Nick Saban and two Alabama football players on Hall of Fame ballot

National Football Foundation announced Nick Saban, Mark Ingram and Chris Samuels are nominated to the College Football Hall of Fame.
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The National Football Foundation (NFF) has released the names of 77 players and nine coaches from the FBS, placed on the ballot to be named to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Joining Nick Saban are former Alabama Crimson Tide offensive lineman, Chris Samuels and former Alabama running back, Mark Ingram. The voting process will occur over several months, with the final selections announced early in 2025.

Normally a coach cannot be considered until three seasons have passed since the end of a coaching career. That does not apply to coaches age 70 or older, allowing Saban to be considered so soon after his retirement.

Nick Saban being voted in is a given, as college football's GOAT. As a Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram is in a strong position to be chosen in this voting cycle.

NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell stated, "It's an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot considering more than 5.7 million people have played college football and only 1,093 players have been inducted."

Alabama Football, Hall of Fame Nominee Player Profiles

  • Chris Samuels - Alabama-Offensive Tackle-1999 unanimous First Team All-American and Outland Trophy recipient...Two-time First Team All-SEC selection who led the Tide to a 1999 conference title…SEC Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner who did not allow a sack the entire 1999 season and blocked for 1,000-yard rusher Shawn Alexander.

  • Mark Ingram - Alabama-Running Back-2009 unanimous First Team All-American and the Tide's first-ever Heisman Trophy winner…Named Offensive MVP of the 2010 BCS National Championship after posting 116 rush yards and two TDs…2009 SEC Offensive Player of the Year led the conference in rushing (1,658) and total TDs (20) in 2009.

When Nick Saban is voted in, he will join four other Alabama Crimson Tide head coaches in the Hall of Fame. Already in the Hall are Wallace Wade, Frank Thomas, Gene Stallings, and Paul 'Bear' Bryant.

Former Alabama football players in the College Hall of Fame are Cornelius Bennett, Johnny Mack Brown, Johnny Cain, Sylvester Croom, Harry Gilmer, John Hannah, Dixie Howell, Pooley Hubert, Don Hutson, Lee Roy Jordan, E.J. Junior, Antonio Langham, Woodrow Lowe, Marty Lyons, Vaughn Mancha, Johnny Musso, Billy Neighbors, Ozzie Newsome, Fred Sington, Riley Smith, Darrick Thomas and Don Whitmire.