Duke Slater, Maxie Baughan are seniors Hall of Fame favorites

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Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker announced earlier this week that plans are in the works for a special Centennial Class of 20 inductees for 2020. Pending approval from the Hall’s board of directors Aug. 2, seniors candidates will take 10 spots on the ballot.

Five modern-era candidates, two coaches and three contributors will make up the rest of the class.

Baker, though, did not provide details on who will select the seniors, coaches and contributors. Clark Judge of Talk of Fame Sports Network suggested a blue-ribbon panel.

Normally, five of the nine members of the seniors committee meet at the end of August to decide the seniors candidate(s), while five of the nine members of the contributors committee do the same to decide the contributor finalist(s).

Judge polled the nine seniors committee members about their three favorites, and the straw vote came up with 14 names.

Duke Slater and Maxie Baughan (pictured) were clear favorites, with Alex Karras, Cliff Branch and Ken Riley “not far behind,” Judge reports. Drew Pearson, Al Wistert, Randy Gradishar, Mike Curtis, Jimbo Covert, Tommy Nobis, Joe Klecko, Chuck Howley and Cliff Harris also were mentioned.

Slater was the first African-American lineman in NFL history and one of the top linemen of his era. He was the only African-American player in the NFL in 1927 and 1929. He made All-Pro six times and never missed a game for injury.

Slater was a Hall of Fame finalist in 1970 and ’71.

Baughan made the Pro Bowl nine games and seven times was named All-Pro during his first 10 seasons with the Eagles and the Rams. The linebacker is a member of the Eagles’ Hall of Fame but has never made the list of finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Wistert, Pearson and Harris were first-team all-decade selections, with Harris the only one of the seven first-team all-decade selections missing from the Hall of Fame who ever has made the list of finalists. Harris was a modern-era finalist in 2004.

10 responses to “Duke Slater, Maxie Baughan are seniors Hall of Fame favorites

  1. 20 inductees? This isn’t to question the worthiness of whoever gets in. But…20? The ceremony will be endless. I don’t think anyone wants to spend six hours in the August sun in Canton.

  2. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    July 5, 2019 at 4:09 pm
    Top 5 in career interceptions:
    1. Paul Krause 81
    2. Emlen Tunnell 79
    3. Rod Woodson 71
    4. Dick Lane 68
    5. Ken Riley 65
    5. Charles Woodson 65

    Yeah, I’d say Ken Riley has waited more than long enough.

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    I agree. I don’t get why cleare, deserving players have to wait or can’t get in. Look at who got int…Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Jerome Bettis, Tony Dungy?

    Bettis is a car less than 4 YPC guy and has no important seasons or impact in that era. He was just a loveable, overweight runner who avoided injuries.

    It’s embarrassing how political the NFL HOF has become.

    And, Maxie Baughan should have already been in!

  3. Tommy Nobis should be in. If he had played for the Steelers, Raiders or Cowboys, he would have been a first-ballot HoFer.

  4. Why is Jim Marshall always left out of these conversations. The man played in 20 seasons, (282 consecutive games). Not only was he a big part of the Purple People Eaters, he recovered a lot of fumbles, had a lot of sacks (before it was a stat), and was a crucial member of the special teams that blocked a LOT of PAT’s, FG’s and punts. Unfortunately, he seems to be remember for one play only… running the wrong way for a safety. He was a fantastic player that deserves to be in Canton and it’s time that travesty is rectified.

  5. Jimbo Covert along with Anthony Munoz were named by the AP as the top tackles of the 1980s. He destroyed Dexter Manley and Lawrence Taylor every time they played. LT had to take a knee in the first quarter of the 1986 playoff game because Covert beat him so badly. He never let up more than 1 sack in any year. Ditka said he was the best OL he ever saw. It’s a travesty he isnt in the hall of fame

  6. omeletpants says:
    July 5, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Jimbo Covert along with Anthony Munoz were named by the AP as the top tackles of the 1980s. He destroyed Dexter Manley and Lawrence Taylor every time they played. LT had to take a knee in the first quarter of the 1986 playoff game because Covert beat him so badly. He never let up more than 1 sack in any year. Ditka said he was the best OL he ever saw. It’s a travesty he isnt in the hall of fame

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    Munoz is in. Covert was very good, but he is not a HOF player. Sorry.

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