Vintage Bama Stars Highlight College Football Hall of Fame Ballot
Two former Crimson Tide stars have earned their spots on the official ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame next year.
Cornerback Antonio Langham and offensive tackle Chris Samuels are among 80 players and nine coaches from the FBS ranks to be named to the upcoming ballot and could both potentially make the cut.
Langham, a cornerback out of Town Creek, AL, played for the Tide from 1990-93 under Gene Stallings and was a key member of the 1992 National Championship team as well as three other bowl victories. The legendary defender was a three-time All-SEC selection and a consensus All-American in 1993 when he also took home the Jim Thorpe award given to the nation's top defensive back. His career 19 interceptions still stand to this day as the most in program history.
Langham is likely remembered best by fans for his game sealing interception in the inaugural SEC Championship game in 1992, when he picked off Florida quarterback Shane Matthews and returned it 27-yards for a Crimson Tide touchdown and the win.
Samuels, an Alabama native as well, hailing from Mobile, came to Tuscaloosa in 1996 and was an instant impact player. From his freshman to senior season, Samuels started 42 straight games without yielding a sack and was the driving force behind many of the holes Shaun Alexander ran through.
Samuels was named a consensus All-American in 1999 as well as taking home both All-SEC first team honors and the Outland Trophy awarded to the country's top lineman.
Both players were monumental stars for the Tide in their time in Crimson and deserve to be recognized alongside many other Alabama greats who have been enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame like Johnny Musso, Ozzie Newsome, Derrick Thomas and many more.
Per the National Football Foundation's (NFF) website, the 2023 ballot was sent to over 12,000 current NFF members and current Hall of Famers, and the votes will be tallied up by the NFF's Honor Court with the voting deadline coming on June 30.
If you wish to vote yourself, you can join the NFF here and become a voter for the College Football Hall of Fame.