Hall of Fame announces list of 15 finalists for Class of 2017

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A strong three-man class of first-time eligibles, and all five men who just missed the cut last year headline the list of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced tonight.

That group will be narrowed down to no more than five modern-era finalists, in voting conducted the day before the Super Bowl.

The first-timers are led by running back LaDainian Tomlinson, defensive end Jason Taylor, and safety Brian Dawkins, who entered an already solid group of candidates.

Last year’s finalists who were reduced to the final 10 but just missed selection in 2016 all return to this year’s ballot: Coach Don Coryell, running back Terrell Davis, tackle Joe Jacoby, safety John Lynch, and quarterback Kurt Warner.

Three of last year’s 15 finalists also return to the room: Wide receiver Terrell Owens, kicker Morten Andersen and guard Alan Faneca.

They will be joined by tackle Tony Boselli, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, cornerback Ty Law and guard Kevin Mawae, who made the final 15 for the first time.

Those modern finalists will be joined on the ballot by senior finalist Kenny Easley and contributors Paul Tagliabue and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who are voted on separately, and need to receive 80 percent of a yes-no vote for induction.

The group of modern-era finalists were selected from a group of 26 semifinalists, with safety Steve Atwater, running back Edgerrin James, wide receiver Hines Ward, running back Roger Craig, tackle Chris Hinton, wide receiver Torry Holt, coach Jimmy Johnson, tackle Mike Kenn, linebacker Clay Matthews,  linebacker Karl Mecklenburg and safety Darren Woodson missing the cut this year.

144 responses to “Hall of Fame announces list of 15 finalists for Class of 2017

  1. Its really “Hall of very good players”, and this is more of the same. If they are not elected unanimously , they don’t belong.

  2. how are ty law, rodney harrison and bruschi not in the hall of fame?

    each were cornerstone
    members of many sb teams and all have the
    production and clutch play to their resumes

    how can an impact player play at a high level for a
    decade, leave such a stamp on the history of the game and not be in?

    dungy and bettis are in but not these players?

    it is impossible to ignore

    nick buonconti is in and bruschi’s resume is clearly superior to his and he played in the cap era, while buonconti played in an easier era

  3. Jim Plunkett can’t be inducted just for the postseason and the 1980 regular season. Overall, Plunkett was mediocre in the regular season, and that’s not going to get it done. Stabler, Lamonica, and Gannon were all better than Plunkett.

  4. Too many in the HOF already. Should be limited to only the elite of the elite, maybe elect 1-2 per year. As it is, the award is a glorified pro bowl selection, but based on career notoriety rather than one season. Meaningless hooey

  5. Coryell is long overdue. It is unfathomable that Dungy is in and Coryell, Johnson and Flores are not. Taylor and Jacoby are no brainers. Lynch, Law and (as a Giants guy I hate to say it) Dawkins should be but the HoF voting is always brutal on defensive backs.

  6. Why in the heck would Plunkett get in???? 164 td’s and 194 picks and never even passed for 3000 yards in a season…..are you serious?? The dude is a joke.

  7. raiderinva says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:20 PM
    Once again…. No Jim Plunkett?
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    And no Tom Flores either, it’s rdiculous.

  8. how are ty law, rodney harrison and bruschi not in the hall of fame?

    each were cornerstone
    members of many sb teams and all have the
    production and clutch play to their resumesl

    how can an impact player play at a high level for a
    decade, leave such a stamp on the history of the game and not be in?

    dungy and bettis are in but not these players?

    it is impossible to ignore

    nick buonconti is in and bruschi’s resume is clearly superior to his and he played in the cap era, while buonconti played in an easier era

    It’s very easy to explain to a Patriots fanboy. Football wasn’t started by the Patriots, all good coaches and players didn’t play just for the Patriots….and your outrage is juvenile at best. As you can see most people keep their eyes open while they watch and ignor the color commenters.

  9. boiler72, Jerry Admitted that he Jumped offside during the sneak in the Ice Bowl.
    His inclusion to the HOF would no doubt include scrutiny of that play–which would, (to those who don’t know he was offside) “taint” one of the most storied moments in the sport.
    Oh yeah–and the year before at the Cotton Bowl, Dave Robinson admitted HE jumped offside.
    So actually, both of those games should probably have gone for the younger, wilder, unconventional Cowboys, rather than to the traditional old guard.
    Funny, innit?

