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#15 : September 12, 2013, 10:55:39 AM

What first-year-eligible candidates will make Hall of Fame?

 By Gregg Rosenthal

Around The League Editor   NFL.com

Published:  Sept. 12, 2013 at 01:51 a.m.


The list of modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was announced Wednesday on NFL Network, starting a process that will culminate in New York before Super Bowl XLVIII with the announcement of the class.

In the meantime, let's speculate on what players have the best chance of getting there. There are 16 first-year-eligible nominees on the total list of 126 names. Here's a breakdown:

Hall of Famers

Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones and Derrick Brooks

The only question is when these guys are getting in. My guess is that Harrison and Jones will make it in their first year of eligibility. Jones is one of the best left tackles to ever play the game. Harrison quietly had an eight-year stretch of dominance catching balls from Peyton Manning.

Brooks might have to wait one year or two. Michael Strahan's exclusion from the 2013 class was a reminder that plenty of all-time greats have to wait. Brooks wasn't quite as dominant a player at his peak as some Hall of Famers, but it only should be a matter of time before he is enshrined with longtime teammate Warren Sapp.

The one-ring coaches club

Tony Dungy, Mike Holmgren and Jon Gruden

All three coaches own one Super Bowl ring as a head coach, and they got close other times. Gruden doesn't nearly have the track record to be seriously considered, and he'll probably wind up back on the sideline.

Dungy and Holmgren both have strong cases. Then again, so do Jimmy Johnson, Don Coryell and Tom Flores. None of them are in the Hall of Fame. My man, Elliot Harrison, did a great job projecting the next 50 Hall of Famers in a piece written last month. He put Dungy in next year's class but didn't have Holmgren making it at all. That sounds about right, although I wouldn't be surprised if Dungy had to wait longer. Holmgren has a decent chance long term since he turned around two franchises.

Uphill battles

Trent Green, Shaun Alexander, Warrick Dunn, Willie Anderson, Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest, Zach Thomas, Rodney Harrison, Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain

We're starting to see some of Bill Belichick's best championship defenders make it to consideration. I think Harrison is a very strong candidate, but he often was left out in the cold during Pro Bowl voting because he wasn't popular with writers or other players. It's very difficult for safeties to make it to Canton, but he deserves consideration.

McGinest had a better career than Bruschi, but both players didn't rack up the type of All-Pro honors that usually is required for consideration. McGinest, however, had the kind of signature playoff moments that get a voter's attention.

Dunn and Alexander were very good running backs, but Alexander's peak wasn't long enough. Dunn arguably was never a top-three running back.

Ultimately, I expect four men from this group -- Harrison, Jones, Brooks and Dungy -- eventually to get in the Hall. Holmgren wouldn't be a shock. Anyone else would be a surprise, but the voters have been known to throw a curveball now and then.

I hope Rosenthal doesn't have influence over other voters as to when Brooks gets in.  Really dumb summary of Brooks.  I'm sorry that your beloved Strahan was overlooked last year but you have to be kidding me.  Outside of Ray Lewis, that era of linebacker was owned by Derrick Brooks.  He walks into the HOF!!!!


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#16 : September 12, 2013, 10:58:29 AM

Wasn't Brooks NFL DPOY ?

The quest for .500 begins...


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#17 : September 12, 2013, 11:03:18 AM

Yeah, Stahan and Brooks are close:


7xPro Bowl
4xAll Pro
2001 Def. PotY
2000's All Decade Team


11xPro Bowl
9xAll Pro
2002 Def. PotY
2000's All Decade Team

But Brooks gets the nod over Strahan.


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#18 : September 12, 2013, 12:34:36 PM

On NFL Network last night they did an hour show on the HOF 2014 and interviewed a number of people....a couple of whom have pretty decent insight into the HOF voting.....and it was pretty universal that Brooks would be the biggest lock of first timers.

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#19 : September 12, 2013, 02:02:27 PM

Harrison should never be allowed in.
4 time all pro and two time Super Bowl champion.  He was the leader of the Patriot defense.   Why do you say that?
There's a decent chance he straight up killed someone or at least orchestrated someone else doing it.

That won't even be a speed bump for Ray Lewis


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#20 : September 12, 2013, 02:05:06 PM

If Brooks isn't first ballot then the people who vote are flipping' insane. That is an easy vote, my only fear is people look at OLBs as opposed to MLBs and want to see sack totals.

All posts are opinions in case you are too stupid to figure that out on your own without me saying it over and over.
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