February 12: Heisman winner Griffin born on this date

Consensus All-American Arthur Cumnock was born on this date in 1868. Cumnock starred for the Harvard Crimson in the late 1880’s and early 1890’s earning All-American honors as an end in 1889. As the team’s captain in 1890, he helped lead the Crimson to a 12-6 upset of the favored Yale Bulldogs in what is considered one of the greatest games in Harvard’s history. Cumnock passed away on June 8,…

February 12, 2016

Pro Football Hall of Fame inducts eight new members

Welcome home, Ken Stabler. More than 30 years after his career ended in 1984, Stabler, the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 1974 and the winning quarterback in Super Bowl XI for the Oakland Raiders, finally earned induction Saturday into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, Saturday. For Stabler, who unfortunately passed away last summer on July 8, the honor will serve as the ultimate validation and the…

February 7, 2016

February 5: Celebrating college football’s history

William “Billy” Rhodes was a star player for Yale from 1887-1890 earning All-America honors during his final campaign. He later returned as the coach of the Elis in 1893-1894 compiling a 26-1 record while leading his alma mater. Rhodes was coached by the legendary Walter Camp in 1888 and he played alongside five players in addition to Camp who are enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Rhodes, however, was never…

February 5, 2016

NFF Salutes the Black History Trailblazers

February is Black History Month, and there isn’t a sport where the contributions of our nation’s historically black colleges and universities (HBCU’s) are more evident than college football. To this day, black college classics are among the most well-attended games in college football’s lower divisions with crowds that would make an NCAA FBS program proud. It’s evident, too, in the proud tradition of marching bands at HBCU’s where the halftime shows…

February 4, 2016

The College Football America Yearbook Class of 2016

In each addition of the College Football America Yearbook, we select a class of incoming freshmen that is the equivalent of a preseason Freshman All-America team. Our first goal is to select a class of players that has an opportunity to play immediately and potentially be impact players for their respective teams as true freshmen. Of course, this being a freshman team composed of players largely from Power 5 conferences,…

February 3, 2016

Legends of California: The Golden Bear Quarterbacks

The 2016 NFL Draft is not considered a great draft for quarterback prospects. There are no ‘can’t-miss’ talents like there are in some years, and that fact was highlighted by the 2015 Heisman Trophy vote when two running backs slugged it out for the trophy. From 2000-2014, the award went to a quarterback 13 out of 15 times, and 39 of the 61 finalists during that timeframe were quarterbacks. If…

January 22, 2016

Heisman History: Alabama Crimson Tide

January 19, 2016

You don’t have to go back too far to find the Alabama Crimson Tide’s first Heisman Trophy winner. Prior to Nick Saban’s arrival in 2007, no Tide player had ever won college football’s top individual honor, but since 2009, the Tide have had two winners from among five finalists. Mark Ingram was the first Crimson Tide player to hoist the Heisman that year when he edged Stanford’s Toby Gerhart by a…