College Football Hall of Fame 2012: Danny Wuerffel and Derrick Thomas Snubbed
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Apparently, winning the Heisman Trophy, Johnny Unitas Award, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, Draddy Trophy and multiple Davey O'Brien Awards isn't enough to get you into the College Football Hall of Fame.
At least, it isn't enough if you're former Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel.
Wuerffel was snubbed by National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame on Tuesday, despite earning all of those accolades listed above, the 1996 National Championship, two SEC Player of the Year awards and four—four—SEC Championships.
Wuerffel was a standout for Steve Spurrier's Florida teams of the mid-'90s. From 1993-1996, Wuerffel completed 708-of-1,170 passes for 10,875 yards and 114 touchdowns. If that's not Hall of Fame-worthy, I don't know what is.
Joining Wuerffel on the SEC's snub list is former Alabama linebacker Derrick Thomas. Thomas set the FBS record for sacks in a season with 27 in 1988. Not coincidentally, that was the same year that Thomas won the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. Thomas still holds the SEC's career sack record with 52.
It was reported that the College Football Hall of Fame won't elect players from the same team in consecutive seasons, which would have prevented Weurffel and Thomas from being elected. Florida's Carlos Alvarez and Alabama's Marty Lyons were inducted last season. But if that's a goal, then why list them on the ballot to begin with?
Wuerffel and Thomas weren't the most notable snubs in this year's class. That honor belongs to former Nebraska signal-caller Tommie Frazier. But the two former SEC stars deserve to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
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