Not in Hall of Fame News Mon, 23 Jul 2018 16:49:20 +0000Joomla! - Open Source Content Managementen-gbHelena Sukova and Michael Stitch enter the International Tennis HOF Sukova and Michael Stitch enter the International Tennis HOF
The International Tennis Hall of Fame inducted two new members into their institution today as Helena Sukova and Michael Stich were officially inducted today in a ceremony in Newport, Rhode Island. From the Czech Republic, Sukova won 14 Grand Slam Titles in the form of Doubles and Mixed Doubles over her career. With a total of 69 Doubles titles in her career, Sukova, along with partner Jana Novotna also won the Silver in the Olympics (1998 & 1996). While she did win a Grand Slam in her Singles career she was ranked as high as number 4 and she was a Finalist in the Australian Open twice (1984 & 1989) and the U.S. Open twice (1986 & 1993). She would win 10 Singles Tournaments over his career. Michael Stich won 18 Singles Titles over his career with the highlight being the Wimbledon crown in 1991. The following year he would win the Doubles Title at Wimbledon, which was also the same season that he won a Gold Medal in that same event for Germany. We here at would like to congratulate both Helena Sukova and Michael Stich for earning this prestigious honor.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsSat, 21 Jul 2018 22:58:12 +0000
Darrelle Revis Retires Revis Retires
Revis Island s now closed. In a post on Twitter, Darrelle Revis announced his retirement from the National Football League. He had this to say on his Twitter: “For the past 11 years, it has truly been an honor to showcase one of my greatest gifts to the world. Today I am closing a chapter in my life that I once dreamed of as a kid and I am officially retiring from the National Football League. The game of football has opened doors for me I once thought were nearly impossible to get through. My passion to play the game at an elite level brought fun and excitement to the term “shutdown corner” which was nearly on the verge of extinction. Covering some of the toughest assignments in league history was a challenge every Sunday, but also an honor within this game we all love. I would like to thank my coaches, teammates, and mentors who have made a significant impact in my life and helped to create amazing memories that my family and I will cherish for a lifetime. I’m excited as to what lies ahead as I pursue new ventures in different industries. Long live Revis Island.” This truly is an end of an era. Drafted 14th overall in 2007 out of the University of Pittsburgh, Revis was an immediate starter for the New York Jets. In 2008 Revis would be named to what would be the first of four straight Pro Bowls and from 2009 to 2011 he was named a First Team All Pro. Around this time, the term “Revis Island” was coined, which was essentially a place on the gridiron where receivers went to fail. 2012 would see injuries reduce him to two Games and he would be traded to Tampa Bay prior to the 2013 season. While it wasn’t a great fit, he was still named to the Pro Bowl. Tampa would release him and the New England Patriots would instantly sign him and he returned to First Team All Pro form and helped the Pats win the Super Bowl, but he would again be released in a cost cutting move and he returned the Jets and went to his seventh and final Pro Bowl in 2015. He played two more seasons, his final one with the Kansas City Chiefs. Revis retires with 145 Games Played with 29 Interceptions and the reputation of being…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsWed, 18 Jul 2018 20:36:47 +0000
Hulk Hogan reinstated to the WWE Hall of Fame Hogan reinstated to the WWE Hall of Fame
Hulkamania is running wild again in the WWE Hall of Fame as the WWE has announced that after a three year suspension Hulk Hogan has been reinstated into their Hall. Hogan, who was inducted in 2005, became persona non grata in the organization after leaked footage of using the N-word on multiple occasions was released. Since that time Hogan has been on multiple talk shows and publications, which basically amounted to a public apology tour and during that time his image was wiped from the site, although his matches remained accessible on their Network. Prior to the company’s Extreme Rules show, Hogan made his first appearance back in a WWE locker room where he apologized to the roster and staff. A former six time WWE Champion, Hulk Hogan was the biggest name in professional wrestling in the 1980’s and was instrumental in the success of WCW in the 1990’s. It is unknown whether Hogan will return to WWE programming in the near future.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsSun, 15 Jul 2018 18:21:57 +0000
DeMarco Murray Retires Murray Retires
It looks like we have another NFL retirement to look at. Running Back DeMarco Murray announced to ESPN on their NFL Live program that he would be retiring from professional football after a seven year career in the National Football League. A third round pick out of Oklahoma, Murray joined the Dallas Cowboys in 2011 and he immediately saw playing time in “Big D”. He would have a breakout season in 2013 where he was named to the Pro Bowl and would rush for 1,121 Yards, but that would pale to his accomplishments in the season after. Without question, 2014 would be the greatest season of his career where the then Dallas Cowboy would lead the NFL Rushing Attempts (392), Rushing Yards (1,845) and Rushing Touchdowns (13), lead everyone in Yards From Scrimmage (2,261), All-Purpose Yards (2,261) and would be named the AP Offensive Player of the Year, a First Team All-Pro and again was a Pro Bowl Selection. Murray would leave Dallas and join division rival Philadelphia in the off-season though it was a horrific fit and he would struggle to get yardage only finishing with 702 Rushing Yards for the season. A trade to the Tennessee Titans would see him enjoy a rejuvenation of sorts as he returned to the Pro Bowl in 2016 with a 1,287 Rushing Yard season. 2017, which would be his final season with Tennessee and in Football would see him finish with 656 Yards on the ground. DeMarco Murray retires with 7,174 Rushing Yards, 2,165 Receiving Yards and 55 Touchdowns. This will not be a Hall of Fame career and he may struggle to become even a preliminary Hall of Fame candidate, but it is a good career nevertheless and he will be Hall of Fame eligible in 2023. We here at wish DeMarco Murray the best in his post-playing career.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsSat, 14 Jul 2018 00:10:15 +0000
Chase Utley to retire at the end of the season Utley to retire at the end of the season
As we are approaching the All Star Game in Major League Baseball, a significant player has announced that 2018 will be his last in the game. In a news conference at Dodger Stadium six-time All Star Chase Utley proclaimed that he will be retiring from baseball following the end of the season. The Second Baseman has been used predominantly in a utility role in the past two seasons but when it is all said and done it will be his time as a Philadelphia Phillie where he will be remembered. From 2005 to 2010 Utley would go to five All Star Games had five 150 Hit seasons had six 20 Home Run seasons, four 100 RBI seasons, was a four time Silver Slugger and helped Philadelphia win the World Series in 2008. Not only was Utley regarded as one of the best offensive Second Baseman he had stellar defense (despite never winning a Gold Glove). He had six straight seasons where he finished in the top ten in Defensive bWAR in the NL, including the 2008 campaign where he was the league leader. As of this writing, Chase Utley has 1,100 Runs, 1,880 Hits, 259 Home Runs, 1,025 Runs Batted In with a Slash Line of .276/.358/.466 and a bWAR of 65.6; fairly good numbers that are not likely to grow much considering there is only a half season left for a player who does not see action every day. He is currently 10th overall in bWAR for Second Basemen and his 57.4 JAWS is slightly above the Hall of Fame average of 57.0. This makes him an intriguing Hall of Fame case as his overall numbers are worthy and he was considered elite at his position at one time. The World Series Ring doesn’t hurt either. We have a feeling that we will be debating the Hall of Fame merits of Chase Utley for sometime but in the meantime we here at will try to catch a few more Dodgers games so that we can see Utley a few more times.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsFri, 13 Jul 2018 18:21:14 +0000
The Pro Football HOF Ceremony will not acknowledge T.O. Pro Football HOF Ceremony will not acknowledge T.O.
