College Football Hall of Fame Notebook

By Adam Caparell - May 09, 2007

NEW YORK - At the College Football Hall of Fame Subdivision Class of 2007 announcement at the Waldorf Astoria, the day wasn't relegated to just induction talk. Barely three weeks removed from the Virginia Tech tragedy, the school's plight wasn't far from the minds of everyone in attendance.

Virginia Tech AD Jim Weaver was a special guest of the National Football Foundation who runs the College Football Hall of Fame. Weaver took the opportunity to thank - on behalf of the school's president, faculty, staff and students - all those who had sent their thoughts, prayers and condolences to the still reeling Blacksburg campus.

"We have received an out-pouring of condolences, sympathy and love, the extent to which I doubt has ever been felt by a university community," Weaver said. "Part of my objective today, on behalf of our great university, is to express sincere thanks to all of the people, to all of the communities, to all of the nations, to all of the states, to all of the cities and all of the individuals who have taken time to express the out-pouring I just alluded to."

It was just 23 days ago that 32 Tech students and staff lost their lives during the tragedy.

"We're a family not defined by a single tragic event, but by our storied past. A family not frozen in the present, but posed to invent our future," Weaver said. "These turn of events have staggered us for sure, but they have not and will not set us back."

Three of a Kind: BC QB Doug Flutie, Oregon RB/WR Ahmand Rashad and Dartmouth LB Reggie Williams were the only Hall of Famers present at the ceremony. And two of three were told by more than a few that they weren't Division I material.

At 5-foot-9, Flutie heard time and time again that he was too short to play quarterback and Williams - originally from Michigan - was told by former Wolverines coach Bo Schembechler to his face that he wasn't good enough to play for him.

Rashad, on the other hand, never had someone tell him he wasn't good enough to play anywhere.

"If they did, I would have never believed them," Rashad said. "I would have thought something was wrong with them."

Rashad, best known by many younger fans as an NBA commentator, told a story where a friend of his daughter's in high school asked if they could get an autograph from her father. Rashad's daughter then went back home and asked her father if he had ever played football.

"That was one of the low points," Rashad said. "Now, I can't wait to get out of this meeting and call her and say, 'Pick up the paper tomorrow.'"

Exclusive Club: Every College Football Hall of Fame class features 12 players and two coaches each year. And while that may not seem like the most selective hall of fame class out there, think of it this way.

In the 139 years college football has been played, over 4.7 million players have participated in college football. Only 813 players - and 174 coaches - have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. That means 1.7 percent of those who have played college football are currently enshrined in South Bend, Ind.

268 schools are represented by at least one Hall of Famer. Central Michigan got their first one this year with coach Herb Deromedi getting the nod.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 04:20 PM on May 09, 2007

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