Three former Notre Dame greats have the chance to be immortalized with college football’s highest honor. Linebacker Bob Grable, receiver-kick returner Raghib Ismail and offensive lineman Aaron Taylor are all on the National Football Foundation’s Hall of Fame ballot. They’ll be among 75 former players and six former coaches.
Crable was a two-time, first-team, consensus All-American, earning the distinction in both 1980 and 1981, when he served as an Irish captain. He’s Notre Dame’s all-time leading tackler and his 26 tackles in a single game is still tied for an FBS record. This is Crable’s sixth appearance.
Ismail’s place in college football lore is well established. The two-time, first-team All-American won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award as well as The Sporting News’ College Football Player of the Year. He was the runner up for the Heisman Trophy in 1990 and set college football records by twice returning two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game. He was the MVP of the 1990 Orange Bowl and helped the Irish to an 1988 national championship and had six career kick returns for touchdown. This is Ismail’s fifth ballot.
Taylor was a unanimous first-team All-American selection in 1993 as a tackle a year after earning consensus All-American honors as a junior at offensive guard. He won the Lombardi Award as a senior and was a finalist for the Outland Trophy that same year, and was a Lombardi finalist as a junior as well. He started 30 straight games to finish his career, serving as a captain in 1993 before being selected in the first round. This is the second time Taylor has been on the ballot.
Notre Dame has 45 former players and six former coaches enshrined in the Hall of Fame, more than any other school.