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The COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME is a hall of fame and museum devoted to college football . The National Football Foundation (NFF) launched the Hall in 1951 to immortalize the players and coaches of college football.

From 1995 to 2012, the Hall was located in South Bend, Indiana. It was connected to a convention center and situated in the city's renovated downtown district, 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the University of Notre Dame campus.

In August 2014, the College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience opened in downtown Atlanta
Atlanta
, Georgia . The facility is a 94,256 square feet (8,756.7 m2) attraction located in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, entertainment and tourism district, and is adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park .

Part of the American football
American football
series on HISTORY OF AMERICAN FOOTBALL

• Origins of American football
American football
• Early history of American football • First game • Walter Camp • First pro player • First pro league • Modern history of American football
American football

• Close relations: • Medieval football
Medieval football
• Old division football • Rugby football
Rugby football
Association football • Canadian football

• Black players in professional American football
American football
• Homosexuality in American football
American football
• Concussions in American football
American football
• Rugby union comparison • Rugby league comparison • Canadian football comparison • Pro Football Hall of Fame • College Football Hall of Fame • Years in American football
American football
• NFL season-by-season • College football
College football
season-by-season

AMERICAN FOOTBALL PORTAL

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CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 1.1 Early plans and locations * 1.2 Move to Atlanta
Atlanta

* 2 Inductees

* 2.1 Players by school

* 3 Criteria for induction * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

EARLY PLANS AND LOCATIONS

College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
in South Bend, Ind. featured a newly installed Sprinturf artificial turf field. The South Bend location closed on Dec. 31, 2012. College Football Hall of Fame side entrance. Blocking activity cage.

Original plans in 1967 called for the Hall of Fame to be located at Rutgers University
Rutgers University
in New Brunswick, New Jersey , the location of the first contest under rules now considered to be those of modern football , between teams from Rutgers and the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University
Princeton University
; Rutgers won 6–4. Rutgers donated land near its football stadium, office space, and administrative support. After years of collecting donations for the construction of the building with ground not having been broken and no plans to do so, the New Jersey Attorney General began an investigation of the finances of the Hall of Fame's foundation, the National Football Foundation. In response, the Foundation moved its operations to New York City
New York City
, where it continued to collect donations for several years.

When the New York Attorney General 's office began its own investigation, the foundation moved to Kings Mills, Ohio , where a building finally was constructed adjacent to Kings Island
Kings Island
in 1978. The Hall opened with good attendance figures early on, but visitation dwindled dramatically as time went on, and the facility closed in 1992. Nearby Galbreath Field remained open as the home of Moeller High School football until 2003.

A new building was opened in South Bend, Indiana on August 25, 1995. Despite estimates that the South Bend location would attract more than 150,000 visitors a year, the Hall of Fame drew about 115,000 people the first year, and about 80,000 annually after that. It closed in 2012.

MOVE TO ATLANTA

In 2009, the National Football Foundation decided to move the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta
Atlanta
, Georgia. The possibility of moving the museum has been brought up in other cities, including Dallas
Dallas
, which had the financial backing of billionaire T. Boone Pickens . However, the National Football Foundation ultimately decided on Atlanta
Atlanta
for the next site. The new $68.5 million museum opened on August 23, 2014. It is located next to Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park
, which is near other attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium
Georgia Aquarium
, the World of Coca-Cola , CNN Center
CNN Center
, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights . The Hall of Fame is located near the Georgia Institute of Technology of the ACC and roughly 70 miles (110 km) from the University of Georgia of the SEC . The new building broke ground on January 28, 2013. Sections of the architecture are reminiscent of a football in shape.

The facility is 94,256 square feet (8,756.7 m2) and contains approximately 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of exhibit and event space, interactive displays and a 45-yard indoor football field. Atlanta
Atlanta
Hall Management operates the College Football Hall of Fame.

INDUCTEES

See also: List of College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
inductees (players, A–K) ; List of College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
inductees (players, L–Z) ; and List of College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
inductees (coaches)

As of 2017, there are 987 players and 214 coaches enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, representing 306 schools.

