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.