Former University of Alabama linebacker E.J. Junior was named to the College Football Hall of Fame Ballot, which was released on Thursday..
Junior was a member of the 1978 and 1979 National Championship teams under head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant.
In his senior season for the Crimson Tide, Junior earned the SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was a Lombardi finalist and was a consensus All-American.
He finished his career at the University of Alabama with 39 career tackles for loss. Since he ended his career Alabama has broken the record seven times, with the current record being held by Derrick Thomas, with 68 tackles for loss. He is also tied with Leroy Cook with most fumbles forced in a career, with 10.
Junior played in the NFL for 13 seasons. In that time he played for four different teams and accumulated 36.5 sacks and 12 interceptions. He started 120 of his career 170 games.
The 2018 class will be announced on Monday, Jan.8 2018 in Atlanta. The class will be inducted on Dec. 4 2018, at the New York Hilton Midtown.
Players inducted must have been a First Team All-American, played their last year 10 years before, played in the last 50 years and can’t be playing professional football.