Darrelle Revis, Joe Thomas among Hall of Fame semifinalists

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the list of 28 semifinalists who will continue to be considered for election to the Hall next year.

The group includes five candidates who are in their first year of eligibility.  Cornerback Darrelle Revis, tackle Joe Thomas, defensive end Dwight Freeney, linebacker James Harrison, and guard Jahri Evans have made it through this round.

Nineteen players return to the list after being semifinalists last year. Wide receiver Henry Ellard and linebacker London Fletcher are semifinalists for the first time. Safety Rodney Harrison returns after being a semifinalist for election in 2021 and cornerback Albert Lewis is a semifinalist for the first time since 2013. It is the final year of eligibility for Ellard and Lewis as modern-era candidates.

The other semifinalists are cornerback Eric Allen, defensive end Jared Allen, tackle Willie Anderson, defensive back Ronde Barber, wide receiver Anquan Boldin, kick returner Devin Hester, wide receiver Torry Holt, wide receiver Andre Johnson, edge rusher Robert Mathis, wide receiver Steve Smith, running back Fred Taylor, linebacker Zach Thomas, wide receiver Hines Ward, edge rusher DeMarcus Ware, running back Ricky Watters, wide receiver Reggie Wayne, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, linebacker Patrick Willis, and safety Darren Woodson.

The group will be pared down to 15 finalists before the final voting takes place for next year’s class. After a vote of the Hall’s selection committee cuts that group to 10 players, a final ballot is cast and a maximum of five players can be elected with at least 80 percent of those votes.

71 responses to “Darrelle Revis, Joe Thomas among Hall of Fame semifinalists

  1. Trust me. Joe Thomas couldn’t care less if he makes the HOF. He was a a projected first round draft pick and invited to appear at the NFL draft. He went fishing instead. Tells me all I need to know.

  2. Seve Smith, Revis and Joe Thomas are no brainers. London Fletcher is the Jim Rice of NFL HOF finalists until Rice actually got in. You have to better than him to make it.

  3. You know your old when you remember watching him get drafted on TV. It was the year we were getting Calvin Johnson at #2, I think Joe went #4. What I remember about watching this draft was that Joe Thomas didn’t go to the draft in New York, he decided to relax and go out fishing while his name was called.

  4. Joe Thomas had a long and decorated career of losing football games.

    Not saying it was his fault, but didn’t exactly help his team win either. 48-128 lifetime record blocking for a revolving door of bad QBs

  5. No one on that list is worthy of the Hall of Fame. Good players, yes, but not Hall of Fame caliber. There are many players from the 50s, 60s, and 70s that have fallen out of the HOF “process”, and they need to be addressed long before this weak group of modern players is shoehorned into an increasingly watered down HOF.

  6. Woodson should have gone in ahead of John Lynch.

    Revis is one of the most grossly overrated player in history.

    I would vote for Thomas and Freeney. Thats it.

  7. Revis only had 3 great years. The remaining 5; he was either hurt or holding out.

    He was also not a gamechanger with NE in 2014. He was good, but not great.

    I think people forget facts sometimes. He was on a projected HOF career after his 3rd season but in 2010 and beyond, he wasn’t an elite CB for the reasons stated.

  8. They still have a HOF?? I’m sorry, but I just assumed that since they STILL haven’t put Jim Marshall in that everyone finally realized the HOF is a meaningless joke.

  9. As I have said for several years now Henry Ellard belongs in the HOF. For a WR playing in the pre-big passing era (since 2000) to have as many yards as he had with the QB’s he played with (and considering his first couple of years he was a special teams player) and was 3rd all-time in receiving yards when he retired, should land him in Canton.

  10. There’s a few on that list who are no-brainer additions to the HOF

    If I was selecting, I’d be inducting:
    Harrison, A. Johnson, Holt, Taylor, and they’re insane not to add Hines Ward immediately!

  11. Joe Thomas is the lock of all locks. Dude deserved so much better in his career, but never complained once, never requested a trade, and stayed loyal to a franchise that deserves all of the losing it gets.

  12. The NFL HoF is a joke. They MUST have 8 players every year? It’s become the Hall of Very Good Players. As a Chiefs fan I loved Albert Lewis but worthy of the HoF? Joe Thomas was a very good player who stood out because of the slop organization he played for. The only sure fire one I’d vote for is Reggie Wayne, and maybe Holt but that would be a stretch.

  13. ghostofnitschke says:
    November 22, 2022 at 1:54 pm
    No one on that list is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
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    Rodney Harrison has more INTs, Sacks, and tackles than John Lynch (who IS in the HOF) playing the same position and almost the same exact years.

  14. Willie Anderson is probably the best right tackle of all time, and deserves to be in the HOF. Just ask the HOF members who played against him… they have ALL said the same.

  15. A lot of hate for a corner who was dubbed Revis Island. You can’t hate on him because his team knew how to make him the most money he could. He was a true shutdown corner, who was also physical as hell. I would just assume based on his personality that he could easily get under your skin and throw you off your game when he was line up across from you all game.

