While we can’t say we never really understood the Grandmama gimmick, Larry Johnson made an immediate splash in Charlotte and gave the team a “buzz” around the league.

Larry Johnson

For a couple of years, Larry Johnson was near the top of the world of Running Backs, and posted two consecutive seasons as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs where he would eclipse 1,750 Rushing Yards. He would earn two successive trips to the Pro Bowl at that time but while he would rush for over 6,000 Yards in his career, he would never come close to what he did in 2005 and 2006.

The overall Kansas City Chief resume of Larry Johnson is an inconsistent one.  A 2003 First Round Draft Pick from Penn State, Johnson was not someone who Head Coach Dick Vermeil particularly wanted and their relationship was off to a rocky start.  Johnson saw very little playing time and it took an injury to the incumbent Priest Holmes in Johnson’s second year for him to see any real action, but that would change in 2005.

It is always onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com, and as such we wanted to take the time to update our Football Futures section.  This is the portion of the website where you have the opportunity to let us know your opinion as whether retired players who are not yet eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame should be enshrined in Canton.  This process also helps us establish where these players should be ranked once eligible.

We already had the Football Futures from 2016, 2017 and 2018 up, and we have first decided to add additional candidates to the 2017 Football Futures Section. 

First, here are the 2017 Football Future candidates who had already been uploaded:

Albert Haynesworth, a controversial Defensive Tackle who was two time First Team All Pro.

Brian Dawkins, a Safety who was named to nine Pro Bowls, four First Team All Pros and is a member of the 20/20 club.

Chad Johnson, the charismatic Wide Receiver who was a six time Pro Bowler and once led the NFL in Receiving Yards.

Derrick Mason, a two time Pro Bowl Selection who once led the National Football League in All-Purpose Yards.

Hines Ward, a Wide Receiver who was a Pro Bowl Selection twice, and a two time Super Bowl Champion (and one time Super Bowl MVP) with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Jason Taylor, a Defensive Tackle who was a six time Pro Bowl Selection and was a former Defensive Player of the Year.

Jeremy Shockey, a brash Tight End who was a four time Pro Bowler and two time winner of the Super Bowl (one with the New York Giants and one with the New Orleans Saints).

Joey Porter, a Linebacker who went to four Pro Bowls and helped the Pittsburgh Steelers win the Super Bowl.

Kris Dielman, an Offensive Guard who played his entire career with the San Diego Chargers and went to four Pro Bowls.

LaDanian Tomlinson, a Running Back who was a two time Rushing Champion and five time Pro Bowler while playing with the San Diego Chargers.

Olin Kreutz, a Center who was a six time Pro Bowler and one time First Team All Pro while playing for the Chicago Bears.

Ricky Williams, an enigmatic Running Back who was the NFL’s leading rusher in 2002.

The new additions are as follows:

Aaron Kampman, a Defensive End with two Pro Bowl Selections and over 50 Quarterback Sacks.

Aaron Smith, a Defensive End with two Super Bowl Rings and two Pro Bowl nods in a career that was only spent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Al Harris, a Cornerback who helped the Green Bay Packers win a Super Bowl and also a two time Pro Bowl Selection.

Bob Sanders, a Safety who was a former AP Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the Colts’ lone Super Bowl win in Indianapolis.

Casey Wiegmann, an undrafted Center who was a one time Pro Bowl Selection.

Chad Clifton, an Offensive Lineman who made two Pro Bowls and helped the Green Bay Packers win a Super Bowl.

Donovan McNabb, a Quarterback known for his time with the Philadelphia Eagles where he took them to multiple NFC Championship Games.

E.J. Henderson, a linebacker who played all nine of his seasons with Minnesota Vikings.

Jake Delhomme, a Quarterback who took the Carolina Panthers to their first Super Bowl appearance.

John Henderson, a Defensive Tackle who made two Pro Bowls while playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Joseph Addai, a Running Back who went to one Pro Bowl and was a big reason that Indianapolis Colts won the Super Bowl.

Larry Johnson, a Running Back who went to two Pro Bowls and earned a first Team All Pro spot.

Lito Sheppard, a Cornerback who went to a pair of Pro Bowls and was also a First Team All Pro Selection once.

Marion Barber, a Running Back who was a one time Pro Bowl Selection.

Matt Light, an Offensive Tackle who won three Super Bowls and went to three Pro Bowls with the New England Patriots.

Mike Sellers, a Fullback who made one Pro Bowl.

Neil Rackers, a Place Kicker who once led the NFL in Field Goals.

Nick Collins, a Safety who led the NFL once in Interception Return Yards, made three Pro Bowls and was a Super Bowl Champion with the Green Bay Packers.

Ovie Mughelli, a Fullback who was a one time Pro Bowl Selection.

Ryan Pontbriand, a Long Snapper who went to two Pro Bowls.

Shaun Ellis, a Defensive End who went to two Pro Bowls.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a Wide Receiver who was a one time Pro Bowl Selection.

Thomas Jones, a Running Back who is a member of the 10,000 Yard Rushing Club.

Tommie Harris, a Defensive Tackle who was a three time Pro Bowler.

Vince Young, a Quarterback who went to two Pro Bowls.

We will be continuing our work on the football futures and you will be seeing that shortly.  In the meantime we are hopeful that we will receive your inputs and votes on this batch of future eligible football players.

We told you that this would be a task that we would eventually get to.

Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com might know that we have told you in past updates that we will be looking at the top fifty players in each major North American Franchise.

For those unsure who exactly what the major North American Franchises are, it refers to the National Hockey League, National Football League, National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball. 

