Once again it is time to look at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as they have announced their latest (and always large batch) of preliminary nominees.
We have placed them in order by position and then alphabetically.
* Will indicate a past Finalist
** Will indicate a first time on the ballot
1993-2001 New England Patriots, 2002-04 Buffalo Bills, 2005-06 Dallas Cowboys
Four Pro Bowls, 14 Year career, 251 TDs
1985-1995 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 Minnesota Vikings, 2000 Dallas Cowboys, 2001 Baltimore Ravens
Four time All-Pro, Four Pro Bowls, 201 TDs, 35 TDs on the ground (4,928 Rushing Yards)
1986 Chicago Bears, 1987-89, 2005 New England Patriots, 1998-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-04 San Diego Chargers.
One Pro Bowl, Three Grey Cup wins
1997-98 Washington Redskins; 1999-2000, 2008 St. Louis Rams, 2001-06 Kansas City Chiefs, 2007 Miami Dolphins
Two Pro Bowls, three 4,000 Yard Passing seasons
1995-2005 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans. 2006-07 Baltimore Ravens
NFL 2003 MVP, Two Pro Bowls. 211 Total TDs
1979-1993 New York Giants
Super Bowl XXI MVP, One All Pro and two Pro Bowls
Of the Quarterbacks available, nobody seems like they have the overall body of work to get in. As much as all of them are QBs that franchises coveted (ok, except Flutie) in their time, nobody here screams Hall of Fame. It is unlikely that any of them will make the Semi-Final list in November.
2000-07 Seattle Seahawks, 2008 Washington Redskins
2005 NFL MVP. All Time Seattle Seahawks TD leader with 9,453 career rishing yards
1979-1986 St. Louis Cardinals, 1986-1992 New York Giants
Super Bowl XXV MVP. Two Pro Bowls. Rushed for over 10,000 yards and caught for over 3,000
1997-2006 New York Giants
Rushed for 10,449 Yards in only ten seasons. Also caught 5,183 yards. One time All Pro and two time Pro Bowl.
1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
Super Bowl Champion. Two Time All Pro. Six Pro Bowls. 13, 662 Rushing Yards
1990-98 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 1999-2000 Washington Redskins, 2001-02 Buffalo Bills, 2003 New England Patriots
One time All Pro, Three Pro Bowls
1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
The first player in the NFL to have 1,000 Yards Rushing and 1,000 Yards Passing in a season. One Time All Pro, and four Pro Bowls. Three time Super Bowl Champion.
1996-2002 Washington Redskins, 2003-05 Carolina Panthers, 2006 St. Louis Rams
One time All Pro and three Pro Bowls
1995-2001 Denver Broncos
One of the fastest starts in Running Back history. Two time Super Bowl Champion & MVP of Super Bowl XXXII. Three time All Pro and Pro Bowl selection. All NFL 1990’s Decade Team
1997-2001, 2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-07 Atlanta Falcons
Three Pro Bowls. Rushed for 10,967 Yards and Received 4,443 over twelve seasons
1996-2003 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 2004 Dallas Cowboys
Nine Seasons, Rushed for 10,441 Yards and 68 TD.
1997-2000 Baltimore Ravens, 2001-05, 2007 Kansas City Chiefs
27 TD in 2003. 11 Seasons and three Pro Bowls.
1989-1994 New York Giants, 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998 New York Jets
Two Time All-Pro as a Punt Returner. One Super Bowl. Nearly 14,000 All Purpose Yards
1989-1994 Cleveland Browns, 1995-96 Atlanta Falcons, 1997 San Diego Chargers, 1998 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Carolina Panthers, 2001 Washington Redskins, 2002 Green Bay Packers
17,000 All Purpose Yards. Two Time All-Pro. Three Pro Bowls
1986-89, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992-94
Philadelphia Eagles, 1995 New York Giants, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys
18,000 All Purpose Yards. Set USFL Rushing Record. Two Pro Bowls
1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks
One Time Super Bowl Champion. Rushed for 10,643 Yards. Five Pro Bowls
Running Backs Synopsis
This could be Jerome’s year, as he is at the top of the Rushing class, but what we are focused in on is Shaun Alexander, a man who is a former MVP, but failed to make our 100 cut due to an overall body of work that we felt just fell short. We are wondering if we will be proven wrong and the former Seahawk will make the Semi-Finalist list.
