Heisman Trophy winner Charles Woodson of Michigan highlights the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class announced by the National Football Foundation on Monday (Jan. 8).
The 13 inductees (10 players, 3 coaches) were selected from the national ballot of 75 All-America players and six elite coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and the 98 players and 31 coaches from the divisional ranks.
“We are extremely proud to announce the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class,” said Archie Manning, NFF Chairman and a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Mississippi. “Each of these men has established himself among the absolute best to have ever played or coached the game, and we look forward to immortalizing their incredible accomplishments.”
Woodson played for the Wolverines from 1995 to 1997, winning Michigan’s third Heisman in his final season while leading his team to a national title. He joined Desmond Howard and Tom Harmon as Michigan Heisman winners. He’s the only player to win the Heisman playing significant minutes on both sides of the ball since college football moved to a two-platoon system in the early 1960s.
Taken fourth overall in the 1998 NFL Draft, Woodson played professionally 18 years for the Oakland Raiders (1998-2005, 2013-15) and the Green Bay Packers (2006-12). The nine-time Pro Bowler helped the Packers win Super Bowl XLV following the 2010 season, and he guided the Raiders to an AFC championship in 2002. Woodson twice led the NFL in interceptions, and his multiple honors include the 1998 Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2009 Defensive Player of the Year.
Other 2018 inductees include Temple running back Paul Palmer, the 1986 Heisman runner up, and Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins, who placed fourth in the Heisman vote in 1994. Mack Brown, who coached at four schools, including North Carolina and Texas, will also be inducted. He coached 1998 Heisman winner Ricky Williams.
The 2018 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, 2018, at the New York Hilton Midtown. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.