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Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists for Class of 2016 announced

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Three first-year eligible players were among the class of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which was announced Thursday night.

Quarterback Brett Favre, wide receiver Terrell Owens and guard Alan Faneca join a deep group of players and coaches from previous years, from which only five modern-era candidate can emerge from the vote held the day before the Super Bowl.

The remaining finalists include the five who were reduced in the vote from 10 finalists to five last year, likely giving them an advantage this year: Linebacker Kevin Greene, quarterback Kurt Warner, tackle Orlando Pace, wide receiver Marvin Harrison and coach Tony Dungy.

The rest of the 15-man class of finalists include: Kicker Morten Andersen, safety Steve Atwater, coach Don Coryell, running back Terrell Davis, tackle Joe Jacoby, running back Edgerrin James and safety John Lynch.

Andersen, Coryell, Davis and Lynch made the final 15 last year, while Atwater, James and Jacoby made the finals for the first time.

That group will be voted upon along with this year’s senior finalists (quarterback Ken Stabler and guard Dick Stanfel) and contributor Edward DeBartolo, Jr. Those three are voted upon separately, and need 80 percent of a yes-no vote to be approved.

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  1. mauijim3 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:08 PM

    No way James should be a finalist when Roger Craig isn’t.

  2. dietrich43 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:13 PM

    Coryell, Faneca, Favre, Anderson and Pace.

  3. Jax4 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:16 PM

    Favre
    Jacoby
    Warner
    Pace

  4. runningoutofboundsisforgringos says: Jan 7, 2016 8:16 PM

    Jim Marshall

  5. ron69 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:18 PM

    Green, Warner, Harrison, Pace, Favre, not very hard this year.

  6. wattambor says: Jan 7, 2016 8:19 PM

    This seems pretty easy.
    Harrison, Favre, Dungy, Coryell, Stabler

  7. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Jan 7, 2016 8:20 PM

    Not Warner.

  8. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 7, 2016 8:21 PM

    I love Terrell Davis, and he is a class act. But the man played only 6 years, and was not even healthy or productive for his last two. Putting him in would diminish what a special accomplishment it is to make it to the hall of fame.

  9. liberalmel says: Jan 7, 2016 8:21 PM

    Terrell Davis should be in

  10. avdabr says: Jan 7, 2016 8:23 PM

    Two really solid-good safeties among the finalists, and yet Kenny Easley- the best the position has ever seen- is still on the outside looking in. Bengals fan here by the way.

  11. thebillscouldeventuallymove says: Jan 7, 2016 8:24 PM

    Dungy = most overrated coach of all time

  12. derekgorgonstar says: Jan 7, 2016 8:25 PM

    Greene
    Warner
    Coryell
    Harrison
    Jacoby

    Favre is one of the most overrated players in NFL history.

    Cliff Harris needs to be in here, as does Sam Mills, Rodney Harrison, and Zach Thomas.

  13. packmanfan says: Jan 7, 2016 8:27 PM

    Let’s not forget that Brent Farve is the all time leader with interceptions and fumbles.

  14. packmanfan says: Jan 7, 2016 8:28 PM

    I hope they keep Brint Fail guessing as he did to the Packers fans all those years.

  15. packmanfan says: Jan 7, 2016 8:29 PM

    The NY Giants and all other teams that he helped win against whatever team he was playing for, owe a big debt of gratitude to Brint Fail.

  16. urmomsmyho says: Jan 7, 2016 8:32 PM

    If you ever saw Joe Klecko play, you’d understand how it’s a travesty he isn’t getting more serious consideration for the HOF.

  17. philvil41 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:35 PM

    It’s not a real HOF until Cliff Branch is in.

  18. mrloser444 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:35 PM

    Time for Terrell Davis to get in! He quite possibly could have SMASHED the all time season rushing record if not for 5 games where he didn’t even break no more than 88 yards. One of those games he only ran for 29 yds against the Dolphins!

  19. Silver and Black attack says: Jan 7, 2016 8:35 PM

    No way Tony Dungey is a HOF coach

  20. icebowler says: Jan 7, 2016 8:39 PM

    If Terrell Davis gets in, Sterling Sharp should as well.

  21. nflequalswwe says: Jan 7, 2016 8:41 PM

    Favre, Harrison, Pace, Atwater, and Anderson.

    P.S. Dungy is nowhere NEAR a HOF head coach.

  22. selldannysell says: Jan 7, 2016 8:41 PM

    Why all the hate for Tony Dungy? He’s the only coach who’s led Peyton Manning to a Super Bowl win and the only coach with a playoff record above .500 with Manning at quarterback.

  23. madderstork says: Jan 7, 2016 8:46 PM

    philvil41 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 8:35 PM
    It’s not a real HOF until Cliff Branch is in.

    ===============================

    Agreed but let’s start by inducting the guy who threw him so many passes in the 70’s…

  24. staffordsyear says: Jan 7, 2016 8:46 PM

    Favre,Pace,Greene,Coryell.

  25. wolpetah says: Jan 7, 2016 8:48 PM

    The NFL needs to be more like MLB when it comes to the hall. Dungy and Davis will get in just because they’re popular where in baseball a national icon like Don Mattingly won’t. And he won’t because like Davis injuries derailed his career.

  26. pinkmist4 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:50 PM

    Eddie DeBartolo – look at the 49ers before and after

    Brett Favre – yeah, we all have Favre fatigue, but c’mon, he belongs

    Kurt Warner – took 2 different teams to a SB

    Kevin Greene – look at the stats

  27. rajbais says: Jan 7, 2016 8:52 PM

    Favre, Owens, and Faneca deserve it most.

    On a level playing field, they were named the best of the best a combined 14 times: Favre 3 all pros (3 MVPs), Owens 5 all pros, and Faneca 6 all pro first teams.

    If I needed 1-2 more, i’d put in Warner and Dungy.

  28. 6jaws9 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:54 PM

    Jon McKay > Tony Dungy

  29. jrterrier5 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:56 PM

    Kenny Stabler should be in

  30. pftisfulloftrolls says: Jan 7, 2016 8:57 PM

    Warner might’ve been a good QB, but he had a stretch of his career where he was just awful. Is that really HOF worthy?

  31. limakey says: Jan 7, 2016 8:58 PM

    Brett and Kurt should go in this year. Tony D deserves to go in as well.

  32. urmomsmyho says: Jan 7, 2016 8:58 PM

    I’m sorry but if you let Terrel Davis in under the thory his career was cut short by injury then Joe Klecko is a no brainer. Klecko was also cut short by injury but he was a more domonant player than Davis. Klecko was the original Warren Sapp/John Randle. He redefined the NT position and had 20.5 sacks at NT one year (before sacks becsme am official stat). Klecko is a victim of the fact that most if his career was played prior to the “stats” era. If you ask any lineman from kleco’s era they will tell you him and Howie Long were the two hardest DL to block.

