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Three Former Dolphins On College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot

Posted Feb 29, 2012

Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Marco Coleman, running back Bobby Humphrey and Head Coach Jimmy Johnson are among the 76 players and eight coaches who comprise the 2012 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced live in New York City during a noon press conference on May 15 and inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on December 4, 2012 at the landmark Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

The National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame represents the highest level of achievement for players and coaches, a shrine for amateur football. Of the 4.86 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first battled Rutgers on November 6, 1869, only 900 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, or less than .0002 percent of those who have played the game during the past 143 years. From the coaching ranks, 194 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least ten years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60% of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period. If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In both cases, the candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.

Coleman was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round (12th pick) of the 1992 NFL Draft. He was named the NFL Rookie of the Year by Sports Illustrated and Defensive Rookie of the Year by Football News after finishing his first season with 84 tackles (61 solo), six sacks and one forced fumble. His six sacks were the third-highest single-season total ever recorded by a Dolphins rookie. He started 15 out of 16 games and started the season at outside linebacker before moving to right defensive end for the last 12 games. He remained a Dolphin for three more seasons. Coleman finished his career at Georgia Tech as the school's all-time leader with 28 sacks, despite playing just three years. He earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors his junior year, playing 11 games to record 67 tackles, 10 sacks and one fumble recovery. He helped lead the school to a share of the national championship as a sophomore in 1990 by posting 81 tackles and 13 sacks. Coleman was named second-team All-American by The Sporting News and was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after a 12-tackle, five-sack performance vs. Maryland. As a redshirt freshman, he started all season at outside linebacker and totaled 63 tackles and five sacks.

Humphrey played in 16 games with one start for the Dolphins in 1992. He posted 102 carries for 471 yards and a touchdown. He added 54 receptions for 507 yards and a score. Humphrey had a stellar career at the University of Alabama. In his four seasons playing for the Crimson Tide, Humphrey rushed for 3,420 yards, caught 60 passes for 523 yards and scored 40 touchdowns. He made the College Football All-America Team in 1986 and 1987. In 1986, he set a school record with 1,471 rushing yards. In 1987, he was voted as UPI's offensive player of the year and finished 10th in the Heisman Trophy balloting.

Johnson coached the Dolphins from 1996-99, leading the team to a 36-28 record and advancing the playoffs three times in his four seasons. He coached at Oklahoma State University (1979-83) and the University of Miami (1984-88). He was named 1979 Big Eight Coach of the Year at Oklahoma State. At the University of Miami, Johnson recorded four 10-win seasons, five consecutive January bowl games and led Miami to 1987 National Championship with a perfect 12-0 record. Overall, Miami finished in the top two in 3-of-5 seasons under Johnson.

There are 14 members of the Dolphins who are currently enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, including safety Jake Scott (Class of 2011), safety Tom Curtis (2005), linebacker Frank Emanuel (2004), tight end Jim Mandich (2004), guard Billy Neighbors (2003), quarterback Dan Marino (2002), tight end Keith Jackson (2001), defensive end Bill Stanfill (1998), defensive end Vern Den Herder (1996), linebacker Hugh Green (1996), safety Dick Anderson (1993), wide receiver Howard Twilley (1992), fullback Larry Csonka (1989) and quarterback Bob Griese (1984).
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