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, we are turning our attention for the first of two times to the St. Louis Rams, specifically that “Greatest Show on Turf” team that was one of the most exciting squads to watch that I can remember.  Now, I am going to try and talk about Wide Receiver, Isaac Bruce without moaning about how the great sports city of St. Louis got screwed for a city that just got another team that they won’t care about.  Okay, I am going to try not to mention that again. 
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, this is the third time that Kurt Warner has made the Finalists but this time he is the best (and only Quarterback) in this group.  His main target, Isaac Bruce is also here and as poetic as it is for them to both go in together, it won’t happen.  There is an unspoken hierarchy here, and Warner has it over Bruce.  My initial thought is one Ram going in and 18 camera shots at Brenda Warner during the induction ceremony.
This one is a little anti-climactic.

Former Quarterback, Kurt Warner has announced that his wife Brenda will be his inductor for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony.  Brenda has famously (and at times infamously) been at his side long before he was famous, and they are still together today.  Essentially, they have been inseparable. 

The announcement was made on Warner’s Twitter page.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com have been open about the fact that we modeled both our Fictitious Athlete and Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in regards to the Preliminary, Semi-Final and Finalists rounds.  As such, we are very excited that the preliminary nominees for the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame have been announced. 



The nominees (and the respective ranking they have if they are on the Notinhalloffame.com Football list) are below.



An “x” denotes that he is a returning Finalist, a “y” that he is a first year nominee.



Quarterbacks:



Drew Bledsoe (#77)

y-Brett Favre (#1)

Steve McNair (#94)

Phil Simms (#48)

Vinny Testaverde

x-Kurt Warner (#28)





Running Backs:



Shaun Alexander

Ottis Anderson (#50)

Tiki Barber (#67)

Roger Craig (#11)

Stephen Davis

x-Terrell Davis (#21)

Eddie George

Priest Holmes

Edgerrin James (#17)

Daryl Johnston

Jamal Lewis

y-Clinton Portis

Herschel Walker (#35)

Ricky Watters (#36)

y-Brian Westbrook



Wide Receivers:



Isaac Bruce (#23)

Gary Clark (#53)

Henry Ellard (#76)

x-Marvin Harrison (#3)

Torry Holt (#9)

y-Terrell Owens (#7)

Sterling Sharpe (#46)

Jimmy Smith (#100)

Rod Smith (#54)





Tight Ends:



Mark Bavaro (#98)

Jay Novacek (#89)





Offensive Tackles:



Tony Boselli

Jim Covert

Joe Jacoby (#62)

Jon Jansen

Mike Kenn (#99)

Jim Lachey

x-Orlando Pace (#15)

Chris Samuels





Offensive Guards:



y-Alan Faneca (#5)

Chris Hinton (#68)

Kevin Mawae (#16)

Mark May

Nate Newton

Mark Schlereth

Steve Wisniewski (#26)



Centers:



Jeff Bostic

Jay Hilgenberg (#71)

Kent Hull

Tom Nalen  





Defensive Ends:



Dexter Manley

Charles Mann

Leslie O’Neal

Simeon Rice





Defensive Tackles:



Fred Smerlas

Bryant Young





Linebackers:



Cornelius Bennett

Tedy Bruschi

y-Keith Bulluck

x-Kevin Greene (#37)

Ken Harvey

Levon Kirkland

Clay Matthews

Willie McGinest

Karl Mecklenburg (#65)

Matt Millen

Sam Mills (#85)

Zach Thomas

y-Mike Vrabel





Cornerbacks:



Eric Allen (#44)

Ty Law (#60)

Albert Lewis

Shawn Springs

Troy Vincent

Everson Walls





Safeties:



Steve Atwater (#19)

Joey Browner

LeRoy Butler (#79)

Rodney Harrison (#96)

x-John Lynch (#57)

Lawyer Milloy

y-Darren Sharper (#66)

