What follows is the official press release from the National Football Foundation regarding the players and coaches on the 2009 ballot.
The National Football Foundation (NFF) announced today the names of 76 players and six coaches who comprise the 2009 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
"Having a ballot and a voice in the selection of the inductees is one of the most cherished NFF member benefits," said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, a 1989 Hall of Fame inductee from Ole Miss. "There is no group more knowledgeable or passionate about college football than our membership, and the tradition of the ballot helps us engage them in the lofty responsibility of selecting those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in our sport."
The ballot will be mailed this week 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 13-member NFF Honors Court includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletics directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and members of the media.
"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 4.6 million people have played college football," said NFF President & CEO Steven J. Hatchell. "The Hall's requirement of being a First Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,900 individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today's group of 76 names means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are proud to announce their names today."
The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live on ESPNEWS at a noon press conference in New York City on April 30 and inducted at The National Football Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner on December 8, 2009 at the landmark Waldorf=Astoria Hotel also in New York City. They will be officially enshrined at the Hall of Fame in South Bend, Ind. in the summer of 2010.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least ten years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60% of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years; be retired from coaching and over the age of 70 (no waiting period); or over the age of 75 (active coaches eligible). In both cases, the candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.
Once nominated for consideration, all player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school's geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee (formerly known as the Honors Review Committee) may make recommendations to Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago and coaches who have not won at least 60 percent of their games.
Of the 4.6 million individuals who have played college football, only 846 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. From the coaching ranks, 182 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.
1. Billy Ray Adams-Mississippi,Fullback (1959- 61) 2. Trev Alberts-Nebraska,Linebacker (1990-93) 3. Charles Alexander*-LSU,Running Back (1975-78) 4. Otis Armstrong-Purdue,Running Back (1970-72) 5. Pervis Atkins-New Mexico State,Running Back (1958-60) 6. Steve Bartkowski-California,Quarterback (1972-74) 7. Bob Berry-Oregon,Quarterback (1962-64) 8. Brian Bosworth*-Oklahoma,Linebacker (1984-86) 9. Bob Breunig*-Arizona State,Linebacker (1972-74) 10. Tim Brown-Notre Dame,Wide Receiver (1984-87) 11. Dave Butz-Purdue,Defensive Tackle (1970-72) 12. Dennis Byrd*-North Carolina State,Defensive Tackle (1964-67) 13. Dave Casper-Notre Dame,Tight End (1971-73) 14. Ronnie Caveness-Arkansas,Center (1962-64) 15. Chuck Cecil-Arizona,Defensive Back (1984-87)
