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Danny Ford, Peyton Manning, Steve Spurrier going into CFB Hall of Fame

COURTESY COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME
COURTESY COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME

It was made official Monday morning: Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier are part of the Class of 2017 for the College Football Hall of Fame.

Former Arkansas coach Danny Ford also was selected, as was former Texas A&M linebacker Dat Nguyen, who played for the Aggies before they were in the SEC.

Ten players and three coaches were chosen for induction. Spurrier is going in as a coach; he was inducted as a player in 1986, a year before he became the coach at Duke.

The former “Head Ball Coach” joins Amos Alonzo Stagg, Bobby Dodd and Bowden Wyatt as the only men inducted as players and coaches. Dodd (Georgia Tech) and Wyatt (Tennessee) also coached in the SEC.

The players who joined Manning as selections were Notre Dame linebacker Bob Crable, San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk, Michigan State wide receiver Kirk Gibson, USC quarterback Matt Leinart, Texas offensive tackle Bob McKay, Nguyen, Georgia Southern running back Adrian Peterson, Boston College nose tackle Mike Ruth and New Mexico defensive back Brian Urlacher (he moved to linebacker once he reached the NFL).

The two other coaches honored: Ford, who also coached at Clemson, and Larry Kehres, who coached at Division III Mount Union (Ohio).

Manning won the Maxwell, Campbell and O’Brien awards during his career at Tennessee. He was also named a consensus All-American and helped lead the Volunteers to a win in the 1997 SEC championship game over Auburn.

Manning and Spurrier will be part of the pregame coin toss for Monday night’s College Football Playoff Championship Game between Alabama and Clemson.

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