Darren Woodson





Kickers:



x-Morten Andersen (#83)

Gary Anderson

y-John Carney

Jason Elam

Nick Lowery





Punters:



Sean Landeta





Special Teams:



y-Ethan Albright

Brian Mitchell

Steve Tasker





Coaches:



x-Don Coryell

Bill Cowher

x-Tony Dungy

Tom Flores

Mike Holmgren

x-Jimmy Johnson

Chuck Knox

Buddy Parker

Richie Petitbon

Dan Reeves

Pete Rodriguez

Lou Saban

Marty Schottenheimer

Clark Shaughnessy

Dick Vermeil



The Semi-Finalists will be announced in November following an announcement for the Finalists prior to the NFL Playoffs.  The day before the Super Bowl, the full Class of 2016 will be unveiled.

Any surprises?  Any glaring ommisions?

As always, we here at Notinhalloffame.com will be keeping our eyes on this one!

It’s quite the day for us as the Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their 25 Semi-Finalists.

Let’s take a quick look shall we?


1. Morten Andersen, Place Kicker.  Fourth Time as a Semi-Finalist: Ranked #83 on Notinhalloffame.com.

2. Steve Atwater, Safety.  Fifth Time as a Semi-Finalist: Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com.

3. Tony Boselli, Offensive Tackle, First Time as a Semi-Finalist:  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com

4. Isaac Bruce, Wide Receiver.  Second Time as a Semi-Finalist:  Ranked #23 on Notinhalloffame.com.

5. Don Coryell, Coach. Eighth Time as a Semi-Finalist.

6. Roger Craig, Running Back.  Eighth Time as a Semi-Finalist:  Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.

7. Terrell Davis, Running Back.  Tenth Time as a Semi-Finalist:  Ranked #21 on Notinhalloffame.com.

8. Tony Dungy, Coach.  Third Time as a Semi-Finalist.

9. Alan Faneca, Offensive Guard:  First Time as a Semi-Finalist: Ranked #5 on Notinhalloffame.com.

10. Brett Favre, Quarterback:  First Time as Semi-Finalist: Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com.

11. Kevin Greene, Linebacker/Defensive End: Tenth Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #37 on Notinhalloffame.com.   

12. Marvin Harrison, Wide Receiver, Third Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #3 on Notinhalloffame.com.

13. Torry Holt, Wide Receiver, Second Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.

14. Joe Jacoby, Offensive Tackle, Sixth Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #62 on Notinhalloffame.com.

15. Edgerrin James, Running Back, Second Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #17 on Notinhalloffame.com.

16. Jimmy Johnson, Coach, Third Time as a Semi-Finalist.

17. Mike Kenn, Offensive Tackle, Second Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #99 on Notinhalloffame.com.

18. Ty Law, Cornerbck, Second Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #60 on Notinhalloffame.com.

19. John Lynch, Free Safety, Fourth Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #57 on Notinhalloffame.com

20. Kevin Mawae, Center/Offensive Guard.  Second Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #16 on Notinhalloffame.com.

21. Karl Mecklenburg, Linebacker.  Fifth Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #65 on Notinhalloffame.com.

22. Sam Mills, Linebacker.  First time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #85 on Notinhalloffame.com.

23. Terrell Owens, Wide Receiver, First Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #7 on Notinhalloffame.com.   

24. Orlando Pace, Offensive Tackle, Second Time as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com.  

25. Kurt Warner, Quarterback, Second Time as a Semi-Finalist. Ranked #28 on Notinhalloffame.com.  



The Football Hall of Fame will announce the Finalists in January. 

Which ones will make it to next round?



“Tis the season to talk about Hall of Fames isn’t it?

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their Finalists, and there is no major surprise, which is usually the norm.

The headliner for most people (and for us) is former Quarterback, Brett Favre who two months ago had his number retired by the Green Bay Packers.  Favre is entering his first year of eligibility and is ranked #1 by us.

