Three Nittany Lions On 2019 College Football Hall Of Fame Ballot
Former Penn State football players Steve Wisniewski, Bobby Engram, and Jeff Hartings all featured on the 2019 College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
All three players were first-team All Americans during their time in Happy Valley and helped the Nittany Lions win conference and national championships throughout their careers. Engram and Hartings were key members of Penn State’s 1994 Big Ten championship squad, while Wisniewski helped his team win a national championship in 1986.
Bobby Engram led Penn State with 52 receptions and 1,029 receiving yards in 1994 as Penn State won its first Big Ten championship. Outside of his standout 1994 season, the only Nittany Lion to have two games with over 200 receiving yards was named the MVP of the 1996 Outback Bowl and the offensive MVP of the 1993 Citrus Bowl.
Jeff Hartings was also a crucial member of the 1994 Penn State squad as a starting offensive lineman. His work in the trenches helped the team break 14 program records and dominate college football with 47.8 points per game and over 500 total yards of offense per game en route to a perfect 12-0 season.
While Hartings’ work helped Penn State win a Big Ten championship, Steve Wisniewski’s tenure in Happy Valley included a national championship in 1986. Wisniewski was one of two sophomore starters on the team that took down Miami (FL) in the national championship game. He is one of just two offensive linemen in program history to be named team MVP.
In addition to the three players, former Penn State standout Glenn Killinger, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a player in 1966, is on the ballot as a coach. He is the winningest head coach in West Chester football history and only had one losing season in 37 years of coaching.
Voting for the College Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2019 will conclude on June 22. The class of 2019 will be announced on January 7, 2019 prior to the 2019 national championship game.