1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Nine Pro Bowls. 1,094 Receptions with 14,934 Yards and 100 TDs. Including Kick Returns and Punt Returns had 19,679 All Purpose Yards
1985-1992 Washington Redskins, 1993-94 Phoenix /Arizona Cardinals, 1995 Miami Dolphins
Two time Super Bowl Champion. 10,856 Yards. Two time All-Pro and Four Pro Bowls
1983-1992 Miami Dolphins, 1993 Green Bay Packers
Five Pro Bowls and 84 TDs.
1983-1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1994-98 Washington Redskins, 1998 New England Patriots
Three Time All Pro and Three Pro Bowls. 13,777 Yards and 65 TD
1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts
Six Time All-Pro and Eight Pro Bowls. Twice led the NFL in receiving. 1,102 catches, 14,580 Yards and 128 TDs
1996-99 New York Jets, 2000-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-05 Dallas Cowboys, 2006 Carolina Panthers
10,571 Yards, 64 TDs. Three Pro Bowls
1991, 2007 Washington Redskins, 1992-95 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneeers, 2004-06 San Diego Chargers
Two Pro Bowls. 11,373 Yards and 63 TDs.
1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Seven Pro Bowls and Second Team All Pro three times. 13,198 Yards with 87 TDs.
1988-1994 Green Bay Packers
Three Time First Team All Pro and Five Pro Bowls. Three time leader in receptions. Only seven seasons.
1992 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-2005 Jacksonville Jaguars
Five Pro Bowls. 12,287 Receiving Yards and 67 TDs
1995-2006 Denver Broncos
Two time Super Bowl Champion. Three Pro Bowls. 11,389 Yards and 68 TDs
Wide Receivers Synopsis
You have to feel bad for Tim Brown and Andre Reed. It seems like it has been since Reagan was in office that they have been on the ballot and fans in Oakland and Buffalo crying over their omission. Now Marvin Harrison enters the ballot and will probably leapfrog them both. Could we see another bridesmaid appearance for both Brown and Reed?
1985-1990 New York Giants, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993-94 Philadelphia Eagles
Two All Pro Selections and Two Pro Bowls. Two time Super Bowl Champion
Tight End Synopsis:
This is easy. Bavaro isn’t getting in.
1996-2007 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens
Three All Pro Selections and Four Pro Bowls
1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans
Three All Pro Selections and Five Pro Bowls
1985-1995 Detroit Lions, 1996-98 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Cleveland Browns, 2000-01 New York Giants, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18 Seasons. Seven Pro Bowls and Six All-Pro Selections. One Super Bowl Ring
1983-1990 Chicago Bears
Two All-Pro Selections and Two Pro Bowls. One Super Bowl.
1981-1991 Chicago Bears, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993 New Orleans Saints
Seven Pro Bowls and Three All-Pro Selections.
1983-89 Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, 1990-93 Atlanta Falcons, 1994-95 Minnesota Vikings
Five Time All-Pro and Seven Pro Bowls
1986-1996 Buffalo Bills
Three Time All-Pro and Three Pro Bowls
1981-1993 Washington Redskins
Three Time All-Pro and Four Pro Bowls. Three Super Bowl Rings
1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks
Nine Pro Bowls and Six All-Pro Selections
1978-1994 Atlanta Falcons
17 Seasons,most in Falcons history. Three All-Pro Selections and Five Pro Bowls
1985-87 San Diego Chargers, 1988 Los Angeles Raiders, 1988-1992, 1994-95 Washington Redskins
Three time All-Pro and Three Pro Bowls
1983-1994 Los Angeles Raiders
One Super Bowl Ring. Three Pro Bowls and One All Pro Selection
1994-2007 Denver Broncos
Two Super Bowl Rings. Five Pro Bowls and Three All-Pro Selections
1986-1998 Dallas Cowboys, 1999 Carolina Panthers
Three Super Bowl Rings. Six Pro Bowls and Two All-Pro Selections
1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
12 Pro Bowls and Three First Team All-Pro Selections
1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
Eight Pro Bowls and Seven All-Pro Selections
Offensive Linemen Synopsis
With the exception of the continued snubbing of Jerry Kramer, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has always been respectful of Offensive Linemen. Realistically, Will Shields is the one to watch who should at least make the Finals, if not get inducted in the next ballot.
