consecutive SEC titles and four consecutive bowl berths... Holds school record for most tackles in a single season (134).
Robert Lytle, Michigan-Running Back-Named consensus First Team All-America in 1976...Finished third in the 1976 Heisman Trophy voting... Named BIG TEN MVP in 1976 and led UM to two conference championships.
Bobby Majors, Tennessee-Defensive Back-1971 unanimous First Team All-America... Led Vols to wins in 1971 Sugar Bowl and 1972 Liberty Bowl... Holds school records for punt returns in a career (117 for 1163 yards, 4 TDs) and season (42 for 457 yards, 2 TDs).
Ken Margerum, Stanford-Wide Receiver-Two-time consensus First Team All-America (1979, '80)...Ended career as Stanford's all-time leading receiver with 141 receptions for 2,430 yards and 30 TDs...Led Stanford to Top 20 ranking in 1978 and '79, earning All-Pac-10 honors three times.
Paul Martha, Pittsburgh-Running Back-1963 consensus First Team All-America...Member of the 1963 team that went 9-1... By career's end, ranked 10th all-time at Pitt in career scoring with 104 total points and recorded 17 career touchdowns.
Russell Maryland, Miami (Fla.)-Defensive Tackle-1990 unanimous First Team All-America selection and Outland Trophy winner...Led Miami to four consecutive bowl berths and national championships in 1987 and 1989...Registered 45-3-0 record during career.
Pat McInally, Harvard-Tight End-Named First Team All- America in 1974...Finished second in the nation in pass receptions in 1973...Two-time First Team All-Ivy League pick (1973-74)...Received 1974 New England Player of the Year and First Team All-East honors.
Marlin McKeever, Southern California-Tight End- Named First Team All-America in 1959...A three-time All-Conference selection (1958-60) and MVP of the USC/UCLA game in 1960...Two-time AP and Sports Illustrated Lineman of the Week.
Steve McMichael, Texas-Defensive Tackle-1979 unanimous First Team All-America...Key member of the 1979 UT defense that allowed less than nine points per game and finished career as school leader for most career tackles (369) and most career sacks (30)...Three-time All-SWC.
Art Monk, Syracuse-Wide Receiver-Named First Team All-America in 1979...Holds the Syracuse record with 14 receptions in a game...Fourth on school's all-time all-purpose yards list with 3,899 (1,150 rushing and 1,644 receiving).
Ken Norton, Jr., UCLA-Linebacker-1987 First Team All- America, leading Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins... Member of the 1985 conference championship team... Led team in tackles in 1986 (106) and in 1987 (125) and ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.
Tom Nowatzke, Indiana-Fullback-Named First Team All-America in 1964...A two-time All-Conference selection (1963-64), he led the BIG TEN in rushing in 1963...Played in the East/West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl and Coaches All-American Game.
Jonathan Ogden, UCLA-Offensive Tackle-Named unanimous First Team All-America and Outland Trophy winner in 1995...Led team to 1993 Pac-10 title...Won 1995 Morris Trophy as conference's best offensive lineman, allowing only one quarterback sack that season.
Jim Otis, Ohio State-Fullback-Named consensus First Team All-America in 1969...Member of the 1968 National Championship team...Named First Team All- BIG TEN conference in 1969 and led the Buckeyes to two conference titles...Led the team in rushing three times.
Ken Rice, Auburn-Defensive Tackle-Two-time First Team All-America (1959, '60), garnering consensus honors in 1960...Two-time First Team All-Conference selection and named SEC's best defensive lineman in 1960...Led Auburn to a 24-5-1 record during career.
Ron Rivera, California-Linebacker-1983 consensus First Team All-America...Lombardi Award finalist in 1983 and named East-West Shrine Game Most Valuable Player...Selected as Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1983...Led team in tackles from 1981-83.
Deion Sanders, Florida State-Defensive Back-Two- time unanimous First Team All-America in 1987 and 1988... 1988 Jim Thorpe Award winner... Returned four interceptions for touchdowns in career... Holds school records for most punt return yards in a season and in a career.
Jake Scott, Georgia-Defensive Back-Named consensus First Team All-America in 1968... 1968 SEC Most Valuable Player... Twice led the SEC in interceptions and still holds the SEC record with two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a single game.
Larry Seivers, Tennessee-Wide Receiver-Two-time consensus First Team All-America in 1975 and 1976...Two-time First Team All Conference...Currently ranks sixth in Tennessee history in career reception yardage (1,924) and seventh in career receptions (117).
Sterling Sharpe, South Carolina-Wide Receiver-1987 First Team All-America...Two-time First Team All- Conference...Set nearly every school receiving record by career's end, including career receptions (169), single-season receiving yards (1,106) and career receiving yards (2,497).
Will Shields, Nebraska-Offensive Guard-1992 unanimous First Team All-America and 1992 Outland Trophy winner...Key to three Huskers' NCAA rushing titles (1989, '91, '92)...Led team to four bowl berths and back-to-back Big Eight titles in 1991 and 1992.
Percy Snow, Michigan State-Linebacker-1989 unanimous First Team All-America and 1989 Butkus Award winner... Led MSU to 1987 Big Ten title and Rose Bowl win... Ranks second all-time in career tackles (473).
