Ex-Packers On College HOF Ballot

Headlining the list is former All-Pro wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, who set records with the Packers as well as South Carolina during his prolific career.

Five players with Green Bay Packers ties are on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame, with the inductees to be announced on Tuesday.

— Leotis Harris, a first-time nominee, was a guard for Arkansas from 1974 through 1977. He was Arkansas' first black football player and a member of the school's all-century team. Harris, a sixth-round pick by Green Bay, played for the Packers from 1978 through 1983 and was a 16-game starter in 1980 and 1981.

— Dick Jauron was a running back at Yale from 1970 through 1972, with his 2,947 career rushing yards setting a school record that stood for 27 years. He topped 100 yards in 16 consecutive games. Jauron, who was drafted by the Lions and baseball's Cardinals, played safety in the NFL and finished with 25 interceptions in eight seasons. He coached the Packers' defensive backs from 1986 through 1994 under Forrest Gregg, Lindy Infante and Mike Holmgren.

— Russell Maryland was a defensive tackle at Miami (Fla.) from 1986 through 1990. He had 10.5 sacks as a senior to win the Outland Trophy as the nation's best lineman. Maryland, a first-round pick by Dallas, won three Super Bowl rings and finished his career with one season for the Packers (2000), starting all 16 games.

— Sterling Sharpe was a wide receiver at South Carolina from 1984 through 1987, departing with school records of 169 catches, 2,497 yards and 17 touchdowns. Sharpe, a first-round pick in 1988, set the NFL's single-season receptions record in 1992 (108) and 1993 (112). He played in all 112 games in seven seasons, finishing with 595 catches and 65 touchdowns. Both figures rank second in franchise history, with Donald Driver breaking Sharpe's receptions record in 2009. Sharpe's 18 touchdown receptions in 1994 broke Don Hutson's record 17 set in 1942.

— Wesley Walls played for Mississippi from 1985 through 1988. He played defensive end for his first three seasons but switched to linebacker and tight end as a senior. He started on both sides of the ball against Memphis, and even while the focus was on tight end, he played defense in pass-rushing situations. Walls finished his career with one season in Green Bay (2003), catching 20 passes for 222 yards and one touchdown — with that score coming in Brett Favre's memorable game at Oakland after his father's death.

There are 79 players on this year's ballot. To be nominated, a player must have been a first-time All-American. Inductees will be honored on Dec. 6 in New York and officially enshrined in summer 2012.

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