Three Seattle Seahawks legends and a current Seahawks coach are on the nomination ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame.
California’s Marshawn Lynch, Alabama’s Shaun Alexander, Michigan’s Steve Hutchinson, and UCLA’s Ken Norton Jr are among the 78 players on the FBS portion of the ballot. Three other former Seahawks — really, passers by who had no more than one season on the team — are also on this list: Levon Kirkland (Clemson), Dwight Freeney (Syracuse), and Peter Warrick (Florida State).
This was Lynch’s first nomination for the college HOF, and we can only hope that we’ll be seeing him get nominations for the Pro Football HOF in a few years once he’s eligible. At Cal he was the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and a first-team All-American selection, having rushed for 1,356 yards on just 223 carries and 11 touchdowns. In his three years with the Golden Bears he averaged a staggering 6.6 yards per carry, and also he did this:
Alexander, who went the full four years at Bama, finished his collegiate career with (at the time) school record for rushing touchdowns (41) and rushing yards (3,565). He earned first-team All-SEC and All-American selections in 1999 before becoming the Seahawks’ franchise running back.
Hutchinson was drafted by Seattle the year after they selected Shaun. In 2000 he was the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and a unanimous All-American choice. We know that during his five seasons with the Seahawks he partnered up with Walter Jones for the most dominant tackle-guard combo in the NFL. He’s already got a bust in Canton so this would add to his list of honors.
Voting will be done by June 25th and the official announcement of the newest College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made early next year, with the formal induction occurring towards the end of 2022.