A few of the biggest name in the history of the Miami Hurricanes football highlight the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot. Ray Lewis, Warren Sapp and Ed Reed are among 75 former college football players placed on the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
For Ray Lewis, this is the fifth time he was on the ballot. He’s was a 1995 All-American and Butkus award runner up. He is sixth all time in school history in tackles with 388.
Warren Sapp won the Lombardi and Nagurski awars in 1994 along with being a first team All-American. He also finished sixth in the Heisman voting. This is the sixth time he’s on the ballot.
Ed Reed was a two time first team All-American, and won a national title. He’s the career leader at Miami for interceptions with 21. This is the first time he’s on the ballot. Other first timers are Michigan’s Charles Woodson, Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson, and Stanford’s Ed McCaffrey.
There are some pretty strict requirements in order to be even considered for the ballot. You must have been named first team All-American at least once by one of the five recognized consensus organizations that determine the team, which is the AP, American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers of America Association, the Sporting News and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
The National Football Foundation, ADs, coaches and members of CoSIDA are responsible for the final vote for the actual induction into the CFB HOF. The results will be announced on January 8th, 2018.
It isn’t just these parameters that go into whether a player actually gets inducted. Also how the former player acts as a citizen after their career is over plays a role. This would make Sapp’s and Lewis’ induction a little dicey. Out of the 63 first round picks Miami has had over the years, only six players have been inducted, Ted Hendricks, Bennie Blades, Don Bosselor, Russell Maryland, Vinny Testaverde, and Gino Torretta have been enshrined. Also three former Miami coaches, Jimmy Johnson, Andy Gustafson, and Jack Harding.