Two Days ago, we here at Notinhalloffame.com had our mock Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee, where we debated and advanced the 15 we felt should be this year’s Finalists. As much as we would love to be the deciders, we are not, but the process is always fun, and let’s get to was chosen by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Finalists pared down from 26 Semi-Finalists, who were chosen from 126 Preliminary Candidates.
Jared Allen: Defensive End: 2004-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2008-13 Minnesota Vikings, 2014-15 Chicago Bears & 2016 Carolina Panthers. This is Allen’s second year of eligibility, and was a Finalist last year, and anyone who makes it as a Finalist in his first year of eligibility will make it to Canton eventually. Allen led the NFL in Sacks twice (2007 & 2011) and had 136.0 in total. He was also a five-time First Team All-Pro. Ranked #24 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Willie Anderson: Right Tackle: 1996-07 Cincinnati Bengals & 2008 Baltimore Ravens: Anderson is a three-time First Team All-Pro, four time Pro Bowler, and is a Finalist for the first time after being eligible since 2014. Ranked #268 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 Finalist for the second time, and is in his sixth year of eligibility. Ranked #10 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 now been a Finalist for six years in a row. Ranked #36 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 five-year streak of Semi-Finalist nods, and he was also a Finalist the last two years. In terms of gaining momentum over the past three years, Butler is in the upper-tier of the list. Ranked #69 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Devin Hester: Wide Receiver/Returner: 2006-16 Chicago Bears. 2014-15 Atlanta Falcons, 2016 Baltimore Ravens & 2016 Seattle Seahawks. Hester becomes a Finalist on his first year on the ballot, and he was the most feared returner of his day. A three-time First Team All-Pro, Hester had 14,455 Return Yards and an all-time record 19 Return Touchdowns. Ranked #103 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Andre Johnson: Wide Receiver: 2003-16 Houston Texans, 2015 Indianapolis Colts 2016 Tennessee Titans. Easily the best offensive player in Texans history, Johnson was a two-time leader in Receptions and Receiving Yards, and would amass 14,185 total Receiving Yards and 64 Touchdowns. Johnson is a two-time First Team All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl Selection and is in his first year of eligibility. Ranked #30 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 is now a four-time Finalist, but the Wide Receiver position is loaded with worthy candidates. Ranked #6 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. Mills made it as a Finalist for the first time three years ago, but is in his last year of eligibility. It is now or never. Ranked #40 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. This is his fourth consecutive year as a Finalist. Ranked #35 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. Thomas is now a three-time Finalist. Ranked #21 on Notinhalloffame.com
DeMarcus Ware: Linebacker: 2005-13 Dallas Cowboys & 2014-16 Denver Broncos: Ware is a four-time First Team All-Pro and two-time Sack leader who had 138.5 Sacks overall. Also, a nine-time Pro Bowl Selection, Ware helped Denver win Super Bowl 50. He is a Finalist on his first year of eligibility. Ranked #1 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 in now a Finalist in his first three years on the ballot. Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Patrick Willis: Linebacker: 2007-14 San Francisco 49ers. Willis played his entire career with San Francisco, and was a five-time First Team All-Pro Selection, went to seven Pro Bowls, and twice led the NFL in Tackles. He is in his third year of eligibility and is a Finalist for the first time. Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com.
Bryant Young: Defensive Tackle: 1994-07 San Francisco 49ers. Like Willis, Young played his entire career with San Francisco where he won a Super Bowl as a rookie. He went to four Pro Bowls, was a one-time First Team All-Pro and had 89.5 career Sacks. Young was a Finalist before in 2020. Ranked #159 on Notinhalloffame.com.
The ten men who were eliminated were Eric Allen, Anquan Boldin, Eddie George, Robert Mathis, Steve Smith, Steve Tasker, Fred Taylor, Hines Ward, Ricky Watters, Vince Wilfork and Darren Woodson.
We can’t wait to see who the Pro Football Hall of Fame selects, and a reminder that we will be doing our Mock Committee two Tuesdays before the Super Bowl.