  33. dtroxallday says: Jan 7, 2016 8:59 PM

    I agree with mauijim. Roger Craig was the first dude to get 1,000yds both rushing and recieving in the same season. Not sure if anyone else has done that. (Google here I come)

  34. mypercyhurts2 says: Jan 7, 2016 8:59 PM

    Terrell Davis’ best years were when he was getting paid under the table. He and Elway were the 2 culprits in the Broncos salary cap cheating scandal from their Super Bowl years. Davis is currently in 55th place all time in rushing, behind Chris Warren. No way he should ever be considered for the Hall of Fame.

  35. dasking730 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:00 PM

    To anyone who says Terrell Davis isn’t Hall worthy due to limited years, I present to you Gayle Sayers. Sayers did not lift a whole team on his shoulders, and carry them to not one, but 2 SB titles. Sayers also played about the same time, and had a career cut short by injury. Please look up TD’s post season stats. Go ahead, I’ll give you a minute… That is Special. As was Sayers. TD is Hall worthy. Elway has zero rings without the 6th round pick that the team was hoping made the squad as a special teamer. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Terrell Davis for enshrinment in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  36. heybackatyou says: Jan 7, 2016 9:00 PM

    Coach Don Coryell before Dungy.
    An innovator who changed the game before a nice guy who wasted his opportunities.

  37. gadzod says: Jan 7, 2016 9:06 PM

    I’m actually shocked to not see so many people clamor for Terrell Owens to get in. He was statistically one of the greatest receivers of all-time. People don’t like him because he talked and was very “outspoken” regarding a lot of things. In the time of social media, people knock him for that. You’d be surprised what older HOF players said or did that you didn’t know about, because we didn’t have social media running 24/7/365.

  38. unfkwthabl says: Jan 7, 2016 9:10 PM

    Greene, TO, Harrison, Pace, Farve

    done

  39. sammievee says: Jan 7, 2016 9:10 PM

    Dungy wouldn’t even be in consideration if he hadn’t beaten Lovey Smith/Rex Grossman in the Superbowl. Peyton Manning against Rex Grossman? How did that work out by the way.

  40. godelligoodelligoo says: Jan 7, 2016 9:11 PM

    A coach who hd one supervowl with Manning thx to rexgrosman shud be miles away from canton!
    Imagine bellichik manning combo…parity wud hv gn nuts

    Dungy jst relied on manning without any grt running/dfense to gt messed up in playoffs…no way near canton other than to introduce manning…

  41. I'm not a football punk says: Jan 7, 2016 9:11 PM

    Leroy Butler

  42. leroysbutler says: Jan 7, 2016 9:11 PM

    Another year and no Jerry Kramer. It’s a travesty. It would be wonderful to listen to his induction speech. Alas, he’ll probably get in after he passes.

    Kramer is the only player on the NFL’s 50th anniversary team not in the HOF.

    In 2014 The Sporting News wrote regarding Kramer: “Easily the most egregious omission in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and arguably in any sports’ hall of fame…”

    “The Packers would not have been the greatest team in history if they would not have had Jerry. Jerry Kramer is a Hall of Famer.”

    -Former Chicago Bear player, Head Coach, and member of the Hall of Fame Mike Ditka

  43. factman66 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:12 PM

    Pace and Harrison are locks or should be. This class is sort of weak.

  44. skins1970 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:15 PM

    1.Joe Jacoby
    2.Brett Favre
    3.Marvin Harrison
    4.Steve Atwater
    5.Don Coryell

  45. kissmyfootball says: Jan 7, 2016 9:18 PM

    For those of you who think Terrell Davis shouldn’t go in but think Gale Sayers derves to be there…

    Gale Sayers-HOF Terrell Davis
    Seasons 7 7
    yards 4,956 7,607
    TD’s 39 60
    Most yards in a single season
    1,231 in ’66 2008 in ’98

  46. vicnocal says: Jan 7, 2016 9:19 PM

    Terrell Owens should be a shoo-in. The man was a flat out beast. Favre is another shoo-in of course.

  47. I'm not a football punk says: Jan 7, 2016 9:19 PM

    Yea I don’t get Davis being in.
    Then you can put in chuck foreman, roger Craig or even Ahman Green.
    They all had equal or better careers.

  48. baugh33 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:20 PM

    I am a Redskins fan – as you can tell by my screen name – but I will say this: If Ken Stabler is overlooked one more year, this hall is a shame. They kept Art Monk waiting forever – let Stabler in. What does this hall have against talent? What? Because he didn’t live how you wanted him to? He didn’t do what you said he should? Give me a break!

    Favre
    Faneca
    Greene
    Pace
    Harrison

    And Stabler from the senior team! Make this right!

    (P.S. As a Skins fan I know how important Coryell is to the history of this game – No Coryell, quite possibly no Joe Gibbs – he belongs in too – but next year!)

  49. revren10 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:21 PM

    Kurt Warner is not hall of fame material, if he wasn’t playing indoors he was terrible.

  50. hnicgm says: Jan 7, 2016 9:24 PM

    If Terrel Davis gets in, so should Bo Jackson.

  51. gcberger says: Jan 7, 2016 9:25 PM

    Joe Jacoby, the Quiet Hog

  52. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Jan 7, 2016 9:27 PM

    RogerCraig doesn’t have the stats, great player for 4-6 years or so.

  53. COSBenny says: Jan 7, 2016 9:28 PM

    Dasking730 is quite right. Eight games in the playoffs, everyone over 90 yards. The one game not over 100 was when the Broncos blew their #1 seed to the Jags and trailed the whole second half in ’96. The next seven games were all over 100. TD was not in Barry Sanders or Jim Brown’s league but he was in Terry Bradshaw’s League. Of the most dominant playoff performers in history, TD has few peers. All the jacks that one and done on Peyton for his lack of playoff success can’t have it both ways with TD who defined clutch.

  54. I'm not a football punk says: Jan 7, 2016 9:32 PM

    Shaun Alexander.

    Corey Dillon helped the Patriots win a super bowl. Does that mean he should get in too?
    DAVIS should NOT be in the hall. He had 3 really good seasons and one great year when he rushed for 2008 yards..
    You can bring up all the TD’s he’s scored and how his career was cut short. Doesn’t work for me.
    You need to bring up Roger Craig and probably 5 other Runningbacks that have had better careers.