  10. Boselli was great for 4-5 years before injury, but come on. Having him on that list is an insult to Sterling Sharpe, who has comparable accolades at his position, and was far more dominant at what he did.

    Zach Thomas is another name that doesn’t get on this list, a 7x all-pro and all 90s team member.

  11. I’ll say it again. The Hall Of Fame is a joke and always will be until Jim Marshall is inducted. He should have been in years ago. At least have the decency to get him in as a senior member now.

  12. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:26 PM
    Jason Taylor is the greatest defensive end in NFL history, guaranteed first ballot.
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    The ghost of Reggie White just called.

  13. aliveguy24 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:37 PM
    I was a big fan of T.D. but his career was too short. Somehow he remains in the conversation.

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    true – Gayle Sayers is the counter argument. I would like for him to get in, but I’m biased as a lifelong Broncos fan. Randy Gradishar to me, is a non biased no brainer, however.

  14. I cant believe that there are plunkett supporters here. Look at the stats people. The guy is not a HOF’er. If he is then the HOF is a total farce.

  15. Any football fan of my age (65) knows how great Jerry Kramer was and how he epitomized the hard nosed tough player. I still have his football card that I got as a kid and have it displayed. He is in my generation’s Hall of Fame.

  16. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:36 PM
    how are ty law, rodney harrison and bruschi not in the hall of fame?

    each were cornerstone
    members of many sb teams and all have the
    production and clutch play to their resumesl

    how can an impact player play at a high level for a
    decade, leave such a stamp on the history of the game and not be in?

    dungy and bettis are in but not these players?

    it is impossible to ignore

    nick buonconti is in and bruschi’s resume is clearly superior to his and he played in the cap era, while buonconti played in an easier era

    It’s very easy to explain to a Patriots fanboy. Football wasn’t started by the Patriots, all good coaches and players didn’t play just for the Patriots….and your outrage is juvenile at best. As you can see most people keep their eyes open while they watch and ignor the color commenters.

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    No one is saying that at all. It’s just that some key members of the multiple Super Bowl winning Patriots teams of the 2000’s had some great numbers on the defensive side of the ball, to go along with trouncing some supposedly superior Steelers teams at that time that were known for pre-game smack talk–until they got beat. Not a humble bunch at all, which made it even sweeter as the Patriots kept their mouths shut and went about their business. It wasn’t just Brady and Belichick by themselves that won those championships.

    Still hurts, doesn’t it?

  17. Jerry Kramer deserves to be in. NFL 50th anniversary team, 60’s all decade team, 5 time All Pro, 5 time World Champion. He was rated No. 1 in NFL Network’s Top 10 list of players not in the Hall of Fame.

  18. That link takes you to the rotoworld page for Clay Matthews III, currently of the Green Bay Packers. Unless HoF rules have changed (and their standards have dropped) then you might wanna amend it.

  19. Uh, there is only one “LT” and that is Lawrence Taylor….maybe the best player of all time but certainly the best defensive player of all time. Tomlinson is a HOF’er, but please stop calling him LT.

  20. Law – outstanding shutdown corner. Consistent across 10+ years. He was a catalyst for those Patriot defenses that befuddled Manning to no end. This guy was Revis before Revis. Great corner play.

    LT – fantastic multi-faceted RB. There isn’t a team that would not have wanted this guy. Got the job done over a long period. Great player. Loved watching this guy with the rock, explosive, dangerous, terrifying to defenses. Hard to handle. True professional.

    Jason Taylor – Wow. Prototypical DE, just everything you would ever want out of that position. Did everything extremely well. An all-time great. You hated knowing this guy was facing your team. You knew he was going to do something, get his, make and impact. He did. He was just a brilliant player.

    Kurt Warner – Incredible player, for a shorter period of time than most, but when you look at his stats over that time, you basically drool. Anyone that remember his time with the Rams, he was just otherworldly. Did anyone throw a better ball and on time? Watch the film on this guy, why was he not in the NFL sooner? Travesty.

    Don Coryell – Revolutionized the vertical passing game. No one did more to accentuate this aspect than this guy. Sure, everyone wants to cry out Bill Walsh and West Coast offense but this guy stretched the field like no other. His concepts are still in play in most teams today, as much as Walsh concepts. The passing attack today owes a lot to Coryell. Deserves his spot for revolutionary concepts at the time.

