A+ A A-

A look at Eddie DeBartolo Jr.s' PFHOF induction

Last month, regular contributor, Spheniscus and I debated the Hall of Fame merits of those who were on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

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!

Saying that, we felt it was worth our time to take a look at the 2016 Nominees and debate whether they should have gotten in (or not) and look to the future of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Justin Smith Retires

Does anyone want to play defence for the San Francisco 49ers this year?

Following the retirement of Patrick Willis, a possible Hall of Fame contender, five time Pro Bowl selection, Justin Smith also announced that he will not be returning to the Niners and has elected to retire citing his inability to compete at 100 percent.

The Defensive End entered the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals where he played his first seven seasons but it was with San Francisco, the team he signed as a free agent in 2008 where his career would reach its greatest heights. 

Smith would make five consecutive Pro Bowls (2009-13) and was a First Team All Pro in 2011.  Smith was also named the San Francisco 49ers MVP in 2008 and 2011 and Sports Illustrated named him their Defensive Player of the Year.

Justin Smith retires with 87 Quarterback Sacks and started 211 and 214 Games.

Eddie DeBartolo named a Contributor Finalist for the PFHOF

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced that Eddie DeBartolo Jr. has been announced as the contributor nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

DeBartolo Jr. is the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers and is regarded as the grand architect for the Niners past success.  He owned the franchise for a twenty-three year period and oversaw an organization that won five Super Bowls in that time frame. 

Under the new format, Contributor nominees are automatically forwarded to the Final round.  Last year, there were two Contributor nominees (Bill Polian and Ron Wolf), both of whom were inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Debartolo Jr. has been a Hall of Fame semi-finalist in the past

As you can imagine, we here at will be keeping a close eye on who will be inducted in to the next Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

Brandon Lloyd officially retires

Today it was announced by Wide Receiver, Brandon Lloyd, who last played with the San Francisco 49ers last season will retire. 

The Kansas City native and product of the University of Illinois began his career with the 49ers who drafted him in the 4th Round of the 2003 Draft.  Lloyd would be productive but was traded to the Washington Redskins where he would wind up in the doghouse of Head Coach Joe Gibbs, who rarely played him, especially in the 2007 where he would catch two passes. 

Considered damaged goods by many, Lloyd would sign with the Bears and put up a good season to where he was signed the following year with the Denver Broncos in 2010 and it was at Mile High that he would have his best season in the NFL.  Lloyd would catch 77 passes for an NFL leading 1,448 Yards and earn Pro Bowl and Second Team All Pro Selections.  2011 and 2012 would see him close to 1,000 Yards with Denver/St. Louis and New England respectively but injuries would catch up and he would sit out the 2013 season before trying a comeback with the 49ers last season, though that campaign would not result in numbers that he had posted before.

Overall, Brandon Lloyd finishes his career with 5,989 Yards Receiving with 36 Touchdowns.  These may not be Canton numbers, but still indicative of an above average career in the NFL.

We here at wish Brandon Lloyd the best on his post career efforts. 

Terrell Owens to the San Francisco 49ers Hall of Fame

The San Francisco 49ers have announced that Terrell Owens will be the 28thmember of their franchise Hall of Fame.

Owens was a third round pick in 1996 from Tennessee-Chattanooga and as a rookie he would catch 35 passes for 520 Yards.  Over the next three seasons, T.O. would move up the ranks and would become the primary receiver with seasons of 936, 1,097 and 754 Yards respectively but in 2000 he would prove himself as an elite wideout with a 1,451 Yard campaign that earned him his first Pro Bowl and First Team All Pro Selection.  He would repeat those honors in 2001 and 2002 but would add another accolade he was the NFL leader in Touchdown Receptions. In his final season with the Niners, Owens would again be named a Pro Bowler.

While Owens was certainly a great receiver, he was a controversial player.  He was outspoken and could be divisive in locker rooms.  Still, T.O. was a phenomenal player who is second all time in franchise history in Receptions (592), Receiving Yards (8,572) and Receiving Touchdowns (81).  Owens would later play for Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo and Cincinnati and he would be chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.

We here at would like to congratulate Terrell Owens for this latest accomplishment!

Our All-Time Top 50 San Francisco 49ers are now up

Yes, we know that this is taking a while!

As many of you know, we here at are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team.  We have a new one to unveil today, that of the San Francisco 49ers. 

The San Francisco 49ers history goes all the way back to 1946, where they were a charter member of the All-America Football Conference and were the first professional team in the Bay Area.  They joined the NFL when the two leagues merged, but it was not until the 1980s where they had any significant success.

Legends like Joe Montana, Steve Young, and Jerry Rice arrived, and they won three Super Bowls in the 80s (XVI, XIX & XXIII) and two in the 90s (XXIV & XXIX).  With an overall Super Bowl record of 5-2, the 49ers are one of the most successful teams in league history and one of the most popular.

As for all of our top 50 players in football we look at the following: 

1.  Advanced Statistics.

2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the NFL.

3. Playoff accomplishments.

4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.

Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories.

This list is updated up until the end of the 2019 Season.

The complete list can be found here, but as always, we announce our top five in this article.  They are:

1. Jerry Rice

2. Joe Montana

3. Steve Young

4. Ronnie Lott

5. Leo Nomellini

We will continue our adjustments on our existing lists and will continue developing our new lists.  

Look for our more material coming soon!

As always we thank you for your support.

  • Published in Football

5. Roger Craig

A very strong case can be made to justify the induction of Roger Craig to the Football Hall of Fame.  This makes it all the more bizarre that the powerful Running Back had to wait ten years to even get nominated.

There could be no doubt that during his prime that Roger Craig was an integral part of every offensive play.  Craig initially was a fullback in the pro ranks, but it became clear that he was equally adept at carrying the ball as blocking for others.  In 1986 he became the first football player to both rush and catch for 1,000 yards each.  Opposing defenses feared his high knee running style and had to keep all eyes on Craig during every play.
  • Published in Football

29. John Brodie

When you think of great San Francisco quarterbacks you would automatically think of Joe Montana and Steve Young.  Prior to them, there was a very good one named John Brodie who put up great numbers without the supporting cast that Montana and Young had.

John Brodie was one of the game's early gunslingers and most of the time he had to be.  The 49ers of the 1960s were not a great team, and Brodie was often the main reason his team was competitive. By the time the ’70s rolled around, Brodie had a better team around him and though he was finally playoff bound, the Niners could not get past the Cowboys for three years in a row.  Still, Brodie won the 1970 MVP and was given more respect around the league.

44. Ricky Watters

You never had to wonder what was on Ricky Watters's mind.  He would tell you whether it was good or bad, and that brashness made him a very polarizing figure in the NFL.  It is also possible that this is why the Hall of Fame has yet to look his way.

Ricky Watters was one of the most consistent Running Backs in the National Football League.  He gained 1,000 yards on the ground seven times while catching fifty passes five times.  Watters was the player that teams went to when they wanted to move the chains.  With that said, he was far from a darling of the press and it has been speculated that this could be a factor that could keep him out of the Hall of Fame.
Subscribe to this RSS feed