Three former Notre Dame players are on the ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, with results to be announced in May.
Split end Tom Gatewood (1969-1971), linebacker Bob Crable (1979-1981) and wide receiver Raghib Ismail (1988-1990) represent Notre Dame among 75 former players from FBS programs up for induction. The College Football Hall of Fame recently relocated from South Bend to Atlanta, and is expected to open before the 2014 season begins in August.
Gatewood was a consensus first-team All-American in 1970 for the Irish, catching 77 passes for 1,123 yards and finished his career with 157 receptions for 2,283 yards.
Crable recorded at least 100 tackles in three consecutive seasons and holds the Notre Dame record for most tackles in a career (521). A consensus first-team All-American in 1980 and 1981, Crable tied an NCAA record with 26 tackles in a game in 1979.
A consensus first-team All-American in 1989 and unanimous pick in 1990, Ismail also returned a pair of kickoffs for touchdowns in Notre Dame's championship season of 1988. The 1990 Heisman Trophy runner-up finished his three-year career with 15 all-purpose touchdowns, five of which came on kick returns -- a school record.
To be eligible for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, a player must have earned first-team All-American honors and must have ended his college career at least 10 years ago.
This is Crable's third appearance on the ballot (2007, 2013, 2014) while Ismail is on the ballot for the third consecutive year. Notre Dame has 44 former players and six coaches enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame, with the most recent inductee being tight end Dave Casper (2012).