Next year’s Hall class could be big on blockers

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This year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class has the sizzle. Next year’s may feature more steak.

With high-profile wide receivers Terrell Owens and Randy Moss elected yesterday, along with first-year eligible linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, it sets the stage for an interesting group of candidates next year. Or at least a larger group.

The players who survive the cut from 15 to 10 but fall short of election are generally among the favorites the following year, and four of the five in that club yesterday were offensive linemen: Tackle Tony Boselli, guards Alan Faneca and Steve Hutchinson, and center Kevin Mawae. Cornerback Ty Law was the little guy among the six-to-10 group.

They’ll be joined by first-year eligibles Tony Gonzalez, Champ Bailey, and Ed Reed next year.

Because they don’t have counting stats or flashy highlights, it’s often hard for the big guys to gain traction with voters, or at least more than one per year.

But the Hall’s selection committee has worked to create a balance, and in the last 10 years of modern-era classes, nine linemen have been selected: Tackle Orlando Pace (2016), guard Will Shields (2015), tackle Walter Jones (2014), guard Larry Allen and tackle Jonathan Ogden (2013), tackle Willie Roaf and center Dermontti Dawson (2012), guard Russ Grimm (2010), and guard Randall McDaniel (2009).

12 responses to “Next year’s Hall class could be big on blockers

  1. I dont know about that….the men picked for this year’s class are sure fire picks and i 100% agree they should get in but Joe Jacoby not getting in is ridiculous to me. The man dominated his era and played in all three of the Redskins superbowls.

  2. Ogden and Pace were great hall of fame players. And neither of them were as great as Boselli. I remember both of them behind Boselli in all pro voting back in the day…

  3. Ok, so we know Tony Gonzalez and Ed Reed will get in next year. I imagine Faneca will get in. Although Boselli was a beast I wonder if his lack of longevity works against him as Hutch may be more appealing to the voters. I personally believe Mawae will get in at some point, just not next year. Mawae made a career of destroying Zach Thomas, LB for the Dolphins.

  4. thunderskins007 says:

    February 4, 2018 at 10:20 am

    I dont know about that….the men picked for this year’s class are sure fire picks and i 100% agree they should get in but Joe Jacoby not getting in is ridiculous to me. The man dominated his era and played in all three of the Redskins superbowls.
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    Not a Skins fan but I agree with you, Jacoby was great!!

  5. Cornerback Ty Law was the little guy among the six-to-10 group.
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    What a coincidence – commenter Ty Law is used to being the little guy.

  6. I have seen a lot of amazing Ravens players over the years as a season ticket holder. Ed Reed to me was the most talented player I have ever seen. Jonathan Ogden was an unstoppable force, unless he played against Dwight Freeney, whose spin move led to many sacks against the esteemed LT. And, Ray Lewis is the greatest MLB of all time.

  7. bkinacti0n says:

    February 4, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Cornerback Ty Law was the little guy among the six-to-10 group.
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    What a coincidence – commenter Ty Law is used to being the little guy.
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    Post of the day and spot on!!!

  8. Every time another viqueen is let into the HOF it sullies it’s imagine. Losers are losers and should be treated as such! Not rewarded!

  9. “Because they don’t have counting stats or flashy highlights, it’s often hard for the big guys to gain traction with voters …”

    If the voters truly understood the game they’d appreciate great O-line play. A good pancake block is better than most “flashy highlights.”

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