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Last month, regular contributor, Spheniscus and I debated the Hall of Fame merits of those who were on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

Now that the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 has announced their class has done the same.  We were hopeful to do this prior to the announcement of the actual inductees, but life, as it often does simply got in the way!

Saying that, we felt it was worth our time to take a look at the 2016 Nominees and debate whether they should have gotten in (or not) and look to the future of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Chairman:  This was the first time that Steve Atwater has made it to the Finalists, and if he gets inducted next year, it will mark the first time that a defensive player from the Denver Broncos would be inducted.  There are currently four Broncos in Canton (though Fred Little has no business being enshrined) and you would think that with the famed Orange Crush Defense of the 1970’s and the two Super Bowls that somebody from that side of the ball would have been included.

Atwater is known for most for leveling Christian Okoye on Monday Night, but for me this is the guy who stepped up big on the two Super Bowl wins for the Broncos, especially their first win where he had a stat line of six solo tackles, a sack and two forced fumbles; a great performance for a Safety. 

I wonder if Atwater could be inducted to represent all of the Bronco’s D?

Spheniscus: Those Broncos teams had very good, but not exactly legendary defenses. The best player on them by far was Steve Atwater. He is one of the two starting safeties on the NFL 1990s All Decade team. Which should mean something you would think.

Although Atwater would probably never be able to play in today’s NFL. He flat out crushed people, most notably Okoye. And he often led with his helmet.


But he was feared and respected and definitely a worthy nominee. I just think that John Lynch with his incredible reputation and media friendly personality is going to have to get in first before Atwater. Mainly because Atwater is a Bronco and we all know how the Hall feels about those guys.

Chairman: And you can’t exactly show a highlight video with a bunch of tackles leading with your helmet these days can you?  Not without a cautionary disclaimer and Will Smith’s shitty African accent.  By the way Will and Jada, The Fresh Prince didn’t deserve a nomination.

I like Atwater, I really do, but I think he was lucky to get this far, and that final step will probably always elude him.

Spheniscus: His demographics do make it hard. Safeties and Broncos aren’t exactly Hall favorites. Like I said, if John Lynch gets in he may have a chance. But that isn’t exactly a given.

This I will say, like Andersen if he wasn’t one of the first five eliminated, I will be very surprised. And it would probably be a very good sign for his future prospects.

Chairman: Here is my final thought on Steve Atwater.  He is one of those players where I really don’t care if he is inducted or not.  I think we both agree that there are other Safeties who should be considered for the Hall, but Atwater isn’t at the top of the list for me.  Johnny Robinson is and only for a short time as Brian Dawkins is eligible next year, and I would pit him over both of them.

We also have Ed Reed coming up as well as Troy Polamalu, both of which I put over Atwater.  The former Bronco made a huge leap becoming a finalist but if he didn’t get in this year, he won’t in the next five. 

Oh, and I didn’t even mention that John Lynch is still here!

Spheniscus: Yes, Reed, Polamalu and Dawkins are all going to jump him. And I think they are all going to get in. And Lynch is still there. So let’s say he doesn’t get in with the writers. Do they put him in as a senior candidate? Does he have to wait for Randy Gradishar? Is he ever going to Canton without a ticket?

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the 97 men who comprise their Preliminary Nominees. 

Let’s get right to it and take a look at the complete list.

* Denotes Finalist

+ Denotes First Year of Eligibility

Quarterbacks:

Drew Bledsoe: 1993-2006.  New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys.  1 Super Bowl, 4 Pro Bowls, 44,611 Passing Yards, 251 TD Passes, 137 PFRAV.  Ranked #72 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Randall Cunningham: 1985-2001.  Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Baltimore Ravens.  1 First Team All Pro, 4 Pro Bowls.  29,979 Passing Yards, 207 TD Passes, 134 PFRAV.   Ranked #43 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Doug Flutie: 1986-2005.  Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers.  1 Pro Bowl.  14,715 Passing Yards, 86 Touchdowns, 58 PFRAV. 

+ Donovan McNabb:  1999-2011.  Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings.  6 Pro Bowls.  37,276 Passing Yards, 234 Touchdown Passes, 138 PFRAV.  Ranked #30 on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Steve McNair:  1995-2007.  Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens.  1 MVP, 3 Pro Bowls.  31,304 Passing Yards, 174 Touchdown Passes, 126 PFRAV.  Ranked #89 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Phil Simms:  1979-1993.  New York Giants.  2 Super Bowls, 2 Pro Bowls.  33,462 Passing Yards, 199 Touchdown Passes, 118 PFRAV.  Ranked #46 on Notinhalloffame.com.

