In the spirit of Vinny Testaverde, the Miami Hurricanes' first Heisman Trophy winner, being elected into the College Football Hall of Fame, it is time to take a look at former 'Canes who also deserve a place in the Hall.
Testaverde is the 10th Hurricane to be inducted to the Hall of Fame and the sixth in eight years.
According to the National Football Foundation website, the criteria for eligible Hall of Fame inductees are rather stringent.
-1. FIRST AND FOREMOST, A PLAYER MUST HAVE RECEIVED FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICA RECOGNITION BY A SELECTOR RECOGNIZED BY THE NCAA AND UTILIZED TO COMPRISE THEIR CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICA TEAMS.
-2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the NFF's Honors Court ten years after his last year of intercollegiate football played.
-3. 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. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.
-4. In accordance to the 50-year rule*, players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years. For example, to be eligible for the 2013 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1961 or thereafter. In addition, current professional players and / or coaches are not eligible until retirement.
Notice that the first rule is in all capital letters. The foundation really means it.
Each of the following players definitely meets the first, second and fourth criteria, and they have passed the eye test of the third rule in my mind.
Here are nine Hurricanes who deserve to be in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Did I miss someone? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Notes: The playing years listed for each player include January bowl games. All collegiate statistics, records and All-American years from UM media guide.