Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Tony Boselli, LeRoy Butler, Bryant Young among Hall of Fame Class of 2022

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the Class of 2022 on Thursday night at NFL Honors.

No first-ballot players were honored, with DeMarcus Ware, Devin Hester and Andre Johnson having to wait at least one more year before they are inducted into Canton.

Offensive tackle Tony Boselli, receiver Cliff Branch, safety LeRoy Butler, official Art McNally, linebacker Sam Mills, defensive lineman Richard Seymour, coach Dick Vermeil and defensive lineman Bryant Young were elected as the Class of 2022.

The 49 selectors met virtually Jan. 18 to select the class, and Boselli, Butler, McNally, Seymour, Vermeil and Young learned of their election when a Hall of Famer knocked on their doors in late January. The families of Branch and Mills received the news in a phone call from Hall of Fame President Jim Porter.

It was Mills’ 20th and final year on the ballot before going into the seniors pool. Boselli and Butler were elected in their 16th year of eligibility. Young waited 10 years and Seymour five.

Branch, the seniors candidate, was in his 32nd year of eligibility.

The Class of 2022 will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 6 at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.

101 responses to “Sam Mills, Richard Seymour, Tony Boselli, LeRoy Butler, Bryant Young among Hall of Fame Class of 2022

  1. Seymour..Finally

    LeRoy Butler had a better career than Rodney Harrison? This is becoming absolutely ridiculous.

  2. All these HOF inductees deserve it but the headline of this article should be “Ware and Johnson snubbed for 2022 HOF.” But congrats to Sam Mills and Dick Vermeil.

  3. Dick Vermeil was a great coach but man his HOF speech is gonna be hard to watch with all the crying he will more than likely do.

  4. Why is there a limit of hall of fame inductees per year? It makes absolutely no sense to be honest.

  5. Honestly none of them excite me that much. They were all very good players in their careers, but none of them were the best of their era at their position. And I never thought of any of the tad unbelievably good 🤷‍♂️

  6. 5 defensive players and an offensive tackle? HECK YEA! Maybe my favorite hall class just for that.

  7. 32 years too late for Cliff Branch. He was ahead of his time with his speed and his hands, stretching the field like no one else in the 1970’s.

  8. I’m okay with Devin Hester not making it on the very first ballot, but I really hope he gets in. He literally changed the way the game was played. You couldn’t kick off to him. The momentum swings and his impact went well past whatever his return yards and scores ended up being. I’ll never forget everyone in the room knowing the colts were heavily favored and thinking “just don’t kick it to Hester” boom touchdown. Indy’s coaches are luckily they came back and still won

  9. Cliff Branch should have been in decades ago alongside catch mate, Biletnikoff. Both played 14 years with similar stats. Belitnkoff has a SB MVP with 10 more career TD catches. But Branch has 3 SB titles to his teammate’s 1, and when you ask DBs of the 70s who they feared more, they would tell you Branch. Dynamic 1-2 punch to say the least. No doubt they both should have made it in, similar to Swann and Stallworth. But historically, the NFL hates the Raiders and loves the Steelers. Too bad because this may be yet another Raider to get in the Hall posthumously.

  10. Congrats to all these deserving players. I’m a little emotional and ecstatic Bryant Young finally got his due. what a dominant beast on the field!!!! What a great person, a humble leader. My favorite player I got to watch (ok tied with Montana).

    -founder of the “BY4HOF” fantasy football league, founded during his career in 2000.

  11. Finally! Ckiff Branch made it, albeit posthumously. He should have gotten in while he was still alive.

  12. Art McNally was so deserving of his entry into the HOF. The man literally wrote the book on officiating pro football. He’s not only a great man. he’s an American hero having defended our Constitution as a member of the USMC.

  13. About freaking time Cliff Branch gets his rightful place in the HOF. It’s unfortunate that he, like Stabler had to get in post humoulously, and that Coach Madden, a huge supporter of Branch wasn’t able to see it as well. I’m happy for his family, coaches and teamates.

    It’s a travisty that players like Lynn Swann made it in many years before him, with far inferrerror numbers in comparison to Branch. Branch changed the game, both on offense and defense, and was the beginning of the speed factor that has become increasingly popular in the NFL today. I sure wish the HOF would do a better job of putting deserving players in with the stats to back it up, instead of being a popularity contest like the Pro-Bowl has become. RIP Cliff.

  14. Congrats to the Class Of 2022!

    What a career journey for Sam Mills

    No first ballot selection.

  15. Congratulations Cliff Branch! Just like Ken Stabler WAY overdue. Also glad to see Sam Mills get in.

  16. Why are they all just these backwards processes? Couldn’t have done this 5 years ago for Branch? Boselli and Butler weren’t HoFers until now, yet haven’t played in 20+ years? It’s ridiculous, yet pretty much Par for this league.

