The 2017 class of inductees into the College Football of Fame will be announced Monday. Reportedly, two of the inductees are among the biggest names in SEC history.
Peyton Manning and Steve Spurrier among those to be named to latest College Football Hall of Fame class.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) January 6, 2017
They were among 12 former SEC players and coaches on the 2017 ballot. The other candidates (listed alphabetically) with SEC ties are Florida offensive tackle Lomas Brown, Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch, Florida defensive tackle Brad Culpepper, Clemson and Arkansas coach Danny Ford, Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey, Alabama defensive end/linebacker E.J. Junior, Auburn defensive back Buddy McClinton, Tennessee wide receiver Larry Seivers, Georgia offensive tackle Matt Stinchcomb and Tennessee linebacker Jackie Walker.
Manning retired from the NFL last season after winning his second career Super Bowl. The Tennessee alum finished his career with 11,201 yards and 89 career touchdown passes.
Manning helped lead the Vols to the 1997 SEC championship. He was a consensus All-American that season, when he also was the SEC Player of the Year and won the Maxwell, O’Brien and Unitas awards.
Spurrier was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1986. His induction this year will be for his coaching accomplishments over 26 years. The former Heisman winner made stops at Duke, Florida and South Carolina on the college level. He finished his college career with a record of 228-89-2.
Spurrier led the Gators to six SEC titles and a national championship in 1996 season. He also led the Gamecocks to an SEC East title in 2010 and, perhaps most impressive, Duke to the 1989 ACC championship, the Blue Devils’ first in over 25 years.
As to Hall eligibility, this is from the National Football Foundation website: “To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a first-team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60 percent of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period. If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In both cases, the candidate’s post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.”
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