The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their Preliminary Nominees for 2020

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their Preliminary Nominees for 2020
13 Sep
2019
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For us at Notinhalloffame.com, this is our march toward our Christmas.  The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the Modern-Era Preliminary Nominees for the Class of 2020, a total of 122 former players.  

To qualify, a player must have retired less than 25 years ago and at least 5 years ago:

The nominees are:

Quarterbacks:

Randall Cunningham: 1985-2001, PHI, MIN, DAL, BAL. Cunningham is a three-time Bert Bell Award winner a four-time Pro Bowl Selection.  Ranked #33 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Jake Delhomme: 1999-11, NOR, CAR, HOU. Delhomme went to the Pro Bowl in 2005 and he would throw for over 20,000 Yards.

Boomer Esiason:  1984-97, CIN, NYJ, ARI.  Esiason went to four Pro Bowls and in 1988 he was named the AP MVP.  He would take the Bengals to a Super Bowl appearance and threw for over 37,000 Yards with 247 TDs.  Ranked #74 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Jeff Garcia:  1999-09, SFO, CLE, DET, PHI, TAM.  Garcia was a four-time Pro Bowler and would throw for over 25,000 Passing Yards.

Jeff Hostetler:  1985-97, NYG, RAI, OAK, WAS.  Hostetler won two Super Bowls and was the winning Quarterback in Super Bowl XXV. He would later be a Pro Bowl in 1994 with the Raiders.

Dave Krieg:  1980-98, SEA, KAN, DET, ARI, CHI, TEN.  Krieg went to three Pro Bowls with the Seahawks and threw for 38,147 Yards and 261 Touchdowns over a 19-year career.  Ranked #89 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Donovan McNabb:  1999-01, PHI, WAS, MIN.  McNabb took the Eagles to the Super Bowl and was a six-time Pro Bowler.  He threw for 37,276 Yards with 234 Touchdowns and ran for another 3,459 Yards and 29 TDs.  Ranked #67 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Running Backs:

Shaun Alexander:  2000-08, SEA, PHI.  Alexander went to three straight Pro Bowls and in the last one he won the Rushing Title and was named the AP MVP.  Alexander retired with 10,973 Yards From Scrimmage and 112 Touchdowns.

Mike Alstott:  1996-06, TAM.  Alstott won a Super Bowl with the Bucs and was a six-time Pro Bowl and three-time First Team All-Pro.  He would total 7,373 Yards From Scrimmage with 71 Touchdowns.

Tiki Barber:  1997-06, NYG.  Barber rushed for over 10,000 Yards and was a three-time Pro Bowler.  He also caught another 5,000 Yards and was a two-time leader in Yards From Scrimmage.  Ranked #93 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Earnest Byner:  1984-97, CLE, WAS, BAL.  Byner won a Super Bowl with the Washington Redskins and he was a two-time Pro Bowler. He would accumulate 12,866 Yards From Scrimmage with 71 Touchdowns over his career.

Larry Centers:  1990-03, PHO, ARI, WAS, BUF, NWE.  Centers was a three-time Pro Bowl Selection and totalled 8,985 Yards From Scrimmage

Corey Dillon:  1997-06, CIN, NWE.  Dillon won the Super Bowl with the Patriots and was a four-time Pro Bowl Selection.  Dillon accumulated 13,335 All-Purpose Yards over his career.

Eddie George:  1996-04, HOU, TEN, DAL.  George went to four straight Pro Bowls and was a First Team All-Pro in 2000.  He would rush for 10,441 Yards.

Priest Holmes:  1997-07, BAL, KC.  Winning the Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, Holmes had greater individual success with the Chiefs where he was a three-time First Team All-Pro.  He would tabulate 11,134 Yards From Scrimmage.

Edgerrin James:  1999-09, IND, ARI, SEA.  James won the Rushing Titles in his first two years in the NFL and he would go on to accrue 12,246 Yards from the ground.  He would have 15,610 Yards From Scrimmage and 91 Touchdowns in his career and was chosen for four Pro Bowls.  This is James’ fourth time as a Finalist.

Daryl Johnston:  1989-99, DAL.  “Moose” was the Fullback for the Cowboys team that won three Super Bowls in the 1990s. He would go to two Pro Bowls.

Thomas Jones:  2000-11, ARI, TAM, CHI, NYJ, KAN.  Jones was a Pro Bowler in 2008 and he would have 10,591 Rushing Yards with 71 TDs.

