Canton is going to become a busy place in a few years, as we know that in 2013 there is going to be at least three, if not possibly five, “for sure” players that will enter the Hall. Those couple of players decided to call it a career this offseason, with the lead player being Packers QB Brett Favre. In the past week alone, Giants DE Michael Strahan and Ravens OT Jonathan Ogden are two more players that will be in the Hall five years from now.
There are a couple other players that very well may be making Canton reservations, Cowboys and 49’ers OG Larry Allen and long-time Chargers and now Pats LB Junior Seau, who still is not sure if he will return in 2008. Both these players should enter the Hall, and maybe they will not be first-time entrants, but they at some point deserve their place among the best in NFL history.
Favre is the leader of the Pack if you will, and will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer for sure, meaning that weekend will be full of Packer fans from all over the world. To try and list what records Favre has reached in his career would take all day, but consider the following:
* Most AP NFL MVP Awards – 3
* Most consecutive starts by a QB – 253
* Most career passing TD’s – 442
* Most career pass completions – 5,377
* Most career games with at least three TD passes – 63
The list can go on and on, but you get the point. Bottom line is they can start working on the bust for Favre now, as he’ll be in without a doubt, and will make it the first time he’s eligible.
As for Michael Strahan, he’s another that should make it in on the first ballot. The 7-time Pro Bowl selection is also a six-time All Pro, and was the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the year when he recorded a still record 22.5 sacks in one season. He is a two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2001, 2003) and his 141.5 career sacks puts him high on the list and should be enough to garner him a bust in the Hall. He also has a career 794 tackles and 4 interceptions.
Ogden is also in a class of his own when it comes to offensive lineman. He was the Ravens first ever draft pick, 4th overall in the 1996 Draft, and stood alone when it comes to great O-lineman in the league for his 12 years he played. He made the Pro Bowl in 11 of the 12 years he played in the league, and was a 9-time All Pro selection. Sometimes it may be hard to put on paper how good an offensive linemen was or is, but there is no mistaken that Ogden deserves to be in the Hall, and will go in as the first in a Ravens uniform.
As for Allen, the 14-year vet was one of the best guards, if not the best, during his years in the league. He was an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, made All-Pro 7 times, and if you don’t buy how good he was, ask Troy Akiman or Emmit Smith how important he was to the Cowboys success when they were winning Super Bowls in the 90’s. Not to mention he is one of the strongest players in league history, as he won the ESPN “Strongest Man Award” back in 2006, bench pressing 225 pounds an amazing 43 times. He’ll make it, even if it takes 2-3 years to finally get in.
Seau is one of the best players never to win a Super Bowl, but that should not keep him from making it to the Hall one day. 13 years with the Chargers, 3 with Miami, and two with the Pats, puts him in a league of his own when it comes to how long he’s played the game at a high level. A 12-time Pro Bowl selection, 7-time All-Pro, and member of the NFL 1990’s All-Decade team, Seau is a player that should get a lot of consideration when it comes to Canton.
It’s going to be a great class five years from now, with Favre as the main event, Strahan and Ogden not far behind, and likely a few other worthy players, possibly Allen and Seau, waiting in the wings for their speeches.