Pro Football Hall of Fame to have Centennial Class of inductees

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame will add to the 318 busts in Canton and the eight more soon to come with a Centennial Class of inductees. The only questions are how, how many and how will the Hall of Fame honor them?

Clark Judge of the Talk of Fame Network reports that the Hall of Fame has agreed in principle to move forward with the special class of inductees in conjunction with the NFL’s 100th anniversary celebration.

Joe Horrigan, the Hall’s former executive director who retired this month after 42 years, told Judge it “is going to happen.”

The details are yet to be determined, but a special class will clear some of the backlog of qualified seniors, coaches and contributors. Seven first-team all-decade players remain in the senior pool, with only one, former Cowboys safety Cliff Harris, having ever made it on the list of finalists, according to Rick Gosselin of the Talk of Fame.

“Let me put it this way,” Horrigan said. “It has been, in principle, approved. Our board meets later this month – our Hall-of-Fame board of directors – and we’ll go to them again with more detailed plans different from what we produced for them two months ago.

“But I will tell you this: We do not have the final blessing on it, only because we have to work out details. Now the question of whether or not they support the idea that everybody does [isn’t really a question]. . . .Now we just have to come down with what the size of the class would be, how they will be selected and who will do it.”

The eight-member Class of 2019 will earn enshrinement in Canton on Aug. 3, bringing the number of Hall of Famers to 326.

39 responses to “Pro Football Hall of Fame to have Centennial Class of inductees

  1. As I commented on Maven/Talk of Fame network…

    Let in the players, coaches with most nominations as finalists…

    OG Bob Kuechenberg with eight finalist nominations

    QB Charlie Conerly with seven

    DE LC Greenwood with six

    HC Don Coryell with five

    HC Clark Shaughnessy, Honorable Mention with three, but the first exponent of the T Formation and also how to stop it. So ahead of his time, his concepts of multiple receivers and man in motion, we’re ridiculed by the press, who believed football should stay, “three yards and a cloud of dust”…

  2. There are many AFL players that belong in the hall.It is a real injustice that they are not there.It is a big list. They were all pioneers.

  3. @eddiea25 says:
    June 14, 2019 at 5:42 am
    There are many AFL players that belong in the hall.It is a real injustice that they are not there.It is a big list. They were all pioneers.
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    I agree; they should start with adding AFL players.

  4. eddiea25 says:
    June 14, 2019 at 5:42 am

    There are many AFL players that belong in the hall.It is a real injustice that they are not there.It is a big list. They were all pioneers.

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    You can start with Gino Cappelletti

  5. Speaking of a.f.l. Cookie Gilchrist was a man amongst boys. Not sure hes h.o.f. but a great back #billsmafia

  6. It’s a TRAVESTY that Cliff Branch isn’t in the HOF. Freakin Lynn Swann is and Swan NEVER had a 1000 yd season and finished his career with only 5400 yds total!!!

    Branch has 3 rings, thousands more receiving yards and nearly 20 more TD’s than Swann.

    Time to put in RAIDERS long over due.

    Branch & Tom Flores!

  7. Tom Flores belongs because he won Two Super Bowls as a Head Coach of the Oakland and LA Raiders; won another as an assistant and another as a backup QB

  8. Am I the only one who thinks for an organization who prides itself on being the pro football hall of fame that those it would appear the only ones eligible for enshrinement either played for the NFL or in organizations that the NFL has bought out? I’m sure you could find plenty of players in both Arena League and in the CFL who rightfully belong in the Pro Football HoF.

  9. I am a fan of the AFL as well. Offensive Tackles Jim Tyrer of KC and Winston Hill of the Jets belong. If greedy owners are put in the Hall, why not NYJ owner Sonny Werblin ? He was instrumental in bringing in the NBC network, and knew if the AFL we’re to survive, they had to spend big money on signing bonuses for college talent, which brought in Joe Namath and forced the NFL to follow suit. The Merger followed and later on, Werblin was the leading force behind the construction of the the Meadowlands stadium in New Jersey, which became home to both New York football teams.

  10. AFL Players that deserve HOF Consideration…

    OT Jim Tyrer KC
    OT Winston Hill NYJ
    OG Walt Sweeney SD
    OG Ed Budde KC
    OG Bob Talamini HOU
    WR Gino Cappelletti BOS
    WR Chris Burford KC
    WR Art Powell OAK
    RB Cookie Gilcrist BUF
    RB Abner Haynes KC
    RB Paul Lowe SD
    QB Daryle Lamonica OAK
    QB Tom Flores OAK
    DB Dave Grayson OAK
    DB Butch Byrd BUF
    DE Gerry Philbin NYJ

    There maybe others, if AFL fans can submit their names

  11. Mostly players in historically ignored positions
    QB – Ken Anderson
    RB – Roger Craig
    T – Mike Kenn
    WR – Sterling Sharpe, Cliff Branch
    DT – Alex Karras, Jim Marshall, Joe Klecko
    S – Cliff Harris, Gary Fencik

    I don’t think any of these players are in the HoF.

