It’s Thanksgiving week in the United States, and we here at Notinhalloffame.com have a lot to be thankful for.
Days after the 2022 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot was released, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 26 men who gave advanced to the Semi-Final round. This group was pared down form 123 Preliminary candidates.
The 26 Semi-Finalists are:
Eric Allen. Cornerback, PHI 1988-94, NOR 1995-97 & OAK 1998-01. Eligible since 2007, Allen has never been a Finalist, though is a returning Semi-Finalist, with his first coming last year. Allen had 54 Interceptions over his career, 34 of which as an Eagle. Five of his six Pro Bowls were with Philadelphia, and he was a First Team All-Pro in 1989. Ranked #43 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Jared Allen. Defensive End, KAN 2004-07, MIN 2008-13, CHI 2014-15 & CAR 2015. Last year, Allen was a Finalist in his first year of eligibility, and it is expected he will be again in 2022. A five-time Pro Bowl Selection and four-time First Team All-Pro, Allen twice led the NFL in Sacks, is a one-time leader in Tackles for Loss, and was the runner-up for the Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. Allen is 4th all-time in Tackles for Loss (171), 16th all-time in Sacks (136.0), and 22nd all-time in Forced Fumbles (32). Ranked #24 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Willie Anderson. Offensive Tackle, CIN 1997-07, BAL 2008. Anderson has been eligible since 2013, and made the Semi-Finals for the first time last year. He played in 195 Games, went to four Pro Bowls and is a three-time First Team All-Pro. Ranked #268 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Ronde Barber. Cornerback/Safety, TB 1997-12. Barber has been a Semi-Finalist all of the five years he has been eligible, and he broke through to the Finals for the first time last year. A Super Bowl Champion, Barber was a three-time First Team All-Pro, five-time Pro Bowl Selection, and he led the NFL in Interceptions in 2001 (10). Barber is in rare company as a 25/25 player (Sacks & Interceptions), accumulating 47 Interceptions and 28.0 Sacks. Ranked #12 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Anquan Boldin. Wide Receiver, ARI 2003-09, BAL 2010-12, SFO 2013-15 & DET 2016. Boldin is eligible for the first time this year, and he is a three-time Pro Bowler. He accumulated 13,779 Receiving Yards with 82 Touchdowns. Ranked #73 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Tony Boselli. Offensive Tackle, JAX 1995-01. Boselli is now a seven-time Semi-Finalist and has been a Finalist the last five years. He went to five Pro Bowls and was a three-time First Time All-Pro. Ranked #36 on Notinhalloffame.com.
LeRoy Butler. Safety, GB 1990-01. A Super Bowl Champion, Butler is a Semi-Finalist for the fifth consecutive year and has been a Finalist the last two years. Butler was named to four Pro Bowls and four First Team All-Pros, and would record 38 Interceptions and 20.5 Sacks. Ranked #69 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Eddie George. Running Back, TEN 1996-03 & DAL 2004. George has been eligible since 2010, but this is the first time that he has made the Semi-Final cut. George rushed for 10,441 Yards, and had 12,668 Yards From Scrimmage with 78 Touchdowns. Ranked #173 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Devin Hester. Wide Receiver, Punt Returner, Kick Returner, CHI 2006-13, ATL 2014-15, BAL 2016 & SEA 2016. Hester is in his first year of eligibility, and was a three-time First Team All-Pro as a Returner. Hester amassed 14,455 All-Purpose Yards and is 12th all-time in Kick Return Yards (7,333), and 3rd all-time in Punt Return Yards (3,695). He is also the all-time leader in Punt Return Touchdowns (14). Ranked #103 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Torry Holt. Wide Receiver, STL 1999-08 & JAX 2009. Holt is now an eight-time Semi-Finalist and was a Finalist the last two years. Holt won a Super Bowl with the Rams, led the NFL in Receiving Yards twice, and went to seven Pro Bowls. He totalled 13,382 Yards with 74 Touchdowns. Ranked #6 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Andre Johnson. Wide Receiver, HOU 2003-14, IND 2015 & TEN 2016. Johnson is a Semi-Finalist on his first year of eligibility, and is a former two-time leader in Receiving Yards. Johnson was a seven-time Pro Bowl Selection and two-time First Team All-Pro, and would amass 14,185 Yards and 70 Touchdowns. Ranked #30 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Robert Mathis. Defensive End, IND 2003-16. Entering his first year of eligibility, Mathis makes the Semi-Finals. A Super Bowl Champion, five-time Pro Bowler and one-time First Team All-Pro, Mathis led the NFL in Forced Fumbles three times, and Sacks once, and had 123.0 Sacks in total. Ranked #111 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Richard