  55. ivanpavlov0000 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:33 PM

    The Snake!

  56. wallabear says: Jan 7, 2016 9:34 PM

    While Peter King and Sal Paolantonio say they would not hold any antics against him, we all very well know that OchoUno (T.O.) won’t get in merely because of that fact. Dude was just PRODUCTION, all around, and everyone knows it. So T.O. ruffled a few feathers in the locker room to keep everyone on edge in order to be accountable for the team — so what. You can make him wait, but he gon’ get in.

  57. jrossizzle says: Jan 7, 2016 9:34 PM

    Dungy eventually gets in, not this year but he will.

    1. 139 wins / 69 loses .668 clip (check that vs the all time greats)
    2. Took the Bucs from a team that was losing 11 games year to a Playoff ready team
    3. Won the Super Bowl with the Colts
    4. Yes it means something to be the first Black coach to win SB
    5. Has an impressive coaching tree. Tomlin SB winning coach. Lovie took a Rex Grossman team to the SB (lost to Dungy) and was the HC of two other teams. Raheem has been a good position coach and made it to HC. Rod Marinelli made it to HC. (So that’s 4 HC with varying degrees of success.)

  58. henke1966 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:36 PM

    TD was without a doubt the most dominant player in the NFL during a couple of seasons. It is also no doubt that the Broncos could have won those Superbowls without Elway. Without TD? Not a chance!

  59. roadtrip3500 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:38 PM

    Favre, Faneca, Jacoby, Atwater, Coryell.

  60. faithful49er707 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:50 PM

    Super Bowl 50 is in the Bay Area. I have no doubt Eddie D finally gets inducted

  61. shlort says: Jan 7, 2016 9:51 PM

    So we don’t have to argue about who is more deserving, the NFL should put every player, every coach, every ball boy and so on and so forth. Then everyone gets a participation award! There are too many players allowed into the hall. Guys with average careers and average statistics get on the list. Right there we should question the process.

  62. artambriz says: Jan 7, 2016 9:51 PM

    TD is HOF worthy.People who say his stats are not reflective of the HOF.2,000 yard rusher NFL MVP.For those who want to add other players who’s career were cut short as well,here’s what separates TD from them,he LEAD his team to SuperBowl TITLES!Back 2 Back!!

  63. rsd303 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:51 PM

    Why all the hate for Terrell Davis? While his career was cut short, there was never a more dominant postseason running back in the history of the NFL. In 8 playoff games, Davis ran for 1,140 yards, 12 TDs and averaged 5.6 YPC. Over a 16 game season, this equals 2,280 yards and 24 TDs. Ridiculous! And these were the games that mattered most. NFL MVP, Super Bowl MVP–you can’t write the history of the league without him.

  64. kcarpenter1245 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:53 PM

    Brett Favre deserves it without a doubt. The man has made mistakes, but he was one of the most exciting quarterbacks of all time to watch play the game, and Kevin Green deserves to be in there as well. He was a QB nightmare and is second or third only to Bruce Smith and Reggie White in sacks, all time. I can’t remember which. But they are both astonishing players and deserve every minute of the fame. No pun intended.

  65. bmack1224 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:55 PM

    Terrell Owens is the Reason why I fell in LOVE with football. I hope 81 gets in.

  66. huggybear2014 says: Jan 7, 2016 9:59 PM

    Davis doesn’t go to the SB, without a HOF QB. Thinking Davis, was the lone reason for the Broncos success is short sighted and shallow.

  67. trozenfundra says: Jan 7, 2016 10:04 PM

    packmanfan says:
    Jan 7, 2016 8:27 PM
    Let’s not forget that Brent Farve is the all time leader with interceptions and fumbles.
    ————————————————–
    And also most consecutive starts for any position player EVER (excluding kickers and punters).
    That ought to be enough to make him an automatic HOFer!

  68. trozenfundra says: Jan 7, 2016 10:08 PM

    dasking730 says:
    Jan 7, 2016 9:00 PM
    To anyone who says Terrell Davis isn’t Hall worthy due to limited years, I present to you Gayle Sayers.
    ————————————–
    Yeah, but he held James Caan’s hand while he was dying!

  69. cheapglazers says: Jan 7, 2016 10:10 PM

    Brett Favre
    Terrell Owens
    Kevin Greene
    Kurt Warner
    Orlando Pace

    Marvin next year.
    Marvin Harrison

  70. caddy4bp says: Jan 7, 2016 10:19 PM

    If you think Warner belongs in the HOF, then you didn’t see any of the years he was dreadful!

  71. radrntn says: Jan 7, 2016 10:30 PM

    Snake 4 sure

  72. tauntonsyndicate says: Jan 7, 2016 10:32 PM

    Jenn Sterger thinks Favre is going to come up a little short.

  73. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 7, 2016 10:39 PM

    Favre
    Warner
    Faneca
    Pace
    Lynch
    Andersen

  74. nords14 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:41 PM

    Ricky Watters

  75. rav3nbav3n says: Jan 7, 2016 10:42 PM

    Marvin Harrison is above everyone on this list outside of Favre and maybe Greene. He was one of the quickest receivers, and one of the best route runners of all time.

  76. squared80 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:42 PM

    Davis, Owens, and James? Not in this class. Please.

  77. philyeagles5 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:43 PM

    Coryell, Favre, Warner, Owens, Andersen

  78. rav3nbav3n says: Jan 7, 2016 10:44 PM

    And Terrell Owens. Him and Harrison both should go.

  79. bassplucker says: Jan 7, 2016 10:47 PM

    Favre, Pace, T. Davis and Harrison for sure. Faneca meh there have been a lot of interior OL his equal or even better who aren’t in. Not buying either of the coaches especially Dungy. Owens is probably my 5th pick on production but was such a tool it’s hard to give him my vote so Warner then.

  80. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 7, 2016 10:48 PM

    Faneca
    Greene
    that’s it.

  81. duffelbagsports says: Jan 7, 2016 10:51 PM

    An overrated John Lynch and no Ty Law with 3 rings and 50+ interceptions?

  82. tonebones says: Jan 7, 2016 10:53 PM

    Warner, Favre, DeBartolo, Pace, James, Roger Craig

  83. baegucb says: Jan 7, 2016 10:54 PM

    Brett? pics or it didn’t happen.

  84. Chris says: Jan 7, 2016 10:57 PM

    arner might’ve been a good QB, but he had a stretch of his career where he was just awful. Is that really HOF worthy?

    Can you tell the story of the NFL without Warner? I don’t think I can, so he’d get my vote. As much as I like Davis and Greene, the Leauge story rolls on without them.

