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Kerry Collins Elected to College Football Hall of Fame

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The Penn State gunslinger rightfully receives his spot among college football’s finest

Penn State Kerry Collins Photo by George Gojkovich/Getty Images

After a bit of a wait, former Penn State quarterback Kerry Collins is officially going into the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class.

Collins is one of 13 selections (10 players, 3 coaches) in the class who will be honored on Dec. 4, 2018 at the 61st National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in New York City.

Collins is also the 25th Penn Stater to receive the honor (19 players, 6 coaches) with the most recent player being former linebacker Shane Conlan in 2014 and former player Bill Bowes being recognized in 2016 as the University of New Hampshire head coach.

“I am extremely honored to be included in the College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018,” Collins said via a press release from the Penn State athletic department. “I was surrounded by great players and coaches during my time at Penn State, and was fortunate to have been part of an unbelievably talented undefeated 1994 Big Ten Championship team. My years at Penn State were special, and I am eternally grateful for the support and guidance I received there as a student-athlete. I would like to congratulate the other members of this year’s class, and to also thank the National Football Foundation for the privilege of joining the long list of Nittany Lions previously inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.”

Collins went 40-9 in his career with the Nittany Lions, including a 12-0 season in 1994 after which he was named the Maxwell Award winner as the National Player of the Year, the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s best quarter, and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten’s best player.