Selected first are the Charlotte Hornets.  Why?  Honestly, there is no reason.  One of the 100 plus franchises has to go first, and the Hornets were chosen randomly.  Although the NBA season is in full flux now, this list will reflect only up to the end of the 2014-15 season.

Keep in mind that the Hornets absorbed the past history of the original franchise that relocated to the New Orleans and are known as the Pelicans.  This means that there are many players on this list who never had “Hornets” on their chest, but “Bobcats”.  For all intents and purposes, they are all Hornets now.

The list is based on traditional metrics, advanced metrics, length of service, popularity, and post season performance.

The complete list can be found here, but for those who are curious immediately as to who the top five are, we’ll grant that immediately:

1. Gerald Wallace.

2. Larry Johnson.

3. Muggsy Bogues.

4. Dell Curry.

5. Emaka Okafor.

We look forward to your comments on this list and it will be updated annually.

Up next will be the Baltimore Ravens.  Look for that in the upcoming weeks.

Our process continues!

Regular visitors know that we are slowly working away on our Top 50 players for each major franchise.  Those same visitors know that they are being added VERY slowly and that we have a long way to go still.

Having said that, we have updated the first NBA Top 50 list, which is that of the Charlotte Hornets. 

In the future, changes to top 50 NBA teams will be more subtle, as we now have an algorithm that is fixed, and adds more elements of advanced statistics.  All changes after this will be only reflect what has changed over a completed season.  Basically, what we are saying is that the Hornets overhaul reflects our new system and now the 2015-16 season accomplishments.

We have switched around the entire list, but for the sake of brevity, let’s look at the new top five:

Larry Johnson takes over the #1 from Gerald Wallace who traded places to come in at #2.  Muggsy Bogues and Dell Curry remain at #3 and #4 respectively.  Glen Rice moves into #5, up one spot, taking over for Emeka Okafor who dropped significantly to #9.  Notably, Kemba Walker moved up from #12 to #6.

The entire list can be found here.

Look for more Top 50 lists and revisions from us soon!

The Final Four is this weekend and what better way to celebrate that then by having the College Basketball Hall of Fame announce their Class of 2019.  This group consists of six former players and three former coaches.

They are:

Shane Battier:  Battier played at Duke where he would take the Blue Devils to the Final Four in 1999 and 2001.  In the latter appearance Duke would win the NCAA Championship and he was the consensus MVP as well as being the Final Four Most Outstanding Player.  Battier would later win two NBA Championships with the Miami Heat in 2012 and 2013.

Calbert Cheaney:  Cheaney played for the University of Indiana from 1989 to 1993 where he would take on the role as the team leader for the Hoosiers.  As a Senior, Cheaney would be named a First Team All-American, Big Ten Player of the Year and the National College Player of the Year.  He is the all time leader in school and Big Ten history.

Ernie DiGregorio:  DiGregorio played college ball at Providence where he would lead the Friars to a Final Four in 1970.  He would after be named the NBA Rookie of the Year.

Terry Dischinger:  Dischinger played three years at Purdue and as a Junior and Senior was a First Team All-American.  He averaged 28 Points per Game as a Boilermaker and he would go on to be a the NBA Rookie of the Year and a three time NBA All Star.

Homer Drew:  Drew had an overall coaching record of 640-428 that spanned from 1976 to 2011, and he achieved most of his fame helming Valparaiso from 1988 to 2011 (with the exception of the 2002/03 season).  He took the Crusaders to eight Mid-Con tournament wins and was named the Mid-Con Coach of the Year four times.

Larry Johnson:  Johnson was the NJCAA Player of the Year at Odessa and he would transfer to UNLV where he would help the Runnin’ Rebels win the 1990 NCAA Championship.  They would go undefeated the next season only to be upset by Duke in the Final Four but Johnson was the Naismith College Player of the Year in 1991.  He was the Big West Player of the Year in both of his years at UNLV.

Todd Lichti:  Lichti played at Stanford for four years where he was a Consensus Second Team All-American as a Senior (1989).  Lichti was also a four time First Team All Pac 10 player and after he left the school he was their all-time leading scorer.

Rick Majerus:  Majerus was the five time WAC Coach of the Year and he took Utah to the Final Four in 1998.  His coaching record was 517-215 while helming Marquette, Ball State, Utah and Saint Louis.

Lute Olson: Olson coached from 1973 to 2008 compiling a 781-280 record with Long Beach State, Iowa and Arizona.  He took the Hawkeyes to the Final Four in 1980 but it was with the Wildcats where he had his greatest success taking them to four Final Fours and the NCAA Championship in 1997.  Olson was already inducted in 2006 with 179 other people but the College Basketball Hall of Fame is now taking a more traditional approach with those from that class, hence his second induction.

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame will be announcing their class this weekend.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the members of the Class of 2019.

45. Larry Johnson

Here is another player more known for his college accomplishments than his pro years. Larry Johnson was the leader of the Runnin Rebels that dominated the first few years of the 90’s. An NCAA title in 1990 was followed by an undefeated year that was trumped by a huge upset by Duke in the Final Four.  Johnson was arguably the greatest junior college player ever and when Jerry Tarkanian recruited him to UNLV he became the centerpiece of the great Rebel teams.  With his ability to post up and rebound down low combined with the ability to get up the court and finish and a good mid range game, Johnson was a man amongst boys. His pro career was very solid mainly with the Hornets and Knicks but not spectacular except for one fall away miracle that will be on highlight films forever.  His career stats in the NBA do not match up favorably but his college career should give him a chance.