* Kurt Warner:  1998-2009.  St. Louis Rams, New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals.  1 Super Bowl, 2 MVPs, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 4 Pro Bowls.  32,344 Passing Yards, 208 Touchdown Passes, 113 PFRAV.  Ranked #22 on Notinhalloffame.com.



Running Backs:

Shaun Alexander:  2000-2008.  Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins.  1 MVP, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 3 Pro Bowls.  9,453 Rushing Yards, 100 Rushing Touchdowns, 1,511 Receiving Yards, 12 Receiving Touchdowns, 79 PFRAV.

Ottis Anderson:  1979-1992.  St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants.  2 Super Bowls, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 2 Pro Bowls.  10,272 Rushing Touchdowns, 81 Rushing Touchdowns, 3,062 Receiving Yards, 5 Receiving Touchdowns, 98 PFRAV.  Ranked #51 on Notinhalloffame.com

Tiki Barber:  1997-2006.  New York Giants.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 3 Pro Bowls.  10,449 Rushing Yards, 55 Rushing Touchdowns, 5,183 Receiving Touchdowns, 12 Receiving Touchdowns, 118 PFRAV.  Ranked #77 on Notinhalloffame.com

Roger Craig:  1983-93.  San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Raiders, Minnesota Vikings.  3 Super Bowls, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  8,189 Rushing Yards, 56 Rushing Touchdowns, 4,911 Receiving Touchdowns, 17 Receiving Touchdowns, 115 PFRAV.  Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com

* Terrell Davis:  1995-2001.  Denver Broncos.  2 Super Bowls, 1 MVP, 3 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  7,607 Rushing Yards, 60 Rushing Touchdowns, 1,280 Receiving Yards, Receiving Touchdowns, 78 PFRAV.  Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Eddie George:  1996-2004.  Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  10,441 Rushing Yards, 68 Rushing Touchdowns, 2,227 Receiving Yards, 10 Receiving Touchdowns, 91 PFRAV.

* Edgerrin James:  1999-2009. Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks. 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  12,246 Rushing Yards, 80 Rushing Touchdowns, 3,364 Receiving Yards, 11 Receiving Touchdowns, 136 PFRAV.  Ranked #14 on Notinhalloffame.com

Eric Metcalf:  1989-2002.  Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, San Diego Chargers, Arizona Cardinals, Carolina Panthers, Washington Redskins, Green Bay Packers.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  2,392 Rushing Yards, 12 Rushing Touchdowns, 5,572 Receiving Yards, 3 Receiving Touchdowns, 3,453 Punt Return Yards, 10 Punt Return Touchdowns, 5,813 Kick Returns Yards, 2 Kick Return Touchdowns, 77 PFRAV.

+ LaDainian Tomlinson:  2001-2011.  San Diego Chargers, New York Jets.  1 MVP, 3 First Team All Pro Selections, 5 Pro Bowls.  13,684 Rushing Yards, 145 Rushing Touchdowns, 4,772 Rushing Yards, 17 Rushing Touchdowns, 157 PFRAV.  Ranked #2 on Notinhalloffame.com

Herschel Walker:  1986-1997.  Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants.  2 Pro Bowls.  8,225 Rushing Yards, 61 Rushing Touchdowns, 4,859 Receiving Yards, 2 Receiving Touchdowns, 5,084 Kick Return Yards, 2 Kick Return Touchdowns, 98 PFRAV.  Ranked #36 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ricky Watters:  1992-2001.  San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Seattle Seahawks.  1 Super Bowl, 5 Pro Bowls.  10,643 Rushing Yards, 68 Rushing Touchdowns, 4,248 Receiving Yards, 13 Receiving Touchdowns, 125 PFRAV.  Ranked #38 on Notinhalloffame.com.



Fullbacks:

Larry Centers:  1990-2003.  Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots.  1 Super Bowl, 3 Pro Bowls.  2,188 Rushing Touchdowns, 14 Rushing Touchdowns, 6,797 Receiving Yards, 28 Receiving Touchdowns, 67 PFRAV.

Daryl Johnston:  1989-1999.  Dallas Cowboys.  3 Super Bowls, 2 Pro Bowls.  2,227 Rushing Yards, 14 Rushing Touchdowns, 753 Receiving Yards, 8 Receiving Touchdowns, 30 PFRAV.



