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It is always onward and upward for us at Notinhalloffame.com, and as such we wanted to take the time to update our Football Futures section.  This is the portion of the website where you have the opportunity to let us know your opinion as whether retired players who are not yet eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame should be enshrined in Canton.  This process also helps us establish where these players should be ranked once eligible.

We already had the Football Futures from 2016, 2017 and 2018 up, and recently we have updated our 2017 Football Futures Section. 

Next, of course will be the following year as we are updating the 2018 Football Futures Section.

First, here are the 2018 Football Future candidates who had already been uploaded:

Antoine Winfield, a Cornerback who made three Pro Bowls with the Minnesota Vikings.

Brian Urlacher, a Linebacker synonymous with the Chicago Bears and was a four time First Team All Pro Selection.

James Farrior, a Linebacker who won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers and went to two Pro Bowls.

Jason Hanson, a Place Kicker who retired third all time in scoring.

Jeff Saturday, a Center who was a six time Pro Bowler and leader of the Offensive Line that took the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl win.

Keith Brooking, a Linebacker who was a five time Pro Bowl Selection.

Matt Birk, a Center who went to six Pro Bowls and helped the Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl.

Michael Turner, a Running Back who went to two Pro Bowls and was a one time First Team All Pro.

Ray Lewis, a Linebacker who was a two time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, a six time First Team All Pro Selection and a two time Super Bowl Champion with the Baltimore Ravens.

Randy Moss, a Wide Receiver who led the NFL in Receiving Touchdowns and was a four time First Team All Pro Selection.

Richard Seymour, a Defensive Tackle/End who won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots and was chosen for three First Team All Pro squads.

Ronde Barber, a Cornerback who went to five Pro Bowls and helped the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win a Super Bowl.

Shawn Merriman, a Linebacker who went to three Pro Bowls and was the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Steve Hutchinson, an Offensive Lineman who was a seven time Pro Bowler and two time NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year.

Takeo Spikes, a Linebacker with over 1,400 career tackles and a two time Pro Bowl Selection.



Here are the new additions to the 2018 Football Future Candidates:

Bart Scott, a Linebacker who was once a one time Pro Bowler.

Brandon Moore, an Offensive Tackle with one Pro Bowl Selection.

Braylon Edwards, a Wide Receiver who went to one Pro Bowl.

Brendon Ayanbadejo, a Linebacker who went to three Pro Bowls and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens.

Brian Jennings, a Long Snapper who went to a Pro Bowl in 2004.

Casey Hampton, a Nose Tackle who went to five Pro Bowls and won two Super Bowls with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chris Cooley, a Tight End who spent his entire career with the Washington Redskins earning two Pro Bowls.

Chris Hope, a Safety who went to one Pro Bowl and won a Super Bowl with the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Donald Driver, a Wide Receiver who went to four Pro Bowls and helped the Green Bay Packers win a Super Bowl.

Jamaal Brown, an Offensive Tackle who went to two Pro Bowls and earned a First Team All Pro spot.

Kyle Vanden Bosch, a Defensive End who went to three Bowls.

Leonard Davis, an Offensive Lineman who made it to three Pro Bowls.

Marcus Trufant, a Cornerback who spent most of his time with the Seattle Seahawks and went to the Pro Bowl once.

Nate Clements, a Cornerback who went to one Pro Bowl.

Nate Kaeding, a Place Kicker who was chosen for two Pro Bowls.

Todd Heap, a Tight End who went to two Pro Bowls and was once named the NFL Alumni Tight End of the Year.



We will be continuing our work on the football futures and you will be seeing that shortly.  In the meantime we are hopeful that we will receive your input and votes on this batch of future eligible football players.



January is all about the Hall of Fame isn’t it?

The College Football Hall of Fame has announced thirteen new entries for the Class of 2017 comprising of three Head Coaches and ten former players.

Head Coach, Steve Spurrier.  For many, this is the headliner of the 2017 Class.  Spurrier was already inducted as a player from his stint with Florida where he won the 1986 Heisman Trophy.  As a Head Coach, Spurrier took over the reigns of Duke where in three years (1987-89) he would win one ACC Championship and two ACC Coach of the Years.  He would move to his alumni, the University of Florida where he would win five SEC Titles and seven SEC Coach of the Year Awards.  Most importantly, he would take the Gators to the National Championship in 1996.  He was Florida’s coach for 12 seasons.