We were wondering how the Pro Football Hall of Fame were going to react when Terrell Owens decided that he was going to do his Hall of Fame speech somewhere other than Canton with the rest of the inductees. We found out today, and their answer is to not acknowledge him at all that evening. The Hall of Fame’s Executive Director, Joe Horrigan stated that Owens will not be introduced for the Gold Jacket ceremony nor will be announced the following evening at the Induction Ceremony. “The focus, is on the guys who are here” Horrigan said, which obviously excludes Terrell Owens. As for his gold jacket, it will be shipped to him separately. Owens will be giving his speech earlier in the day at his alma mater, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The other inductees are Jerry Kramer, Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Dawkins, Bobby Beathard, Brian Urlacher and Robert Brazile.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 12 Jul 2018 15:45:42 +0000
The Anaheim Ducks to retire Paul Karina and Scott Niedermayer's Number Anaheim Ducks to retire Paul Karina and Scott Niedermayer's Number
As most of the regular visitors to are aware we are (very) slowly putting together our top 50 players of every franchise in the “Big 4” of North American sports. After that is completed we will take a look at how each organization honors their past players and executives. As such, it is important to us that the Anaheim Ducks have announced that they will be retiring the numbers of former players Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer during the 2018-19 season. Paul Kariya played his first nine seasons of his NHL career with seven of which served as the team’s captain. The Left Winger would score 669 Points in 606 Games for the Ducks, which generated an excellent 1.10 Points per Game Average. He would collect a lot of hardware with the then named Mighty Ducks as he was named a First Team All Star three times, a Second Team All Star twice, would win the Lady Byng Trophy twice and was a part of the team’s first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2003. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017. Scott Niedermayer was with the Ducks for the last five seasons of his career. After winning three Stanley Cups with the New Jersey Devils, Niedermayer would help Anaheim win their first and to date only Stanley Cup in 2007, where he was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. The addition of Kariya’s #9 and Niedermayer’s #27 number marks the second and third numbers retired by the Ducks. The team has already retired Teemu Selanne’s #8. We here at would like to congratulate both Paul Kariya and Scott Niedermayer for earning this prestigious honor.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsWed, 11 Jul 2018 16:08:44 +0000
The Motorsports Hall of Fame announces their 2019 Class Motorsports Hall of Fame announces their 2019 Class
The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America has announced their Class of 2019, which consists of seven important figures in the world of American Motorsports. The new inductees are: Augie Duesenberg: Along with his brother Frederick, Duesenberg was a pioneer in the automotive field having built multiple cars that dominated racing in the 1920’s. Dario Franchitti: From Scotland, Franchitti would become a four time IndyCar Series Champion (2007, 2009, 2010 & 2011) and was a three time winner of the Indianapolis 500 (2007, 2010 & 2012). He would win 21 races over all in the IndyCar Series. Phil Remington: Remington was considered a legendary engineer in the field of auto racing. Kevin Schwantz: Schwantz was a competitive motorcycle racer who would win 25 times on the Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing tour. Don Schumacher: Schumacher was a former competitive drag racer who now has his own team in the sport. Tony Stewart: Stewart won everywhere he went and he is the only racer in history to hold wins in both the IndyCar and NASCAR series. Stewart was the 2002 Winston Cup Series, 2005 Nextel Cup Series Champion and the 2011 Sprint Cup Series Champion and also the 2006 IROC Champion. Linda Vaughn: Vaughn was an iconic trophy queen who was notably named the “Miss Queen of the Atlanta Speedway” at 18. The museum is held at the Daytona International Speedway. We here at would like to congratulate the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Class of 2019.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsWed, 11 Jul 2018 09:34:17 +0000
RIP: Frank Ramsey Frank Ramsey
It was announced today that Frank Ramsey, a member of both the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and College Basketball Hall of Fame died today of natural causes. He was 86 years old. Ramsey played collegiately for the University of Kentucky where he was a National Champion in 1951 under the legendary Adolph Rupp. Drafted 5th overall in 1953 by the Boston Celtics, Ramsey would be part of a juggernaut team that would win seven NBA Championships (1957, 1959-64) and many basketball pundits dubbed him as the “Original Sixth Man”. He would average 13.6 Points per Game in the NBA and the Celtics would retire his number 23. We here at would like to extend our condolences to the family, friends and family of Frank Ramsey at this time.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsMon, 09 Jul 2018 12:48:25 +0000
Ronda Rousey Headlines the UFC HOF Class of 2018 Rousey Headlines the UFC HOF Class of 2018
Last night the UFC held their Hall of Fame ceremony and while we don’t (yet) rank those who should be inducted, we always pay attention to what that Hall does. As the UFC announced each of the inductees we discussed it here, but let’s go over the UFC Class of 2018. The undisputed headliner was Ronda Rousey, who without question changed the sport forever and was the first female Mixed Martial Artist to be a bona fide headliner. Rousey’s success transcended the sport and she appeared on multiple shows including a guest hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. She was the first UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and she enters as this year’s Modern Wing Inductee. Matt Serra enters via the Pioneer Wing. Serra pulled off what was arguably the greatest upset in MMA history when he knocked out Georges St-Pierre in 2007 to win the Welterweight Title. There are two entrants in the Contributors Wing this year. Art Davie, a former co-owner and Bruce Connal, a longtime producer of the product made the cut. This year’s inducted Fight is the first encounter between Shogun Rua and Dan Henderson at UFC 139 in which the latter won by decision. We here at would like to congratulate the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsFri, 06 Jul 2018 16:40:50 +0000
T.O. Announces his PFHOF acceptance speech location Announces his PFHOF acceptance speech location
The saga of Terrell Owens and his Pro Football Hall of Fame continued today as the former Wide Receiver announce on Twitter that he will be giving his acceptance speech at his alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He had this to say: “As many of you know, I am forgoing the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton. After giving it much thought, I have realized just how much I want to celebrate what will inevitably the best weekend of my life at a place that means so much to me. I have decided to give my Hall of Fame speech at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in McKenzie Arena on Saturday, August 4. The event, which is free and open to the public, starts at 3:17 p.m. I’m proud to be a Moc, and I’m honored to be able to share this experience with my family, friends, teammates and fans at the place that provided me an opportunity beyond high school and where I truly began to find myself as an athlete. Thank you to everyone who has supported my celebration decision. I look forward to seeing you all in Chattanooga. Getcha popcorn ready!” Owens played for the Mocs from 1992 to 1995 and he recorded 133 passes for 2,320 Yards and 19 Touchdowns. The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place at 7 PM EST the same day. As we have said here many times at we are very happy for Owens’ induction and have been a supporter of this since he was first eligible three years ago. It is hard however to paint this as anything other than a little selfish and attention grabbing as it does take away from the other inductees. Let the backlash continue.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsTue, 03 Jul 2018 09:35:58 +0000
Kam Chancellor Retires Chancellor Retires
He didn’t say the word retirement, but in a post on his Twitter account it sure seems like that is what Seattle Seahawk Safety Kam Chancellor announced. This is what he had to say: “I always prayed to God and told myself that I would play this game of football until the wheels fall off. Well the wheels didn’t fall off, but God has given me a sign that I just can’t ignore. I’ve played through all types of bruises and injuries at a high level. But this one, I just can’t ignore. When the doctors told me what was going on in Nov, I could feel my heart drop to my stomach. The stiffness in my neck and the images that I saw had me at one of my lowest points as a Man, because football is all I knew outside of serving the Lord. To walk away from the game by choice is one thing, to walk away from the game because of the risk of paralysis is another. My final test showed no healing. I put all my blood, sweat, and tears into this game. On the field, off the field, pouring into my teammates, coaches, opponents, friends, family, and so many more. God has blessed me with an amazing opportunity to show the world my gifts he has given me, and my heart to love everyone and everything. Not everyone and everything has loved me back, but through the grace of God I have been able to see the good in it all and forgive what needs to be forgiven and continue to love anyway. If it weren’t for everybody God placed upon me on this journey I wouldn’t be he Man (Ballplayer) I am today. I’ve learned so many valuable lessons that I can take with me on the next journey. How to use them? I don’t know yet. But I will wait for his instructions. But I will wait for his instructions. Love is in the center of it all. LOB 4Lyfe. I love by the Golden rules (Galatians 5:14, and it has helped me touch a massive amount of people, and I pray that they touch a massive amount of people with the Love that was given to them. We are all brothers and sisters through Christ and we were called to work together. Let’s not forget that. Forgive, forget, let go, and…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsMon, 02 Jul 2018 01:16:50 +0000
Jayson Werth Retires Werth Retires
We have a significant (though not celebrated) retirement in Baseball as Jayson Werth has decided to end his comeback and call it a career. It was a simple statement that he made with Fancred Sports: “I’m done…whatever you want to call it”. In the last off-season Werth signed with the Seattle Mariners but never made it to the big league team playing for Tacoma in AAA. Werth debuted in 2002 with the Toronto Blue Jays where he played for two seasons in a reserve role, eventually moving to Los Angeles where as a Dodger he showed promise. In 2006, a wrist injury would force him to miss the entire season and afterwards would be signed by the Philadelphia Phillies. Werth would be named an All Star in 2009 and that year he would help the Phils win their second World Series Championship. In 2010, he would lead the NL in Doubles and finished eighth in MVP voting, the highest of his career. The Washington Nationals would sign Werth and he would enter the highest profile run of his career. The Outfielder would play 808 Games for Washington accruing 109 Home Runs. In 2013 and 2014 he would finish fifth and third respectively in On Base Percentage, Werth retires with 1,465 Hits. He is not going to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame, but perhaps he has done enough to be placed on the ballot. That would be 2023. We here at would like to thank Jayson Werth for the on-field memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsFri, 29 Jun 2018 02:31:46 +0000
Don Cherry slams the Yakushev HHOF selection Cherry slams the Yakushev HHOF selection
