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Hall of Fame announces 94 modern-era nominees for 2017

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced 94 former players and coaches as modern-era nominees for the Hall’s 2017 class.

Prominent first-year nominees include pass rusher Jason Taylor, running back LaDainian Tomlinson and wide receiver Hines Ward. 2016 finalists back on the ballot include quarterback Kurt Warner, running backs Edgerrin James and Terrell Davis, wide receiver Terrell Owens, offensive linemen Alan Faneca and Joe Jacoby, safeties Steve Atwater and John Lynch, kicker Morten Andersen and ex-coach Don Coryell.

The list will be trimmed to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January. Eighteen finalists — those 15 from this group, senior finalist Kenny Easley and contributor category finalists Jerry Jones and Paul Tagliabue — will be presented to the selection committee before the Super Bowl next February. Between four and eight new Hall of Famers will be selected.

The full list of 2017 nominees, by position, is below…

Quarterbacks (7)

Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Doug Flutie, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Phil Simms, Kurt Warner

Running backs (13)

Shaun Alexander, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Terrell Davis, Eddie George, Edgerrin James, Daryl Johnston, Eric Metcalf, LaDainian Tomlinson, Herschel Walker Ricky Watters

Wide receivers (10)

Isaac Bruce, Henry Ellard, Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason, Terrell Owens, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Hines Ward

Tight end (1)

Mark Bavaro

Offensive linemen (14)

Tony Boselli, Ray Donaldson, Alan Faneca, Jay Hilgenberg, Chris Hinton, Kent Hull, Joe Jacoby, Mike Kenn, Olin Kreutz, Jim Lachey, Kevin Mawae, Tom Nalen, Nate Newton, Steve Wisniewski

Defensive linemen (5)

Leslie O’Neal, Simeon Rice, Fred Smerlas, Jason Taylor, Bryant Young

Linebackers (11)

Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, Seth Joyner, Levon Kirkland, Clay Matthews Jr., Willie McGinest, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Joey Porter, Zach Thomas

Defensive backs (16)

Eric Allen, Steve Atwater, Joey Browner, LeRoy Butler, Brian Dawkins, Rodney Harrison, Ty Law, Albert Lewis, John Lynch, Frank Minnifield, Bob Sanders, Darren Sharper, Dennis Smith, Troy Vincent, Everson Walls, Darren Woodson

Kicker/punter (4)

Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson, Sean Landeta, Nick Lowery

Special teams (2)

Brian Mitchell, Steve Tasker

Coaches (11)

Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil

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116 Responses to “Hall of Fame announces 94 modern-era nominees for 2017”
  1. riflemanlax says: Sep 14, 2016 9:58 PM

    Someone tell me how Darren Sharper made the list? What do you have to do to get stricken permenantly?!?!?

  2. hess97 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:00 PM

    BRYANT YOUNG!!! Three lineman couldn’t block that guy. The 49ers had nobody playing next to him most his career so teams would double and triple him. I remember him sacking the Card’s qb in Mexico City, busting through three blocks. That guy was so disruptive with the pass and seemed to always meet the RB in the backfield.

  3. captainspangled says: Sep 14, 2016 10:00 PM

    Sam Mills. its time. Keep Pounding.

  4. HankTheDog says: Sep 14, 2016 10:02 PM

    Shouldn’t Heinz Ward be listed as a TE? No one put up those 5 for 53 yard stat lines quite like him. #overrated

  5. jasons81 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:03 PM

    Darren Sharper? Doug Flutie? Dan Reeves?

    Uh ok

  6. garby95 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:07 PM

    Did I just read Darren Sharper??

  7. cletuspstillwaterjr says: Sep 14, 2016 10:11 PM

    Doug Flutie?

  8. pftcancer says: Sep 14, 2016 10:13 PM

    I’m very interested to see this list whittled down to the finalists.

  9. jrossizzle says: Sep 14, 2016 10:16 PM

    I hope Kurt gets in, he should have 3 SuperBowls.
    Pats video theft
    Pitts – Harrison run back had 5 obvious clips that 30 million people saw just not the refs

  10. mostepicgnar says: Sep 14, 2016 10:16 PM

    If McNabb ever gets in, I’ll abandoned the NFL 100%.

  11. buccaboo says: Sep 14, 2016 10:25 PM

    Darren Freakin’ Sharper? Acceptance speech from the pokey?

  12. pau49ers says: Sep 14, 2016 10:26 PM

    2 words – Steve Tasker, and I’m not a Bills fan.

  13. jmizzal says: Sep 14, 2016 10:27 PM

    T.O. should make it

  14. td30 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:32 PM

    FLUTIIIIIIEEE

  15. titansfan1950 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:35 PM

    Two travesties related to HOF. The 5 year rule shouldn’t apply to coaches. Should be 5 years removed or 20 years experience. No reason to force a coach into retirement so he can get his just due. Also, assistant coaches should be eligible. There are high correlations between HOF players and certain coaches at certain positions(look up john terlink). Those assistants should be recognized.

  16. oldmanpaco says: Sep 14, 2016 10:38 PM

    If the voters had any guts they would vote in Darren Sharper just for the angst.

  17. bigbluedeadhead says: Sep 14, 2016 10:39 PM

    Simms, OJ Anderson, Bavaro, Banks, Landeta – done.

  18. upnorthvikesfan says: Sep 14, 2016 10:40 PM

    Darren Sharper?! Can he prerecord his speech from his prison cell???

  19. socalmaverick says: Sep 14, 2016 10:42 PM

    Let’s get Coach Don Coryell in the HoF!!!!

  20. golforepar says: Sep 14, 2016 10:42 PM

    Jerry Kramer ANY ERA!

  21. dumbassgreg says: Sep 14, 2016 10:44 PM

    Tomlinson,terrell davis, owens,coryell , morten Anderson Easley jones and taglia bue. Tagliabue can thank goodell. after last few years of goodell. lmao

  22. silverhat78 says: Sep 14, 2016 10:46 PM

    Tom Flores needs to be in the HOF.

  23. duncanthecat says: Sep 14, 2016 10:54 PM

    Jacoby for sure. Three SB’s with different QB’s.

    Teams knew it would be smash mouth and not much many could do about it.

    As the years go bye, he sure stands out.

  24. polapea says: Sep 14, 2016 10:55 PM

    Seth Joyner should be in, guy was a great two way linebacker that would probably be even more dominant in today’s game. The stats help paint the picture.

    195 games, 52 sacks, 24 interceptions, 26 forced fumbles and recovered 12 fumbles. He went to two Super Bowls and won one, with Denver

    Derrick Brooks: 224 games, 13 1/2 sacks, 25 interceptions, 24 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

    Junior Seau: 268 games, 56 sacks, 18 interceptions, 11 forced fumbles and 18 fumble recoveries.

  25. tommymaters says: Sep 14, 2016 10:56 PM

    Darren Sharper? THAT Darren Sharper?? Well, I guess ya gotta nominate by NFL accomplishments alone, but will anyone really vote for him? What would his induction be like if he gets in? Closed circuit acceptance speech from prison wearing the gold jacket over his prison garb? It’s just weird.

  26. leroysbutler says: Sep 14, 2016 11:01 PM

    Jerry Kramer.

  27. jimnsota says: Sep 14, 2016 11:01 PM

    My guess would be there’s going to be a long wait for Sharper’s nomination.

  28. darkneptune73 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:07 PM

    LOL at Herschel Walker.

  29. waitstop says: Sep 14, 2016 11:08 PM

    Bob Sanders? The Colts player?

  30. badoglick says: Sep 14, 2016 11:13 PM

    I would love to see Dawkins make it. If we’re comparing safeties from his era, he has twice as many tackles and forced fumbles as Polamalu or Reed, and has twenty eight career interceptions to their 32 and 64 respectively. Different type of player, but equally as effective and certainly one of the top safeties of his generation.

  31. joecool16280 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:20 PM

    Roger Craig for sure. First 1000/1000 guy and was integral in the Niners success but often gets overlooked because of Montana & Rice.

    Roger, if you’re reading this, we used to watch Turn It Up A Notch as a team back in the day and you’re the one who changed Rice’s game with the work ethic. Thanks for the memories!

  32. luxinterior78 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:30 PM

    Too bad Boselli’s career was cut short, he was great. I remember him man handling Bruce Smith in the 96 playoffs.

  33. tebowislife says: Sep 14, 2016 11:31 PM

    Warner, LT, TO, Jason Taylor, Dawkins

  34. glmore says: Sep 14, 2016 11:31 PM

    Doug Flutie? 14,000 yrds and 86 TDs over 12 years gets you nominated?????

  35. cowboy2016 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:31 PM

    The thing that makes a Hall of Fame elite or special is it should be very small in number and rare to get in. 94 nominees? What a joke. So if you’re a pretty good player some of the time, the new standard is you’re a Hall of Fame candidate. So by the NFL’s low standards, I guess David Tyree is a Hall of Fame shoo-in. He had one great catch.

  36. NFL = WWE says: Sep 14, 2016 11:33 PM

    Brian Dawkins is first ballot… HOFer off and on the field

  37. ajev3rywhere says: Sep 14, 2016 11:37 PM

    How has Darren Sharper not been disqualified from consideration?

  38. jryanwood says: Sep 14, 2016 11:50 PM

    Darren Sharper eh? Yeah… maybe not

  39. bsizemore68 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:50 PM

    I’m sure Darren Sharper would love to be in The Pro football Hall of Fame. Can’t wait to see how long he stays on this list. Bill

  40. hereiamjh says: Sep 15, 2016 12:32 AM

    Darren Sharper? You have to be kidding me right? Maybe he’ll get early release from prison to be inducted!!

  41. greeneblitz says: Sep 15, 2016 12:35 AM

    Steve Tasker = The best Special Teams player in the history of the NFL, he needs to get in.

  42. division2lbss says: Sep 15, 2016 12:37 AM

    Just about every player on that list should get in. Everyone made an impact in their own way.

  43. jeremycrowhurst says: Sep 15, 2016 12:50 AM

    Nice to see Richie Petitbon finally get his due. (Ha ha ha.)

  44. tbraiders says: Sep 15, 2016 1:08 AM

    Almost every player on that list and several not on the list are Hall of Fame caliber players. The WR log-jam is never going to end.

  45. bmfwest says: Sep 15, 2016 1:17 AM

    Out of this list ….clearly Roger Craig has the finest resume and body of work. Not to mention his rings, and the first 1000 yrds rushing and receiving in same season. The day RC moved to HB and Rathman took over his FB duties changed the Niners backfield for yrs and SB’s to come…although Tyler should never be lost in the discussion as the seasoned Vet wbo helped school the Nebraska Connection to their ultimate Greatness as World Champions with the San Francisco 49ers, THE team of the 80’s…

  46. uglydingo says: Sep 15, 2016 2:07 AM

    It seems like every long serving player gets a nomination and with that they can claim for the rest of their life that they were nominated for the Hall of Fame. If we are honest, lots of these 94 are not really likely or worthy of HOF, but this is about stroking some egos.

  47. contra74 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:21 AM

    Darren Sharper…the disgraced former packer…get him out of there.

  48. lance19 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:38 AM

    Flute?!?

    Bavaria?!?

    Okay, drug testing AND concussion protocol for
    HoF selection committee…

  49. ron69 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:42 AM

    Warner, Tomlinson, T.O, Jacoby and Atwater.

  50. randalpnaditch says: Sep 15, 2016 2:43 AM

    They are letting too many”good” players in. If you have a decent career and happen to be friends with the talking head ex NFL players on the NFL Sunday shows you are at an advantage. Too many great quiet, low key players are waiting their turn.

  51. mzew233 says: Sep 15, 2016 2:58 AM

    Little too soon for LT Mcnanb and TO.
    That’s like having Brady Moss or Palmer next year.

  52. OkayThen says: Sep 15, 2016 3:29 AM

    Darren Sharper’s a nominee? Huh.

  53. jacind22 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:35 AM

    Good luck Sharper!

  54. 4512dawg4512 says: Sep 15, 2016 4:37 AM

    I don’t have much faith in the hall of fame voting committee, but if any of those WRs get in before Terrell Owens I will just shake my head and laugh.

  55. blowfishes says: Sep 15, 2016 4:45 AM

    I know it should be about what they did on the field… but Darren Sharper! Really?

  56. razzlejag says: Sep 15, 2016 4:57 AM

    Terrell Davis does not have HOF numbers plus he took money under the table (along with Elway) to help Denver get around the salary cap in their SB years.

    The HOF is forever stained if they let this guy in.

  57. nflnfl13 says: Sep 15, 2016 5:23 AM

    Darren Sharper??? Everybody knows he would have to take a pass on this possible induction as he has a previous commitment.

  58. cromagarmy76 says: Sep 15, 2016 5:30 AM

    2017 HOF

    Brian Dawkins
    Terrell Davis
    Alan Fanaca
    Kurt Warner
    Sam Mills or Willie McGinest
    Rodney Harrison
    Simeon Rice
    Sean Landetta

    Love to see Brian Mitchell and Darren Woodson, but probably not this year.

    Also, if Tony Dungy got in then why not Dick Vermeil???

  59. classyjacklambert says: Sep 15, 2016 6:28 AM

    Ward, Dawkins and Taylor are no brainers

  60. wiley16350 says: Sep 15, 2016 6:34 AM

    Doug Flutie? 14,000 yrds and 86 TDs over 12 years gets you nominated?????

    It is the Pro Football Hall of Fame, not the NFL Hall of Fame. If you add in Doug Flutie’s years in the CFL, then he should probably be in the hall of fame. The question becomes; how much weight do you put into the CFL years.

  61. araidersfan says: Sep 15, 2016 6:51 AM

    The fact that Cliff Branch continues to be excluded after all these years makes the HOF a joke. He played in the same era as John Stallworth and his career numbers are almost identical to Stallworth’s. Plus he was a clutch performer in the postseason (including 3 Super Bowl victories).

    I hope that Cliff doesn’t have to wait until he’s deceased as was(the case for Snake Stabler) to get inducted.

  62. ragnarthemagnificent says: Sep 15, 2016 6:58 AM

    Warner, LT. That’s it. All the rest are scrubs.

  63. 6ball says: Sep 15, 2016 7:07 AM

    .
    If Dungy is in, why not Freddie Mitchell? Why not Rich Kotite? How about anyone who was ever associated with the Pittsburgh organization.

    Career Path to the Hall of Fame : marginal playing career > assistant coach > head coach >broadcaster >Hall of Fame. It’s a never fail strategy. You actually become better once you enter broadcasting.

  64. guypatsfan says: Sep 15, 2016 7:25 AM

    Most of these guys are candidates for the Hall of the Very Good.

  65. gadzod says: Sep 15, 2016 7:43 AM

    glmore says:
    Sep 14, 2016 11:31 PM
    Doug Flutie? 14,000 yrds and 86 TDs over 12 years gets you nominated?????

    ————————————————

    It’s not called the “NFL Hall of Fame,” it’s called the “Pro Football Hall of Fame.” Doug Flutie deserves a nomination. He dominated the Canadian Football League and came into the NFL and was the last QB to clinch the Buffalo Bills to the playoffs….

  66. kwjsb says: Sep 15, 2016 7:49 AM

    Minnifieild before Top Dawg (Dixon)?

  67. razzlejag says: Sep 15, 2016 7:56 AM

    I hope they don’t turn the Hall of Fame into the Hall of Very Good as they are doing in baseball.

    Open it only to the absolutely GREAT players, not the very good ones; not the fan or media favorites, either.

  68. shackdelrio says: Sep 15, 2016 7:58 AM

    How does Fred Taylor not even make the initial list? But Tiki Barber, Daryl Johnston do?

  69. charger383 says: Sep 15, 2016 8:04 AM

    Owens needs to wait so we can hear him complain

  70. cafetero1075 says: Sep 15, 2016 8:19 AM

    Zach Thomas and Jason Taylor should be in.

  71. rodgerstonelson says: Sep 15, 2016 8:41 AM

    Tony Dungy has proven even mediocre will get you into the Hall of Fame.

  72. ehsguy72 says: Sep 15, 2016 8:48 AM

    Flutie? LOL

  73. elyasm says: Sep 15, 2016 8:57 AM

    My totally objective and unbiased list:

    Drew Bledsoe
    LdT
    TO
    Jason Taylor
    Tedy Bruschi
    Willie McGinest
    Rodney Harrison
    Ty Law

  74. remembertheagenda says: Sep 15, 2016 9:01 AM

    As a Colts fan, I’m SHOCKED to see Bob Sanders’ name on that list.

    IT’S UNDENIABLE that he was a stud and was probably what got the Colts over the hump to win a Super Bowl… but wow was his career short.

    I’d be stoked if he got in… and twice as surprised.

  75. GO FOR TWO SPORTS says: Sep 15, 2016 9:06 AM

    Wow look at those QB’s on that list.. Rich Gannon should be inducted into HOF if you are going by that list. He has better numbers than ALL of those guys!
    Jim Plunkett again not on the list even know he won 2 superbowls (every QB that has won 2 superbowls is already in HOF) and Punkett Was MVP!!
    McNair was not a great QB, Doug Flutie was not even a starting QB! Phil Simms shoud not go in HOF, JESS HOSTETLER SHOULD! He is the one that WON the superbowl not Simms

  76. dsigrey says: Sep 15, 2016 9:12 AM

    Sharper??? It’s about time Fred Smerlas gets in, long over due. Troy Vincent??? Please…

  77. glow205 says: Sep 15, 2016 9:22 AM

    Donovan McNabb???? Really???

  78. glow205 says: Sep 15, 2016 9:23 AM

    Brian Dawkins Yes!!!!

  79. waynefontesismyfather says: Sep 15, 2016 9:24 AM

    94 people on the first list is a lot. But even if there were 194 on the list Phil Simms’ name shouldn’t appear anywhere on it.

    He was a pedestrian QB who has only hurt his overall standing in humanity by being a horrendous TV commentator. Any game he is on is NOT on my TV.

  80. possumsauce says: Sep 15, 2016 9:45 AM

    I hope Tagliabue never gets in, for not other reason than his decision to sign the exclusive licensing deal w/ EA (i.e. the Great Satan of American entertainment software) for Madden, which resulted in the death of the much superior NFL2K series. To this day, I’d rather play 2K5 on a PS2 or original Xbox than the newest Madden on PS4 or XB1. It was a dumb decision that killed consumer choice and ended competition for EA, allowing them to package roster updates as a $60 product year after year. All fans, Madden and 2K players alike, would have been better off had that deal never been signed.

  81. boiler72 says: Sep 15, 2016 9:47 AM

    The fact that Jerry Kramer, who blocked on five world champion offensive lines (including the only modern-era 3-peat), isn’t already in, is absolutely ridiculous, and beyond asinine.

  82. joshgordonsbong says: Sep 15, 2016 9:48 AM

    Jimmy Johnson should be in without question….built the cowgirls from the floor up won 2 SBs and leaves, girls win one more with the team he built, Jerry takes over team building…we all know how that worked out….

    -Giants Fan

  83. fatguystrangler says: Sep 15, 2016 9:49 AM

    Only one tight end – no Ben Coates? Jay Novacek? Brent Jones?

    Not saying they’d make it past the preliminary list, but still.

  84. inozwetrust says: Sep 15, 2016 9:57 AM

    T.O. was (and probably still is) an egotistical blowhard. That said, he should be in the HOF.

  85. dejadoh says: Sep 15, 2016 10:00 AM

    The top receiver on that list is Henry Ellard. Go look at the stats. Ellard was used as special teams player his first year and in a similar role the next 5 years. That hasn’t happen for 30 years. At that point John Robinson opted to use him primarily as a WR. When he retired in 1998, it was James Lofton, Henry Ellard and Jerry Rice at the top of the all time receiver list. Ellard is still 13th all time in receiving yards and 21st all time in all purpose yards. He belongs in the HOF. He was the greatest LA Rams receiver. Now that the Rams are back, they need to celebrate their history.

    Brian Mitchell, LaDainian Tomlinson, Herschel Walker, and Air Coryell should round out the remaining selections.

  86. ynzer says: Sep 15, 2016 10:02 AM

    If Sharper gets in, they should have his bust peeking through the bars.

  87. bobnelsonjr says: Sep 15, 2016 10:04 AM

    No Jerry Kramer….so sad.

  88. braddavery says: Sep 15, 2016 10:10 AM

    Kent Hull please. You can’t have Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Andre Reed in there without Kent Hull. He was the core of that offense for more than a decade strong.

  89. relictele says: Sep 15, 2016 10:12 AM

    The HOF continues to be watered down with its silly minimums and categories.

    All involved suffer from ‘HDTV Syndrome’ ie just because every game and/or highlight in a player or coach’s career was available in well-lit full color to every writer and viewer across the nation, many careers looked better than they actually were.

  90. liondoc says: Sep 15, 2016 10:18 AM

    “Do the HoF gold jackets come in stripes?” – Mr. D. Sharper

  91. jodave5 says: Sep 15, 2016 10:29 AM

    Where is Steve Sabol on this list?

  92. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Sep 15, 2016 10:33 AM

    Hines Ward. Dirtiest player ever.

  93. superpatriotsfan says: Sep 15, 2016 10:45 AM

    TO should get in. He mad e so many mediocre QBs look good. NFL let in Marvin Harrison who had the benefit of playing with Peyton Manning pretty much his whole career.

  94. dragonfly99 says: Sep 15, 2016 11:09 AM

    Many average players on this list. It’s time the NFL followed the lead of MLB and only allow the truly great players in and not the 5-6 best choices of that particular year.

  95. tncheese says: Sep 15, 2016 11:10 AM

    None of these matter until the HOF Voters right the biggest wrong in its history. PUT IN JERRY KRAMER!!!!!

  96. orivar says: Sep 15, 2016 11:13 AM

    To all the guys talking about McNabb. Well here’s this, Simms & McNair are on the list.

    Simms
    33,462 Yards.
    55.4 %
    199 Tds – 157 ints

    14 Years in the league.

    McNair.
    31,304 Yards
    60.1 %
    174Tds – 119 Ints
    3,590 Rushing, 37tds

    13 Years in the league.

    McNabb.
    37,276 Yards
    59.0%
    234Tds – 117Ints
    3,459 Rushing, 29Tds

    13 Years in the league.

    Games played. (161 McNair, 167 McNabb, 164 Simms)

    So if they’re honestly considering McNair & Simms, you have to consider McNabb. As for Flutie, it’s the PRO Football Hall of Fame, not NFL Hall Of Fame. So Flutie has to be considered, CFL is pro football.

  97. blowfishes says: Sep 15, 2016 11:15 AM

    It’s interesting that if purely given on merit… there would be four kickers/punters enshrined in 2017.

  98. audient says: Sep 15, 2016 11:18 AM

    No Art Modell.

    Thank you.

  99. tommikula says: Sep 15, 2016 11:30 AM

    Shaun Alexander has near identical numbers as Ricky Williams so why is he on the list and Ricky is not? If you pull the drug card as to why he is not then I say Darren Sharper is on this list…. so is morals really a qualification?

