The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame have released the names of the nominees on the 2017 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. The list includes 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision, including former Virginia safety Anthony Poindexter.
At Virginia, Poindexter was a two-time first team All-American, including consensus honors in 1998. He was named the 1998 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and still holds multiple school records. Despite being projected as a late first-round NFL Draft pick in 1998, Poindexter stayed at Virginia for his senior season. An unfortunate ACL tear effectively ended his collegiate career and any chance he had of a fruitful NFL career.
After being in the NFL for a couple years, Poindexter returned home to Virginia, where he was a graduate assistant or assistant coach for 11 years, until 2013. He is currently the defensive coordinator at UConn.
Most famously, Poindexter helped stop Florida State's Warrick Dunn at the goal line to hand the Seminoles their first-ever ACC loss in 1995. Here are highlights from that game (the final play starts at the 13:45 mark).
Dex has made it onto the ballot multiple years but has yet to be inducted. The full list, which includes the likes of Peyton Manning, can be found here.