The general belief among bloggers and most other writers is that the College Football Hall of Fame needs an overhaul. It's requirements are such that Travis Dorsch is going to be eligible while Drew Brees is not. Brees is being blocked by Josh Heupel and Chris Weinke taking the First-team All-America honors his senior year. Several players that deserve to be in have been left out.
So the SB Nation college bloggers are blowing it up. They are asking for up to five nominees from 10 categories. Some of these will be easier than others, but here are the categories:
QB, RB, WR, TE, OL, DL, LB, DB, ST, Coach.
Eligibility is simple: For players or inactive coaches, the nominee should have been out of college for four full years. So the first class would cover 1962 to players and coaches who finished their career by 2007 (bowls of January 2008). The other option for active coaches OR coaches who haven't been inactive for four years is that they were at their current position for at least five seasons. (Position, NOT school.). Basically, we can nominate five players here and submit them. Also, Let's go with players that are not in the actual college football Hall of Fame, just to make it easier.
Quarterback - Drew Brees
It is a damn travesty that Brees can't get in because he does not have a major First Team All-American recognition. He's likely headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame and he was the greatest quarterback in Big Ten history. Yes, Curtis Painter broke a few of his single season records, but he needed an extra game to do it. Brees has been Super Bowl MVP, won the Maxwell award, was Academic All-American of the Year in 2000, owns the NFL single-season passing yardage record, and was without question the best quarterback in the Big Ten of the last 20 years, if not ever. If he can't get in, there should be no Hall of Fame
Defensive Back - Rod Woodson
This is another player that should have been in the Hall years ago. An All-American in 1985 and 1986, Woodson is one of the most dynamic players ever in the collegiate game. He single-handedly beat Indiana in his last college game and was a First Round pick in the 1986 NFL draft at No. 10 overall. Professionally he was an 11-time Pro Bowler, holds a few NFL records, and was put into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot. The dude was so awesome he turned down a chance at the Olympics to keep playing football.
Running Back - Mike Alstott
The A-train was a legend during a very dismal era of Purdue football. He broke records held by two Hall of Famers in Otis Armstrong and Leroy Keyes. Unfortunately, he played on some pretty awful teams and had a terrible coach. Trust me, the only thing enjoyable about Purdue football from 1993-95 was watching Alstott carry four defenders and bust through a pile on brute strength alone.
Dave Young - Tight End
Young was the last unanimous All-American Purdue had before Ryan Kerrigan, and his classmate Mark Herrmann is already in the Hall. He was Herrmann's top target and was the first tight end to ever lead the nation in receptions. At the time he graduated he was the Big Ten's leading receiver as Purdue was on the cutting edge with this "forward pass" idea while many other teams in the conference were still grinding it out on the ground. He had 180 catches for 2,316 yards and 27 touchdowns, which are still all in the top 10 in school history in those categories.
Taylor Stubblefield - Wide Receiver
While he never got a ton of National recognition, Stubby is one of the most productive wide receivers in college football history. He held the record for most career receptions with 325 until it was broken by Ryan Broyles of Oklahoma last season. He finished his career with 3,679 yards and 27 touchdowns and was a Biletnikoff award finalist as a senior. Also, Stubblefield gets a bonus for allowing me to show this play, complete with a Notre Dame coach whining about a fist pump as Stubblefield scored to really get the 2004 blowout of the Irish going.
So those are the five. Which one do you think should be the top Purdue nominee?