  17. Congratulations to Leroy Butler. Great player with too short a career. His stats are fantastic. Good guy.

  18. Not having DeMarcus Ware in as a first ballot is an absolute joke!

    Man made 7 straight All-Pros, has similar stats as Strahan (3 fewer sacks, 11 more forced fumbles) in 3 fewer seasons.

  19. Wow. They’ve known for weeks & no one leaked or even slipped up? Biggest honor of their lives, some waiting decades, but they keep it a secret so the NFL can have it’s Super Bowl week media circus. Wild.

  20. There’s guys I would have preferred, but this is really solid class overall. Finally got Sam Mills in, long overdue, and Cliff Branch definitely deserves it too – as do many other receivers who have passed into the senior category.

  21. This is a great day for Jacksonville, with not only former Jaguar Tony Boselli getting elected, but also Jacksonville native Leroy Butler.

  22. The coach that was just over 500. Heck that is lowering the bar just a bit. Hell Jeff Fisher is getting all excited about that.

  23. A weak class. Glad to see Butler get in. Seymour is a stand out. Not sure I’d have voted anyone else in.

  24. Cliff Branch should have been elected years ago when he was still alive to enjoy his moment in the sun.

  25. Good for Seymour, but it’s too bad the way he was jettisoned by Belichick. Now I’m hoping Kraft pulls the rug out from under BB the way he has on so many good players here

  26. Why couldn’t they put Cliff Branch in while he was alive?!? Seymour and Boselli dominated their positions and also should had gotten in years ago.

  27. This is the weakest class in years. Seymour is deserving, the rest were good but don’t belong.

  28. Based on this class it’s even more obvious the standard to make the HOF has been lowered dramatically . It’s laughable that a player can be on the ballot for over 15 yrs not be worthy of induction but yet now they are . Canton should be for the greats of the game not for the good players with seniority on the ballot . Just add this to the constantly growing list of things the NFL screws up .

  29. I get the feeling that the large class size this year is due to some of the older electors dropping off the voting panel. HOF-worthy players such as Boselli and Branch had been waiting for years

  30. All deserving and long overdue for Bryant Young. Hoping Patrick Willis makes it in the next year or two.

  31. Ah yes, the annual tradition of snubbing and ignoring Jim Marshall. Well, the HOF is consistent, if not anything else.

  32. I’f also like to add how mortifying it is that Cliff Branch had to pass away to get in like Ken Riley did. An embarrassment.

    Stop putting in the Terrrell Davis’s, Kurt Warners and all the other barely borderline guys who had a great 5 years in the league.

    Enougha already. Just because Millennials have no idea who these greats were, doesn’t mean they didn’t exist.

  33. nagyisterrible says:
    February 10, 2022 at 10:52 pm
    Richard Seymour is a HOFer? They’ll let anyone in these days.

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    Yeah, the 2nd greatest 3-4 DE behind Reggie White with 3 rings and 4 SB appearances who commanded double teams and played NT, somehow, magically, didn’t have a HOF career.

    LOL

  34. Richard Seymour’s dominance was not about stats. He played Nose and End in 3 man fronts and tackle and end in 4 man fronts. His comp is Howie Long. Same type of player. Did it all.

  35. luccabrazzi says:

    February 10, 2022 at 10:33 pm

    Honestly none of them excite me that much. They were all very good players in their careers, but none of them were the best of their era at their position. And I never thought of any of the tad unbelievably good 🤷‍♂️
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    lol talk about clueless and uninformed. “None were the best of their era at their position”. Butler was part of the all 90s team, you know his “era” that recognized him as the best of that time not someone who obviously didn’t know what they were watching 🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️

  36. Butler is long overdue. Delighted he’s finally in. I would imagine Hester, Ware, Barber and Andre Johnson are likely to make it in 2023; I could make an argument for all 15 semifinalists.

  37. touchback6 says:
    February 10, 2022 at 10:17 pm
    Seymour..Finally

    LeRoy Butler had a better career than Rodney Harrison? This is becoming absolutely ridiculous.

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    Perhaps Butler never allowed a WR to catch a ball off the side of his helmet with the SB on the line

  38. This once again proves the NFL hates the Raiders and loves the Steelers. Mr. Branch should have been in years ago! all the other guys are Meh? not too deserving but the fans don’t get a vote.

  39. Zach Thomas was helluva better player than Mills and had the stats, pro bowls, and all pro selections to back it up. What are the selections committee smoking? WTF

  40. Boselli long overdue. If Devin Hester gets in before Brian Mitchell then these voters truly do not know what they are doing.

  41. What an incredible honor for an incredible player. It is finally time for the father of the Lambeau Leap to be appropriately enshrined.

    There are so many Green Bay Packers celebrated within the walls of the HOF, yet this one still feels really special. LeRoy Butler. Immortalized in the Pro Football Hall of Fame – class of 2022.

  42. Zach Thomas was the best linebacker I’ve seen play in my life, he was a beast. No love from the HOF… he was 5’10” and still was better than his peers.

  43. Boselli and Bryant Young get in but not Clay Matthews. Absurd

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    To the ignorant, fairweather fans- watch the film. Film doesn’t lie.

