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IRVING, Texas (March 11, 2020) - The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class Presented by ETT during "SportsCenter" on ESPN2.

2020 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS

Presented by ETT

PLAYERS:

Lomas Brown - OT, Florida (1981-84)

Keith Byars - RB, Ohio State (1982-85)

Eric Crouch - QB, Nebraska (1998-2001)

Eric Dickerson - RB, Southern Methodist (1979-82)

Glenn Dorsey - DT, LSU (2004-07)

Jumbo Elliott - OT, Michigan (1984-87)

Jason Hanson - PK, Washington State (1988-91)

E.J. Henderson - LB, Maryland (1999-2002)

E.J. Junior - DE, Alabama (1977-80)

Steve McNair - QB, Alcorn State (1991-94)

Cade McNown - QB, UCLA (1995-98)

Leslie O'Neal - DT, Oklahoma State (1982-85)

Anthony Poindexter - DB, Virginia (1995-98)

David Pollack - DE, Georgia (2001-04)

Bob Stein - DE, Minnesota (1966-68)

Michael Westbrook - WR, Colorado (1991-94)

Elmo Wright - WR, Houston (1968-70)

COACHES:

Dick Sheridan - 121-52-5 (69.4%); Furman (1978-85), North Carolina State (1986-92)

Andy Talley - 258-155-2 (62.4%); St. Lawrence [NY] (1979-83), Villanova (1985-2016)

The 17 First Team All-America players and two standout coaches in the 2020 Class were selected from the national ballot of 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision, the 101 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks and the NFF Veterans Committee candidates.

"We are extremely proud to announce the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class," said Archie Manning, NFF Chairman and a 1989 College Football Hall of Famer from Mississippi. "Each of these men has established himself among the absolute best to have ever played or coached the game, and we look forward to immortalizing their incredible accomplishments."

The 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class Presented by ETT will be officially inducted during the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by ETT on Dec. 8 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The inductees will also be recognized at their respective collegiate institutions with NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, presented by Fidelity Investments, during the fall. Their accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.

The announcement of the 2020 Class was made today during the Noon ET edition of "SportsCenter" on ESPN2.

"We want to thank ESPN for the opportunity to announce the 2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class during 'SportsCenter,'" said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "Today's announcement shines a light on the accomplishments of some of college football's greatest legends." 2020 COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME CLASS NOTES

PLAYERS:

2 NFF National Scholar-Athletes (Hanson, Stein)

1 Heisman Trophy winner (Crouch)

6 unanimous First Team All-Americans (Byars, Dickerson, Dorsey, Hanson, Junior, O'Neal)

8 consensus First Team All-Americans (Brown, Elliott, Henderson, McNown, Poindexter, Pollack, Westbrook, Wright)

7 multi-year First Team All-Americans (Dorsey (2), Elliott (2), Hanson (2), Henderson (2), O'Neal (2), Poindexter (2), Pollack (3)

5 winners of college football major awards (Crouch - Heisman, Davey O'Brien, Walter Camp; Dorsey - Lombardi, Nagurski, Outland; Henderson - Bednarik, Butkus; McNair - Walter Payton; Pollack - Bednarik, Lombardi)

2 members of national championship teams (Dorsey, Junior (2)

10 conference players of the year (Byars, Crouch (2), Dickerson (2), Dorsey, Henderson (2), McNair (4), McNown, O'Neal, Poindexter, Pollack (2)

13 members of conference championship teams (Byars, Crouch, Dickerson (2), Dorsey, Elliott, Henderson, Junior (3), McNair (2), McNown (2), Poindexter, Pollack, Stein, Westbrook)

13 players who still hold school records (Byars, Crouch, Dickerson, Hanson, Henderson, Junior, McNair, McNown, O'Neal, Poindexter, Pollack, Westbrook, Wright)

