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Finalsts for the 2020 Hall of Fame Class

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The modern era finalists won't be announced until January of 2020, but here's the Seniors, Coaches and Contributor finalists.

 

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A special Blue-Ribbon Panel comprised of many members of the overall Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee, Hall of Famers, coaches, football executives and several leading historians has scrutinized the merits of nearly 300 candidates nominated for consideration as part of the Hall’s special Centennial Class of 2020. The group of nominees has been reduced to a list of finalists that will be debated in a meeting in early January and voted on by the Blue-Ribbon Panel to elect the 15-member "Centennial Slate” to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Those new enshrinees will be revealed in the days following the vote.

The following finalists will be deliberated by the Blue-Ribbon Panel in January from which 10 Seniors, three (3) Contributors and two (2) Coaches will be elected to the Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2020.
 

COACHES (8 FINALISTS) – Coaches who last coached more than five seasons ago

Don Coryell – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Bill Cowher – 1992-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers
Tom Flores – 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
Mike Holmgren – 1992-98 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2008 Seattle Seahawks
Jimmy Johnson – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins  
Buddy Parker – 1949 Chicago Cardinals, 1951-56 Detroit Lions, 1957-1964 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dan Reeves – 1981-1992 Denver Broncos, 1993-96 New York Giants, 1997-2003 Atlanta Falcons
D Vermeil – 1976-1982 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 St. Louis Rams, 2001-05 Kansas City Chiefs

CONTRIBUTORS (10 FINALISTS) – An individual other than a player or coach

Bud Adams, Owner – 1960-2013 Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans
Ralph Hay, Owner – 1918-1922 Canton Bulldogs
Frank "Bucko” Kilroy, Scout/General Manager/Executive – 1960-61 Philadelphia Eagles, 1962-64 Washington Redskins, 1965-1970 Dallas Cowboys, 1971-2006 New England Patriots
Art McNally, Official/Administrator – 1959-2015 National Football League
Art Modell, Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens
Clint Murchison, Founder/Owner – 1960-1983 Dallas Cowboys
Steve Sabol, Administrator/President – 1964-2012 NFL Films
Seymour Siwoff, Owner/President – 1952-2019 Elias Sports Bureau 
Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
George Young, Contributor/General Manager – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

SENIORS (20 FINALISTS) – A player who last played more than 25 seasons ago

Cliff Branch, WR – 1972-1985 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Harold Carmichael, WR – 1971-1983 Philadelphia Eagles, 1984 Dallas Cowboys
Jim Covert, T – 1983-1990 Chicago Bears
Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
Bobby Dillon, S – 1952-59 Green Bay Packers
LaVern Dilweg, E – 1926 Milwaukee Badgers, 1927-1934 Green Bay Packers
Ox Emerson, G/LB/C – 1931-37 Portsmouth Spartans/Detroit Lions, 1938 Brooklyn Dodgers
Randy Gradishar, LB – 1974-1983 Denver Broncos
Cliff Harris, S – 1970-79 Dallas Cowboys
Winston Hill, T – 1963-1976 New York Jets, 1977 Los Angeles Rams
Cecil Isbell, TB/DB/HB – 1938-1942 Green Bay Packers
Alex Karras, DT – 1958-1962, 1964-1970 Detroit Lions
Verne Lewellen, HB – 1924-27, 1928-1932 Green Bay Packers, 1927 New York Yankees
Tommy Nobis, LB – 1966-1976 Atlanta Falcons
Drew Pearson, WR – 1973-1983 Dallas Cowboys
Donnie Shell, S – 1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers
Duke Slater, T – 1922 Milwaukee Badgers, 1922-25 Rock Island Independents, 1926-1931 Chicago Cardinals
Mac Speedie, E – 1946-1952 Cleveland Browns [AAFC/NFL]
Ed Sprinkle, DE/LB/E – 1944-1955 Chicago Bears
Al Wistert, OT/DT/G – 1943 Phil-Pitt, 1944-1951 Philadelphia Eagles

https://www.profootballhof.com/finalists-for-special-centennial-slate-revealed/

 

 

 

 

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Of this list, these are some of the people that I'd say should definitely get in:

Coaches:

Vermeil (yeah, I'm biased)
Coryell

Contributors:

Steve Sabol

Seniors:

Carmichael (should have been in long ago!)
Branch

For the rest, I'd have to really think about it and review their careers to see if I think they should be in. For the contributors, I definitely think that Steve Sabol should be in. He and his father helped shape the way we watch the NFL. NFL Films was such an important part of growing the league and those two had such a key role in it.
 

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The 2020 Modern-Era Player Finalists with their positions, years and teams:

https://www.profootballhof.com/15-modern-era-player-finalists-announced/

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22 minutes ago, heavywchamp said:

Can't believe Polamalu or Bruce aren't in already 

This is Polamalu's first year of eligibility.

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Carmichael & Wistert :towel:

 

Polamalu, Bruce, and Thomas probably deserve to get in this year.

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Am I the only one that feels like that list is full of very good players but no generational type talent?  

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1 hour ago, Captain F said:

Am I the only one that feels like that list is full of very good players but no generational type talent?  

In his day, you could make a legit argument for Al Wistert. 8x All Pro (6x 1st team ; 2x 2nd team) 2 Championships, pro bowler, team captain, on and on. he was a big time player back then.

Al Wistert.JPG

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Considering Brian Dawkins was a better player than Troy Polamalu, I hope Troy has to wait a year like he did.

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3 minutes ago, VaBeach_Eagle said:

Well with Cowher getting in, that leaves one spot for a coach. I'd love for that to go to Vermeil.

If he gets in, do you think he'll cry?

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4 minutes ago, PoconoDon said:

If he gets in, do you think he'll cry?

Not a chance, dude's emotionless!

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Jimmy Johnson just announced as the other coach enshrined in the 2020 class.

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 Hate the Cowboys, hate that he helped them win some rings (more than 25 years ago), but having seen him on Fox and having watched him on Survivor (for the couple of weeks that he was there), I can't be unhappy for him.

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18 minutes ago, xzmattzx said:

Jimmy Johnson just announced as the other coach enshrined in the 2020 class.

Yawn.

 

Congrats to Crowher tho.

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Besides a biased opinion of Vermeil, I thought Holmgren was the best choice and biggest snub.

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44 minutes ago, BowToMcNabb said:

Yawn.

Why yawn? Got something against the Dolphins? We should congratulate them on their former coach getting into the Hall of Fame. Miami should be proud.

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42 minutes ago, xzmattzx said:

Besides a biased opinion of Vermeil, I thought Holmgren was the best choice and biggest snub.

Cowher isn’t in the same conversation as either of them. 

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On 1/12/2020 at 9:58 PM, SBorBust said:

Cowher isn’t in the same conversation as either of them. 

Keys to being a lock for the hall of fame:

  • Be a part of the media or well liked by the media
  • Coach or play for the Steelers

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8 minutes ago, ShakeThatMonkey said:

Keys to being a lock for the hall of fame:

  • Be a part of the media or well liked by the media
  • Coach or play for the Steelers

But Cowher was an Eagle and Johnson was a Dolphin. Of course, both are part of the media, so there's that.

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