  21. So glad Hines didn’t make the cut – as he shouldn’t. He was never the #1 WR on his own team, let alone a top 5 WR in the NFL. Hung around way too long and padded his stats ala Jerome Bettis, who shouldn’t be in either.

  22. aj66shanghai says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:35 PM
    Ty Law belongs in the Hall? HA! It must be quite an interesting world you live in, drunk on chowder all day long
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    His comment was asinine, Bruschi shouldn’t sniff the Pro Football HOF, Harrison… Maybe right on the line (He is a Charger more than a Patriot anyway) Law? He is a surefire HOFer. Maybe you need to go back and look at his numbers and accolades, even if you didn’t watch his career. You will be surprised.

    From a NE fan. (Yes, NE fans tend to WAY overate Bruschi, he was good and a key leader type, but HOF? lol No.)

  23. The HOF has become diluted over the past decade.

    How can a player like Bettis be right next to a Brown, a Payton, a Sanders, a E. Smith or a Dickerson?

    How is a coach like Dungy in the Hall and not Don Coryell? Did Tony have more of an impact on how the game is played than Coryell? Heck No.
    It was Bud Carson that creator of the cover 2.

    I would only vote in Coach Don Coryell and LaDainian Tomlinson. While the rest of the nominees are really good to excellent players. Were they Great to other worldly, No.

  24. With respect to all these names, only Tominlinson is the guaranteed first ballot HoF. Jason Taylor maybe an honorable mention.

    The rest of list is not HoF.

    Coryell not being in the HoF a long time ago is a joke in itself.

    -Former Los Angeles Chargers Fan

  25. Plunkett won 2 Super Bowls and the same with Flores. If Eli and Coughlin get in this will be another slap to Raider Nation

  26. Someone thinking that Teddy Bruschi is a Hall-of-Famer is one of the more outrageous ones that I’ve heard. I can see making a point for Harrison, but Bruschi isn’t even among the Top 500 linebackers to ever play the game, let alone get into the HOF. Everytime I hear his name from now on, I will have a good laugh.

  27. Its been highlighted just how important the kicking game is to each team with seeing so many awful kickers as of late. Kickers are part of the game, you don’t leave out the all time points leader and a member of two all decade teams from your Hall of Fame.

  28. Just change the name to Nfl Hall of OK because that’s about all it takes to get in anymore. Tomlinson? John Lynch? Terrelle Davis? All while Kramer and Coryell aren’t in. As Dr Evil would say.. rrrrrrrriiiigghhhtttt

  29. Tomlinson gets in for sure, after that it’s a crapshoot, but I’ll go with Owens, Warner, Andersen and Faneca for the other four.

    Sorry, JT. Unlike the moronic Pats fanboy, even as a Dolphins fan I’ve gotta say the five above get in first and you may never get in.

  30. florida76 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:28 PM
    Jim Plunkett can’t be inducted just for the postseason and the 1980 regular season. Overall, Plunkett was mediocre in the regular season, and that’s not going to get it done. Stabler, Lamonica, and Gannon were all better than Plunkett.

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    If you think Gannon was better than Plunkett I don’t know what sport you’re watching, and I like Gannon. Plunkett didn’t play in the fantasy football, stats-friendly era Gannon did. Never saw a tougher QB, or a better big game QB, than Plunkett.

    Having said that, Lester Hayes and Cliff Branch are bigger snubs.

  31. Coryell, Jacoby, Owens, Warner, and Bruce.

    How Jimmy Johnson can’t break the top 10 is astounding. Have we forgotten how stupid good the Cowboys were from 91-96?

  32. Terrell Davis’ Broncos beat Jerome Bettis’ Steelers in the ’97 AFC title game. The following year, TD and the Broncos beat Curtis Martin and the Jets in the AFC title game. Bettis and Martin are in the Hof; TD isn’t. TD is an NFL MVP, a Super Bowl MVP, a 2,000-yard season rusher, and a two-time Super Bowl champion (Bettis has one ring, Martin has none, and neither player won an MVP).

    What gives???

  33. Jason Taylor, Tony Boselli and LT are locks

    I will forever believe Terrel Davis is a hall of famer. He lacked longevity but was outright dominant for a five year run and won two Super Bowls.

    Kurt Warner is over rated and not a hall of Famer. He too started a few years of dominance, but he spent a huge chunk of his career on bench.

