Former Kansas State quarterback Michael Bishop again has been named to the College Football Hall of Fame ballot, the National Football Foundation announced Monday when it revealed 76 FBS players nominated for inclusion in the hall.
The 1998 Heisman Trophy runner-up is on the ballot for a third straight year and the fourth time overall.
Bishop finished second to Texas running back Ricky Williams in 1998 voting for the Heisman, college football’s most prestigious award. Bishop won the Davey O’Brien Award that year and was a consensus first-team All-American after leading K-State to its first No. 1 national ranking.
A product of Willis, Texas, Bishop threw for 2,844 yards and 23 touchdowns with only four interceptions in ’98, completing 164 of 295 passes. He still holds the Wildcats’ season passing efficiency record with a 159.6 rating and ranks second in total offense with 3,592 yards.
To be eligible for the College Football Hall, players must have received first-team All-America recognition and be 10 seasons removed from their final playing season.
“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 5.26 million people have played college football and only 997 players have been inducted,” NFF president and chief executive officer Steve Hatchell said. “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 those actually elected to the class will be part of a momentous year as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of college football in 2019.”
Other players of note who were nominated Monday include former California tight end and Kansas City Chiefs great Tony Gonzalez, former Nebraska quarterback and 2001 Heisman winner Eric Crouch, former Texas quarterback and 2005 Heisman runner-up Vince Young, former Colorado running back and 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam, former Colorado receiver and 1994 All-American Michael Westbrook, former Oklahoma defensive back and 1987 Thorpe Award winner Rickey Dixon, former Nebraska defensive tackle and 1971 Outland Trophy winner Larry Jacobson and former Nebraska offensive tackle and 1994 Outland recipient Zach Wiegert.
Divisional nominees of note include former Emporia State end and two-time All-American Bruce Cerone (1968-69), former Bethel receiver and 1985 NAIA All-American Ed Smith and former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, a linebacker for Connecticut who was an All-American in 1983.
Cerone ranks second in NCAA Division II history in career touchdown receptions (49), fourth in career receiving yards (4,354) and ninth in receptions (241).