Favre is not the only first year eligible player to make the list of Finalists as Wide Receiver, Terrell Owens and Offensive Guard, Alan Faneca have also made the cut.  They are ranked and #7 and #5 respectively on our Notinhalloffame football list.

The remaining Finalists (with their Notinhalloffame rank in parenthesis) are Steve Atwater (#19), Don Coryell, Terrell Davis (#21), Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene (#37), Marvin Harrison (#3), Joe Jacoby (#62), Edgerrin James (#17), John Lynch (#57), Orlando Pace (#15) and Kurt Warner (#28).

This group joins the automatic Senior Finalists, Ken Stabler (#6) and Dick Stanfel (#30), along with Contributing Finalist, Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

To enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame must receive 80 percent of the votes.  A maximum of eight inductees can be chosen per year.

Like the Baseball Hall of Fame, We will be debating each Pro Football Finalist.



   

Terrell Owens is a Football Hall of Fame Finalist, but not everybody is happy about that. 

Former St. Louis Rams Head Coach, Mike Martz, spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was very candid about he felt about Owens being a Finalist, while his former receivers, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt were not. 

"You can't print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That's just plain out-and-out ridiculous.  If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they'd get in probably earlier.  I think they'll eventually get in. I don't think that's an issue, but it's tragic that people think of them like that. If Marvin Harrison gets in, how could they not get in?

Look at their production. More importantly, look at their yards per catch. And then look at it consistently over a long period of time -- it'll compare to anybody. In some cases, nobody comes close. I mean nobody's even come close to what Torry did."

Along with Owens, Marvin Harrison is one of two Wide Receivers who made the Finalists for the Hall of Fame.  Bruce and Holt did not make that cut this year.

For reference here are the key statistics for all four players:






Receptions

Receiving Yards

Touchdowns

Yards/Rec

All-Purpose Yards

Owens

1,087

15,934

156

14.8

16,276

Harrison

1,102

14,580

128

13.2

14,805

Bruce

1,024

15,208

91

14.9

15,347

Holt

920

13,382

74

14.5

13,456




While T.O. does seem to have the greater overall statistics, all four are Hall of Fame caliber and it is worth noting however that Owens is the only one without a Super Bowl Ring.

Martz might be upset over the perceived snub of his Wide Receivers, he does have two players, Quarterback, Kurt Warner and Offensive Lineman, Orlando Pace have made the final round.

On Saturday, the next class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be announced, and you can believe we will be watching intensely!



The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the 97 men who comprise their Preliminary Nominees. 

Let’s get right to it and take a look at the complete list.

* Denotes Finalist

+ Denotes First Year of Eligibility

Quarterbacks:

Drew Bledsoe: 1993-2006.  New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys.  1 Super Bowl, 4 Pro Bowls, 44,611 Passing Yards, 251 TD Passes, 137 PFRAV.  Ranked #72 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Randall Cunningham: 1985-2001.  Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens.  1 First Team All Pro, 4 Pro Bowls.  29,979 Passing Yards, 207 TD Passes, 134 PFRAV.   Ranked #43 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Doug Flutie: 1986-2005.  Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers.  1 Pro Bowl.  14,715 Passing Yards, 86 Touchdowns, 58 PFRAV. 

+ Donovan McNabb:  1999-2011.  Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings.  6 Pro Bowls.  37,276 Passing Yards, 234 Touchdown Passes, 138 PFRAV.  Ranked #30 on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Steve McNair:  1995-2007.  Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens.  1 MVP, 3 Pro Bowls.  31,304 Passing Yards, 174 Touchdown Passes, 126 PFRAV.  Ranked #89 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Phil Simms:  1979-1993.  New York Giants.  2 Super Bowls, 2 Pro Bowls.  33,462 Passing Yards, 199 Touchdown Passes, 118 PFRAV.  Ranked #46 on Notinhalloffame.com.

