Hamilton doesn’t make cut in hall of fame voting

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.

119 comments Add your comment

lanier

May 16th, 2011
7:14 pm

met him in 2000 and he is a good guy

chewyandrw

May 16th, 2011
7:21 pm

Joey H. will get in without a doubt. Too great of a player and human being. Top 3 player on the Flats ever.

GIVE ME A BREAK

May 16th, 2011
7:38 pm

Hope he can work his way back to GT.

GT forever maybe

May 16th, 2011
8:04 pm

Joe cannot go into the Hall until he fesses up that he fumbled against UGA yet the ball was given back to Tech. He should have shown his honesty like the basketball player in the commercial that admitted he touched the ball last and was told by his coach “Alex-good call”. When he fesses up then he can really be considered although the not HOF material. Most people around the country would not recognize his name,

St. Clarrkston

May 16th, 2011
8:05 pm

I just love dissing Tech but Hamilton was a heck of a player. Good luck Joe.

barber college grad

May 16th, 2011
8:34 pm

it is what it is

May 16th, 2011
8:55 pm

JOE HAMILTON was the best! I saw him play in high school and remember thinking, wow back then. Couldn’t believe it when he signed with my school, Ga Tech. I knew Joe would beat out Quincy Carter for the starting job. If there is one player in this country that deserved winning the Heisman was Joe. Just wasn’t right he was first runner up

Dogham

May 16th, 2011
9:19 pm

I agree that Joe Hamilton was a really good QB at Georgia Tech, but if there is one player that should have won the Heisman that didn’t it would have been Nebraska QB Tommie Frazier. 33-3 record as QB, played in 3 national championship games winning two of them.

The Dude

May 16th, 2011
9:49 pm

Based on single season performance Joey Ham definitely deserved the Heisman, but Ricky Williams set the “career” Heisman standard that Ron Dayne lived up to. Bothe very deserving ball players.

The Dude

May 16th, 2011
9:50 pm

Mountain Dawg

May 16th, 2011
10:09 pm

Hamilton? Hall Of Fame? Now, THAT’S a reach!

Mark S.

May 16th, 2011
10:12 pm

That’s interesting. What was his “fate” regarding his Hit and Run charges????? AJC didn’t seem near as interested in reporting on that. Probably was an outbreaking ’suspended license’ charge in Athens to tend to, though……

historydawg

May 16th, 2011
10:12 pm

Didn’t Tech have to forfeit all those wins because of Hamilton’s/Tech’s academic fraud? Tech is 1-18 v. UGA since 1990, right? Ha.

Mountain Dawg

May 16th, 2011
10:18 pm

If any NERD QB ks mentkilon as a possible Hall Of Famer, it should be Billy Lothridge, a gutsy, triple-threat QB who lead the NERDS to some great wins back when YECH was in the SEC and was actually relevant in college football. He not only played QB, but also played safety on defense, kicked field goals, and was a tremendous punter. It was rumored that he also sold Cokes and popcorn at halftime! He was also the runner-up for the Heisman.

supersize that order, mutt

May 16th, 2011
10:26 pm

historydawg, Tech hasn’t had to forfeit or vacate any wins.

supersize that order, mutt

May 16th, 2011
10:28 pm

Mountain Dawg, I agree that Lotheridge deserves it also, but to say that it’s a “reach” for Hamilton to make the HOF is a reach in itself. Joe was runner up for the Heisman and was named the number one QB in the country his senior year. Those credentials alone speak for themselves.

5150 UOAD

May 16th, 2011
10:33 pm

Joe should have won the HEISMAN. If C. Ward did it at FSU JOE should have at TECH.

Observer

May 17th, 2011
12:01 am

5150, didn’t Charlie Ward win a National Championship?

sports

May 17th, 2011
12:07 am

where da drugs

geeks 4ever

May 17th, 2011
12:15 am

Hooray for tech. we are nifty

MattMD

May 17th, 2011
1:11 am

Good damn, Georgia fans really are losers.

MattMD

May 17th, 2011
1:13 am

Why troll a team you hate unless you have absolutely nothing going on in your poor, pathetic lives?

Auburn just sacked your QB. Again.

Steve

May 17th, 2011
1:48 am

I’m only 35, but he’s the best Tech player I’ve seen, and one of the most exciting period in college football

5150 UOAD

May 17th, 2011
2:07 am

Observer
Didn’t he play in the NBA?
Didn’t Weinke have a baseball pictures arm and was as old as 1/3 of the Nfl QBs when he won the Heisman? DEFENSE & a Kicker tha could win the Miami game won FSU the MNC. Ward just ran around until his fast receiver could get past slow small DBs and then the just threw the ball as far as he could ie. Mick Vick at VT. I guess you think Engram was the best back when they gave him the 1st ever Heisman to Bama over T Gerhart at Stanford too.

Jacketman

May 17th, 2011
7:22 am

Hey mutts, haven’t you got plenty of problems that need attention? 40 tons of trash on your own campus, over 50 arrests in 4 years, recruits stealing…..etc…..etc…

Nice

May 17th, 2011
7:26 am

historydawg

May 16th, 2011
10:12 pm

Speaking of history…mutts 3-18 vs FLA.

Quincy C.

May 17th, 2011
7:28 am

Yo dog! Dayum…I done got arrested agin.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 17th, 2011
8:24 am

Good luck young man. You deserve it and hope you get it.

Matt

May 17th, 2011
8:25 am

Best of luck, Joe! You certainty deserve it. As a Georgia Force fan, I kept hoping they would get you here at some point in your AFL career.

