Boomer Grigsby during his playing days at Illinois State

After an illustrious career with Illinois State as well as a stint in the National Football League, fullback James “Boomer" Grigsby is not done being recognized by football organizations. The three-time All-American joined 74 other players on this year's College Football Hall of Fame ballot. On Jan. 6, the new class will be named in Tampa, Fla., the site of next season’s national championship game.

In 44 career games at Illinois State, Grigsby totaled 580 tackles (school record), which included 41.5 tackles for a loss. The Canton, Ill., native was a four-year letter winner as well as being named the Gateway Football Conference Player of the Year. Grigsby was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, which recognizes the top defensive player in Division 1-AA.

Grigsby is the all-time FCS leader in total (550) solo (325) tackles. He is also the only person to win a trio of conference player of the year awards.

At the professional level, he was a part of three rosters (Chiefs, Dolphins and Texans). Grigsby was drafted 138th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. In his rookie season, he recorded 19 special teams’ tackles while also appearing in all 16 games. He finished his career with 33 tackles, two receptions and 14 receiving yards.

Other notable names on this year’s ballot include Western Illinois guard Don Greco, Illinois defensive weapons Simeon Rice, Moe Gardner and Dana Howard.

To be put on the ballot, a player must have been named a first-team All-American by one of five organizations used by the NCAA to determine the consensus All-American team (ex. Associated Press). 

Jason Klaer is a senior journalism major and a sports editor at The Vidette. Questions or comments regarding his article can be directed to at Follow him on Twitter at @JasonKlaerISU

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