Here we are in the National Football League playoffs but for us that it means it is time to discuss the potential class of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Finalists have been announced, and along with regular contributor, Spheniscus, we will go back and forth with each candidate and openly debate as to which player would be a worthy Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.
Committee Chairman: Spheniscus, doesn’t that great Offensive Line collectively known as the Hogs seem like it happened a lifetime ago? I mean so long that it feels like they should be Senior Candidates?
Now that I am done making myself feel old, I don’t have a problem with Jacoby going in. I also don’t find myself cheering for him to get in either. Grimm is already in, but does this line deserve two? Take out the Hogs and replace them with a slightly lower tier of player and I don’t see them winning three Super Bowls.
Why am I so apathetic? Is it because of the Hogettes?
Spheniscus: I miss the Hogettes. Also that guy in Denver who used to wear the barrel and nothing but the barrel. He was classy.
Anyway, I kind of covered this in Faneca’s section, but I agree with you. This feels as though he should already be a senior candidate. And I think that’s how he gets in eventually.
But with the starting center and guard on the NFL’s All 2000s team on the ballot, it seems unlikely that the 2nd team tackle on the NFL’s All 1980s team is going to leap over them and into the Hall.
Interestingly tackle Jimbo Covert is the only remaining member of the NFL’s All 1980s first team offense that is not in the Hall at this point. The only member of the first team defense not in the Hall? Kenny Easley, this year’s senior candidate. Sorry, I didn’t want to rip the band aid off again so soon.
Committee Chairman: You are a better man than I am. I never could stand those gimmick fans. Hated the Hogettes, Crazy George, and especially Fireman Ed. I mean I really hate Fireman Ed!
While I like Faneca and Mawae over Jacoby, there is an undeniable fact that he was part of a line that protected one good and two mediocre
Quarterbacks to a Super Bowl. That reason alone, I wouldn’t mind if he somehow would become this year’s O-Lineman in. It isn’t going to happen, but I don’t see anybody being that upset if it did.
Spheniscus: As a Patriots fan, I actually respected Fireman Ed. He worked his butt off to motivate a fan base that, to be honest, is equal parts self-loathing and delusionally optimistic. Not an easy thing to do.
Jacoby will be here next year again as a finalist and will be enshrined in five years. Once more on the ballot, three years “cool down” and then in as the senior candidate.
Committee Chairman: I think the same. Jacoby is a tough sell, and honestly just getting this far is a win for him. This is such a loaded position and while there are technically five O-Line positions, they are all painted with the same brush, right or wrong.
For me it is a no, but only because there are more deserving players. This is actually one who player who I would not really consider this year, I would be personally happiest for. From all accounts he is a class act all the way.
Spheniscus: Well that makes it official. Joe Jacoby, welcome to the class of 2021!