Seymour. Defensive End/Defensive Tackle. NE 2001-08 & OAK 2009-12. Seymour has been a Semi-Finalist all five years of his eligibility and a Finalist the last three. A three-time Super Bowl winner with the Patriots, Seymour went to seven Pro Bowls, was named to three First Team All-Pros, and had 57.5 Sacks. Ranked #35 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Sam Mills. Linebacker, NO 1986-94 & CAR 1995-97. Mills in his last year of eligibility, and he is now a five-time Semi-Finalist, and was. A Finalist the last two years. Mills had 20.5 Sacks, 1,265 Tackles and went to five Pro Bowls. Ranked #40 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Steve Smith. Wide Receiver, CAR 2001-13 & BAL 2014-16. Smith is a Semi-Finalist in his first year on the ballot, and he is a five-time Pro Bowl and two-time First Team All-Pro. He led the league in Receiving Yards and Receiving Touchdowns in 2005, and he had 14,731 Yards with 81 Touchdowns. Ranked #12 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Steve Tasker. Special Teams/Wide Receiver. HOU 1985-86 & BUF 1986-97. Tasker is now a nine-time Semi-Finalist but has never been named a Finalist. The Special Teams superstar is in his last year of eligibility and was named to seven Pro Bowls. Ranked #108 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Fred Taylor. Running Back, JAX 1998-08 & NE 2009-10. Taylor is now a three-time Semi-Finalist but has never been a Finalist. Taylor rushed for 11,695 Yards, had 14,079 Yards From Scrimmage and had 74 Touchdowns. He was a one-time Pro Bowl Selection. Ranked #169 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Zach Thomas. Linebacker, MIA 1996-07 & DAL 2008. Thomas is now a four-time Semi-Finalist and was a Finalist the last two years. The Linebacker twice led the NFL in Combined Tackles, was a five-time First Team All-Pro and went to seven Pro Bowls. He would accumulate 17 Interceptions, 20.5 Sacks and 1,734 Combined Tackles, which is currently fifth all-time. Ranked #21 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Hines Ward. Wide Receiver, PIT 1998-11. Ward has been named a Semi-Finalist all six of his years of eligibility but has never been a Finalist. Ward won two Super Bowls, went to four Pro Bowls and has 12,083 Receiving Yards with 85 Touchdowns. Ranked #32 on Notinhalloffame.com.
DeMarcus Ware. Linebacker, DAL 2005-13 & DEN 2014-16. Ware is in his first year of eligibility, and is a four-time First Team All-Pro as well as a nine-time Pro Bowler. Twice leading the NFL in Sacks, Ware had 138.5 (13th all-time) in total and was the runner-up in 2008 for the Defensive Player of the Year. He is also a three-time leader in Tackles for Loss and is fourth all-time (171). Ware is also 15th all-time in Forced Fumbles (35). Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Ricky Watters. Running Back, SF 1992-94, PHI 1995-97 & SEA 1998-01. Watters has been eligible since 2007, and this is the second time that he made the list of Semi-Finalists. A five-time Pro Bowler, Watters had 14,891 Yards from Scrimmage with 91 Touchdowns. Ranked #44 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Reggie Wayne. Wide Receiver, IND 2001-14. Wayne has been a Semi-Finalist all three years he has been eligible, and has been a Finalist the last two years. A Super Bowl Champion, Wayne went to six Pro Bowls, is a one-time First Team All-Pro and has 14,345 Yards with 82 Touchdowns. Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Vince Wilfork. Defensive Tackle, NE 2004-14 & HOU 2015-16. Wilfork is eligible for the first time this year, and won two Super Bowls with New England. He is a five-time Pro Bowler, one-time First Team All-Pro, and is one of best Nose Tackles of the last twenty years. Ranked #145 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Patrick Willis. Linebacker, SF 2007-14. Willis has been a Semi-Finalist in all three years of his eligibility but has yet to be a Finalist. He was a seven-time Pro Bowl, five-time First Team All-Pro and two-time leader in Tackles. Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Darren Woodson. Safety, DAL 1992-03. Woodson is a Semi-Finalist for the sixth time but has never been a Finalist. He went to five Pro Bowls, was a three-time First Team All-Pro and had 23 Interceptions. Ranked #89 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Bryant Young. Defensive Tackle, SF 1994-07. Young is now a three-time Semi-Finalist, and was a Finalist two years ago. A four-time Pro Bowler, Young had 89.5 Sacks over his career. Ranked #159 on Notinhalloffame.com.
We will be doing our Mock Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee to decide who we would advance to the Finals. A date for that will announced later.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the Semi-Finalists for making it to this stage.