PLAYERS BY SCHOOL

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INSTITUTION PLAYERS INDUCTED

Notre Dame 45

USC 40

Michigan 31

Tennessee 28

Ohio State 25

Yale 25

Army 24

Princeton 24

Alabama 20

Navy 20

Oklahoma 20

Harvard 18

Minnesota 18

Penn 18

Pittsburgh 18

Stanford 18

Nebraska 17

Penn State 17

Texas 17

California 16

Northwestern 15

Washington 15

Georgia 13

Georgia Tech 13

Wisconsin 13

Florida 12

CRITERIA FOR INDUCTION

The National Football Foundation outlines specific criteria that may be used for evaluating a possible candidate for induction into the Hall of Fame.

* A player must have received major first team All-America recognition. * A player becomes eligible for consideration 10 years after his last year of intercollegiate football played. * Football achievements are considered first, but the post-football record as a citizen is also weighed. * Players must have played their last year of intercollegiate football within the last 50 years. * The nominee must have ended his professional athletic career prior to the time of the nomination. * Coaches must have at least 10 years of head coaching experience, coached 100 games, and had at least a .600 winning percentage.

The eligibility criteria have changed over time, and have occasionally led to criticism. Dennis Dodd of _CBSSports.com_ has said,

"The NFF election process is arcane and confusing. Based on current rules, Notre Dame's Joe Montana
Joe Montana
will _never_ be in the College Football Hall of Fame. He was never an All-American on a team recognized by the NCAA. If that sounds outrageous, consider that at one time hall of famers had to actually graduate." (emphasis in original)

REFERENCES

* ^ Tetlak, Amanda (2012-12-30). "College Football Hall of Fame Closes in South Bend". WSJV-TV . Retrieved 2012-12-30. * ^ "Hours, Directions & Parking Info - College Football Hall of Fame". _www.cfbhall.com_. Retrieved 2017-07-07. * ^ "VSBA NATIONAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME COMPETITION" (PDF). 1967. Retrieved June 5, 2013. * ^ Rohrer, Jim (2011-08-09). " College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
not enough to bring fortune to Mason". _ Cincinnati Enquirer _. * ^ Lesar, Al (2012-12-30). "Hall of Fame Curator Here from Beginning to End". _ South Bend Tribune _. Retrieved 2013-01-02. * ^ "Hall moving from South Bend to Atlanta". Associated Press. September 23, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2013. * ^ "Hall hoping to open new building in 2012". _Atlanta Journal-Constitution _. Atlanta, Georgia: Associated Press . September 24, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2013. * ^ "History of the Hall - College Football Hall of Fame". _www.cfbhall.com_. Retrieved 2017-07-07. * ^ Lesar, Al (2012-07-22). "Hall to Be Gone by December". _South Bend Tribune _. Retrieved 2012-07-24. * ^ "Hall hoping to open new building in 2012". September 24, 2009. Retrieved March 2, 2013. * ^ _A_ _B_ "Stephenson to lead development of College Football Hall of Fame". Atlanta
Atlanta
Business Chronicle. February 4, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013. * ^ "Interactivity at Core of Football Hall Design". Civil Engineering. March 19, 2013. Retrieved May 14, 2013. * ^ "Slideshow: Jan. 28 groundbreaking set for College Football Hall of Fame". Atlanta
Atlanta
Business Chronicle. December 31, 2012. Retrieved May 14, 2013. * ^ " National Football Foundation - College Football Hall of Fame". _National Football Foundation_. Retrieved February 21, 2017. * ^ "Inductees - Football Players & Coaches - College Football Hall of Fame". _www.cfbhall.com_. Retrieved 2017-07-07. * ^ "Inductees Selection Process". _College Football Hall of Fame_.

* ^ Dodd, Dennis. "2014 College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
Ballot Released: Latest Details and Reaction". Bleacher Report. Retrieved February 21, 2017.

EXTERNAL LINKS

* Official website

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