After a less than stellar performance coaching the Washington Redskins, Spurrier returned to the SEC and took over the reigns of the South Carolina Gamecocks.  He would win one SEC title and another two SEC Coach of the Year Awards.  His overall Coaching record is 228-89-2.

Head Coach, Danny Ford.  Ford took over as the Head Coach of the Clemson Tigers in 1978 and in 1981 he took the University to a consensus National Championship.  He would be named the ACC Coach and Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year in ’81 and is a five time ACC Champion.  He would also coach at Arkansas.  Ford had a coaching record of 122-59-5 and a 6-3 Bowl record.

Head Coach, Larry Kehres.  A former Quarterback at Mount Union, Larry Kehres would return as an Assistant Coach in 1974 and would be named their Head Coach in 1986, a position he would hold until 2012.  He would win 11 Division III Championships for Mount Union.

Quarterback, Peyton Manning.  Manning would become the #1 Draft Pick in 1998 after becoming a superstar at the University of Tennessee.  Manning would be named an All-American in 1997 and won the Davey O’Brien Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Maxwell Award and was named the SEC Player of the Year.  Manning threw for 11,201 Yards with 89 Touchdowns.

Quarterback, Matt Leinart.  Out of USC, Matt Leinart won a multitude of awards including the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year (twice), the Manning Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and of course the Heisman Trophy in 2004.  He would throw for 10,693 Passing Yards with 99 Touchdown Passes.  Most importantly, he took the Trojans to a National Championship in 2004.

Marshall Faulk, Running Back.  Faulk is already a Pro Football Hall of Famer and a Super Bowl Champion.  At San Diego State, the Running Back would finish 2nd and 4th in Heisman Trophy Voting (’92 and ’93 respectively) and rushed for 4,589 Yards with 57 Touchdowns as an Aztec.  He would win the NCAA Rushing Title in 1992 and is a two time Consensus All-American.

Adrian Paterson, Running Back.  At Georgia Southern, Peterson set the Rushing Record in Division IAA with 6.559 Yards.  He would also win the Walter Payton Award in 1999.

Kirk Gibson, Wide Receiver.  Gibson would become far more known for his prowess in Baseball, winning two World Series Championships, but at Michigan State he caught 112 passes for 2,347 Yards and 24 Touchdowns.  He would have the most Receiving Yards in the Big 10 twice.

Offensive Tackle, Bob McKay.  McKay was a Consensus All-American at the University of Texas and helped the Longhorns win the National Championship in 1969.

Bob Crable, Linebacker.  Crable was a two time Consensus All-American at Notre Dame who had 521 career Tackles. 

Brian Urlacher, Linebacker.  Urlacher was a star player at the University of New Mexico where he was named a Consensus All-American and the MWC Player of the Year in 1999.  He would have 442 Tackles in his collegiate career and would also be used as a Kick Returner and occasional Wide Receiver.

Dat Nguyen, Linebacker.  Playing at Texas A&M, Dat Nguyen changed the perception of the Asian-American Football Player.  With the Aggies, he led his school in Tackles four straight years and in 1998 was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, won the Chuck Bednarik Award, The Vince Lombardi Award and was a Consensus All-American.

Mike Ruth, Defensive Tackle.  Ruth would win the Outland Trophy and Consensus All-American Honors in 1985.  He played for Boston College.

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the 2017 College Football Hall of Fame Class.
The core of our Notinhalloffame.com has always been our sports lists.  As such, it is with great pride that we have updated our Pro Football Hall of Fame list of those to consider for enshrinement in Canton, Ohio

The 2017 Hall of Fame Class added five players who we had listed (LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Terrell Davis, Kurt Warner and Morten Andersen), and we did not have trouble replacing them.  Actually, we have increased our 100 slightly to 103, for an impending increase in the months (ok, maybe years to come).

The revised ranking is based on your votes and comments and the addition of newly eligible former players.
Let’s get right to it!

Former Baltimore Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis debuts at the number one spot.  The 13 Time Pro Bowl Selection was chosen for seven First Team All Pro slots and took Baltimore to two Super Bowl wins.  Lewis is likely to get inducted on his first try.

This drops perennial snub, Jerry Kramer to number 2.  Kramer was a Finalist nine times and helped Green Bay win the first two Super Bowls.  He is the only member of the NFL 75th Anniversary Team not to be enshrined.

