Flozell, Mandarich, Lorenzo On '19 CFB HOF Ballot

Flozell, Mandarich, Lorenzo On '19 CFB HOF Ballot

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Flozell, Mandarich, Lorenzo On '19 CFB HOF Ballot

National Football Foundation announces its 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot and these Spartan legends are more than worthy of induction.

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First – the necessary and well-deserved congratulations to three Spartan warriors who are on the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame Ballot.

Flozell Adams, Tony Mandarich, and Lorenzo White are are more than deserving of this announcement.

But, here’s a simple and fair question –

Why isn’t each of these college football legends already IN the College Football Hall of Fame?

Okay, if we’re going with the whole “purity” of the game thing, I guess I can understand why Mandarich isn’t in yet.

Still, if anyone that wants to debate Tony Mandarich’s ability to dominate a football game from his position on the field, I’ll meet them anywhere and discuss how Mandarich flattened opposing defensive linemen who were just as juiced up as he was.

But Flozell Adams and Lorenzo White NOT in the College Football Hall of Fame already?

Flozell Adams not being in the College Football Hall of Fame is a little bit like Aretha Franklin not being in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

And Lorenzo White not being in the College Football Hall of Fame is a little bit like Earth, Wind, & Fire not being in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Does the average Rock & Roll “fan” immediately think of either Aretha or Earth, Wind, & Fire when that fan thinks of the greatest of all time?

No – but the second that fan is reminded of the Queen of Soul and Earth, Wind, & Fire, that fan immediately acknowledges that these titans of music belong in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame every bit as much as the candy cane, easy selections that any idiot can induct such as Springsteen or Elvis.

Springsteen and Elvis belong – don’t misinterpret me.

But just because Matt Lauer didn’t have a very-easy-to-see album covere very strategically positioned framed and autographed album cover on the wall of his office of Earth, Wind, & Fire doesn’t mean that Earth, Wind, & Fire don’t belong.

And just because Stephen Colbert might not have Aretha Franklin on his late night gabfest every few weeks, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t belong.

Flozell Adams achieved indisputable greatness as a Spartan.

How about we start with the fact that he played two positions over three years as a destruction machine?

Adams spent two years as a right tackle and one year as a left tackle.

Here is how the National Football Foundation chose to highlight Adams in its press release announcing the ballot –

Flozell Adams, Michigan State – Offensive Tackle – 1997 First Team All-American and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year…Three-time All Big Ten performer who helped Spartans to three consecutive bowl appearances….Helped running backs rush for more than 100 yards 21 times throughout career and allowed only two QB sacks in 1997 season.

Also, doesn’t anyone who earned the nickname “The Hotel” deserve to be inducted into the Hall of Fame simply due to the nickname?

Lorenzo White is, easily, the best running back ever to play for Michigan State and he’s among the greatest running backs ever to play college football.

It says here, too, that Lorenzo White is among the all-time most underrated and under appreciated players in the history of college football.

In 1985, Lorenzo’s sophomore season, he led the nation in rushing and surpassed 2,000 yards on the ground with 2,066 to go along with 17 touchdowns.

After an injury-shortened junior season in 1986, Lorenzo led State to the 1987 Big Ten Championship and a Rose Bowl victory while amassing 15,72 yards on the ground to go along with 16 touchdowns.

He finished his four-year career as a warrior running back for the Spartans with a total of 4887 yards on 1082 carries (good for 4.5 yards per carry), and 43 touchdowns.

As for Tony Mandarich – I’ll live if he isn’t inducted but this guy just destroyed people and anyone that thinks that every single college football player during this era wasn’t juicing up probably also thinks that The Wall is almost complete.

Flozell, Tony, and Lorenzo – congratulations on being on the ballot.  We’ll be stuffing the ballot box as much as we can and we hope to celebrate with you when your names are announced as member of the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Induction Class.

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