16. Ray Childress-Texas A&M,Defensive Lineman (1981-84) 17. Marco Coleman*-Georgia Tech,Linebacker (1989- 91) 18. Gary Collins-Maryland,Wide Receiver (1958-61) 19. Randy Cross-UCLA,Offensive Guard (1973-75) 20. Randall Cunningham-Nevada-Las Vegas,Punter (1982-84) 21. Sam Cunningham-Southern California,Running Back (1970-72) 22. Eric Dickerson-Southern Methodist, Running Back (1979-82) 23. Bobby Douglass-Kansas,Quarterback (1966-68) 24. D.J. Dozier-Penn State,Running Back (1983- 86) 25. Ed Dyas-Auburn,Fullback (1958-60) 26. Luther Elliss-Utah,Defensive Lineman (1991-94) 27. Bill Enyart-Oregon State,Fullback (1966-68) 28. Dave Foley*-Ohio State,Offensive Tackle (1966-68) 29. Tony Franklin*-Texas A&M,Placekicker (1975-78)
30. Willie Gault-Tennessee,Wide Receiver (1979-82) 31. Kirk Gibson-Michigan State,Wide Receiver (1975- 78) 32. Bob Golic-Notre Dame,Linebacker (1976-78) 33. Curtis Greer-Michigan,Defensive Tackle (1976-79) 34. Major Harris-West Virginia,Quarterback (1987-89) 35. Mark Herrmann-Purdue,Quarterback (1977-80) 36. Clarkston Hines*-Duke,Wide Receiver (1986-89) 37. Desmond Howard*-Michigan, Wide Receiver (1989-91) 38. Gordon Hudson*-Brigham Young,Tight End (1980- 83) 39. Bobby Humphrey*-Alabama,Running Back (1985- 88)
40. Dick Jauron-Yale,Running Back (1970-72) 41. Tim Krumrie-Wisconsin,Defensive Lineman (1979- 83) 42. Woodrow Lowe-Alabama,Linebacker (1972-75) 43. Robert Lytle-Michigan,Running Back (1974-76) 44. Bobby Majors-Tennessee,Defensive Back (1969- 71) 45. Ken Margerum*-Stanford,Wide Receiver (1977-80) 46. Paul Martha-Pittsburgh,Running Back (1961-63) 47. Russell Maryland*-Miami (Fla.),Defensive Tackle (1986-90) 48. Pat McInally-Harvard,Tight End (1972-74) 49. Marlin McKeever-Southern California,Tight End (1958-60)
50. Steve McMichael-Texas,Defensive Tackle (1976- 79) 51. Art Monk-Syracuse,Wide Receiver (1976-79) 52. Ken Norton, Jr.-UCLA,Linebacker (1984-87) 53. Tom Nowatzke-Indiana,Fullback (1961-64) 54. Jonathan Ogden*-UCLA,Offensive Tackle (1992- 95) 55. Jim Otis-Ohio State,Fullback (1967-69) 56. Ken Rice*-Auburn,Defensive Tackle (1958-60) 57. Ron Rivera-California,Linebacker (1980-83) 58. Deion Sanders-Florida State,Defensive Back (1985-88) 59. Jake Scott-Georgia,Defensive Back (1967-68)
60. Larry Seivers-Tennessee,Wide Receiver (1974- 76) 61. Sterling Sharpe-South Carolina,Wide Receiver (1984-87) 62. Will Shields-Nebraska,Offensive Guard (1989-92) 63. Percy Snow-Michigan State,Linebacker (1986-89) 64. Chris Spielman-Ohio State,Linebacker (1984-87) 65. Larry Station-Iowa,Linebacker (1982-85) 66. Pat Swilling-Georgia Tech,Defensive End (1982- 85) 67. Darryl Talley-West Virginia,Linebacker (1979-82) 68. Lawrence Taylor-North Carolina,Linebacker (1977- 80) 69. Marvin Terrell-Mississippi,Off./Def. Guard (1957- 59) 70. Pat Tillman-Arizona State,Linebacker (1994-97) 71. Gino Torretta-Miami (Fla.),Quarterback (1989-92) 72. Don Trull-Baylor,Quarterback (1961-63) 73. Curt Warner-Penn State,Running Back (1979-82) 74. Alfred Williams-Colorado,Linebacker (1987-90) 75. Clarence Williams-Washington State,Running Back (1962-64) 76. Grant Wistrom-Nebraska,Defensive End (1994-97)
1. William "Lone Star" Dietz-Washington State (1915- 17), Purdue (1921), Louisiana Tech (1922-23), Wyoming (1924-26), Haskell Indian Institute (Kan.) (1929-32), Albright (Pa.) (1937-42) - 96-62-7 (.603) 2. Wayne Hardin-Navy (1959-64), Temple (1970-82) - 118-74-5 (.612) 3. Dick MacPherson-Massachusetts (1971-77), Syracuse (1981-90) - 111-73-5 (.601) 4. Billy Jack Murphy-Memphis (1958-71) - 91-44-1 (.673) 5. John Robinson-Southern California (1976-82, 1993- 97), Nevada-Las Vegas (1999-2004) - 132-77-4 (.629) 6. Darryl Rogers-Cal State-Hayward (1965), Fresno State (1966-72), San Jose State (1973-75), Michigan State (1976-79), Arizona State (1980-84) - 129-84-7 (.602)