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Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy

Posted on: May 17, 2011 6:11 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 6:47 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The College Football Hall of Fame announced its class of 2011 today, electing 16 former players and coaches to the ranks of gridiron immortality. Of the six players we had tabbed in March as the most deserving of induction, three (Deion Sanders, Russell Maryland, and Eddie George) were elected today, so we don't have quite the gripe we did earlier.

And yet, there are still dozens upon dozens of clearly deserving players who haven't been granted induction into the Hall, had to wait an unreasonably long time to be inducted, or for whatever reason, aren't even on the ballot yet. Eric Dickerson has been out of college football for nearly 30 years, and he's not in yet. He was out of the NFL for all of five years before being named a first-ballot Pro Football Hall of Famer. Deion Sanders was elected a full 22 seasons after he last played a down for Florida State. Of the 16 inductees in this class, the youngest player is Arizona DT Rob Waldrop, who last played in 1993. Others, like Oklahoma running back Clendon Thomas, played upwards of 50 years ago. There's no real telling why they were just now elected. 

On that note, this is Tommie Frazier's first time on the ballot, and his collegiate career ended sixteen years ago, in 1994. Sixteen years! What, exactly, was going to change about Frazier's resume between 1999 (granting him the same five-year post-career moratorium on voting that the pros use) and today? And being that nothing changed about that resume, why on earth wasn't he elected on this ballot?

Let's go back over the facts. Frazier went 33-3 as a starting quarterback for Nebraska -- an absurd .917 career winning percentage. His Huskers went to three title games in that span, winning two national championships and coming within one (badly) missed field goal of a third. Frazier rushed for 2,286 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career, and threw for over 4,000 yards and 47 more TDs to just 18 interceptions. He is unquestionably one of the best option quarterbacks in college football history. And he capped that incredible career with this famous run in the National Championship against Florida, which just so happens to be one of the best plays in college football history.

So if Tommie Frazier is not an immediate, unquestionable first-ballot Hall of Famer in this sport, then what is the point of having a College Football Hall of Fame? Why is the Hall of Fame not even bothering to induct anybody who played fewer than 17 years ago? Are they backed up? Understaffed? Unable to properly address his candidacy for whatever reason? Perhaps the Hall should go all-out next year and elect about 90 players and coaches next year, because between the players who weren't voted in and the ones who aren't 40 years old or older yet, there is no shortage of great college football players who aren't being given their due praise on a timely basis. Look at the ballot voters had to deal with this year. It's filled with guys who deserve recognition, and it's comically outdated. It's a list that -- barring the rare late-'90s player like Matt Stinchcomb or Joe Hamilton -- should have been in front of the voters 20 years ago, not today.

If there's some political reason that Frazier's not in the Hall yet -- didn't glad-hand enough or give off the impression that he wanted to be in or whatever -- then that's unbearable, because that's not what a Hall of Fame should be about. The fact of the matter is that a College Football Hall of Fame that does not include Tommie Frazier is an incomplete Hall of Fame, and the voters owe it to Frazier, Nebraska, and college football as a whole to fix this mistake as soon as possible. Anything else is a plain travesty. 


Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:04 am

Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy


He was a 3 time MVP of the national championship game! That stat alone may be the most difficult in all of sports to repeat outside of Brett Favre and Cal Ripken's continuous game feats. College players, fans, and coaches feared him like no other college QB at that time.

And Eddie George's Heisman as reason for inclusion?!? In his Heisman year, he ran for 1927 yards with a 5.9 ypc average and 24 touchdowns.  Two years later, a running back from a national championship team (Ahman Green) ran for 1877 yards with a 6.6 ypc average and 22 touchdowns, but wasn't even listed in the top 10 of Heisman votes that year! For his career, Green ran for 3,880 yards and 42 TDs. George meanwhile ran for 3,768 and 44 TDs. Considering Green played one less season of college ball (he declared after his junior season), shoudn't he be a sure fire HOF inductee in the next couple of years?!?

