Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier head the College Football Hall of Fame class. The class also has 17 first-time candidates.
The class will be announced Jan 6 2017 in Tampa, Fl.
Former Heisman Trophy winners Eric Crouch, Matt Leinart and Rashaan Salaam are among the 75 players and six coaches on the ballot.
San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk, Cal tight end Tony Gonzalez, Arkansas DT Dan Hampton and USC safety Troy Polamalu are also making their first appearance on the ballot.
Manning became just the fourth quarterback in NCAA history to pass for more than 11,000 yards and surpassed the 300-yard mark in 18 games. As a starter, he went 39-5 from 1994 to 1997.
Spurrier coached at South Carolina after a 26-year career, is the winningest coach in the history of the Gators and Gamecocks and ranks second all-time among SEC coaches. He won six SEC titles and led the Gators to the 1996 national championship.
The coaches up for election include Danny Ford from Clemson and Arkansas, also Darryl Rogers, who led programs at Fresno State, San Jose State, Michigan State and Arizona State. Former Mount Union coach Larry Kehres, who won 11 DIII national titles is also on the ballot.
To be eligible for the ballot, a player must have been a first-team All-American by one of the five organizations used by the NCAA to determine the consensus All-America team: The Associated Press; the American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers of America Association; the Sporting News; and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games and won at least 60 percent of their games. (ESPN)
And for Peyton, if you can’t beat Spurrier, you might as well join him.
Congratulations to everyone on this year’s ballot.