Just this week, the college football Hall of Fame named 15 players to its 2009 class that will be inducted on Dec. 8 in New York City. Among the 15, and deservedly so, was former Nebraska defensive end Grant Wistrom.
As much as any other player, Wistrom and his number 98 jersey were the face of Nebraska football during the unprecedented 60-3 run over five seasons that Nebraska experienced in the mid 90's. During his college career from 1994-1997, Nebraska had an incredible 49-2 record with three National Championships.
But, just as important as Wistrom was to the success that Nebraska experienced during the 90's, so to, was another player whose continued absence from the college football Hall of Fame is mighty conspicuous.
That player is Tommie Frazier, who by the end of his collegiate career had many of the "talking head" experts on television calling him the best college QB to ever play the game.
Frazier compiled a 33-3 record during his career and came within a missed 45 yard field goal at the end of the 1994 Orange Bowl with FSU, and several mighty suspicious officials calls prior to the missed 45 yard field goal, of being the first and only QB to guide his team to three undefeated National Championship seasons.
That not withstanding, in 1994 and 1995, Frazier and Nebraska did win National Championships, and in 1995, did so in such a fashion that the 1995 Nebraska Cornhusker's go down as the best/most dominant college football team of all time in the modern era.
And yet guys like Don Mcpherson of Syracuse, inducted just last year into the college football Hall of Fame, and 2009 inductee Major Harris of West Virginia are finding themselves placed in the hall before Tommie Frazier???
Not a slight to either one of these guys, as both were fine quarterbacks for their respective schools, but on accomplishments only, it doesn't add up that they are in the college Hall of Fame and Frazier isn't.
In fact, Frazier hasn't even been on the list of players eligible to be inducted in any class!!
Has something changed or opinion of Tommie Frazier's career changed in the 14 years since his college career ended?
I don't think so.