Julius Peppers amongst Inexperienced Bay Packers at School Soccer Corridor of Fame Poll Ball

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – Led by Julius Peppers, voting for the College Football Hall of Fame class of 2022 includes a handful of players who have qualified for the Green Bay Packers.

Of particular note is Peppers, the former North Carolina defensive player and basketball player. In 2000 he led the ACC with 15 sacks and 24 tackles for casualties. In 2001, he won the Bednarik and Lombardi awards and finished 10th. In 17 NFL seasons, he recorded 159.5 sacks. That includes 26 sacks and eight forced fumbles with the Packers from 2014 to 2016. Peppers, a nine-time Pro Bowler, was called up to the decade-long teams of the 2000s and 2010s.

At Texas Tech, quarterback Graham Harrell was an All-American First Team and AT&T All-America Player of the Year in 2008 when he finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy poll. He holds seven NCAA records, including his 20 games with over 400 passing yards. It ranks second in the history of the Big 12 with 15,793 yards. He spent the 2010–2012 seasons at Green Bay, including the entire 2012 season as Aaron Rodgers’ primary backup.

Former Packers linebacker and hiring manager John Dorsey played in Connecticut before the Huskies moved up to FBS. He led UConn in tackles from 1981 to 1983 and was a first-team All-American in 1983. In 1984, Dorsey was selected in the fourth round and played in 76 games with 15 starts for Green Bay from 1984 to 1988.

John Jurkovic was a first-team All-American in Division I-AA Eastern Illinois in 1988 and 1989. He set a Gateway Conference record with six sacks in one game and ended his career as the league’s all-time sacks leader at 27. A free agent, who signed with Miami in 1990, played 69 games from 1991 to 1995 with 53 starts in the defensive line of Green Bay.

Jahri Evans, a first-team All-American offensive lineman for Division II Bloomsburg in 2005, ended his 12-year NFL career by joining the Packers as right guard 14 times in 2017. He was a six-time pro bowler.

Sean Landeta, a first-team All-American player for Division II Towson in 1982, played 21 seasons in the NFL, including the Packers in 1998. He was the decade-long NFL player in the 1980s.

Others on the ballot include quarterbacks Tim Couch, Kentucky and Josh Heupel, Oklahoma, who spent time with the Packers, and center Sylvester Croom, Alabama, a Packers running backs coach for three seasons.

The National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame announced the list of candidates on Wednesday. It includes 78 players and seven coaches from the Football Bowl subdivision and 99 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks.

“It is a great honor to be in the College Football Hall of Fame election, considering that more than 5.47 million people have played college football and only 1,038 have been accepted,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell.

That’s less than 0.02 percent.

“The Hall’s requirement to be a first-team All-American team creates a much smaller pool of about 1,500 people who are even eligible,” Hatchell continued. “Being in today’s elite group means that someone really is among the best who have ever played the game, and we look forward to announcing the College Football Hall of Fame Class in 2022 early next year.”

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