Wisconsin running back Ron Dayne heads a 2013 College Football Hall of Fame class that is considered one of the strongest ever. If there were a first ballot Hall of Famer for college football, Ron Dayne would be atop that list.
To qualify for the Hall of Fame, a player must have been a first-team All-American, have played within the past 50 years (afterward, he may be nominated by the Veterans Committee) and be retired from professional football.
The Hall doesn't automatically pick the top available players or the most recognizable names. The National Football Foundation, in order to honor players on both sides of the ball and players across the nation, attempts to include in every class at least one player from every position group and one player from each of the major conferences. In recent years, the Hall has chosen not to select a player from the same school in consecutive years.
The Foundation also shies away from selecting current NFL coaches because they are unable to participate in the Hall's festivities in New York in early December.