9 played for College Football Hall of Fame coaches (Byars - Earle Bruce, Elliott - Bo Schembechler, Hanson - Dennis Erickson, Junior - Paul "Bear" Bryant, McNown - Terry Donahue, O'Neal - Jimmy Johnson, Poindexter - George Welsh, Westbrook - Bill McCartney, Wright - Bill Yeoman)

11 first-round NFL draft picks (Brown, Byars, Dickerson, Dorsey, Junior, McNair, McNown, O'Neal, Pollack, Westbrook, Wright)

9 offensive players (Brown, Byars, Crouch, Dickerson, Elliott, McNair, McNown, Westbrook, Wright)

7 defensive players (Dorsey, Henderson, Junior, O'Neal, Poindexter, Pollack, Stein)

1 special teams players (Hanson)

5 decades represented: 1960s (1) - Stein; 1970s (1) - Wright; 1980s (7) - Brown, Byars, Dickerson, Elliott, Hanson, Junior, O'Neal; 1990s (4) - McNair, McNown, Poindexter, Westbrook; 2000s (4) - Crouch, Dorsey, Henderson, Pollack

1 school with its first-ever Hall of Fame player (Alcorn State - McNair)

COACHES:

1 national championship (Talley)

14 conference championships (Sheridan - 6, Talley - 8)

Most wins in school and conference history (Talley - Villanova & CAA)

Highest winning percentage in school history (Sheridan - Furman)

16 playoff appearances (Sheridan - 3, Talley - 13)

6 bowl appearances (Sheridan)

28 First Team All-Americans coached (Sheridan - 12, Talley - 16)

190 first team all-conference players coached (Sheridan - 106, Talley - 84)

7 conference coach of the year honors (Sheridan - 4, Talley - 3)

3 schools with their first-ever Hall of Fame coach or player inductee (Furman - Sheridan; St. Lawrence - Talley; Villanova - Talley)

SELECTION CRITERIA

1. First and foremost, a player must have received First Team All-America recognition by a selector recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise its consensus All-America teams.

2. A player becomes eligible for consideration by the NFF's Honors Court 10 full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.

3. While each nominee's football achievements in college are of prime consideration, his post football record as a citizen is also weighed. He must have proven himself worthy as a citizen, carrying the ideals of football forward into his relations with his community. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether or not the candidate earned a college degree.

4. Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years*. For example, to be eligible for the 2020 ballot, the player must have played his last year in 1970 or thereafter. In addition, current professional players and/or coaches are not eligible until retirement.

5. A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years old. Active coaches become eligible at 75 years of age. He must have been a head football coach for a minimum of 10 years and coached at least 100 games with a .600 winning percentage.

6. Nominations may only be submitted by the current athletics director, head coach or sports information director (SID) of a potential candidate's collegiate institution. Nominations may also be submitted by the president/executive director of a dues-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.

* Players that do not comply with the 50-year rule may still be eligible for consideration by the Football Bowl Subdivision and Divisional Veterans Committees, which examine unique cases.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME QUICK FACTS

Including the 2020 Hall of Fame class, only 1,027 players and 221 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.4 million who have played or coached the game during the past 150 years. In other words, less than two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of the individuals who have played the game have earned this distinction.

Founded in 1947, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame inducted its first class of inductees in 1951. The first class included 32 players and 22 coaches, including Illinois' Red Grange, Notre Dame's Knute Rockne, Amos Alonzo Stagg and Carlisle (PA)'s Jim Thorpe.

314 schools are represented with at least one College Football Hall of Famer.

Induction for the 2020 Class will take place Dec. 8 during the 63rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner Presented by ETT at the New York Hilton Midtown.

2020 College Football Hall of Fame Class Bios

LOMAS BROWN

University of Florida

Offensive Tackle, 1981-84

The anchor of the Gators' offensive line known as "The Great Wall of Florida," Lomas Brown remains one of the most dominant blockers in SEC history. The Miami native becomes the ninth Florida player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

A consensus First Team All-American in 1984, Brown received the Jacobs Blocking Trophy that season as the SEC's top blocker. The senior team captain was a two-time All-SEC selection, earning first team honors in 1984 after taking home second team laurels in 1983. During his stellar 1984 campaign, Brown guided Florida to nine consecutive wins to finish the season 9-1-1 while anchoring an offense that helped three different backs each gain nearly 700 rushing yards.

