Troy Polamalu, Isaac Bruce, Edgerrin James headline Hall of Fame Class of 2020

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame will have a black-and-gold flavor to it.

Donnie Shell and Bill Cowher, elected last month as part of the Centennial Class, will have Troy Polamalu join them in Canton.

Polamalu didn’t have to wait long to hear his name, earning a bust in his first year of eligibility.

The former safety was elected Saturday along with Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson and Edgerrin James on the modern-era ballot. It completed the special 20 inductees for 2020 after 10 seniors, two coaches and three contributors were announced in January.

The five newest Hall of Famers were joined onstage by the living members from the Centennial Slate.

It culminated Selection Saturday.

LeRoy Butler, Torry Holt, Sam Mills, Reggie Wayne and Bryant Young didn’t survive the cut from 15 to 10. Tony Boselli, John Lynch, Richard Seymour, Zach Thomas and Alan Faneca were the final cuts from 10 to five.

Polamalu, a four-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowl selection, becomes the 27th member of the Steelers elected to Canton.

Steelers president Art Rooney II has said he expects the Steelers to play in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 6.

87 responses to “Troy Polamalu, Isaac Bruce, Edgerrin James headline Hall of Fame Class of 2020

  1. Beauty class. All these players deserve it. No cheating to make it, just football intelligence and a hard work ethic. Nothing more.

    Learn from players like this New England. Cheating doesn’t measure up to hard work and real football acumen.

  2. Good class. Im not sure how Reggie Wayne didnt get in…he’ll be in next year. Awesome to see the Edge get in there. Tiki blew it by not playing 2 more years.

  3. Wow…I just checked out Edgerrin’s stats….I take back what I said. He fell about 2 years short of the hall. I think Tiki’s short on the hall and his overall numbers are just as good as James’ are.

  4. Absolutely ridiculous.

    Edgerrin James? What’s next, Shaun Alexander and Priest Holmes?

    What on earth is the HOF doing?

    They are doing what they are experts at….You as a Patriot troll are not adept or fair in evaluating anyone who wasn’t a Cheater. Be quite and let the deserving get their day in the sun.

  5. arwiv says:
    February 1, 2020 at 6:09 pm
    Wow…I just checked out Edgerrin’s stats….I take back what I said. He fell about 2 years short of the hall. I think Tiki’s short on the hall and his overall numbers are just as good as James’ are.

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    Corey Dillon needs to be in immediately, then. Dillon played with the horrible Bungles who had no qb and nothing around him. Check his numbers.

    This lowering the bar by the NFL is craziness especially with who they have skipped over.

  6. Faneca was snubbed because they didn’t want another Steelers player to get in this year. Not only is he one of the most deserving, he’s better than Hutchinson.

  7. Edgerin James was completely overrated. He played with Peyton Manning. Never had to run against an 8 man box. Only ran vs 7 man box.

  8. Hall of Very Good. Edge wasn’t a HOF’er and Polamalu wasn’t a first ballot type of guy. Heck, he was always the 2nd best safety in his own division behind Ed Reed. Chad Johnson was a better player than Reggie Wayne, he just played on a worse franchise. Isaac Bruce is 100% deserving though.

  9. James is 16th all time in scrimmage yards. The 15 in front of him are eleven Hall of Famers plus Frank Gore, Larry Fitzgerald, Adrian Peterson, and Tiki Barber. James was a bubble-ey case, but it’s far from egregious.

  10. Good for Bruce. I was afraid idiots would continue overlooking him because of the offense and players he played with, but he started putting up numbers before they got there with terrible QBs like Tony Banks throwing to him. He was always one of the best receivers in the league and even had the signature Super Bowl moment to go with it. They do shock me and get it right sometimes.

  11. Any MORON here who doesn’t think Polamalu deserves to be in should take a view of his highlight reel and shut up. He did things Lynch and other safeties couldn’t dream of doing. Especially tylawspick6 who doesn’t have a clue. Don’t comment and don’t embarrass yourself with your ignorance.

  12. PFT loves the Steelers says:
    February 1, 2020 at 7:09 pm

    Hall of Very Good. Edge wasn’t a HOF’er and Polamalu wasn’t a first ballot type of guy. Heck, he was always the 2nd best safety in his own division behind Ed Reed.
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    Here’s a prime example of the cluelessness. Reed couldn’t have imagined making some of the plays Pola did, especially in the other team’s backfield. Pola was never “second best safety” in his division. That’s not to say Reed wasn’t great, but diminishing Pola’s skills is just plain dumb. Quite simply, Troy Polamalu was the most uniquely talented safety to ever play.

  13. 20 entrants into the HOF in a year is just plain stupid and only contributes to continuing to lower the standards.

  14. I still remember Palomala chasing Greg Jennings in the SB. Close to the LOS Troy was good. Deeper in pass coverage he was below average. He made a few highlights for Sportscenter so I guess that gets you in the HOF.

  15. Based on this list Deion was right. Whenever a team is good we just get these good but not great players coat-tailing their way in. It started with guys like Lynn Swann and continues today with James and Bruce.