  12. They need to put more emphasis on individual greatness than on Super Bowl rings. So many outstanding players who were on mediocre teams are forgotten, while it seems like every player on the Steelers in the ’70s is in or soon will be.

  13. “There maybe others, if AFL fans can submit their names”

    DT-Ron McDole
    DB-Speedy Duncan

  14. Ken Anderson. Put up great numbers during the “Dead Ball” era and also playing the Steelers defense twice a year back in the ’70s. Ask them how good Anderson was.

  15. Was trying to remember Ron McDoles name earlier, Mike Stratton was good for Buffalo too.

    Ladd and Speedy Duncan. Tom Keating of the Raiders was great but only for a short period of time. As was Richard Jackson of Denver

  16. Eagles QBs Cunningham and McNabb probably won’t make the Hall but in their defence,
    Cunningham had a porous offensive line for much of his Eagle career, with no RBs and only Mike Quick and Cris Carter at Receiver helping him briefly. Other than fast Keith Jackson and tough as nails, Keith Byars, he did everything else, on his OWN…

    McNabb had a good offensive line, but no receivers, other than Owens for one year and RB Brian Westbrook, a tough, smaller back. He never had the weapons to bring the SB to Philly, then there was the chunky soup incident during the game itself, but he still went to five NFC championship games, winning one of them.

    Both QBs had defences, but not enough help offensively, to put them in the Hall.

  17. theroc5156 says:
    June 14, 2019 at 2:37 pm

    Ken Anderson. Put up great numbers during the “Dead Ball” era and also playing the Steelers defense twice a year back in the ’70s. Ask them how good Anderson was.
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    very under rated QB, accurate passer with a quick release and better numbers than some HOF QB’s …. was in the wrong division at the wrong time.

  18. “theroc5156 says:
    June 14, 2019 at 2:37 pm
    Ken Anderson. Put up great numbers during the “Dead Ball” era and also playing the Steelers defense twice a year back in the ’70s. Ask them how good Anderson was.”

    There was one year, (1974 ?) the Bengals were 10-4, beat EVERY Team outside their division, and didn’t make the playoffs.

  19. texskin66 says:
    June 14, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Someone very deserving

    JOE JACOBY REDSKINS

    Way overdue. Yes.

  20. Gino Cappelletti definitely should be on that list – all time high scorer in the AFL, first kicker to kick 6 field goals in one game among other accomplishments.

  21. Some tough years for Ken Anderson and the Bengals…

    In 1973 lost a tough game to the Dolphins in the playoffs.

    In 1974 Didn’t make the playoffs despite a 10-4 record

    In 1975 lost a heart breaking playoff game to the Raiders. This loss, changed OC Bill Walsh’s offensive thinking, where he decided to script the first ten to 25 offensive plays to cover every aspect of his game plan and counter any defensive reactions, as the game went along.

    In 1976, Anderson and the Bengals we’re ready to take the division from Pittsburgh, but a MNF loss to the Raiders gave the Steelers the division.

    In 1977, The Bengals beat the Steelers, but lost a tough game in the last regular season game to the Oilers, which once again, gave the division to Pittsburgh.

  22. Several Bengals have been held out of the HOF and it should be corrected. Ken Riley had 65 interceptions during the 70s and early 80’s when teams passed a lot less. 65! Ken Anderson was near the top of a number of all-time categories when he retired and clearly one of the all time greats. He should have been the NFL MVP 3 times. If these two and others like Corey Dillon or Issac Curtis would have played for a large market team like New York they would have been in the HOF decades ago. The HOF should also stop judging players on Super Bowl wins. Those are team achievements. Ken Anderson had a Super Bowl won against the 49s team, that was one of the greatest of all time, until the defense gave up a TD in the last minute. Was that his fault? NO, but that’s why he’s been held out all these years.

  23. Gary Collins – Cle – all decade 1960s – 1 TD about every 5 catches – led league in punting 1965? – 3 TD in 64 championship game.

    Another Cleveland player would be Dick Shafrath (sp)…LT blocker for 3 HOF rb in Brown, Mitchell n Kelly.

    Both of them need to be in before Modell who was simply a clown.

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