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Here we are in the National Football League playoffs but for us that it means it is time to discuss the potential class of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame.  The Finalists have been announced, and along with regular contributor, Spheniscus, we will go back and forth with each candidate and openly debate as to which player would be a worthy Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Committee Chairman: Spheniscus, we are turning our attention for the first of two times to the St. Louis Rams, specifically that “Greatest Show on Turf” team that was one of the most exciting squads to watch that I can remember.  Now, I am going to try and talk about Wide Receiver, Isaac Bruce without moaning about how the great sports city of St. Louis got screwed for a city that just got another team that they won’t care about.  Okay, I am going to try not to mention that again. 
Here we are in the National Football League playoffs but for us that it means it is time to discuss the potential class of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame.  The Finalists have been announced, and along with regular contributor, Spheniscus, we will go back and forth with each candidate and openly debate as to which player would be a worthy Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Committee Chairman: Spheniscus, this is the third time that Kurt Warner has made the Finalists but this time he is the best (and only Quarterback) in this group.  His main target, Isaac Bruce is also here and as poetic as it is for them to both go in together, it won’t happen.  There is an unspoken hierarchy here, and Warner has it over Bruce.  My initial thought is one Ram going in and 18 camera shots at Brenda Warner during the induction ceremony.
Terrell Owens is a Football Hall of Fame Finalist, but not everybody is happy about that. 

Former St. Louis Rams Head Coach, Mike Martz, spoke with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was very candid about he felt about Owens being a Finalist, while his former receivers, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt were not. 

"You can't print how I felt when T.O. leapfrogged those two. That's just plain out-and-out ridiculous.  If they big-timed it and did all that dumb stuff, they'd get in probably earlier.  I think they'll eventually get in. I don't think that's an issue, but it's tragic that people think of them like that. If Marvin Harrison gets in, how could they not get in?

Look at their production. More importantly, look at their yards per catch. And then look at it consistently over a long period of time -- it'll compare to anybody. In some cases, nobody comes close. I mean nobody's even come close to what Torry did."

Along with Owens, Marvin Harrison is one of two Wide Receivers who made the Finalists for the Hall of Fame.  Bruce and Holt did not make that cut this year.

For reference here are the key statistics for all four players:






Receptions

Receiving Yards

Touchdowns

Yards/Rec

All-Purpose Yards

Owens

1,087

15,934

156

14.8

16,276

Harrison

1,102

14,580

128

13.2

14,805

Bruce

1,024

15,208

91

14.9

15,347

Holt

920

13,382

74

14.5

13,456




While T.O. does seem to have the greater overall statistics, all four are Hall of Fame caliber and it is worth noting however that Owens is the only one without a Super Bowl Ring.

Martz might be upset over the perceived snub of his Wide Receivers, he does have two players, Quarterback, Kurt Warner and Offensive Lineman, Orlando Pace have made the final round.

On Saturday, the next class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame will be announced, and you can believe we will be watching intensely!



13. Torry Holt

We are not going to lie. The ranking of Torry Holt was not easy, and was such to the point that we could easily see where Holt could be ranked much higher or lower; as always, we want to hear what you think. With that said, Holt may not have accumulatively did better than his peers at the Wide Receiver position, but throughout the 2000’s, nobody was a more consistent producer in the NFL.

Playing all but one season with the Rams, Torry Holt caught 920 passes for 13,382 Yards. Twice he led the NFL in Receiving Yards and was a primary target for Kurt Warner, the upstart star Quarterback. Holt was a Pro Bowl selection seven times and in the eleven seasons that he was in the NFL, was in the top ten in receiving yards eight times, which cannot be overlooked. Holt was the youngest receiver to hit the 10,000 and 11,000 Yard mark and had his body lasted a year or two longer he would have the career stats that would be impossible to ignore. As such, we are fascinated to see what the Football Hall of Fame does with Torry Holt.

18. Isaac Bruce

Like ranking Torry Holt, we found the slotting of Isaac Bruce to be difficult. One of the main weapons on the Rams “Greatest Show on Turf”, Issac Bruce would collect 15,028 Receiving Yards which as of this writing is fourth all time. That is a very impressive number, but what puts him lower on our list is that he was never really considered the best player in his position, was never a First Team All Pro and was only in the top ten in Receiving Yards four times. That may all be true, but unlike Baseball, Football players are not viewed as stat compilers and he does have career numbers that are Canton worthy. If he got in on his first year of eligibility we wouldn’t be surprised. We would say the same if it took him ten tries.