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2019 HOF Finalists

Discussion in 'Blinded by the Lombardis: Patriots Forum' started by AB in DC, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. AB in DC

    AB in DC OG Football Writing Silver Supporter SoSH Member

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    Didn't see this posted, sorry if I missed it in another thread.

    FINALISTS
    (Not counting the senior/contributor nominees)

    Nice to see both Ty Law and Richard Seymour on the list, but I don't think they have much of a shot with shoo-ins like Gonzalez, Bailey, and Reed.
     
  2. Dollar

    Dollar Member SoSH Member

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    Random fact I had forgotten about: I was looking up Tony Boselli to try to remember why the Texans picked him with the first pick in their 2002 expansion draft even though it was doubtful he would ever play again, and I saw that the Patriots had exposed Willie McGinest as one of their five eligible players to be drafted. Had the Texans taken him, we never would have had his 2003 goal line stop against the Colts, his game-winning sack of Peyton on opening night 2004, his solid play in containing Donovan McNabb in the Super Bowl, or his 4.5 sacks in the 2006 playoff game against the Jaguars. His Patriots career would have ended with the hold on Marshall Faulk in the Super Bowl, and that along with his injury history would be his Patriot legacy. The Pats didn't even recall him from their exposure list after the Texans took Matt Stevens... they really wanted him off the roster.
     
  3. Saints Rest

    Saints Rest Well-Known Member Lifetime Member SoSH Member

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    That’s a really strong class.
    I agree that Reed, Bailey, and González should be in.
    I think all four OL deserve it, but they may split the vote a bit.
    Reed’s inclusion may hurt Lynch and Atwater.
    I think I’d go Coryell over Flores but it’s tight (Air Coryell vs racial barrier busting Flores).
    I don’t see much of a prayer for Law or Big Sey.
     
  4. Deathofthebambino

    Deathofthebambino Drive Carefully SoSH Member

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    Geez, what a class that is. If I had an unlimited number of votes, I'd put in Reed, Law, Bailey, Hutchinson, Faneca and Gonzalez. Amazingly, I think arguments, solid arguments, could be made for every other guy on that list, especially the offensive linemen.
     
  5. NortheasternPJ

    NortheasternPJ Member SoSH Member

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    The best news is that Hines Ward didn't even make it as a finalist, as he shouldn't.
     
  6. BaseballJones

    BaseballJones goalpost mover SoSH Member

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    Why does it seem like in MLB there are not that many guys I think of (in an annual HOF "class") as worthy HOFers, but in the NFL I feel like, man there's a ton of HOF-worthy guys?

    Is it just me?
     
  7. Papelbon's Poutine

    Papelbon's Poutine Homeland Security SoSH Member

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    First glance/thought was that I have zero recollection of James playing for Seattle.

    Beyond that I’d prob go with Reed, Gonzalez, Bailey, Mawae and Atwater
     
  8. Van Everyman

    Van Everyman Member SoSH Member

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    Madden used to give him a 99 rating and I had no idea why.
     
  9. Super Nomario

    Super Nomario Member SoSH Member

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    I don't think it's you. There are twice as many football players as baseball players in the league and NFL careers are way shorter, so quality players are retiring all the time. Then you get a backlog, especially since they don't always pick six. They could probably up the limit to 12, or at least 10.
     
  10. DrewDawg

    DrewDawg Dorito Dink SoSH Member

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    Or just do away with the limit, which can keep deserving candidates out for the reasons you mentioned--twice as many, etc.
     
  11. DanoooME

    DanoooME Well-Known Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    You didn't miss anything.

    This is a hell of a list. I'd probably go Gonzalez, Reed, Bailey, Hutchinson, Faneca, Mawae, and Coryell if there was no limit. And you might be able to talk me into everyone.
     
  12. MuppetAsteriskTalk

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    Without going back to look at his stats, I have a hard time thinking about E. James in the hall. (My impressions must be wrong considering the several folks ITT who think all candidates have a case.)
     

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