Randy Moss makes his first appearance on the list at #3.  The former Wide Receiver is the highest ranked skill player and his appearance makes it harder for Terrell Owens to get in.  Moss was a Pro Bowler seven times and is third all-time in Receiving Yards and second all-time in Receiving Touchdowns.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Lineman, Alan Faneca, remains at number four.  Faneca, a nine time Pro Bowler was a Finalist for Canton in the past two seasons.

Chuck Howley comes in at number five.  The MVP of Super Bowl V was a six time Pro Bowl Selection and was chosen for five consecutive First Team All Pros.

Another former Pittsburgh Steeler, L.C. Greenwood is in the top ten at number six.  Greenwood has been named a Finalist six times and was a part of the Steelers dynasty that won four Super Bowls in the 1970’s.  He was ranked #5 last year.

Brian Dawkins returns at number seven.  “Weapon X” was eligible for the first time last year and many expected that he would get inducted on his first try.  He didn’t but was a Finalist last yea

At number eight is Terrell Owens, who dropped two spots from last year.  T.O was a finalist in his first two years of eligibility but has been very vocal about being passed over.  This could really cost him.  He is second all-time in Receiving Yards, third in Receiving Touchdowns and eight in Receptions.

Brian Urlacher debuts at number nine, making three new eligible in the top ten.  The career Chicago Bear went to eight Pro Bowls and was selected for four First Team All Pros. 

Rounding out the top ten is Johnny Robinson who is known for his time with the Kansas City Chiefs.  The former Safety has been a Hall of Fame Finalist six times and has a Super Bowl ring with the Chiefs.

Another high profile debut entry is Ronde Barber, the long time Tampa Bay Buccaneers Defensive Back who appears at #15. 

Offensive Lineman, Steve Hutchinson makes his first appearance on the list at #34.

Former three time Super Bowl winner with the New England Patriots, Richard Seymour comes in at #48.  He is a seven time Pro Bowler.

Matt Birk, the Center who split his career with the Minnesota Vikings and the Baltimore Ravens, is ranked at #67.

Jeff Saturday, who protected Peyton Manning for Years and went to six Pro Bowls makes his debut at #76. 

We have also added Tony Boselli, who was a Finalist last year, but was unranked by us previously.  The man considered to be the greatest Jacksonville Jaguar of all-time finally makes his first appearance on our list at number 81.

The entire list can be found here.

Gang, you know what we want you to do!

Take a look at these revisions and cast your votes and give us your opinions!

We will soon be unveiling our Basketball Revisions and look for that unveiling soon.

As always, we thank you for your support!

Can we say again how much we love “Hall of Fame Season”?

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their Semi-Finalists are out and it brings out many familiar faces.

Let’s get right to the 27 Semi-Finalists:

Steve Atwater: Safety, DEN 1989-98 & NYJ 1999. Atwater is a Semi-Finalist for the seventh year in a row and he was a two time All-Pro Selection. Ranked #17 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ronde Barber: Cornerback/Safety, TB 1997-2012. Barber is entering his first year of eligibility and is a three time First Team All-Pro Selection. Barber helped the Buccaneers win Super Bowl XXXVII. Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Tony Boselli: Offensive Tackle, JAX 1995-01 & HOU 2002. Boselli is a Semi-Finalist for the third time and was a five time Pro Bowl Selection. He was also a three time First Team All Pro. Ranked #81 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Isaac Bruce: Wide Receiver, LAR/STL 1994-07 & SF 2008-09. Bruce is a Semi-Finalist for the fourth straight time and is a four time Pro Bowler. Bruce had 15,208 Receiving Yards over his career, which is fourth all-time overall. Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com.

LeRoy Butler. Safety, GB 1990-01. While Butler has been Hall of Fame eligible since 2007, this is his first appearance as a Semi-Finalist. Butler was both a four time First Team All Pro and Pro Bowl Selection and he is also a Super Bowl Champion. Ranked #83 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Don Coryell: Coach, STL 1973-77 & SD 1978-86. Don “Air” Coryell is a Semi-Finalist for the tenth time and for the ninth year in a row.

