Several Packers on 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot

Jeff Gross

Several college players with ties to the Green Bay Packers were included in the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot.

While it doesn't usually garner the same attention as its pro football counterpart, the College Football Hall of Fame inductions are prestigious honors bestowed upon the all-time great players and coaches. Today, the National Football Foundation released the ballot for the 2014 class. Included were a number of former players with Packer ties.

The biggest of those names is Sterling Sharpe. The future Packers star accumulated 2497 receiving yards and 17 touchdown catches at South Carolina. He added 1450 more all-purpose yards and seven touchdowns on the ground and in the return game. His school records of 169 career receptions and total receiving yards remain school records. Sharpe would go on to become one of the Packers' all-time greatest receivers, piling up over 8,000 yards and 65 touchdowns in just seven seasons. Had his career not been cut short by a neck injury, Sharpe would also have a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Another notable Green Bay inclusion on this year's ballot is former-Director of Football Operations and current Chiefs general manager John Dorsey. Before becoming a successful front office executive, Dorsey was a linebacker for the University of Connecticut. He started for four years for the Huskies, twice winning conference Defensive Player of the Year honors.

The final Packer-related hall of fame candidate is former quarterback Tim Couch. Couch earned First-Team All-American honors and finished fourth in Heisman voting during his senior year at Kentucky. He would go on to be selected first overall by the expansion Browns where he played for five seasons. After being let go by Cleveland, Couch was signed by the Packers to compete for the backup quarterback job behind Brett Favre. Couch would not make it out of the preseason as poor performance and a rotator cuff surgery ended his season. Still, Couch was a great college player and worthy of College Football Hall of Fame consideration.

Jason Hirschhorn covers the Green Bay Packers for Acme Packing Company. He also serves as the Editor-in-Chief for Hook'em Headlines. His work has previously appeared on Beats Per Minute, Lombardi Ave, and College Hoops Net.
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