Maurice Jones-Drew:  2006-14, JAX, OAK.  Jones-Drew is entering his first year of eligibility and the long-time Jaguar won the Rushing Title in 2011.  He would overall accumulate 11,111 Yards from Scrimmage with 79 Touchdowns.

Eric Metcalf:  1989-02, CLE, ATL, SDG, ARI, CAR, WAS, GNB.  Incredibly versatile, Metcalf was also used as a Wide Receiver and Returner and the three-time Pro Bowler would total 17,230 All-Purpose Yards.

Lorenzo Neal:  1993-08, NOR, NYJ, TAM, TEN, CIN, SDG, BAL.  Playing at Fullback, Neal would go to four Pro Bowls and was named to two First Team All-Pros.

Clinton Portis:  2002-10, WAS.  Portis played his entire career with Washington and twice a Pro Bowler with 11,941 Yards From Scrimmage.  He would also record 80 Touchdowns.

Fred Taylor:  1998-10, JAX, NWE.  Taylor was a Pro Bowl Selection in 2007 and would accumulate 14,079 Yards From Scrimmage, 11,695 on the ground.

Herschel Walker:  1986-97, DAL, MIN, PHI, NYG.  Walker was a two-time Pro Bowl Selection who had 13,084 Yards From Scrimmage with 82 Touchdowns.  He is also the best player in USFL history, though we aren’t sure how much (if at all) the Pro Football Hall of Fame cares about that.  Ranked #30 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Chris Warren:  1990-00, SEA, DAL, PHI.  Warren went to three straight Pro Bowls from ’93 to ’95.

Ricky Watters:  1992-01, SFO, PHI, SEA.  Watters was a Super Bowl Champion with the 49ers and he would go to the Pro Bowl in his first five years in the NFL.  He would lead the NFL in Yards From Scrimmage in 1996 and would have 14,891 in total.  Ranked #44 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Wide Receivers:

Isaac Bruce:  1994-04, LAR, STL, SFO.  Bruce was a four-time Pro Bowl Selection who led the NFL in Receiving Yards in 1996.  He finished his career with 15,208 Receiving Yards and is 5thall-time.  His 91 Touchdown Receptions is 12thall-time.  Bruce was a Finalist last year and has a Super Bowl Wing with the St. Louis Rams. Ranked #10 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Gary Clark:  1985-95, WAS, PHO, ARI, MIA.  A two-time Super Bowl Champion with the Washington Redskins, Gary Clark went to four Pro Bowls and would record 10,856 Receiving Yards.  Ranked #53 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Donald Driver:  1999-12, GNB.  Driver was a Super Bowl Champion with the Packers where he would also go to three Pro Bowls.  He would accumulate 10,137 Receiving Yards.

Henry Ellard:  1983-98, LAR, WAS, NWE.  Ellard led the NFL in Receiving Yards in 1988 and was a three-time Pro Bowl as well as a two-time First Team All-Pro.  He would have 13,777 Receiving Yards with 81 Touchdowns over his career.  Ranked #95 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Torry Holt:1999-09, STL, JAX.  A Super Bowl Champion with the St. Louis Rams, Holt went to seven Pro Bowls and led the NFL in Receiving Yards twice.  He finished his career with 13,382 Yards and 74 TDs.  Holt has previously been a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Chad Johnson:  2001-11, CIN, NWE.  Johnson went to six Pro Bowls as a Bengal and he would accumulate 11,059 Receiving Yards, punching 67 of them into the end zone.  “Ocho Cinco” was also a First Team All-Pro twice.  Ranked #72 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Derrick Mason:  1997-11, TEN, BAL.  Mason would record 12,061 Receiving Yards and was chosen for the Pro Bowl twice.  Ranked #102 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Muhsin Muhammad:  1996-09, CAR, CHI.  Muhammad led all NFL Wide Receivers in Yards in 2004, which was the season he was chosen as a First Team All-Pro.  He would net 11,438 Receiving Yards in total.