We here at have always been huge advocates of Don Cherry gaining induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, though we have to give the bombastic hockey analyst credit, as he doesn’t promote himself for the Toronto based institution. That doesn’t mean that he isn’t vocal about whom he thinks should be inducted, and who shouldn’t have been. Cherry’s wrath was directed towards former Red Army player, Alexander Yakushev who surprisingly was chosen. He had this to say:  "I am really upset at Yakushev. Absolutely ridiculous that he's in and Henderson's not. What he did in Russia over there, it was fantastic. To think that they put in the two losers (Yakushev and Tretiak), and they keep out the Canadian winner? I guess that's a little tough but that's the way I feel." Seemingly this is less of a shot of Yakushev’s selection than it is of championing Henderson’s cause, but with all due respect to Cherry, any shot at Vladislav Tretiak not being Hockey Hall of Fame worthy seems wrong. For what it is worth in our last hockey list, we had Paul Henderson ranked #21 on our last ranking. That will be updated shortly.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsFri, 29 Jun 2018 01:16:41 +0000
Criticism afloat on the Gary Bettman induction afloat on the Gary Bettman induction
We expected that there would be a bit of backlash in regards to the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2018 towards the selection of current NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman, and sure enough it happened. Former players, Daniel Carcillo and Nick Boynton took to Twitter to vent their frustration towards the announcement: "I can't get over what a slap in the face this must be to the families of Steve Montador, Rick Rypien, Derek Boogaard, Bob Probert & Wade Belak, Gary Bettman had a hand in every death by withholding info about the risks of doing their job." The five players who Carcillo references who were suffering from brain damage and died prematurely. Thirteen-year veteran Nick Boynton also questioned the induction and asked for material that he donated to the Hall to be returned. There is currently a class action lawsuit against the National Hockey League by former players accusing the league of keeping information in regards to the danger of concussions. Chances are this is not the last we will discuss the Hockey Hall of Fame induction of Gary Bettman.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 28 Jun 2018 17:01:50 +0000
Martin Brodeur and Martin St. Louis are named to the Hockey HOF Brodeur and Martin St. Louis are named to the Hockey HOF
This is one of the days that we look forward to every year at as the Hockey Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2018. This year’s class includes two former NHL players (Martin Brodeur and Martin St. Louis), a former women’s player (Jayna Hefford), a former Soviet player (Alexander Yakushev) and two builders (Willie O’Ree and Gary Bettman). Let’s take a deeper look at this year’s class. The current NHL Commissioner, Gary Bettman was chosen. This will not be a very popular choice especially in Canada, where it is perceived that he has an anti-Canadian bias. Since he took over the league in 1993, there have been three work stoppages. Those who favor his induction will point to the fact that revenue has increased ten fold since he took over. This is not without precedent as the Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted a seated Commissioner in Pete Rozelle in 1985. Martin Brodeur enters on his first year of eligibility and this selection was as close to being a lock as you could get. With 691 Wins in the NHL, he is the all-time leader in that statistic with his closest competition being 140 away. Brodeur has a claim as the most successful Goalie ever, as in addition to his Wins total he would backstop the New Jersey Devils to three Stanley Cups, was a four time Vezina Trophy winner and a five time William M. Jenning Award winner. Internationally, he had two Olympic Gold Medals with Team Canada. We had him ranked #1 on our most recent list. Jayna Hefford represented Canada in International competition. She enters in her second year of eligibility. A four time Olympic Gold Medalsis and seven time World Champion, Hefford scored 91 Points Internationally, which is second overall in the history of Canadian Women’s Hockey. As speculated by many, Willie O’Ree was chosen. O’Ree made history in 1958 when he played for the Boston Bruins in 1958 thus becoming the first black player in the history of the league. While his career only comprised of 45 Games it was a landmark moment for hockey and he was certainly a trailblazer for many of the black players today.   O’Ree’s story has become more well known in recent years and he has been very instrumental in programs that encourage diversity into the sport. Martin St. Louis went from undrafted to the Hockey Hall…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsTue, 26 Jun 2018 17:25:52 +0000
Our Top 50 All-Time Washington Nationals have been updated Top 50 All-Time Washington Nationals have been updated
As always, we here at continue to update our existing lists. As we slowly put together our Top 50 all-time players for every major team we constantly continue to update our existing ones. For the second time, we are updating the first franchise 50 we ever posted, the Washington Nationals. Since the last time we revised our Washington Nationals two things have changed. The first is that since our last revision in two and a half years ago, we have relaxed the dependence on advanced statistic and put a higher reward on individual seasons. We think this allows for a more equitable balance on traditional and advanced metrics. The second and of course obvious change is that two full seasons have passed. This list is now up until the end of the 2017 Season. The entire list can be found here and we certainly encourage you to take a look at it and let us know your thoughts and opinions. Prior to that we wanted to make you aware of a few major changes on the list since the last revision. Max Scherzer debuts at #9. While his tenure with Washington has certainly been brief, three All Stars and two Cy Youngs already make him one of the most successful hurlers in Nationals history. 2014 Silver Slugger Anthony Rendon makes his first appearance at #22. Other debuts on current Nationals are Daniel Murphy (#31) and Tanner Roarke (#35). Other jumps in active Washington Nationals include Bryce Harper from #9 to #8, Steven Strasburg goes from #29 to #11 and Gio Gonzalez moves from #28 to #16. Other debuts based on our revisions are Moises Alou (#38), Dan Schatzeder (#45) and Wilson Ramos (#47). As you may have deduced, the entire list has been shuffled. We will be unveiling the Top 50 All-Time Dallas Stars next.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsMon, 25 Jun 2018 02:33:03 +0000
RIP: Vader Vader
It is another sad day in the world of Professional Wrestling as Leon White “Vader” passed away due to congestive heart failure at the age of 63. White got into professional wrestling after a brief career in the National Football League where he most notably appeared for the Los Angeles Rams in the Super Bowl. A patella injury forced him out of the game but like so many football players at the time he moved to the world of professional wrestling. Trained by Brad Rheingans, White would be given the name of “Baby Bull” Leon White, which would later morph into “Bull Power”. He was not a top of the card guy but his size made him an instant attraction and an asset coveted by other promotions. The first to take advantage of that was New Japan Pro Wrestling and they did not waste anytime making him an instant star. Directly following a successful win over Riki Choshu, the now named Big Van Vader challenged and soundly thrashed a tired Antonio Inoki, which led to a riot at the Sumo Hall. The promotion was subsequently banned from the facility for nearly two years but Vader instantly became a major star in Japan. This would usher in the best period of Vader’s career. He would win an eight-man tournament where he would win the vacant IWGP Heavyweight Title and in the process would become the first gaijin to win the belt. During his second reign with the championship (beating Choshu for the belt) he would make wrestling history by becoming a World Champion on three different continents at the same time. He beat El Canek in Mexico to win the UWA Title and Otto Wanz to capture the Catch Wrestling belt. With continued success in Japan and Europe Vader would be also used by World Championship Wrestling albeit sparingly for the first two years. He would defeat Sting for the WCW Heavyweight Title in 1992 and his series of matches with him were among the best in the company. The big man would win the championship three times and would also have notable feuds with Ric Flair and Cactus Jack. He would be fired from the company following a backstage confrontation with Paul Orndorff, but by that time the WWF was calling. His first match for the WWF was a performance at the Royal Rumble where he was introduced with Jim…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsWed, 20 Jun 2018 16:54:50 +0000
Rod Woodson discusses T.O. not going to the Hall of Fame Woodson discusses T.O. not going to the Hall of Fame
Terrell Owens has really made himself the centerpiece of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony hasn’t he? This is a pretty impressive accomplishment considering that he won’t even be there. Today, TMZ showed Owens speaking about the honor of being a Hall of Famer to the Boys and Girls Club in Los Angeles. This has certainly raised some eyebrows as people have wondered why he would say it such a great honor when he is skipping the ceremony, though it again should be reiterated that he never said anything about it not be…just that he will celebrate in his own way. Other Hall of Famers have sounded off on Owens’ decision. Former Defensive Back Rod Woodson had this to say to NFL Network: “I really don’t care if he comes or not. But what bothers me more than anything is that in T.O.’s life, he’s had different things that happened to him in his life, but there’s people who helped him come along through his childhood, high school, college, to get to the point where he’s at to be one of the better players to ever play in the National Football League … you can be there to acknowledge them. And they lose out, because he’s thinking, ‘It’s all about T.O.’” It is hard to dispute this logic. Would TMZ mention this if he were going to the ceremony in Canton? Of course not! This is the first time that a player who was alive and in good health has skipped out on the Hall of Fame induction. We know this much, this story has some legs left.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsTue, 19 Jun 2018 20:25:13 +0000
Our WWE List has been updated WWE List has been updated
First off, our apologies as this took longer than anticipated, but we are finally ready to unveil our new WWE list of those to consider for their Hall of Fame. With the exception of our Rock and Roll list, the 375 wrestling performers we have ranked are the largest that we have here at While the 2018 WWE Hall of Fame saw twelve of our ranked wrestlers (28. Bill Goldberg, 36. Stan Stasiak, 40. El Santo, 43. Jim Londos, 45. Jeff Jarrett, 65. Mark Henry, 84. Lord Alfred Hayes, 104. Hillbilly Jim, 180. Ivory, 182. Sputinik Monroe, 188. Hiro Matsuda and 191. Boris Malenko) selected however nobody from our top 25 was chosen. As such there is not much of a difference between last year’s list and this one. Still, we always adapt and we have made some changes that we are excited to tell you about! Here is the new top ten:        1. Vince McMahon. Love him or hate him, he is the WWE and the reason why many of us watch professional wrestling. McMahon was ranked #1 last year and will likely hold this spot until he is          dead. Triple H said that the only reason he isn’t in is because Vince wouldn’t let him! Literally this is the case of “over his dead body”.       2.  The Undertaker. Speaking of the dead, The Undertaker returns at #2. The “Deadman” is certainly on the last leg of his career though we don’t know how many matches he has left in him. This           is only a matter of time as he will likely go in as soon as the WWE feels that he is finished. The Rock. From one of the most popular professional wrestlers to one of the most successful movie stars, Dwayne Johnson likely has a standing invitation for the WWE Hall of Fame. The only question is if he can fit it into his busy schedule! Triple H. Because of his position as COO, it would be hard for it not to be considered shady if he gets into the Hall of Fame, but his body of work in the ring is worthy and just on his work in the re-creation of NXT alone he has won over many of his harsh critics. We think he is likely to take the Vince…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsFri, 15 Jun 2018 15:37:00 +0000
Georgia Tech Names their 2018 HOF Class Tech Names their 2018 HOF Class
