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C.J. Spiller on 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

June 3, 2019

C.J. Spiller will be among the names on the 2020 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, in a release Monday afternoon from the National Football Foundation.

Spiller will be a part of a ballot that includes 76 players and five coaches from the FBS division and 101 players and 33 coaches from the individual divisions. The 2020 class will be announced prior to the National Championship game in New Orleans in January 2020 and they will be inducted at the National Football Foundation’s 63rd annual awards dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown on Dec. 8, 2020. Spiller will also receive recognition from Clemson during the 2020 football season.

“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot when you think that more than 5.33 million people have played college football and only 1,010 players have been inducted,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hall’s requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. Being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game, and we look forward to announcing the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class in January.”

Spiller was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills after rushing for 32 touchdowns and 3547 yards during his time at Clemson.

Here’s the criteria for Hall of Fame consideration, according to the release:

  • First and foremost, a player must have received First-Team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All-America teams.
  • A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s Honors Courts 10 full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.
  • While each nominee’s football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post-football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community and his fellow man, with love of his country. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether the candidate earned a college degree.
  • Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years.* For example, to be eligible for the 2020 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1970 or thereafter. In addition, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.
  • A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head football coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.
  • Nominations may only be submitted by the athletics director of a potential candidate’s collegiate institution; by the head coach or sports information director (SID) representing a dues-paying college/university; or by a dues-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.
  • Players who do not comply with the 50-year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Veterans Committees. Veterans Committee
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