Jimmy Smith:  1992-05, DAL, JAX.  Smith was chosen for five consecutive Pro Bowls (1997-01) and in 1999 he led the NFL in Receptions.  He would retire with 12,287 Receiving Yards and 67 Touchdowns.  Ranked #96 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Rod Smith:  1995-06, DEN.  Smith would win two Super Bowls with the Broncos and was a three-time Pro Bowl Selection.  He recorded 11,389 Yards with 68 TDs.  Ranked #51 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Hines Ward:  1998-11, PIT.  Ward won two Super Bowls with the Steelers and was the MVP in one of them.  A previous Semi-Finalist, he has four Pro Bowls, 85 Touchdowns and 12,083 Yards on his resume.  Ranked #34 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Reggie Wayne:  2001-14, IND.  Wayne won a Super Bowl with the Indianapolis Colts and was the Receiving Yards leader in 2007.  A six-time Pro Bowler, Wayne’s 14,345 Yards ranks him 10thall-time.         Ranked #5 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Tight Ends: 

Dallas Clark:  2003-13, IND, TAM, BAL.  Clark would win the Super Bowl with the Colts and was a First Team All-Pro and Pro Bowl Selection in 2009.  He would record 5,665 Yards with 53 Touchdowns.

Ben Coates:  1991-00, NWE, BAL.  Coates was a Pro Bowler in five straight years from 1994 to 1998 and was a two-time First Team All-Pro.  He would accumulate 5,555 Yards with 50 Touchdowns.  Ranked #78 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Keith Jackson:  1988-96, PHI, MIA, GNB.  Jackson was a five-time Pro Bowl Selection and in his first three seasons in the NFL was a First Team All-Pro.  He would have 5,283 Receiving Yards with 49 TDs.  Ranked #63 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Brent Jones:  1987-97, SFO.  Jones went to four Pro Bowls in a row (1992-95) and he was a three-time Super Champion with San Francisco.  He accrued 5,195 Yards with 33 TDs over his career.

Jeremy Shockey:  2002-11, NYG, NO, CAR.  Shockey would go to four Pro Bowls and was a First Team All-Pro as a rookie.  He would later win a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints.

Wesley Walls:  1989-03, SFO, NOR, CAR, GNB.  Walls was named to the Pro Bowl five times when he was with the Carolina Panthers.  He would have 5,291 Yards with 54 TDs in his career.

Offensive Lineman:

Willie Anderson:  1996-08, CIN, BAL.  Anderson was chosen for four Pro Bowls in a row (2003-06), with his last three being First Team All-Pro worthy.

Matt Birk:  1998-12, MIN, BAL.  Birk is a Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens and would prior have six Pro Bowls as a Minnesota Viking.  Ranked #66 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Tony Boselli:  1995-01, JAX.  Boselli was a Finalist for the last three years and he was a five-time Pro Bowl and three-time First Team All-Pro Selection.  Ranked #49 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Lomas Brown:  1985-02, DET, ARI, CLE, NYG, TAM.  Brown had seven straight Pro Bowls (1990-96) and in his last season in the NFL, he would win a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay.

Ray Donaldson:  1980-96, BAL, IND, SEA, DAL.  Donaldson would be chosen for six Pro Bowls over his career.

Alan Faneca:  1998-10, PIT, NYJ, ARI.  Faneca has been a Finalist for the last three years and he is a Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He is also a nine-time Pro Bowl and a six-time First Team All-Pro.  Ranked #3 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Kevin Gogan:  1987-00, DAL, RAI, OAK, SFO, MIA, SDG.  Gogan was a two-time Super Bowl Champion with Dallas and would also go to three Pro Bowls.

Jordan Gross:  2003-13, CAR.  A career Carolina Panther, Jordan Gross went to three Pro Bowls and was a First Team All-Pro in 2008.

Chris Hinton:  1985-95, IND, ATL, MIN.  Hinton went to seven Pro Bowls and was a First Team All-Pro in 1993.  Ranked #94 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Kent Hull:  1986-96, BUF.  Hull was a three-time Pro Bowl and two-time First Team All-Pro.

Steve Hutchinson:  2001-12, SEA, MIN, TEN.  Hutchinson has been a Finalist the last two years and he is a seven-time Pro Bowl and five-time First Team All-Pro.  Ranked #22 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Lincoln Kennedy:  1993-03, ATL, OAK.  Kennedy was a three-time Pro Bowler with the Raiders and would be a First Team All-Pro once.

Olin Kreutz:  1998-11, CHI, NOR.  Kreutz went to six Pro Bowls and was also a one-time First Team All-Pro.  Ranked #60 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Chris Samuels:  2000-09, WAS.  Samuels went to six Pro Bowls in a career spent only as a Redskin.

