Three former Notre Dame players made the ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, The National Football Foundation announced on Thursday.
Linebacker Bob Crable, receiver Raghib Ismail and split end Thom Gatewood are among the list of 75 players (and six coaches) from the FBS.
The class will be announced in May from Irving, Texas, and the chosen players will then be inducted at the 57th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 9, 2014 at the Waldforf Astoria in New York. They will be permanently enshrined sometime in 2015 in the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
Crable was a two-time consensus first-team All-American in 1980 and 1981, setting school records for career tackles (521), season tackles (187) and single-game tackles (26). Another two-time consensus first-team All-American (1989, 1990), Ismail won Walter Camp player-of-the-year honors and was the Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1990, two years after winning the Irish's last national title.
Gatewood was a consensus first-team All-American in 1970 and led the Irish in receiving for three straight seasons. The 1971 NFF Scholar-Athlete, Gatewood was the first African-American captain in Notre Dame history.