Roger Craig: Running Back, SF 1983-90, LAR 1991 & MIN 1992-93. Craig returns as a Semi-Finalist for the tenth time in a row. He is a former NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1988) and a three time Super Bowl Champion. Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Brian Dawkins: Safety, PHI 1996-08. Dawkins is a Semi-Finalist for the second year in a row and was a Finalist last year, which was his first year of eligibility. He went to nine Pro Bowls and was chosen for four First Team All Pros. Ranked #7 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Alan Faneca: Offensive Guard, PIT 1998-07, NYJ 2008-09 & ARI 2010. Faneca is a Semi-Finalist for the third time and was also a Finalist the last two years. Faneca went to nine Pro Bowls, was a six time First Team All Pro Selection and is a former Super Bowl Champion. Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Torry Holt: Wide Receiver, STL1999-08 & JAX 2009. Holt is a six time Pro Bowler who twice led the NFL in Receiving Yards. This is his fourth time as a Semi-Finalist. Ranked #13 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Steve Hutchinson: Offensive Guard, SEA 2001-05, MIN 2006-11 & TEN 2012. Hutchinson is in his first year of eligibility and is a five time First Team All Pro Selection. Ranked #36 on Notinhalloffame.com.



Joe Jacoby: Offensive Tackle, WAS 1981-93. Jacoby is a Semi-Finalist for the eighth time and was a Finalist last year. The two time Pro Bowler was also a three time Super Bowl Champion. Ranked #52 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Edgerrin James: Running Back, IND 1999-05, ARI 2006-08 & SEA 2009. James is a four time Pro Bowl Selection and a two time Rushing Champion. This is his fourth time in a row as a Semi-Finalist. Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Jimmy Johnson: Coach, DAL 1989-93 & MIA 1996-99. Johnson is a two time Super Bowl winner and a five time Semi-Finalist.

Ty Law: Cornerback, NE 1995-04, NYJ 2005 & 08, KC 2006-07 & DEN 2009. Law is a five time Pro Bowler and three time Super Bowl Champion. He is a Semi-Finalist for the fourth time and was a Finalist last year. Ranked #30 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ray Lewis. Linebacker, BAL 1996-12. This is the first year of Ray Lewis’ Hall of Fame eligibility and likely his last as he should get in immediately. He is a two time Super Bowl Champion and also a two time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.   Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com.

John Lynch. Safety, TB 1993-03 & DEN 2003-07. Lynch is a Semi-Finalist for the sixth time in a row and has also been a past Finalist. Lunch went to nine Pro Bowls and was a Super Bowl Champion with Tampa Bay. Ranked #34 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Kevin Mawae. Center/Offensive Guard, SEA 1994-97, NYJ 1998-05 & TEN 2006-09. Mawae is a Semi-Finalist for the fourth year in a row and is also a past Finalist. He is also an eight time Pro Bowl and three time First Team All Pro Selection. Ranked #22 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Karl Mecklenburg. Linebacker, DEN 1983-84. Mecklenburg is now a Semi-Finalist for the seventh straight time and he is a six time Pro Bowler. Ranked #66 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Randy Moss. Wide Receiver, MIN 1998-04, OAK 2005-06, NE 2007-10, TEN 2010 & SF 2012. This the first year of eligibility for Moss who was one of the most dynamic players ever. Moss was a four time First Team All Pro Selection who is third all time in Receiving Yards. Ranked #3 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Leslie O’Neal. Defensive End, SD 1986 & 1988-95, STL 1996-97 & KC 1998-99. Despite being eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame since 2005, this is the first time that O’Neal has become a Semi-Finalist. He is a six time Pro Bowler. Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

Terrell Owens. Wide Receiver, SF 1996-03, PHI 2004-05, DAL 2006-08, BUF 2009 & CIN 2010. Owens returns for the third time in the Semi-Finals and he was a Finalist the previous two years. T.O. is second overall in Receiving Yards and is a five time First Team All Pro Selection. Of course, he already has a Hall of Fame jacket, whether he gets in or not! Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Simeon Rice. Defensive End, AZ 1996-00, TB 2001-06, DEN 2007 & IND 2007. Rice is on his first year of eligibility and is a former three time Pro Bowl Selection and Super Bowl Champion with Tampa Bay. Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