Wide Receivers: 

Isaac Bruce: 1994-2009.  Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers.  1 Super Bowl, 4 Pro Bowls. 15,208 Receiving Yards, 91 Receiving Touchdowns, 137 PFRAV.  Ranked #24 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Henry Ellard:  1983-1998.  Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, New England Patriots.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  13,777 Receiving Yards, 65 Receiving Touchdowns, 1,527 Punt Return Yards, 4 Punt Return Touchdowns, 364 Kick Return Yards, 133 PFRAV.  Ranked #91 on Notinhalloffame.com

Torry Holt:  1999-2009.  St. Louis Rams, Jacksonville Jaguars.  1 Super Bowl, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 7 Pro Bowls.  13,382 Receiving Yards, 74 Receiving Touchdowns, 123 PFRAV.  Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com

+ Chad Johnson:  2001-2011.   Cincinnati Bengals, New England Patriots.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  11,059 Receiving Yards, 67 Receiving Touchdowns, 104 PFRAV.  Ranked #26 on Notinhalloffame.com

+ Derrick Mason:  1997-2011.   Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 2 Pro Bowls.  12,061 Receiving Yards, 66 Receiving Touchdowns, 1,590 Punt Return Yards, 2 Punt Return Touchdowns, 3,496 Kick Return Yards, 1 Kick Return Touchdown, 114 PFRAV.  Ranked #59 on Notinhalloffame.com.

* Terrell Owens:  1996-2010.  San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals.  4 First Team All Pro Selection, 6 Pro Bowls.  15,934 Receiving Yards, 153 Receiving Touchdowns, 165 PFRAV.  Ranked #6 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Sterling Sharpe:  1988-1994.  Green Bay Packers.  3 First Team All Pro Selection, 5 Pro Bowls.  8,134 Receiving Yards, 65 Receiving Touchdowns, 78 PFRAV.  Ranked #47 on Notinhalloffame.com

Jimmy Smith:  1992-2005.  Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars.  5 Pro Bowls.  12,287 Receiving Yards, 67 Receiving Touchdowns, 135 PFRAV.  Ranked #99 on Notinhalloffame.com

Rod Smith:  1995-2006.  Denver Broncos.  3 Pro Bowls.  11,389 Receiving Yards, 68 Receiving Touchdowns, 125 PFRAV.  Ranked #60 on Notinhalloffame.com.

+ Hines Ward:  1998- 2011.  Pittsburgh Steelers.  2 Super Bowls, 4 Pro Bowls.  12,083 Receiving Yards, 85 Receiving Touchdowns, 118 PFRAV.  Ranked #21 on Notinhalloffame.com.



Tight Ends:

Mark Bavaro:  1985-1994.  New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles.  2 Super Bowls, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 2 Pro Bowls.  4,733 Receiving Yards, 39 Receiving Touchdowns, 45 PFRAV.



Offensive Lineman:

Tony Boselli:  1995-2001.  Jacksonville Jaguars.  3 First Team All Pro Selections, 5 Pro Bowls.  70 PFRAV.

Ray Donaldson:  1980-1996.  Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys.  1 Super Bowl, 6 Pro Bowls.  113 PFRAV.

* Alan Faneca:  1998-2010.  Pittsburgh Steelers, New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals.  1 Super Bowl, 6 First Team All Pro Selections, 9 Pro Bowls.  148 PFRAV.  Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Jay Hilgenberg:  1981-1993.  Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints.  1 Super Bowl, 7 Pro Bowls.  105 PFRAV.  Ranked #73 on Notinhalloffame.com. 

Chris Hinton:  1983-1995.  Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 7 Pro Bowls.  101 PFRAV.  Ranked #65 on Notinhalloffame.com.   

Kent Hull:  1986-1996.  Buffalo Bills.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  107 PFRAV. 

* Joe Jacoby:  1981-1993.  Washington Redskins.  3 Super Bowls, 2 First Team, All Pro Selections, 4 Pro Bowls.  103 PFRAV.  Ranked #56 on Notinhalloffame.com

Mike Kenn:  1978-1994.  Atlanta Falcons.  2 First Team All Pro Selections.  5 Pro Bowls.  138 PFRAV.      Ranked #100 on Notinhalloffame.com

+ Olin Kreutz:  1998-2011.  Chicago Bears, New Orleans Saints.  1 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls, 96 PFRAV.  Ranked #69 on Notinhalloffame.com

Jim Lachey:  1985-1995.  San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Raiders, Washington Redskins, 1 Super Bowl, 3 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  92 PFRAV.