  16. Edgerrin James doesn;t seem like he answers the question, can you write the history of the NFL without him?
    He seemed like any decent RB you can plug in with Manning at the helm and everyone keyed on play action.
    I mean, he finished below Curtis martin in lifetime rushing, didn’t he?

    I mean, no way now he can’t let frank Gore in.

  17. J K says:
    February 1, 2020 at 8:05 pm
    Based on this list Deion was right. Whenever a team is good we just get these good but not great players coat-tailing their way in. It started with guys like Lynn Swann and continues today with James and Bruce.
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    I agree with what you say. Stanley Morgan was a far superior receiver than Stallworth or Swan, but played for the lousy Patriots. The other two were in the playoffs every year. Check the stats if you don’t believe me. Also, Morgan didn’t have a HOF running back or QB to take the pressure off.

  18. HOF arguments used to be fun but now they let in the very good and some just good.

    Corey Dillon=Fred Taylor=Edgerrin James. All the same, nothing special. Terrell Davis got in with only 7600 yards gained and played only 78 games (and was caught taking $$ under the table so the Broncos could circumvent the salary cap).

    Tony Boselli? Be serious, he played only 6 years. What is the HOF thinking?

  19. Zach Thomas getting the shaft again is unacceptable. You made Urlacher a first ballot hof’er but Zach Thomas is in danger of never getting in??? What a joke

  20. Someone.. ANYONE.. tell me how Zach Thomas IS NOT a Hall of Famer?!?! The man retired with the most tackles in NFL history and was the anchor of one of the best defenses in the NFL from 1998-2004. It makes no damn sense.

  21. @razzlejag Your comment on Terell Davis. Seriously? 2 Time Super Bowl Champ. Super Bowl MVP. NFL MVP. NFL Rushing MVP. 1 of only 7 RBs to hit 2k yards in a season EVER (5th at the time). And seriously, the Broncos salary cap thing? Dude, you need to read more…

  22. with wayne it’s easy he’s a wideout 3 wideouts have been first ballot guys, although fitz will be the 4th

  23. I liked Edge, but how is it Roger Craig still sits on the outside looking in? He was just as vital to those 9ers teams as Rice and Montana and his numbers were great in the decade he was playing too.

  24. Congrats Drew Pearson! Oh wait…your draft day stunt in Philly apparently is on the mind of the HOF voters.

  25. Butler is now the only member of the 1990’s All-Decade team not in the Hall. The “at-least 20 sacks and 30 interceptions” club is pretty exclusive. Not to mention starting the most famous TD celebration ever. I hope they don’t make him wait as long as Jerry Kramer did.

  26. I love the Pats fanboy comments. Andre Tippett, Seymour,etc. it’s laughable. Also headhunter Harrison played WAY more yrs in SD than NE. You didn’t draft him, CDillon, Seau, or Moss. So quit associating them as Pats. You aren’t going to have many HOFers and your team is DONE. Deal with it.

  27. Max Payne says:
    February 1, 2020 at 9:45 pm
    Next year travaris Jackson and Geno Smith and Mariota.

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    Ahhh, i don’t think they are all eligible.

  28. Hard to believe how many people making comments here are unaware that Andre Tippett was enshrined in the Hall over a decade ago with Emmitt Thomas, Darrell Green, Art Monk, and Gary Zimmerman

  29. I watched Seymour a lot and never saw him put on his back: too quick a first step for a very tall and still massive man. He went through the Eagles offensive line in the SB like it was hardly there half the time. HOFer Mawae said he hated playing Seymour more than he did anyone else.

    Belichick, Brady and Tippett all had letters supporting Seymour – who along with Wilfork were the best defensive linemen Belichick ever coached.

    Next year – when there aren’t two dozen going in.

  30. Too bad there won’t be a Trifecta (exec. of the year, HOF and Super Bowl win) for Lynch this year. But as the song by Meat Loaf says, Two out of Three Ain’t Bad. Lynch will have to settle for the double win of Executive of the Year and a Super Bowl victory.

  31. No one’s gonna say it? Cowher is the real joke of the group. One ring, he wasn’t an innovator in any way, and he had the full weight of a model ownership group and brilliant front office behind him his entire career. Tomlin is probably more worthy, and does anyone anywhere think he should get in? Most ludicrous selection since Dungy. Mike Shanahan accomplished more than either of them, and no one’s campaigning for him to get in, including us Broncos fans. Sadly, the HOF’s extreme bias towards all things Cowboys, Steelers and Raiders has noticeably diluted the honor.

    I am glad that Atwater finally made it, at least. Keeping that dude out this long was borderline criminal. Now the seniors committee needs to recognize Randy Gradishar.

  32. The reason for receivers and quarterbacks to be in the Hall is because of how they played the game and racked up the stats and the DB’s got in because they had to learn how to cover all these guys and they ALL owe their gold jacket to the one guy that still isn’t in the Hall of Fame…..the guy that changed the game

    Don Coryell

  33. This class is a joke. Polumalu and Bruce? Yes. The others? Meh. Cliff Branch died and never made it in. Tom Flores is still not in the Hall either and should be. Alan Fanaca and Tony Boselli should have been in long before. Utter joke.