Jeff Saturday:  1999-02, IND, GNB.  Saturday won a Super Bowl with the Colts and he was a six-time Pro Bowl and two-time First Team All-Pro.  Ranked #84 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Brian Waters:  Waters would go to six Pro Bowls and was named to two First Team All-Pros.  Ranked #100 on Notinhalloffame.com

Richmond Webb:  1990-02, MIA, CIN.  Webb was a Pro Bowl Selection in his first seven seasons with two of them earning First Team All-Pro nods.

Erik Williams:  1991-01, DAL, BAL.  Williams won three Super Bowls with Dallas and he went to four Pro Bowls.

Steve Wisniewski:  1989-01, RAI, OAK.  A previous Semi-Finalist, Wisniewski played his entire career with the Raiders and he was an eight-time Pro Bowl and two-time First Team All-Pro.  Ranked #21 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Defensive Linemen:

John Abraham:  Recording 133.5 Sacks, Abraham was a five-time Pro Bowl and two-time Second Team All-Pro.  He is in his first year of eligibility.  Ranked #40 on Notinhalloffame.com.

La’Roi Glover:  1996-08, OAK, NOR, DAL, STL.  Glover was a six-time Pro Bowl Selection and in 2000 he would lead the NFL in Sack and was also a First Team All-Pro that year.

Casey Hampton:  2001-12, PIT.  Hampton played his entire career with the Steelers where he won two Super Bowls and was chosen for five Pro Bowls.

Chester McGlockton:  1992-03, RAI, OAK, KAN, DEN, NYJ.  McGlockton’s four Pro Bowls were with the Raiders and were consecutive from 1994 to 1997.  1995 would see him earn a First Team All-Pro Selection.

Leslie O’Neal:  1986-99, SDG, STL, KAN.  O’Neal was a six-time Pro Bowler during his tenure with the Chargers.

Simeon Rice:  1996-07, ARI, TAM, IND, DEN.  Rice won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers and was a three-time Pro Bowler.

Richard Seymour:  2001-12, NWE, OAK.  Seymour won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and was a seven-time Pro Bowl and three-time First Team All-Pro Selection.  Seymour was a Finalist last year.  Ranked #47 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Justin Smith:  2001-14, CIN, SFO.  Smith went on a five-year streak in the second half of his career of Pro Bowls (2009-14) and was a one-time First Team All-Pro in the middle of it.  Ranked #101 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Neil Smith:  1988-00, KAN, DEN, SDG.  Smith would go to six Pro Bowls and was also a First Team All-Pro in 1993.  He would also win two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos.  Ranked #39 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Greg Townsend:  1983-97, RAI, PHI, OAK.  Townsend is a Super Bowl Champion with the Raiders and would be named to two Pro Bowls.

Bryant Young:  1994-07, SFO.  Young won a Super Bowl with the 49ers and he would be chosen for four Pro Bowls.

Linebackers:

Carl Banks:  1984-95, NYG, WAS, CLE.  Banks won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants and he was a Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro in 1987.

Cornelius Bennett:  1987-00, BUF, ATL, IND.  Bennett would go to five Pro Bowls and he was a First Team All-Pro in 1988.

Lance Briggs:  2003-14, CHI.  Briggs went to seven straight Pro Bowls (2005-11) and he was a First Team All-Pro in the first year of that streak.  He is in his first year of eligibility.  Ranked #80 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Tedy Bruschi:  1996-08, NWE.   Bruschi won three Super Bowls with the Patriots and was a Pro Bowler in 2004.

James Farrior:  1997-11, NYJ, PIT.  Farrior was a two-time Super Bowl Champion with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he would also go to two Pro Bowls.

London Fletcher:  1998-13, STL, BUF, WAS.  Fletcher would win a Super Bowl early in his career with the Rams and late on his career, he would make the Pro Bowl four years in a row as a Redskin. He would accumulate over 2,000 Combined Tackles over his career.  Ranked #62 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Seth Joyner:  1986-98, PHI, ARI, GNB, DEN.  Joyner was a three-time Pro Bowler and would win a Super Bowl late in his career with the Packers.

Wilber Marshall:  1984-95, CHI, WAS, HOU, ARI, NYJ.  Marshall was a Super Bowl Champion with both the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins and he would go to three Pro Bowls.

Clay Matthews:  1978-96, CLE, ATL.  Matthews played 278 Games and would go to four Pro Bowls while playing for the Cleveland Browns.

Willie McGinest:  1994-08, NWE, CLE.  McGinest would win three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and was named to two Pro Bowls.

