Former Patriots linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Andre Tippett are among eight former Patriots who have been nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame, it was announced on Tuesday.
Bruschi, who played defensive line at the University of Arizona, was a two-time first team All American and the 1995 Pac-10 defensive player of the year. He also tied the NCAA record for career sacks with 52.0. A third-round pick of the Patriots in 1996, he was a two-time NFL Pro Bowler and won three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots. He currently serves as an NFL analyst for ESPN.
Tippett played defensive end at the University of Iowa, where he was a two-time All Big 10 player and an All American. He was drafted in the second round by the Patriots in 1982, playing for the team through the 1993 season. He is a member of the NFL's 1980's All-Decade team and finished with 100 sacks in 151 games played. Tippett now works as the Patriots Executive Director of Community Affairs.
The other former Patriots who were named nominees are as follows:
Tony Franklin, kicker, Texas A&M
Charlie Gogolak, kicker, Princeton
Mike Ruth, nose tackle, Boston College
Rod Shoate, linebacker, Oklahoma
Vinny Testaverde, quarterback, Miami
Don Trull, quarterback, Baylor