    I could be persuaded for Alan Faneca, Morton anderson and Ty Law:

  34. aliveguy24 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:37 PM
    I was a big fan of T.D. but his career was too short. Somehow he remains in the conversation.
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    Maybe because he is the best postseason RB in NFL history, and that’s not debatable.

  35. I’m in no ways a Broncos fan but I think Davis deserves to be in. The guy was running through holes practically blind in the freaking Super bowl with a migraine. That is the stuff of legends. Put him in!

  36. The hall of fame guys are to be commended, but let us face the facts. They will never be Tom Brady, the greatest NFL player of all time. End of line.

  37. “and bruschi’s resume is clearly superior to his and he played in the cap era, ”

    Id take Zach Thomas over Brushci

  38. “TO make him wait.”

    He was an ass , but hes the best wr this nfl has seen not named Jerry Rice.

    Go check out his stats.

  39. Listen. The Hall of Fame is meant to be for the elite players. The best of the best. Now in reality that has not been how it has played out. For example, to many fans Tony Dungy is simply an average to good coach but not great. In contrast Don Coryell is recognized as a great innovator and a tremendous coach by the majority of fans and should be in the nfl. Furthermore, it is not perfect because it is impossible to compare the stats of older players to current players. For example many HOFers had great stats by the standards of their age but compared to the modern era their stats would make them average. Furthermore, some players were great but did not play long enough. For example Terrel Davis did not play long enough and his stats do not correlate to hall of fame numbers.

  40. mountaindont, it would appear that his chances evaporated when he jumped during the sneak of the Ice Bowl.
    I suppose it’s a drag and it’s unfair, but hey–it’s the NFL, right?

  41. How is Laurence Mccutchein not in the hall of fame? Dude led the Rams to 7 straight division titles from 1973-79. Harold Jackson? Nolan Cromwell flipper Andersen. it’s a joke.

  42. Monte Jackson led the league in interceptions With 10 in 1976. Vince Ferragamo ghrew 30 Td’s in 1980 when the record was 36. He should be in.

  43. TD should’ve been in Hall a long time ago. Nobody feared playing against Curtis Martin yet he’s in the Hall. Everybody feared Davis. He was on top of the sport for 3 years. The best at his position by far.

  44. youknowiknowitall says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:38 PM
    Seriously, John Lynch?

    I agree. IMO it is pretty awful that he is even among the 15 finalists but what is even worse is the fact that because he is a media darling he might even get into the HOF one day.

  45. If a QB played for 15 seasons and only had 4 winning seasons, would he deserve to be in the HOF? If a QB never made All Pro or the Pro Bowl, would he deserve to be in the HOF? Would a QB with a .500 record and a 52% completion rate deserve to be in the HOF? Would a QB who threw 194 INTs against 168 TDs deserve to be in the HOF? Would a QB who played 15 years but averaged less than 2000 yards a year deserve to be in the HOF? Would a QB who never even had a 3000 yard season deserve to be in the HOF? Does one top 5 season in passing yardage get you in the HOF?

    That’s Jim Plunkett’s career. Twice as good as Trent Dilfer still doesn’t mean Canton.

  46. “Jim Plunkett can’t be inducted just for the postseason and the 1980 regular season. Overall, Plunkett was mediocre in the regular season, and that’s not going to get it done. Stabler, Lamonica, and Gannon were all better than Plunkett.”–Wow.
    “Why in the heck would Plunkett get in???? 164 td’s and 194 picks and never even passed for 3000 yards in a season…..are you serious?? The dude is a joke.”
    Double wow.
    Two fine examples of the modern-day malady: the only thing that matters is numbers. Well, how about these statistics(the only numbers that really count). This is from Wikipedia: .” He led the Raiders to two Super Bowl victories (XV and XVIII). He is the only eligible quarterback to start (and win) two Super Bowls without being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.”
    Stabler should be in, too. The Snake was the ultimate.
    Jerry Kramer being ignored is a national disgrace for the Bozos who select the HOF winners

  47. Woodson way better safety than Dawkins. Big contributer on Super Bowl winning Cowboys team…and still haven’t found a true replacement.

  48. Tommy Nobis, Mike Curtis, Lee Roy Jordan, Jerry Kramer should all have been inducted years ago.

  49. One of the writers who votes on the hall said this once, “It’s not the hall of the most talented, or the best stats.. it’s the hall of fame. Being famous and known is what gets people voted in.” I don’t particularly agree with that.. but it is what it is. That’s how someone COMPLETELY undeserving like Bettis gets in.