Georgia Tech has announced its seven person Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018 and there are certainly some familiar faces in the sporting world that will be honored forever as a Yellow Jacket. Here are the seven new inductees: Steven Blackwood: Baseball: Blackwood played Outfield for the Yellow Jackets and helped the school win the ACC regular season twice (2004 & 2005) and the ACC Tournament Title in 2005. He was also instrumental in the team reaching the College World Series in 2006. Chris Bosh: Basketball: Bosh played one season at Georgia Tech (2002-03) where he was named the ACC Rookie of the Year. He would become an 11 time NBA All Star and two-time NBA Champion. He is a likely first ballot Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer. Michael Johnson: Football: Johnson was an All-American in 2008 in a season where he recorded 9 Quarterback Sacks. He currently plays for the Cincinnati Bengals. Adriane Lapsley Butler: Track & Field: Butler was a three-time All-American and a six time ACC Champion. She is currently an Assistant Coach at Georgia Tech. Kristi Miller North: Tennis: North holds school records for wins in singles (152) and doubles (110). In 2007, she would lead the school to their only NCAA Title. Chan Song: Golf: Song was a two-time All ACC Golfer and he had 11 top-19 finishes in 49 starts. Jack Thompson: Fundraiser: Thompson has fundraised for Georgia Tech for the past 50 years. The official induction ceremony will take place on September 21. We here at would like to congratulate the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 14 Jun 2018 03:37:03 +0000
Ronda Rousey named to the UFC HOF Rousey named to the UFC HOF
During the UFC 225 card it was announced that Ronda Rousey will become the next member and first female into the UFC Hall of Fame. Rousey, who now works for WWE, was arguably the sports first female megastar. She main evented multiple shows and was responsible for hundreds of thousands of pay per view buys. Rousey’s success transcended the sport and she would become a multi-media sensation, bestowing the covers of many magazines, appearing in films and hosting Saturday Night Live. In the octagon, Rousey entered the world of Mixed Martial Arts after winning the Bronze Medal in Judo in the 2008 Olympics. Rousey began her MMA career slowly and shortly after joining Strikeforce she would win the Women’s Bantamweight Championship from Miesha Tate. She would defend her title shortly after by defeating Sarah Kaufman in a contest that did not go past one round. This was a pattern for Ronda Rousey as she would win he first six professional fight in one round. The UFC came calling and she would become the first female signed to UFC. After being anointed by UFC as the inaugural Bantamweight Champion Rousey continued her dominance. She would submit Liz Carmouche in her first title defense and would again defeat Miesha Tate in what would be her only fight that went three rounds. Rousey’s next four title defenses (Sara McMann, Alexis Davis, Cat Zingano & Bethe Correia) would see her destroy her opponents in a combined 2:12, which is possibly the most dynamic stretch in UFC championship history. In what was considered a huge upset, Holly Holm knocked out Rousey in the second round in the main event of UFC 193 and she would fail one year later to take the title back when she lost to Amanda Nunes. This would be her last professional fight. Ronda Rousey retired with a record of 12 and 2 with 11 of her wins coming within one round. While there might be some critics who feel that Rousey is not the pioneer of women’s MMA and should not be the first female inductee she is the most influential female fighter of all time. She will join the hall as this year’s Modern Era inductee. The other inductees are Matt Serra (Pioneers Wing), Bruce Connal (Contributors Wing), Art Davie (Contributors Wing) and Mauricio Rua vs Dan Henderson (Fights Wing). The ceremony will take place on July 5. We…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsSun, 10 Jun 2018 02:04:27 +0000
Terrell Owens to skip the HOF ceremony Owens to skip the HOF ceremony
Wow… Terrell Owens was selected to join the Pro Football Hall of Fame this past winter and his section was particularly newsworthy as he was publically upset about being passed over during his first two years of eligibility. Owens went as far to make his own blazer, which illustrated his accomplishments. Now, when he is about to receive the real thing, he has announced that he won’t be in attendance at the ceremony. Owens had this to say: “While I am incredibly appreciative of this opportunity, I have made the decision to publicly decline my invitation to attend the induction ceremony in Canton, I have already shared this information with the Hall. After visiting Canton earlier this year, I came to the realization that I wish to celebrate what will be one of the most memorable days of my life elsewhere. At a later date, I will announce where and when I will celebrate my induction. I wish to congratulate all past, current and future inductees," Owens' statement read. "It is quite an honor to be part of such elite company. This honor is something that I will cherish forever." It is hard to be surprised at this announcement from Owens. Owens has always been an eccentric case and we expect that many will paint this Owens being selfish and deflecting the attention towards himself, especially if his celebration garners media attention. We will say this emphatically, as we are not exactly thrilled to see Owens shun the ceremony we are very happy that he was inducted in the first place. He deserves the honor regardless of how he wants to celebrate it.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 07 Jun 2018 09:33:43 +0000
The College Football Hall of Fame announces their 2019 Finalists College Football Hall of Fame announces their 2019 Finalists
The College Football Hall of Fame has announced the Finalists for their 2019 Ballot. As always, it is a long ballot and this year it consists of 76 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 100 players and 32 coaches from the divisional level. We have appropriated the bios from the National Football Foundation of all of the Finalists: 2019: FBS Player Candidates: Flozell Adams, Michigan State-Offensive Tackle - 1997 First Team All-American and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year…Three-time All-Big Ten performer who helped Spartans to three consecutive bowl appearances… Helped running backs rush for more than 100 yards in 21 games throughout career and allowed only two QB sacks in 1997 season.   Bernard Berrian, Fresno State-Kick Returner/Wide Receiver - 2001 First Team All-America kick returner who led the nation in all-purpose yards (2,776)…Bulldogs all-time leader in career all-purpose yards (5,828) and tied school records for career TD receptions (25)…Three-time All-WAC performer who helped team to a share of the 1999 WAC title. Michael Bishop, Kansas State-Quarterback - 1998 consensus First Team All-American and winner of the Davey O’Brien Award…1998 Heisman Trophy runner-up who led Cats to 1998 Big 12 North title and berth in conference championship…Set 14 conference and 34 school records while throwing for 2,844 yards and 23 TDs and rushing for 748 yards and 14 TDs in 1998 championship season. Lomas Brown, Florida-Offensive Tackle - 1984 consensus First Team All-American and two-time All-SEC performer…Led Gators to three consecutive bowl berths and top 10 national final rankings in 1983 and 1984…Recipient of Jacobs Blocking Trophy as the SEC’s top blocker in 1984. Terrell Buckley, Florida State-Defensive Back - 1991 unanimous First Team All-American and winner of the Thorpe Award…Led the nation in interceptions (12) and return yards (501) during final season at FSU…Seminoles’ all-time leader in career interceptions (21) who returned four interceptions and three punts for touchdowns in career. Brandon Burlsworth, Arkansas-Offensive Guard - 1998 First Team All-American and First Team All-SEC selection…Helped Arkansas to two postseason berths and to SEC Western Division titles in 1995 and ’98…Former walk-on who later started 34 consecutive games.   Larry Burton, Purdue-Split End - First Team All-American and Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1974 and a First Team All-Big Ten selection…Led the team in receiving in both 1973 and 1974…Named team captain and team MVP in 1974.   Keith Byars, Ohio State-Running Back…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsMon, 04 Jun 2018 19:51:24 +0000
The National Soccer Hall of Fame Announces their 2018 Class National Soccer Hall of Fame Announces their 2018 Class
Today the National Soccer Hall of Fame announced the official Class of 2018. The induction will take place on October 20 in Frisco, Texas. Here are the five new members of the Class of 2018: Don Garber: This is one of those rare cases where you can argue that an administrator is the headliner for a sporting hall of fame. Don Garber was named the commissioner of Major League Soccer in 1999 and nobody can dispute that the league has grown leaps and bounds under his watch. There are now 23 teams from the 10 in 1999 and he ushered in long term national broadcasting deals. Attendance has rose from an average of 14,000 to 22,000 since he took over. Incidentally, Garber was chosen for the Hall in 2016 but deferred it to this year. Brad Friedel: Currently the Head Coach of the New England Revolution, Friedel represented the United States in net in three World Cups, two Olympic Teams and played in 82 Games for the National Team. He would set a Premiere League record with 310 consecutive games played over a spell with Blackburn, Aston Villa and Tottenham. Cindy Parlow Cone: Parlow Cone won championships everywhere. She was a three time champion at the University of North Carolina where she was also a two time Hermann Trophy winner. Internationally she represented the U.S. in 158 Games where she scored 75 Goals. She would help her country win the 1999 World Cup and two Olympic Golds and one Olympic Silver Medal. Dr. Bob Contiguglia: Contiguglia was the President of U.S. Soccer from 1998 to 2006. Tiffany Milbrett: Milbrett played 206 Games for the U.S. National Team and scored 100 Goals. Milbrett helped the Americans win the 1999 World Cup. She also holds the distinction of between one of two women (Mia Hamm being the other) of scoring 100 Goals in both International and NCAA competition. We here at would like to congratulate the new members of National Soccer Hall of Fame and the Hall itself as it continues to grow in prestige.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsFri, 01 Jun 2018 21:55:46 +0000
Our Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces the 2018 Semi-Finalists Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces the 2018 Semi-Finalists
It is another big day for us at! Last December, The Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced it’s third full class as voted by a one year long vote by the public. That class comprised of Wyld Stallyns and Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. They joined previous inductees, Gorillaz, Tenacious D, Spinal Tap, The Blues Brothers and The Monkees. Like in previous years, the opening round began with over 500 Fictional Musicians which has been reduced to 30 Fictional Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Semi-Finalists. The 30 Fictitious Rock and Roll Hall Semi-Finalists are: Aldous Snow (Get Him to the Greek) Alvin & the Chipmunks (Alvin & the Chipmunks) Archies, The (The Archies) Banana Splits (The Banana Splits) Barden Bellas, The (Pitch Perfect) Be-Sharps, The (The Simpsons) Bleeding Gums Murphy (The Simpsons) Buckaroo Banzai & the Honk Kong Cavaliers (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension) Bugaloos, The (The Bugaloos) Commitments, The (The Commitments) Crazy Frog Crucial Taunt (Wayne’s World) Dethklok (Metapcolypse) Eddie and the Cruisers (Eddie and the Cruisers) Hakeem Lyon (Empire) Hannah Montana (Hannah Montana) Jem and the Holograms (Jem and the Holograms) Josie & the Pussycats (The Archies & Josie & The Pussycats) Lucious Lyon (Empire) Marvin Berry & the Starlighters (Back to the Future) Max Rebo Band, The (Return of the Jedi) Operaman (Saturday Night Live) Otis Day & The Knights (Animal House) Rutles, The (The Rutles) School of Rock, The (The School of Rock) Sex Bob-Omb (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) Soggy Bottom Boys, The (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) Stillwater (Almost Famous) Winslow Leach (Phantom of the Paradise) Wonders, The (That Thing You Do!) The top ten vote getters will advance to the Final Round. The Finalists will be announced on August 30, 2017. Voting can be found here:   We thank you for your support of this project and look for more like this from us at!
