Thirteen years after Vince Young delivered one of the biggest single performances in the history of college football, he is now a Hall of Famer Former Notre Dame returnee and recipient Raghib "Rocket" Ismail and former Ole Miss linebacker Patrick Willis Both will participate in the College Football Playoff National Championship tossing on Monday evening between Alabama and Clemson (8 ET, ESPN).
Other members of the class that were announced on Monday are: Florida State Defensive Back Terrell Buckley (1989-91), Oklahoma Defensive Back Rickey Dixon (1984-87), John Carroll Linebacker London Fletcher (1995-97), Texas A & M defensive Jacob Green (1977-79), US Attorney Torry Holt (1
Coach Dennis Erickson (Idaho, Wyoming, Washington State, Miami, Oregon State, Arizona)) and Joe Taylor (Howard, Virginia Union, Hampton, Florida, A & M) were also inducted into the class ,
All winners will be inducted into the hall in New York on December 10th.
"We are very proud to announce the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class," said National Football Foundation Chairman Archie Manning, also a College Football Hall of Famer Ole Miss statement. "Each of these men has established themselves as one of the best players ever to have played or trained, and we look forward to perpetuating their incredible accomplishments – the class will be part of a momentous year as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of College Football Celebrate Season. "
Young's 2005 Bowl was certainly a major game in the history of college football. Against the defending champion USC he has completed 30 of 40 passes and was still 200 yards on the road.
The game that shaped the game – and Young – was the last of his college careers. After a fourth-placed lag of 19 seconds Young stayed out of the pocket and shot 8 yards in the end zone for the touchdown, in which the Longhorns for 35 years for the first national title.
Two other 2019-class players: Ismail and Dixon were also integral parts of the national championship teams, while Erickson and Taylor coached a total of six national championship teams.
Including Young, 10 of the 13 players of the class were first-choice NFL players and seven won national awards.
Ismail becomes the 47th Notre Dame player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Fletcher gives John Carroll the first entry.
The College Football Hall of Fame will also honor Goodyear Blimp this year as an honorary member. It will be the first non-player or non-trainer entering the hall.