  85. hess97 says: Jan 7, 2016 10:59 PM

    Bryant Young>>Terrell Owens

  86. ch1ggs says: Jan 7, 2016 11:06 PM

    Only sentimental “logic” will prevail in the following opinion:
    —————-
    I like Davis and I hope he gets in. I don’t like Owens or Harrison and I hope they don’t get in. Atwater was a beast, Faneca was an anchor…those two are my favorites from the list.

    Warner is a toss-up, but Dungy should definitely be excluded. Lynch is questionable.

    Favre is a no brainer.
    —————-

  87. mtrhead269 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:07 PM

    Lynch and no Harrison? Wow Harrison is the only DB with 30 sacks and 30 int. played in 4 superbowls.

    Edge? Really

    Geeene and Warner is well deserved.

    Dungy certainly didnt make it on his playoff record.

  88. bksk07 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:12 PM

    Favre…yes
    Harrison…yes
    Green…yes
    Atwater…yes
    Pace…yes

    Don’t get Tony Dungy being a finalist.

  89. hogdropalogonbigd says: Jan 7, 2016 11:18 PM

    The people arguing against Farve are ridiculous. I’m no fan of the man, but you simply cannot write the history of the NFL without a chapter on him.

    The one I’d like to see get in that probably won’t is Joe Jacoby. One of the original hogs.

  90. pigskinrube says: Jan 7, 2016 11:19 PM

    No way for TD. He was a great rusher but a product of a Shanahan zone scheme that was almost as dominant years after with the likes of…

    Orlandis Gary
    Mike Anderson
    Reuben Droughns
    And.. Clinton Portis

    that said, salute right back at you TD.

  91. titansfan53 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:24 PM

    I get that Tony Dungy is a “good guy.” But his HOF push is media driven, not results. Only one Super Bowl win with all those great Colts teams is underperformance. Jim Caldwell was a Saint INT away from tieing Dungy. Great person, but overrated coach.

  92. ohand16 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:25 PM

    Coryell, Pace and Atwater are no brainers. If they aren’t in there is really something wrong with the voting.

  93. jacoby66forhof says: Jan 7, 2016 11:26 PM

    The Hogs were arguably the best O-line in NFL history. They deserve to have another member in the HOF. Joe Jacoby.

  94. futures44 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:30 PM

    Peyton Manning HGH * take off the list after retirement

  95. steelerswinagain says: Jan 7, 2016 11:30 PM

    I think Coaches should be a separate category and not take a players spot in the vote. Faneca should definitely be in there, even though a guard is not a “sexy” pick.

    Warner
    Favre
    Faneca
    Greene
    Jacoby

    works for me, but they are all fantastic players.

  96. silverblack4life says: Jan 7, 2016 11:34 PM

    Ken”Snake”Stabler should have been in last year before
    he passed away . Example of careers cut short and HOF overlooked….Bo Jackson, in both Halls, that guy was a machine

  97. jff27 says: Jan 7, 2016 11:38 PM

    Vote Tony Boselli.

  98. bubbahotepp says: Jan 7, 2016 11:39 PM

    The Hall should be about more than stats. As Mark Twain knew, stats in any area can be manipulated for any purpose. The Hall should be about a certain spirit, too. I’m an old time Steeler fan from the Curtain days. We hated the Raiders but we loved the Snake. He should definitely be in. Terrell Owens? No way…..

  99. slickytfox says: Jan 7, 2016 11:48 PM

    Stabler
    Eddie D, Jr
    Greene
    Warner
    Pace
    Favre
    Coryell

    Faneca gets in next year. There is just a Steelers bias that will delay him.

    T.O. and Harrison will get there, as will Andersen, eventually. It all depends on the first year guys coming up in the next couple years as to when. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lynch gets there eventually, kind of like Greene making the final 10 for a few years before getting the nod.

  100. babygaga19 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:02 AM

    I’m sorry but if you let Terrel Davis in under the thory his career was cut short by injury then Joe Klecko is a no brainer
    _____________________________________
    Six running backs are in the HOF that had a shorter career than TD. Look it up!

  101. sdffa11 says: Jan 8, 2016 12:08 AM

    owens should be a lock. his numbers are too good to ignore.

  102. pillowporkers says: Jan 8, 2016 12:33 AM

    Everyone can write off Terrell Owens due to his attitude and personality, but he’s one of the best WRs all time and better than any WR in there save Rice (and Moss who will be first ballot). the numbers don’t lie. Tough as nails over the middle. Regardless of what he did off the field he played his heart out on it. Also didn’t really do anything criminally bad. His only problem was he was a narcissist.

  103. glaedrfly says: Jan 8, 2016 12:43 AM

    It’s ashame Stabler didn’t get in while alive. I like all the quarterbacks in this class. Though, I don’t like Owens, he is first ballot lock. But this class is headlined by No. 4 all the way.

  104. theheyseed says: Jan 8, 2016 12:51 AM

    Joe Jacoby Three time Super Bowl champ.

    Jacoby was one of the best right tackles in his era, earning a spot on the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1980s and making four trips to the Pro Bowl. He was twice named All-Pro by The Associated Press. Jacoby, who played at times on the left side as well, was one of three Redskins to play on all four of their Super Bowl teams under coach Joe Gibbs.

  105. loumann says: Jan 8, 2016 12:59 AM

    The Hall keeps getting watered down. E.J??????nuts!
    I remember when hockey hall of fame was only greats. Now the Zamboni driver’s mom gets in too!

  106. dsheik says: Jan 8, 2016 1:03 AM

    Dungy lol Really, HOF?

    If Dungy gets in they should send Sam Wyche and Jon Gruden in with him. Wyche for buliding the defense Dungy got credit for and Gruden for actually wining with the team Dungy couldnt win with.

    You could also argue Rex Grossman should get honorable mention on Dungys behalf.

  107. kuantan97 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:16 AM

    If they put Bettis in, anybody could get in.

  108. sjsfanman says: Jan 8, 2016 1:21 AM

    People keep comparing Davis to others with injury shortened years, but how many of those players can claim to be….
    Super Bowl MVP
    League MVP
    2 time Super Bowl Champion
    2,000 yards in a season in which he was rested for the 4th quarter of numerous games. I think on America’s Game they said he sat out the length of 2 full games through the season.
    157 yards rushing and 3 TDs in his first Super Bowl

    Gale Sayers only topped a 1000 yards twice in his whole career. His highest year was 1200 yards and his most TDs were 14. Davis had 3 1000 yard seasons and 1 2ooo yard season. In the year he had 2000 yards he scored 21 TDs….while sitting out all those quarters in blow out wins. Sayers is a HoFer. So is Davis. Show me the injury shortened career with those kinds of accomplishments. Its ridiculous to say that since he didn’t plug out 3 more years of 900 yard seasons he shouldn’t be in the hall.

