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Florida players jam the College Football Hall of Fame ballot

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Yes, it is too unwieidy.

Yes, there are too many players, and too many coaches, up for consideration every year.

Still, the College Football Hall of Fame should be popular next Jan. 6 when it announces its new class in Tampa.

The College Hall, 977 members strong, has announced its ballot for next year. It includes 75 players from the major conferences (and 95 from the divisional ranks). It also will consider six coaches (and 29 from the divisional ranks). That’s a lot of contenders, especially when you compare it to the 205 members of the Pro Football Hall, which will induct eight members this year.

Still, it’s a Florida-worthy class. Up from the state include.

  • Steve Spurrier, Florida (as a coach). Spurrier is second in wins in SEC history, and he’s the winningest coach at Florida and South Carolina.
  • Lomas Brown, Florida. Brown was a mainstay with the Gators, and later blocked for Barry Sanders in Detroit.
  • Brad Culpepper, Florida. The nation’s top scholar-athlete as a senior. As a pro, you could argue he was the second best defensive tackle the Bucs ever had.
  • Terrell Buckley, FSU. He led the nation in interceptions with 12 as a senior. He had 21 in his college career.
  • Ray Lewis, Miami. One of the NFL’s most talented middle linebackers, Lewis was also a key defender for the Hurricanes.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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