Too bad they don’t allow college football nominees to sit down and type out a resume in order to be selected in the Hall of Fame.
Temple’s Paul Palmer would have been selected seven years ago when he was first nominated. All he would have needed to do is type some numbers compared to guys already in there and include a computer printout that had Temple’s schedule ranked in the Top 10 of the hardest schedules in two of his three seasons.
It should have been a no-brainer a long time ago.
Palmer not only had the minimum requirement of being selected as a first-team All-America, but his numbers were far better than a lot of backs already in the Hall of Fame.
Check this list out. The other two guys on this group were already in the Hall during Paul’s first year of eligibility:
In other words, he should have been in there a long time ago.
Now he joins former Temple coaches Pop Warner, Ray Morrison and Wayne Hardin in the Hall of Fame and becomes the first Temple football player in the Hall in a history that began well over 100 years ago.
Temple had national stat leaders before Paul arrived on the scene, with Sam Shaffer leading the nation in interceptions and Paul Loughran kickoff and punt return yards, but Palmer took the numbers to a new level.
When Palmer was at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Md., Bruce Arians was the only Division I coach to offer him a scholarship and it paid off big-time for Arians and the Owls. Palmer had 100-yard rushing games 21 times and six 200-yard rushing games. In 1986, he led the nation with 1,866 rushing yards and 1,976 yards from scrimmage.
He broke the single-season all-purpose yard record previously held by USC’s Marcus Allen with his 2,633 yards that year.
He finished second to Vinny Testaverde in the 1986 Heisman Trophy balloting but probably should have finished first.
The numbers do not lie and now the truth is in the pudding or, more precisely, the Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
The induction will be on Dec. 1, and that day should be a party for all Owl fans.
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