Earlier today, the ballot for the 2018 College Hall of Fame class was announced. And on it were 3 former Miami Hurricanes greats: LB Ray Lewis, S Ed Reed, and DT Warren Sapp.
I’m sure you know these players well, but here are the HOF candidate profiles fromt he CFB Hall of Fame website:
Ray Lewis, Miami (Fla.)-Linebacker-1995 First Team All-American and Butkus Award runner-up…Led Canes to Fiesta and Orange bowl appearances and ranks sixth all-time at Miami with 388 career tackles…Two-time First Team All-Big East performer who twice led the league in tackles.
Ed Reed, Miami (Fla.)-Defensive Back-Two-time First Team All-American (consensus-‘00, unanimous-’01) who led Miami to four bowl wins, including the national championship at the 2002 Rose Bowl…2001 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, leading Canes to consecutive Big East titles…Miami’s all-time leader in career INTs (21) and career INT return yards (389).
Warren Sapp, Miami (Fla.)-Defensive Tackle-1994 unanimous First Team All-American who finished sixth in Heisman voting… Recipient of the 1994 Lombardi and Nagurski awards and named Big East Defensive Player of the Year…Led Canes to national title game appearance in 1995.
It’s crazy to me that the above-listed trio has yet to be enshrined in the CFB Hall of Fame, but the names of other nominees is a who’s who of CFB history. Charles Woodson. Charlie Ward. Eric Crouch. Eric Dickerson. Tony Gonzalez. Martin Gramatica. Raghib “Rocket” Ismail. And many, many more.
We’ll see which players get elected this year, but I fully expect the trio of Lewis, Reed, and Sapp to be inducted to the CFB Hall of Fame before too long.
More on this as it develops.