The College Football Hall of Fame ballot was released today. Among those nominated for enshrinement are a couple of current Raiders coaches along with several other former players. One Raiders coach who was also a Raiders player.
That current coach who also played for the Raiders is former Purdue All American defensive back Rod Woodson. He is the team's assistant defensive back and played his final two NFL seasons for the Raiders. In his first season with the team, he was named All Pro, helping to lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl. Woodson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame back in 2009, so the former 10th overall pick is well overdue to join the College Football Hall of Fame as well.
The other current coach on the ballot is defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr who starred at linebacker at UCLA and was named an All American in 1987. The former round two pick by the Cowboys had a 13-year NFL career in which he earned three Super Bowl rings with the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers. He has since been a long time linebackers coach at the college and pro level, where he added another Super Bowl ring with the Seahawks.
The former Raiders players among the nominees are:
Kerry Collins Penn State (2004-05)
Eric Dickerson, SMU (1992)
Tim Dwight, Iowa (2007)
Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame (4th round pick, 1993-95)
Matt Leinart, USC (2012)
Matt Stinchcomb, Georgia (1st round pick, 2000-03)
Steve Wisniewski, Penn State (2nd round pick, 1989-2001)
Rod Woodson, Purdue (2002-03)