Wednesday, October 31, 2007

NFL Hall of Fame List

Well, the preliminary list for the hall of fame was released today, along with what first year eligible players are included. The big names from that group are primarily Darrell Green, a no brainer first balloter, and Cris Carter, which I think has more resistance then most are going to expect.

Now next year I can't find one big name who retired that people are going to demand in the hall, so that could be a great year for some folks. The following though is who I would vote in the next two years, before Jerry Rice becomes eligible and SayHey takes a trip to Canton.

2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class

Darrell Green, CB, Washington Redskins
1983-2002 54 interceptions lifetime, 6 of them for touchdowns, fastest man in football

Art Monk, WR, Washington Redskins

1980-1995 940 receptions 12721 yards 13.5 average 68 touchdowns

Richard Dent, DE, Chicago Bears
1983-1997 137.5 sack 8 interceptions sixth all time on the sack list

Gary Zimmerman, OL, Minnesota Vikings
1986-1997 7 time pro bowler, one of the best linemen of his era

Derrick Thomas, LB, Kansas City Chiefs
1989-1999 642 total tackles 127.5 sacks 40 forced fumbles

Lester Hayes, CB, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
1977-1986 39 interception 1980 AP Defensive Player of the Year

Cornelius Bennett, LB, Buffalo Bills
1987-2000 1190 total tackles 71.5 sacks 30 forced fumbles

2009 Hall of Fame

Clay Matthews, LB, Cleveland Browns
1978-1996 19 seasons and 278 games in the NFL (third most in NFL history)

Russ Grimm, OL, Washington Redskins
1981-1991 A key part of "the hogs" on championship Redskin teams

Steve Atwater, S, Denver Broncos
1989-1999 1180 total tackles 24 interceptions ronnie lott light

Roger Craig, RB, San Francisco 49ers
1983-1993 1991 attempts 8189 yards 56 touchdowns rushing 566 catches 17 touchdowns catching

Ray Guy, P, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
1973-1986 1049 punts 44493 yards 42.4 average

Andre Reed, WR, Buffalo Bills
1985-2000 951 catches 13198 yards 13.9 average 87 touchdowns

Bob Kuechenberg, OL, Miami Dolphins
1970-1984 Member of undefeated Dolphins team and other championships


SayHey Kid said...

Not bad!!

I didnt realize so many stars were still waiting to get into the Hall. OH and a big "HA HA' to Joe Theeesman.

Shane Rollins said...

Stabler and the other Raiders QB still aren't in the hall, same with Andre Tippet

SayHey Kid said...

Yeh, neither is Russ Grim/Joe Jacoby (Hogs) or Charles Haley (4 Super Bowls)

I kinda like it this way, complete exclusivity (a newly coined word by yours truely)

Mark said...

Brian Mitchell should be a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame. And he will be eligible in 09. If you question his credentials, then you must've not paid any attention to football in the 90s, or just do some research.