Richard Seymour. Defensive End/Defensive Tackle, NE 2001-08 & OAK 2009-12. This is the first year of eligibility for Seymour who was a three time Super Bowl Champion and seven time Pro Bowl Selection. Ranked #48 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Brian Urlacher. Linebacker, CHI 2000-12. Urlacher is Hall of Fame eligible for the first time in his career and he was an eight time Pro Bowl and four time First Team All Pro Selection. Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Everson Walls. Cornerback, DAL 1981-89, NYG 1990-92 & CLE 1992-93. Despite being eligible for the Pro Football for nearly twenty years, this is the first time that Walls made it to the Semi-Finals. Walls was a four time Pro Bowl Selection and he led the NFL in Interceptions three times. Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

Hines Ward. Wide Receiver, PIT 1998-11. Ward is a Semi-Finalist for the second time in a row and he is a four time Pro Bowl Selection and a Super Bowl Champion. Ranked #31 on Notinhalloffame.com.

This group of Semi-Finalists will be trimmed down to fifteen in January. They will automatically be joined by Contributor Finalist, Bobby Beathard and two Senior Finalists; Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile.

As you can imagine, we will be paying close attention to that announcement!
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their Finalists for the Class of 2018.

Let’s get right to who they have chosen to make the final round:

Isaac Bruce, Wide Receiver. LAR/STL 1994-07 & SF 2008-09.

Bruce was a pivotal member of the Rams Super Bowl XXXIV “Greatest Show on Turf” team and he is a four time Pro Bowler. His He also led the NFL in Receiving Yards in 1996 and his 15,208 career total puts him 5th overall all-time. This is his second time as a Finalist. Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Tony Boselli, Offensive Tackle. JAX 1995-01 & HOU 2002.

Boselli is arguably the greatest Jaguar of all-time and he was a five time Pro Bowl and three time First Team All Pro Selection. He was named the NFL Alumni Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1998. Boselli is a second time Finalist. Ranked #81 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Brian Dawkins, Safety. PHI 1996-08 & DEN 2009-11.

“Weapon X” was a nine time Pro Bowl and four time First Team All Pro Selection. Dawkins has 1,131 Tackles, 26 Quarterback Sacks and 37 Interceptions over his career. This is his Dawkins’ second year as a Finalist. Ranked #7 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Alan Faneca, Offensive Guard. PIT 1998-07, NYJ 2008-09 & ARI 2010.

Faneca was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl XL winning team while also going to nine Pro Bowls. Faneca was also chosen for six First Team All Pro rosters. Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Steve Hutchinson, Offensive Guard. SEA 2001-05, MIN 2006-11 &TEN 2012.

Hutchinson is in his first year of eligibility and is a seven time Pro Bowl Selection. He was also a five time First Team All Pro. Ranked #36 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Edgerrin James, Running Back. IND 1999-05, ARI 2006-08 & SEA 2009.

James was a two time Rushing Champion, four time Pro Bowl Selection and one time First Team All-Pro who was the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1999. The Running Back has 12,246 career Rushing Yards, which is good enough for 12th overall. Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Joe Jacoby, Offensive Tackle. WAS 1981-93

Jacoby is a three time Super Bowl Champion with the Washington Redskins and a member of the famed “Hogs”. He is also a four time Pro Bowler who is in his third straight year as a Finalist. Ranked #52 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ray Lewis, Linebacker. BAL 1996-12.

In his first year of eligibility, Ray Lewis brings a resume featuring two Super Bowl Rings, a Super Bowl MVP, two Defensive Player of the Year Awards, thirteen Pro Bowls and seven First Team All Pro Selections. Lewis had 31 Interceptions with 41.5 Quarterback Sacks over his career. Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ty Law, Cornerback. NE 1995-04, NYJ 2005, KC 2006-07, NYJ 2008 & DEN 2009.

Law is a three time Super Bowl Champion and a five time Pro Bowl Selection. The Cornerback would twice lead the National Football League in Interceptions. This is his second year as a Hall of Fame Finalist. Ranked #30 on Notinhalloffame.com.

John Lynch, Safety. TAM 1993-03 & DEN 2004-07.

Lynch was a huge part of Tampa’s Super Bowl XXXVII win and he is a nine time Pro Bowler. Lynch was also a two time First Team All Pro. This is the fifth time that Lynch has been a Finalist. Ranked #34 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Kevin Mawae, Center. SEA 1994-97, TEN 1998-05 & TEN 2006-09.

Mawae went to an incredible eight Pro Bowls and made three First Team All Pros. Mawae is a Finalist for the second time. Ranked #22 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Randy Moss, Wide Receiver. MIN 1998-04, OAK 2005-06, NE 2007-10, MIN 2010, TEN 2010 & SF 2012.