  44. Sam Mills. Finally. I loved to watch him play. Sideline to sideline he was a force. High character on and off the field. I really wish he was still around for his induction. This will be really emotional for his family.

  45. Zach Thomas was the best linebacker I’ve seen play in my life, he was a beast. No love from the HOF… he was 5’10” and still was better than his peers.

    He made the most tackles 10 years downfield in hte history of the NFL. Wayyyyyyy ocerrated.

  46. LeRoy Butler had a better career than Rodney Harrison?
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    I’d rate them equally.

    The logjam at S is finally clearing up. Harrison will get in.

    Still trying figure out how John Lynch line jumped both of these guys??!!

  47. Bryant Young played the game the way it was meant to be played. Clean and hard. His achievements speak for themselves. He was well respected in the locker room and by all coaches. At his 49er hall of champions ceremony, Eddie DeBartolo told a story about how Young had special heavy barbells made that only he could lift. They were like Thor’s hammer. Not until late in his career when Dallas strongman Larry Allen arrived was anyone able to lift them. Another story was shared about a rookie hazing incident when Richard Dent, Ken Norton and Rickey Jackson tried to throw Bryant in the pool for failing to supply the veterans donuts. The three of them fought Bryant for 30 minutes but never got him into the pool. Young paired with Stubblefield formed a tandem at DT that only the revered Dallas Cowboy O-line could handle. This is a well deserved honor for the multiple All Pro CHampion.

  48. Holmgren should have gone in ahead of Cowher, Dungy and Vermeil.

    More Super Bowls than all of them. Overhauled two awful franchises.

  49. When is Eric Allen getting in? It’s a crime that he’s never even been a finalist. How many players have more than fifty interceptions and aren’t in the HOF? Allen has 54 and nine total defensive touchdowns.

  50. The Least Interesting Man Alive says:
    February 11, 2022 at 12:09 pm
    LeRoy Butler had a better career than Rodney Harrison?
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    I’d rate them equally.

    The logjam at S is finally clearing up. Harrison will get in.

    Still trying figure out how John Lynch line jumped both of these guys??!!

    7 0 Rate This

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    Ok, that’s fair.

  51. hammer7329 says:
    February 11, 2022 at 12:08 pm
    Zach Thomas was the best linebacker I’ve seen play in my life, he was a beast. No love from the HOF… he was 5’10” and still was better than his peers.

    He made the most tackles 10 years downfield in hte history of the NFL. Wayyyyyyy ocerrated.

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    Yep.

    And he wasn’t even Bruschi. He was more like a London Fletcher. Lots of tackles, not many memorable plays.

    Nick Buonoconti is in and somehow Bruschi isn’t and Bruschi has more rings and appearances with identical stats.

    Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.

  52. Super excited for Tony Boselli. I watched him play for years and saw him consistently shut down the best rushers of the time, including the man who announced him, Bruce Smith. He should have been in years ago. The same for Leroy Butler, a Jax native who changed the position.

  53. touchback6 says:
    February 10, 2022 at 10:17 pm
    Seymour..Finally

    LeRoy Butler had a better career than Rodney Harrison? This is becoming absolutely ridiculous.
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    Worse, John Lynch vs Rodney Harrison. They both played the same exact position at the same exact time, and Lynch is in and not Harrison. Now pull they playmaking stats. Which one was better?

  54. campcouch says:
    February 11, 2022 at 7:53 am
    Boselli and Bryant Young get in but not Clay Matthews. Absurd
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    You realize you have to be out of football for 5 years to even be eligible to be on the ballot. He won’t be eligible till 2025.

  55. Zach Thomas has chunks in his stool bigger than Teddy Bruschi. Rodney Harrison is dirty punk who tried to end players careers.

  56. All of them deserve it. Some of them waited too long. The fact that they only take 5 is dumb. They should take as many each year as deserve it that are eligible. Given that it is relatively watered down, there are players who aren’t in that should be and players that are in that shouldn’t be. If Terrell Davis is in, why not Roger Craig? If Isaac Bruce is in, why not Torry Holt? Willie McGinnest should be in as should Rodney Harrison. Devin Hester and Steve Tasker should be in. They should also be able to make certain exceptions for folks like Brees, Manning, Brady, Roethlisberger that are for sure going in and just avoid wasting time and a precious spot for those who are backlogged.

  57. Not one of these inductees belongs in a real Hall of Fame. Congrats on joining the Hall of the Very Good.

  58. legaleagle says:
    February 11, 2022 at 1:14 pm
    When is Eric Allen getting in? It’s a crime that he’s never even been a finalist. How many players have more than fifty interceptions and aren’t in the HOF? Allen has 54 and nine total defensive touchdowns.

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    Agreed. there are a lot of offensive players that carried the ball, that have never scored nine touchdowns. Far more Defensive folks with stellar careers, HoF careers, that couldn’t catch the number of interceptions or score like Eric Allen did.

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