It is always onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com, and as such we wanted to take the time to update our Football Futures section. This is the portion of the website where you have the opportunity to let us know your opinion as whether retired players who are not yet eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame should be enshrined in Canton. This process also helps us establish where these players should be ranked once eligible.
We already had the Football Futures from 2016, 2017 and 2018 up, and recently we have updated our 2017 Football Futures Section.
Nate Kaeding, a Place Kicker who was chosen for two Pro Bowls.
Todd Heap, a Tight End who went to two Pro Bowls and was once named the NFL Alumni Tight End of the Year.
We will be continuing our work on the football futures and you will be seeing that shortly. In the meantime we are hopeful that we will receive your input and votes on this batch of future eligible football players.
The core of our Notinhalloffame.com has always been our sports lists. As such, it is with great pride that we have updated our Pro Football Hall of Fame list of those to consider for enshrinement in Canton, Ohio
The 2017 Hall of Fame Class added five players who we had listed (LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Terrell Davis, Kurt Warner and Morten Andersen), and we did not have trouble replacing them. Actually, we have increased our 100 slightly to 103, for an impending increase in the months (ok, maybe years to come).
The revised ranking is based on your votes and comments and the addition of newly eligible former players. Let’s get right to it!
Former Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis debuts at the number one spot. The 13 Time Pro Bowl Selection was chosen for seven First Team All Pro slots and took Baltimore to two Super Bowl wins. Lewis is likely to get inducted on his first try.
This drops perennial snub, Jerry Kramer to number 2. Kramer was a Finalist nine times and helped Green Bay win the first two Super Bowls. He is the only member of the NFL 75th Anniversary Team not to be enshrined.
Randy Moss makes his first appearance on the list at #3. The former Wide Receiver is the highest ranked skill player and his appearance makes it harder for Terrell Owens to get in. Moss was a Pro Bowler seven times and is third all-time in Receiving Yards and second all-time in Receiving Touchdowns.
Former Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Lineman, Alan Faneca, remains at number four. Faneca, a nine time Pro Bowler was a Finalist for Canton in the past two seasons.
Chuck Howley comes in at number five. The MVP of Super Bowl V was a six time Pro Bowl Selection and was chosen for five consecutive First Team All Pros.
Another former Pittsburgh Steeler, L.C. Greenwood is in the top ten at number six. Greenwood has been named a Finalist six times and was a part of the Steelers dynasty that won four Super Bowls in the 1970’s. He was ranked #5 last year.
Brian Dawkins returns at number seven. “Weapon X” was eligible for the first time last year and many expected that he would get inducted on his first try. He didn’t but was a Finalist last yea
At number eight is Terrell Owens, who dropped two spots from last year. T.O was a finalist in his first two years of eligibility but has been very vocal about being passed over. This could really cost him. He is second all-time in Receiving Yards, third in Receiving Touchdowns and eight in Receptions.
Brian Urlacher debuts at number nine, making three new eligible in the top ten. The career Chicago Bear went to eight Pro Bowls and was selected for four First Team All Pros.
Rounding out the top ten is Johnny Robinson who is known for his time with the Kansas City Chiefs. The former Safety has been a Hall of Fame Finalist six times and has a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs.
Another high profile debut entry is Ronde Barber, the long time Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Back who appears at #15.
Offensive Lineman, Steve Hutchinson makes his first appearance on the list at #34.
Former three time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, Richard Seymour comes in at #48. He is a seven time Pro Bowler.
Matt Birk, the Center who split his career with the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens, is ranked at #67.
Jeff Saturday, who protected Peyton Manning for Years and went to six Pro Bowls makes his debut at #76.
We have also added Tony Boselli, who was a Finalist last year, but was unranked by us previously. The man considered to be the greatest Jacksonville Jaguar of all-time finally makes his first appearance on our list at number 81.
As most regular visitors to Notinhalloffame.com are aware of, we are in the (very) slow process of working on the top 50 players for every major sports team (MLB, NHL, NFL & NBA). After that, the intent is to look how each one of those organizations treat their former players and executives in term of retired numbers, franchise Halls of Fame etc.
As such, it is significant news to us that the New England Patriots Hall of Fame has selected three former players as Finalists for the 2017 Hall of Fame Class.
Raymond Clayborn is a Finalist for the fourth year in a row. Clayborn was drafted out of the University of Texas in the First Round in 1977 and would play for them until 1989. He would named to three Pro Bowls (1983, 1985 & 1986) and recorded 36 Interceptions over 191 Games for New England.
Mike Vrabel makes his second straight appearance as a Finalist. Vrabel was signed as a Free Agent in 2001, and after making minimal impact in four years with the Pittsburgh Steelers, became a starting Linebacker with the Pats. He would help New England win three Super Bowls and over 125 Games would record 11 Interceptions and 48 Sacks for the team.
Richard Seymour is a Finalist for the first time. Seymour was drafted 6th Overall in 2001 and like Vrabel, also was part of a defensive unit that would win three Super Bowls. A Patriot for the first eight of his twelve years in the NFL, the Defensive End played 111 Games and had 39 Sacks. He would be named to the Pro Bowl every year from 2002 to 2006 and was also a three time First Team All Pro.
It is noteworthy that fans of the Patriots can go on line at www.patriots.com and cast their votes. Whoever is chosen will be the 26th member of what we feel has become one of the most prestigious franchise Halls of Fame. That inductee will be revealed in Mid-May.
You better believe we are excited to see who that will be!