  16. Good to see Lewis and Ellard have a chance in their last year of eligibility before hitting the senior swamp.

  17. Joe Thomas deserves it for sure. He played 10,363 consecutive snaps and didn’t miss a single game up until his final year. 10x pro bowler. Man went fishing? Clearly didn’t impact his career.

  18. Anyone who thinks Joe Thomas doesn’t belong in the hall of fame needs to give their head a shake. He was voted all pro at left tackle in every year except his rookie season and his final two years in the league. That’s 8 straight years of being AP-1 or AP-2, as well as being a pro bowler 10 times in his 11 year career.
    Most of the other guys are debatable, and it’s become exceedingly difficult to assess certain positions like WR and QB given the changes in the game, but Thomas should be a clear lock for the Hall.

  19. Lifelong Bills fan chiming in – Steve Tasker is eligible why the snub ? And one of our nemesis in Miami – Zach Thomas deserves the HOF too!

  20. The position of the biggest consternation going forward will be wide receiver. It’s not just the numbers that are inflated in the current era of football, but that so many lesser players got in largely because they were part of football dynasties.
    Case in point: Lynn Swann made it in before so many of his contemporaries despite vastly inferior stats, never mind how meagre his career numbers look now.
    It just shows that a championship bias has always existed in the minds of too many Hall voters. One great player on a crappy team is still a great player. A good player on a great team should still be considered just a good player, regardless of the mystique of that team.

  21. Joe Thomas had a long and decorated career of losing football games.
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    The Hall is about the individual greatness of player.

    So what if his team stunk to high heaven.

  22. lionsnati0n says:
    November 22, 2022 at 2:28 pm
    A lot of hate for a corner who was dubbed Revis Island. You can’t hate on him because his team knew how to make him the most money he could. He was a true shutdown corner, who was also physical as hell. I would just assume based on his personality that he could easily get under your skin and throw you off your game when he was line up across from you all game.

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    Correct, but that’s what I said. It only was for 3 seasons. That’s usually not enough to garner HOF consideration.

    He lived off his hype, got a cute nickname and then milked it for years after, usually hurt or holding out in numerous seasons.

  23. Devin Hester does not belong in the Hall, only could run back kick-offs. Could not field punts. Tried to make him a receiver but could not catch or run a route.

  24. Here’s how simple this is for Thomas;

    6x 1st Team All-Pro
    2x 2nd Team All-Pro
    2010 All-Decade Team

    Orlando Pace (Class of ’16)
    3x 1st Team All-Pro
    2x 2nd Team All-Pro
    2000s All-Decade Team

  25. Until Art Model is in the hall its a illegitimate institution whose voters truly don’t care about real contributions to the game

  26. Joe Thomas HOF credentials _ Lobbied for HOF on his draft day fishing trip interview, never had the back of his teammates on cheap shots, pretended not to see James Harrison knock out Colt McCoy (along with Alex Mack),mocked Colt McCoy’s lockeroom locker room pep talk.

    It’s not Jor’s fault he didn’t have the personality of a leader but when your best player is a lead by example wisecracker the losing culture lingers.

  27. Jahri Evans?????

    Is he even a household name in his own home?

  28. I think people forget facts sometimes. He was on a projected HOF career after his 3rd season but in 2010 and beyond, he wasn’t an elite CB for the reasons stated.

    Typical Pats Troll reaction All Universe when playing for the Pats and when they leave they become trash. Revisionist was a stud and were I him and read your comment would be happy because you are pretty terrible at predictions…actually anything related to facts and football.

  29. A lot of hate for a corner who was dubbed Revis Island. You can’t hate on him because his team knew how to make him the most money he could. He was a true shutdown corner, who was also physical as hell.
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    3 great years shouldn’t make you a Hall of Famer.

    But, I guess it worked for Kurt Warner…

  30. How many years was Joe Thomas All-Pro? Nine?

    Belicheck had a lot of smart players. Rodney was not exceeded by any of them. Owned Peyton.

  31. Joe Thomas HOF credentials _ Lobbied for HOF on his draft day fishing trip interview, never had the back of his teammates on cheap shots, pretended not to see James Harrison knock out Colt McCoy (along with Alex Mack),mocked Colt McCoy’s locker room pep talk. It’s not Joe’s fault he didn’t have the personality of a leader but when your best player is a lead by example wisecracker the losing culture lingers

  32. Look up Jahri Evans. Enough said. 1st team all pros, pro bowls, 2nd team all pros, All Decade teams, super bowl.

  33. Hall of Famous is what it is. Almost none of the inductees in the past drew decades were significant game changers.

  34. Revis and Joe Thomas are no brainers……Revis had 5 great seasons in NY before he tore his ACL in year 6. Guy was as good as anyone

  35. Clicked on the article to see how many comments there would be before someone piped in with that oh-so-original “Hall of Very Good” comment. I assumed it would be within 5 – was not disappointed.

