LSU legend Kevin Faulk is one of 129 nominees for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame class, per ballots distributed on Thursday.
Faulk joins legends like Ed Reed, Eric Dickerson, Ray Lewis, Troy Polamalu, Charles Woodson and Patrick Willis.
Faulk finished his career as LSU’s career leader in rushing yards (4,557) and touchdowns (46) from 1995 through 1998. He was an All-American all-purpose back in 1996 and a three-time All-SEC selection. His career total of 6,833 all-purpose ranks fourth in all of college football history, and his 53 career touchdowns (46 rushing, 4 receiving, 2 punts and 1 kickoff) rank second in SEC history.
Beyond the statistics and the 11 school records that Faulk owns, he, as much as any single player, gave birth to the Modern Era of LSU football. He was the first true star of my lifetime (I was too young to remember much of Tommy Hodson, Wendell Davis or Dalton Hilliard), and his signing with LSU in Gerry DiNardo’s first recruiting class began to reverse the trend of Louisiana’s best leaving the state.
It’s easy to forget that after years of truly terrible football and crippling budget cuts due to the oil bust of the 1980s, it was just assumed that the best players in the state were “too good” for LSU. People didn’t even really bat an eye when players like Warrick Dunn, Travis Minor, Roland Seymour, Kordell Stewart or Marshall Faulk left the state to play football. Faulk, an All-American athlete who played quarterback at Carencro High School, was DiNardo’s first real victory and might have been his most significant.
Faulk went on to graduate and then win three Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots as a role-playing reserve running back. He is members of both the LSU Athletic and New England Patriot halls of fame, and whether he makes it into this class or not he will almost certainly join the College Football Hall of Fame soon.
Let’s remember some of his career highlights:
- His school-record 5 touchdown performance versus Kentucky in 1997:
- 234-yard performance in the 1995 Independence Bowl versus Michigan State (coached by some Saban dude)
- This portion of his then-record 246-yard night against Houston to help the Tigers hold on, 35-34.
Thanks to Cityzen225 for all of the videos.