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Alabama football legends Antonio Langham and Chris Samuels on 2023 CFB Hall of Fame Ballot

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The 2023 College Football Hall of Fame Ballot is here, and this one is special for Alabama fans.

According to the National Football Foundation in Irving, Texas, Crimson Tide legends Antonio Langham and Chris Samuels earned a spot on the ballot to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame class will be officially inducted on Dec. 5 at the 65th NFF Annual Awards Dinner. The class will permanently be immortalized at the Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga. During their time at Alabama, Langham and Samuels captured a Southeastern Conference title.

Langham, a Consensus All-American in 1992, was a marquee leader on the ’92 national championship team. He earned the Jim Thorpe Award and Jack Tatum Trophy for his excellence as a cornerback. Langham finished his four-year career (1990-93) with 19 interceptions for the Crimson Tide, which is a school record. His seven interceptions in 1993 are tied for third-most in a single season.

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Samuels, a Unanimous All-American in 1999, was one of the best offensive tackles in Alabama history. He earned the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy, Outland Trophy, and first-team All-SEC honors in his career. Samuels was dominant in 42 straight games, not yielding a sack. As a senior in 1999, he did not allow a quarterback pressure, secured 91 knockdown blocks, played nearly every offensive snap in the regular season, and cleared the way for Shaun Alexander to have 1,383 yards rushing.

Alexander’s output is tied for sixth all-time for a single season. Samuels pushed the Tide to an SEC title in 1999.

Langham and Samuels both had success in the National Football League, but their mark was made at Alabama.

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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