    Marshall Faulk (a HOFer) never once had a 21 rushing TD season, his best was 18. His last four years in the league he rushed for 900, 800, 700, and 300 yards. Whoopty do if davis didn’t stick around for that slow fade from glory. He achieved every possible goal in his first 4 years of playing football.

  109. streetyson says: Jan 8, 2016 2:36 AM

    Warner had a couple of great years, some good and some poor ones, and one great SB-ring year. Dungy the same. To me that ain’t quite HoF. And don’t forget last off-season Warner retaught Kaepernick how to be a QB – and made him worse. But Warner will probably get in because he’s on TV and still (pathetically, disingenuously) cries a lot about how the Pats “maybe, who knows?” taped his Rams’ walkthrough when we found out many years ago that the Boston Herald invented the story.

    I don’t think any others on the shortlist are unquestionably HoF. The closest is Favre, but that’s more on his amazing longevity and being great fun to watch – I just wish for all those years and stats that he’d gotten more than one ring. If he’d had at least two I don’t think any would naysay a HoF place.

  110. cwilliams135 says: Jan 8, 2016 2:47 AM

    I would be shocked if Dungy didn’t get in this year. He isn’t getting in for his coaching ability. First black coach to win a Super Bowl. Owens should get in, his play/stats are better than most already in.

  111. whodat5150 says: Jan 8, 2016 3:11 AM

    avdabr says:
    Jan 7, 2016 8:23 PM

    Two really solid-good safeties among the finalists, and yet Kenny Easley- the best the position has ever seen- is still on the outside looking in. Bengals fan here by the way.

    ————————————–

    Easley put good numbers but he had a short career. Unfortunately, I put him in the same boat as I do Terrell Davis and Sterling Sharpe. They also put up good numbers in a short time but imo, a player needs to play at LEAST a decade for HoF consideration.

  112. linebacker2 says: Jan 8, 2016 3:22 AM

    Marvin Harrison?? –No way!
    Strictly a possession receiver that hit the deck everytime he was about to take a hit. Too soft for my liking . . . but that was typical for those Colts teams. Very soft underbelly to them.
    Tim Brown was a far better receiver, who was also a return threat. A real weapon. Marvin Harrison was lucky enough to be on a team that had a lot of playmakers, so he reaped the benefits, especially after Irsay & Polian rigged the rules to favor the Colts passing game. Such crybabies, tht couldn’t handle a physical defense….

  113. dumbassgreg says: Jan 8, 2016 4:24 AM

    coryell favre pace greene Harrison stanfel DeBartolo sadly stabler one year to late. please put ken Anderson and jerry Kramer in well they are still alive to enjoy it.

  114. bettywhiteshairnet says: Jan 8, 2016 5:19 AM

    thebillscouldeventuallymove says:
    Jan 7, 2016 8:24 PM

    Dungy = most overrated coach of all time

    —————————————————

    Couldn’t agree more.

  115. smelltheglove2 says: Jan 8, 2016 5:49 AM

    Kurt Warner is not a hall of famer.

  116. tmainj says: Jan 8, 2016 6:00 AM

    Put ’em all in (eventually)–plus the ones mentioned in these posts who have not been nominated. All of them deserve it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  117. egomaniac247 says: Jan 8, 2016 6:18 AM

    Warner might’ve been a good QB, but he had a stretch of his career where he was just awful. Is that really HOF worthy?

    ——

    He also had stretches where he was AMAZING. Seriously the dude was unstoppable for many seasons. I think he owns some Super Bowl and playoff records too.

  118. Square Peg, Round Hole says: Jan 8, 2016 6:25 AM

    dtroxallday
    Jan 7, 2016, 8:59 PM EST
    I agree with mauijim. Roger Craig was the first dude to get 1,000yds both rushing and recieving in the same season. Not sure if anyone else has done that. (Google here I come)
    *************************************************
    Marshall Faulk (1999)

  119. romophobic says: Jan 8, 2016 6:28 AM

    What exactly qualifies Tony Dungy for the HOF? Is it his 1 Superbowl win? I mean, are we just going to start inducting average head coaches who win 1 Superbowl?

  120. bullcharger says: Jan 8, 2016 6:39 AM

    Will go in:

    Favre

    Almost certain to go in:

    Faneca
    Pace

    Should go in:

    Greene
    Owens
    Harrison

    The problem with Warner is that he had great years and great games, but he wasn’t consistently great throughout his career. Great story, taking two teams to the Super Bowl, but I don’t know if he should go in given the quality of the HOF QBs that are coming in the next 5-10 years.

    That said, if he doesn’t go in, there may not be a QB in any class for the next 5 years that I can think of, so maybe he will go in.

  121. kingpel says: Jan 8, 2016 6:50 AM

    Orlando Pace was pretty damn formidable.

  122. DennisT says: Jan 8, 2016 7:17 AM

    No way Kurt Warner is a hall of famer. No way. Unless being on Tv is one of criteria. Volume based stats are a poor measure of quality qb play.

    I support terrel davis. A four year run of absloute dominance. Two super bowl rings.

  123. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 8, 2016 7:18 AM

    Roger Craig should definitely be in the Hall of Fame. The first 1000 yard rusher and receiver. Won Super Bowls as a FB and HB. Plus you can not write The history of the NFL without Roger Craig. Without Roger Craig there would be no Jerry Rice or Terrell Owens. Roger Craig taught Jerry Rice how to excel his game in the off-season and Rice passed that on to Terrell Owens whom inspired a whole generation of football players to do it which improved the game tremendously.

    Roger Craig’s a three time champion that should have been First Ballot. I mean Jim Brown said if he could create the perfect RB he would give that perfect RB Roger Craig’s heart.

  124. DennisT says: Jan 8, 2016 7:18 AM

    Also dungy is not a hof coach. One super bowl title with one of the five greatest qbs of all time?

  125. bosco264 says: Jan 8, 2016 7:40 AM

    If Terrell Davis is enshrined, the process needs to be looked at.

  126. rockothewallaby says: Jan 8, 2016 7:47 AM

    Kurt Warner, absolutely. Guy really turned it up a notch in the post season too.

  127. imsomeguy says: Jan 8, 2016 7:59 AM

    Honestly I don’t think they should have to have so many players make it in each year. Hall of Fame seems to be becoming Hall of Had a Good (not Great) Career. I’m not saying none of these guys deserve to be in, but I’m not sure 5 need to get in either.

