NFF Salute


For a fifth consecutive year, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has the honor of hosting and recognizing the National Football Foundation’s 2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class.

The 15th Annual National Hall of Fame Salute at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl will highlight the outstanding careers of 13 All-America players and two legendary coaches who established themselves among the greatest to ever set foot on the college gridiron.

The event, which takes place just steps from the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame, will utilize the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl to showcase the Hall’s newest inductees between the third and fourth quarters.

“Atlanta is the capital of college football,” Peach Bowl, Inc. Chairman Bob Somers said. “I can think of no better place to formally welcome these 15 legends of the game to their new permanent home in the College Football Hall of Fame.”

Prior to the game, a multi-day celebration for the inductees took place in Atlanta, including several unique events and a special public ceremony at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame where the inductees saw their legendary accomplishments permanently immortalized for the first time.

“As one of the founding partners of the Hall, we consider it a privilege to host and celebrate these inductees at our game and honor their contributions to college football,” said Gary Stokan, Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and President.

“The Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl has established itself as one of the premier events in all of college football, and we are proud to partner with them in shining a light on the 2019 Hall of Fame Class,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell.


2019 College Football Hall of Fame Class


Player Position School
Terrell Buckley Defensive Back Florida State (1989-91)
Rickey Dixon Defensive Back Oklahoma (1984-87)
London Fletcher Linebacker John Carroll (1995-97)
Jacob Green Defensive Line Texas A&M (1977-79)
Torry Holt Wide Receiver North Carolina State (1995-98)
Raghib Ismail Wide Receiver Notre Dame (1988-90)
Darren McFadden Running Back Arkansas (2005-07)
Jake Plummer Quarterback Arizona State (1993-96)
Troy Polamalu Defensive Back Southern California (1999-2002)
Joe Thomas Offensive Lineman Wisconsin (2003-06)
Lorenzo White Running Back Michigan State (1984-87)
Patrick Willis Linebacker Mississippi (2003-06)
Vince Young Quarterback Texas (2003-05)


Coaches Record School
Dennis Erickson 179-96-1 (65.0%) Idaho (1982-85, 2006), Wyoming (1986), Washington State (1987-88), Miami [FL] (1989-94), Oregon State (1999-2002), Arizona State (2007-11)
Joe Taylor 233-96-4 (70.6%) Howard (1983), Virginia Union (1984-91), Hampton (1992-2007), Florida A&M (2008-12)


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