Former Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck, the late Rashaan Salaam of Colorado Buffaloes, and former Toledo and Missouri coach Gary Pinkel are the biggest names in the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame class, announced on Monday.
Penn State’s LaVar Arrington, Georgia’s Champ Bailey, Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree, Alabama’s Sylvester Croom and Oklahoma’s Roy Williams were also selected.
18 players and 3 coaches selected in the 2022 class were from a national ballot of 78 players and seven coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision, 99 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks, and the National Football Foundation Veterans Committee candidates.
The class includes 11 players who were conference players of the year: Arrington, Ohio State DB Mike Doss, Toledo QB Chuck Ealey (3), Illinois DT Moe Gardner, Illinois State LB Boomer Grigsby (3), Luck (2), Michigan DT Mark Messner, Oklahoma State RB Terry Miller (2), Salaam, Alcorn State C Dennis Thomas and Williams.
The three coaches, Luckhardt, Pinkel and Memphis Tigers’ Billy Jack Murphy, all had the most wins in their respective school’s history.
Andrew Luck, a Heisman Trophy runner-up in both 2010 and 2011 whilst at Stanford, went 31-7 in his career, including three straight postseason berths and consecutive top-10 final rankings in 2010 (No. 4) and 2011 (No. 7). He also was named MVP at the 2011 Orange Bowl, going 18/23 for 287 yards and 4 touchdowns in a 40-12 victory over the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Rashaan Salaam won the Heisman Trophy in 1994, becoming just the fourth player in NCAA history to run for 2,000 yards in a season that year. The Colorado Buffaloes running back was a unanimous first-team All-American that season, claiming the Walter Camp and Doak Walker awards in addition to the Heisman Trophy.
Salaam led the nation in rushing yards (2,055), scoring (144) and all-purpose yards (2,349) in 1994, despite not playing in the fourth quarter in five games. Salaam led Colorado to an 11-1 record in 1994 and the Number 3 final ranking after a 41-24 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl.
Salaam died in 2016 at the young age of 42, with the coroner’s office later stating it was by suicide.
The 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be inducted during the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on 6 December.