Former Colorado receiver Michael Westbrook has been included on the ballot for the 2018 College Football Hall of Fame.

On Thursday morning, the National Football Foundation (NFF) released the ballot, which includes 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 98 players and 31 coaches from other divisions.

The 2018 class will be announced on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. NFF members and current Hall of Famers vote on the class and then the NFF Honors Courts will deliberate and select the class.

To be considered, players must have been named a first-team All-American. Westbrook was named first-team All-America in 1994 by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Walter Camp.

Playing with the Buffaloes from 1991-94, Westbrook left CU as the school's all-time leader in receptions (167), receiving yards (2,548) and receiving touchdowns (19). He has since been passed in those areas, but still ranks second in yards, third in receptions and sixth in touchdowns.

In 1994, Westbrook caught 36 passes for 689 yards and four touchdowns. His season included a touchdown grab on a 64-yard Hail Mary from quarterback Kordell Stewart to beat Michigan, 27-26, on Sept. 24, 1994, in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Statistically, Westbrook's best season came in 1992, when he caught 76 passes for 1,060 yards and eight touchdowns, earning first-team All-American honors from NEA and second-team honors from the Associated Press. That season, Westbrook and Charles Johnson became the first players in CU history to post 1,000 receiving yards in a season.


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Westbrook still ranks fifth in CU history for single-season receptions and sixth for single-season receiving yards - both from 1992.

Westbrook was the No. 4 overall selection (by the Washington Redskins) in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played eight seasons in the NFL — seven with Washington and one with Cincinnati - totaling 285 catches for 4,374 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Westbrook was inducted into CU's Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996.

Currently, seven Buffs are in the College Football Hall of Fame: Byron White (inducted in 1952), Joe Romig (1984), Dick Anderson (1993), Bobby Anderson (2006), Alfred Williams (2010), John Wooten (2012) and former head coach Bill McCartney (2013).

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.