Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 5/8/13
Despite graduating as the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher, Ron Dayne still had to wait his turn to enter the College Football Hall of Fame. He was the first player to top 7,000 yards rushing and finished with 7,125 career yards on the ground. That’s over four miles worth of turf that Ron Dayne chewed up in his tenure as the Wisconsin Badgers’ tailback from 1995 to 1999. He graduated at the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher. You’d think that would be enough to be a first-ballot selection for the College Football Hall of Fame, no? Apparently not. According to the National Football Foundation, a player becomes eligible for consideration “ten years after his final year of intercollegiate football played.” For Dayne, his final game as a member of the Badgers came Jan. 1, 2000, when Wisconsin beat Stanford 17-9 to win the Rose Bowl, a game in which Dayne was named MVP. By my calculation, that would have made Dayne eligible for entry into the College Football Hall of Fame at the beginning of ...
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