The National Football Association announced Wednesday that the Class of 2023 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame will be revealed at 10 a.m. CST.
The NCAA subdivision portion of the 2023 Ballot includes 80 players. will any of Alabama be it?
There are plenty of options to join the 21 former Crimson Tide stars who are already in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Thirty-seven Alabama players are eligible to vote for the 2023 class. This does not include 60 Crimson Tide alumni who meet the first criterion for consideration for the College Football Hall of Fame but are not in the current eligibility window.
There are 97 players from Alabama with the potential to become Hall of Famers.
To be considered in the College Football Hall of Fame today, a player must have been selected by the All-American team by one of the organizations that the NCAA uses to compile its annual consensus for the All-American team. Currently, these organizations are the American Football Coaches Association, the Associated Press, the American Football Writers Association, Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. But the determinants used by the NCAA have varied over the years, ranging from 2 to 10.
Players are not considered in the College Football Hall of Fame until 10 years after their last season. They are also not considered while they are active players in the NFL. Alabama has 41 players meet the All-American criterion but are not yet eligible because their last season with Tide came in 2013 or later and/or they are still playing in the NFL.
Players are also not considered if their college career ended more than 50 years ago, so any player who completed time with Tide prior to 1973 is not eligible for the 2023 ballot. Alabama has 19 Players who meet the All-American criterion but are outside the 50-year window.
These players may still be considered in the College Football Hall of Fame, but their qualifications are examined by the Football Sub-Division Honors Review Committee, bypassing the ballot.
Alabama has 13 Players who were unanimously All Americans eligible for the 2023 ballot, including four eligible to be listed for the first time this year — Mark Barron, De Milner, Barrett Jones, Chance Warmack.
Jones earned Unanimous All-American recognition twice in Alabama. Terrence Cody and Leroy Cook are a two-time All-American consensus for a Crimson Tide to qualify for the 2023 College Football Hall of Fame.
The All-American Consensus is a consensus player who was the first-team pick of all organizations that the NCAA used to compile the All-American Team Consensus of the season.
The All-American consensus is usually a player selected for the first team of at least half of the organizations that the NCAA has used to compile the All-American consensus. It is possible to become an All-American consensus without reaching the halfway point, and it is also possible, though rare, to not be an All-American consensus even while making up at least half of the first teams.
To be considered in the College Football Hall of Fame, players don’t have to be in agreement with all Americans – only first-team players to make the right choice.
Former Alabama players eligible to join the College Football Hall of Fame whose careers ended over 50 years ago include (presented alphabetically by All-America qualification criteria):
Carrie Cox Center: Incompatibility 1939
Paul Crane Center: 1965 compatibility
Joe Domnanovic Center: 1942 compatibility
Cecil Doody treatment: unanimously in 1966
Goalkeeper Wayne Freeman: Incompatibility in 1964
Linebacker Mike Hall: Incompatibility in 1968
Defender Tony Holm: Incompatibility 1929
Dennis Homan’s ending: Consensus of 1967
Defensive Back Bobby Jones: Lack of consensus in 1966 and unanimity in 1967
Defensive Intervention Dan Curley: Incompatibility in 1964
Defender Joe Killgraw: Incompatibility 1937
Jim Crab Center: Incompatibility in 1972
Enter Bill Lee: 1934 compatibility
Guard Leroy Munsky: 1937 compatibility
Ray Perkins’ ending: Compatibility of 1966
Holt Rust End: 1941 compatibility
Defensive back Ed Salem: Incompatibility 1950
The Art of the White “Tarzan” Guard: Incompatibility 1936
Hoyt Winslet’s end: Incompatibility 1926
Former Alabama players currently eligible for balloting for the College Football Hall of Fame (presented alphabetically with the All-America qualification criteria include):
Running Back Sean Alexander: Disagreement in 1999
Defensive full back Javier Arenas: 2009 compatibility
Mark Barron’s safety: Lack of consensus in 2010 and unanimity in 2011
Paddy Brown’s offensive tackle: 1973 compatibility
Jim Bunch’s offensive tackle: 1979 compatibility
Antoine Caldwell Center: 2008 compatibility
Defensive Back Jeremiah Castiel: Incompatibility in 1982
Defensive Intervention Terence Cody: consensus in 2008 and 2009
Defensive line John Copeland: 1992 compatibility
Defensive end Leroy Cook: Consensus in 1974 and Consensus in 1975
Defensive line Eric Carey: 1992 compatibility
Kicker Philip Doyle: unanimously in 1990
Running Back Bobby Humphrey: Incompatibility in 1987
Defensive Back Kevin Jackson: unanimously in 1996
Goalkeeper Mike Johnson: 2009 compatibility
Rashad Johnson’s safety: Disagreement in 2008
Offensive Barrett Jones: Unanimous in 2011 (as processing) and unanimous in 2012 (as center)
Defensive back Antonio Langham: unanimously in 1993
Midfielder Keith McCants: unanimously in 1989
