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Initial Pro Football Hall of Fame Candidates

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Della9250, Sep 11, 2013.

  1. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

    Kinda surprised they could only find one tight end.

    Pick 25 semifinalists from this group:

    First-year Eligible Nominees

    Quarterback - Trent Green

    Running Backs - Shaun Alexander, Warrick Dunn

    Wide Receiver - Marvin Harrison

    Offensive Linemen - Willie Anderson (T), Walter Jones (T)

    Linebackers - Derrick Brooks, Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest (also DE), Zach Thomas

    Defensive Backs - Rodney Harrison (S), Sam Madison (CB), Patrick Surtain (CB)

    Coaches - Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren

    Additional Nominees

    Quarterbacks - Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Doug Flutie, Steve McNair, Phil Simms

    Running Backs - Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, Jerome Bettis, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Stephen Davis, Terrell Davis, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, Dave Meggett (also PR/KR), Eric Metcalf (also WR/PR/KR), Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters

    Wide Receivers - Tim Brown (also KR), Gary Clark, Mark Clayton, Henry Ellard (also PR), Keyshawn Johnson, Keenan McCardell, Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith

    Tight End - Mark Bavaro

    Offensive Linemen - Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Jim Covert (T), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), Jim Lachey (T), Don Mosebar (C), Tom Nalen (C), Nate Newton (G), Will Shields (G), Steve Wisniewski (G)

    Defensive Linemen - Jerome Brown (DT), Charles Haley (DE/LB), Ed “Too Tall” Jones (DE), Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), Steve McMichael (DT/NT), Fred Smerlas (NT), Michael Strahan (DE), Ted Washington (DT/NT), Bryant Young (DE)

    Linebackers - Cornelius Bennett, Kevin Greene (LB/DE), Ken Harvey, Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Darryl Talley

    Defensive Backs - Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Albert Lewis (CB), John Lynch (S), Troy Vincent (S), Everson Walls (CB), Aeneas Williams (CB/S), Darren Woodson (S)

    Kickers/Punter - Morten Andersen (K), Gary Anderson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Nick Lowery (K)

    Special Teams/Position Player - Brian Mitchell (also RB), Steve Tasker (also WR)

    Coaches - Bill Arnsparger, Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Lou Saban, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil

    Contributors - K. S. (Bud) Adams, Jr., Bobby Beathard, Gil Brandt, Leo Carlin, Red Cashion, Jack Kent Cooke, Otho Davis, Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Ron Gibbs, Jerry Jones, Eddie Kotal, Robert Kraft, Elmer Layden, Art McNally, Art Modell, Bill Polian, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue, Jim Tunney, Ron Wolf, George Young
  2. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Done quickly:

    Shaun Alexander
    Marvin Harrison
    Walter Jones
    Derrick Brooks
    Zach Thomas
    Rodney Harrison
    Tiki Barber
    Jerome Bettis
    Roger Craig
    Tim Brown
    Andre Reed
    Will Shields
    Tom Nalen
    Charles Haley
    Ed "Too Tall" Jones
    Michael Strahan
    Bryant Young
    Cornelius Bennett
    John Lynch
    Aeneas Williams
    Darren Woodson
    Bill Cowher
    Don Coryell
    Jerry Jones
    Paul Tagliabue
  3. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I come up with 17.

    Marvin Harrison
    Walter Jones
    Derrick Brooks
    Jerome Bettis
    Tim Brown
    Andre Reed
    Will Shields
    Charles Haley
    Michael Strahan
    Kevin Greene
    Aeneas Williams
    Don Coryell
    Eddie DeBartolo
    Art Modell
    Steve Sabol
    Paul Tagliabue
    George Young

    Of the first timers, two that I think will have fan support that I think fall just short are:

    Shaun Alexander -- reputation as soft. Ran behind killer o-line.
    Rodney Harrison -- reputation as a dirty player. Not many pro bowls. And admitted he used HGH.
  5. heyabbott

    heyabbott Well-Known Member

    Whats the criteria for headcoaches? A bunch of 1st place finishes and 1 Super Bowl win? Then Dungy and Cowher both belong in. There has to be more to it.

    Let Jerry Jones in, posthumously. He doesn't deserve to bask in the Canton heat while alive, he'll have plenty of time in bask in the heat in the afterlife.
  6. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Jerry Jones? Really?
  7. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    Jerry Jones seems like a lock, even if it's posthumous.
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Jerry Jones belongs in the HoF. Just not yet.
  9. 3_Octave_Fart

    3_Octave_Fart Well-Known Member

    If Ralph Wilson is in the Hall for essentially nothing meritorious, Jerry will get in.
  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Eddie DeBartolo was the hot candidate last year.

    Jerry Jones has done 10 times more for the league than DeBartolo did, and is also not a felon.
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    That will be one hell of a debate.

    I think the bar for owners to get in should be really, really high... The guys who were instrumental in forming the league as we now know it? Mara, Rooney, Hunt, Davis, Wilson ... Absolutely. Beyond that group of guys, I don't know of anyone who should be an obvious selection. I think Modell should be in based on his contribution to the revenue sharing and giving up his own network because it was for the good of the league.

    The current group? I'm sure Kraft will get in, but I would have no problems if none of them got in.
  12. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I'm bracing myself for Dungy to go in on the first ballot.
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