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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:22 pm    Post subject: The Next Viking into Valhalla? Reply with quote

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The seven members of the 2014 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame have received their busts in Canton, Ohio, and now that enshrinement weekend is behind us, let’s look ahead at the players, coaches and contributors who could comprise the next five Hall of Fame classes.

2016

Brett Favre is a sure thing to be inducted in 2016, and the Packers have already begun the process of turning the year before his induction into a long ceremony honoring Favre, who will have his number retired in 2015.

2018

Randy Moss may leave some room for debate, as his numbers are comparable to those of Terrell Owens, who looks like a long shot. But Moss at his best was such a game-changer that he just feels like exactly the kind of player who belongs in Canton.

Steve Hutchinson was a great guard and also becomes eligible in 2018, but he won’t get in on his first year of eligibility. Hutchinson may be a finalist many times, but getting the necessary 80 percent of the vote will be tough.

2019

Tony Dungy was voted down in his first year of eligibility last year and may be voted down a few more times, but he’s likely to get in eventually, and 2019 could be the year.

Morten Andersen was also voted down this year in his first year as a Hall of Fame finalist, but he also has a good case to make it eventually. Andersen, the NFL’s all-time leader in points scored, would join Jan Stenerud and Ray Guy as the only kicking specialists in the Hall of Fame.


http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/08/04/looking-ahead-at-future-hall-of-fame-classes/

I know some of the above didn't spend a whole lot of time in purple, but they all did at one time. I'm pretty sure several have been left off as well (like Mick Tingelhoff). Is there anyone else missing? Which of them are likely to get in first after Favre?

Like someone said in the comments as well, I too look forward to Randy's induction speech. I imagine that will be legendary.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Next Viking to make it would likely be Randy Moss or Tinglehoff.

However, Hutch may go in as a Viking too. I think it's safe to say Favre will go in as a Packer and Dungy as a Colt.

Then there's one dark horse . . . Jimmy Kleinsasser -- very unlikely he'd ever make the list, but his role as a TE was old-school dominance at the point of attack. To that end, he did it better than anyone . . . just wish he woulda caught more passes.

Looking back there were some impressive players that had short stints of being Hall worthy . . . Keith Millard, Carl Lee, Matt Blair, and Jake Reed come to mind, but none will get there. Heck, Brad Johnson has a better chance . . . lol.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspect that Moss will get the honor, however, I am not sure he should! While his talent was unlike anyone who ever played the position, there were to many games...heck, to many seasons...where he just disappeared. I'd, personally, have difficulty supporting his candidacy if I were HOF voter.

Hutch will make it in one day...but, OLmen know, the "respect" from HOF voters comes in the last years of eligibility. Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This isn't baseball, a player doesn't go in with a specific team. Favre will be a Hof player as a falcon, packer, Viking and jet.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

vikingsrule wrote:
This isn't baseball, a player doesn't go in with a specific team. Favre will be a Hof player as a falcon, packer, Viking and jet.



Yeah but the player is certainly claimed by a team and their fan base. I don't think of Gary Zimmerman the HOF Viking. I think of him as a Bronco.

Jared Allen will be remembered as a Viking. Not as a Chief or Bear.
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vikingsrule wrote:
This isn't baseball, a player doesn't go in with a specific team. Favre will be a Hof player as a falcon, packer, Viking and jet.



Yeah but the player is certainly claimed by a team and their fan base. I don't think of Gary Zimmerman the HOF Viking. I think of him as a Bronco.

Jared Allen will be remembered as a Viking. Not as a Chief or Bear.


Very true, but the HOF doesn't care who can claim that player. With how much GB hates Favre, we probably can claim him by default.
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TENINCH wrote:
vikingsrule wrote:
This isn't baseball, a player doesn't go in with a specific team. Favre will be a Hof player as a falcon, packer, Viking and jet.



Yeah but the player is certainly claimed by a team and their fan base. I don't think of Gary Zimmerman the HOF Viking. I think of him as a Bronco.

Jared Allen will be remembered as a Viking. Not as a Chief or Bear.


I've always thought of Zimmerman as a Viking, especially since he actually spent more time there. He may has disowned Vikings ownership and management, but he's a Viking to me and to most that are aware of that football era.

Thinking of Zimmerman as a Bronco is equivalent to some of the young kids nowadays who seem to only identify Kevin Garnett as a Celtic. Shocked

And I actually think of Jared Allen as equally a Chief and a Viking.

As far as the ones I mentioned, certainly Favre is a Packer, Morten is pretty much a Saint and Dungy is a Buc, but they spent time in Purple, just like Zimmerman did, Moon did, and Dave Casper did, and will show up on their bust as such.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd still like to see Jim Marshall get in. Is it too late for him?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope Moss gets in. Maybe when he does I'll make the trip out to Canton to see it.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle Buck wrote:
I'd still like to see Jim Marshall get in. Is it too late for him?


Both he and Tingelhoff are in the veteran's committee portion.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uncle Buck wrote:
I'd still like to see Jim Marshall get in. Is it too late for him?

Who knew a single play could have such a negative impact on ones HOF chances.
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There is no good reason that Tony Dungy belongs in the Hall of Fame. He won 1 Super Bowl with arguably the greatest QB of all time. He built a good team in Tampa, but it took another coach to win a Super Bowl with that team. He may be the most overrated coach of the past 20 years.
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wcblack34 wrote:
There is no good reason that Tony Dungy belongs in the Hall of Fame. He won 1 Super Bowl with arguably the greatest QB of all time. He built a good team in Tampa, but it took another coach to win a Super Bowl with that team. He may be the most overrated coach of the past 20 years.


I actually tend to agree with you. When I found out he was a finalist, I was shocked. He does have the 11th highest winning percentage of all-time, but John Madden, Vince Lombardi and George Allen are all HOFers with less games coached, and, in the case of George Allen, less SB titles.

I personally never thought of using HOF coach and Tony Dungy in the same sentence. Furthermore, if they were going to put a recently retired coach in the HOF, I'd put Marty Schottenheimer in before Dungy. I think Marty was a better coach.
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disaacs wrote:
wcblack34 wrote:
There is no good reason that Tony Dungy belongs in the Hall of Fame. He won 1 Super Bowl with arguably the greatest QB of all time. He built a good team in Tampa, but it took another coach to win a Super Bowl with that team. He may be the most overrated coach of the past 20 years.


I actually tend to agree with you. When I found out he was a finalist, I was shocked. He does have the 11th highest winning percentage of all-time, but John Madden, Vince Lombardi and George Allen are all HOFers with less games coached, and, in the case of George Allen, less SB titles.

I personally never thought of using HOF coach and Tony Dungy in the same sentence. Furthermore, if they were going to put a recently retired coach in the HOF, I'd put Marty Schottenheimer in before Dungy. I think Marty was a better coach.


- Vermeil is another guy that should go in before Dungy. Way before.
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skywindO2 wrote:
Uncle Buck wrote:
I'd still like to see Jim Marshall get in. Is it too late for him?

Who knew a single play could have such a negative impact on ones HOF chances.

despite Marshall's wrong way fumble return, we still won that game. that's what mattered.

and an interesting tidbit about that play is that when he crossed the wrong goalline with the ball, it was still in play. he could have ran it back out. but he spiked the ball and then it went out of bounds, resulting in a... safety for two points.
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