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Five Candidates Who Might Hear Hall’s Call After All

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame pared the Class of 2017 down to 26 semifinalists this week, with one more cut to come in January before decision time arrives on a new class for Canton.

Among this year’s candidates are several who should have no problem getting in. In his first year of eligibility, LaDanian Tomlinson seems like a shoe-in and Terrell Owens shouldn’t have to wait another year either. This also seems like the year Kurt Warner gets the call. Beyond that, there are many deserving candidates for election who will be bidding for the remaining spots. Among them are a few players who have been waiting a while for the call.

John Lynch, Safety, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos, 1993-2007

Lynch is one of the premier safeties of his generation, led a dominant Super Bowl-winning defense and a nine-time Pro Bowler as well as a two-time First Team All-Pro. But the hard-hitter has yet to get the call in his four years of eligibility. That should change this year, and Lynch will boosted by the addition of Brian Dawkins to the ballot. Both players are deserving of inclusion and it’s time to let Lynch in so Dawkins can follow suit shortly thereafter.

Terrell Davis, Running Back, Denver Broncos, 1995-2001

It seems obvious at this point that Davis’ candidacy is being hindered by his lack of longevity at one of the game’s most grueling positions. But at his peak, there have been few running backs ever better than TD. His 1998 campaign puts him as one of just seven men ever to rush for over 2,000 yards in a single season. Over a three-year span from 1996-98, Davis ran for a ridiculous 5,296 yards and 49 touchdowns. Of course, he carried the ball 1,106 times over those three seasons and in the three years thereafter ran for just 1,194 yards on 312 carries before riding off into the sunset.

Tony Boselli, Offensive Tackle, Jacksonville Jaguars, Houston Texans, 1995-2002

The first draft pick in Jacksonville Jaguars history and one of the best in the trenches of his generation, it’s about time Boselli takes his rightful place in Canton. He’s assisted this time around by a lack of more-qualified offensive linemen. The Jaguars franchise has fallen on hard times over the past several years, but their success previous to that, in their infancy can be traced back to building a quality offensive line around Boselli.

Isaac Bruce, Wide Reciever, St. Louis Rams, San Francisco 49ers, 1995-2009

Bruce is one of three members of the Greatest Show on Turf on the ballot again this season and may well be the least likely to gain election in 2017, far behind Warner and perhaps a shade behind fellow Rams wideout Torry Holt. But it’s tough to say that Bruce isn’t deserving as well. In 14 NFL seasons, he posted 15,208 yards, fourth most all-time, hauled in 1,024 balls, 12th all-time and caught 91 touchdowns, likewise also 12th all-time.

Morten Anderson, Kicker, More Teams than Not, 1982-2004

Anderson is the OG great kicker, last longer than 20 years in the league and could probably still, at age 56, outkick half the mediocre kickers that proliferate the league. That should be reason enough to get him in.

 


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