Some of you may be wondering how Charles Woodson isn’t already in the College Football Hall of Fame. Well, it’s because players aren’t eligible until they are done playing professional football. Woodson retired from football following the 2015 season. A year later, he finds himself eligible for what figures to be one of several Halls of Fame in which he will be enshrined.
I honestly can’t think of a player more deserving of this honor than him. After all, he is the only ever primarily defensive player to win the Heisman, beating out Peyton Manning for the award.
As if that distinction wasn’t enough, that year he also took home the Walter Camp, Bronco Nagurski, Chuck Bednarik and Jim Thorpe awards. He was a Two-time First Team All-American including being a unanimous selection in 1997 and a 2-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Michigan Wolverines to a National title. I mean, what else can one man do?
A couple other former Raiders are also among the 75 players on the ballot.
Raghib Ismail, WR, Notre Dame — Round 4, 1991
Two-time First Team All-American earning consensus honors in 1989 and unanimous laurels in 1990…Walter Camp Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1990…Led ND to national championship at the Fiesta Bowl and two Orange Bowls.
Steve Wisniewski, OG, Penn State — Round 2, 1989
1988 First Team All-American…Member of 1986 12-0 national championship team…Helped Blair Thomas rush for 1,414 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1987 and D.J. Dozier attain First Team All-America honors in 1986.