ATLANTA — Decades after his coaching career ended, a Loper legend is being considered for the College Football Hall of Fame.

The National Football Foundation announced Monday that Al Zikmund will be on the ballot to be included in the 2025 hall of fame class. Zikmund coached Kearney State College, now the University of Nebraska-Kearney, from 1955-71. His teams won 11 conference titles, nine of his players were named NAIA All-Americas and 67 made All-Conference. Zikmund is already a member of the UNK Hall of Fame and the NAIA Hall of Fame. 

The College Football Hall of Fame first included Zikmund on its ballot in 2018 and he has been on it every year since without being elected. Candidates who aren’t selected are automatically put through the voting procedures the next year, which include being vetted by the foundation’s Honors Court. The national ballot of players and coaches is emailed to all dues-paying NFF chapter members, NFF academic members and Football Writers Association of America members for a vote.

Following his coaching career, Zikmund worked as UNK athletic director until retiring in 1987. He was 95 years old when he died in 2018.

Zikmund’s college football experience ties date back nearly 90 years. The Ord native played for Nebraska from 1939-43 and caught a touchdown pass in the 1941 Rose Bowl game.

Punter Duane Fritz of Chadron State is also included on the ballot.

The announcement of the 2025 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be made in early 2025.