* Kurt Warner:  1998-2009.  St. Louis Rams, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals.  1 Super Bowl, 2 MVPs, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 4 Pro Bowls.  32,344 Passing Yards, 208 Touchdown Passes, 113 PFRAV.  Ranked #22 on Notinhalloffame.com.



Running Backs:

Shaun Alexander:  2000-2008.  Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins.  1 MVP, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 3 Pro Bowls.  9,453 Rushing Yards, 100 Rushing Touchdowns, 1,511 Receiving Yards, 12 Receiving Touchdowns, 79 PFRAV.

Ottis Anderson:  1979-1992.  St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants.  2 Super Bowls, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 2 Pro Bowls.  10,272 Rushing Touchdowns, 81 Rushing Touchdowns, 3,062 Receiving Yards, 5 Receiving Touchdowns, 98 PFRAV.  Ranked #51 on Notinhalloffame.com

Tiki Barber:  1997-2006.  New York Giants.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 3 Pro Bowls.  10,449 Rushing Yards, 55 Rushing Touchdowns, 5,183 Receiving Touchdowns, 12 Receiving Touchdowns, 118 PFRAV.  Ranked #77 on Notinhalloffame.com

Roger Craig:  1983-93.  San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, Minnesota Vikings.  3 Super Bowls, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  8,189 Rushing Yards, 56 Rushing Touchdowns, 4,911 Receiving Touchdowns, 17 Receiving Touchdowns, 115 PFRAV.  Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com

* Terrell Davis:  1995-2001.  Denver Broncos.  2 Super Bowls, 1 MVP, 3 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  7,607 Rushing Yards, 60 Rushing Touchdowns, 1,280 Receiving Yards, Receiving Touchdowns, 78 PFRAV.  Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Eddie George:  1996-2004.  Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  10,441 Rushing Yards, 68 Rushing Touchdowns, 2,227 Receiving Yards, 10 Receiving Touchdowns, 91 PFRAV.

* Edgerrin James:  1999-2009. Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks. 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  12,246 Rushing Yards, 80 Rushing Touchdowns, 3,364 Receiving Yards, 11 Receiving Touchdowns, 136 PFRAV.  Ranked #14 on Notinhalloffame.com

Eric Metcalf:  1989-2002.  Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  2,392 Rushing Yards, 12 Rushing Touchdowns, 5,572 Receiving Yards, 3 Receiving Touchdowns, 3,453 Punt Return Yards, 10 Punt Return Touchdowns, 5,813 Kick Returns Yards, 2 Kick Return Touchdowns, 77 PFRAV.

+ LaDainian Tomlinson:  2001-2011.  San Diego Chargers, New York Jets.  1 MVP, 3 First Team All Pro Selections, 5 Pro Bowls.  13,684 Rushing Yards, 145 Rushing Touchdowns, 4,772 Rushing Yards, 17 Rushing Touchdowns, 157 PFRAV.  Ranked #2 on Notinhalloffame.com

Herschel Walker:  1986-1997.  Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants.  2 Pro Bowls.  8,225 Rushing Yards, 61 Rushing Touchdowns, 4,859 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving Touchdowns, 5,084 Kick Return Yards, 2 Kick Return Touchdowns, 98 PFRAV.  Ranked #36 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ricky Watters:  1992-2001.  San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks.  1 Super Bowl, 5 Pro Bowls.  10,643 Rushing Yards, 68 Rushing Touchdowns, 4,248 Receiving Yards, 13 Receiving Touchdowns, 125 PFRAV.  Ranked #38 on Notinhalloffame.com.



Fullbacks:

Larry Centers:  1990-2003.  Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots.  1 Super Bowl, 3 Pro Bowls.  2,188 Rushing Touchdowns, 14 Rushing Touchdowns, 6,797 Receiving Yards, 28 Receiving Touchdowns, 67 PFRAV.

