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No-Brainer Hall of Famer: You may have seen the ad with the line, "It's probably the easiest decision in the history of decisions. I'll take Barkley." Yep, it's like that - picking Charles Barkley in a pickup game of basketball.

Picking Nick Saban on the ballot for the College Football Hall of Fame will be that easy. He's a shoo in.

Usually, there is not much hype about this HOF. But, this year is different because of Saban.

The Hall that grabs the most attention might be Major League Baseball, which I've been fortunate enough to visit in Cooperstown. Canton gets some run too for the NFL.

Baseball is probably tops though because of the difficulty of getting in. The Baseball Writers' Association make it a bit difficult. A lot of good players have not reached the 75 percent threshold required for entry.

Notice I wrote, good. To be HOF material, shouldn't you be (in my Tony the Tiger voice) great!? There is much debate over who is good and who is great when making those decisions.

Of all the players inducted to Cooperstown - and many have been great - only one was a unanimous choice. No, not Babe Ruth. Not Hank Aaron or Willie Mays. It was Mariano Rivera.

Rivera? A great player and as good a closer as any the game has seen, but was he the greatest MLB player ever? Certainly not, even though he got every vote that year.

Derek Jeter got 99.74 percent of votes by the writers. That's second best. Ken Griffey Jr. is third with 99.32 percent.

The makeup of the writers has changed through the generations of baseball. Nine people didn't vote for Aaron when he became eligible. Ruth had 11 choose not to choose him. Another 23 said no to Mays. Who knows their reasons?

Back to Saban. It should be unanimous for him. When we use the term great, it applies to him as a coach. He probably is the greatest to ever coach in college.

The numbers back that up in what is probably the most competitive era in the game's history.

Unlike baseball, we won't see the percentage of votes he gets. We'll just hear that he got in. By the way, this won't be announced until December of 2025.

Who votes? It's not a bunch of writers like in baseball either. It's apparently much different. I logged on to the National Football Foundation website to learn more.

The site notes, "If you would like to become a member and receive this year's ballot, please contact NFF Director of Membership Ron Dilatush. Go ahead, e-mail him.