Ron Rivera among those on 2022 College Football Hall of Fame ballot

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Rivera among those on 2022 College Football Hall of Fame ballot originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Ron Rivera joined a group of former Washington Football Team players on the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame ballot released Wednesday afternoon

Rivera starred as a linebacker for California Berkley in the early 1980s and was named both Pac-10 Co-Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the 1983 Lombardi Award, given annually to a college football player "who best embodies the values and spirit of NFL's legendary coach Vince Lombardi."

Rivera led the Golden Bears in tackles each of his three seasons from 1981-83 and was a consensus First-Team All-American in 1983. Rivera was also named Most Valuable Player of the East-West Shrine Game, college football's postseason annual all-star game, that same year. 

Rivera finished as Cal's all-time sacks and tackles leader by the time of his departure from the program.

Those accomplishments helped Rivera get drafted in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Bears before becoming the first player of Puerto Rican descent to win a Super Bowl when Chicago won it in 1985. 

Rivera was joined by a few other former Washington standouts and fan favorites, including Champ Bailey (Georgia), LaVar Arrington (Penn State), and Antwaan Randle El (Indiana). 

More than 12,000 National Football Foundation members will vote on the ballot that consists of 78 players and seven coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 99 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks. The 2022 class will be announced early next year and will be officially inducted at the 64th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 6, 2022.

"It's an enormous honor to just be on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot considering more than 5.47 million people have played college football and only 1,038 players have been inducted," NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell said in a release. "The Hall's requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. Being in today's elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to have ever played the game, and we look forward to announcing the 2022 College Football Hall of Fame Class early next year."