Tim Tebow, the 2007 Heisman Trophy, is among 80 Football Bowl Subdivision college players on the 2023 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today.
In addition to Tebow, four Heisman Trophy runners-up are on the 2023 ballot, including Penn State’s Ki-Jana Carter (1994), Kansas State’s Michael Bishop (1998), Oklahoma’s Josh Heupel (2000) and Stanford’s Toby Gerhart (2009).
Zooming out further, there are 11 Heisman finalists on the ballot, including the above five. The other six are Kentucky’s Tim Couch (1994), Georgia’s Garrison Hearst (1992), Pittsburgh’s Craig Heyward (1987). Oregon’s LaMichael James (2010), Washington State’s Ryan Leaf (1997) and Utah’s Alex Smith (1994).
Finally, there are six others on the ballot who were among top 10 Heisman vote getters, including Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon (2010), Penn State’s D.J. Dozier (1986), Indiana’s Vaughn Dunbar (1991), Virginia’s Herman Moore (1990), North Carolina’s Julius Peppers (2001) and Memphis’ DeAngelo Williams (2005).
There has been a Heisman Trophy winner elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in three straight classes, including Colorado’s Rashaan Salaam (2022), USC’s Carson Palmer (2021) and Nebraska’s Eric Crouch (2020). Most recently before Crouch was Michigan’s Charles Woodson in 2018 and Palmer’s USC teammate Matt Leinart in 2017.
Click here for the full release and list of names on the ballot.
Per the release, “The announcement of the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made in early 2023, with specific details to be announced in the future.
“The 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted during the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, 2023, and permanently immortalized at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. They will also be honored at their respective schools with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2023 season.”