Now that the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 has announced their class has done the same. We were hopeful to do this prior to the announcement of the actual inductees, but life, as it often does simply got in the way!
We have another major update here at Notinhalloffame.com as our Football list of those who should be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame has gone through a major revision.
Last February, 6 of our top 10 were selected (Ray Lewis #1, Jerry Kramer #2, Randy Moss #3, Brian Dawkins #7, Terrell Owens #8 and Brian Urlacher #9) as was another top 15 (Robert Brazile #15). This has brought as expected a major overhaul in our top 10 list but with the addition of three strong first ballot entries none of the returning entries will crack the top three.
Our Notinhalloffame.com Football Top Ten is:
Former Tight End Tony Gonzalez debuts at number one. Gonzalez is without question the greatest Tight End ever and if you don’t agree with that, you can’t argue that he is not the best in terms of pure offensive skill. The former dual sport star from UCLA is second all-time in Receptions and is a 14 time Pro Bowl Selection. If anyone on this list has a speech ready to go it should be Tony Gonzalez!
Champ Bailey makes his inaugural appearance on our list at #2. The Cornerback dominated his position for years and went to twelve Pro Bowls as well as being chosen for three First Team All-Pro rosters.
Former Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed arrives at #3. Like Gonzalez and Bailey, Reed has the credentials of a first ballot Hall of Famer. The Safety is a nine time Pro Bowl and five time First Team All-Pro Selection and is a Super Bowl winner with the Baltimore Ravens. He is also the all-time leader in Interception Return Yards.
Alan Faneca returns at #4 and is the highest ranked returnee from our list. The Offensive Lineman has been a Finalist the last two years and is a nine time Pro Bowl and six time First Team All-Pro Selection. He won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Chuck Howley is the highest rated former player who would need to get in via the Senior Committee. Howley, the MVP of Super Bowl V and six time Pro Bowler remains at #5.
Four time Super Bowl Champion L.C. Greenwood also holds the same rank as last year as he holds at #6. The former Pittsburgh Steeler was a six time Finalist and like Howley would need the Senior Committee to get inducted.
Johnny Robinson jumped from #10 to #7. The longtime Kansas City Chief is a former Super Bowl winner and was a Finalist six times. He too needs to enter via the Senior Committee.
From the Denver Broncos’ famed “Orange Crush”, Randy Gradishar jumped from #12 to #8. The former Linebacker was a two time Finalist was the Defensive Player of the Year in 1978 and was a seven time Pro Bowl and five time First Team All-Pro Selection.
Three time Super Bowl Champion Running Back Roger Craig moves up to #9. Craig was a Finalist in 2009.
Rounding out to the new top ten is Wide Receiver Torry Holt. Holt went to twelve Pro Bowls and helped the St. Louis Rams win the Super Bowl.
Gonzalez, Bailey and Reed are not the only new entries.
Four time Pro Bowl Selection London Fletcher enters our list at #66. Fletcher was a Super Bowl with the St. Louis Rams and is one of four players to have participated in 250 straight games.
Regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com know that we eventually plan to grow our core sports lists to 150 and as such we are allowing new entries to push our Football list beyond 100. We have two new entries in the lower end of the list with Asante Samuel at #97 and Brian Waters at #102.
You know what we want you to do!
Take a look at our new list (which can be found here) and let us know who you think should be in the next Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.
As we here at Notinhalloffame.com consistently work hard to create new lists we have to continuously update the ones that we have. One of our main core lists, the Football List of those to consider for the Pro Football Hall of Fame has been updated.
The first step for us is to take out all of those who were chosen for the Hall. This takes out Tony Gonzalez (#1), Champ Bailey (#2), Ed Reed (#3), Johnny Robinson (#7), Kevin Mawae (#16) and Ty Law (#28).
The second step is to add those who are now eligible. As we have a Football Futuressection that allows you to vote and make comments prior to their eligibility we factor that input before we slot in the new entries.
This leads to our third step, which is taking in your votes and comments on the existing names on the list and altering our rankings if deemed necessary.
The entire list can be found here, but on this page the new top ten are:
For the first time, Chuck Howley moved to the top. The former Linebacker and Super Bowl V MVP was a six time Pro Bowl and five time First Team All Pro Selection. He was ranked at #5 last year.
L.C. Greenwood rocketed to #2 from #6. Greenwood played for the Pittsburgh Steelers all of his career and was a member of the dynasty that won four Super Bowls in the 1970’s. The Defensive End was a six time Pro Bowl Selection and he was a Finalists for the Hall of Fame on six occasions.
Alan Faneca went up from #4 to #3. The Offensive Lineman was a nine time Pro Bowl and six time First Team All Pro and helped the Steelers win Super Bowl XL. He has been a Finalist the last four years.
Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1978) Randy Gradisharjumps from #8 to #4. The former Denver Bronco would be chosen for seven Pro Bowls, five First Team All Pros and was a Finalist for the Hall of Fame twice.
Our highest new entry is also our highest rated offensive skill player in former Wide Receiver, Reggie Wayne. Wayne helped the Colts win Super Bowl XLI and caught 1,070 Receptions with 14,345 Yards. He was a six time Pro Bowl Selection who led the NFL in Receiving Yards in 2007.
Roger Craig went from #9 to #6. The versatile Running Back helped the San Francisco 49ers win three Super Bowls and he was the NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 1988. He made history as the first player to rush for 1,000 Yards and catch for 1,000 Yards.
Steve Atwater increased his rank from #12 to #7. “The Smilin’ Assassin” and former Denver Bronco was first a Finalist in 2016 and was against this year. The Defensive Back was an eight time Pro Bowler and two time Super Bowl Champion.
Troy Polamalu is the second new entry to break our top ten. Spending his entire career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Polamalu was chosen for eight Pro Bowls, four First Team All Pros and was the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. He helped Pittsburgh win the Super Bowl twice.
Former Super Bowl Champion with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Ronde Barber is #9 after climbing from #11. The Defensive Back was chosen for five Pro Bowls and was the league leader in Interceptions in 2001.
Rounding out the top ten is Isaac Bruce, the former St. Louis Rams Wide Receiver of their “Greatest Show on Turf”. Bruce was a former Super Bowl Champion who caught 1,024 Passes for 15,208 Yards and 91 Touchdowns. He would go to four Pro Bowls.
There are other new entries on out Notinhalloffame.com Football List. Also making their debut are:
Patrick Willis comes in at #16. Playing his entire career with the San Francisco 49ers the Linebacker would be invited to seven Pro Bowls and five First Team All Pros.
John Abraham makes his first appearance at #40. Abraham is in the top 15 all time in Quarterback Sacks, Tackles for Loss and Forced Fumbles and he was a five time Pro Bowl Selection.
Former Chicago Bear Linebacker Lance Briggs enters at #80. He was a seven time Pro Bowl Selection.
The final new entry is Justin Smith at #101. Smith is a five time Pro Bowl Selection.
As you will see, there are 103 names on this list. Our intent is to eventually grow it to 250 (or possibly more) so as we are adding and subtracting names, we feel leaving it at this number is fine for now.
You know what we want you to do!
Take a look at our revised list and cast your votes and offer your opinions!
As always we here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank you for your support.