UCLA News: 2 Former Bruins Nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

History will be made in early 2021 as the National Football Foundation is set to announce those who have made the College Football Hall of Fame. The ballot was released this past Tuesday and with no surprise, we have a couple of Bruins on there. Awesome.

The names that made the ballot won’t be announced until early 2021 but there will be a dinner on December 7th, 2021 in New York to officially induct those into the HOF.

Like I stated before, there are 2 Bruins players who are mentioned to make the ballot and sadly no coaches. Can’t win ’em all I guess.

UCLA placekicker John Lee.

The first name on the list is former Bruin placekicker John Lee. If you recall, Lee handled all the kicking duties during the 1982-85 seasons for UCLA. He is a two-time First Team All-American who earned consensus honors in 1985.

Lee ranked high on the NCAA’s career field goal percentage at .859, a two-time First Team All-Pac 10 selection who helped the Bruins to three league titles. Not to mention Lee finished his college football career as UCLA’s all-time scoring leader with 390 points.

Duuuuude, that is crazy good for a kicker. To have that many points as a kicker AND tied for most field goals with Kai Forbath. Amazing.


Last but definitely not least is Ken Norton Jr. Norton was a Bruin from 1984-87 and had won a handful of bowl games during his time there. He is First Team All-American and was a part of that memorable 1985 conference championship team.

In 1986 Norton led in tackles with 106 and again in 1987 with 125. Norton is ranked 6th in school history with 339 career tackles.

Yep, that’s a beast alright. Norton was also a finalist for the Butkis Award in 1987 which is given to top linebackers annually.

Good to see that UCLA has some names on the ballot. Don’t get all worked up just yet as the list of names will eventually be trimmed down to just a few before a final announcement is made.


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