Chris Spielman, Ohio State-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1986-87) - unanimous in 1987, consensus in 1986...The recipient of the 1987 Lombardi Award, he is a three-time First Team All- Conference selection and a member of two BIG TEN title teams.
Larry Station, Iowa-Linebacker-Two-time First Team All-America selection (1984-85) - unanimous in 1985, consensus in 1984...A three-time First Team All- Conference selection, he was named team captain and MVP in 1985...Iowa's all-time leader in tackles with 492.
Pat Swilling, Georgia Tech-Defensive End-1985 First Team All-America pick...Led Tech to victory in 1985 All- American Bowl...Set NCAA record for sacks in a game (7) and broke four school records, including single- season sacks (15), career sacks (23) and career tackles for a loss (37).
Darryl Talley, West Virginia-Linebacker-Named unanimous First Team All-America in 1982...Considered the most prolific tackler in school history holding the school's record for career tackles (484)...Member of the WVU Sports Hall of Fame.
Lawrence Taylor, North Carolina-Linebacker-Named unanimous First Team All-America and ACC Player of the Year in 1980...Recorded 16 sacks his senior year...Totaled 95 tackles and caused seven fumbles in 1979.
Marvin Terrell, Mississippi-Off. Guard/Def. Nose Guard-Named First Team All-America in 1959...Named SEC Most Valuable Lineman and SEC Best Blocker (Offensive and Defensive) in 1959...1959 All-SEC selection and team MVP.
Pat Tillman, Arizona State-Linebacker-1997 First Team All-America... Led Sun Devils to two consecutive bowl berths... First-ever ASU player named Defensive Player of the Year (1997) and led team to 1996 Pac-10 title...Two-time First Team Academic All-Pac- 10.
Gino Torretta, Miami (Fla.)-Quarterback-In 1992, he earned unanimous First Team All-America honors, won the Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Award, Maxwell Award and was named Walter Camp Player of the Year...Led Miami to a the 1991 National Championship.
Don Trull, Baylor-Quarterback-Named consensus First Team All-America and led the nation with 22 touchdowns in 1963...Named First Team All- Conference, he set a school record with 174 completions in 1963...Twice named First Team Academic All-America.
Curt Warner, Penn State-Running Back-Named First Team All-American in 1981 and led PSU to 1982 national championship... Most Outstanding Offensive Player in 1980 and 1982 Fiesta Bowls... Finished career with 11 season, 10 career, 14 bowl and 42 school records.
Alfred Williams, Colorado-Linebacker-Led Buffs to 1990 National Championship and three consecutive bowl berths...1990 Butkus Award winner, two-time Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year and CU's all-time leader in QB sacks (35)...Led CU to two Big Eight Championships.
Clarence Williams, Washington State-Running Back- Named First Team All-America and All-Conference in 1964...Twice led the Cougars in rushing, scoring and kickoff returns...Played in the Hula Bowl, East-West Shrine and All-West Coast All-Star Games in 1964.
Grant Wistrom, Nebraska-Defensive End-Two-time unanimous First Team All-America... Led Huskers to three National Championships (1994, 1995, 1997)...1997 Lombardi Award winner and two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
2009 COACH CANDIDATE CAPSULE BIOS
William "Lone Star" Dietz-Washington State (1915-17), Purdue (1921), Louisiana Tech (1922-23), Wyoming (1924-26), Haskell Indian Institute (Kan.) (1929-32), Albright (Pa.) (1937-42)-Coached 19 seasons as a head coach in addition to a highly successful assistant coaching career with Pop Warner among others...Guided Washington State to a Rose Bowl victory in 1915.
Wayne Hardin-Navy (1959-64), Temple (1970-82)- Led Navy to a No. 2 ranking in 1963 and Temple to a No. 17 ranking in 1979...Ranks third in wins (38) all- time at Navy and beat Army in five of six seasons... Temple's all-time leader in wins (80), he led them to their only 10-win season and the Garden State Bowl in 1979.
Dick MacPherson-Massachusetts (1971-77), Syracuse (1981-90)-Named National Coach of the Year in 1987 while leading the Orangemen to an undefeated season...Led Massachusetts to four conference titles in seven years...Ranks third all-time at Syracuse in most wins (66) and seasons coached (10)...Made six bowl game appearances in his career - won four and tied one.
Billy Jack Murphy-Memphis (1958-71)-All-Time winningest coach in Memphis history...Had 11 winning seasons and retired as the 15th winningest coach in the nation...Member of the Memphis Hall of Fame and Mississippi State Hall of Fame.
John Robinson-Southern California (1976-82, 1993- 97), Nevada-Las Vegas (1999-2004)-Led USC to 1978 national championship and five Pac-10 titles... Ranks first in highest bowl-winning percentage among coaches with at least five bowl appearances (89%)...1979 National Coach of the Year, two-time Pac-10 Coach of the Year, 2000 Mountain West Coach of the Year.
Darryl Rogers-Cal State-Hayward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84)-Took Fresno State to two bowl games. Achieved an unprecedented national ranking at San Jose State...Was BIG TEN Coach of the Year in 1977 and National Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 1978...Won the BIG TEN title in 1978.