Boston College's own Mike Ruth is up yet again for the National College Football Hall of Fame. This isn't something new, as Ruth has been on the ballot for years, yet still has not heard his name called. This season Ruth will have to gardner enough votes against players such as: Matt Leinart, Derrick Brooks, Eric Dickerson, Torry Holt, Ray Lewis, Rashaan Salaam, and Kirk Gibson (yes the baseball player).
The 6-foot-1, 285 pound Ruth played for the Eagles from 1982-85 and was a constant menace to opposing offenses. He was a consensus 1985 First Team All-American, a three time All East and ECAC selection. Ruth finished his career at BC with 344 career tackles and 29 sacks.
Even while struggling with several injuries, Ruth was one of the most dominant defensive linemen to ever don the maroon and gold. According to BCEagles.com:
In 1984, as the key to the Eagles defensive strength, Ruth had 102 tackles, 76 of them solo. He had 6.5 sacks, but also was credited with 20 quarterback pressures and seven other minus-yard plays. In the 1984 game against Holy Cross, he pressured the Crusader quarterback into throwing five interceptions.
Ruth was drafted by the New England Patriots, where he played one season before retiring. His number is now retired and honored at Alumni Stadium. Ruth certainly is a deserving member, but as the years slip away, more current players are going to probably get the votes over him.
The announcement of the Class of 2016 will be made on January 8, 2016.