(6-3-19) The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today the names on the 2020 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, including 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 101 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks.

This year’s ballot includes Jeff Hartings who was a Penn State-Offensive Lineman-Two-time First Team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1995…Three-time First Team All-Big Ten selection who helped Lions to the 1994 conference title (12-0 record) and is widely considered one of Penn State’s greatest-ever offenses …Leader of an offensive unit that set 14 single-season school records and led the FBS in scoring (47.8 ppg) in 1994).

The St. Henry grad was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the No. 23 overall pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, playing five seasons in Detroit before signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2001. Hartings played in the 2004 and 2005 Pro Bowls before retiring in 2006.

Hartings is presently the head football coach at Worthington Christian.

Jeff Hartings is #50 – #2 Penn State rallied from a 21-0 deficit and won their first Big Ten Championship in dramatic fashion by driving 96 yards (6:54-mark) in the game’s final minutes for the game-winning touchdown in a 35-31 victory.

The criteria for Hall of Fame consideration include:

  • First and foremost, a player must have received First-Team All-America recognition by a selector organization that is recognized by the NCAA and utilized to comprise their consensus All-America teams.
  • A player becomes eligible for consideration by the Foundation’s Honors Courts 10 full seasons after his final year of intercollegiate football played.
  • 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 and his fellow man, with love of his country. Consideration may also be given for academic honors and whether the candidate earned a college degree.
  • 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, players who are playing professionally and coaches who are coaching on the professional level are not eligible until after they retire.
  • A coach becomes eligible three full seasons after retirement or immediately following retirement provided he is at least 70 years of age. 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.
  • Nominations may only be submitted by the athletics director of a potential candidate’s collegiate institution; by the head coach or sports information director (SID) representing a dues-paying college/university; or by a dues-paying chapter of the National Football Foundation.

You can cast your vote for these two Nittany Lion legends here.

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