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 12:23 pm

Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy

That's why it is called the hall of fame.  Not the hall of pretty good.

  • Member of 1994 National Championship team
  • Member of 1995 National Championship team
  • Named to the Sports Illustrated NCAA Football All-Century Team in 1999
  • #33 on College Football News "Top 100 Players of All-Time"
  • 1995 Big Eight Offensive Player of the Year
  • Career Stats: 4,003 PASS YDS, 47 TD, 18 INT, 2,263 RUSH YDS, 36 RUSH TD
  • 1992 Big Eight Freshman of the Year
  • 1994 Orange Bowl MVP
  • 1995 Orange Bowl MVP
  • 1996 Fiesta Bowl MVP

yeah your right wizman those were only pretty good stats......if he went to UF gators they would have built a whole shrine/building after him.

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Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:33 am

Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy

Mr. Jacobi is right on in this article.  Tommie Frazier not on the ballot until this year, then not inducted is a joke.  Too many voters look only at statistics, and not intangibles.  Tommie's numbers were good in college, but not what most people look for when comparing QBs.  He ran the option and ran it better than any other QB ever has or ever will.  His leadership and heart are what every college football fan that saw him play will remember.

Eddie George edged Frazier for the HeismanTrophy in what was at that time the closest race ever and that was a travesty.  George had a solid career at Ohio State and a very good season that year, with over 1900 yards rushing, but he was not the leader that Frazier was in his four years at Nebraska.

Two of Frazier's three lossess as the starting QB came during his freshman year.  He did not lose a game as a starter during his last two years, even while battling blood clots in his leg.  Frazier was the MVP in three straight bowl games, two Orange Bowls and the Fiesta Bowl win over the Florida Gators.  That game typified a Tommie Frazier perfomance.

Frazier never gave up on a play and it was apparrent on his 75 yard TD run against the Gators when nearly every defender either got a hand on him or was within a a few feet of him.  Had the voting for the Heisman taken place after the bowl games, Frazier would have beaten George easily. 

Frazier had outplayed the Heisman Trophy winner in the 1994 Orange Bowl, where several controversial calls gave FSU and Charlie Ward the win 18-16, which by the way was the last loss in Frazier's college career.  Frazier should he been inducted this year and better be next year! 

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:17 am

Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy

Wait....You're joking right?  You watched college football in the 90s right?

You comment is so ignorant it's laughable.

Since: Oct 31, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 8:32 am

Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy

@Wizman  You shouldn't bother posting things you simply do not know anything about.  I must assume you're under the age of 25 to even tolerate such a stupid comment.  Tommie was arguably the best option QB in college football history.  Period. 

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:49 am

Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy

That's why it is called the hall of fame.  Not the hall of pretty good.

Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:40 am

Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy

Frazier and Dickerson definitely got snubbed.  IMO Tommy Frazier was more electrifying or at least Michael Vick before there was a Micheal Vick.  He could do it all and was a born leader and got it done.  Frazier and Dickerson will probably get in next year.  There is alot of that going around with the various HOF's.  One year the most notable get snubbed and the next year, the make up call induction.

Since: Apr 5, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:32 am

Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy

I thought for sure he would get in. I have no problem with Eddie George getting in. But i wonder if winning the Heisman is what got him in. If so, than he should thank his lucky stars that the voting for that award was, before the bowl games.
Tommy will get in, just a shame and a sham that he has to wait. HOF is just a popularity contest, anyway.

Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:49 am

Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy

clueless much?  or only when you're sober enough to type?

Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:11 am

Tommie Frazier's snub highlights poor HOF policy

I have to agree with everything in this post. Tommy Frazier was one of the greatest college players of my lifetime, maybe the greatest. I was just a kid when this man had that run against UF and I still to this day can't count how many tackles he broke! I watched Nebraska go to national championship after national championship and it was mostly due to this man and the Defense. This is crazy! I didn't even know that this was an issue with college football, thanks for the post and info. With the BCS, recruiting, big money U running things, and the HOF, college football is a joke!

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