This is the first year that Moss is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. A six time Pro Bowl Selection, Moss was also a four time First Team All Pro and would lead the NFL in Touchdown Receptions four times. His 156 Receiving TDs is second all-time and he is also fourth all-time in Receiving Yards with 15,292. Ranked #3 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Terrell Owens, Wide Receiver. SF 1996-03, PHO 2004-05, DAL 2006-08, BUF 2009 & CIN 2010.

T.O. is a Finalist for the third straight time and he is a six time Pro Bowl and five time First Team All Pro Selection. Owens would lead the NFL in Touchdown Receptions three times and has 153 in his career, which is third all time. He is also second all time in Receiving Yards with 15,934. Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Brian Urlacher, Linebacker. CHI 2000-12.

Urlacher is a Hall of Fame Finalist in his first year of eligibility and he is an eight time Pro Bowl Selection and former Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Everson Walls, Cornerback. Dal 1981-89, NYG 1990-92 & CLE 1992-93.

Walls would win a Super Bowl with the New York Giants but he was a star for nearly a decade with Dallas prior. He was a four time Pro Bowl Selection and three time NFL Interception leader. Noticeably, this is his first time making the Finals after being eligible for twenty years! Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com.

These players join three automatic Finalists who were chosen months ago:

Bobby Beathard

Beathard is this year’s Contributor Nominee. Beathhard has four Super Bowl Rings, two with Miami as the Director of Player Personnel and two with the Redskins as the General Manager.

Robert Brazile, Linebacker. Hou 1975-84.

“Dr. Doom” was the Defensive Rookie of the Year in 1975 and was also a seven time Pro Bowl Selection. Ranked #14 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Jerry Kramer, Offensive Guard. GB 1958-68.

The other Senior Candidate, Kramer is a two time Super Bowl Champion and five time NFL Champion. The five time First Team All Pro is the only member of the NFL 75th Anniversary Team not to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ranked #2 on Notinhalloffame.com.

The Class of 2018 will be selected during the Super Bowl Weekend.

You know that we will be watching!
Not all Hall of Famers are created equal.

While there are many busts in Canton’s Pro Football Hall of Fame only a select few got there on their first try, and let’s face it; those are the ones we gravitate to the most when we visit the Holy Grail of Professional Football accomplishments.

If you look at the past eight classes there have only been 13 first ballot inductees; Larry Allen (2013), Derrick Brooks (2014), Marshall Faulk (2011), Brett Favre (2016), Walter Jones (2014), Jonathan Ogden (2013), Jerry Rice (2010), Deion Sanders (2011), Warren Sapp (2013), Junior Seau (2015), Emmitt Smith (2010), Jason Taylor (2017) and LaDainian Tomlinson (2017) and a lot of talented players have had to wait longer than anticipated.

This includes Terrell Owens, who despite being second all-time in receiving yards has been passed over, likely due to being a divisive presence in numerous NFL locker rooms and his off field shenanigans. The discussion of Owens naturally leads to the newly eligible wide receiver, Randy Moss.

Moss is behind T.O. at third overall in Receiving Yards and like Owens Randy Moss has had his share of poor behavior in and out of the game, though his transition to the media makes him a far more “likable” candidate and one who may leapfrog Owens in the pecking order. Moss is joined by two other strong first ballot candidates, Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, both of which should get in, though only Lewis seems like a lock to get suited for a blazer next year.

According to MyTopSportsbooks.com, there are only two sure-fire inductees in the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class: Ray Lewis and Randy Moss. With Moss and Owens on the ballot, the committee is unlikely to put them both in, which could spell another disappointment for the acerbic T.O.   Urlacher, could find himself following last year’s debut candidate, Brain Dawkins who is now in his second year of eligibility. If Dawkins did not get in on his first try, it should be expected that the former Chicago Bear will have a bit of a wait.

The Semi-Finalists will be announced in approximately one month’s time.

9. Brian Urlacher

Playing his entire career with the Chicago Bears, Brian Urlacher was the primary Defensive weapon for the team from Second City for more than a decade. Urlacher would not just become one of the most feared players in the NFL he would become one of the most popular. When people thought of the Chicago Bears they thought of Urlacher, and how he would constantly have to be double teamed and always seemed to make the right play at the right time.