The National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame ballot was released today and it includes Oklahoma State All-American defensive lineman Leslie O'Neal.
The 1985 Unanimous All-American and the 1984 Associated Press and Sporting News All-American is appearing on the ballot for the first time. There were 75 players on the Division I players ballot of which voters were allowed to vote for up to 12.
I, personally voted for O'Neal among 11 others and my ballot also included another first time name as I voted for former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning.
O'Neal is more than deserving as he was a dominant force on the best statistical defense in school history. He was the 1985 Big Eight Defensive Player of the Year and was All-Big Eight three seasons while playing on the Cowboys defensive line. He had 16 sacks in 1984 to set a school record and finished his career with 34 sacks.
He went on to be a first-round draft choice of the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. He was a six-time Pro Bowl selection and after also playing with the Kansas City Chiefs he finished his NFL career with 136 sacks.