Irving, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Former Heisman Trophy winners Ricky Williams,
Eric Crouch and Rashaan Salaam were among 75 Football Bowl Subdivision players
eligible for induction into the 2014 class of the College Football Hall of
Williams, the 1998 Heisman recipient and a two-time unanimous First Team All-
American at the University of Texas, ranks second on the FBS all-time list
with 6,279 rushing yards and third in rushing touchdowns (72). The onetime
Miami Dolphins star set 46 school records during his four seasons with the
Crouch captured the 2001 Heisman as a senior quarterback at Nebraska after
leading the Cornhuskers to the national title game that season. He still owns
the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59) and is one of
only three signal-callers in FBS history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for
3,000 in a career.
Salaam took home the 1994 Heisman as a junior at Colorado, leading the nation
with a school-record 2,055 rushing yards while scoring 24 touchdowns that
Several members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame were also listed on the
initial ballot, including Eric Dickerson (SMU), Willie Roaf (Louisiana Tech),
Warren Sapp (Miami-Florida) and Derrick Thomas (Alabama). Former NFL stars Ray
Lewis (Miami-Florida) and LaDainian Tomlinson (TCU) are also eligible for
election, as is current Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson -- an All-
American wide receiver at Michigan State in 1978.
This year's ballot also contains six ex-FBS coaches: Mike Bellotti, Jim
Carlon, Pete Cawthon, Sr., Danny Ford, Billy Jack Murphy and Darryl Rogers.
The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class will be revealed in May, with
induction ceremonies to take place in New York City on Dec. 9.
Players must have been named a First Team All American by a major outlet and
have at least 10 years since their final collegiate game to be eligible for
selection. Additionally, they must have played within the last 50 years and be
retired from professional football.
Coaches with at least 10 years and 100 games of experience can be included on
the ballot provided they won at least 60 percent of their games and have been
retired for a minimum of three years, though active coaches over 75 years old
are immediately eligible and there is no waiting period for retired coaches
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