June 4, 2018
NOTRE DAME, Indiana - Two former University of Notre Dame football all-stars – wide receiver/kick returner Raghib Ismail and offensive tackle Aaron Taylor – appear on the 2018 National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame Football Bowl Subdivision ballot.
The ballot contains names of 76 players and six coaches vying for induction.
The ballot was emailed today to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Courts, which will deliberate and select the class. The FBS Honors Court, chaired by NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin from Ohio State, and the Divisional Honors Court, chaired by former Marshall head coach, longtime athletics director and NFF Board Member Jack Lengyel, include an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media.
The announcement of the 2019 Class will be made Monday, Jan. 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. The city is serving as the host for the CFP National Championship, which will be played later that day at Levi’s Stadium. Some of the electees will be on site during the announcement to represent the class and share their thoughts on being elected. The Jan. 7 announcement will be televised live, and specific viewing information will be available as the date draws near. Several of the electees will also participate in the pregame festivities and the coin toss before the championship game.
The 2019 class will officially be inducted during the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 10, 2019, at
the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will be permanently enshrined at the College Football Hall
of Fame in Atlanta later that December and honored on the field during the 15th Annual National Hall of
Fame Salute during the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. They will also be honored at their respective schools with
an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the 2019 season.
The criteria for Hall of Fame consideration include:
*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.
Once nominated for consideration, all player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school’s geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee may make recommendations to the Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago.
Of the 5.26 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first battled Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869, only 997 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, or less than two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of those who have played the game during the past 149 years. From the coaching ranks, 217 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.
Here are details on the two former Irish players on the ballot:
* Raghib Ismail – Wide Receiver – Two-time first-team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1989 and unanimous honors in 1990 ... Walter Camp Player of the Year and The Sporting News College Player of the Year in 1990 ... Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1990 ... led Notre Dame to 1989 Fiesta Bowl versus unbeaten West Virginia and two Orange Bowls against top-rated Colorado squads ... set NCAA record by twice returning two kickoffs for TDs in a single game (Rice 1988, Michigan 1989) ... finished with 4,187 all-purpose yards ... led the nation in kickoff returns as a freshman in 1988 with 36.1-yard average ... helped Irish to 1988 consensus national championship ... MVP of 1990 Orange Bowl and one of 10 finalists for 1990 Sullivan Award (as only finalist from college football) ... had six career kick returns for TDs ... his 22.0-yard average per reception remains a Notre Dame career mark.
* Aaron Taylor – Offensive tackle – Unanimous first-team All-America selection in 1993 as a senior offensive tackle after earning consensus honors as junior in 1992 as offensive guard ... winner of the '93 Lombardi Award and was one of three finalists for the Outland Trophy ... also a Lombardi finalist as junior in '92 ... received Notre Dame Lineman of the Year Award from Moose Krause Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame in '93 ... voted by teammates as the recipient of Nick Pietrosante Award, which is given to the player who best exemplifies courage, dedication and pride of the late All- America fullback ... captain of the team his senior season, starting 30 straight games to end his career ... member of the 1994 Hula Bowl team ... drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft, playing on a team that won the Super Bowl in 1997 ... played for the San Diego Chargers in 1998 and 1999 before retiring from professional football ... analyst for the CBS Sports Network.
This is Ismail’s sixth straight appearance—and it’s Taylor’s third appearance (also in 2013 and 2017).
Notre Dame has 46 former players and six former coaches already enshrined in the Hall of Fame, providing more inductees than any other institution. The most recent addition is Irish linebacker Bob Crable, who was inducted in December 2017.
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