IRVING, Texas -
University of Connecticut defensive coordinator Anthony Poindexter, co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Vincent Brown and former All-American linebacker John Dorsey are among the 170 players on the 2017 National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame ballot.
The announcement of the 2017 Class will be made on Jan. 6, 2017, in Tampa, in conjunction with the College Football Playoff National Championship Weekend.
Poindexter, UConn's co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach, is entering his third year on the Husky coaching staff in 2016. As a player, he was a standout defensive back at Virginia from 1995-98 before a three-year NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens and Cleveland Browns.
A two-time All-American with the Cavaliers, Poindexter was the 1998 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. He holds five school records at UVA and is fifth in program history with 12 interceptions. Poindexter is one of three players in Virginia history to be named All-ACC first team on three occasions.
Brown is entering his third season on the UConn coaching staff and played at Mississippi Valley State where he earned Kodak All-America honors as a senior in 1987. He was a second team AP All-American as a junior.
A three-time all-conference pick, he broke the school's record for career tackles with 570 stops while leading the team in tackles his last three seasons.
Brown played for the New England Patriots for eight seasons before retiring in 1995. He earned NFL All-Pro honors in 1991, 1992 and 1993. After being selected in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft, Brown went on to start 103 of 123 career games for the Patriots, logging 811 tackles, 16.5 sacks and 10 interceptions.
The current General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, Dorsey was an All-American at linebacker for UConn following the 1983 season. A four-year starter, he was twice named Yankee Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
At UConn, he is first in program history in career tackles (495) and single-season tackles (184, 1983). Dorsey made 24 stops against Rhode Island in a game in 1981, tied for most in any single-game since 1980.
Following his sterling collegiate career, Dorsey was selected in the fourth round of the 1983 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. As a rookie in 1984, he set a team record with 35 special teams tackles, a mark that still stands.
Following his five-year playing career, he joined the front office in Green Bay in 1991. Dorsey moved to the Seattle Seahawks in 1999 before a second stint with the Packers from 2000-11. In 2013 he was appointed General Manager of the Chiefs and has held the position since. Kansas City holds a 31-17 record during the regular season under Dorsey's guidance and advanced to the NFL Divisonal Playoffs in 2015.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been named a First Team All-American by a major/national selector as recognized and utilized by the NCAA for their consensus All-America teams; played their last year of intercollegiate football at least 10 years prior; played within the last 50 years and cannot be currently playing professional football.
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