Kevin Mawae:  1994-2009.  Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets, Tennessee Titans.  3 First Team All Pro Selections, 8 Pro Bowls.  154 PFRAV.  Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com

Tom Nalen:  1994-2007.  Denver Broncos.  2 Super Bowls, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 5 Pro Bowls.  131 PFRAV.

Nate Newton:  1986-1999.  Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers.  3 Super Bowls, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  105 PFRAV.

Steve Wisniewski:  1989-2001.  Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 8 Pro Bowls.  140 PFRAV.  Ranked #29 on Notinhalloffame.com



Defensive Lineman:

Leslie O’Neal:  1986-1999.  San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs.  6 Pro Bowls.  3 Interceptions, 132.5 Quarterback Sacks, 115 PFRAV.

Simeon Rice:  1996-2007.  Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts.  1 Super Bowl, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 3 Pro Bowls.  5 Interceptions, 122 Quarterback Sacks, 106 PFRAV.

Fred Smerlas:  1979-1992.  Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 5 Pro Bowls.  2 Interceptions, 18.5 Quarterback Sacks, 101 PFRAV.

+ Jason Taylor:  1997-2011.  Miami Dolphins, Washington Redskins, New York Jets.  3 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  8 Interceptions, 139.5 Quarterback Sacks, 160 PFRAV.  Ranked #10 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Bryant Young:  1994-2007.  San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns.  1 Super Bowl, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.   3 Interceptions, 89.5 Quarterback Sacks, 118 PFRAV.



Linebackers:

Carl Banks: 1984-1995    New York Giants.  2 Super Bowls, 1 Pro Bowl.    39.5 Quarterback Sacks, 83 PFRAV.

Cornelius Bennett:  1987-2000.  Buffalo Bills, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts.  7 Interceptions, 71.5 Quarterback Sacks, 121 PFRAV.

Tedy Bruschi: 1996 -2008.   New England Patriots.  3 Super Bowls, 1 Pro Bowl.  12 Interceptions, 30.5 Quarterback Sacks, 89 PFRAV.

Seth Joyner:  1986-1998.  Philadelphia Eagles, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos.  1 Super Bowl, 3 Pro Bowls.  24 Interceptions, 52 Quarterback Sacks, 108 PFRAV.

Levon Kirkland:  1992-2002.  Pittsburgh Steelers, Seattle Seahawks, Philadelphia Eagles.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 2 Pro Bowls.  19.5 Quarterback Sacks, 104 PFRAV.

Clay Matthews:  1978-1996.  Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons.  4 Pro Bowls. 16 Interceptions, 69.5 Quarterback Sacks, 137 PFRAV.

Willie McGinest:  1994-2008.   New England Patriots, Cleveland Browns.  3 Super Bowls, 2 Pro Bowls.  5 Interceptions, 86 Quarterback Sacks 106 PFRAV.

Karl Mecklenburg:  1983-1994.   Denver Broncos.  3 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  5 Interceptions, 79 Quarterback Sacks, 113 PFRAV.  Ranked #64 on Notinhalloffame.com.  

Sam Mills: 1986-1997.  New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 5 Pro Bowls.  11 Interceptions, 20.5 Quarterback Sacks, 126 PFRAV.  Ranked #84 on Notinhalloffame.com

+ Joey Porter: 1999-2011.  Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Arizona Cardinals.  1 Super Bowl, 4 Pro Bowls. 12 Interceptions, 98 Quarterback Sacks, 111 PFRAV.  Ranked #96 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Zach Thomas: 1996-2008.  5 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  17 Interceptions, 20.5 Quarterback Sacks, 152 PFRAV.



Defensive Backs:

Eric Allen:  1988-2001.  Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 6 Pro Bowls 54 Interceptions, 3 Quarterback Sacks, 132 PFRAV.  Ranked #45 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Steve Atwater:  1989-1999.  Denver Broncos, New York Jets.  2 Super Bowls, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 8 Pro Bowls.  24 Interceptions, 5 Quarterback Sacks, 99 PFRAV.   Ranked #17 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Joey Browner:  1983-1992.  Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  3 First Team All Pro Selections, 6 Pro Bowls.  37 Interceptions, 9.5 Quarterback Sacks, 85 PFRAV.

