Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Who's missing in College Hall of Fame?
By Chris Low
In looking over the ballot for the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame, I was reminded of something that floored me a year ago.
How is the late Derrick Thomas not already a College Football Hall of Fame member?
He was on the ballot for the first time last year and inexplicably didn't make it. He was inducted posthumously into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009 and was one of the most dominant pass-rushers of his era.
As a senior at Alabama in 1988, Thomas earned consensus All-America honors and won the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in college football. He set an NCAA record that season with 27 sacks and finished his career with 52 sacks, which was also an NCAA record at the time.
With this being his second year on the ballot, surely Thomas will be selected this time around.
He's the most obvious omission, but who are some of the other SEC players that deserve to be in the College Football Hall of Fame and aren't?
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a first-team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for its consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.
Under those guidelines, a few of the names that come to mind are Georgia running back Garrison Hearst (1990-92), LSU quarterback Bert Jones (1970-72), Tennessee split end Larry Seivers (1974-76), Alabama defensive end Eric Curry (1990-92) and Alabama defensive end John Copeland (1989-92).
Who else am I forgetting?