You would also feel good if you just beat out Herschel Walker.
Well, that was interesting. For those of you who managed to get your player onto our ballot -- congratulations on that. I guess. There's still a selection committee to go. For those of you who don't like the results, there's still a selection committee to go. And we've heard your calls for electoral reform for 2013 loud and clear.
But without further ado, here is the Team Speed Kills ballot for the inaugural SB Nation College Football Hall of Fame.
BEAR BRYANT (ALABAMA, KENTUCKY)
Of course. Any man who can win at a high level with Kentucky and Texas A&M -- at least at the kind of levels that Bryant won at -- could be a plausible candidate for the Hall on that alone. Add his run in Tuscaloosa and it's not even a contest. Bryant coached for 38 seasons and had a losing record in one of them. In only eight of his seasons did his team not finished ranked in at least one of the major polls. And there was that whole "winningest coach ever" thing before he was passed. Regardless, 323 wins is a huge number and Bear Bryant is probably the greatest coach in the history of the sport.
DERRICK THOMAS (ALABAMA)
The only people who should have a problem with Derrick Thomas' inclusion on the list are the players who were in the opposing backfields. Thomas collected 27 sacks at Alabama -- in a single season. If the sack were an official statistic then, Thomas would hold the record. He had 52 for his career. Tackles for loss? 39 in that 1988 season and 68 in his career.
DARREN McFADDEN (ARKANSAS)
Part of a powerful running back duo that cut a swath of destruction through SEC defenses during his time with Arkansas, McFadden holds the top two seasons in terms of rushing yards in school history. Another season ranks No. 13. McFadden ran for 1,113 yards and 11 TDs in 2005, 1,647 yards and 14 TDs a year later and 1,830 yards and 16 scores the season after that. Overall, he has 4,590 yards and 41 TDs and ranks third in Arkansas history with an average of 5.85 yards a carry. He had 22 100-yard games. McFadden also was one of the first players to take a snap in what became known as the Wildcat formation.
BRAD SMITH (MISSOURI)
One of the better dual-threat quarterbacks in the history of college football. Smith passed for 8,799 yards and 56 touchdowns -- second all-time in Missouri history, behind some guy named Chase Daniel -- and rushed for 4,289 and 45 touchdowns. He had three 1,000-yard rushing seasons. Smith has or is tied for the Missouri records for touchdowns scored in a game, season and career. Until Colin Kaepernick repeated the feat from 2007-10, Smith was the only quarterback in major college football history to throw for 8,000 yards and run for 4,000 in a career. Smith is also one of three players to have more than one season with 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing.
VINCENT MARSHALL (HOUSTON)
Vincent who? Vincent Marshall, a wide receiver for Houston who ranks 20th all-time in NCAA history with 3,770 yards on 272 catches. Certainly he wouldn't have done that against an SEC defense? Ask South Carolina, which saw Marshall pile up a school-record 201 receiving yards on nine catches in the 2006 Liberty Bowl. He had 15 100-yards games in his career.