LeRoy Butler:  1990-2001.  Green Bay Packers.  1 Super Bowl, 4 First Team All Pro Selections, 4 Pro Bowls.   38 Interceptions, 20.5 Quarterback Sacks, 111 PFRAV.   Ranked #83 on Notinhalloffame.com

+ Brian Dawkins:  1996-2011.  Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos.  4 First Team All Pro Selections, 9 Pro Bowls.  37 Interceptions, 26 Quarterback Sacks, 140 PFRAV.  Ranked #7 on Notinhalloffame.com

Rodney Harrison:  1994-2008.  San Diego Chargers, New England Patriots.  2 Super Bowls, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 2 Pro Bowls.  34 Interceptions, 30.5 Quarterback Sacks, 92 PFRAV.

Ty Law:  1995-2009.  New England Patriots, New York Jets, Kansas City Chiefs, Denver Broncos.  3 Super Bowls, 5 Pro Bowls.  53 Interceptions, 5 Quarterback Sacks, 113 PFRAV.   Ranked #48 on Notinhalloffame.com

Albert Lewis:  1983-1998.  Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 4 Pro Bowls.  42 Interceptions, 12.5 Quarterback Sacks, 108 PFRAV.

* John Lynch:  1993-2007.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos.  1 Super Bowl, 9 Pro Bowls.  26 Interceptions, 13 Quarterback Sacks, 118 PFRAV.  Ranked #42 on Notinhalloffame.com

Frank Minnifield:  1984-1992.  Cleveland Browns.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  20 Interceptions, 71 PFRAV.

+ Bob Sanders:  2004-2011.  Indianapolis Colts, Dan Diego Chargers.  1 Super Bowl, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 2 Pro Bowls.  6 Interceptions, 34 PFRAV.

Darren Sharper:  1997-2010.   Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints   63 Interceptions, 7.5 Quarterback Sacks, 118 PFRAV.  1 Super Bowl, 2 First Team All Pro Selections, 5 Pro Bowls.  Ranked #79 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Dennis Smith:  1981-1994.  Denver Broncos.  6 Pro Bowls.  30 Interceptions, 15 Quarterback Sacks, 98 PFRAV.

Troy Vincent:  1992-2006.  Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 5 Pro Bowls.  47 Interceptions, 5.5 Quarterback Sacks, 118 PFRAV.

Everson Walls:  1981-1993.  Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns.  1 Super Bowl, 1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  57 Interceptions, 3 Quarterback Sacks, 105 PFRAV.

Darren Woodson:  1992-2003.  Dallas Cowboys.  3 Super Bowls, 3 First Team All Pro Selections, 5 Pro Bowls.  23 Interceptions, 11 Quarterback Sacks, 96 PFRAV.



Kickers/Punters:

Morten Andersen:  1982-2007.  New Orleans Saints, Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 7 Pro Bowls.  565 Field Goals Made, 849 Extra Points Made, 97 PFRAV.  Ranked #62 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Gary Anderson:  1982-2004.  Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, Tennessee Titans.  1 First Team All Pro Selection, 4 Pro Bowls.  538 Field Goals Made, 820 Extra Points Made, 91 PFRAV.

Sean Landeta:  1985-2005.  New York Giants, Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles.  2 Super Bowls, 3 First Team All Pro Selections, 2 Pro Bowls.  1,401 Punts, 50 PFRAV.

Nick Lowery:  1978-1994.  New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets.  2 First Team All Pro Selections, 3 Pro Bowls.  383 Field Goals Made, 562 Extra Points Made, 81 PFRAV.



Special Teams:

Brian Mitchell:  1990-2003.  Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants.  1 Super Bowl, 1 Pro Bowl.  4,999 Punt Return Yards, 9 Punt Return Touchdowns, 14,014 Kick Return Yards, 4 Kick Return Touchdowns, 1,967 Rushing Yards, 12 Rushing Touchdowns, 2,336 Receiving Yards, 4 Receiving Touchdowns, 49 PFRAV.

Steve Tasker:  1985-1997.  Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills.  779 Receiving Yards, 9 Receiving Touchdowns, 7 PFRAV.  Ranked #86 on Notinhalloffame.com.



Coaches:

Don Coryell:  1973-1986.  St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Chargers.  111-83-1 Record, 3-6 Playoff Record.