1987-1991 Philadelphia Eagles
Two Time All-Pro and Two Pro Bowls. Died early due to a car accident.
1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
Only player in NFL History to win Five Super Bowls.
ED “TOO TALL” JONES
1974-78, 1980-89 Dallas Cowboys
Three Pro Bowls. Exceptionally popular
1981-89 Washington Redskins, 1990 Phoenix Cardinals, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Two Super Bowls Rings. One Time All-Pro and One Pro Bowl
1983-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 San Francisco 49ers
Four Pro Bowls and Three Super Bowl Rings
1980 New England Patriots, 1981-1993 Chicago Bears, 1994 Green Bay Packers
Two Pro Bowls and One Super Bowl Ring
1979-1989 Buffalo Bills, 1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991-92 New England Patriots
Three All-Pro Selections and Five Pro Bowls
1993-2007 New York Giants
Single Season Sack Record Holder. Seven Pro Bowls, Five Time All-Pro. 141.5 Total Sacks
1991-93 San Francisco 49ers, 1994 Denver Broncos, 1995-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-02 Chicago Bears, 2003 New England Patriots, 2004-05 Oakland Raiders, 2006-07 Cleveland Browns
One Time All Pro and Four Pro Bowls
1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers
1999 Comeback Player of the Year. Two Time All-Pro Selection and Four Pro Bowls
Defensive Linemen Synopsis
All eyes should be on returning nominees Michael Strahan and Charles Haley. Strahan was a curious omission (especially with Warren Sapp chosen over him) and Haley’s momentum continues to grow. Five Super Bowl Rings will do that.
1987-1995 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons, 1999-2000 Indianapolis Colts
1991 Defensive Player of the Year. Three Time All-Pro and Five Pro Bowls
1995-2008 Tampa Bay BuccaneersOne Super Bowl Ring. 11 Pro Bowls and Six First Team All-Pro Selections. 25 Career Interceptions
1996-2008 New England Patriots
Three Super BowlRings. One Pro Bowl
1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
160 Career Sacks 1990’s All Decade Team and Five Pro Bowls
1988-1993 Phoenix Cardinals, 1994-98 Washington Redskins
Two Time All-Pro Selection and Four Pro Bowls
1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons
19 Seasons. Four Pro Bowls and One All-Pro Selection
1983-1994 Denver Broncos
Six Pro Bowls and Four Time All-Pro Selection
1994-2005 New England Patriots, 2006-08 Cleveland Browns
Three Time Super Bowl Champion. Two Pro Bowls
1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers
Three Time Frist Team All-Pro and Five Pro Bowls
1983-1994 Buffalo Bills, 1995 Atlanta Falcons, 1996 Minnesota Vikings
Two All-Pro Selections and Two Pro Bowls
1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys
Five Time First Team All Pro and Seven Pro Bowls
Kevin Greene returns for another shot, but all eyes are on Derrick Brooks who is entering his first year on the ballot. Zach Thomas’ debut on the ballot is also very interesting to see how far he can go, or if he passes Greene on the depth chart.
1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders
Three Time All-Pro and Six Pro Bowls. 54 Interceptions over 14 Seasons.
1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
Four Time All-Pro Selections and Eight Pro Bowls. Two Super Bowl Rings and 24 Picks.
