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NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

While the NFL Network was showing a game of Pictionary, the NFL's website announced the Hall of Fame's Class of 2019. Your new enshrinees:

Tony Gonzalez, TE, KC/ATL
A first-ballot HOFer, Gonzalez played in 14 Pro Bowls and made six All-Pro teams. He is still second in NFL history in receptions behind only Jerry Rice.

Ed Reed, S, BAL/HOU/NYJ
A first-ballot HOFer, Reed played in nine Pro Bowls and made five All-Pro teams. He was the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, a Super Bowl champion, and three times led the league in interceptions.

Champ Bailey, CB, WAS/DEN
A first-ballot HOFer, 12-time Pro Bowler, and three-time All-Pro. His best season might have been 2006, when he led the NFL with 10 interceptions returned for 162 yards.

Ty Law, CB, NE/NYJ/KC/DEN
A five-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro, and three-time Super Bowl champion with New England. Twice led the league in interceptions.

Kevin Mawae, C, SEA/NYJ/TEN
Eight-time Pro Bower, three-time All-Pro. From 1995 to 2004, Mawae didn't miss a single start between the Seahawks and Jets.

Pat Bowlen, owner, DEN
Bowlen purchased the Broncos in 1984. Since then the team has played in seven Super Bowls, more than any team under any owner except the 10 of Robert Kraft and the Patriots.

Gil Brandt, executive, DAL
Am I the only one who thought Brandt was already in the Hall of Fame? Brandt managed the Cowboys roster for 29 years, guiding the team to five Super Bowl appearances, two championships, and 20 consecutive winning seasons. Brandt will join 15 players he acquired for the Cowboys who have already been enshrined in Canton.

Johnny Robinson, DB, DTX/KC
The lone senior finalist nominated for enshrinement this year Robinson began his career with the Dallas Texans (now known as the Kansas City Chiefs) in the AFL's inaugural season in 1960. A six-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowler, Robins won three AFL championships, played in the first Super Bowl against Green Bay, and had an interception in Kansas City's 23-7 win over Minnesota in Super Bowl IV.

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33 comments, Last at 11 Feb 2019, 5:59am

1 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Bowl Game Anomaly // Feb 02, 2019 - 8:54pm

Congrats to the inductees! I think Law is a borderline candidate, but I have no problem with him getting in. Overall, a strong class of players.

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3 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Mr Shush // Feb 02, 2019 - 9:58pm

Yeah, I mean they've got to have someone other than Brady and Belichick from those first three Patriots Super Bowl teams, and Law's as good a choice as any; Seymour would also be reasonable, I suppose.

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7 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Yu Narukami // Feb 03, 2019 - 5:25am

Seymour has a slightly better resume: 3 AP1; 2 AP2; 7 PB and AllDecade 1st Team against 2 AP1, 5 PB and AllDecade 2nd Team.

However, Law (who is also in his 2nd year of eligibility) had more iconic moments (Warner's Pick-6 in the SB; dominating Peyton) than Seymour and he was good even before Belichick's arrival in NE.

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12 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Mr Shush // Feb 04, 2019 - 10:16am

Pretty good chance Seymour gets in too at some point, absolutely.

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14 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by SandyRiver // Feb 04, 2019 - 11:49am

Who else from the Pats' defense has a chance? (Majority of career in NE only) Only one coming to mind is Wilfork, and the Hall doesn't usually have much love for NTs.

Edit: Could ask the same for offense, after Brady and Gronk. I don't see any of Scarnecchia's chess pieces getting in, though he should (if OL coaches can qualify.)

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15 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by jtr // Feb 04, 2019 - 1:26pm

RE: Scarnecchia, every person in the HoF as a coach has done so as a head coach. Not even legendary coordinators like Buddy Ryan have made it in, so no position coach has a prayer, even a legendary one.

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17 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by D // Feb 04, 2019 - 4:09pm

Well Moss already got in, but he was only with the Pats for 3 years (though he was transcendent in one of them and very good the other 2).

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18 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by jtr // Feb 04, 2019 - 4:28pm

And Junior Seau, though he was only really a starter in NE for two seasons and no longer playing at the transcendent level he was at in San Diego.

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19 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by bachslunch // Feb 04, 2019 - 5:09pm

Richard Seymour (3/7/00s) should get in a few years down the road. Vince Wilfork (1/5/none) is possible but unlikely. Rent-a-player Junior Seau is already in, and another such player, Darrelle Revis, should be a lock.

Otherwise, of course Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Bill Belichick. Probably Robert Kraft. Outside possibility for Logan Mankins (3/7/????).

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23 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Richie // Feb 04, 2019 - 8:56pm

Rodney Harrison

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24 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by bachslunch // Feb 05, 2019 - 1:56am

I don’t think Rodney Harrison’s (2/2/none) chances for enshrinement are very good. He’s behind a bunch of players (Darren Woodson, Steve Atwater, John Lynch, Leroy Butler, for four), at a position not historically well liked by the HoF voters.