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsMon, 28 May 2018 21:27:52 +0000
The WVU Athletic HOF Announces their 28th Class WVU Athletic HOF Announces their 28th Class
At we are interested in how the major universities induct in their athletic Halls of Fame. As such it is news to us that the 28th class of West Virginia University has been announced. Here are the 11 members of the Class of 2018: Kate Bulger, Women’s Basketball 1981-84: The sister of former Mountaineers Quarterback Marc Bulger. Kate averaged 15.1 Points per Game for WVU and she never missed a game. Her 1,732 Points is sixth all-time in university history. She is also first in Mountaineer history in Three Point Field Goals Made. Jon Capon, Men’s Soccer 1978-81: Capon was the team’s goalkeeper and he compiled 28 Shutouts with a 1.17 Goals Against Average over his career at WVU. He was the team captain for three years. Avon Cobourne, Football 1999-2002: Cobourne is the only Mountaineer to rush for four 1,000 Yard Seasons and holds the University records in Rushing Yards in a career (5,164) and in a season (1,710) and is a two time First Team Big East Selection. He would go on to have a career in the Canadian Football League and was an All Star in 2009. Mike Gansey, Men’s Basketball 2004-06: Gansey started all 68 Games of his WVU career, which in those two seasons would see the team go to the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen respectively. He would be named First Team Big East and averaged 14.4 Points per Game as a Mountaineer. In his senior year Gansey was a Finalist for the Oscar Robertson Award, John R. Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy. Tom Keane, Football 1946-47: Keane had already been a letterman in Football at Ohio State where he helped them go undefeated in 1944. He would serve in the Navy and return to the United States where he would enroll at West Virginia and play for the Mountaineers for two years. He would later play eight years in the NFL where he was a Champion with the Los Angeles Rams in 1951 and was a Pro Bowl Selection in 1953 when he was playing with the Baltimore Colts. He would also win two Super Bowl rings with the Miami Dolphins as their Defensive Backs Coach. Larry Krutko, Football 1955-57: Krutko played Fullback and Linebacker in his three years at WVU and he would also assist the Mountaineers win two Southern Conference Titles. He would play three seasons in the National Football…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsMon, 28 May 2018 01:20:23 +0000
Josh Freeman Retires Freeman Retires
We have another retirement from football to discuss as Montreal Alouettes Quarterback Josh Freeman has ended his career at the age of 30. This ends a career that was full of so much promise yet it ended with a losing record and no Pro Bowls. Still, let’s take a look. Freeman was Tampa Bay’s first round pick in 2009 (17th overall) out of Kansas State. The Quarterback came with high expectations and after taking the starting job midway through his rookie season he was cemented as the starting pivot in 2010 and this was arguably his best season in professional football. The Buccaneers went 10 and 6 and narrowly missed the post season. Freeman threw for 25 Touchdown passes against only 6 Interceptions and he was an alternate for the Pro Bowl. 2011 would see Tampa regress and Freeman threw 22 Interceptions. 2012 would see a career high in Passing Yards for Freeman (4,065) and Touchdown Passes (27) but his Interception number was still high with 17. The Buccaneers would bench Freeman early in 2013 due to poor performance and he would be released following other issues. Freeman signed with the Minnesota Vikings but he was ineffective in the lone game he started. His last game in the NFL was a start with the Indianapolis Colts in 2015 and he tried to resurrect his career in 2018 with Montreal in the CFL, but while he signed he was to be on the bench. We will create a profile for Freeman in our 2021 Football Futures, though we do not expect much support for him, and with all due respect to the Quarterback there is no reason to think his name will cross the breath of anyone who votes for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. If he were to get into any significant Hall of Fame, it would be that of Kansas State. We here at would like to wish Josh Freeman the best in his post-playing career.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsSun, 27 May 2018 10:16:00 +0000
Our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame Announces the Semi-Finalists Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame Announces the Semi-Finalists
It’s that time again! Last December, our Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame announced it’s fourth full class as voted by a one year long vote by the public. That class saw Bobby Boucher (The Waterboy), Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump) and Willie “Mays” Hayes (Major League) join previous inductees, Apollo Creed (Rocky), Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez, Charlie Conway (The Mighty Ducks), The Hanson Brothers (Slap Shot), Reggie Dunlop (Slap Shot), Happy Gilmore (Happy Gilmore), Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Major League), Crash Davis (Bull Durham), Roy Hobbs (The Natural) and Rocky Balboa, the inaugural inductee. Like in previous years, the opening round began with over 300 Fictional Athletes and over 100 Contributors, which has now been reduced to 50 Fictional Athletes, 20 Fictional Contributors and 5 Veterans for the Semi-Final Round. The Finalists for each respective category are as follows: The 50 Fictitious Athlete Semi-Finalists are: A.C. Slater (Saved by the Bell) Adonis Creed (Creed) Al Bundy (Married…With Children) Al Czervik (Caddyshack) Alex Moran (Blue Mountain State) “All the Way” May Mordabito (A League of Their Own) Amanda Whurlitzer (The Bad News Bears) “Big Ern” Ernie McCracken (Kingpin) Billy Chapel (For Love of the Game) Bud (Air Bud) Bugs Bunny (Space Jam) Cal Naughton Jr. (Talladega Nights: The Legend of Ricky Bobby) Chazz Michael Michaels (Blades of Glory) Clubber Lang (Rocky III) Daniel LaRusso (The Karate Kid) Dave “Killer” Carlson (Slap Shot) Dean Youngblood (Youngblood) Derice Bannock (Cool Runnings) Dottie Hinson (A League of Their Own) Doug “The Thug” Glatt (Goon) “Fast” Eddie Felson (The Hustler & The Color of Money) Flash Gordon (Flash Gordon) Greg Goldberg (The Mighty Ducks) Hamilton Porter (The Sandlot) Henry Rowengartner (Rookie of the Year) Ivan Drago (Rocky IV) Jackie Moon (Semi-Pro) Jake Taylor (Major League) Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski (The Big Lebowski) Jimmy Chitwood (Hoosiers) Johnny Lawrence (Karate Kid) Kelly Leak (The Bad News Bears) Kevin “Thad” Castle (Blue Mountain State) Lee (Enter the Dragon) Lightning McQueen (Cars) Monty Brewster (Brewster’s Millions) Paul “Wrecking” Crewe (The Longest Yard, 1974) Pedro Cerrano (Major League) Peter LaFleur (Dodgeball) Randy “The Ram” Robinson (The Wrestler) Ricky Bobby (Talladega Nights) Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy (Tin Cup) Sam Malone (Cheers) Sanka Coffee (Cool Runnings) Scott Howard “The Wolf” (Teen Wolf) Shane Falco (The Replacements) Shooter McGavin (Happy Gilmore) Tanner Boyle (Bad News Bears) Ty Webb (Caddyshack) The 10 Fictitious Contributors Semi-Finalists are: Adrian Balboa (Rocky) Annie Savoy (Bull Durham) Cameron Tucker…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsFri, 25 May 2018 16:36:01 +0000
Phil Collen of Def Leppard discusses the RRHOF Collen of Def Leppard discusses the RRHOF
