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22. Steve Tasker

Without question, Steve Tasker is the most famous (and best) Special Teams player in Buffalo Bills history.  Tasker was not a large man, but an exceptionally hard hitter and was known for forcing fumbles.  He was held in such high regard that he would make multiple Pro Bowls and was a Semi-Finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A look at the Preliminary Nominees for the PFHOF

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

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

* Denotes Finalist

+ Denotes First Year of Eligibility

Quarterbacks:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Running Backs:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Fullbacks:

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

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



Wide Receivers: 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Tight Ends:

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



Offensive Lineman:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Defensive Lineman:

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

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

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

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

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



Linebackers:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Defensive Backs:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Kickers/Punters:

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

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

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

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



Special Teams:

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

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



Coaches:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please note that we do not rank Coaches.



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

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

You know we will be paying attention!

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces their Semi-Finalists

A huge day is afoot for us as the Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their 25 Semi-Finalists for the Class of 2021.

The 25 were pared down from 130 Preliminary nominees, which includes four first year eligible players:

They are:

Eric Allen:  Cornerback: 1998-94 Philadelphia, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints & 1998-01 Oakland Raiders.  Eligible since 2007, Allen cracked his way to Semi-Finals for the first time.  He has 54 career Interceptions and is a six-time Pro Bowl Selection.  Ranked #42 on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Jared Allen: Defensive End:  2004-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-13 Minnesota Vikings, 2014-15 Chicago Bears & 2016 Carolina Panthers.  This is Allen’s first year of eligibility, and he was expected by many to make it to this round.  Allen led the NHL in Sacks twice (2007 & 2011) and had 136.0 in total.  He was also a five-time First Team All-Pro.  Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Willie Anderson: Tackle: 1996-07 Cincinnati Bengals, 2008 Baltimore Ravens.  Anderson has been Hall of Fame eligible since 2014, but this is his first time making it as a Semi-Finalist.  Ranked #283 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ronde Barber:  Cornerback/Safety:  1997-12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Barber is a former Super Bowl Champion and was the 2001 leader in Interceptions.  He has over 1,000 Solo Tackles with 47 career Interceptions.  Barber is a Semi-Finalist for the fourth consecutive year, all beginning with his first year of eligibility.  This has not yet translated into a Finalists appearance.  Ranked #13 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Cornelius Bennett:  Linebacker: 1987-95 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons & 1999-00 Indianapolis Colts.  Bennett has been eligible since 2006 but this is the first time, he has made it to the Semi-Finals.  Over his career, Bennett helped take Buffalo to four Super Bowls, had 71.5 Sacks and was a five-time Pro Bowler. Ranked #124 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Tony Boselli:  Tackle: 1995-01 Jacksonville Jaguars & 2002 Houston Texans.  The career of Boselli was short, but he is believed to be the greatest Jaguar of all-time. The Lineman has been a Finalist for the last four years.  Ranked #45 on Notinhalloffame.com

LeRoy Butler: Safety: 1990-01 Green Bay Packers.  Butler had 38 career Interceptions, won a Super Bowl and went to four Pro Bowls over his career.  He is on a four-year streak of Semi-Finalist nods, and he was a Finalist last year.  Ranked #73 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Alan Faneca:  Guard: 1998-07 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets & 2010 Arizona Cardinals.  A Super Bowl Champion with the Steelers, Faneca went to nine Pro Bowls and was a six-time First Team All-Pro.  Faneca has been a Semi-Finalist and Finalist in his first five years of eligibility, and this is year six.  Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Rodney Harrison:  Safety: 1994-02 San Diego Chargers & 2003-08 New England Patriots.  Winning two Super Bowls with the Patriots, Harrison is also a two-time Pro Bowler. Eligible since 2014, Harrison is a Semi-Finalist for the first time.  Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

Torry Holt:  Wide Receiver:  1998-08 St. Louis Rams & 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars.  Holt won a Super Bowl with the Rams, and he went to seven Pro Bowls with 12,832 career Receiving Yards.  Holt made it to the Finals last year, and has been a Semi-Finalist every year, with this ballot making number seven.   Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Calvin Johnson: Wide Receiver:  2007-15 Detroit Lions.  Johnson went to six Pro Bowls, three First Team All-Pros and was considered the most exciting Wide Receiver of his day.  This is his first year on the ballot.  Ranked #27 on Notinhalloffame.com.