  50. Jimmy Johnson has to get in. You may not like him, but think about a couple of things.

    Johnson ran Tom Landry and Don Shula out of a job. Two of the best coaches all time!

    Johnson built “the Dallas dynasty” single-handedly, with a lot of shrewd moves behind the absolute haul he wrangled from the Herschel Walker trade.

    From Wiki: 17 years later, the trade was still an easy target for satire: one ESPN columnist, assessing the impact of free agency on the NFL, noted that it had almost entirely replaced significant trades and by doing so “took away one of the greatest shortcuts to becoming a Super Bowl champion: fleecing the Vikings.”

    Replace two of the best coaches of all time and build a dynasty? Come on, man. He’s got to get in.

  51. Any notion that Jerry Jones should be in the Hall of Fame makes the Hall of Fame completely irrelevant. The Super Bowl rings he has are from teams Jimmy Johnson built, not him. Even the current Super Bowl contender didn’t emerge until his son managed to get personnel control.

    Give Jerry a bust at the Glory Hole Falls in Ar-Kansas. Keep it FAR AWAY from Canton.

  52. upnorthvikesfan says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:43 PM

    I’ll say it again. The Hall Of Fame is a joke and always will be until Jim Marshall is inducted. He should have been in years ago. At least have the decency to get him in as a senior member now

    Even as a Packers fan who hated the Purple People Eaters I agree Marshall should be in there.

    And Jerry Kramer not being in there yet just makes me shake my head. As does Coryell and Jimmy Johnson.

    As for this years candidates

  53. Meh, Harrison played in 4 SB’s and was a probowler 3 or 4 times. 15 year career. HOF? probably not

    Bruschi played in 5 SB’s and was a probowler once. 13 year career, comeback player of the year. HOF? definitely not

    Law played in 4 SB’s with many probowls, all pros, HOF all decade team 2000’s, 15 year career, SB TD, lead NFL in ints twice, lead NFL in defensive scoring, 15 year career. HOF? yes

    Honestly I’d like to see them all in because they represented NE well for many important, enjoyable seasons. The reality is Harrison and Bruschi fall short but Law does not. IMO

  54. Jeremy Karp says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:27 PM

    Coryell and Andersen are LONG overdue for induction. One of the most innovative coaches in history, and the all-time points scorer.

    jag1959 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:30 PM

    Coryell is long overdue. It is unfathomable that Dungy is in and Coryell, Johnson and Flores are not. Taylor and Jacoby are no brainers. Lynch, Law and (as a Giants guy I hate to say it) Dawkins should be but the HoF voting is always brutal on defensive backs.

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    These two people sum up my thoughts.

  55. arwiv says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:52 PM
    I cant believe that there are plunkett supporters here. Look at the stats people. The guy is not a HOF’er. If he is then the HOF is a total farce.
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    The game was different in the 70’s & 80’s. Plunkett got absolutely racked playing for a pitiful NE team and a not quite ready for prime time SF team before he got to the Raiders. Physically he was spent, his will to win and guts alone kept him going. Dude was tough as nails. He belongs in the HoF as surely as Stabler. There’s more to football than stats, real fans that saw him play know that. That’s coming from a Giants fan and FWIW I loathe the Raiders.

  56. I don’t understand the lack of support for Steve Atwater. One of the hardest hitting safeties ever. 8x pro bowl, 2x SB champ.

  57. Open the door for #64

    Jerry Kramer deserves to be in ahead of that entire list. It has little to do with the Ice Bowl. It’s about his career.

  58. The HOF needs to ease up on their hatred of DBs, especially safeties. With Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu coming up in the next year or so, their will be a logjam of some of the greatest safeties to ever play.

    I really want to see Dawkins get in. Him and LT are really the only ones I care about.