Huh Fan

May 17th, 2011
8:32 am

Wow. That’s something no one ever thought of before: Joe Hamilton, Hall of Fame quarerback. Come on — that’s a slam on anyone who ever played quarterback, anywhere, anytime. He is also the worst tv analyst I’ve ever heard or seen. HOF? Please?

GT hulk

May 17th, 2011
8:39 am

We need another Joe Hamilton, one that wants to win and can come up with big plays

Quincy C.

May 17th, 2011
8:50 am

Huh fan = mutt fan

FDawg

May 17th, 2011
8:58 am

Jacketman…. Trash = from visitors and UGA tail gaters alike.
50 arrests = minor traffic violations don’t equate to an arrest. Better check your math.
Recruits stealing = could happen to anyone

Now, Joe Hamilton getting busted for drunk driving and dope… that’s a fact! No chance at HOF.

Buzz

May 17th, 2011
9:02 am

If Joe Hamilton is even being considered for the HoF, then the whole thing is joke. No Heisman. No conference championship. No Nat’l Championship. Exciting? Yes. Among the best to ever play? No.

Quincy C.

May 17th, 2011
9:02 am

Fdawg

You’re full of crap—YOU check your facts. More than just “minor traffic violations” …battery, domestic violence, sexual assault. Typical mutt. Even your AD. What a joke of a program.

Go Jackets

May 17th, 2011
9:09 am

Joe H. is my classmate. He is a great guy. Thanks Joe for making my 5 years of college very memorable. Tech loves you and that is all that really matters.

FDawg

May 17th, 2011
9:17 am

Quincy C….. That joke of a program keeps smacking tech around. How funny is that?

GT forever maybe

May 17th, 2011
9:24 am

Maybe Joe deserves in the HOF. Maybe Joe deseerved the Heisman. Since I don’t have a vote I can’t control that. Not everyone gets what they deserve, If they did then Hines Ward would have been given the Heisman for he certainly won and deserved it by his play on the field as receiver, db. special teams and even passed for over 500 yards in a game as qb. He was clearly the best football player that year and than includes the winner Woodson. He has had an outstanding pro career and is also a pretty good dancer. Let’s hope we all get what we deserve including a new president.

GT forever maybe

May 17th, 2011
9:25 am

forget the typos-you don’t deserve them

Quincy C.

May 17th, 2011
9:25 am

fdawg

That’s all you have? Must be cold in your trailer today. A bunch of thug playuhs, and your life depends on them. Pathetic.

FDawg

May 17th, 2011
9:37 am

Thug players…kind of like the Houston kid who had a dope dealing network running full blast while at tech. And let’s not forget your coach O’Leary that left the sacred halls of tech for Notre Dame…only to be fired a few days later for false info on his resume.

You’re the joke!

Quincy C.

May 17th, 2011
9:47 am

fdawg

50+ arrests in 4 years, Jan Kemp, ranked #11 in the top 29 NCAA Division 1 teams in terms of all time major NCAA infraction cases (source: ncaa.org). You must be proud. LMAO!

Nathan Hale

May 17th, 2011
9:47 am

Interesting that both Billy Lothridge and Joe Hamilton were
Heisman runner ups.

Lothridge was 2nd in 1963 behind… Roger Staubach of Navy.

Lothridge also led NFL in consecutive years for the punting title.

gtfanfrom1951

May 17th, 2011
9:51 am

historydawg
you must of went to UGA or Clemson to learn history

FDawg

May 17th, 2011
9:59 am

Quincy C. Your still way off on your math regarding the arrests, kind of like the idiot at tech that allowed you guys to utilize 18 ineligible players. LMAO

Quincy C.

May 17th, 2011
10:05 am

fdawg

Nope, my math is correct. Not GA math. LOL!

DawginLex

May 17th, 2011
10:08 am

Hamilton was awesome in college. The 1999 UGA/GT game was one of the best football games I have ever seen in my life, Jasper Sanks not withstanding and sorry SEC refs not withstanding. I digress.

Any truth to the rumor that if Joe gets in, The Doobie Brothers will be invited to his ceremony? (I just had to. :)

RamblinRecluseRoad

May 17th, 2011
10:20 am

Hamilton deserves this. He deserved the Heisman. He used to run cube draws right up the middle, something missing in CPJ’s turn that corner near the sidelines offense. Tech wore watchable uniforms those years he was there. He DID NOT wear black knee socks, black tongued white sided shoes, 95%thick, black, solid side pants stripes, black jerseys, or, heaven forbid, black GTs on his helmet. Additionally he did not wear pink powder puff knee socks and wristbands like CPJ’s team wore last year. Such powder would have been used to paint the pink breast awareness ribbons on the field only. Hamilton knew who he was playing for, and never ran toward the Tech goal to score like Cumberland did. Hamilton deserves any accolade coming his way. Additionally he surpassed every white, and black, cube who ever played for Tech in the passing yards category, surpassing Lothridge, King, Pepper Rogers, Eddie McAshan. Tech is my alma mater of ‘73, and maybe if we created a Heisman Bowl to be played at BD Stadium, or maybe also a Bobby Dodd Bowl, or a Heisman/Dodd Bowl, that would have won the Heisman for Hamilton. It’s not too late to create these, and it would bring revenue to Tech. Maybe, just maybe, we can contact Auburn and Clemson about a Heisman Bowl, and see if they want to share stadiums for this bowl. Everybody loves a new post-season bowl, and if they last, they last, if they don’t, they’ll be cancelled.

FDawg

May 17th, 2011
10:41 am

Quincy C. Even GA math couldn’t help Hamilton secure enough votes for the HOF. LOL too

FSUNole

May 17th, 2011
11:12 am

If Deon Sanders isn’t in the CFB Hall of Fame, then this sorry excuse for a QB shouldn’t be in the CFB HOF either.