A couple of months ago I crossed off an item on my Bucket List when I became a member of the National Football Foundation. For those of you not familiar with the NFF, they are the organization that oversees the College Football Hall of Fame.
Why did I want to become a member of the NFF? Simply put, I was tired of seeing other players get voted into the College Football Hall of Fame instead of some of the all-time greats of Michigan. So instead of sitting around and complaining, I did something about it. I am now a voting member, and while there are some great Michigan players and coaches enshrined (see below), there are several other deserving M-Men that need to get their due.
According to the Bentley Historical Library, there have been 128 first team All-Americans at U-M. But only 25 players have been inducted so far!
While it was great to see Rob Lytle finally get recognized for his achievements last Saturday, you might ask why did it take almost 40 years for #41 to get inducted into the CFB HOF? Part of the reason is that the Michigan Chapter of the NFF has experienced a drop-off of membership due to elderly attrition. We need to pick up the torch and make sure the players that you and I grew up watching get their rightful place in the College Football HOF.
By the way, it’s not only yours truly who is in favor of these efforts, according to John Ghindia, vice president of the Michigan Chapter for the National Football Foundation, “Coach Harbaugh would like to add at least 100 new National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame Michigan Chapter voting members this year.”
If you would like to join Dr. Sap’s and Coach Harbaugh’s efforts to vote deserving Wolverines into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame click here for Michigan Chapter Membership information and sign up today!
|Name||Years at UM||Position *||Induction|
|David Brown||1972-1974||Defensive Back||2007|
|Anthony Carter||1979-1982||Wide Receiver||2001|
|Tom Curtis||1967-1969||Defensive Back||2005|
|Glen E. “Bo” Schembechler||1969-1989||Coach||1993|
|Adolph “Germany” Schulz||1904-1908||Center||1951|
|Elton “Tad” Weiman||1921-1928||Coach||1956|
|Fielding Yost||1901-1924, 1926||Coach||1951|
As of 2014, there are 948 players and 180 coaches enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, representing 294 schools.Players by school: