Randy Moss, Ray Lewis among Hall of Fame semifinalists for 2018

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 27 semifinalists for the Class of 2018. It includes six first-year eligible candidates in defensive back Ronde Barber, guard Steve Hutchinson, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, wide receiver Randy Moss and defensive lineman Richard Seymour.

In addition, safety LeRoy Butler, defensive ends Leslie O’Neal and Simeon Rice and cornerback Everson Walls, although previously eligible for the Hall, are semifinalists for the first time. All other individuals on the 2018 list made the semifinal cut previously.

Hall of Fame bylaws call for 25 semifinalists plus all ties for the 25th spot.

The list includes 12 offensive players — but no quarterbacks — 13 defensive players and two coaches.

In January, selectors will reduce the list to 15 finalists, who will join seniors Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributor Bobby Beathard on the final ballot. The annual selection meeting will take place February 3, the day before Super Bowl LII.

Here is the complete list of semifinalists for the Class of 2018:

Steve Atwater, safety, 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

Ronde Barber, defensive back, 1997-2012 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tony Boselli, offensive tackle, 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve)

Isaac Bruce, wide receiver, 1994-2007 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers

LeRoy Butler, safety, 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers

Don Coryell, coach, 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

Roger Craig, running back, 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings

Brian Dawkins, safety, 1996-2008 Philadelphia Eagles, 2009-2011 Denver Broncos

Alan Faneca, guard, 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals

Torry Holt, wide receiver, 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars

Steve Hutchinson, guard, 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans

Joe Jacoby, tackle, 1981-1993 Washington Redskins

Edgerrin James, running back, 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks

Jimmy Johnson, coach, 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins

Ty Law, cornerback, 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos

Ray Lewis, linebacker, 1996-2012 Baltimore Ravens

John Lynch, free safety, 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos

Kevin Mawae, center/guard, 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans

Karl Mecklenburg, linebacker, 1983-1994 Denver Broncos

Randy Moss, wide receiver, 1998-2004, 2010 Minnesota Vikings, 2005-06 Oakland Raiders, 2007-2010 New England Patriots, 2010 Tennessee Titans, 2012 San Francisco 49ers

Leslie O’Neal, defensive lineman, 1986, 1988-1995 San Diego Chargers, 1996-1997 St. Louis Rams, 1998-1999 Kansas City Chiefs

Terrell Owens, wide receiver, 1996-2003 San Francisco 49ers, 2004-05 Philadelphia Eagles, 2006-08 Dallas Cowboys, 2009 Buffalo Bills, 2010 Cincinnati Bengals

Simeon Rice, defensive end, 1996-2000 Arizona Cardinals, 2001-06 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2007 Denver Broncos, 2007 Indianapolis Colts

Richard Seymour, defensive lineman, 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders

Brian Urlacher, linebacker, 2000-2012 Chicago Bears

Everson Walls, cornerback, 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns

Hines Ward, wide receiver, 1998-2011 Pittsburgh Steelers

128 responses to “Randy Moss, Ray Lewis among Hall of Fame semifinalists for 2018

  1. Isn’t there a morals clause for induction? Weird they would let a player who pleaded guilty to obstruction in a murder case in!
    Where is that bloody white suit? Under the statue the Ravens erected?

  2. Teams had to scheme for Lewis and Moss so they should be first ballot guys. Lots of great but not HOF quality guys on that list. If you have an offensive style named after you then you prob should be in!

  3. Lewis and Moss are automatic for their play on the field. If Ray is a murderer then let him get prosecuted and then convicted. Until then, he’s a HOF’er.

  4. A little more due diligence would have been awesome to see each players career highlight or a link out to their stats.

    Ray is disappointed and he just might take a stab at a chance to let you know…we all know how that works out… EEP!

  5. This is L-a-L-a-Land Charger space. Don’t they have anything to talk about other than the stands at the soccer field emptying during the third quarter as most Bills fans left.

  6. Why Roger Craig not in yet I don’t understand. First and only player with 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in NFL history, and multiple Super Bowl winner.

  7. It’s time to put the voting politics aside and put T.O. in the HOF. You don’t have to like him as a person, but the man had some monster years and terrorized DB’s for years.
    And he was still decent in his late years. Cmon’, .. it’s the hall of fame where players with outstanding talent and career accomplishment belong. It’s not about their personality or life viewpoints.

  8. Football is a team sport. TO was a selfish player and locker room cancer. Moss “I play when I wanna play, running over the metermaid? Mooning in the playoffs? Ray lewis enough said bout him

  9. Moss & T.O. need to go in. I like Dawkins & Hutch as well.
    I have a hard time with Ray Lewis, but it IS an NFL hall, not a citizenship award.

    So many good players in this year’s list.
    Barber & Atwater?
    Bruce, Holt, Ward?
    Don “Air” Coryell? Jimmy “I got 2 rings” Johnson?

  10. When Ray Lewis didn’t have Dominant DTs in front of him, he was above average. He’s the most overrated player of his generation.

  11. Why Roger Craig not in yet I don’t understand. First and only player with 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in NFL history, and multiple super bowl winner
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    Marshall Faulk also did it as well

    There are alot of deserving players on this list. I hate Rey Lewis but he goes in no brainer along with Moss. Owens who I also hate should go in but I think Bruce goes in before him. Dawkins and then as part as a homer pick but deserving I go with Ty Law and if anyone wants to argue him, go ask Peyton manning who kept him up at night

  12. Randy Moss:
    His first Monday Night Football game came in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. He had 5 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns, including touchdown grabs of 52 yards and 44 yards, and two other receptions of 46 yards and 41 yards. He also had a 75-yard touchdown catch on the Vikings first possession of the game that was nullified due to an offensive holding penalty.

  13. The clueless come out in droves everytime they see Ray Lewis name. No idea of what actually took place. The NFL league office wouldn’t then make Ray the face of NFL Defense during the 2000’s.

  14. Dawk all the way! Also how is Don Coryell not already in the HOF??? He practically invented the modern passing game.

  15. A respectable person like Bill Polian, former GM/Colts, publicly dissing both OchoUno/T.O. and Randy Moss is just unconscionable. Big Boo To You, Bill!

  16. Randy Moss is the best WR to ever play in the NFL. Rice had better stats, but he joined a team that had already won 2 super bowls with Montana, and was coming off an 18-1 season. Put Moss on those 49ers teams and he’d have way better stats than Rice.

  17. T.O had to wait so moss should too. T.O had a better statistical career and they both caused problems in the locker room. They both deserve to get in on stats but no one will ever cause them of being leaders

  18. I like how every old person thinks the stars of their day were god fearing, crew cut wearing, tough choir boys. The same % of guys were poor humans back then too you just didn’t have the same media and social media coverage of them to know. they shouldn’t factor in how great a person someone was.

  19. It will be interesting to see if the people who voted against Owens last year- because he was a bad team mate stay on their moral high horse with Lewis.

  20. Where is Jim Marshall? The original iron man. And Roger Craig and Don Coryell should have been in ages ago.

  21. Now that Ray Lewis’ statue had somehow survived last summer’s monument destruction fad, are they suggesting to move it to Canton?

  22. Moss, Urlacher and Lewis should all be first ballet HoF! Even if Lewis is a scumbag, there’s tons of scumbags in the HoF and not just the Pro Football one!

  23. Brian Dawkins the player, the man, the integrity,the star, the unmatched stats but most of all he changed how defense was played not just from the safety position but how Offensive Coordinators had to prepare for him every week. All of it points to Brian Dawkins being in the Hall of Fame this year!

  24. trollaikman8 says:
    November 21, 2017 at 8:47 pm

    T.O.’s gonna be pissed when Moss gets in instead of him.
    ))))))))))))))))))
    Why Randy Moss was a much better WR than T.O. Had better hands, faster made better plays.Say what you want about Randy Moss he didn’t bad mouth his teammates like T.O. did on every team he played on. Dumb comment.

  25. I may be biased because I grew up watching them, but Urlacher, Lewis, Seymour and Moss should all go in immediately. They dominated their respective positions for years. No MLB has come close to Urlacher and Lewis outside of P. Willis in 15 years. Seymour was a dominant run/rush DE that does not exist today, and Moss needs no resume.

  26. gauchosporlife says:
    November 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    Why Roger Craig not in yet I don’t understand. First and only player with 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in NFL history, and multiple Super Bowl winner.

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    I believe Marshall Faulk has accomplished that feat as well.

  27. I hate the Broncos with a passion but I think Mecklenburg is definitely deserving.

    Don Coryell on the list and not Tom Flores is a joke. Flores was a flop in Seattle but he won 2 Super Bowls with the Raiders whereas Coryell never sniffed a Super Bowl appearance.

    Randy Moss and Ray Lewis on the list is a disgrace but then the standard is much lower since Jerry Jones got in.

  28. gauchosporlife says:

    November 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    Why Roger Craig not in yet I don’t understand. First and only player with 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in NFL history, and multiple Super Bowl winner.

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    Craig was the first to do it in one season, but he isn’t the only. Marshall Faulk did it for the Rams. The 1000/1000 season is a nice piece of trivia, but he only rushed for 1000 yards 3 times. Usually he was around 600-850. Very good player, but not HOF worthy.

  29. It royally sucks that the “Too many Steelers in the HoF” rule is going to keep Alan Faneca & Hines Ward out, once again this year.

  30. gauchosporlife says:
    November 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    Why Roger Craig not in yet I don’t understand. First and only player with 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in NFL history, and multiple Super Bowl winner.

    Marshall Faulk, ever hear of him? He did it also. And he had nearly 300 more yards than Craig had in his season. Not discounting Craig at all, just make sure you know the facts before you blurt out nonsense.

  31. The GOAT better be a first ballot HOFer. It’s not even a debatable decision so hopefully the committee does its job. And then he needs to bring Daunte back to introduce him so those boys can get their roll on one more time.

  32. Shouldn’t a player who dominated, completely dominated, his position for 10+ years be considered?

    Lorenzo Neal

    Look at all the RB’s who he led to 1,000 yard season when 1,000 yard season really meant something. Any OL who had the career Lorenzo Neal had that OL would be a first ballot HOF.

  33. Isaac Bruce retired as the 2nd leading receiver of all time and he made a 70 yard TD catch and run to win a Super Bowl. Unfortunately he wasn’t as good at self promotion as most clowns who play WR. Great guy, and great player, hope he gets in.

  34. Pretty sure the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta D.A. would have put Ray Lewis in jail if he was a murderer – he was not all that famous in 1999 and was not being supported by race riots or anyone else except his lawyers – he was guilty of being young, stupid and hanging with the wrong crowd – he was able to clean his act up after that episode in his life – since he was free to play football he went on to a career that is among the top 10 all time at his position so he deserves the HOF

  35. Glad to see a Bumskin made the list… from back when they were actually relevant

    Joe Jacoby, tackle, 1981-1993 Washington Redskins

    Bumskins 4-6

  36. Randy Moss, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell and Jerry Kramer all get my vote. Brian Dawkins probably belongs too. Maybe Atwater. Lewis should be a no brainer, but should wait another 10 years so he has time to think about his mistake.

  37. allthingshudson says:
    November 22, 2017 at 9:33 am
    Pretty sure the Atlanta Police Department and the Atlanta D.A. would have put Ray Lewis in jail if he was a murderer – he was not all that famous in 1999 and was not being supported by race riots or anyone else except his lawyers – he was guilty of being young, stupid and hanging with the wrong crowd – he was able to clean his act up after that episode in his life – since he was free to play football he went on to a career that is among the top 10 all time at his position so he deserves the HOF
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    That wrong crowd was his crew and they killed 2 men for disrespecting him. Lewis didn’t kill anyone and he probably didn’t WANT his crew to kill them but they are dead nonetheless. But the experience sure did humble him and make him into a good person, so good in fact that Ray is Jesus’ favorite person. Just ask Ray.

  38. Joe Jacoby>Steve Hutchinson
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    Based on what?

    First of all, they played different positions, so why go there?

    Second…

    Joe Jacoby
    2x 1st team All-Pro, 1x 2nd team

    Steve Hutchinson
    5x 1st team All-Pro, 2x 2nd team

  39. aarons444 says:

    November 22, 2017 at 10:27 am

    FINALLY LeRoy Butler gets some love!!

    4x All-Pro, 1990s All-Decade Team.. arguably the best S on that list.
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    Yep. No love for the Packers, but the guy was elite. Also the first DB to hit the 20 int/20 sack club. World class human being as well.

  40. Why Roger Craig not in yet I don’t understand. First and only player with 1,000 rushing and receiving yards in NFL history, and multiple Super Bowl winner.
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    Was he ever the best player at his position?

    Sweetness
    Dickerson
    Dorsett
    Marcus Allen

    .. he’s 44th on the all-time rushing list. Behind guys like Earnest Byner and Ahman Green.. Matt Forte.. CJ2K.. Shaun Alexander.

    He had that 1 monster year.

  41. Leroy Butler makes it to the list of semi finalists, but Jerry Kramer doesn’t.
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    Kramer is in the hands of the Senior Committee.

    .. he’s a virtual lock if their recent history stays true to form.

  42. How can it realistically be a HoF without Kramer or when Bill Polian and Tony Dungy are in but Bobby Beathard and Tom Flores aren’t?
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    Wow.

    We agree on something!

    Better find your apocalypse survival kit.

  43. “Maybe because I’m unhappy and I’m not too much excited about what’s going on, so, my concentration and focus level tend to go down sometimes when I’m in a bad mood”. Randy Moss

  44. I think Lynch should be in. As a player!
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    Butler
    4x 1st Team All-Pro, 1990 All-Decade 1st Team, 1 Title, 2 Super Bowls

    Atwater
    2x 1st Team All-Pro, 1x 2nd Team, 1990s All-Decade 1st Team, 2 Titles

    Dawkins
    4x 1st Team All-Pro, 2x 2nd Team, 2000s All-Decade 1st Team, 1 Super Bowl

    Lynch
    3x 1st Team All-Pro, 1x 2nd Team, NOT on an All-Decade Team, 1 Title

    .. Lynch should NOT go in over the other 3.

  45. Yep, Randy Moss is so great that in 2010 he played on three teams (NE, Min, and Ten)in one season, and none of them had any interest in him at the end of the year. He retired in 2011 because nobody showed any interest to resign him

  46. Randy Moss played for the 49’ers in 2012. The 49’ers were good and went to the SB, but Moss’s numbers were pedestrian at best. In 16 games he finished the season with 28 catches for 434 yards and three touchdowns. In the SB he had 2 catches and no TDs. Big time Randy right? He now has a segment on game day called You’ve been Mossed. Its supposed to be about guys making a great catch in front of the defender. You know, a real good effort by the receiver (not really one of Randy’s greatest traits). I think they should show Randy’s hands with no rings to anybody who has lost a Super Bowl, and say, you just got Mossed!!

  47. It royally sucks that the “Too many Steelers in the HoF” rule is going to keep Alan Faneca & Hines Ward out, once again this year.
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    Faneca is getting in for sure.

    I don’t see how Ward has a case. Look at the greats of his era;

    Moss
    Fitz
    Owens
    Andre Johnson
    Megatron
    Bruce
    Holt
    Harrison.. would you really argue he was better than any of those guys?

    His career also overlapped with the prime of 2 other HOFrs, Tim Brown and Cris Carter.

    To me, he’s more with the Boldins, Waynes, Jimmy Smiths and Chad Johnsons.. outstanding and memorable, but not HOFrs.

  48. I think they should show Randy’s hands with no rings to anybody who has lost a Super Bowl, and say, you just got Mossed!!
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    156 receiving tds. PLENTY of teams got Mossed alright!

    .. Larry Fitzgerald is the 2nd best receiver I’ve ever seen. He has 108! He’s not even CLOSE.

    There isn’t an active receiver with a snoballs chance in H@ll of ever catching Randy.

    Brandon Marshall – 82
    Gronk – 73
    Dez Bryant – 71
    Jordy Nelson – 69
    Antonio Brown – 56…….. 100 less! ONE HUNDRED less…..

  49. Yes on Moss because you have to recognize his singular greatness and he holds the record for most TD receptions in a season
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    Moss, 2007 – 23 tds in 16 games

    Rice, 1987 – 22 tds in 12 games

  50. I’d like to see Randy Moss, Urlacher, Coryell, Hutchinson and Roger Craig all in. Weird because that’s 4 Minnesota Vikings.

    Moss for sure, Craig and Coryell for sure. They are all game changers.

  51. Least likely to most likely:

    Leslie O’Neal
    Everson Walls
    Edgerrin James
    Ty Law
    Tony Boselli
    Simeone Rice
    Ronde Barber
    Richard Seymour
    Torry Holt
    Isaac Bruce
    Jimmy Johnson
    Brian Dawkins
    Roger Craig
    Kevin Mawae
    Leroy Butler
    Brian Urlacher
    Karl Mecklenburg
    John Lynch
    Steve Atwater
    Hines Ward
    Steve Hutchinson
    Alan Faneca
    Don Coryell
    Joe Jacoby
    Terrell Owens
    Ray Lewis
    Randy Moss

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