  36. Deion Sanders is correct about the HoF. I am wondering how Revis would be voted in over Asante Samuel

  37. Said it before I’ll say it again. Joe Thomas is a lock. His longevity of being the best was amazing. No modern day qb wouldn’t give up a couple or three first round picks to protect him for his career. Everyone complains about the league being full of divas. Joe was the ultimate anti diva. He shut up, played hard, was the best at his position for years, and never complained or asked to be traded despite playing for an incompetent team. If he played with Manning or Brady, he’d probably be recognized as the best tackle ever.

  38. I’m taking a prime Chad Johnson over a prime Hines Ward, Anquan Boldin or Reggie Wayne. Ward was rarely the top guy on his own team. Mainly known for his (now illegal) hits.

  39. Aaron Fraudgers is still better than your QB says:
    November 22, 2022 at 3:39 pm
    A lot of hate for a corner who was dubbed Revis Island. You can’t hate on him because his team knew how to make him the most money he could. He was a true shutdown corner, who was also physical as hell.
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    3 great years shouldn’t make you a Hall of Famer.

    But, I guess it worked for Kurt Warner…

    103Rate This

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    Exactly the point. Another guy who shouldn’t be in the hall of fame. It’s an embarrassment especially to other players who should have already been in.

  40. It’s gotten to the point I don’t even really get excited about the HOF any longer. So watered down. It should be for guys that made opposing teams adjust their game plan. Joe Klecko needs to be in.

  41. Reggie Wayne should be there. We can debate the others all we want, but no question Reggie is deserving.

  42. profootballcomment says:
    November 22, 2022 at 5:41 pm
    Deion Sanders is correct about the HoF. I am wondering how Revis would be voted in over Asante Samuel

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    Asante Samuel? Please child!!

  43. You can talk Thomas all you want if he gets in so should Jahri Evans.

    Jari had just as many all pro teams.

    He was the best guard in the league for a long time. Infact the saints had a great guard tandem that made having a great left tackle not needed. If you can’t push the middle you can step up the complete passes.

  44. I can’t remember the last time such a “meh” group of HOF candidates were ever assembled.

  45. The player I feel worst for is Steve Smith. He’s top 10 in receiving yards, top 15 in receptions, and 30th in TDs. He’s also the only WR in this group to win the triple crown. He deserves a legit shot but will likely lose our to receivers who played with top 10 all time QBs.

  46. This year class Joe Thomas, Zach Thomas, DeMarcus Ware, Rodney Harrison and pick your fav mine is Jared Allen or Terry Holt

  47. James Harrison won a SB all by himself. Plus he was a thorn in Goodell’s side his entire career, that has to count for something.

  48. Tory Holt, Steve Smith and Reggie Wayne are the only shoe-ins.
    Love to see Devin Hester and London Fletcher get in.

  49. No disrespect to the above players but how come Brian Mitchell never gets mentioned?? Second All Time in All Purpose Yards only behind Jerry Rice and ahead of Walter Payton. This is a travesty!

  50. Ricky ‘For Who?, For What?’ Watters, guy is laughable to be on this list. His High School team played ours and we whooped their butts, held him in check. Our running back outgained Ricky but never got out of college ball due to injuries. Ricky was good, but he’s no HOF’er.

  51. Yearly reminder that 40 anonymous reporters are blind…. there’s isn’t a person on earth that could make a case AGAINST Zach Thomas being in the Hall of Fame…. except 40 anonymous reporters….. almost 10 years and counting (disgusting)

  52. Ricky ‘For Who?, For What?’ Watters, guy is laughable to be on this list.
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    91 touchdowns for Watters (tied with Tony Dorsett and Edge James, who are both in) 94 for Jerome Bettis.

    Almost 14891 yards from scrimmage… only 220 yards less than Jerome Bettis.

    More scrimmage yards than the following;

    Franco Harris
    Orenthal James (Simpson)
    John Riggins

    I don’t think he’ll get in, but he certainly can make a reasonable case.

  53. What do you have to do to get in the hall ? How about win 2 Super Bowls ? And 1 Super Bowl MVP ? And be your franchise career leader in almost every relevant stat for your position ? And retire at # 8 all time on the receptions list, (since passed by a few) ? And do all that for a team whose primary mode was “to run the ball”. And be considered the greatest run-blocking wr to ever play the game. Its time to put Hines Ward in the Hall of Fame, none of the wr did more for their team, nor had that team’s success. Hines Ward.

  54. jeremy3186 says:

    Yearly reminder that 40 anonymous reporters are blind…. there’s isn’t a person on earth that could make a case AGAINST Zach Thomas being in the Hall of Fame…. except 40 anonymous reporters….. almost 10 years and counting (disgusting)
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    Thomas played 184 games and Urlacher 182. Zach’s got almost 400 more total tackles and Urlacher’s got 20 more sacks, but other than that they are nearly identical in every statistical category, including all pro and pro bowls. The only category they don’t compare is height. Urlacher was a first ballot inductee, and he lobbies for Zach to get in every chance he gets.

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