Daryl Johnston:  1989-1999.  Dallas Cowboys.  3 Super Bowls, 2 Pro Bowls.  2,227 Rushing Yards, 14 Rushing Touchdowns, 753 Receiving Yards, 8 Receiving Touchdowns, 30 PFRAV.



Wide Receivers: 

Isaac Bruce: 1994-2009.  Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers.  1 Super Bowl, 4 Pro Bowls. 15,208 Receiving Yards, 91 Receiving Touchdowns, 137 PFRAV.  Ranked #24 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Henry Ellard:  1983-1998.  Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  13,777 Receiving Yards, 65 Receiving Touchdowns, 1,527 Punt Return Yards, 4 Punt Return Touchdowns, 364 Kick Return Yards, 133 PFRAV.  Ranked #91 on Notinhalloffame.com

Torry Holt:  1999-2009.  St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars.  1 Super Bowl, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 7 Pro Bowls.  13,382 Receiving Yards, 74 Receiving Touchdowns, 123 PFRAV.  Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com

+ Chad Johnson:  2001-2011.   Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  11,059 Receiving Yards, 67 Receiving Touchdowns, 104 PFRAV.  Ranked #26 on Notinhalloffame.com

+ Derrick Mason:  1997-2011.   Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 2 Pro Bowls.  12,061 Receiving Yards, 66 Receiving Touchdowns, 1,590 Punt Return Yards, 2 Punt Return Touchdowns, 3,496 Kick Return Yards, 1 Kick Return Touchdown, 114 PFRAV.  Ranked #59 on Notinhalloffame.com.

* Terrell Owens:  1996-2010.  San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals.  4 First Team All Pro Selection, 6 Pro Bowls.  15,934 Receiving Yards, 153 Receiving Touchdowns, 165 PFRAV.  Ranked #6 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Sterling Sharpe:  1988-1994.  Green Bay Packers.  3 First Team All Pro Selection, 5 Pro Bowls.  8,134 Receiving Yards, 65 Receiving Touchdowns, 78 PFRAV.  Ranked #47 on Notinhalloffame.com

Jimmy Smith:  1992-2005.  Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars.  5 Pro Bowls.  12,287 Receiving Yards, 67 Receiving Touchdowns, 135 PFRAV.  Ranked #99 on Notinhalloffame.com

Rod Smith:  1995-2006.  Denver Broncos.  3 Pro Bowls.  11,389 Receiving Yards, 68 Receiving Touchdowns, 125 PFRAV.  Ranked #60 on Notinhalloffame.com.

+ Hines Ward:  1998- 2011.  Pittsburgh Steelers.  2 Super Bowls, 4 Pro Bowls.  12,083 Receiving Yards, 85 Receiving Touchdowns, 118 PFRAV.  Ranked #21 on Notinhalloffame.com.



Tight Ends:

Mark Bavaro:  1985-1994.  New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles.  2 Super Bowls, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 2 Pro Bowls.  4,733 Receiving Yards, 39 Receiving Touchdowns, 45 PFRAV.



Offensive Lineman:

Tony Boselli:  1995-2001.  Jacksonville Jaguars.  3 First Team All Pro Selections, 5 Pro Bowls.  70 PFRAV.

Ray Donaldson:  1980-1996.  Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys.  1 Super Bowl, 6 Pro Bowls.  113 PFRAV.

* Alan Faneca:  1998-2010.  Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals.  1 Super Bowl, 6 First Team All Pro Selections, 9 Pro Bowls.  148 PFRAV.  Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Jay Hilgenberg:  1981-1993.  Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints.  1 Super Bowl, 7 Pro Bowls.  105 PFRAV.  Ranked #73 on Notinhalloffame.com. 

Chris Hinton:  1983-1995.  Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 7 Pro Bowls.  101 PFRAV.  Ranked #65 on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Kent Hull:  1986-1996.  Buffalo Bills.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  107 PFRAV. 

