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Former Wildcat Simoneau on HOF ballot

By The Mercury

Former Kansas State consensus All-American linebacker Mark Simoneau is one of 76 players nationally who comprises the 2012 Football Bowl Subdivision Ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, the foundation announced Tuesday.

Simoneau, a Smith Center native who lettered for the Wildcats from 1996-1999, was a consensus All-American in 1999 and the runner-up for the Butkus Award that same season.

A K-State Ring of Honor inductee and a four-year starter for head coach Bill Snyder, Simoneau led the Wildcats to a 42-7 record during his career while totaling 400 career tackles.

A third-round selection in the 2000 NFL Draft by Atlanta, Simoneau played 11 seasons in the NFL with stops in Atlanta, Philadelphia, New Orleans and Kansas City.

K-State is represented in the Hall of Fame by three individuals, as coaches Pappy Waldorf and Charles Bachman were elected to the Hall in 1966 and 1978, respectively, while the last Wildcat to enter the prestigious fraternity was linebacker Gary Spani, who was elected in 2002.

The ballot was mailed this week to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF’s Honors Court, which deliberates and selects the class.

Chaired by Gene Corrigan, a former ACC Commissioner and NCAA president, the 14-member NFF Honors Court includes an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletics directors, conference commissioners, Hall of Famers and members of the media.

The FBS Hall of Fame Class will be announced in New York City during a noon press conference on May 15 and inducted at the 55th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 4, 2012, at the landmark Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.

To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a first team All-America by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.

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