Bill Cowher:  1992-2006. Pittsburgh Steelers.  161-99-1 Record, 12-9 Playoff Record, 1 Super Bowl.

Tom Flores:  1979-1987, 1992-1994.  Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, Seattle Seahawks.  97-87 Record, 8-3 Playoff Record, 2 Super Bowls.

Mike Holmgren:  1992-2008.  Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks.  161-111 Record, 13-11 Playoff Record, 1 Super Bowl.

Jimmy Johnson:  1989-1999.  Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins.  80-64 Record, 9-4 Playoff Record, 2 Super Bowls.

Chuck Knox:  1973-1994.  Los Angels Rams, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks.  186-147-1 Record, 7-11 Playoff Record.

Buddy Parker:  1949-1964.  Chicago Cardinals, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers.  104-75-9 Record, 3-1 Playoff Record.

Richie Petitbon:  1981-1992.  Washington Redskins (Defensive Coordinator)

Dan Reeves:  1981-2003.  Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons.  190-165-2 Record.  11-9 Playoff Record.

Clark Shaughnessy:  1948-1949.  Los Angeles Rams.  1951-1962.  Chicago Bears (Defensive Coordinator)

Dick Vermeil:  1976-1982, 1997-1999, 2001-2005.  Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs.  120-109 Record, 6-5 Playoff Record, 1 Super Bowl.

Please note that we do not rank Coaches.



With the large amount of players it is hard to perceive that there are any snubs, which there isn’t. 

In November this group of 97 Modern Era Nominees will be reduced to 18.  In January of 2017, it will be shrunk to 15.  They will join the Senior Finalist and Contributor Finalists and on February 4, the day before the Super Bowl, the respective committees will decide the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

You know we will be paying attention!

We here at Notinhalloffame.com have always been fond of the fact that the Pro Football Hall of Fame has preliminary nominees; so much so that we incorporated that in both our Fictitious Athlete and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As such, we are pleased to bring to you the preliminary nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

All of the first year candidates will be underlined, and the returning Finalists will have an asterisk.

Let’s take a look shall we?

Quarterbacks:

Randall Cunningham: PHI 1985-95, MIN 1997-99, DAL 2000 & BAL 2001. Ranked #45 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Rich Gannon: MIN 1987-92, WAS 1993, KC 1995-98 & OAK 1993-04.

Donovan McNabb: PHI 1999-09, WAS 2010 & MIN 2011. Ranked #35 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Steve McNair: HOU/TEN 1995-05 & BAL 2006-07. Ranked #87 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Phil Simms: NYG 1979-93. Ranked #50 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Running Backs:

Tiki Barber: NYG (1997-06). Ranked #80 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Earnest Byner: CLE 1984-88, WAS 1989-93 & CLE/BAL 1996-97.

Roger Craig: SF 1983-90, LAR 1991 & MIN 1992-93. Ranked #11 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Corey Dillon: CIN 1997-03 & NE 2004-08.

Eddie George: HOU/TEN 1996-03 & DAL 2004.

Edgerrin James: IND 1999-05, AZ 2006-08 & SEA 2009. Ranked #19 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Lorenzo Neal: NO 1993-96, NYJ 1997, TB 1998, TEN 1999-00, CIN 2001-02, SD 2003-07 & BAL 2008.

Fred Taylor: JAX 1998-08 & NE 2009-10.

Herschel Walker: DAL 1986-89, MIN 1989-91, PHI 1992-94, NYG 1995 & DAL 1996-97. Ranked #40 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ricky Watters: SF 1991-94, PHI 1995-97 & SEA 1998-01. Ranked #49 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Wide Receivers:

*Isaac Bruce: LAR/STL 1994-07 & SF 2008-09. Ranked #18 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Donald Driver: GB 1999-12.

Henry Ellard: LAR 1983-93, WAS 1994-97, NE 1998 & WAS 1998. Ranked #91 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Torry Holt: STL 1998-08, JAX 2009. Ranked #13 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Chad Johnson: CIN 2001-10, NE 2011. Ranked #44 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Randy Moss: MIN 1998-04, OAK 2005-06, NE 2007-10, TEN 2010 & SF 2012. Ranked #3 on Notinhalloffame.com.

*Terrell Owens: SF 1996-03, PHI 2004-05, DAL 2006-08, BUF 2009 & CIN 2010. Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Sterling Sharpe: GB 1988-94. Ranked #47 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Jimmy Smith: DAL 1992-93 & JAX 1995-05. Ranked #96 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Rod Smith: DEN 1995-07. Ranked #59 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Steve Smith: NYG 2007-10, PHI 2011 & STL 2012.

