It's hard to get college football fans to agree on anything, but almost all smart fans were surprised and mildly outraged that Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier hadn't been voted into the College Football Hall of Fame before this year.
One of the best quarterbacks who ever played college football somehow avoided getting voted in on his first two times on the ballot. He was snubbed just two times but it seemed like way more.
Frazier should have been a first-ballot hall-of-fame pick. But that's in the past now, because the Sporting News reported that Frazier finally got the call and will join the 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class. The entire class will be officially announced at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time on Tuesday. Miami quarterback and 1986 Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde was already announced as one of the new hall of famers on Monday. There will be 12 players and two coaches announced as new members of the College Football Hall of Fame, and the announcement will be broadcast live on WatchESPN.com and the National Football Foundation website, footballfoundation.org.
At least we already know Frazier finally got his just due this year.
Frazier was a four-year starter who led Nebraska to national championships in 1994 and 1995. He was the MVP in the bowl game each of those years. And, in that last bowl game, he gave us a moment for the ages:
Frazier never put up big passing numbers, because that's not what he was asked to do in Nebraska's mauling offense. But he was efficient when he did throw, passing for 43 touchdowns with just 11 interceptions in his career. He rushed for 36 touchdowns, and ran the Cornhuskers' offense to perfection. He finished his career with a 33-3 record as a starter. Nebraska's teams during his four-year run were loaded, but part of the reason they were loaded is they had a brilliant quarterback. Frazier finished second to Eddie George in the 1995 Heisman Trophy race and was named to the first team on eight All-American squads.
People who watched Frazier play have known for a long time he was a hall of famer. The National Football Foundation vote just makes it official.