The College Football Hall of Fame will be announced in May but the ballot of candidates for the 2011 class was just released on Monday. The list includes several former Kansas City Chiefs including Willie Roaf, Derrick Thomas and Will Shields.
This is the first time on the ballot for both Roaf and DT. If you ask a biased Chiefs audience, we'll say they all deserve to be in (and the facts support our case).
Here are the eligibility requirements:
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-America 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 ten years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.
And here's their capsule on each of these players' college career:
Derrick Thomas, Alabama-Linebacker-1988 unanimous First Team All-America and Butkus award winner. . . Led Tide to four consecutive bowl berths, earning 1988 SEC Defensive Player of the Year. . . Set SEC record for sacks in a season (27) and finished career with 74 TFL.
Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech-Offensive Lineman-1992 consensus First Team All-America and finalist for Outland Trophy. . . Led team to 1990 Independence Bowl berth and two-time All-South Independent selection.
Will Shields, Nebraska-Offensive Guard-1992 unanimous First Team All-America and 1992 Outland Trophy winner. . .Key to three Huskers' NCAA rushing titles (1989, '91, '92). . .Led team to four bowl berths and back-to-back Big Eight titles in 1991 and 1992.
It's not that crazy to think we could see all three of these guys in both the College Football and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Roaf missed out on the Pro Football Hall of Fame last month and Shields is eligible starting next year. DT of course is already in.