Michael Bishop is up for the College Football Hall of Fame.
The former Kansas State quarterback was one of 75 players and six coaches listed on the Hall of Fame’s 2017 ballot, announced Wednesday.
Bishop was nominated for the honor nine years after his stellar K-State career ended. A junior-college transfer, Bishop led the Wildcats to consecutive 11-win seasons in 1997 and 1998. As a junior, he guided K-State to an 11-1 record and a victory in the Fiesta Bowl. As a senior, he helped K-State to an 11-0 start and the first No. 1 ranking in school history.
He was a consensus All-American and Davey O’Brien Award winner in 1998, as well as the Heisman Trophy runner-up.
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In his two seasons, Bishop threw for 4,401 yards and rushed for 1,314.
He has since been inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and K-State Athletics Hall of Fame. He may soon join another.
“It’s an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 5.12 million people have played college football,” said National Football Foundation President and CEO Steve Hatchell in a news release. “The Hall’s requirement of being a first-team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,500 individuals who are even eligible to be on the ballot, so being in today’s elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are proud to announce their names.”
The Hall of Fame will announce its 2017 class on Jan. 6 in Tampa, Fla., leading up to the national championship game. An induction ceremony will follow on Dec. 5 in New York.
Bishop is now a high school football coach in Texas.
He will face tough competition from other Hall of Fame nominees. There are several big names on the 2017 ballot, including Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, Marshall Faulk, Troy Vincent, Kerry Collins, Eric Dickerson, Eric Crouch, Tim Couch, Torry Holt, Raghib Ismail, Matt Leinart, Ray Lewis, Jake Plummer, Troy Polamalu and Brian Urlacher.
If inducted, Bishop would follow K-State football coach Bill Snyder into the Hall of Fame. He was inducted last year. Former K-State linebacker Mark Simoneau is also a Hall of Fame member.
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