John Lynch: Free Safety:  1993-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers & 2004-07 Denver Broncos.  Lynch went to seven Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl with Tampa Bay.  He has been a Finalist the last seven years, and is likely set for an eighth.  Ranked #25 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Peyton Manning: Quarterback:  1998-11 Indianapolis Colts & 2012-15 Denver Broncos.  Manning took both the Colts and Broncos to a Super Bowl win, and he is a five-time MVP with 14 Pro Bowls and seven First Team All-Pros.  He would throw for 71,940 Yards and 539 Touchdowns and this is his first year on the ballot.   Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Clay Matthews:  Linebacker: 1978-93 Cleveland Browns & 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons.  A four-time Pro Bowler, Matthews had 69.5 Sacks with 1,595 Combined Tackles.  Matthews is a Semi-Finalist for the fifth straight time, but has never been a Finalist.  This is his last year on the Modern Era ballot, so it is now or (likely) never.  Ranked #75 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Sam Mills:  Linebacker: 1986-94 New Orleans Saints & 1995-97 Carolina Panthers.  A five-time Pro Bowler, Mills began his pro career in the USFL.  A four-time Semi-Finalist, Mills made it to the Finals for the first time, last year, but only has two more years of Modern Era eligibility.  Ranked #48 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Richard Seymour:  Defensive End/Defensive Tackle:  2001-08 New England Patriots & 2009-12 Oakland Raiders.  Seymour won three Super Bowls with the Patriots, went to seven Pro Bowls and was a three-time First Team All-Pro.  He is a Semi-Finalist for the fourth straight year and was a Finalist the last two years.  Ranked #39 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Steve Tasker:  Special Teams/Wide Receiver:  1985-86 Houston Oilers & 1986-97 Buffalo Bills.  Tasker went to seven Pro Bowls, and despite having never been a Finalist, he has been a Semi-Finalist seven other times.  Ranked #106 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Fred Taylor:  Running Back:  1998-08 Jacksonville Jaguars & 2009-10 New England Patriots.  With 11,695 career Rushing Yards, Taylor is also a one-time Pro Bowl Selection.  Taylor, who was first eligible in 2016, is on his second straight Semi-Finalist ballot.  Ranked #171 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Zach Thomas:  Linebacker:  1996-07 Miami Dolphins & 2008 Dallas Cowboys:  Thomas led the NFL in Combined Tackles twice (2002 & 2006) and he is five-time First Team All-Pro.  He also has 1,727 career Combined Tackles.  A Semi-Finalist for the last three years, Thomas was a Finalist for the first time, last year.  Ranked #23 on Notinhalloffame.com

Hines Ward:  Wide Receiver:  1998-11 Pittsburgh Steelers.  Ward won two Super Bowls with a Super Bowl MVP on his resume, and the four-time Pro Bowl Selection recorded an even 1,000 Receptions with 12,083 Yards with 86 Touchdowns.  Ward has been a Semi-Finalist every year since eligibility, but it has not translated into a spot in the Finals.  Ranked #33 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Reggie Wayne:  Wide Receiver:  2001-14 Indianapolis Colts.  A six-time Pro Bowl and one-time Super Bowl Champion, Wayne has 14,345 Receiving Yards with 82 Touchdowns.  Wayne was a Finalist last year in what was his first year on the ballot.  Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Patrick Willis:  Linebacker: 2007-14 San Francisco 49ers.  The Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2007, Willis went to five First Team All-Pros over his career.  Willis was a Semi-Finalist last year in what was his first year of eligibility.  Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Charles Woodson:  Cornerback/Safety:  1998-05 & 2013-15 Oakland Raiders & 2006-12 Green Bay Packers.  Woodson is a Super Bowl Champion with the Packers and has 65 career Interceptions.  The nine-time Pro Bowler is also a former Defensive Rookie of the Year (1998) and Defensive Player of the Year (2009).  This is Woodson’s first year of eligibility.  Ranked #2 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Darren Woodson:  Safety: 1992-03 Dallas Cowboys.  Woodson won three Super Bowls with Dallas and was a three-time First Team All-Pro.  This is his fifth year as a Semi-Finalist but Woodson has yet to be named a Finalist.  Ranked #94 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Bryant Young:  Defensive Tackle:  1994-07 San Francisco 49ers.  Eligible since 2013, Young was a Semi-Finalist and Finalist last year for the first time.  The career Niner had 89.5 Sacks, won a Super Bowl and went to four Pro Bowls.  Ranked #164 on Notinhalloffame.com.

The only two eligible Semi-Finalists from last year who did not reach this stage are Ricky Watters and Simeon Rice.

This group will be shrunk to 15 in January.  

We are in the preliminary stages of creating a Zoom meeting of football bloggers and Hall of Fame aficionados who will act as if we are the Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee and debate as to who we think should advance.   

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106. Steve Tasker

Steve Tasker may have been listed as a Wide Receiver but with only 51 career receptions it is hard to think of him as a successful wide out.  Tasker did however make the Prow Bowl but it was not because of his offensive capabilities but from his prowess on the Special Teams.
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