* Joe Jacoby:  1981-1993.  Washington Redskins.  3 Super Bowls, 2 First Team, All Pro Selections, 4 Pro Bowls.  103 PFRAV.  Ranked #56 on Notinhalloffame.com

Mike Kenn:  1978-1994.  Atlanta Falcons.  2 First Team All Pro Selections.  5 Pro Bowls.  138 PFRAV.      Ranked #100 on Notinhalloffame.com

+ Olin Kreutz:  1998-2011.  Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints.  1 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls, 96 PFRAV.  Ranked #69 on Notinhalloffame.com

Jim Lachey:  1985-1995.  San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Raiders, Washington Redskins, 1 Super Bowl, 3 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  92 PFRAV.

Kevin Mawae:  1994-2009.  Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans.  3 First Team All Pro Selections, 8 Pro Bowls.  154 PFRAV.  Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com

Tom Nalen:  1994-2007.  Denver Broncos.  2 Super Bowls, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 5 Pro Bowls.  131 PFRAV.

Nate Newton:  1986-1999.  Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers.  3 Super Bowls, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  105 PFRAV.

Steve Wisniewski:  1989-2001.  Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 8 Pro Bowls.  140 PFRAV.  Ranked #29 on Notinhalloffame.com



Defensive Lineman:

Leslie O’Neal:  1986-1999.  San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs.  6 Pro Bowls.  3 Interceptions, 132.5 Quarterback Sacks, 115 PFRAV.

Simeon Rice:  1996-2007.  Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts.  1 Super Bowl, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 3 Pro Bowls.  5 Interceptions, 122 Quarterback Sacks, 106 PFRAV.

Fred Smerlas:  1979-1992.  Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 5 Pro Bowls.  2 Interceptions, 18.5 Quarterback Sacks, 101 PFRAV.

+ Jason Taylor:  1997-2011.  Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, New York Jets.  3 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  8 Interceptions, 139.5 Quarterback Sacks, 160 PFRAV.  Ranked #10 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Bryant Young:  1994-2007.  San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns.  1 Super Bowl, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.   3 Interceptions, 89.5 Quarterback Sacks, 118 PFRAV.



Linebackers:

Carl Banks: 1984-1995    New York Giants.  2 Super Bowls, 1 Pro Bowl.    39.5 Quarterback Sacks, 83 PFRAV.

Cornelius Bennett:  1987-2000.  Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts.  7 Interceptions, 71.5 Quarterback Sacks, 121 PFRAV.

Tedy Bruschi: 1996 -2008.   New England Patriots.  3 Super Bowls, 1 Pro Bowl.  12 Interceptions, 30.5 Quarterback Sacks, 89 PFRAV.

Seth Joyner:  1986-1998.  Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos.  1 Super Bowl, 3 Pro Bowls.  24 Interceptions, 52 Quarterback Sacks, 108 PFRAV.

Levon Kirkland:  1992-2002.  Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 2 Pro Bowls.  19.5 Quarterback Sacks, 104 PFRAV.

Clay Matthews:  1978-1996.  Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons.  4 Pro Bowls. 16 Interceptions, 69.5 Quarterback Sacks, 137 PFRAV.

Willie McGinest:  1994-2008.   New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns.  3 Super Bowls, 2 Pro Bowls.  5 Interceptions, 86 Quarterback Sacks 106 PFRAV.

Karl Mecklenburg:  1983-1994.   Denver Broncos.  3 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  5 Interceptions, 79 Quarterback Sacks, 113 PFRAV.  Ranked #64 on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Sam Mills: 1986-1997.  New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 5 Pro Bowls.  11 Interceptions, 20.5 Quarterback Sacks, 126 PFRAV.  Ranked #84 on Notinhalloffame.com

+ Joey Porter: 1999-2011.  Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals.  1 Super Bowl, 4 Pro Bowls. 12 Interceptions, 98 Quarterback Sacks, 111 PFRAV.  Ranked #96 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Zach Thomas: 1996-2008.  5 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  17 Interceptions, 20.5 Quarterback Sacks, 152 PFRAV.



