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Selection Criteria

Induction and Selection Criteria

  • Players will be eligible for nomination no earlier than five years after their last season of intercollegiate football.
  • Players must have finished their intercollegiate playing careers at a Historically Black College or University. Exceptions may be made if it is determined by an 80% vote of the Selection Committee that a player is widely identified with an HBCU.
  • Players must have played at least two seasons at an HBCU. Judging will be based on a nominee’s collegiate HBCU playing career and their impact on the game of football.
  • Any former or current Head Football Coach of an HBCU is eligible for nomination.
  • Any individual is eligible for nomination to the Hall of Fame as a “Contributor.” Judging will be based on his/her impact on the advancement of HBCU football

Finalists and Inductee Announcement

  • Twenty Player and Five Coach/Contributor finalists are announced each Fall for the next year’s class.
  • Five Players and one Coach/Contributor are announced late Fall as the following year’s Black College Football Hall of Fame Class.