In an interview with Def Leppard’s lead guitarist Phil Collen discussed the band’s omission from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: “We don’t actually care because everyone does it for us…We treat everything – Grammy’s, al that stuff as irrelevant…If that’s your main focus, there’s some life lessons to be learned.” Def Leppard has been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2004 and not only have they not been inducted into the Hall they have never been nominated. Despite this, Collen pointed out to that he had no issue with the Hall itself and the people who work there…just the voting committee. Collen had this to say and the relationship he has with the actual Hall itself:  "Rush and KISS should have in there a long time ago…KISS is one of the biggest bands in the world and they were treated with disrespect. But not by the people who work there…I love the people at the museum…They take great care of me and our museum. It's just the voting panel.” He also discussed with on how he retrieved a guitar that was on display at the Hall for a gig during the last time he played the city: The axe in question was his famed glow-in-the-dark guitar with Bela Lugosi’s image on it. "It was in a case, I got it out and my guitar tech strung it out…I played it for the show and it was back in the case the next morning.'' Collen joined the band in 1982 during the Pyromania recording sessions. Def Leppard is currently ranked #41 on
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsFri, 25 May 2018 11:01:59 +0000
The NASCAR HOF Announces Their 2019 Class NASCAR HOF Announces Their 2019 Class
The NASCAR Hall of Fame has announced the Class of 2019, which comprises three former drivers Jeff Gordon, Davey Allison and Alan Kulwicki and two current owners Jack Roush and Roger Penske. To be inducted you had to appear on the most ballots amongst the other 15 nominees. There were 57 ballots in total, which included an online fan vote. Without question, Gordon is the headliner and he would receive 96% of the vote (how did he not appear on all of the ballots?) Gordon was a four time Winston Cup Champion (1995, 1997, 1998 & 2001) a three time Daytona 500 winner (1997, 1999 & 2005) and the overall winner of 93 races on the NASCAR circuit. Perhaps more importantly he was the face of NASCAR for over a decade and his success transcended the sport. He appeared on mainstream talk shows, hosted Saturday Night Live and arguably exceeded levels of mainstream popularity that no other car driver had in the United States and as such raised the profile of the sport. Davey Allison had 19 NASCAR wins in what was an abbreviated career. Allison, who was the 1987 Rookie of the Year died at the age of 33 in a helicopter crash in 1993. He is the son of NASCAR Hall of Famer, Bobby Allison. Alan Kulwicki also died in 1993, his demise coming by way of an airplane crash. Kulwicki was the Winston Cup Champion in 1992 and won 5 races over his NASCAR career. Jack Roush is the co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing and since he began owning cars in 1988 he has accumulated 137 wins on the NASCAR Cup Series. Roger Penske has been a team owner since 1972 and his drivers boast 108 wins. He was also a track owner in the 1990’s. This is the tenth Class for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We here at have not a very good job in updating our NASCAR list in the past two years but we will endeavor to fix that this summer. We would like to congratulate all of the new members of the 2019 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 24 May 2018 00:51:07 +0000
Vincent Jackson Retires Jackson Retires
A day after we added some more additions to our 2021 and 2022 Football Futures, it looks like we will have another addition to get to as it has been announced that Wide Receiver Vincent Jackson is now retired. The news came when Jackson’s agent, Jonathan Feinsod told ESPN that his client is “very happily retired”. Jackson was a second round draft pick from Northern Colorado who was known for his big play ability and explosiveness on the gridiron. In a career split with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers he would go to three Pro Bowls and accrue six 1,000 Yard seasons, topping off at 1,384 in 2012. That season he would lead the National Football League in Yards per Reception. He retires with 9,080 Receiving Yards with 57 Touchdown Receptions. Jackson will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022 and we will add his profile to the 2022 Football Futures Section soon. We here at would like to thank Vincent Jackson for the memories on the field and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsSat, 19 May 2018 00:05:31 +0000
More Additions to the 2021 & 2022 Football Futures Additions to the 2021 & 2022 Football Futures
A lot of what we do on is maintaining existing sections. One of those is the Football Futures where players take their time in retiring in hopes of latching on to another team. As such, it feels like we are constantly adding batches to our futures section and today is one of those days. We have had some new names to the 2021 and 2022 Football Futures list: They are as follows: 2021: B.J. Raji: A Nose Tackle who spent his entire career with the Green Bay Packers, B.J. Raji helped the Pack win Super Bowl XLV. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2011. Brandon Meriweather: A Defensive Back from Miami of Florida, Brandon Meriweather would be a Pro Bowl representative in both 2009 and 2010. Jerod Mayo: Mayo was named the 2008 Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2008 and would go on to two Pro Bowls. In a career spent entirely with the New England Patriots, he would help his team win two Super Bowls. Jon Beason: “Big Beas” came from the legendary University of Miami and would become a three time Pro Bowler at Linebacker. Louis Vazquez: Vazquez would help the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50 while going to a Pro Bowl in 2013. Tim Jennings: Jennings would win a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears but later would go to two Pro Bowls as a Chicago Bear. 2022: Antonio Cromartie: Cromartie was a four time Pro Bowl Cornerback who spent most of his career with the New York Jets. Jeremy Zuttah: Zuttah was a Pro Bowl Center in 2016, which was his final season in the NFL. Jerome Felton: Felton played Fullback in the NFL where he was a Second Team All Pro and Pro Bowl Selection in 2012. Josh Brown: Brown was a Pro Bowl Place Kicker in 2015 and in 2010 he kicked the most Field Goals in the NFL. Ryan Clady: Clady was a four time Pro Bowl Offensive Tackle who assisted the Denver Broncos win Super Bowl 50. Don’t be surprised if we add more to the 2021 and 2022 Football Futures later on in the year. We are also in the beginning stages of prepping our 2023 Football Futures. As always, we here at hope that you will cast your votes and offer your opinions!
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsFri, 18 May 2018 05:41:11 +0000
DeAngelo Hall Retires Hall Retires
We have another significant retirement in Pro Football as DeAngelo Hall of the Washington Redskins has announced that he is done playing pro football. Hall spoke modestly about his career calling it “average” when speaking at the Ryan Kerrigan Leukemia and Lymphoma Society golf tournament. He had more to say about his career being Hall of Fame worthy: “Not great; on pace to be really good until four years ago. I had a vision of a gold jacket. The injuries the last couple years have been very hard on me, so that's out of the question. Who's to say I can't get in there another way. That's my focus. I still want a gold jacket, whether I get one as an exec, a coach. I'm going to get me a damn gold jacket. Believe that." Damn, we love that quote! The eighth overall draft pick in 2004 out of Virginia Tech began his pro career with the Atlanta Falcons where the Defensive Back was chosen for two Pro Bowls (2005 & 2006). After a brief stop in Oakland he signed with Washington where he would spend the last nine and half seasons there. Hall would be chosen for his third Pro Bowl in 2010. Hall retires with 43 Interceptions over a 171 Game career. We here at wish DeAngelo Hall the best in that chase for the gold jacket!