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29 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Richie // Feb 05, 2019 - 9:01pm

Agreed, not a good chance. But he does have a chance.

Fun fact, he is one of 6 players with 25+ career sacks and 25+ career interceptions:
http://pfref.com/tiny/8a2Ny

He and Ray Lewis are the only two members of the 30/30 club.

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2 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by BroncosGuyAgain // Feb 02, 2019 - 9:11pm

Congratulations to all. Glad to see a guy like Mawae get recognized.

Appreciation for Ed Reed's vocal support for Steve Atwater.

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4 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Boots Day // Feb 02, 2019 - 10:09pm

It's nice that Gil Brandt is still around at the age of 85 to enjoy this honor. He, Tom Landry and Tex Schramm were all with the Cowboys from their inception in 1960 right through till Jerry Jones purged them in 1989.

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5 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by justanothersteve // Feb 02, 2019 - 10:57pm

I don't have any issues with any of the players inducted. Glad for all of them.

I am tired of all the owners getting in. I want a new rule; no owners until they are no longer owners. Players and coaches can't get in while they're still active. I don't even remember any current commissioners getting in. Why are owners the exception? No more owners until they are no longer active owners.

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6 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by RickD // Feb 03, 2019 - 1:04am

What if, say, an owner is forced into retirement by the onset of Alzheimer's?

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8 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Raiderjoe // Feb 03, 2019 - 9:08am

I don't care for owners beung in. I try to pay no attentiin to i.t . Just only know whuhc ines are in for trivia wuestion purposes. Agree with will allen (poster here, not forner plauers) taht it is absurd rhat jerry Jones js in Hll of Fame and chuck howley is nkt

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9 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by billprudden // Feb 03, 2019 - 10:05am

Is it still too late to un-trade Portis (and a #2) for Champ? For fuck's sake...

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16 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Never Surrender // Feb 04, 2019 - 1:50pm

Bailey was going to leave Washington either way. It was reported at the time his wife gave him an ultimatum after an affair.

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10 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by TimK // Feb 03, 2019 - 10:47am

Glad to see Brandt get in, according to some of the things I read on him years ago he helped modernise a lot of scouting and systems he developed or popularised likely improved the quality of the players and play in the whole league.

I can understand both sides of argument about Owners going in or not, but if they are going to go in Bowlen seems like a reasonable choice and I hope he has enough marbles left to at least understand that he has been honoured. Seemed ridiculous to put someone like Jones in before him, especially under Bowlen's diminishing health circumstances.

Seems like quite a few first ballot inductees this year, but they all deserve it. Agree too that it is nice to see someone like Mawae get in directly and not have to wait for seniors committee.

Still think there is a case for having a big bonus class some year to break some logjams and recognise some of those passed by. Maybe 100th anniversary of the league coming up will be a good enough excuse to do that.

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21 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by bachslunch // Feb 04, 2019 - 5:39pm

Agreed. A big catch-up year that addresses a couple deserving Seniors per decade would be ideal. Really hope it happens.

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11 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by umuddafadda // Feb 03, 2019 - 1:09pm

Peripheral but important folks (Brandt)...owners..and "D" is well represented in this class.
Whenever I look at a team, I look *first* at OC's/DC's, then QB's & go from there. People
who are asst's are super important. I include GM's as assistants. Corny but it does
take a village to succeed in NFL

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13 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by E // Feb 04, 2019 - 11:03am

The last two Hall of Fame classes have been incredible - true Hall of Famers, the best of the best. (And interestingly, no quarterbacks or running backs.) Imagine the class of 2018 lining up against the class of 2019. Moss and TO squaring off with Champ, Ty Law and Ed Reed. Gonzalez lining up opposite guys like Ray Lewis, Urlacher and Dawkins. Really nice positional mix of the greatest players of the past decade.

People have complained for years about the backlog of players for NFL Hall of Fame and over-representation of the skill positions, especially QB. But when I look at the Hall of Fame I feel like this is what it is supposed to be - the absolute best of the best. By comparison, the MLB class of 2018 was Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris, Jim Thome and Alan Trammell. All very nice players but all second or third tier Hall of Famers. (2019 was a little better with Mariano Rivera but otherwise similar.) I think the NFL has it right.

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22 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by bachslunch // Feb 04, 2019 - 5:50pm

Re the BBHoF, Chipper Jones, Jim Thome, and Alan Trammell are within the top 11 all time at their position by WAR and very much within elite level for their positions. Guerrero is more a second-tier guy, but very deserving.

Given the standards for relievers, Trevor Hoffman is reasonable enough.