Sam Mills:  1986-97, NOR, CAR.  Mills was chosen for five Pro Bowls and one First Team All-Pro.  Ranked #54 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Chris Spielman:  1988-97, DET, BUF.  Spielman would lead the NFL in Tackles in 1994 and was a four-time Pro Bowl and one-time First Team All-Pro.

Takeo Spikes:  1998-12, CIN, BUF, PHI, SFO, SDG.  Spikes was chosen for two Pro Bowls and was a First Team All-Pro in 2004. 

Darryl Talley:  1983-86, BUF, ATL, MIN.  Talley was a Pro Bowl Selection twice.

Zach Thomas:  1996-08, MIA.  Thomas is an eight-time Pro Bowl and five-time First Team All-Pro who has twice led the NFL in Tackles.  He has been a Semi-Finalist before.

Jessie Tuggle:  1987-00, ATL.  Tuggle would lead the NFL in Tackles four times and he is first all-time in Solo Tackles with 1,640.  He went to five Pro Bowls.

Patrick Willis:  2007-14, SFO.  Willis retired before the age of 30 and is now in his first year of eligibility. The career 49er led the league in Tackles twice and is a seven-time Pro Bowl and five-time First Team All-Pro.  Ranked #16 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Defensive Backs:

Eric Allen:  1988-01, PHI, NOR, OAK.  Allen secured 54 Interceptions and would have six Pro Bowl Seasons, with one of them earning a First Team All-Pro Selection.  Ranked #38 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Steve Atwater: 1989-99, DEN, NYJ.   A Finalist last year, Steve Atwater had 1,180 Tackles with eight Pro Bowl Seasons.  He would also win two Super Bowls with the Broncos and is a two-time First Team All-Pro.       Ranked #7 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ronde Barber:  1997-12, TAM.  Barber helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win their only Super Bowl and he would record 47 Interceptions and 1,231 Tackles.  A five-time Pro Bowl and three-time First Team All-Pro, Barber has been a Semi-Finalist. Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.

LeRoy Butler:  1990-01, GNB.  Butler won a Super Bowl with the Packers and in all four of his Pro Bowl Selections, he would also be named a First Team All-Pro.  He has been a Semi-Finalist in the past.  Ranked #71 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Nick Collins:  2005-11, GNB.  Collins won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers and was a Pro Bowler three times. He would lead the NFL in Interception Return Yards in 2008.

Merton Hanks:  1991-98, SFO, SEA.  Hanks won a Super Bowl with the Niners and was also a Pro Bowl Selection four times.

Rodney Harrison:  1994-08, SDG, NWE.  Harrison won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and he was a Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro twice.

Albert Lewis:  1983-98, KAN, RAI, OAK.  Lewis would record 42 Interceptions and he was a four-time Pro Bowler.  He also had two First Team All-Pro Selections.

John Lynch:  1993-07, TAM, DEN.  A Finalist for the last six years, Lynch won a Super Bowl with the Buccaneers and was a Pro Bowl Selection nine times.  He also was a First Team All-Pro twice.  Ranked #29 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Terry McDaniel:  1988-98, RAI, OAK, SEA.  McDaniel went to five straight Pro Bowls with the Raiders from 1992 to 1996. 

Tim McDonald:  1987-99, STL, PHO, SFO.  McDonald recorded 40 Interceptions and was a six-time Pro Bowler.  He would win a Super Bowl with the 49ers.

Troy Polamalu:  2003-14, PIT.  Polamalu is entering his first year of eligibility and he is a former 2010 AP Defensive Player of the Year.  Polamalu played his entire career with the Steelers and helped them win two Super Bowls. Individually, he is an eight-time Pro Bowl and four-time First Team All-Pro Selection.  Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Bob Sanders:  2004-11, IND, SDG.  Sanders only played 50 Games but was the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year and is the owner of a Super Bowl Ring with the Colts.

Troy Vincent:  1992-06, MIA, PHI, BUF, WAS.   Vincent’s five Pro Bowls would all come consecutively when he was with the Eagles. He would earn First Team All-Pro honors in 2002.

Darren Woodson:  1992-03, DAL.  A part of the Cowboys three Super Bowl Titles in the early 90s, Woodson was a five-time Pro Bowl and three-time First Team All-Pro.  He has been a Semi-Finalist before.

Place Kickers:

David Akers:  1998-13, PHI, SFO, DET.  Akers was a six-time Pro Bowl and two-time First Team All-Pro Selection.