  100. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 15, 2016 11:43 AM

    How on Earth can they justify Dungy being in but not
    Flores, Coryell and Johnson?

  101. sbchampsagain says: Sep 15, 2016 12:47 PM

    These guys gotta get in sometime:

    LT
    Kurt Warner
    Steve McNair
    Jason Taylor
    Derrick Mason
    TO
    Hines Ward
    Tony Boselli
    Carl Banks

  102. sbchampsagain says: Sep 15, 2016 12:55 PM

    VINNY TESTAVERDE!
    For longevity alone.

    21 years in the league. Played for a million franchises

  103. imodan says: Sep 15, 2016 1:01 PM

    Flutie gets a nod for one reason, well two, I’ll give him two. First, he made a meaningless dropkick for the first time in forever. Hall worthy right there! Second, he was by far one of the the biggest “names” to cross the picket lines during the 1987 strike which lead to the brilliant idea of replacement players. Just 2 weeks earlier he attended a pro union meeting and was walking the picket line. He joined other big names but none bigger than Joe Montana in the NFL’s blatant attempt at union busting. The NFL knows when it owes a guy a solid. The Flutie addition is just a huge THANK YOU for helping to bring the regular players crawling back and accepting the owners terms.

  104. razzlejag says: Sep 15, 2016 1:07 PM

    Doug Flutie becomes an interesting argument when you factor in the CFL years.
    Also, the BC years and the Heisman Trophy, oops, that’s college so it can’t be considered in the “Pro Football” HOF context.

  105. sigbouncer says: Sep 15, 2016 1:23 PM

    Lots of old timers being overlooked in the Hall. Stabler finally got in last year. Atwater and Flores are two sure fire HOFers who need to go in. Ottis Anderson is an underrated favorite of mine.

    Both Boselli and Bavaro should get in under the same guise as other shorter timed HOF greats Earl Campbell and Gale Sayers. Those ’86-’90 Giants Super Bowl winning teams are under represented as it currently stands.

    Yeah there is lots of work to do with past greats…the clock is ticking.

  106. bleedingfacemask says: Sep 15, 2016 1:50 PM

    Flutie should get in just because of his last score before retiring.

  107. fishyinalittledishy says: Sep 15, 2016 2:35 PM

    Zach Thomas what a player. Apart from Marino my favourite Dolphin. Always seemed to around the ball. He is up against some unbelievable people.

  108. 1standinches says: Sep 15, 2016 2:54 PM

    JaMarcus Russell should be in HOF

  109. koolaid69 says: Sep 15, 2016 6:34 PM

    Halfback is BY FAR the deepest position group.

  110. jailbreakout says: Sep 15, 2016 11:34 PM

    Joey Porter! Wow! He was one of my favorite Seahawk linebackers of the 90’s. I will never forget Joey vs. Boomer Esiason of the Bengals. He got old Boomer so pissed off, it was hilarious. 🙂

  111. megabeast37215 says: Sep 16, 2016 12:32 AM

    Boselli might have been the most dominant left tackle to play in the last 25 years.. and yes I know the names of the studs I’m putting him over. (Pace, Ogden, Roaf, Jones)

  112. jailbreakout says: Sep 16, 2016 2:01 AM

    Oop’s I meant Rufus Porter

  113. intellectualpenury says: Sep 16, 2016 10:52 AM

    Where’s Rolf Benirschke? Kicked GW field goal in “The Epic in Miami,” hosted “Wheel of Fortune”. What more can a man do?

  114. jdubkc says: Sep 16, 2016 12:16 PM

    Nick Lowery…. 100%. Make it happen.

  115. rob471773 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:39 PM

    Hines Ward…no way that was never even the best WR on his team at any given time.

  116. johnnyblood24 says: Sep 16, 2016 11:59 PM

    You can just call this list “93 Reasons Why The Pro Football Hall of Fame is Actually The Pro Football Hall of Really Good plus Morten Andersen.”

    Baseball Hall of Fame is better and does it right by not having a minimum number of inductees every year.

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