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 17 May 2018 21:48:25 +0000
Matt Light named to the New England Patriots HOF Light named to the New England Patriots HOF
One of our favorite franchise Halls of Fame has announced their latest inductee. Former Offensive Tackle, Matt Light has been chosen via a fan vote to be the 27th member of the New England Patriots Hall of Fame. Light was drafted in the Second Round in 2001 out of Purdue and he would quickly take over the starting Left Tackle role for the Pats. Light would play 155 Games for New England and started in 153 of them. Three times (2006, 2007 & 2010) Light was named to the Pro Bowl and he was chosen as a First Team All Pro in 2007. He becomes the fourth player after Kevin Faulk, Troy Brown and Tedy Bruschi to enter the Patriots Hall of Fame with three Super Bowl Rings. Light’s induction ceremony will be held on September 29th at the NRG Plaza. We here would like to congratulate Matt Light on receiving this prestigious honor.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 17 May 2018 10:42:00 +0000
The Buffalo Bills to retire Thurman Thomas' number Buffalo Bills to retire Thurman Thomas' number
As most of the regular visitors to are aware we are (very) slowly putting together our top 50 players of every franchise in the “Big 4” of North American sports. After that is completed we will take a look at how each organization honors their past players and executives. As such, it is important to us that the Buffalo Bills have announced that they will be retiring the number 34 of Thurman Thomas. Thomas was a vital part of the AFC juggernaut that went to four straight Super Bowls from 1990 to 1993. A five time Pro Bowl and two-time First Team All Pro Selection, Thomas rushed for 11,938 Yards with 65 Touchdowns for Buffalo and he would add another 4,341 Yards Receiving with 22 Touchdown Receptions. From 1989 to 1992, he would be the league leader in Yards From Scrimmage. Thomas was named the league MVP in 1991 and e was chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. Thomas becomes the third player to have his number retired by the Bills. He joins fellow teammates Jim Kelly (12) and Bruce Smith (78). We here at would like to congratulate Thurman Thomas on receiving this prestigious honor.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsWed, 16 May 2018 20:02:00 +0000
Nick Collison Retires Collison Retires
After 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association, Nick Collison of the Oklahoma City Thunder has announced his retirement from Professional Basketball. Collison was a star player at Kansas where in 2003 the big man was named a Consensus First Team All-American and the Big 12 Player of the Year and would be drafted 12th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics. He would play his entire career with the organization, joining them as they relocated to Oklahoma City. While he was a superstar at Kansas, Collison was mostly used off of the bench, starting only 177 of the 910 games he played. He retires with Per Game Averages of 5.9 Points and 5.2 Rebounds and is franchise history he is third in Games Played, fourth in Rebounds and sixth in Blocks. With his retirement there is no player left who came following the move from Seattle to Oklahoma City. While we are unlikely to rank him once he is Hall of Fame eligible, he should eventually find a spot in the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Once we get to ranking those who should be consider for the College Hall, expect to see Collison’s name right up there! We here at would like to congratulate Nick Collison for his career in basketball and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsSun, 13 May 2018 08:49:54 +0000
The St. Louis Cardinals announce their Hall of Fame Class of 2018 St. Louis Cardinals announce their Hall of Fame Class of 2018
The St. Louis Cardinals have announced the three new members who have been chosen to be their Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Two former Cardinals were chosen via an online vote (Vince Coleman and Ray Lankford) and one former player (Harry Breechen) via the team’s “Red Ribbon Committee”, which is comprised of baseball writers, historians, officials and Hall of Famers. Vince Coleman patrolled Leftfield for St. Louis in the first six seasons of his MLB career (1985-90). Coleman was the best base stealer in the National League during that time frame leading the league thefts every single season as a Redbird. Named the Rookie of the Year in 1985, Coleman was a two time All Star (1988 & 1989). Ray Lankford played 13 of his 15 seasons for St. Louis. An All Star in 1997, Lankford had 238 Home Runs with 258 Stolen Bases with a 37.7 bWAR over his Cardinals tenure. Coleman and Lankford beat out Scott Rolen, Lee Smith, John Tudor, Keith Hernandez and Jason Isringhausen. Harry Beechen pitched for the Cardinals in 1940 and from 1943 to 1952. Fro, ’44 to ’49 Beechen would record 14 Wins and he was an All Star in both 1947 and 1948. His ’48 campaign saw him win 20 Games and the ERA, FIP, WHIP and SO/BB title with a fifth place finish in MVP voting. Beechen also helped St. Louis win two World Series (1944 & 1946) and his overall record with the Cardinals was 128 and 79 with a 39.9 bWAR. The class will be officially inducted on August 18. We here at would like to congratulate the new St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Class.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsSun, 06 May 2018 00:44:37 +0000
The Video Game HOF announces their new class Video Game HOF announces their new class
The Strong Museum in Rochester, New York has announced the Video Game Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Spacewar!, John Madden Football, Tomb Raider and Final Fastasy VII were chosen. These four games beat out eight other finalists: Asteroids, Call of Duty, Dance Dance Revolution, Half-Life, King’s Quest, Metroid, Minecraft and Mrs. Pacman. The Strong Museum also houses the Toy Hall of Fame.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 03 May 2018 23:52:41 +0000
Bill Cosby kicked out of two Halls of Fame Cosby kicked out of two Halls of Fame
This just isn’t Bill Cosby’s week. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Television Academy Hall of Fame has removed the disgraced comedian from their institution following Cosby’s guilty verdict in his sexual assault case. His name no longer appears on the honoree list on the Hall’s website and a statue that was commemorated in his honor will not be returning to the Hall of Fame plaza. It had previously been removed due to renovations. Cosby was inducted in 1992 during the final season of his hit NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show. Cosby has also seen his honorary degrees from Yale, SUNY and his alma mater Temple rescinded and it was recently announced that both him and Roman Polanski have been kicked out of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Today, Cosby was also expelled from the Advertising Hall of Fame. It will be interesting to see if athletic Halls of Fame in the future will act as quickly should one of the members pull a “Cosby”.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 03 May 2018 20:43:00 +0000
Major Update: Our Basketball List has been revised Update: Our Basketball List has been revised
We have another major update here at as our Basketball list of those who should be considered for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has gone through a significant revision. Last April during the Final Four, 4 of our top 10 were selected (Steve Nash #1, Jason Kidd #2, Ray Allen #3 and Grant Hill #5), as was another former player in our top 15 (Maurice Cheeks #15). With four leaving our top five, the peak of our list is being overhauled but it will feature three new entries in the top three who we think will make the 2019 Basketball Hall of Fame Class the most loaded ever as we think they are all a lock to get in. Before we get to our revised Basketball list please note that we only rank male players at this time. Our Basketball Top Ten is: Tim Duncan makes his first and what we expect his last appearance on our list at the top spot. Duncan did it all in the NBA winning the MVP twice and the NBA Championship five times in a career spent entirely with the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan would go to 15 All Star Games, was chosen for 10 First Team All-NBA and 8 First Team All-Defensive rosters. He is also in the top ten in Rebounds, Defensive Rebounds, Blocks, Win Shares, VORP and Games Played not to mention being a consensus All-American from Wake Forest. It takes a player like Tim Duncan to have a megastar like Kobe Bryant debut at #2. Bryant played his entire career with the Los Angeles Lakers and he is a five time NBA Champion and one time MVP. Bryant retired third all-time in Points. While we feel Duncan was the better player than Bryant there is no doubt that both are first ballot inductees. We would take Tim over Kobe but the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame won’t see it that way. Kobe is the bona fide headliner. Kevin Garnett arrives in at #3. Amazingly despite being a former MVP himself, a Defensive Player of the Year, and a 15 time All Star he is still behind Duncan and Bryant. Garnett was a legend with the Minnesota Timberwolves but late in his career he led a group of veterans to a NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics. He is currently 2nd overall in Defensive Rebounds and 4th…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 03 May 2018 20:16:37 +0000
Jason Witten Retires Witten Retires
We have another major retirement in the National Football League as it is being reported that Dallas Cowboy Tight End Jason Witten will be retiring and joining the ESPN broadcast team. Drafted in the 3rd Round out of Tennessee in 2003, Witten would see significant playing time in his rookie year but in 2004 he would rise to Pro Bowl status with a 980 Yard season. This would be the first of many seasons where the Dallas Cowboy would be considered an elite Tight End. From 2005 to 2010 he would be named to six more Pro Bowls, which would also include two First Team All Pro Selections. Four more Pro Bowls would follow (2012-14 & 2017). Four of his seasons would see Witten exceed over 90 Receptions and 1,000 Yards, incredible numbers for a Tight End. Witten retires with 12,448 Receiving Yards and 1,152 Receptions, which ranks him second overall in both stats behind Tony Gonzalez for Tight Ends. It also places him twenty-first and fourth respectively among all receivers. With hi 11 Pro Bowls and statistical accumulation he has an excellent shot at entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023. He will certainly have a prime position on our Football list. We here at would like to thank Jason Witten for all of the memories on the field and wish him the best at his impending career at ESPN.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsSat, 28 Apr 2018 16:45:33 +0000
Matt Serra to the UFC HOF Serra to the UFC HOF
The UFC Hall of Fame has announced their latest member to their institution, former UFC Welterweight Champion Matt Serra, who will be inducted on July 5 in the Pioneer’s Wing. Serra first gained major attention by winning The Ultimate Fighter 4 and in the process earning a title shot against Georges St-Pierre, a fight nobody gave him a chance to win. Serra pulled off one of the greatest upsets in UFC history by defeating the Canadian legend by TKO in the first round. Following the win, Serra would become one of the coaches on the Ultimate Fighter 6 and was set to fight opposing coach Matt Hughes but back injuries got in his way and his scheduled title defense against Hughes was scrapped. Serra would not be able to defend his Welterweight Championship for over a year and he did so against St. Pierre in Montreal. This time he would lose to St. Pierre by TKO in the second round. Serra would later finally fight Hughes but he would come up on the losing end via unanimous decision. He would compete in the octagon two more times, with a win over Frank Trigg and loss to Chris Lytle. Matt Serra retired with a record of 11 and 7. We here at would like to congratulate Matt Serra for obtaining this prestigious honor.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsTue, 24 Apr 2018 00:44:22 +0000
Dwight Freeney Retires Freeney Retires
