The 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Class that was announced this week includes 10 offensive and 8 defensive players. All 18 players either were unanimous or consensus First Team All-America selections during their collegiate careers.
The 2023 Class includes players from five decades. Bill Kollar, the outstanding defensive tackle from Montana State (1971-73), is the only new Hall of Famer from the ‘70s. He is the first-ever player from Montana State to be named to the College Hall of Fame.
Two other members of this 2023 Class also are first-time Hall of Famers for their schools. Brian Westbrook (1997-98, 2000-01) is the first Villanova Wildcat in the Hall while DeAngelo Williams (2002-05) is the initial representative of the University of Memphis named to the prestigious Hall.
Four of the 18 new inductees—LaMichael James, Derrick Johnson, Luke Kuechly and Tim Tebow—made the Hall on their first year of eligibility.
The complete 2023 Class is here. The College Hall of Fame is located in Atlanta. The new class increases the number of Hall of Fame members to 1,074, or less than 0.02% of those who played collegiately in last 150 years.
“Each of these new members has established himself among the absolute best to have ever played the game,” says National Football Foundation Chairman Archie Manning. “We look forward to recognizing them throughout the 2023 season and formally enshrining them this December.”
Hall of Fame selection criteria includes a candidate having played his last intercollegiate season a minimum of 10 years ago but no more 50 years ago. His post-football achievements as a community-minded citizen also are a factor.
We at NFL Alumni congratulate these 18 exceptional individuals and look forward to joining them at their formal induction this December 5 in Las Vegas.