Gary Anderson:  1982-04, PIT, PHI, SFO, MIN, TEN.  Anderson went to four Pro Bowls and at the time of his retirement, he was the all-time leader in Points Scored and Field Goals Made.

Jason Elam:  1993-09, DEN, ATL.  Elam won two Super Bowls with Denver and is a three-time Pro Bowler.

Jason Hanson:  1992-12, DET.  Hanson played his entire career with the Detroit Lions and was chosen for two Pro Bowls. He is fourth all-time in Points Scored and Field Goals Made.

Ryan Longwell:  1997-12, GNB, MIN, SEA.  Longwell is 17thall-time in Field Goals Made.

Nick Lowery:  1978-96, KC, NYJ.  Lowery is a three-time Pro Bowl and two-time First Team All-Pro.  He is 13thall-time in Field Goals Made.

Punters:

Jeff Feagles:  1988-09, NEW, PHI, ARI, SEA, NYG.  Feagles was a two-time Pro Bowler and won a Super Bowl with the Giants.

Sean Landeta:  1985-05, NYG, LAR, STL, TAM, GNB, PHI.  Landeta won two Super Bowls with the Giants and was chosen for three First Team All-Pros.  He is currently third all-time in Punting Yards.

Reggie Roby:  1983-98, MIA, WAS, TAM, HOU, TEN, SFO.  Roby went to three Pro Bowls and two First Team All-Pros.

Rohn Stark:  1982-97, BAL, IND, PIT, CAR, SEA.  Stark was a four-time Pro Bowl and one-time First Team All-Pro.

Matt Turk:  1995-11, WAS, MIA, NYJ, STL, HOU, JAX.  Turk’s three Pro Bowls were consecutive from 1996 to 1998.  He was a First Team All-Pro in ’95.

Special Teams:

Johnny Bailey (PR/KR/RB): 1990-95, CHI, PHO, LAR, STL.  Bailey was a one-time Pro Bowl Selection and he accumulated 6,027 All-Purpose Yards.

Josh Cribbs (PR/KR/WR): 2005-14, CLE, NYJ, IND.  Cribbs was a three-time Pro Bowl and one-time First Team All-Pro and collected 15,453 All-Purpose Yards.  This is his first year of eligibility.  

Mel Gray (PR/KR/WR): 1986-97, NOR, DET, HOU, TEN, PHI.  Gray was chosen for four Pro Bowls and three First Team All-Pros.  He would accrue 13,279 All-Purpose Yards.

Brian Mitchell (KR/PR/RB): 1990-03, WAS, PHI, NYG.  Mitchell was a one-time Pro Bowl recipient and a four-time leader in All-Purpose Yards. He totaled 23,330 in APY, and is second all-time in that statistic.

Steve Tasker (ST/WR): 1985-97, HOU, BUF. Tasker is a seven-time Pro Bowl Selection at Special Teams.  Ranked #88 on Notinhalloffame.com.


There are a few immediate reactions.  The first is that unlike in years past, there are no Coaches listed.  It was announced that Seniors, Contributors and Senior Finalists will be led by a special 25-member Blue-Ribbon panel.  This is very different from in years past as Senior Candidates and Contributor Finalists were announced in August or September.  Coaches had always been part of the Preliminary Nominee List. Not this year!

Special Teams players are well represented on this preliminary list, which is atypical of what we have seen in the past.  Whether or not this could result in one of them making the Semi-Finalist cut remains to be seen.

There are eight first-year nominees in this group consisting of Abraham, Briggs, Cribbs, Jones-Drew, Polamalu, J. Smith, Wayne and Willis.

With all due respect to many of these candidates, there are several of these Preliminary Nominees that have no realistic chance for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

With all of that being said, this is by far one of our favorite Halls of Fame.  We love the multiple stages that they have and in terms of transparency, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is certainly more so than most of them.

We can’t stress enough how special this year is for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  As most of you aware, this is the 100thAnniversary of the National Football League and the Hall of Fame Board will be celebrating this with a special Centennial Class of 20 members for 2020.  The group will comprise of five Modern-Era Players, 10 Senior Candidates, three Contributors and two Coaches.

According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website, this is planned for only 2020 only.

The Semi-Finalists for the Modern-Era Players will be announced in November.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com are thrilled with this year’s plan for the Pro Football Hall of Fame plans for 2020, and we will be watching!

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