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14 Ex-Players And 1 Ex-Coach From SEC Schools On College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot

ballot-boxThe College Football Hall of Fame unveiled its 2013 ballot today.  82 players and five coaches are on the list.  Fourteen of those players and one of those coaches toiled at SEC schools.

The National Football Foundation stipulates that:

 

“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.”

 

The votes are tabulated, but a special panel actually takes that information and uses it to decide who will be inducted each year.  This year ten of the SEC’s 14 football programs are represented:

 

Alabama

Derrick Thomas, LB

 

Arkansas

Brandon Burlsworth, OG

Leotis Harris, OG

 

Auburn

Buddy McClinton, DB

 

Florida

Danny Wuerffel, QB

 

Georgia

Matt Stinchcomb, OT

Scott Woerner, DB

 

Kentucky

Art Still, DE

 

Mississippi

Wesley Walls, TE

 

South Carolina

Sterling Sharpe, WR

Jim Carlen, Coach (1975-81)

 

Tennessee

Bobby Majors, DB

Paul Naumoff, LB

Jackie Walker, LB

 

Texas A&M

Tony Franklin, K

 


4 comments
I4Bama
I4Bama

I was in school at Alabama in 1988, Thomas' senior year.  He had 27 sacks.  In what Musberger called the greatest single defensive effort he had ever seen, Thomas helped us beat Penn State 8-3.  Two of the points were from his safety.  I have been watching and attending Bama games all my life, and I have never seen one individual dominate another team defensively the way he did that day.  It was something to behold.  He was everywhere all at once.

bpa_kc
bpa_kc

I don't know much about him in college... but I loved watching DT at Arrowhead back in the 90's.  Really one of my all time favorite players and the only Chiefs jersey that I own bears his name on the back... RIP. 

buddha22
buddha22

As a Chiefs season ticket holder I dearly loved watching Derrick hunt QBs at Arrowhead. His personal life was a mess by many standards, but he was never characterized as a mean spirited person and was always willing to lend his fame to worthy local events. Hope he makes it for his children's sake.

I4Bama
I4Bama

Is there a stipulation, understood or stated, that personal character is a criterion?  There could really be no other reason that Derrick Thomas was not a unanimous first ballot choice.  I tend to wish for character to count, but when putting together a sports hall of fame it can be a slippery slope.  Does a DUI arrest trump four marriages?  Not shooting at anyone, but you get my point.

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