Peyton Manning had a fantastic college football career at Tennessee, but he never could beat Florida teams coached by Steve Spurrier.
It was a defining era for both former SEC quarterbacks.
Now, some two decades later, the names of Manning and Spurrier could again share some headlines as a part of the College Football Hall of Fame’s 2017 induction process.
Manning and Spurrier are both featured on the ballot for next year’s class, which was released by the National Football Foundation on Wednesday.
Spurrier, who won a Heisman Trophy as a player for the Gators, is on the ballot for his coaching accomplishments at Florida, South Carolina and Duke.
Manning’s father, Archie, is a member of the Hall of Fame for his time as quarterback at Ole Miss and serves as the chairman of the NFF.
“Having a ballot and a voice in the selection of the inductees is one of the most cherished NFF member benefits,” Archie Manning said via the release. “There is no group more knowledgeable or passionate about college football than our membership, and the tradition of the ballot helps us engage them in the lofty responsibility of selecting those who have reached the pinnacle of achievement in our sport.”
According to ESPN’s Cole Cubelic, there are 14 candidates from current SEC schools.
SEC players/coaches on the 2017 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. pic.twitter.com/bXnhpOBtBP
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) June 1, 2016
Voting for the 2017 induction class ends on June 20.
According to the National Football Foundation, just 977 of the 5.12 million individuals who have played college football have received the hall of fame distinction.