The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame ballot has been announced, and former Georgia Tech quarterback and 1999 Heisman Trophy runner-up Joe Hamilton is one of the names voters will have to ponder.
Hamilton, who currently works as part of the Tech football staff, is lauded as one of the greatest quarterbacks to ever play on the Flats. He set ACC career records for total offense (10,640 yards), touchdown passes (65) and total touchdowns (83) during his four year career at Tech.
During his senior season, Hamilton as named a consensus first-team All-American, won the Davey O’Brien Award.
The two-time Gator Bowl MVP, who now works as a recruiting assistant for the Jackets, is undoubtedly one of the most deserving candidates on this year’s ballot, after leading Tech to three straight bowl berths and a share of the 1998 ACC title.
However, there are some impressive names on this year’s ballot, and being elected isn’t as easy as say…oh…becoming a Pro Bowl selection.
Of the 4.99 million young men to have ever played college football since 1869, only 934 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, or less than two ten-thousandths (.0002) of one percent. [Source: CollegeFootballFoundation.org]
This year in particular would be an ideal one for Hamilton to receive enough votes for election, as the brand new facility that will house the CFB Hall of Fame will be in Atlanta, and should be ready to open at the start of the 2014 football season.
It’s an honor for Hamilton to be included on the ballot, and all Yellow Jacket fans I’m sure hope he eventually makes the cut for membership in the Hall.
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