1983-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Four Time All-Pro and Six Pro Bowls. 37 Career Interceptions
1990-2001 Green Bay Packers
Four Time First Team All-Pro and Four Pro Bowls. 38 Interceptions and 20.5 Career Sacks
1994-2002 San Diego Chargers, 2003-08 New England Patriots
Retired as all-time Sack leader for a Defensive Back (30.5) Two Super Bowl Rings
1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
Four Pro Bowls and Two All-Pro Selections
1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
Three All-Pro Selections and Nine Pro Bowls. One Super Bowl Ring
1997-2005 Miami Dolphins, 2006-08 New York Giants
Four Pro Bowls and Two All Pro Selections
1998-2004 Miami Dolphins, 2005-08 Kansas City Chiefs
Three Pro Bowls and Two First Team All-Pro Selections. 37 Career Interceptions
Miami Dolphins, 1996-2003 Philadelphia Eagles, 2004-06 Buffalo Bills, 2006 Washington Redskins
47 Interceptions for 711 Yards. One Time All Pro and Five Pro Bowls
1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns
Three time NFL Leader in Interceptions. One Super Bowl Ring. Four Pro Bowls and Three First Team All-Pro Selections.
1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
1990’s All-Decade Team. 55 Interceptions and 807 Yards. First Team All-Pro Selection Four Times & Eight Pro Bowls.
1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys
Three Super Bowl Rings. Four Time All-Pro Selection and Five Pro Bowls
Defensive Backs Synopsis
Realistically, this is a one man show, and the question is can Aeneas Williams reach the final level. He hasn’t yet, and there really has not been any push from any source to get him there.
1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
NFL All-Time Leading Scorer. Five Time All-Pro and Seven Pro Bowls
1982-1994 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1995-96 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2002 Minnesota Vikings, 2003-04 Tennessee Titans
Four Pro Bowls and Two First Team All-Pro Selections
1985-1993 New York Giants, 1993-96, 2003-04 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1998 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2002, 2005 Philadelphia Eagles
Two Super Bowl Rings. Two Pro Bowls and One First Team All-Pro Selection
1978 New England Patriots, 1980-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-96 New York Jet
Four First Team All-Pro Selections and Three Pro Bowls.
SPECIAL TEAMS/POSITION PLAYER
1990-99 Washington Redskins, 2000-02 Philadelphia Eagles, 2003 New York Giants
Two Time All-Pro Selection
1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Seven Pro Bowls as a Special Team Player. Five All-Pro Team Selections
Special Teams Synopsis
At what point has the Special Teams been respected by the Football Hall of Fame? Ray Guy may be on the Veterans’ Ballot (and will probably finally get in), but other than Steve Tasker, there is nobody here who really has a shot to get past the Semi-Finalist list.
1964-69 Baltimore Colts, 1970-73, 1976-1983 Miami Dolphins, 1974-76 New York Giants
Two Super Bowl Rings; Defensive specialist.
1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers.
Revolutionized the modern passing game. 1974 Coach of the Year
1992-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers
Two Time Coach of the Year with a Super Bowl Ring. A Record of 166-99-1
1996-2001 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2002-08 Indianapolis Colts
One Super Bowl Ring. Only one season as a Head Coach. 2000’s NFL All-Decade Team
1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
Two Super Bowl Rings
1998-2001 Oakland Raiders, 2002-08 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
One Super Bowl Ring over 11 Years.
1992-98 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2008 Seattle Seahawks
One Super Bowl Ring with a 174-122 Record
1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins
Two Super Bowl Rings, 1990 Coach of the Year
1973-77, 1992-94 Los Angeles Rams, 1978-1982 Buffalo Bills, 1983-1991 Seattle Seahawks
Three Time NFL Coach of the Year
1949 Chicago Cardinals, 1951-56 Detroit Lions, 1957-1964 Pittsburgh Steelers
1956 NFL Coach of the Year
1974-77 Houston Oilers, 1978-93 Washington Redskins
Three Super Bowl Rings with the Redskins as the Defensive Coordinator
1981-1992 Denver Broncos, 1993-96 New York Giants, 1997-2003 Atlanta Falcons
Three-Time NFL Coach of the Year
1960-61 Boston Patriots, 1962-65, 1972-76 Buffalo Bills, 1967-1971 Denver Broncos
Two-Time AFL Coach of the Yar and two AFL Championships.