  34. With Polamalu and Atwater in (deservedly so), next year should see LeRoy Butler get the nod. The safety position has been under represented in the HOF. These 3 guys were fun to watch.

  35. Edgerrin James? Seriously? Nobody was scared of James beating you. His career immensely benefited from Manning’s passing offense where teams played coverage more than run. Questionable choice at best.

  36. Steve Hutchinsom was the best interior lineman of his era. Sorry steeler fans, but it’s TRUE and the commity got it right. Faneca will get his due next year.

  37. arwiv says:
    February 1, 2020 at 6:05 pm
    Good class. Im not sure how Reggie Wayne didnt get in…he’ll be in next year
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    When he buys a ticket like the rest of us.

  38. Andre Tippett, Seymour,etc. it’s laughable.
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    Uh, Tippett IS in right now. As for a guy like Seau the official HOF site lists him under the Patriots and his stint in Patriots uniform is part of his overall story to get into the HOF so yes Pats fans are 100% correct to call him a HOFer as a Patriot.

  39. The problem with the NFL HOF is–and correct me if I’m wrong–that they HAVE to put in a certain number of inductees every year. And because they HAVE to, you get these subpar classes every so often. I would much rather see great kickers, punters and special teamers in the Hall over a borderline RB and WR. Teams are always emphasizing how important special team is to the game yet that aspect of the game is virtually ignored by Hall voters. Sorry, but it’s a big part of the game and should be honored at the Hall more than it is.

  40. I believe Isaac Bruce is deserving of the election. He played at an all-Pro level for many years on a team that was, for 12 of the 16 years Bruce played, essentially the worst in history to don cleats. He didn’t get a lot of “press” because the teams were terrible. But people did see what he was capable of in the Rams’ St. Louis SB and playoff years (1999-2004) with Kurt Warner throwing passes to him. Top that off with the guy being a real “class act.”

    I will always have a “soft spot” for both Isaac and his teammate Steven Jackson. They played their backsides off on terrible teams and never uttered a peep.

    Congratulations Isaac.

  41. If the voters don’t like you,you ain’t getting in. Tom Flores and Cliff Branch were on 3 Superbowl Championship teams in Oakland,and they get snubbed all the time.I doesn’t matter how good you were,these voters only vote for players they like. They don’t like Oakland Raiders.

  42. Steelers fan hate hearing this but when Jerome Bettis got in the bar for the Hall of Fame became lower. James was never the best HB of his era, matter of fact I have a hard time seeing him in the top 5 of the 2000s. Imagine if he didn’t have Peyton Manning.

  43. I feel the order of induction for these safeties should be Reed, Polamalu, Butler, Atwater, Lynch, in that order. 3 of the 5 now are now in.

    Atwater and Lynch were great players but very one-dimensional compared to the others. Butler and Polamalu are about even, but Troy is more famous. The first 3 are all guys that a defense is built around.

  44. When one looks at the aggregate of players and those enshrined it’s a small percentage. Two factors that seem to impact it are campaigning and being on TV.

  45. rushbacker says:
    February 1, 2020 at 11:47 pm

    No one’s gonna say it? Cowher is the real joke of the group. One ring, he wasn’t an innovator in any way, and he had the full weight of a model ownership group and brilliant front office behind him his entire career. Tomlin is probably more worthy, and does anyone anywhere think he should get in?
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    Cowher is the beneficiary of TV popularity and the expanded 2020 class. He got lucky with the latter.

    Tomlin is not more worthy, you make no sense, he had the same model ownership and front office behind him. If he wins one more ring you can make the case.

    Stop the whining about Steelers getting in, Faneca was the dominant guard of his era, you don’t hear Steelers fans whining about him not getting in.

  46. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    February 1, 2020 at 10:09 pm
    LeRoy Butler. The “at-least 20 sacks and 30 interceptions” club is pretty exclusive.
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    Leroy Butler: 20.5 sacks, 38 interceptions. Yeah, Ronde Barber’s TWENTY-EIGHT sacks and FORTY-SEVEN interceptions IS pretty outstanding, at that. Not to mention that Barber blows Butler away at touchdowns scored: 12 – 3, with more than twice as many solo tackles: 1044 – 474, and frankly better at all the important measurables. Not much doubt as to who made a lot more plays on the field.

  47. Chuck Foreman, Scott Studwell, Matt Blair, Bobby Bryant, Keith Millard, Tommy Kramer, Jeff Siemon, Fred McNeil, Jerry Burns and Ed White among other Vikings Also need and Deserve to be Enshrined!

  48. What Ever happened to FAMOUS in the HOF??? MOST of the Offensive Linemen are NOT! Too many are getting in! They should Re-Name this the Hall of Greatness or otherwise let less accomplished but Famous Stars in. The HOF should Also take this into account in my opinion.

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