Disappointed Nebraska fans who thought quarterback greats Tommie Frazier and Eric Crouch would be named to the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday might have had unrealistic expectations.
So says Crouch, the 2001 Heisman Trophy winner who was on the ballot for the first time.
"I think maybe we're in a bubble here in Nebraska, so there's a lot of attention on Nebraska alumni," Crouch said. "I'm not sure the rest of the country feels the same way we do around here."
Frazier, who led the Huskers to national championships in 1994-95, was snubbed for the second straight year.
"No, it doesn't hurt," Frazier said. "It only hurts when I can't control something, and this is something I can't control no matter what. All you can do is keep waiting each year, and if it happens it happens."
Crouch said the only disappointment he feels is for Frazier, a player he grew up idolizing when he was playing high school football in Omaha.
"I thought he had a pretty good chance," Crouch said. "I guess I want him to get the attention of the College Football Hall of Fame that he deserves - whether it's before me, at the same time or after me. You want to see that for a fellow alumnus who in a lot of ways is an inspiration to me."
Former Nebraska defensive end Trev Alberts, who played from 1989-93, also was on the ballot.
Frazier quarterbacked Nebraska to national championships despite being hampered by blood clots. He finished second to Ohio State's Eddie George in Heisman Trophy voting in 1995 after leading the Huskers to an undefeated season that included a rout of No. 2 Florida in the Fiesta Bowl.
Frazier said he doesn't put a lot of weight on individual awards such as a Hall of Fame induction.
"Everything I've ever gotten has been with the help of teammates," he said.
Crouch won a close Heisman vote in 2001 after he set an NCAA record for career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback (59). He also holds a school record with 7,915 yards of career total offense.
Crouch noted that John Wooten, an All-America offensive lineman for Colorado, had to wait more than 50 years before the Hall called his name Tuesday.
"You just never know when you'll get inducted," he said. "It may never happen. I feel I had a great career, and my goal wasn't to get into the College Football Hall of Fame. My goal wasn't to win the Heisman Trophy. My goal was to win football games."
Former Nebraska offensive lineman Will Shields was voted into the Hall last year. The National College Football Foundation's Honors Court, which makes the final selection, tries to avoid selecting players from the same school in consecutive years.
Like Nebraska fans, Florida supporters are still waiting for one of their favorite quarterbacks to get into the Hall. Danny Wuerffel, on the losing end against Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl after the 1995 season, led the Gators to four straight Southeastern Conference championships and the 1996 national title. He also won the 1996 Heisman.
Another Heisman-winning quarterback, BYU's Ty Detmer, one of the most prolific passers in college football history, was just voted into the Hall this year - 20 years after his BYU career ended.
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