John Taylor: SF 1987-95.

Hines Ward: PIT 1998-11. Ranked #31 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Tight Ends:

Mark Bavaro: NYG 1985-90, CLE 1992 & PHI 1993-94.

Ben Coates: NE 1994-99 & BAL 2000. Ranked #79 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ferrell Edmunds: MIA 1988-92 & SEA 1993-94.

Jay Novacek: STL/PHX 1985-89 & DAL 1990-96. Ranked #89 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Offensive Linemen:

Willie Anderson (T): CIN 1996-07 & BAL 2008.

Matt Birk (C): MIN 1998-08 & BAL 2009-12. Ranked #67 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Tony Boselli (T): JAX 1995-01 & HOU 2002. Ranked #81 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Lomas Brown (T): DET 1985-95, AZ 1996-98, CLE 1999, NYG 2000-01 & TB 2002.

Ruben Brown (G): BUF 1995-03 & CHI 2004-07.

Ray Donaldson (C): BAL/IND 1980-92, SEA 1993-94 & DAL 1995-96.

Alan Faneca (G): PIT 1998-07, NYJ 2008-09 & AZ 2010. Ranked #4 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Bill Fralic (G/T): ATL 1985-92.

Jay Hilgenberg (C): CHI 1981-91, CLE 1992 & NO 1993. Ranked #71 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Chris Hinton (G/T): BAL/IND 1983-93, ATL 1990-92 & MIN 1994-95. Ranked #104 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Kent Hull (C): BUF 1986-96.

Steve Hutchinson (G): SEA 2001-05, MIN 2006-11 & TEN 2012. Ranked #36 on Notinhalloffame.com.

*Joe Jacoby (T): WAS 1981-93. Ranked #52 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Mike Kenn (T): ATL 1978-94. Ranked #99 on Notinhalloffame.com.

*Kevin Mawae (C/G): SEA 1994-97, NYJ 1998-05 & TEN 2006-09. Ranked #22 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Tom Nalen (C): DEN 1994-08.

Nate Newton (G): DAL 1986-98 & CAR 1999.

Bart Oates (C): NYG 1985-93 & SF 1994-95.

Jeff Saturday (C): IND 1999-11 & GB 2012. Ranked #76 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Richmond Webb (T): MIA 1999-00 & CIN 2001-02.

Steve Wisniewski (G): LAR/OAK 1989-01. Ranked #27 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Defensive Linemen:

La’Roi Glover (DT/NT): NO 1997-01, DAL 2002-05 & STL 2006-08.

Leonard Marshall (DE/DT): NYG 1983-92, NYJ 1993 & WAS 1994.

Keith Millard (DT/NT/DE): MIN 1985-91, SEA 1992, GB 1992 & PHI 1993.

Leslie O’Neal (DE): SD 1986-95, STL 1996-97 & KC 1998-99.

Michael Dean Perry (DT/DE): CLE 1989-94, DEN 1995-97 & KC 1997.

Simeon Rice (DE): AZ 1996-00, TB 2001-06, DEN 2007 & IND 2007.

Richard Seymour (DT): NE 2001-08 & OAK 2009-12. Ranked #48 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Neil Smith (DE): KC 1988-96, DEN 1997-99 & SD 2000.

Greg Townsend (DE/NT/LB): LAR 1983-93, PHI 1994 & OAK 1997.

Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE): AZ 2001-04, TEN 2005-09 & DET 2010-12.

Bryant Young (DT): SF 1994-07

Linebackers:

Carl Banks: NYG 1984-92, WAS 1993 & CLE 1994-95.

Cornelius Bennett: BUF 1987-95, ATL 1996-98 & IND 1999-00.

Tedy Bruschi: NE 1996-08.

Seth Joyner: PHI 1986-93, AZ 1994-96, GB 1997 & DEN 1998.

Ray Lewis: BAL 1996-12. Ranked #1 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Greg Lloyd: PIT 1988-97 & CAR 1998. Ranked #88 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Wilber Marshall: CHI 1984-87, WAS 1988-92, HOU 1993, AZ 1994 & NYJ 1995.

Clay Matthews: CLE 1978-93 & ATL 1994-96.

Willie McGinest: NE 1994-05 & CLE 2006-08.