  59. The only two guys I would put in to the Hall from the list above are Joe Jacoby and Tony Boselli.
    They also need to take a long look at the QB’s and WR’s who are being considered for the Hall. Their numbers are drastically inflated based on the way the game is officiated and played today.
    Take Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo, for instance. both of those QB’s have tons of yardage and TD’s in their careers. And though Stafford has had a very good year this year, neither one of them are even close to being Hall Of Fame WB’s. But based on their stats — which is the only thing some people look at — they both might have a shot to get in. Same with Kurt Warner. He was a very good QB and his story is a Cinderella story. But Hall Of Fame QB? No way, in my opinion.
    The Hall Of Fame was meant to honor the very best of the best. It has been watered down already with some of the recent Hall Of Fame inductees, in my view.
    Finally, I can’t believe and none else can either, that Jerry Kramer is not in the Hall Of Fame. He made arguably one of the single most important blocks in NFL history in the Ice Bowl, and he was an All Pro 5 times and voted to the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team in 1969, yet he isn’t in the Hall??? Ridiculous!! And by the way, that’s All Pro, not the stupid Pro Bowl we’re talking about. He was also voted as the #1 player not in the Hall Of Fame who should be by the NFL Network.
    Until Kramer gets in, no one should get in!! Typical of how the NFL and Hall Of Fame does things, they’ll wait until he dies then put him in. Ugh!!!

  60. Tedy Bruschi will fall short because although he was one of the best he was not a stat player. He was the QB for a great defense that helped New England win three Super Bowls. He was a player who had timely interceptions, tackles and who was in position to make and prevent plays.

    The problem is the reality of what institutions like the Hall of Fame are is you can hold your position, tackle the runner or break up passes leading to multiple three and outs and no one will take notice. If you sack the quarterback regardless if the opposition eventually scores they will take notice that you sacked the quarterback.

    In addition if you are the humble family man who goes about his job and excels at his position no one will take notice (and the anonymous posters on message boards will mock your career) but if you are a me-first, loud mouth player you get the notice. It’s sad but self promotion goes a long way to determining greatness at this point in our time.

    It would be interesting to see the perspective of a room full of Belichick’s (or Dr. Z’s) as to who they would elect and how much it would differ from the media fanboys who currently are the selectors.

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    With all that said it is a crime Coach Don Coryell wasn’t a first ballot Hall of Famer. Any individual involved in the league labelled as an innovator who changed the game shouldn’t have to wait to get in.

    Ty Law often seemed like Manning’s leading receiver when the Patriots would play the Colts.

    LaDainian Tomlinson was merely good. If he showed up in the playoffs I’d say great but any player who is such a pine rider when it counts that McFarlane makes a figure of the player on the bench does not deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

    Morten Anderson deserves to be inducted. Length of career, being the leading scorer in NFL history and consistently being one of the better kickers in the league should count for something.

    I could see a case for Jason Taylor, Alan Faneca and Kevin Mawae.

    I otherwise see some players who were good but not HOF good. Then I see Terrell Owens who although at times was great I don’t see a HOF player because far too often his contribution to teams was detrimental.

  61. johnniemayes says:
    Jan 4, 2017 2:12 AM
    TD should’ve been in Hall a long time ago. Nobody feared playing against Curtis Martin yet he’s in the Hall. Everybody feared Davis. He was on top of the sport for 3 years. The best at his position by far.

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    Davis does not belong in the HOF and it’s not even close. The guy had a few good seasons…. Throw in taking money under the table to avoid the salary cap and he should not even be eligible.

  62. LT: Yes.
    Jason Taylor: Good, but not Reggie White, not Charles Haley. No.
    B. Dawkins: Maybe.

    Air Coryell: Way overdue, yes.
    TD: Short career, but yes.
    Jacoby: Hog monster, yup.
    Lynch: Good, but not Ronnie Lott. No.
    Kurt Warner: Yes, the dude was crazy good.

    T.O.: Hell No, he’s such a dickhead.
    Andersen: Maybe.
    Faneca: Maybe.
    Boselli, Mawae: Yes.
    Bruce, Law: No.

    Jerry Jones: NO, NO, NO!
    Tags: Yes!

  63. Maybe we’re at a point in history where inductees and media voting and a ceremony and all that are no longer the best way to run a pro football museum. Too many deserving people get left out while seemingly undeserving people get inducted in. Maybe it’s time for a change.

  64. How Gibbs is the only coach in history to win super bowls with different quarterbacks. He did it three tines, with three slightly above average ANd. The only constant was The Hogs offensive line. Ergo, either Joe Gibbs is the greatest coach of all time or Joe Jacoby is a hall of famer. Your choice.

