On Thursday, the National Football Foundation released the ballot for the 2014 College Football Hall of Fame.
Some of the more familiar names on the list are running back Eric Dickerson, wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson, linebackers Brian Bosworth, Ray Lewis and Ron Rivera and defensive tackle Warren Sapp. A group of 17 college athletic directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and the media will vote on the finalists, with this year’s inductees named in May.
There are 162 players and 32 coaches from all levels of college football on the ballot and nine men are familiar to the Chiefs organization in some fashion:
Eric Bieniemy, running back, Colorado: is currently the running back coach on Andy Reid’s staff with the Chiefs. During his career in Boulder, he was part of the Buffs 1990 national championship team and finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting that year.
Case deBruijn, punter, Idaho State: was selected by the Chiefs in the 8th-round of the 1982 NFL Draft and ended up kicking in one game during that season. He averaged 34.8 yards on five punts. At Idaho State, he was either first or second in the nation in all four of his seasons.
John Dorsey, linebacker Connecticut: is the Chiefs second-year general manager and he was a first-team All-America pick in 1983. Dorsey led UConn in tackles for three consecutive seasons. He was the Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons (1982-83).
Tim Krumrie, defensive tackle, Wisconsin: worked as the Chiefs defensive line coach for four seasons (2006-09). With the Badgers, he finished with 444 career tackles and was a three-time All-Big Ten Conference pick.
Jim Otis, fullback, Ohio State: joined the Chiefs in a trade with New Orleans for a 7th-round draft choice in 1971. He played in 23 games over two seasons for the Chiefs and had 433 offensive yards. For the Buckeyes, he was the team’s leading rusher in three seasons and earned first-team consensus All-America standing for the 1969 season.
Paul Palmer, running back, Temple: was the Chiefs 1st-round selection in the 1987 NFL Draft, when he was the 19th player taken. Palmer spent two seasons with the Chiefs, playing in 27 games with 12 starts, running for 607 yards on offense and 638 receiving yards. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. Palmer played four seasons at Temple and in 1986 led the nation in rushing yards (1,866) and all-purpose yards (2,633). He was a consensus All-America selection that season.
Willie Roaf, offensive tackle, Louisiana Tech: was acquired by the Chiefs from New Orleans for a 3rd-round choice in the 2003 NFL Draft. He played four seasons with Kansas City (2002-05) appearing in 58 games and making the Pro Bowl all four years. At La. Tech he was a consensus first-team All-America selection in 1992. Roaf is already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Art Still, defensive end, Kentucky: was selected by the Chiefs in the 1st-round of the 1978 NFL Draft with the No. 2 pick. Still played 10 seasons with the Chiefs and appeared in 136 games. He was credited with 42.5 sacks and made four trips to the Pro Bowl. At Kentucky, he started all four seasons and was a consensus All-America selection for the 1977 season. He’s in the Chiefs Hall of Fame.
Derrick Thomas, outside linebacker, Alabama: was grabbed by the Chiefs in the 1989 NFL Draft with the fourth choice of the 1st-round. Thomas played 11 seasons with the Chiefs, appearing in 169 games and collecting 126.5 sacks and forcing 41 fumbles. At Alabama, he played in 34 games over three seasons, picking up 52 sacks. Thomas was a consensus All-America choice in 1988. He’s already in the Chiefs and Pro Football Hall of Fames.