The National Football Foundation announced a list of 16 inductees to the College Football Hall of Fame Thursday afternoon, highlighted by a posthumous induction for longtime snub Derrick Thomas, who won the Butkus Award at Alabama in 1988.
Other notable inclusions—names who may be familiar to the more casual fan—include former TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson, former Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf, former South Carolina receiver Sterling Sharpe, former USC offensive tackle Tony Boselli and former Oregon head coach Mike Bellotti.
But happy as we are for the men whose names were called, this announcement—as is the case with all Hall of Fame announcements, in every sport—was also notable for the men whose names were not.
Because the College Football Hall of Fame is so particular with unwritten rules, these snubs are not unfamiliar. Someone like former Nebraska quarterback Eric Crouch, for example, was eligible and won a Heisman Trophy in 2001, but because Tommie Frazier was inducted from the same school (and position) in the class of 2013, he never stood a realistic chance of getting in this year.
The NFF prefers to make players wait, which is frustrating at times, but it typically amends itself in the long run. Still, some players met the requirements of NFF and had storied college careers, which makes their omission curious. They are legends of the game who should be recognized for their achievements.
Here are six guys still left knocking on the door.