  65. arwiv says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:33 PM
    Why in the heck would Plunkett get in???? 164 td’s and 194 picks and never even passed for 3000 yards in a season…..are you serious?? The dude is a joke.
    +++++++++++++++++

    Your comment is the joke. Football is played on a field not a stat sheet. The worst of Plunkett’s numbers came from playing on two teams that had turnstiles instead of offensive lines. He routinely took the field in a condition that would have most of today’s players in intensive care. What makes Plunkett a HOF player was what he did coming off the bench to become a SB MVP at 32 when he was so used up he was considered a clip board carrying mentor and then doing it again 3 years later. Jim Plunkett is the embodiment of the never say die tough QB of a bygone era, stats can’t quantify that. You might never pick him to play Madden but you’d take him in the trenches any time.

  66. jgedgar70 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 8:04 AM

    Any notion that Jerry Jones should be in the Hall of Fame makes the Hall of Fame completely irrelevant. The Super Bowl rings he has are from teams Jimmy Johnson built, not him. Even the current Super Bowl contender didn’t emerge until his son managed to get personnel control.
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    Every owner in the NFL owes Jerry Jones a debt for the things Jerry did to teach them how yo grow their product. He showed them how to put tens of millions of dollars additional into their pockets. He took over a franchise that was losing over a million dollars a month and built into the most valuable sports franchise in the ENTIRE WORLD. Do I wish that he would often shut up? Sure, but I can think of no one who has done as much from a behind the scenes standpoint to promote the interests of the NFL.
    Jones is the central figure behind Fox getting broadcast rights which made other owners millions.
    Jones was a driving force behind the salary cap at a time when it was not in his best interests, but that action helps keep teams such as Green Bay viable.
    Jones fought for the ability for some control of merchandising profits to go to individual teams. He was rightfully angry that while he was working tirelessly to promote his team, someone like Bill Bidwell (who wouldn’t have known how to promote anything if his life depended on it) got the percentage of money from the sale of Cowboy merchandise as Jones did.
    Jerry Jones is easy to dislike/ Anyone who takes an honest look at his contributions will find it difficult to dismiss them.

  67. Intheweeds, Jerry Kramer never admitted he “jumped offside” what he said was “I wouldn’t swear that I didn’t beat the center’s snap by a fraction of a second. I wouldn’t swear that I wasn’t actually offside on the play.” Regardless wether he was offsides or not his credentials outside of that should have put him in years ago. That play has nothing to do with it.

  68. drithe bors says:
    Jan 3, 2017 11:26 PM
    The hall of fame guys are to be commended, but let us face the facts. They will never be Tom Brady, the greatest NFL player of all time. End of line.
    ——
    Given that the Patriots have gone 14-6 when he doesn’t play, he might not even be the best person on their team.

  69. ProFootballRealignment says:
    Jan 3, 2017 10:16 PM
    Terrell Davis’ Broncos beat Jerome Bettis’ Steelers in the ’97 AFC title game. The following year, TD and the Broncos beat Curtis Martin and the Jets in the AFC title game. Bettis and Martin are in the Hof; TD isn’t. TD is an NFL MVP, a Super Bowl MVP, a 2,000-yard season rusher, and a two-time Super Bowl champion (Bettis has one ring, Martin has none, and neither player won an MVP).

    What gives???
    ——————————-

    What gives is that Davis had only 4 good seasons in his entire career. Two of those were very, very good and one was exceptional.

    The other 3 years he played were crappy.

  70. Kurt Warner stats;

    Passing yards – 38th
    TD passes – 35th
    INT% – 52nd
    TD% – 35th

    Tony Romo, Joe Flacco and JAY CUTLER have more passing yards than Warner. Carson Palmer, Drew Bledsoe and Matt Hasselbeck threw more td passes.

    How on earth is this guy a HOF Finalist?

    Don’t do it voters!!

  71. aarons444 says:
    Jan 4, 2017 2:55 PM
    Kurt Warner stats;
    Passing yards – 38th
    TD passes – 35th
    INT% – 52nd
    TD% – 35th
    Tony Romo, Joe Flacco and JAY CUTLER have more passing yards than Warner. Carson Palmer, Drew Bledsoe and Matt Hasselbeck threw more td passes.
    How on earth is this guy a HOF Finalist?
    Don’t do it voters!!
    ===================================
    You make a great point here, albeit by accident.

    I’m not saying whether or not Warner deserves to get in, but if you’re just looking at statistics for any player, then you’re entirely missing the point.

  72. While I was a huge fan of LT when he played, my lasting memories of him will always be how he quit on his team. I lost all respect for him after that and it will never be regained.

