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Three Nittany Lions Among College Football Hall of Fame Nominees

Kerry Collins, D.J. Dozier, and Steve Wisniewski are among the players included in the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

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Since 1951, The National Football Foundation has been selecting players and coaches in college football who excel on the field. Today, the NFF announced the names on the ballot for the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame. Among the 75 FBS players included in the ballot are Penn State standouts Kerry Collins, D.J. Dozier, and Steve Wisniewski.

Including coaches, 22 former Penn Staters have been inducted into the hall of fame. If selected, the aforementioned Collins, Wisniewski, and Dozier would join the likes of Shane Conlan, Jack Ham, John Cappelletti, and Curt Warner, as well as Rip Engle and Joe Paterno.

Kerry Collins was a first-team All-American in 1994, winning the Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards along the way. He led the most potent offense in the nation (and led the nation in passing efficiency) on its way to an undefeated season and Big Ten championship in its second year in the conference. Collins played 16 seasons with the NFL, from 1995 to 2011.

D.J. Dozier was another first-team All-American who led the Nittany Lions to an undefeated season and a national championship. Dozier finished 8th in Heisman voting in 1986. He played five seasons in the NFL, from 1987 to 1991, and another in the MLB, in 1992.

Steve Wisniewski was another member of the championship-winning 1986 team, and was named first-team All-American in both 1986 and 1987. He played 13 seasons in the NFL, all with the Raiders. He also coached the offensive line for the Raiders in 2011.

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