Defensive Backs:

Eric Allen:  1988-2001.  Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 6 Pro Bowls 54 Interceptions, 3 Quarterback Sacks, 132 PFRAV.  Ranked #45 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Steve Atwater:  1989-1999.  Denver Broncos, New York Jets.  2 Super Bowls, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 8 Pro Bowls.  24 Interceptions, 5 Quarterback Sacks, 99 PFRAV.   Ranked #17 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Joey Browner:  1983-1992.  Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  3 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  37 Interceptions, 9.5 Quarterback Sacks, 85 PFRAV.

LeRoy Butler:  1990-2001.  Green Bay Packers.  1 Super Bowl, 4 First Team All Pro Selections, 4 Pro Bowls.   38 Interceptions, 20.5 Quarterback Sacks, 111 PFRAV.   Ranked #83 on Notinhalloffame.com

+ Brian Dawkins:  1996-2011.  Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos.  4 First Team All Pro Selections, 9 Pro Bowls.  37 Interceptions, 26 Quarterback Sacks, 140 PFRAV.  Ranked #7 on Notinhalloffame.com

Rodney Harrison:  1994-2008.  San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots.  2 Super Bowls, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 2 Pro Bowls.  34 Interceptions, 30.5 Quarterback Sacks, 92 PFRAV.

Ty Law:  1995-2009.  New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos.  3 Super Bowls, 5 Pro Bowls.  53 Interceptions, 5 Quarterback Sacks, 113 PFRAV.   Ranked #48 on Notinhalloffame.com

Albert Lewis:  1983-1998.  Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 4 Pro Bowls.  42 Interceptions, 12.5 Quarterback Sacks, 108 PFRAV.

* John Lynch:  1993-2007.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos.  1 Super Bowl, 9 Pro Bowls.  26 Interceptions, 13 Quarterback Sacks, 118 PFRAV.  Ranked #42 on Notinhalloffame.com

Frank Minnifield:  1984-1992.  Cleveland Browns.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  20 Interceptions, 71 PFRAV.

+ Bob Sanders:  2004-2011.  Indianapolis Colts, Dan Diego Chargers.  1 Super Bowl, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 2 Pro Bowls.  6 Interceptions, 34 PFRAV.

Darren Sharper:  1997-2010.   Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints   63 Interceptions, 7.5 Quarterback Sacks, 118 PFRAV.  1 Super Bowl, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 5 Pro Bowls.  Ranked #79 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Dennis Smith:  1981-1994.  Denver Broncos.  6 Pro Bowls.  30 Interceptions, 15 Quarterback Sacks, 98 PFRAV.

Troy Vincent:  1992-2006.  Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 5 Pro Bowls.  47 Interceptions, 5.5 Quarterback Sacks, 118 PFRAV.

Everson Walls:  1981-1993.  Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns.  1 Super Bowl, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  57 Interceptions, 3 Quarterback Sacks, 105 PFRAV.

Darren Woodson:  1992-2003.  Dallas Cowboys.  3 Super Bowls, 3 First Team All Pro Selections, 5 Pro Bowls.  23 Interceptions, 11 Quarterback Sacks, 96 PFRAV.



Kickers/Punters:

Morten Andersen:  1982-2007.  New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 7 Pro Bowls.  565 Field Goals Made, 849 Extra Points Made, 97 PFRAV.  Ranked #62 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Gary Anderson:  1982-2004.  Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  538 Field Goals Made, 820 Extra Points Made, 91 PFRAV.

Sean Landeta:  1985-2005.  New York Giants, Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles.  2 Super Bowls, 3 First Team All Pro Selections, 2 Pro Bowls.  1,401 Punts, 50 PFRAV.

