A pair of former Kansas State stars are up for the College Football Hall of Fame.
Martin Gramatica and Michael Bishop were both nominated to the 2018 ballot on Thursday. They join a group of 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 98 players and 31 coaches from the divisional ranks currently being considered for HOF honors.
This is the first time Gramatica has made the ballot. Bishop was also nominated last year.
Gramatica is the best kicker in K-State history. He twice earned first team All-America honors and won the Lou Groza Award in 1997. He set the NCAA record for longest field goal without a tee when he connected on a 65-yarder in 1998 and still holds several school records, including most field goals made (54) and attempted (70).
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Known for his wild celebrations, Gramatica went on to have a stellar NFL career. He was inducted into the K-State sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
Bishop, one of the best and most popular quarterbacks in school history, wasn’t voted into the college football hall last year but will hope for better results this time around. The Heisman Trophy runner-up led K-State to some of its most memorable seasons in 1997 and 98, going 22-3 as a starter. The Wildcats won their first 11 games when Bishop was a senior, earning the school’s first No. 1 ranking in football.
He was a first team All-American in 1998 and went on to briefly play in the NFL. He is now a high school football coach in Texas.
K-State coach Bill Snyder was the last person with Wildcats ties to make it into the hall.
Gramatica and Bishop are among a star-studded group of nominees that include Tony Gonzalez, Kerry Collins, Eric Crouch, Eric Dickerson, Torry Holt, Ray Lewis, Jake Plummer, Warren Sapp and Charles Woodson, Frank Beamer and Mack Brown.
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