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Wednesday, 16 February 2022 11:09

Pro Football Hall of Fame announces Class of 2022

Eight men – six players, one coach and one official – will be joining the ranks of the immortals as part of Canton’s Class of 2022.

While it might not inspire the same level of debate as its more venerated cousin in Cooperstown, the Pro Football Hall of Fame leads to plenty of conversation about what it means to be a true pro football great. The Selection Committee met back in January to whittle down the 18 names on the list of finalists into this year’s group of inductees.

These eight will be officially inducted in early August: players Tony Boselli, Cliff Branch, LeRoy Butler, Sam Mills, Richard Seymour and Bryant Young; coach Dick Vermeil; and official Art McNally.

It’s always interesting to see who makes the cut for Canton. Many years, there are a handful of first-year candidates whose coronation is a foregone conclusion. This time, however, there weren’t any no-brainer newcomers. And so, we actually have a class featuring players who have waited a while – in some cases, a LONG while – to get in.

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Wednesday, 10 February 2021 13:08

Pro Football Hall of Fame names Class of 2021

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2021.

The group rolls eight deep, including five players selected by the Modern Era committee (three first-time-eligible inductees among them) – Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Calvin Johnson, Alan Faneca and John Lynch. In addition, the class features one selection each from the Coach, Contributor and Senior committees: Tom Flores, Bill Nunn and Drew Pearson, respectively.

After starting with some 130 nominees back in September, the Hall has steadily whittled down the number. From 25 semifinalists in December to 15 finalists in January to this, the final group, the list has been narrowed and narrowed until now, we have the Class of 2021.

And even for a Hall of Fame class, it’s a strong one.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the 15 semifinalists for its Class of 2021.

The list – reduced from 130 nominees announced in September and then again from the list of 25 semifinalists released in December – reaches 18 when including the nominees from the Coach, Contributor and Senior Committees (Tom Flores, Bill Nunn and Drew Pearson, respectively); the class is ultimately determined and announced during Super Bowl Week in Tampa.

There is no set number of inductees for any class, but the Hall’s bylaws state that there will be anywhere from four to eight enshrines.

It’s an impressive list of players – no surprise there – that includes at least one slam-dunk first-timer and a couple of other incredibly impressive first-year picks, all of whom will have legitimate shots at induction on their first ballot.

Let’s look at those first-time eligible names, shall we?

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Tuesday, 01 December 2020 14:15

Pro Football Hall of Fame names semifinalists

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the 25 semifinalists for its Class of 2021.

The list – reduced from 130 nominees announced in September – will be further winnowed down to 15 finalists (note: this number will actually increase to 18 following the inclusion of the recommended nominees from the Coach, Contributor and Senior Committees) before the class is ultimately determined and announced during Super Bowl Week in Tampa.

There is no set number of inductees for any class, but the Hall’s bylaws state that there will be anywhere from four to eight enshrines.

It’s an impressive list of players – no surprise there – that includes at least one slam-dunk first-time nominee and a couple of other incredibly impressive first-year picks, all of whom will almost certainly make the list of finalists at the very least.

Let’s look at those first-time eligible names, shall we?

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 14:58

NFL announces 2010s All-Decade Team

The NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame have officially announced the roster of the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team, naming 52 players and two coaches to the list.

It’s a who’s who of gridiron greats, packed with players whose careers will likely end with the donning of gold jackets at Canton. However, even among these legends, there are those who stand just the smallest bit taller.

Eight of these players – Tom Brady, Aaron Donald, Von Miller, Adrian Peterson, Joe Thomas, Justin Tucker, J.J. Watt and Marshal Yanda – were unanimous selections, named on every single one of the 48 ballots cast by the selection committee.

Let’s look closer at those eight, in alphabetical order; the full roster will be posted at the end of the story.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the five players who will make up their 2020 class.

Longtime Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu leads the way, the only first-time eligible player to make the Hall this year. He’s joined by fellow safety Steve Atwater, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson and running back Edgerrin James. The quintet will join the specially selected 15-man centennial selection group when they are inducted into the Hall in early August.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced the 15 finalists for the Class of 2020, with first-time eligibles safety Troy Polamalu and receiver Reggie Wayne leading the way.

They’ll be joined by five other first-time finalists and a collection of other greats. From this list, the selection committee will then choose five honorees from the remaining finalists. The Class of 2020 will be officially announced on Feb. 1 – the day before Super Bowl LIV.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame announces the list of semifinalists for their Class of 2020 last week.

Leading the way among the first-year eligible are safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis. The trio is joined by 22 other hopefuls looking toward induction.

The list of 25 is to be trimmed to 15 in early January; after that, the selection committee will then choose five honorees from the remaining finalists. The Class of 2020 will be officially announced on Feb. 1 – the day before Super Bowl LIV.

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This weekend, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will enshrine their Class of 2019.

The eight-man class will be made official at the Hall of Fame’s induction ceremony, set to take place in Canton, Ohio on August 3.

For the second year in a row, a trio of first-ballot candidates – Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey – will be inducted into the Hall. That threesome will be joined by Ty Law and Kevin Mawae. In addition, the Hall will be adding defensive back Johnny Robinson from the seniors committee, as well as Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and personnel executive Gil Brandt from the contributors list.

It’s a defense-leaning list, with four defensive backs to go with an offensive lineman and a tight end.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their Class of 2019.

The class will include eight men in all. For the second year in a row, a trio of first-ballot candidates – Tony Gonzalez, Ed Reed and Champ Bailey – will be inducted into the Hall. That threesome will be joined by Ty Law and Kevin Mawae. In addition, the Hall will be adding defensive back Johnny Robinson from the seniors committee, as well as Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and personnel executive Gil Brandt from the contributors list.

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