Jack Morris, though, shouldn’t be getting in the Hall without a ticket. His adjusted numbers are about in the range of Milt Pappas and Carlos Zambrano.

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25 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by bachslunch // Feb 05, 2019 - 8:41am

The “best of the best” HoF idea is a small hall one that doesn’t match that reality in baseball or football. That ship sailed long ago when guys like Tommy McCarthy and Joe Guyon got in their respective Halls.

I’m all for a “fair hall” that reflects a reasonable standard based on what admittance practice has been.

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20 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by bachslunch // Feb 04, 2019 - 5:31pm

Congratulations to all the new inductees! All the players are very deserving, including Senior Johnny Robinson. Gil Brandt is a reasonable GM type to elect. Least taken with Pat Bowlen, but at least he’s in and off the table (he’s at least better than Eddie DeBartolo and Charles Bidwill, though that’s not saying a ton).

Was surprised that it was Kevin Mawae who broke through the OL logjam, but he’s certainly deserving. Also surprised a bit that Steve Atwater leapfrogged over John Lynch, who has been a finalist several times.

Would be fine with any of the players who were finalists getting elected to varying degrees. Am on the fence with Coryell (you have to give him a lot of innovator credit), and not supportive of Flores.

Next year should be a catch-up year, with Troy Polamalu the only likely first ballot guy (Patrick Willis and Reggie Wayne will also likely get in eventually). My guess for the regular electees next year: Polamalu, James, Atwater, Boselli, and Hutchinson. Your guess is as good as mine for the Seniors. The viable Contributor options are thinning out, with Art McNally, Bob Kraft, Steve Sabol, and George Young the best choices, and it would be nice to have someone like McNally or Kraft on deck as they’re still alive.

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26 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by pauldemet // Feb 05, 2019 - 10:25am

Hard to keep Flores or Coryell out of the hall when Tony Dungy is in. The bar for coaching credentials much lower now.

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27 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by bachslunch // Feb 05, 2019 - 3:18pm

Regular season W-L and pct.

Dungy. 139-69 .668
Coryell. 111-83-1 .572
Flores. 97-87 .527

Dungy has a significant advantage over both, with Flores the weakest.

Flores has 2 titles, Dungy 1, Coryell 0.

Flores has a minimal advantage over Dungy, who has a minimal advantage over Coryell.

Dungy took a non-winning franchise (Bucs) and another inconsistent one (Colts) and turned them into winners, getting average postseason performance (9-10) though had twice as many postseason games as the other two. Coryell took two dysfunctional franchises (Cards, Chargers) and turned them around, though he bombed in the postseason (3-6). Flores took over a successful team (Raiders) but bombed when he went to Seattle, did well in the postseason (8-3).

Dungy has some advantage over the other two.

Dungy gets innovator credit for helping create the Tampa-2 defense. Coryell gets innovator credit for Air Coryell. Flores has no such credit that I know of.

Dungy and Coryell have similar advantage over Flores.

Sum total, Dungy has a stronger case than the other two, best I can see.

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28 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by pauldemet // Feb 05, 2019 - 6:24pm

Good argument. None of them belong in my opinion.

Dungy's case isn't that strong which is why I said the bar had been lowered. Plus Gruden won the Super Bowl which Dungy could not do with the same team.

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30 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Bowl Game Anomaly // Feb 07, 2019 - 9:49am

Let's unpack that a little. Granted that Gruden won the Super Bowl with Dungy's players, is there any way you would argue that Gruden was a better coach overall than Dungy? I mean, Gruden couldn't even make the Super Bowl with the Raiders and then Bill Callahan did it with the same team.

Gruden had a run with the Raiders that was roughly equivalent to what Dungy did with the Bucs. Then Dungy was even better with the Colts, winning 11+ games every year with 1 SB win. Gruden won 1 SB with the Bucs and then the team fell apart.

I don't think it's absurd to argue that Dungy could also have won the SB with the Bucs if he'd stayed. Unless you somehow think it was Gruden, known to be a offensive coach, who somehow took the Bucs defense to the next level.

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31 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by pauldemet // Feb 08, 2019 - 4:29pm

Not arguing that Gruden is a better coach. Just don't think Dungy's resume is hall of fame worthy on its own merit. And Dungy never did win a Super Bowl with his TB team so not going to assume he would have.

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32 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by bachslunch // Feb 08, 2019 - 5:52pm

If you think John Madden is a HoF worthy coach (103-32-7 .759, 1 SB win), Dungy is too. Maybe more so.

If you think neither belongs in the HoF, I think your standards are too stringent.

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33 Re: NFL Announces 2019 Hall of Fame Class

by Mr Shush // Feb 11, 2019 - 5:59am

Hang on a second. Madden's career win percentage is crazy. Dungy's is merely excellent. You don't have to agree with the case for Madden but not Dungy, but it's perfectly coherent.

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