The National Football Foundation last week mailed the annual College Football Hall of Fame ballot. It includes 77 players and five coaches, and the Pac-12 is well represented with 15 players and two coaches.
The ballots, which are due March 29, were mailed 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 14-member NFF Honors Court includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletics directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and members of the media.
The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live in New York City during a noon news conference on May 7 from the NASDAQ OMX Market Site and inducted at the 56th NFF Annual Awards Dinner December 10, 2013 at the landmark Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
NFF chairman Archie Manning writes:
Of the 4.92 million who have played college football since the first game on Nov. 6, 1869, only 918 players and 200 coaches have earned the right to be immortalized in the Hall. In other words, fewer than .0002 percent of those who have participated in the sport can call themselves a College Football Hall of Famer.
Here are the Pac-12 players on the ballot, including their short bios. Some of these name are sure to bring back memories for some of you.
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.
Eric Bieniemy, Colorado, Running Back - Played in two national championships, leading Buffs to 1990 national title…Unanimous first-team All-America and finished third in 1990 Heisman voting… Two-time All-Big Eight pick, still holding eight CU records.
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.
Tedy Bruschi, Arizona, Defensive End - Two-time first-team All-America (consensus-‘94, unanimous-’95)…Tied the NCAA career record with 52 sacks…1995 Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year and three-time first-team All-Pac-10 selection…Led Arizona to three bowls.
Mark Carrier, Southern California, Safety - Two-time first-team All-America (1988-89) – unanimous in 1989… 1989 Jim Thorpe Award winner… Two-time first-team All-Conference selection… Led the Pac-10 in interceptions in 1989 with seven.
John Didion, Oregon State, Center - Two-time All-American, earning unanimous first-team honors in 1968… Member of Oregon State team known as the “Giant Killers”… 1968 first-team All-Pac-8 selection who helped team finish in the AP Top 20 all three years of career.
Al Harris, Arizona State, Defensive End - Named unanimous first-team All-America and Lombardi Award and Outland Trophy finalist in 1978…Named first-team all-conference, he set an ASU record with 19 sacks in 1978.
Greg Lewis, Washington, Running Back - 1990 first-team All-America and Doak Walker award winner… Named Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 1990, leading Huskies to 1990 conference title… Finished seventh in 1990 Heisman voting and recorded 15, 100-yard games.
Jess Lewis, Oregon State, Defensive Tackle - Named first-team All-America in 1967…Played in the College All-Star Game, East-West Shrine Game and Coaches All-America Bowl in 1970…Two-time first-team all-conference selection (1967, 1969).
Duncan McColl, Stanford, Defensive End - 1976 first-team All-America…Two-time first-team All-Pac-8…Holds Stanford records for most QB sacks in season (17) and most TFL in season (26)…1976 NFF National Scholar-Athlete.
Cade McNown, UCLA, Quarterback - 1998 Consensus first-team All-American and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award recipient…1998 Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year who led UCLA to consecutive Pac-10 titles in 1997 (shared) and 1998…Holds numerous school records.
Darrin Nelson, Stanford - 1981 first-team All-American who was the first player in NCAA history to rush for over 1,000 yards and catch more than 50 passes in one season…Finished career as NCAA’s all-time leader in all-purpose yardage (6,885)… Four-time All-Pac-10 pick.
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.
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.
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.
Bill McCartney-Colorado (1982-94) - Led Buffs to 1990 national championship and three Big Eight Conference titles…Three-time Big Eight Coach of the Year and 1989 National Coach of the Year…Helped CU to nine bowl games in 13 seasons…Coached 18 first-team All-America players, including Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam.
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.