Legends on College FB HoF Ballot
Five Seahawks Legends and two Seahawks coaches are on the 2019 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced the names, including 76 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 100 players and 32 coaches from the divisional ranks.
The announcement of the 2019 Class will be made on January 7, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. The 2019 class will officially be inducted during the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 10, 2019.
Bobby Engram, Wide Receiver-Penn State-1994. First Team All-American and recipient of the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver…Three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection who led Lions to the 1994 conference title and four bowl wins…First-ever PSU player to record a 1,000-yard receiving season and left PSU with 12 school records.
Engram played 5 seasons with the Chicago Bears (1996-2000), 8 seasons with the Seahawks (2001-2008), and his final NFL season with the Kansas City Chiefs (2009).
Robert Gallery, Iowa-Offensive Tackle-2003. Consensus First Team All-American and recipient of the 2003 Outland Trophy…Two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior…Led Hawkeyes to a Big Ten title, Orange Bowl appearance and a No. 8 final ranking in 2002. Gallery graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education, and as part of his pre-professional training he taught at two local elementary schools.
Gallery played 1 season with the Seahawks (2011) after playing 7 seasons (2004-2010) with the Oakland Raiders.
Jacob Green, Texas A&M-Defensive Lineman-1979. First Team All-American and two-time All-SWC selection…Set A&M records for career sacks (37) and single-season sacks (20 in 1979)…Led Aggies to berths in the 1977 Bluebonnet and 1978 Hall of Fame bowls.
Green played 13 seasons with the Seahawks (1980-1992), and his final NFL season with the San Francisco 49ers (1992).
“I am humbled to be considered for this great honor,” Green said. “Knowing the players and coaches that have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, it is an honor to even be considered.”
Steve Hutchinson, Michigan-Offensive Lineman-2000. Unanimous First Team All-American who led the Wolverines to four bowl wins, including the 1997 National Championship at the Rose Bowl…One of only seven players in conference history to be named a four-time First Team All-Big Ten selection…Three-time Big Ten champion.
Hutchinson played 5 seasons with the Seahawks (2001-2005), 6 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings (2006-2011), and his final NFL season with the Tennessee Titans (2012).
E.J. Junior, Alabama-Defensive End-1980. Unanimous First Team All-American and member of two national championship teams (1978, 1979)…Three-time First Team All-SEC selection and 1980 SEC Lineman of the Year, who led Tide to two conference titles…Member of fabled goal-line stand defense vs. Penn State in 1979 Sugar Bowl.
Junior played 7 seasons with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals (1981-1988), 3 seasons with the Miami Dolphins (1989-1991), 1 season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 1992), and his final 2 NFL seasons with the Seahawks (1993-1994).
Ken Norton Jr., UCLA-Linebacker-1987. First Team All-American, leading Bruins to four consecutive bowl wins… Member of the 1985 conference championship team… Led team in tackles in 1986 (106) and in 1987 (125) and ranks sixth in school history with 339 career tackles.
Norton played 6 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys (1988-1993) and 7 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers (1994-2000). He was a linebackers coach for the Seahawks for 5 seasons (2010-2014), and returned as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator in 2018.
Dennis Erickson – Idaho (1982-85, 2006), Wyoming (1986), Washington State (1987-88), Miami [Fla.] (1989-94), Oregon State (1999-2002), Arizona State (2007-11). Only Miami coach to lead the Hurricanes to two national titles (1989, 1991) and boasts highest win percentage (87.5) in school history…Led teams to 12 bowl games and at least a share of seven conference titles…First coach to earn Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors at three different institutions.
Erickson was the Seahawks’ head coach for 4 seasons (1995-1998).
Robert Gallery, Jacob Green, E.J. Junior and Ken Norton Jr. were also on the 2018 ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.