When it comes to halls of fame and who belongs in or out, I like to apply the “one-second rule.” The gut reaction – yes or no – within one second of hearing the player’s name is generally the best way to determine a candidate’s worthiness.
The more statistical analysis and research required to construct a player’s case, the worse it becomes.
Let’s put my “one second rule” to the test.
Nick Chubb was a dominant player – scary good – for the first year-and-a-half of his career, before his knee injury. While I have tremendous respect for his ability to return from the gruesome knee injury he suffered as a sophomore, following the injury, he was never the same player.
He belongs in the UGA Hall of Fame, but not the College Football Hall of Fame.
Chubb’s hall worthiness is a purely theoretically conversation anyhow. Due to a rule set by the National Football Foundation – the body which selects college football hall of famers – Chubb is ineligible for consideration because he was never a member of any first-team All-American team. That stipulation is garbage, as is the nomination and selection process for the College Football Hall of Fame, a subject I have devoted time to previously.
A passionate article was written by the UGA Rivals site recently, decrying the rule and making a strong case for Chubb as a hall of famer.
Nick Chubb is the second leading rusher in SEC history. That alone should assure his selection in the hall, right? He has the second most yards, behind only Herschel, in the greatest running back conference in college football.
Honestly, despite writing stories about the record last season, I had totally forgotten about the distinction. That tells me all I need to know about Chubb’s career. It stands much more impressive in retrospect for the numbers he compiled through playing so many games in four years than it seemed in the moment.
Chubb also ranks third in SEC history in yards-per-rush and fifth in rushing touchdowns. Put those stats together and it would seem Chubb is a top-5 all-time running back in the SEC.
No serious person believes that.
You’d have to go all the way down to top-15 running backs in SEC history before giving Nick Chubb a serious look.
Vanderbilt’s Ralph Webb is the sixth all-time SEC rushing yards leader and Florida’s Errict Rhett is seventh. Neither of them are among the top-15 all-time SEC running backs or college hall of famers either.
Forget about Herschel, Bo or Darren McFadden, the greatest SEC running backs, Chubb falls short on the “greatness” scale when compared to Derrick Henry or Mark Ingram – both Heisman Trophy winners. Not as good as Emmitt Smith. He was not as good for as many games as Leonard Fournette or Carnell Williams – neither of whom belong in college football’s hall of fame either.
And that’s just SEC history. We’re not talking about inclusion in the SEC hall of fame, we’re talking about the college football hall of fame.
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