  128. expatpatfan says: Jan 8, 2016 8:10 AM

    Favre
    Owens
    Pace
    Warner
    Greene

    I don’t think this is what will happen, but this is what should happen. Everyone hates Owens, I get that. But look at his numbers: third all-time receiving TDs behind Moss and Rice, second all-time receiving yards, six all-time receptions. He’s probably the third best WR of the modern era. He’s toxic and selfish, but he was immensely talented.

    Faneca deserves to be in, but I don’t think his case for first ballot is strong enough. Some of that is position, it’s hard for guards (or safeties or kickers) to get in on the first try.

  129. gtodriver says: Jan 8, 2016 8:17 AM

    packmanfan says:

    Let’s not forget that Brent Farve is the all time leader with interceptions and fumbles.
    ????????????????????????????????????????

    Sour grapes because he performed better over a longer period of time than Rodgers?

    TT kicked Brett to the curb when he showed up for training camp while still under contract. Refused to let him on the field. Ended up trading him away to the Jets.

    Funny thing, Brett had more success with the Jets (yes, those Jets) than Rodgers had with the team that Favre led to a 13 – 3 record and to the NFC Championship game.

    Yes, I know he threw an interception in OT that led to the Giants winning FG.

    But if the Packers defense would have shown up, the Packers would have won that game.

    Opening drive – Brett led the team to a pair of first downs before the drive stalled.

    Then the defense came out and allowed NY to have a 7:48 scoring drive while Brett and the offense froze on the sidelines.

    Brett was so efficient in that bitter cold that his 4 (yes, 4) scoring drives only took a total of 8:31.

    The Packers led 10 – 6 at half time. The Pack still led until nearly the end of the 3rd quarter.

    The Packer defense allowed two TD drives in the 3rd quarter – which took nearly 10 minutes while once again – Favre and the offense froze on the sidelines.

    Favre led the Packers to a 4th quarter FG to tie the game, but once again the Packers D allowed the Giants to have the ball for over 10 minutes of the quarter.

    Favre froze on the sidelines while the Packers D made Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress look like superstars.

    I’m a Vikings fan that cheered against Favre for years. But I can respect the accomplishments of the man and his love of the game.

    He should get more respect from all Packer fans.

  130. shracerx says: Jan 8, 2016 8:28 AM

    Kurt Warner absolutely belongs…he not only took two teams to the Super Bowl, but he took the two losingest franchises in NFL history to the Super Bowl.

  131. collectordude says: Jan 8, 2016 8:29 AM

    Favre. Only truly great player on this list.

    DeBartolo & Coryell also belong.

  132. dana10259 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:55 AM

    this system is rigged look bettis got in mr fumblitis himself

  133. dana10259 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:58 AM

    the voters who r motivated to get their local player in have the advantage what a system

  134. razzlejag says: Jan 8, 2016 9:04 AM

    LOL at Terrell Davis, are you kidding me? If he gets in, I will not renew my season tickets. Are they serious? The guy played only 78 games. LESS THAN 5 FULL SEASONS!!

    He also was involved in the most heinous of cheating scandals by aiding the Broncos in circumventing the salary cap by taking money under the table. This goes right to the integrity of the game. Hall of Fame? No way, he should be Pete Rose’d for what he did. Elway, Shanahan and Bowles (owner) too.

  135. ronin36 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:28 AM

    They won’t vote 2 (or more) of the same position into the hall in the same year..

    So if Brett Favre is going in (slam dunk).. no other QB will.

    Very few candidates get in on their first year of eligibility, I can’t imagine 2 or more in the same class.

    So if Brett goes, then none of the other 1st years will… probably.

  136. bchap17 says: Jan 8, 2016 9:28 AM

    Still no mention of Ricky Watters. Unreal.

  137. lackofabetter says: Jan 8, 2016 9:55 AM

    If TO wasn’t such a turd during his career he would be in 1st ballott, The dudes numbers are insane, Too bad he couldn’t keep his mouth shut.

    Should be a wake up call to all the current tools in the league.

  138. kelicopter says: Jan 8, 2016 10:00 AM

    Why isn’t Ken Riley on this list? He was one of the best safeties to ever play the game and is among the all time leaders in INTs. What a shame.

  139. nhpats says: Jan 8, 2016 10:02 AM

    Owens should be in. Davis….not so much.

  140. davetrembley says: Jan 8, 2016 10:04 AM

    Coryell first. Long overdue.

  141. majormalphunktion says: Jan 8, 2016 10:07 AM

    And 3 time SB winners don’t make the cut again.

    Ty Law not making the cut is criminal. As many INTs as Neon Deon…and one of his generations best shutdown corners.
    Willie McGinnest gets no love.
    And Lynch over Rodney Harrison? Man…that is close..really damn close. I loved watching both these guys, but Rodney love him or hate him, changed games with his aggression.

    Those 3 SB teams are going to have the lowest number of HOF players in history I swear.

  142. swede700 says: Jan 8, 2016 10:14 AM

    These are my favorites to get in:

    QB Brett Favre
    LB Kevin Greene
    OT Orlando Pace
    WR Marvin Harrison

    The 5th spot is a wildcard, but I sincerely hope it’s Don Coryell.

  143. Frum Slum says: Jan 8, 2016 10:15 AM

    You can tell who the real football watchers are and who are casual observers by the comments in this thread. Some of you are still butt-hurt because one of those finalized beat your team and broke your heart often.

    Now you want to make silly excuses as to why that finalist shouldn’t be in the Hall. If you were one of the idiots saying Favre doesn’t belong in the Hall then you really have no idea what you are talking about.

    Lions Fan

  144. billytodd2013blbaad says: Jan 8, 2016 10:18 AM

    why is Edgerrin James even on the list? seriously.. guy was a good RB but definately not a HOF RB.

  145. dexterismyhero says: Jan 8, 2016 10:28 AM

    Not sure Edgerrin cares much about the HoF, but he had a pretty spectacular career. Over 12k rushing with 80 TD’s along with 2 years over 1,500 yards. And over 3k receiving with 11 TD’s. And he had 10 tackles after Peyton interceptions. That’s probably more than Deion had.🙂

  146. dexterismyhero says: Jan 8, 2016 10:32 AM

    Actually Edge had 4 years over 1,500 yards. He averaged 0ver 1,300 his first 7 years with the Colts. And he missed 10 games during that time.

  147. bordner says: Jan 8, 2016 10:35 AM

    I’ll give him this much, Terrell Davis was the best running back in a group of Bronco running backs that benefitted from a dirty offensive line philosophy – cut blocking. It was pretty much plug-and-play for Denver in those days because a lot of the defensive players on the other teams were so concerned about saving their knees and their careers that they weren’t focused on stopping the run.

