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Two Illinois football players will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and elected in 2025

Numerous legends have come through the Illinois football program, and now two of them are one step closer to being immortalized as the greatest in college football.

The College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia, has inducted 1,093 players out of approximately 5.7 million who have ever played the game. Of the 1,093 players inducted, the Illini have 15 players to date.

Moe Gardner is the latest Illinois football player to secure a spot in the prestigious pantheon of great athletes, inducted in 2022. Before him, Dana Howard secured a spot in 2018.

Could another Illinois football player be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2025? The ballot for the 2025 Hall of Fame induction was released on Monday.

Two football players from Illinois have made it onto the ballot. Former Illini linebacker Kevin Hardy is on the ballot for 2025. In addition to Hardy, former Illinois linebacker Simeon Rice is also on the ballot.

I think that of the two great Illinois football players, Rice is the most surprising because he hasn't made the Hall of Fame yet. He was a two-time first-team All-American. He's also a three-time first-team All-Big Ten selection.

Hardy's resume is impressive, however. He was selected as a first-team All-American in 1995. He helped Illinois to numerous victories in the early to mid-1990s, including several bowl game appearances.

These two players were so talented in college that they were selected back-to-back with the No. 2 and No. 3 picks in the 1996 NFL Draft. The No. 1 overall pick was Keyshawn Johnson to the New York Jets. Hardy was then selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the No. 2 pick. Rice was selected by the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 3 pick.

Being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame is a great honor, and it's time to honor these two college legends with their place at the top.

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