Former Bull Gerry Quinlivan Nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

Former Bull Gerry Quinlivan Nominated for College Football Hall of Fame

BUFFALO, NY – Former University at Buffalo linebacker Gerry Quinlivan has been nominated for the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation has announced.  Quinlivan is one of 67 players from the divisional ranks to appear on the ballot.

Quinlivan played for UB from 1981-84 when the Bulls were a Division III program. He was named first-team All-America in 1984. Over his 35-game career, Quinlivan had 248 tackles (107 solo), 16.5 tackles for loss, six fumble recoveries, eight interceptions and 16 pass breakups. He was a two-time first-team ECAC Upstate New York selection and team captain (1983-84).

"Gerry Quinlivan is, without a doubt, the finest student-athlete to have played for UB in my 13 seasons here, including 1966-70 when we competed in NCAA University Division status," then head coach Bill Dando said in 1984.  

The ballot was emailed today to the more than 12,000 NFF members and current Hall of Famers whose votes will be tabulated and submitted to the NFF's Honors Courts, which will deliberate and select the class. The FBS Honors Court, chaired by NFF Board Member and College Football Hall of Famer Archie Griffin from Ohio State, and the Divisional Honors Court, chaired by former Marshall head coach, longtime athletics director and NFF Board Member Jack Lengyel, include an elite and geographically diverse pool of athletic administrators, Hall of Famers and members of the media. 

"It's an enormous honor to just be on the ballot when you think that more than 5.19 million people have played college football and only 987 players have been inducted," said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. "The Hall's requirement of being a First-Team All-American creates a much smaller pool of only 1,500 individuals who are even eligible. So being in today's elite group means an individual is truly among the greatest to ever have played the game, and we are extremely proud to announce their names. We look forward to revealing the 2018 Class prior to the CFP National Championship in Atlanta, the esteemed home of the College Football Hall of Fame."

The announcement of the 2018 Class will be made Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. The city is serving as the host for the CFP National Championship, which will be played later that day at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Some of the inductees will be on site during the announcement to represent the class and share their thoughts on being elected. The Jan. 8 announcement will be televised live, and specific viewing information will be available as the date draws near. A few inductees will also participate in the pregame festivities and the coin toss before the championship game.

Click here to see the entire ballot.