2007 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

2007 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

The 2007 College Football Hall of Fame ballot consisted of 75 players and 8 coaches who were voted on by more than twelve-thousand voters for inclusion into the College Football Hall of Fame. The 2007 class was announced at a press conference in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on May 9, 2007, and will be inducted at The National Football Foundation’s 50th Awards Dinner on December 4, 2007, also at the Waldorf-Astoria. They will then be enshrined into the hall of fame in South Bend, Indiana in the summer of 2008.

Once nominated for consideration, all player candidates were submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their geographic location, which conducted a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year.

Joe Paterno will be inducted this year as well, despite not being on this ballot. He was voted in on last year's ballot but was unable to attend the induction due to a sideline injury.


*Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB
*Ahmad Rashād, Oregon, RB/WR
*Anthony Thompson, Indiana, RB
*Tom Brahaney, Oklahoma, C
*Dave Brown, Michigan, DB
*Jeff Davis, Clemson, LB
*Johnnie Johnson, Texas, DB
*Rex Kern, Ohio State, QB
*Wilson Whitley, Houston, DT
*Reggie Williams, Dartmouth, LB
*Richard Wood, Southern Cal, LB
*Chris Zorich, Notre Dame, DT

*Herb Deromedi, Central Michigan cite web |url=http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=2865093 |title=Flutie elected to Hall in first year of eligibility |date=2007-05-09 |accessdate=2007-05-09 |publisher=ESPN.com |author=Associated Press]


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 (since 1957 for the 2007 ballot, making three candidates, Don Stephenson, Jim Taylor, and Clendon Thomas their last year eligible to be voted in);
* Cannot be currently playing professional football.

The candidate’s post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.

The University of Notre Dame led this year's ballot with 8 nominations followed by the University of Southern California with 5 and the Ohio State University and University of Oklahoma tied with 3 each.


To be eligible for the ballot, coaches must have:
* Coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach;
* Won at least 60% (.600+) of their games;
* Be retired from coaching or over the age of 75.

The candidate’s post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.

Jim Donnan led this year's ballot with the highest winning percentage (.722). However, John Cooper has the most number of wins (193) and most seasons as head coach (24). Herb Deromedi has the longest tenure at one school with 16 years at Central Michigan University.


* [http://www.collegefootball.org/news.php?id=1114 "2007 Ballot for College Football Hall of Fame Announced"] , 2007-03-11, accessed 2007-03-21


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