Midfielder Rolando McClain: unanimously in 2009
Back Corner DeQuan Menzie: Incompatibility in 2011
Cornerback Dee Millliner: unanimously in 2012
Midfielder John Mitchell: Incompatibility in 1972
Defender Michael Myers: Incompatibility in 1996
All-Purpose/Return David Palmer: 1993 compatibility
Defensive tackle Mike Bates: 1982 compatibility
Kicker Michael Proctor: Incompatibility in 1993 and 1994
Running Back Trent Richardson: unanimously in 2011
Linebacker Dwayne Rudd: Incompatibility in 1996
Linebacker DeMeco Ryans: unanimously in 2005
Offensive tackle Chris Samuels: unanimously in 1999
Defensive line Robert Stewart: Incompatibility in 1991
Kicker Lee Tiffin: Incompatibility in 2009
Linebacker Courtney Upshaw: Incompatibility in 2011
Chance Guard Warmack: unanimously in 2012
Wayne Wheeler Wide Receiver: Incompatibility in 1973
Defensive Back Tommy Wilcox: 1981 compatibility
Former Alabama players who meet the All-American criterion for the College Football Hall of Fame but are not yet eligible for consideration (presented alphabetically with the All-America qualification criteria include):
Defensive line Jonathan Allen: unanimously in 2016
Linebacker Will Anderson Jr.: unanimously in 2021
Safety ha ha Clinton Dix: 2013 compatibility
Landon Collins Safety: unanimously in 2014
Amari Cooper wide receiver: unanimously in 2014
Back line Trey DePriest: Incompatibility in 2014
Landon Dickerson Center: unanimously in 2020
Linebacker Rashane Evans: Incompatibility in 2017
Defensive Back Minka Fitzpatrick: Consensus of 2016 and Consensus of 2017
Linebacker Robin Foster: unanimously in 2016
Running Back Nagy Harris: unanimously in 2020
Running Back Derek Henry: unanimously 2015
Linebacker Donta Hightower: 2011 compatibility
Buck Marlon Humphrey’s Corner: Incompatibility in 2016
Running Back Mark Ingram: unanimously in 2009
Jerry Goody wide receiver: 2018 consensus and 2019 discord
Quarterback Mac Jones: 2020 compatibility
Ryan Kelly Center: 2015 compatibility
Buck Dre Kirkpatrick’s Corner: Incompatibility in 2011
Offensive Ari Kouandjio: Incompatibility in 2014
Offensive intervention by Cyrus Kwangyo: 2013 compatibility
Offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood: Incompatibility in 2019 and consensus in 2020
Quarterback AJ Macaron: Incompatibility in 2013
Back line Dylan Moses: Incompatibility in 2020
Linebacker CJ Mosley: Consensus of 2012 and Consensus of 2013
Offensive intervention by Evan Neal: 2021 compatibility
Ross-Berchbacher Center: Incompatibility in 2018
Back line Reggie Ragland: unanimously 2015
Defensive A’Shawn Robinson: 2015 compatibility
Offensive Cam Robinson: unanimously in 2016
Bunter J.K. Scott: Incompatibility in 2014
Offensive Andre Smith: unanimously in 2008
DeVonta Smith Wide Receiver: unanimously in 2020
Back Patrick Sarten’s second corner: unanimously in 2020
Quarterback Tua Tagoviloa: 2018 consensus
Safety of Deionte Thompson: 2018 consensus
All Purpose/Return Kick Jaylen Waddle: Incompatibility in 2019
Wide reception Jameson Williams: Incompatibility in 2021
Offensive Jonah Williams: unanimously in 2018
Defensive Quinn Williams: unanimously in 2018
Quarterback Bryce Young: 2021 compatibility
Alabama already has 21 players in the College Football Hall of Fame (presented alphabetically by All-America qualification criteria):
Midfielder Cornelius Bennett: Lack of consensus in 1985 and unanimity in 1986
Defender Johnny Kane: Incompatibility 1931
Sylvester Chrome Center: Incompatibility in 1974
Half-back Harry Gilmer: Incompatibility in 1945
Keeper John Hannah: Unconsensus in 1971 (as an offensive move) and unanimity in 1972
Half-back Dixie Howell: 1934 compatibility
End of Don Hatsune: 1934 compatibility
Lee Roy Jordan Center: unanimously in 1962
EJ Junior defensive end: unanimously in 1980
Linebacker Woodrow Lowe: Disagreement 1973 and 1975 and consensus 1974
Defensive intervention Marty Lyons: 1978 compatibility
Von Mancha Center: [1945compatibility
Running Back Johnny Musso: Consensus of 1971
Processing Jeeran Bailey: unanimously in 1961
Recipient Ozzy Newsom: 1977 compatibility
Fred Sington intervention: They met in 1930
Quarterback Riley Smith: 1935 compatibility
Linebacker Derek Thomas: unanimously in 1988
Don Whitmer processing: Non-Consensus in 1942 (and after moving to the Navy, All-American Consensus in 1943 and All-American Consensus in 1944)
Two College Football Hall of Fame members from Alabama do not meet the American standard currently used – quarterback Johnny MacBrown, who played at Crimson Tide from 1923 through 1925, and linebacker Pooley Hubert, who played from 1922 through 1925.
Players are nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame by athletic directors, head coaches, and directors of sports information for NFC member schools.
FBS candidates are geographically ranked for eight district screening committees. Committee members vote on the players who will represent their district on the ballot. Players who received significant support in the final vote the previous year but did not enter the College Football Hall of Fame are also automatically placed on the ballot.
The 12,000+ members of the NFL then get the annual ballot for consideration.
After the vote, the NFF Honors Court considers recommendations from the Veterans’ Committee, reviews the vote and names the members of the Hall of Fame category.
Mark Enabinet is a sports reporter for the Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter Hahahaha.