We all know Phillip Fulmer, Jimmy Johnson, Ty Detmer, Art Monk, Dave Casper, and Johnathan Ogden lead the headliners for the 2012 College Football Hall of Fame class.
All of those guys deserve to be in the Hall of Fame. No doubt about it. Congratulations to all of them.
But, I am here to talk about the guys who did not get in the hall, and to educate everyone why the College Football Hall of Fame is a complete joke, and an embarrassment to all other sports and their respective Halls of Fame.
One could argue that the NCAA football championship is also a joke, without a true playoff system, or a true national champion. We complained for years and years that the system of AP national championships, and “claimed” national championships was a completely and utterly stupid way of trying to deem a respectable face for the sport we love. Then, we begged just to have a true championship game and ended up with an even more flawed BCS system. For example in 1991, we didn’t like our title game to be #1 Miami vs #11 Nebraska. Miami was playing for a title and an undefeated season while Nebraska was looking to ruin the Hurricanes’ national title dreams. That just didn’t make sense.
Now, we as college football fans, have to beg for something else: Change the way we vote in college football players into the Hall of Fame. A really dumb rule stating that only one football player from a school can get voted in during consecutive years prevented some really good candidates from being honored this year.
The exemptions from this class are as follows:
Tommie Frazier: 33-3 as a starter, with two national titles, four conference championships, 62, 666 yards total, and 83 TDs. Most of us watched Nebraska every Saturday just to tune in to watch Frazier. Nearly 20 years after he suited up for Nebraska for the last time, he still has not gotten in. Why? Nebraska lineman Will Sheilds was honored in 2011. However, Frazier was on the ballot this time around, and he wasn’t even voted for. Why have him on the ballot? Who knows, because I sure don’t either.
The late Derrick Thomas: Thomas still holds the FBS single season record of 27 sacks. I can’t even fathom how he is still left out after almost 30 years of not playing college ball and 15 years after his death. Marty Lyons from Alabama was elected in ’11. Contrary to the same report, Thomas easily made the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009, and the year he recorded 27 sacks he finished 10th in the Heisman balloting.
Brian Bosworth: Not sure that you can exclude the two time Dick Butkus winner and feel that you have the best players in college football in your Hall of Fame.
Orlando Pace was the only player to win the Lombardi trophy twice but he is still not in the hall because Eddie George made the cut in ’11.
To be clear with all of you, these are just a few that got the big middle finger today, and some of these players will still be waiting 5, 10, or even more years because of a pointless rule that makes no sense to anyone including the voters themselves.
I’m quite fed up with old timers that love their tradition (ie Rose Bowl that has to be a Big 10-Pac 12 matchup) and stupid pointless rules that don’t make sense. We beg for a true national championship. We got it. We begged for playoffs and we finally appear to be stepping in the right direction for that too.
Now we need to beg these old guys to change the Hall of Fame balloting rules.