Florida's Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1983, Brown led the Gators to three-straight bowl berths, including a win in the 1983 Gator Bowl. He started 31 of his last 33 games, guiding Florida to top 10 national rankings in 1983 (No. 6) and 1984 (No. 3). The Gators beat in-state rival Florida State all four years Brown was in Gainesville, and he capped his stellar collegiate career by playing in both the Hula and Senior bowls. A member of the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame, he played for the Gators alongside fellow College Football Hall of Famer Wilber Marshall.

The sixth overall pick by the Detroit Lions in the 1985 NFL Draft, Brown played 18 seasons in the pros with the Lions (1985-95), Arizona Cardinals (1996-98), Cleveland Browns (1999), New York Giants (2000-01) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2002). The seven-time Pro Bowl selection appeared in two Super Bowls, retiring on a high note after helping the Buccaneers win Super Bowl XXXVII. Brown returned to Florida during the NFL offseason to complete his bachelor's degree in 1996.

While still playing in the NFL, he founded the Lomas Brown Jr. Foundation benefitting educational institutions and related activities focusing on scholarships, student financial aid and awards programs. Noted for his generosity, Brown has hosted free football camps in Detroit for local high school students among many other charitable endeavors. He currently serves as the CEO of LBJB Sports, a sports marketing firm in Detroit, and he can be heard as the color commentator on the Detroit Lions broadcast team for flagship radio station WJR-AM.

GLENN DORSEY

Louisiana State University

Defensive Tackle, 2004-07

Despite being double- and sometimes triple-teamed, Glenn Dorsey terrorized offensive lines while guiding LSU to a national championship. The most decorated defensive player in school history becomes the 10th Tiger player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

A two-time First Team All-American, Dorsey earned unanimous honors in 2007 after leading LSU to a win over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship Game. During his stellar senior campaign, he won the Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi and Lott IMPACT trophies, becoming the first player in Tigers history to receive any of those awards. A team captain in 2007, Dorsey guided LSU to the conference title while earning SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors and being named a finalist for the Bednarik Award.

The two-time First Team All-SEC selection was the leader of one of the most successful four-year periods in LSU history, helping the Tigers to a 43-9 overall record during his career. A five-time SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, Dorsey also guided LSU to the 2005 SEC West Division title and three other bowl games, including back-to-back wins in the 2005 Peach Bowl and 2007 Sugar Bowl. The anchor of a defense that rated No. 3 nationally in yards allowed in both his junior and senior seasons, he led the Tigers to top 10 final rankings in 2005 (No. 5), 2006 (No. 3) and 2007 (No. 1). Dorsey accumulated 179 total tackles, including 27 for loss and 13 sacks, while playing in 52 games for LSU, including 27 straight starts to end his career in Baton Rouge. He was honored as a member of the SEC Football Legends Class in 2017.

Dorsey, who opted to return to LSU for his senior season despite being projected as a first-round NFL Draft pick as a junior, became the fifth overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He played five seasons with the Chiefs (2008-12) and four with the San Francisco 49ers (2013-16).

Off the field, he established the Glenn Dorsey Foundation, which focuses on teaching youth the importance of education. A motivational speaker, his community activities include donating food and water to flood victims in 2016, furnishing homes for the underprivileged and donating time and money to host Easter egg hunts in Louisiana.