    He was also a big part of the salary cap cheating that the Broncos were doing back then – without which, they never would have won those two Super Bowls that Davis “led” them to.

    No, he doesn’t belong in the Hall.

  148. fuhq says: Jan 8, 2016 10:44 AM

    gtodriver says:
    Jan 8, 2016 8:17 AM

    packmanfan says:

    Let’s not forget that Brent Farve is the all time leader with interceptions and fumbles.
    ????????????????????????????????????????

    Sour grapes because he performed better over a longer period of time than Rodgers?

    TT kicked Brett to the curb when he showed up for training camp while still under contract. Refused to let him on the field. Ended up trading him away to the Jets.

    Funny thing, Brett had more success with the Jets (yes, those Jets) than Rodgers had with the team that Favre led to a 13 – 3 record and to the NFC Championship game.

    Yes, I know he threw an interception in OT that led to the Giants winning FG.

    But if the Packers defense would have shown up, the Packers would have won that game.

    Opening drive – Brett led the team to a pair of first downs before the drive stalled.

    Then the defense came out and allowed NY to have a 7:48 scoring drive while Brett and the offense froze on the sidelines.

    Brett was so efficient in that bitter cold that his 4 (yes, 4) scoring drives only took a total of 8:31.

    The Packers led 10 – 6 at half time. The Pack still led until nearly the end of the 3rd quarter.

    The Packer defense allowed two TD drives in the 3rd quarter – which took nearly 10 minutes while once again – Favre and the offense froze on the sidelines.

    Favre led the Packers to a 4th quarter FG to tie the game, but once again the Packers D allowed the Giants to have the ball for over 10 minutes of the quarter.

    Favre froze on the sidelines while the Packers D made Eli Manning and Plaxico Burress look like superstars.

    I’m a Vikings fan that cheered against Favre for years. But I can respect the accomplishments of the man and his love of the game.

    He should get more respect from all Packer fans.
    ——————————————————–

    Relax Brett….You’re getting in this year!!! And, save the speech for the induction ceremony!!!

  149. topwonk says: Jan 8, 2016 10:46 AM

    Ken Stabler should already be in, so he gets my vote as a “senior”. The other five on my ballot are:

    Brett Favre
    Orlando Pace
    Marvin Harrison
    Kevin Greene
    John Lynch

  150. Treat manning like Brady says: Jan 8, 2016 11:00 AM

    It’s no longer a hall of fame if Warner gets in. It’s the hall of popularity.

    He’s a nice guy, sure. Won a SB and lost a SB, to a team they were supposed to blow away.

    Looking at career stats, how do you support a guy who went under ,500 as a starter 3 years in a row?

  151. peebag says: Jan 8, 2016 11:02 AM

    Speaking as a non-Raiders fan,
    How the hell has Ken Stabler not been elected to the HOF already????

    C’mon people…

  152. bullogne says: Jan 8, 2016 12:12 PM

    Terrell Davis is the most accomplished playoff running back in NFL history. No one can debate that based on his numbers. Running backs of lesser talent of his era such as Bettis and Curtis Martin are in, neither player even close to being as good as TD when he was healthy. The fact TD didn’t play another 3-4 years is meaningless. He would have put up 1300+ yards in his sleep if he was healthy. There are too many “good” RB’s in the HOF who feasted on lesser talent during the regular season who did squat when it counted most. TD was a great RB who played is best in the big games/playoffs against strong opponents. TD is the only RB from the 1990’s all-decade team not in the HOF and that should be changed this year.

  153. cospgsmadman says: Jan 8, 2016 12:35 PM

    Davis has better numbers than Gale Sayers

  154. logic4sale says: Jan 8, 2016 12:40 PM

    Man, Steve Atwater gets NO LOVE! This man derailed the Nigerian Nightmare (YEAH!). Steve Atwater was one of the most punishing Safety of all time. The Orange Crush was instrumental in their Super Bowl win against Green Bay getting a sack and forced fumble that put an easy three on the board. He also had a pass deflection on the drive before the last when the receiver was wide open on 3rd and short forcing a punt. Less we forget the image of him throwing himself into the middle of a crucial third down play with the game on the line knocking 2 other players out of the game, including himself. That was just ONE game. This man was known as the Silent Assassin because you didn’t know he was there, until he hit you. He’s an 8 time Pro Bowler with 2 Super Bowl rings. Let 27 in the Hall! Dude deserves his time to shine.

  155. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: Jan 8, 2016 12:52 PM

    I’m just sorry that Favre liked Minnesota more.

  156. stevedenetz says: Jan 8, 2016 12:56 PM

    to those questioning Favre for first ballot….. have you only watched the nfl for five years……… he was must watch because he always played, the ball would come out of anywhere and if/when he did throw an interception, he would bring the guns blazing more on the next drive… plus he always seemed to be having fun

  157. korthjw says: Jan 8, 2016 1:12 PM

    Favre, Warner and Pace – no question at all

    Terrell Davis – absolutely tragic – but probably not

  158. bchap17 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:22 PM

    The Hall isn’t purely about stats. Understand what you witnessed, folks.

    They may have to wait a bit, but Warner and TD are indeed Hall of Famers. Edge…not so much.

  159. bchap17 says: Jan 8, 2016 1:23 PM

    If not for injury, Priest Holmes would be in the conversation as well.

  160. stevedenetz says: Jan 8, 2016 1:44 PM

    the hall of fame criteria should be this and only this…… when the name is in front of you and you respond immediately with yes, put them in. if you have to explain why they should be in, they don’t go in. anyone playing in the nfl and staying in the nfl is special. but the HOF should be ONLY for those who had extraordinary careers and were relevant. Favre in, Owens in, Harrison in. don’t water the hall of fame down. and to the veterans committee… why not Jerry Kramer and Kenny Stabler

  161. caeser12 says: Jan 8, 2016 2:11 PM

    No to Kurt “One Hit” Warner. As well as NO to Phoney Dungy.

  162. razzlejag says: Jan 8, 2016 3:39 PM

    Had Denver (via Terrell Davis) not cheated, they may not have been in the playoffs where he racked up his “marvelous” stats.

    78 game career? Be serious. It’s the HOF not the HOVG. Saying that if he had stayed healthy he would have had yada…yada…yada is just foolish. If I was taller, I’d be in the NBA.

  163. guypatsfan says: Jan 8, 2016 4:59 PM

    Edgerrin James instead of Ty Law? NO WAY! It’s a travesty! I hope he doesn’t have to wait as long as Rush did when they got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

  164. razzlejag says: Jan 8, 2016 9:40 PM

    Lynch over Rodney Harrison? C’mon now.