1984-88 Cleveland Browns, 1989-1998 Kansas City Chiefs, 2001 Washington Redskins, 2002-06 San Diego Chargers
2004 NFL Coach of the Year. 205-139-1 Record over 21 Seasons
1944-47 Washington Redskins, 1948-49 Los Angeles Rams, 1951-1962 Chicago Bears
Credited with developing the T-Formation. Longtime assistant Coach for George Halas.
1976-1982 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 St. Louis Rams, 2001-05 Kansas City Chiefs
Two-time NFL Coach of the Year. One Super Bowl Ring
My God, do you see these names? Looking this up and down makes us want to included Coaches on our Football list. The new talent eligible, namely Tony Dungy, makes us really more excited about the potential Coaches than the players. Only in Football (where we can argue that the coaches are more important than the other three North American sports combined) can this happen.
K. S. (BUD) ADAMS, JR.
Owner: 1960-Present Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans
Original founder of the Houston Oilers, original AFL franchise. Two AFL Champiosnhips.
Team Executive/General Manager – 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers
Four Super Bowl Rings as an executive
Team Executive/Personnel Director – 1960-1988 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-present National Football League
Noted for Innovation Scouting and Personnel systems that are standard practice in the NFL.
Team Administrator – 1960-Present Philadelphia Eagles
Considered to be a vital member of the Eagles organization and credited with many innovations in the ticketing industry.
Official 1972-1996 National Football League
25 Seasons as an on-field official. Refereed two Super Bowls.
JACK KENT COOKE
Owner – 1974-1997 Washington Redskins
Three Super Bowl Rings as a Owner
Trainer – 1971-72 Baltimore Colts, 1973-1995 Philadelphia Eagles
Recognized as a the Professional Trainer of the Year Five Times.
*EDWARD DEBARTOLO, JR.
Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
Five Super Bowl Rings as an Owner
Official 1940-1962 National Football League
Referee for 23 Seasons. Worked 14 NFL Championship
Owner/President/General Manager – 1989-present Dallas Cowboys
Won Three Super Bowls as an Owner
Scout – 1947-1961 Los Angeles Rams
Regarded as the first full time Scout in the NFL, and the pioneer of modern techniques in the field.
Owner – 1994-Present New England Patriots
Three Super Bowl Rings as an Owner.
Commissioner – 1941-46 National Football League
Official/Administrator – 1959-present National Football League
Nine Seasons as an on-field Offical, one year as a Field Judge and eight as a Referee. Was appointed as the Supervisor of Officials in 1968. Credited with bringing technology to the NFL and implemented in-depth training for officials.
Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens
Owner for 43 Years. One Super Bowl Ring as an Owner.
Team President/General Manager – 1978-1982 Kansas City Chiefs, 1984-1992 Buffalo Bills, 1993-94 National Football League, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers, 1998-2011 Indianapolis Colts
One Super Bowl Ring
President, NFL Films – 1964-2012
Distinguished filmmaker whose artistic vision helped revolutionize the way fans watch the NFL. Won 35 individual Emmys in numerous categories and in 2003 was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
17 Years as the Commissioner of the NFL
Official – 1960-1991 National Football League
NFL Referee for 32 Years. Referee for Three Super Bowls
Team Executive/General Manager – 1991-2001 Green Bay Packers
One Super Bowl Ring
Team Executive/General Manager – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League
Two Super Bowl Rings
We won’t lie as this is not nearly as much fun as the Coaches, and we are not inspired to create a Contributor list. With that said, we will make a case up and down for Steve Sabol.
In late November, the Football Hall of Fame will announce their 25 Semi-Finalists. As we have stated many times on this site, we have major respect for the way Canton builds up anticipation for their process. The question now is who will be selected!