We have another major football retirement worth discussing and pass rusher extraordinaire Dwight Freeney is calling it quits. The Defensive End signed a one day contact with the Indianapolis Colts so he could retire with the team where he had his greatest success. Selected 11th overall by the Colts in 2002, Freeney would become a starter midway through his rookie season and was the runner up for the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Notably, he would record 13 Quarterback Sacks and his elite spin move would baffle offensive lines and he would quickly become known as one of the top pass rushers. The next season, Freeney would again record more than 10 Sacks (11) and would go to his first Pro Bowl. The next two seasons were even better as not only was he named a Pro Bowler but also a First Team All Pro. His 16 Sacks in 2004were enough to lead the NFL and in 2006 he would help the Colts win the Super Bowl. From 2008 to 2011 Freeney would be named to the Pro Bowl, netting him seven trips in total. The 2009 season would also be his third selection as a First Team All Pro. The Colts would not resign Sweeney after the 2013 season and he would spend the next four years playing for the San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and Settle Seahawks. Dwight Freeney retires from the National Football League with 125.5 Sacks, enough for 17th all-time. He will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023 and should receive Hall of Fame consideration and he will definitely land a solid spot on out Football list. We here at would like to thank Dwight Freeney for all of the gridiron memories and we wish him the best on his post-playing career.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsFri, 20 Apr 2018 09:29:44 +0000
The New England Patriots Hall of Fame announce their Finalists New England Patriots Hall of Fame announce their Finalists
The New England Patriots have announced the three Finalists for their Hall of Fame and all three of them were members of the organization’s first three Super Bowls. Matt Light is a first time nominee. The former Left Tackle played 153 Games in the NFL and started all of them in a career that was spent only in New England (2001-11). The former Purdue Boilermaker was a second round pick and was chosen for three Pro Bowls. Richard Seymour is being nominated for the second time. Seymour played for New England from 2001 to 2008 and as a Patriot he was named to five straight Pro Bowls (2002-06) and three straight First Team All Pro squads (2003-05). Mike Vrabel is a nominee for the third time. Vrabel played 125 (starting 110) for the Pats at Linebacker and was a Pro Bowl and First Team All Pro in 2007. You can vote on who you think should be in the Hall at Whoever is selected will be the 27th person selected for the New England Patriots Hall of Fame.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 19 Apr 2018 19:07:27 +0000
RIP: Paul Jones Paul Jones
Following the death of Bruno Sammartino another significant former professional wrestler also passed away as Paul Jones died at the age of 75. Jones began his career in 1961 and competed in various promotions across the United States but by decade’s end he would find a somewhat permanent home in the Carolina working for Mid-Atlantic predominantly in tag teams. Up until that time Jones worked mostly as a babyface but a move to Championship Wrestling from Florida Jones would adopt a cocky heel persona and would dub himself “Number 1” Paul Jones. Over a three year period (1972-74) Jones would prove himself as a bona fide singles star winning the Florida Heavyweight Title four times and also the Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship. He would return to Mid-Atlantic in 1974 though this time he would excel in both tag teams and singles. In an eight year run (the first half as a face, the second as a heel) his most memorable tag team partner would be Ricky Steamboat who he captured three Mid Atlantic and one World Tag Team Title and would win the Mid Atlantic Title and the United States title three times. In 1982 Jones would become a manager and would lead “Paul Jones’ Army”, which essentially was a mid-card heel faction in Mid-Atlantic and Crockett Promotions. His most notable feud was against “The Boogie Woogie Man” Jimmy Valiant and he would also manage Manny Fernandez and Rick Rude to the World Tag Team Titles. He would leave the NWA in 1989. We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Paul Jones at this time.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 19 Apr 2018 18:16:14 +0000
RIP: Bruno Sammartino Bruno Sammartino
It was reported today that Bruno Sammartino passed away today at age 82. While the cause is not yet known it was disclosed that the professional wrestling legend had been battling serious illness over that past few months. From Abruzzo, Italy, Sammartino’s family hid from Nazi soldiers during the latter part of World War II and the family would move to the United States in 1950. A natural athlete, Sammartino got into bodybuilding and weightlifting and was before long a barrel chested toughman who got into amateur wrestling and was a natural fit for the rank of the pros. Beginning his career in his adopted hometown of Pittsburgh, Sammartino was an instant hit, as not only did he appeal as an ethnic babyface to the Italian-American community he physically looked the part of a wrestling superstar. Pittsburgh loved Bruno but working for Vince McMahon Sr.’s Capital Sports Promotion in New York City was an even greater fit. With a large Italian community, Sammartino was made for New York City and before long he was a top of the card act there as well as Toronto, where he sold the house in bouts against Lou Thesz. Capital Sports would break away from the National Wrestling Alliance and have “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers as their champion but he was a little long in the tooth and was not the draw that McMahon Sr. needed. Sammartino had previously left McMahon Sr. earlier feeling jilted on previous payoffs but as they say in the WWE (then named the WWWF) “never say never” and he returned to New York. On May 17, 1963 Sammartino defeated Rogers to win the World Wide Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship in less than a minute and Bruno was established as the biggest star in the Northeast. He would hold the championship for what is still a record seven years, eight months and one day and successfully defended his belt and sold out Madison Square Gardens against what seemed to be every major heel in the 60’s. That list included: Spiros Arion Giant Baba Freddie Blassie The Crusher Dr. Jerry Graham Curtis Iaukea Gene Kiniski Killer Kowalski Ernie “The Big Cat” Ladd Bill Miller Gorilla Monsoon The Sheik George “The Animal” Steele Professor Toru Tanaka Johnny Valentine Waldo Von Erich Bill Watts The title run could have easily reached a decade but Bruno himself decided that he needed a break and…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsThu, 19 Apr 2018 00:48:11 +0000
Major Update: Our Football List has been revised Update: Our Football List has been revised
We have another major update here at as our Football list of those who should be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame has gone through a major revision. Last February, 6 of our top 10 were selected (Ray Lewis #1, Jerry Kramer #2, Randy Moss #3, Brian Dawkins #7, Terrell Owens #8 and Brian Urlacher #9) as was another top 15 (Robert Brazile #15). This has brought as expected a major overhaul in our top 10 list but with the addition of three strong first ballot entries none of the returning entries will crack the top three. Our Football Top Ten is: Former Tight End Tony Gonzalez debuts at number one. Gonzalez is without question the greatest Tight End ever and if you don’t agree with that, you can’t argue that he is not the best in terms of pure offensive skill. The former dual sport star from UCLA is second all-time in Receptions and is a 14 time Pro Bowl Selection. If anyone on this list has a speech ready to go it should be Tony Gonzalez! Champ Bailey makes his inaugural appearance on our list at #2. The Cornerback dominated his position for years and went to twelve Pro Bowls as well as being chosen for three First Team All-Pro rosters. Former Defensive Player of the Year Ed Reed arrives at #3. Like Gonzalez and Bailey, Reed has the credentials of a first ballot Hall of Famer. The Safety is a nine time Pro Bowl and five time First Team All-Pro Selection and is a Super Bowl winner with the Baltimore Ravens. He is also the all-time leader in Interception Return Yards. Alan Faneca returns at #4 and is the highest ranked returnee from our list. The Offensive Lineman has been a Finalist the last two years and is a nine time Pro Bowl and six time First Team All-Pro Selection. He won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Chuck Howley is the highest rated former player who would need to get in via the Senior Committee. Howley, the MVP of Super Bowl V and six time Pro Bowler remains at #5. Four time Super Bowl Champion L.C. Greenwood also holds the same rank as last year as he holds at #6. The former Pittsburgh Steeler was a six time Finalist and like Howley would need the Senior Committee to get inducted. Johnny…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsTue, 17 Apr 2018 16:18:43 +0000
Nick Mangold Retires Mangold Retires
Another day, another retirement in professional football. Nick Mangold, who arguably is one of the most successful Offensive Linemen in New York Jet history has officially retired from the NFL after signing a one day contract so that he could retire in the green and white. Mangold was the 29th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft and the former Ohio State Buckeye would take over immediately as the Jets Center. Not only would Nick Mangold prove to be good at his position he would excel, as seven times (2008-11 & 2013-15) he would be named to the Pro Bowl and he would be named a First Team All-Pro in back-to-back seasons in 2009 and 2010. He would also be a Second Team All Pro in 2011. Mangold played 164 Games in the NFL (all with the Jets) and started every single one of them. He will likely receive consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame of which he will be eligible in 2022. We will be adding his name to the 2022 section later. We here at would like to thank Nick Mangold for the memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsTue, 17 Apr 2018 18:06:24 +0000
James Harrison Retires Harrison Retires
It feels like we have written about this before. For the second time, Linebacker James Harrison has announced his retirement via an Instagram post from professional football though we think this time it is going to stick. Undrafted out of Kent State in 2002, James Harrison would sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Harrison would struggle in his early professional years, as he was deemed too short to be an effective NFL Linebacker and was deemed by some of his teammates as a bit of a head case. The former Golden Flash would bounce off and on the practice roster and would see brief action on the main roster in Special Teams but he would be cut by the end of the year. He would sign with Baltimore in 2003 was cut again after a brief stint with Rhein in NFL Europe but was cut again. Harrison signed again with the Steelers in 2004 but this time he would stick. From 2004 to 2006 Harrison (or “Deebo” as he was more commonly known) would play on Special Teams and Outside Linebacker showing much improvement from what they saw in his rookie year. In what had to be considered a surprise by many Harrison took over the starting Right Outside Linebacker position from Joey Porter who had been released due to salary cap issues. Harrison would prove Pittsburgh’s new Head Coach Mike Tomlin right as he emerged as one of the most feared defensive players in the National Football League. In 2007 James Harrison would be chosen for the Pro Bowl, which would be the first of five consecutive. He was also named the Steelers MVP for the year. The next year would be the best season of Harrison’s career as he would record a career high 16 Sacks while earning First Team All Pro Honors. The Linebacker would also lead the league in Approximate Value and would be named the Defensive Player of the Year. Capping the season Harrrison would be the defensive force in the Steelers Super Bowl Win over Arizona. During the game he returned an Interception 100 Yards for a Touchdown, which is still the longest pick in Super Bowl History. This would be Harrison’s second Super Bowl as he played a minor role in their win three years previous. In 2010 Harrison would be named a First Team All-Pro for the second time and he would compete…
[email protected] (Committee Chairman)Not in Hall of Fame NewsTue, 17 Apr 2018 03:23:27 +0000