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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, Kenny Easley is the Senior Candidate and I hate it.
It was a perfect way for Marshawn Lynch to retire wasn’t it?

The man who popularized “beast mode” and “I’m just here so I won’t get fined” put up a not so cryptic tweet with his cleats hung up.  Instant speculation that he had retired hit the Internet, and why wouldn’t it?  Lynch had told friends and family that this would be his last season and with the issues that he had with his back had rendered him on the inactive list for most of this campaign.

If it wasn’t just speculation, the Seattle Seahawks appeared to confirm it with a tweet of their own thanking Lynch for his tenure as a Seahawk, which was only an hour after Russell Wilson thanked him for the honor of playing with him.

The Running Back retires after a nine year career with the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks.  He was a Pro Bowl selection five times, a First Team All Pro once and a Super Bowl Champion.   Lynch finishes statistically with 9,112 Rushing Yards, 1,979 Receiving Yards and 88 Touchdowns.  These are good numbers, but not on the level that other Running Backs who have entered the Hall of Fame with recently, but with his elite playoff performance and near iconic status, he might have an intangible that gets elevates him over his peers.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Marshawn Lynch for the memories and know that whatever he does next it will be a success.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame doesn’t waste a lot of time as following their recent induction ceremony last week, the first Finalist for the 2017 Class has already been named.  That man is Senior Candidate, Safety, Kenny Easley.

Easley was the fourth overall pick by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1981 draft class and was an immediate hit capturing the Defensive Rookie of the Year Award.  He would follow that with five Pro Bowl Selections over the next six seasons, which also featured three First Team All Pro nods.  His best season was 1984, where he led the NFL in Interceptions and won the Defensive Player of the Year Award.

After the ’87 season, Easley was traded to the Phoenix Cardinals but the trade was negated after a physical found him to have severe kidney problems which would force him to retire.  Easley left Seattle on bad terms following his outspokenness during the ’87 NFL Strike and his belief that the Seahawks medical teams kept his kidney problems to themselves.  To this day he has refused entry to the Seahawks Ring of Honor.

While this is not exactly a controversial choice, Easley’s career was a relatively brief one (7 Seasons) and a former player who did not crack our Notinhalloffame.com Football 100 list and we are sure that we speak for many in that we hoped that this spot would have been allocated to former Green Bay Packer Offensive Lineman, Jerry Kramer

As the lone Senior Finalist this year, Easley automatically is a Finalist for the Hall and will be joined by two more Contributors and fifteen players.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Kenny Easley for making it to the Finals and are very intrigued to see if he will be chosen.

It is a very sad day for the National Football League and specifically the Seattle Seahawks.

Former Defensive Tackle Cortez Kennedy passed away today at the age of 48.  There is no cause of death listed at this time.

A ferocious run-stopper, Kennedy was the third overall pick out of the University of Miami.  In a professional career that was spent entirely with the Seattle Seahawks, Kennedy was a seven time Pro Bowl Selection and a three time First Team All Pro, his best season coming in 1992 where he was named the Defensive Player of the Year.  He would record 58 career Sacks.

Kennedy was inducted into the Seattle Seahawks Ring of Honor and would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Cortez Kennedy at this time.

16. Kevin Mawae

It was easy to forget just how good Kevin Mawae was. Despite lasting sixteen seasons in the NFL and making eight Pro Bowls, he was not spoken of often in terms of being one of the great Offensive Linemen of his era. This may because he wasn’t flashy and because he didn’t seek attention, but he was one of the most respected and consistent players of his or any generation, and the former NFLPA President has to be considered a strong contender for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

18. Edgerrin James

In 1999, the Indianapolis Colts were criticized for selecting Edgerrin James fourth in the draft when Ricky Williams was still available. That criticism ended as soon as they saw him play.

In his first year, James was the NFL’s leading rusher and was a First Team All Pro. He would again win the rushing title in his second season, though injuries would start to creep in. He would not win another rushing title, however he would have another five seasons hitting the 1,000 Yard mark, two of which netted him a Pro Bowl appearance. James rushed for a total of 12,246 and had another 3,364 Yards from 433 Receptions.

47. Ricky Watters

You never had to wonder what was on Ricky Watters 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.

85. Dave Krieg

Although we imagine that Dave Krieg dreamed of throwing footballs in the NFL, it had to seem a million miles away when he was the backup Quarter back at the now defunct Milton College.  Amazingly, he not only made the professional ranks, he was there for seventeen years.

For the bulk of his career, Dave Krieg was the starting Quarterback with the Seattle Seahawks.  He annually posted good numbers at the position and was a big part of what success Seattle did have.  Three times, he was named to the Pro Bowl, and he is in the top fifteen all time in many throwing categories.  A lot of his all time rankings are attributed to being good for such a long period of time, however at no point in Krieg’s career was he ever a dominant QB.  Basically, for a ten year span, Dave Krieg was basically the tenth best in the league.  Sure, he was thought of as good, but without that “great” label, it is hard to put him in the Hall despite his impressive career numbers.

Should Dave Kreig be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 58.3%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 13.3%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 13.3%
No opinion. - 1.7%
No way! - 13.3%