Karl Mecklenburg: DEN 1983-94. Ranked #66 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Sam Mills: NO 1986-94 & CAR 1995-97. Ranked #92 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Joey Porter: PIT 199-06, MIA 2007-09 & AZ 2010-11. Ranked #98 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Darryl Talley: BUF 1983-94, ATL 1995 & MIN 1996.

Zach Thomas: MIA 1996-2007 & DAL 2008.

Brian Urlacher: CHI 2000-12. Ranked #9 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Defensive Backs:

Eric Allen (CB): PHI 1988-94, NO 1995-97 & OAK 1998-01. Ranked #42 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Steve Atwater (S): DEN 1989-98 & NYJ 1999. Ranked #17 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Ronde Barber (CB/S): TB 1997-12. Ranked #15 on Notinhalloffame.com.

LeRoy Butler (S): GB 1990-01. Ranked #83 on Notinhalloffame.com.

*Brian Dawkins (SS): PHI 1996-08 & DEN 2009-11. Ranked #8 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Rodney Harrison (S): SD 1994-02 & NE 2003-08.

*Ty Law (CB): NE 1995-04, NYJ 2005, KC 2006-07, NYJ 2008 & DEN 2009. Ranked #30 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Albert Lewis (CB): KC 1983-93 & LAR/OAK 1994-98.

*John Lynch (S): TB 1993-03 & DEN 2004-07. Ranked #34 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Dennis Smith (S): DEN 1981-94.

Everson Walls (CB): DAL 1981-89, NYG 1990-92 & CLE 1992-93

Darren Woodson (S): DAL 1992-03..

Place Kickers/Punters:

Gary Anderson (K): PIT 1982-94, PHI 1995-96, SF 1997, MIN 1998-02 & TEN 2003-04

Sean Landeta (P): NYG 1985-93, LAR/STL 1993-96, TB 1997, GB 1998, PHI 1999-02, STL 2003-04, PHI 2005 & NYG 2006.

Nick Lowery (K): NE 1978, KC 1980-93 & NYJ 1994-96.

Special Teams:

Brian Mitchell (KR/PR): WAS 1990-99, PHI 2000-02 & NYG 2003.

Steve Tasker (ST): HOU 1985-86 & BUF 1986-97. Ranked #95 on Notinhalloffame.com.

Coaches:

*Don Coryell: STL 1973-77 & SD 1978-86.

Bill Cowher: PIT 1992-06.

Tom Flores: OAK/LAR 1979-87 & SEA 1992-94.

Mike Holmgren: GB 1992-98 & SEA 1999-08.

Jimmy Johnson: DAL 1989-93 & MIA 1996-99.

Chuck Knox: LAR 1973-77, BUF 1978-82, SEA 1983-91 & LAR 1992-94.

Buddy Parker: DET 1951-56 & PIT 1957-64.

Richie Petitbon: WAS 1981-93.

Dan Reeves: DEN 1981-92, NYG 1993-96 & ATL 1997-03

Marty Schottenheimer: CLE 1984-89, KC 1989-98 & WAS 2001.

Clark Shaugnessy: LAR 1978-49 & CHI 1951--62

Dick Vermeil: PHI 1976-82, STL 1997-99 & KC 2001-05.

Please note that we don not rank coaches.

Mild surprise omissions at this stage include Quarterback Drew Bledsoe and Running Back, Shaun Alexander.

Perhaps the biggest head scratcher is that Steve Smith was chosen. We have to wonder if they thought they were voting for the recently retired Steve Smith Sr., who is eligible for Canton in 2022 and has over 14,000 Receiving Yards. This Steve Smith played five years and has 2,641 Receiving Yards.

We are guessing that Smith won’t make the next round.

Jerry Kramer and Robert Brazile have already advanced as Senior Finalists. Bobby Beathard has been announced as the Contributor Finalist

We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate those who made it this far and we will be eagerly anticipating those who will advance to the Semi-Finals.
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!

17. Steve Atwater

At present only John Elway is in the only representative in the Football Hall of Fame from their late 90’s back to back Super Bowls.  It should not be forgotten that their defense had a lot to do with those wins and a big part of that Broncos “D’” was Steve Atwater.

Atwater played at Free Safety, but he was far from the traditional Safety.  He was often used as an eight man in the defensive front and as such he racked up a large amount of tackles for a Safety.  Atwater would become the captain of the Bronco’s defense and would help lead them to two Super Bowl wins.