The National Football Foundation announced the names of 76 players on this year's Hall of Fame ballot and among the names are three former Huskers.
In order to be eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame, the following criteria have to be met:
- Must have been a first team All-American (as recognized by the NCAA)
- Last year of college football was at least 10 years ago, but not more than 50 years in the past.
- Cannot be currently playing professional football.
So let's go ahead and get this out of the way, the fact that Tommie Frazier isn't already in the Hall of Fame is a joke. I'm not sure what else a guy could add to resume to get him elected. He was 33-3 as a starter, won two national championships, played in a third national title game, won four conference titles, two Orange Bowl MVP's, a Fiesta Bowl MVP, and amassed over 5,400 yards of total offense during his career, still good for third on Nebraska's all-time list. There can't be many guys already in the Hall of Fame with more accolades than Frazier amassed during his career.
Eric Crouch is eligible for the first time this season. You would think winning the Heisman trophy would make him a shoe-in, but it hasn't helped Vinny Testaverde, Ty Detmer, and Danny Wuerfell to this point, all-three who are on this year's ballot, as well.
If Frazier isn't in yet, it's hard to imagine Crouch makes it on his first try, although I can't imagine he doesn't make it in at some point. He holds Nebraska's all-time record for total offense by a good margin totaling 7,915 yards during his career.
Call me biased, but Alberts should be in also, although his case might not be as clear cut especially to the non-Nebraska fans. He totaled 248 career tackles and 29.5 sacks and was also named the defensive Orange Bowl MVP in the Huskers 18-16 loss to Florida State after he sacked Charlie Ward three-times and finished with six tackles. His 29.5 career sacks is still the most in Nebraska history.
What do you think, should these guys make it in?
And just as a side note, get the Boz in there. Like him or not, there aren't many guys that have played college football that are more memorable than Brian Bosworth. Sure, he's not always remembered for all the right things, but there weren't many college linebackers that were better.