E.J. JUNIOR

University of Alabama

Defensive End, 1977-80

An imposing threat on the defensive line, E.J. Junior led Alabama to two national championships as part of a remarkable four years in Tuscaloosa. The Nashville, Tennessee, native becomes the 19th Crimson Tide player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

A unanimous First Team All-American in 1980, Junior was a finalist for the Lombardi Award and guided Alabama to consecutive national championships in 1978 and 1979. In winning College Football Hall of Fame coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's final national title, Junior and the 1979 Crimson Tide squad went 12-0 and claimed the program's third-straight Sugar Bowl and SEC championships. Junior lost only four games at Alabama as the Crimson Tide posted an astounding 44-4 record, including a 28-game winning streak from 1978-80, and never finished lower than No. 6 in the national rankings.

The three-time First Team All-SEC selection capped his career in a dominant 30-2 win over Baylor in the 1981 Cotton Bowl. Selected as the 1980 SEC Lineman of the Year by both the Atlanta Touchdown Club and the Birmingham Monday Morning Quarterback Club, Junior was the leader of a defense that allowed only 98 points during his senior campaign and just 67 in 1979. He racked up 190 tackles and 21 sacks for the Crimson Tide while playing alongside Hall of Famers Marty Lyons and Ozzie Newsome, and his 10 career forced fumbles are tied for the school record. Junior is enshrined in the Senior Bowl, State of Alabama Sports and State of Tennessee halls of fame.

The fifth overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft, Junior was a two-time Pro Bowl selection while playing with the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals (1981-88). He subsequently played for the Miami Dolphins (1989-91), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992) and Seattle Seahawks (1992-93).

Junior became an ordained minister after retiring from the NFL while also entering the coaching ranks. He started out as a linebackers coach with the Seahawks and had stints with the Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, Jacksonville Jaguars and Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. After time as an assistant at Southwest Baptist (MO), Junior served as the head coach at Central State (OH) from 2009-13, and he was later an assistant and interim head coach at Delaware State.

DAVID POLLACK

University of Georgia

Defensive End, 2001-04

Following the legendary Herschel Walker as just the second Georgia player to earn First Team All-America accolades in three seasons, David Pollack left Athens as one of the most decorated players in school history. He becomes the 15th Bulldog player to enter the College Football Hall of Fame.

A consensus First Team All-American in 2002 and 2004, Pollack received the Bednarik Award, Rotary Lombardi Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy following his senior campaign. The 2002 SEC Player of the Year and 2004 SEC Defensive Player of the Year led Georgia to consecutive conference title games, taking the crown during his sophomore season. The only two-time recipient of the Ted Hendricks Award as the top defensive end in college football, Pollack was a three-time First Team All-SEC selection and two-time Nagurski Trophy finalist. The 2004 team captain guided the Bulldogs to top 10 finishes in his final three seasons, highlighted by a No. 3 ranking in 2002 when the team posted a 13-1 record and a Sugar Bowl win over Florida State. Pollack earned Defensive MVP honors following a 2004 Capital One Bowl win over Purdue, and he followed that up with MVP honors after a school bowl record three sacks in a 2005 Outback Bowl victory over Wisconsin.

The two-time Vince Dooley team MVP is Georgia's all-time leader with 36 sacks, a mark that ranks fourth in SEC history. Pollack also holds school career records for 58.5 tackles for loss and three blocked punts, and he boasts two of the top five single-season sack performances in Bulldogs history - 14 in 2002 (No. 2) and 12.5 in 2004 (No. 5). The 2003 Atlanta Touchdown Club Lineman of the Year led the SEC in sacks and tackles for loss during his sophomore and senior seasons. A four-year starter, Pollack was named to the Freshman All-SEC team in 2001.

A first round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals, Pollack's pro career was cut short after an injury, and he retired in 2007. The 2009 Georgia-Florida Hall of Fame inductee was named to Sports Illustrated's All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

Pollack started his broadcasting career in 2008, doing studio work for CBS and hosting a sports radio talk show in Atlanta for 790 The Zone. A college football analyst at ESPN since 2009, he previously worked as an analyst for the network's Thursday night college football games and co-hosted "Palmer & Pollack" on ESPNU. Pollack now contributes to "College Football Live" and has been part of the Emmy Award-winning "College GameDay" since 2011.