  165. davew128 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:12 AM

    razzlejag says:
    Jan 8, 2016 9:40 PM
    Lynch over Rodney Harrison? C’mon now.
    ****************
    Agreed. They were contemporaries and Rodney had better playmaking stats (picks, fumbles, sacks). I suspect Rodney’s lack of support stems from his being caught for HGH and his reputation as a cheap shot artist (not that there aren’t any in already).

  166. davew128 says: Jan 10, 2016 12:14 AM

    Has anyone ever considered that the number of allowable choices is too low? In a game like football with a 45 man game day roster and 32 teams, to limit the HOF induction to 5 every year seems to keep out candidates who are deserving.

  167. Thomas says: Jan 11, 2016 1:54 AM

    Favre, Fancea, Green, Jacoby (a beast for the Redskins), Stabler

    Coryell – Great contributor perhaps; mediocre (at best) head coach (atrocious defenses)
    Dungy – Better than average but definitely not HoF
    Lynch – Good not HoF
    Owens – Dear lord.
    Warner – Call up Plunkett and ask him what it is like to win 2 Super Bowls but not be in the HoF
    Atwater – Good, but not HoF IMO.
    Anderson – A pure place kicker? Over whom? No way.
    Davis – Career was too short. If you put Davis in the HoF, you need to consider Bo Jackson.

    Pace, James, Harrison – Could see any of these three get the nod. All possibilities and definitely HoF worthy.

    > To anyone who says Terrell Davis isn’t Hall worthy
    > due to limited years, I present to you Gayle Sayers.

    Terrell Davis is a far cry from Gayle Sayers. Sayers was electric. He was Barry Sanders before Barry Sanders with much tougher rules. Who gives a rip that precious Elway wouldn’t have gotten his ring without Davis? He also got his ring due to organized chop blocking but we aren’t planning on putting their O-Line coach in the HoF.

    > “They kept Art Monk waiting forever”

    Cliff Branch anyone? Branch has better numbers than Monk (and Swann).

    > “and Moss who will be first ballot”

    Check. “I play when I want to play.” Nuf said. Faded at Oakland. (Actually) played sporatically at Minn. Had one good year in NE and then was never to be heard from again.

  168. bachslunch says: Jan 16, 2016 8:52 AM

    Still think most likely we’ll see Favre, Greene, Harrison, Pace, and Dungy from the regular finalists. With time running out on his candidacy, though, we might see first-time finalist Jacoby make a run directly in like Rickey Jackson did — or he might just spin his wheels for two years like Randy Gradishar did; hard to say. If Jacoby does make a run directly in, it will probably come at the expense of Pace or Dungy. Kind of surprising that Jimmy Johnson, who was a finalist last year, didn’t make the cut this time. Also interesting that of the five second-tier worthies from last year (Law, Mawae, Holt, Bruce, James) it was the last of these who broke through. And James and Davis both getting to the finals likely ends Roger Craig’s chances of regular candidate induction since his eligibility ends after next year. Time’s about up for Mecklenburg and Kenn also (both with good arguments and only eligible for a couple more years).

  169. bachslunch says: Jan 16, 2016 8:59 AM

    Rodney Harrison and John Lynch have the same number of 1st team all pro selections (3), but Lynch has 9 pro bowl selections to Harrison’s 2. No question that’s what the HoF voters are seeing. And Harrison’s reputation for dirty play definitely doesn’t help his case any.

  170. bachslunch says: Jan 16, 2016 9:04 AM

    Comparing Terrell Davis to Gale Sayers doesn’t work so well because Sayers was also a world-class kick returner, which Davis didn’t do. Also, Sayers had five great rushing seasons to Davis’s four, which is a bit of an edge. That being said, I’m fine with Davis in the HoF.

  171. bachslunch says: Jan 16, 2016 9:22 AM

    Ty Law will get in eventually, but he’ll wait a bit. Postseason honors numbers of 2/5/00s are a little low, but good enough. I’m fine with him in the HoF. But no way on Willie McGinest, who went to only two pro bowls and was never a 1st or even 2nd team all pro. Besides, Richard Seymour at 3/7/00s will be elected from this team at some point and rightly so. Re Ken Riley: he’s now only Senior-eligible, he played at CB, not safety, has a terrible honors profile of 1/0/none, and likely got so many lifetime INTs because he played forever and QBs didn’t want to throw on Lemar Parrish; both Parrish and Ken Anderson are far more deserving ex-Bengals to back for HoF consideration. And Tony Dungy’s HoF case is indeed very strong when considering his successful tenure as a defensive coordinator, being the first successful black head coach, co-creating the Tampa-2 defense, being one of the two coaches on the 00s all-decade team, bringing two teams from doormat status to Super Bowl contenders, and having a high lifetime W-L percentage. That’s plenty good enough.

  172. bachslunch says: Jan 16, 2016 9:32 AM

    Edgerrin James is a perfectly reasonable HoF choice given a postseason honors profile of 3/4/00s, a solid (if mostly early career) peak, and enough durability to end up with over 12,000 career rushing yards. Note that every eligible RB with over 12K yards is in, and am expecting James will be no exception.

  173. bachslunch says: Jan 16, 2016 9:42 AM

    With Joe Jacoby making the finals this year (and one would guess likely to get elected), here’s hoping Mike Kenn will be right behind him. They have practically identical postseason honors (3/4/80s for the former, 3/5/none for the latter) and Kenn actually played longer (17 seasons vs 13 for Jacoby). I say if one is HoF worthy, both are. For that matter, both Marvin Powell and Leon Gray, contemporaries with nearly identical honors (3/5/none and 3/4/none) if shorter careers, should get a hard look from the Senior committee, given this.

  174. bachslunch says: Jan 16, 2016 10:12 AM

    Agreed that Kenny Easley (4/5/80s honors) definitely belongs in the HoF despite a short career, though he’s only Senior eligible nowadays. But an absolute “no way” on Senior-eligible Jim Marshall; he was the 3rd best d-lineman on his team most of his career (note that the 2nd best, Carl Eller, waited forever before rightly being voted in), went to only two pro bowls and was never once named a 1st team all pro during his 20-year career (if elected, these would be the worst such numbers for any HoF lineman by far) — and if just a consecutive game streak alone is HoF worthy, you’ll need to start getting guys like Jeff Feagles in the PFHoF and Everett Scott in the BBHoF.

  175. omeimontis says: Feb 1, 2016 7:53 AM

    Kurt Warner does not belong in the HOF.

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