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“We are extremely proud to announce the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class,” said Archie Manning, NFF Chairman and a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Mississippi. “Each of these men has established himself among the absolute best to have ever played or coached the game, and we look forward to immortalizing their incredible accomplishments.”
The announcement of the 2017 Class was made today live on ESPN’s SportsCenter in Tampa, Fla., the site of the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship, which will be played tonight at Raymond James Stadium between No. 1 Alabama (14 0) and No. 2 Clemson (13 1). Steve Spurrier joined the ESPN set inside the stadium for the announcement,representing the class and sharing his thoughts on induction. ET on ESPN.
The new tradition of announcing the College Football Hall of Fame class in conjunction with the CFP National Championship began in 2015 before the inaugural CFP title game in Dallas. The 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be inducted at the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 2017, at the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will also be honored at the National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick fil A Peach Bowl on Jan. 1, 2018, and they will be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with NFF Hall of Fame On Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the fall. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
“We would like to thank CFP Executive Director Bill Hancock and his staff for the continued opportunity to announce the Hall of Fame Class in conjunction with the championship game,” said NFF President CEO Steve Hatchell. “We are also grateful for the guidance, knowledge and vision of honors court chairmen Archie Griffin (FBS) and Jack Lengyel (divisional) for the essential role that they each play in guiding the committees in the selection of the inductees.”
2017 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS NOTES
PLAYERS:ONE NFF William V. Campbell Trophy winner (Manning)THREE unanimous First Team All Americans (Faulk, Nguyen, Peterson)SEVEN consensus First Team All Americans (Crable, Leinart, Manning, McKay, Peterson, Ruth, Urlacher)FOUR multi year First Team All Americans (Crable 2, Faulk 3, Leinart 2, Peterson 4)FIVE winners of college football major awards (Leinart Heisman, Walter Camp; Manning Campbell, Davey O’Brien, Maxwell; Nguyen Bednarik, Lombardi; Peterson Walter Payton Award; Ruth Outland)ONE all time rushing leader in Division I history(Peterson)FIVE national championships (Leinart 2, McKay, Peterson 2)SIX conference players of the year (Faulk, Leinart 2, Manning, Nguyen, Peterson 2, Urlacher)SIX members of conference championship teams (Gibson, Leinart 3, Manning, McKay 2, Nguyen, Peterson 4)FOUR bowl MVPs (Leinart Rose Bowl, Manning Citrus Bowl, Nguyen Cotton Bowl, Urlacher Senior Bowl)FOUR played for College Football Hall of Fame coaches (Crable, Manning, McKay, Nguyen)SIX first round NFL draft picks (Crable, Faulk, Leinart, Manning, McKay, Urlacher)SIX offensive players (Faulk, Gibson, Leinart, Manning, McKay, Peterson)FOUR defensive players(Crable, Nguyen, Ruth, Urlacher)FIVE decades represented: 1960s (1) McKay; 1970s (2) Crable, Gibson; 1980s (2) Crable, Ruth; 1990s (5) Faulk, Manning, Nguyen, Peterson, Urlacher; 2000s (2) Leinart, PetersonONE school with its first ever College Football Hall of Fame inductee (New Mexico Urlacher)
COACHES:ONE coach with highest winning percentage in college football history (Kehres)ONE coach who becomes only the fourth person all time to enter the Hall of Fame as a player and a coach (Spurrier, joining Bobby Dodd, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Bowden Wyatt)13 national championships (Ford 1, Kehres 11, Spurrier 1)35 conference championships (Ford 5, Kehres 23, Spurrier 7)126 First Team All Americans coached (Ford 15, Kehres 77, Spurrier 34)14 conference coach of the year honors (Ford 2, Kehres 6, Spurrier 9)Youngest coach in college football history to win a national title (Ford)Winningest coaches in school history (Kehres Mount Union; Spurrier Florida and South Carolina)1. First and foremost, a player must have received First Team All America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All America teams.
2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s honors courts ten full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.
3. While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and fellow man. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.
4. Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years. For example, to be eligible for the 2017 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1967 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.
Players that do not comply with the 50 year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Honors Review Committees, which examine unique cases.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME QUICK FACTSIncluding the 2017 Hall of Fame class, only 987 players and 214 coaches, have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.19 million who have played or coached the game during the past 148 years. In other words, less than two ten thousandths of one percent (.0002) of the individuals who have played the game have been deemed worthy of this distinction. Founded in 1947, The National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame inducted its first class of inductees in 1951. The first class included 32 players and 19 coaches, including Illinois’ Red Grange, Notre Dame’s Knute Rockne, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Carlisle’s Jim Thorpe.306 schools are represented with at least one College Football Hall of Famer. Induction for this class of Hall of Famers will take place Dec. 5, 2017, during the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown.
2017 College Football Hall of Fame Inductee BiosA two time First Team All American, Bob Crable owns nearly every tackling record at Notre Dame. He becomes the 46th Fighting Irish player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
A consensus First Team All American as a senior, Crable holds Notre Dame’s career (521), single season (187) and single game (26) tackling records. A Third Team All American in 1979, his 26 tackles against Clemson that season are tied for the most ever in an FBS game. In the 1979 Cotton Bowl following his freshman season, he recovered a fumble that led to a touchdown and a comeback victory over Houston in the famous “Chicken Soup” game. The two time team captain and team MVP for Hall of Fame coach Dan Devine also led the Irish to a berth in the 1981 Sugar Bowl. A 1982 Hula Bowl participant, Crable led the team in tackles three seasons and posted four games with 20 or more tackles as a sophomore. In 2006, he received the Butkus Silver Anniversary Award.
The 23rd overall pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, Crable played seven seasons for the New York Jets. While with the Jets, he went into his first business venture, a high end sportswear company known as Crable Sportswear, which he later sold. After his professional football career, he returned to his high school alma mater, Moeller High School in Cincinnati, where he coached football and taught religion for 16 years. Crable would serve as the school’s head football coach from 2001 07.
In 2007, Crable started the Crable Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing scholarships to student athletes looking to attend Catholic high schools. He has founded several other companies, including Crable Investments and Hilltop Management Company, and he is currently a licensed real estate agent with Capital Real Estate Partners. He becomes the second San Diego State player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.
A two time unanimous First Team All American in 1992 and 1993, Faulk became the first freshman in history to lead the nation in both scoring (140 points) and rushing (158.8 yards per game) in 1991. A three time Heisman Trophy finalist, he finished second in 1992 after again leading the nation in rushing with 163 yards per game. The 1992 WAC Offensive Player of the Year owns the NCAA FBS record for points per game with 12.1, and he remains in the top 10 in college history in rushing yards per game (148) and all purpose yardage per game (180.5).
The 1991 WAC Freshman of the Year, Faulk rushed for 386 yards in his first start as an Aztec to set a then NCAA record. A three time First Team All WAC selection, he led the conference in scoring all three seasons and twice led the conference in rushing. The two time recipient of the Joe Kearney Award as the WAC Athlete of the Year across all sports set numerous conference records, including single game and career touchdowns and career rushing average. Faulk set nearly every San Diego State rushing record while leading the Aztecs in rushing, scoring and all purpose yards every year of his career.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 1994 NFL Draft, Faulk split his 12 year career between the Indianapolis Colts (1994 98) and the St. Louis Rams (1999 2005). His many NFL accolades include the 2000 MVP award, seven Pro Bowl selections and the 1994 Offensive Rookie of the Year Award. Leading the Rams to a victory in Super Bowl XXXIV and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVI, Faulk ranks 11th in NFL history with 12,280 rushing yards. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Colts Ring of Honor.
Faulk has continuously given back to the community, establishing the Marshall Faulk Foundation for underprivileged youth and providing funding for YMCA youth programs, the Boys to Men mentoring network and 9th Ward Field of Dreams. He also created the Marshall Faulk Scholarship Endowment at San Diego State. He becomes the ninth Spartan player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.