Nick Lowery:  1978-1994.  New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  383 Field Goals Made, 562 Extra Points Made, 81 PFRAV.



Special Teams:

Brian Mitchell:  1990-2003.  Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants.  1 Super Bowl, 1 Pro Bowl.  4,999 Punt Return Yards, 9 Punt Return Touchdowns, 14,014 Kick Return Yards, 4 Kick Return Touchdowns, 1,967 Rushing Yards, 12 Rushing Touchdowns, 2,336 Receiving Yards, 4 Receiving Touchdowns, 49 PFRAV.

Steve Tasker:  1985-1997.  Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills.  779 Receiving Yards, 9 Receiving Touchdowns, 7 PFRAV.  Ranked #86 on Notinhalloffame.com.



Coaches:

Don Coryell:  1973-1986.  St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Chargers.  111-83-1 Record, 3-6 Playoff Record.

Bill Cowher:  1992-2006. Pittsburgh Steelers.  161-99-1 Record, 12-9 Playoff Record, 1 Super Bowl.

Tom Flores:  1979-1987, 1992-1994.  Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, Seattle Seahawks.  97-87 Record, 8-3 Playoff Record, 2 Super Bowls.

Mike Holmgren:  1992-2008.  Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks.  161-111 Record, 13-11 Playoff Record, 1 Super Bowl.

Jimmy Johnson:  1989-1999.  Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins.  80-64 Record, 9-4 Playoff Record, 2 Super Bowls.

Chuck Knox:  1973-1994.  Los Angels Rams, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks.  186-147-1 Record, 7-11 Playoff Record.

Buddy Parker:  1949-1964.  Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers.  104-75-9 Record, 3-1 Playoff Record.

Richie Petitbon:  1981-1992.  Washington Redskins (Defensive Coordinator)

Dan Reeves:  1981-2003.  Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons.  190-165-2 Record.  11-9 Playoff Record.

Clark Shaughnessy:  1948-1949.  Los Angeles Rams.  1951-1962.  Chicago Bears (Defensive Coordinator)

Dick Vermeil:  1976-1982, 1997-1999, 2001-2005.  Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs.  120-109 Record, 6-5 Playoff Record, 1 Super Bowl.

Please note that we do not rank Coaches.



With the large amount of players it is hard to perceive that there are any snubs, which there isn’t. 

In November this group of 97 Modern Era Nominees will be reduced to 18.  In January of 2017, it will be shrunk to 15.  They will join the Senior Finalist and Contributor Finalists and on February 4, the day before the Super Bowl, the respective committees will decide the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

You know we will be paying attention!

We love this time of the year!

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their Finalists for the Class of 2017, and as usual there are only moderate surprises.

The 15 finalists are as follows:
Normally, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is relatively easy to forecast as they don’t normally have surprises, but with this year’s class, we are a little befuddles with some of this year’s selections, or rather this year’s snubs.

Let’s start with who got in.
With some additional announcements, all of the Pro Football Hall of Fame inductors for 2017 have been named. 

Sebastian Andersen will induct his father, former Place Kicker Morten Andersen.

Sports Agent Neil Schwartz will induct his client and friend, Terrell Davis.

Tommy Rhodes will induct Kenny Easley, who he coached in high school.

Gene Jones will induct her husband, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Former Miami Dolphins Head Coach Jimmy Johnson will induct his former player Jason Taylor.

Lorenzo Neal will induct his former San Diego Charger teammate LaDainian Tomlinson.

Brenda Warner will induct her husband, Kurt Warner.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities will take place the first weekend of August.

Once again we here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com thought it would be fun to take a look at the major awards in North American team sports and see how it translates into Hall of Fame potential.

Needless to say, different awards in different sports yield hall of fame potential.  In basketball, the team sport with the least amount of players on a roster, the dividend for greatness much higher.  In baseball, it is not as much as a great individual season does not have the same impact.