The 2021 College Football Hall of Fame ballot includes 78 players — three of those are former Tennessee Volunteers. Al Wilson, Bobby Majors and Willie Gault are eligible to join the hall this season, potentially joining the 24 players already enshrined.
The most recent name of the three is Al Wilson, who was a captain on the 1998 national title team. He was a consensus All-American in 1998, the only Volunteer to earn that honor that season. Wilson went on to be a first round pick in 1999, becoming a five time pro bowler and two time All-Pro.
Gault and Majors go back a little further. If you poke around the Tennessee record books for too long, you’ll see Gault’s name appear a few times — particularly in the return category. He was known as one of the fastest receivers in the game, doubling as a track star as well. Gault ended up taking five kickoffs back for touchdowns during his career, three of which came in his sophomore season.
Bobby Majors also still sees his name all over the Tennessee record books. He still holds a school record with ten interceptions in a single season, along with marks in punt return yards and punt return touchdowns.
The ballot was sent out on Tuesday to more than 12,000 voters. An announcement on the 2021 class will be made early next year.