Frazier on Hall vote: Maybe next year
While many of his fans in Nebraska are outraged, former Cornhuskers quarterback Tommie Frazier says he's not upset that he didn't get elected to the College Football Hall of Fame this year.
In fact, Frazier said Tuesday he didn't pay much attention to the announcement of the latest Hall class.
''Other people paid attention for me,'' he said. ''I didn't really worry. I just got a couple texts from my wife.
''It's just one of those deals, out of my control.''
Frazier and Will Shields were the only former Nebraska players among the 79 candidates on the Football Bowl Subdivision ballot. Shields, the 1992 Outland Trophy winner and longtime member of the Kansas City Chiefs, was among 14 former players chosen for induction.
Frazier guided the Cornhuskers to perfect seasons and national championships in 1994-95. He was the 1995 Heisman Trophy runner-up and the Big Eight offensive player of the year.
To be eligible for the ballot, players must have been a first-team All-American, played at least 10 years ago and cannot be currently playing pro football.
Frazier, now director of development for Alegent Health in Omaha, said his feelings aren't hurt. He was on the ballot for the first time.
''When I can control something and it doesn't happen, then I get upset,'' he said. ''When you have others doing the voting, you can't control it. It was an honor being on the list.''
Frazier said he didn't think his candidacy was hurt by the fact he played during an era when a number of Nebraska players made national headlines for committing violent crimes. Among them was Lawrence Phillips, who was suspended for much of the 1995 season for beating his girlfriend.
Frazier said a lot of deserving players didn't get elected.
''When you have so many people over different eras in football, some will get in, and some who people think should get in won't,'' he said.
Frazier said he didn't play football with the idea of being in a hall of fame someday.
''I played to be part of the tradition at Nebraska and win national championships,'' he said. ''If that warrants me being in the Hall of Fame, that's fine. I'm not losing any sleep over it. It's over and done with. We'll see what happens next year.''