The College Football Hall of Fame announced their inductees yesterday. A whopping 17 individuals were added to the ranks of the best the NCAA has boasted. After casually reading the headline, I immediately assumed Orlando Pace and Tommie Frazier were amongst those 17. After clicking through, I quickly became confused, then a little bit angry, and finally dismissive.
Let me take you through those three steps real quick.
The first handful of articles I read were in essence puff pieces on Jimmy Johnson. He was one of the individuals elected (rightfully so) yesterday. The pieces focused more on the possibility of him coaching again. Under normal circumstances, focusing on the remote chance that he would coach again (Joe Gibbs aside, he’s been out of the league for 13 freakin’ years), would strike me as odd. It’s even stranger still when there are 16 others that deserve a mention at some point even if you gloss overs that didn’t make the cut. So to begin with I was confused why Johnson was devoted so much column space for such an insignificant reason, and I was also confused by thinking that while skimming I had simply missed the words “Pace” and “Frazier” in the article.
So after not finding Pace and Frazier upon my initial skimming, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I pulled a Ctrl+F and nada. Nary a mention of the two, meaning they inexplicably were not voted into the Hall of Fame. For those of you who may not have seen them in college or have only slight memories, let me refresh you:
Pace was an absolute terror in college. He was a big man on campus the first day he arrived. He became the 2nd ever true freshman to start at Ohio State University (nope, not putting in the “the”). He went on to become a two-time consensus 1st team All-American. He won the Outland Trophy (best interior lineman, either offense or defense) and twice won the Lombardi trophy (best lineman or linebacker). He’s the only person to ever win the Lombardi. He even finished freakin’ 4th in the Heisman…as an offensive lineman. There’s constant griping that only the skill position players (and even then, QB’s and RB’s) get serious consideration for the Stiff Arm Trophy and yet Pace finished in 4th playing the least glamorous position of all. Hell, they practically invented the term pancake block for him while he was at OSU (I’m having trouble sourcing this, but I’ve heard it many times). I could really go on an on about Pace, but I’ll close with two more thoughts. In his last two, All American seasons, he didn’t allow a single sack.
As far as Frazier is concerned, well, there’s this:
Plus, you know, leading his team to back-to-back titles (hadn’t happened since the 50′s). MVP of both championship bowl games. Runner up for the Heisman. Names SI’s back up quarterback on its All-Century College Football team. As well as a plethora of highlights like this:
I’ll be honest, I’m not as familiar with the College Football Hall of Fame as I am with the various pro Hall of Fames, so I momentarily cut the Hall some slack. Perhaps they are rather rigorous when it comes to electing individuals to the Hall. Well, upon closer inspection, there are over 233 offensive linemen in the College Hall of Fame (granted some played multiple position). That means on average, since 1951 when it was established, the HOF has elected 3.8 O-linemen per year to the Hall of Fame. Some how Orlando Pace doesn’t warrant selection. There are 128 QB’s in the Hall, or just over 2 elected per year and Tommie Frazier isn’t one of them. That means the College Football Hall of Fame is a joke and to be honest isn’t even worth the effort I just put into this article. Hopefully, things are set right next year, but either way, I wash my hands of this group from here on out.