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Tillman on Hall of Fame ballot

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Posted: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 10:05 pm | Updated: 12:50 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Pat Tillman is among a group of 76 players and six head coaches who were named to the College Football Hall of Fame ballot Tuesday.

Tillman, who left his NFL career to join the U.S. Army Rangers and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan, played at Arizona State from 1994-97 and was a first-team All-American as a senior. He was the first-ever Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year from ASU and led the Sun Devils to the 1996 Pac-10 title.

Also nominated from ASU were former linebacker Bob Breunig and coach Darryl Rogers.

Breunig was a first-team All-American in 1974 who ranks third in school history in career solo tackles (206) and fifth in career tackles (353).

Rogers coached the Devils from 1980-84, where he was 37-18-1. He also coached at Cal State-Hayward, Fresno State, San Jose State and Michigan State, where he was Big Ten coach of the year in 1977 and national coach of the year by the Sporting News in 1978.

Former University of Arizona defensive back Chuck Cecil (1984-87), a first-team All-American and Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year in 1987, was also nominated.

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