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Clarence Williams a Hall of Fame candidate

From Pullman — On Thursday the National Football Foundation released a list of 81 candidates for the College Football Hall of Fame. Former Washington State running back Clarence “Clancy” Williams was among those nominated.

More after the jump.

A player must have been named a first-team All-American to be eligible for the list. In total, 17 Pac-12 players as well as coaches Mike Bellotti and Darryl Rogers will be on the ballot.

Williams came to WSU after a playing his prep ball at Renton HS and played for the cougars from 1962-64. He was named a first-team All-American in 1964 after leading the Cougars in rushing, scoring and kick returns.

Williams also starred for WSU as a defensive back and was drafted by the Rams in the first round and went on to an eight-year NFL career. He combined for 15 interceptions over the 1967 and '68 seasons.

Though Williams passed away in 1986 due to cancer, his son, Clarence “Butch” Williams started his own WSU football career just three years later.

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