IRVING, Texas -- Former Mount Union quarterback Bill Borchert is on the 2020 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.
The announcement of the 2020 Class will be made in January 2020 in the days leading up to the College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship in New Orleans. The January announcement will be televised and/or streamed live, and specific viewing information will be available as the date draws near.
Borchert was a two-time All-American that played under center for the Purple Raiders from 1994-97. Mount Union went 50-3 over those four seasons, winning four Ohio Athletic Conference titles and NCAA Division III national championships in 1996 and 1997.
He won the 1997 Gagliardi Trophy, given to NCAA Division III's top all-around player, two-time OAC Mike Gregory Award winner as the conference's top offensive back and a three-time All-OAC First Team selection.
He still holds school career records as he was 946-for-1,447 for 14,482 passing yards with 189 passing touchdowns. He accounted for a record 15,308 yards of total offense and 200 TD's responsible for. As a senior in 1997, he threw a school record 63 touchdown passes.
Borchert has already been inducted into the Greater Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Mount Union M-Club Hall of Fame in 2013.
The Parma, Ohio native graduated from Mount Union in 1998 with a degree in business administration and marketing, is currently a sales executive with IBM and lives with his wife Erin and daughters Lauren and Emily in Richfield.
Mount Union has one coach and one player already in the College Football Hall of Fame as former head coach and current athletic director Larry Kehres was inducted in 2017 while former quarterback Jim Ballard was inducted in 2008.
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. Coaches must have coached a minimum of 10 years and 100 games as a head coach; won at least 60 percent of their games; and be retired from coaching for at least three years. If a coach is retired and over the age of 70, there is no waiting period. If he is over the age of 75, he is eligible as an active coach. In both cases, the candidate's post-football record as a citizen may also be weighed.
Once nominated for consideration, all player candidates are submitted to one of eight District Screening Committees, depending on their school's geographic location, which conducts a vote to determine who will appear on the ballot and represent their respective districts. Each year, approximately 15 candidates, who are not selected for the Hall of Fame, will be named automatic holdovers and will bypass the district screening process and automatically appear on the ballot the following year. Additionally, the Veterans Committee may make recommendations to the Honors Court for exceptions that allow for the induction of players who played more than 50 years ago.
Of the 5.33 million individuals who have played college football since Princeton first battled Rutgers on Nov. 6, 1869, only 1,010 players have earned induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, or less than two one-hundredths of a percent (.02%) of those who have played the game during the past 150 years. From the coaching ranks, 219 individuals have achieved Hall of Fame distinction.