UPDATED, Tue. noon: Joe Hamilton was not voted into the College Football Hall of Fame on his first time on the ballot. Among those voted in: former Georgia safety and Super Bowl MVP Jake Scott and former Falcon and Florida State star Deion Sanders. More here.
Former Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton is among the 78 players and eight coaches who will find out Tuesday if they’ll be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame this year. Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and former Ohio State running back Eddie George were announced today as the first two members of the class.
The final 12 members will be revealed Tuesday. It’s unlikely Hamilton makes it in this year. It’s rare that first-timers on the ballot like Hamilton get in and, on top of that, the ballot is stacked. Just look at a few of the other first-ballot players – Ted Brown (four-time All-ACC running back), Tommie Frazier (two national championships at Nebraska), Sandy Stephens (first black All-American quarterback), Derrick Thomas (Butkus Award winner) and Rob Waldrop (Bednarik, Nagurski and Outland award winner).
Hamilton said he’s not going to get worked up about the possibility of being selected. Frankly, this is a list where it really is an honor just to be nominated. Take a look at the nominees. It’s an impressive group.
“It’s just something that shows your hard work and what you’ve done didn’t go unnoticed,” Hamilton said. “Somebody appreciated the way you went about playing the game of football.”
Hamilton is still interning for Georgia State coach and Tech alumnus Bill Curry in the recruiting department, a job he began last year. (Link to a story I wrote last fall about Hamilton.)
“It’s a busy deal, working on the class of 2012,” he said.
He’s also the proud father of a brand-new baby girl, Kayden Sage. It’s Hamilton’s second child with wife Kenya.