  73. 72DolphinsStillUnmatched says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:26 PM
    Jason Taylor is the greatest defensive end in NFL history, guaranteed first ballot.
    =============
    The ghost of Reggie White just called.
    _____________________________________

    So did Lee Roy Selmon’s, Gino Marchetti’s, Howie Long’s (maybe), and Bruce Smith’s. However, make no mistake that Jason Taylor is a lock and easily Top 3 in history. Also, to the comment about LB Zach Thomas, he is not eligible “yet”.

  74. My definites: Ty Law, Tomlinson, Owens, Taylor
    Bubble: Bruce, Dawkins, Faneca, and Lynch

    I don’t understand why many believe that Ty Law doesn’t belong. He was the best defensive player on 3 time Super Bowl Champion who played his best in the biggest games (post season) and owned Peyton Manning. He also should have been the Super Bowl MVP in SB 36 in shutting down the greatest show on turf and putting the Patriots up with a Pick Six. He played at a very high level over so many years during a 15 year career.

  75. My feeling is this. If he ain’t on the ballot, shut the hell up, at least for this year. I’d have to take a good hard look at who to keep out. From what I’ve seen all are well credentialed.

  76. The HOF has become the “Hall of Good with political allies”……this made for TV package has really lost credibility with the voting the last few years……used to love watching but now they have lost me

  77. bighairbingopro says:
    Jan 5, 2017 2:28 AM
    Every Patriot who has ever played during the BB era…

    No true Pats fan who posts on this site has ever made that suggestion, but you knew that.

    Belichick, Brady and Randy Moss are the only HOF locks from the Patriots. And Moss, of course, would have been a lock if he never had played for the Pats. Belichick and Brady will certainly be first ballot. Some idiot voters may want to make Moss wait one ballot, and that would border on criminal.

    If Gronk can put together a few more relatively healthy seasons he will probably get in one day. I don’t think Ty Law will get in in spite of being a finalist. Vinatieri might get in on the strength of his career with the Pats and Colts, and the greatest field goal of all time in the Snow Bowl. That is probably the list at this point.

  78. Owens, Andersen and Faneca are all deserving and locks in an otherwise somewhat weak class.

  79. Kurt Warner stats;

    Passing yards – 38th
    TD passes – 35th
    INT% – 52nd
    TD% – 35th

    Tony Romo, Joe Flacco and JAY CUTLER have more passing yards than Warner. Carson Palmer, Drew Bledsoe and Matt Hasselbeck threw more td passes.

    How on earth is this guy a HOF Finalist?

    who in their right mind would take any of those guys over a healthy Kurt warner. compare Kurt playoff numbers over those guys. compare Kurt SB numbers to flacco’s. here is the deal, no crappy qb go to three super bowls. Kurt put his teams in position to win the 2 SB’s he lost his defense lost those games.

  80. there are so many players that i think should be in the hall of fame but if i were in charge there would be too many people in the hall of fame and it wouldn’t mean as much. So glad i am not on that comittee. it just seems like all those guys deserve to be in

  81. how old was kurt warner in his rookie year? some of his career total numbers may not look as impressive. and yes he kind of reminds you of that guy you went school with and made fun of because he seemed like such a simpleton. but look at what he accomplished. look at what he did in arizona. I dunno maybe he doesn’t deserve to be in the hall of fame. but i think he does

  82. “who in their right mind would take any of those guys over a healthy Kurt warner.”
    ===

    I’ll spare you my opinion… beacuse 3 NFL TEAMS chose other QBs over Warner…..

    The Rams chose Marc Bulger over Warner.

    The Giants chose Eli Manning over Warner.. a rookie at the time no less!

    In Arizona he couldn’t beat out titans like Josh McCown and Matt Leinart.

    Again.. name another HOFr who fell off so badly at the height of his career.

    NOT a HOFr! Absolutely NOT!

  83. How is Jimmy Johnson not in? John Harbaugh will get in before him which is crazy. Due to Harbaugh probably having another dominant 20 years in his coaching career.

  84. I think Ty Law has to get in because he was largely responsible for changes in the way defensive backs can cover (Bill Polian had to lobby the competition committee to change contact rules so the Colts could beat them).

    I think he is about the only defensive player from that Pats dynasty that should be in. Which strengthens the argument for how good Brady is/was… he will really only have 2 or 3 HOF’s from those teams along with himself and BB.

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