Redskins Great Joe Jacoby Among 108 Hall Of Fame Nominees

Ruben Hill
September 13, 2017

The Hall of Fame announced the nominees late Tuesday. Nonetheless, the other Steve Smith could plausibly be the most underqualified nominee in Pro Football Hall of Fame history.

Mitchell, meanwhile, is easily one of the best returners in National Football League history, as he racked up almost 20,000 return yards in his career, the first 10 seasons coming as a member of the Redskins. Talley, Hull, and Brown also have strong arguments as to why they should be in the Hall of Fame. He finished his career with 8,261 rushing yards, 4,605 receiving yards and 71 touchdowns. It also includes center Ray Donaldson and guard/tackle Chris Hinton. He started all 16 games in ten of his seasons with Indianapolis. He made one Pro Bowl, was a Super Bowl champ, and he led the NFC in receptions in 2009.

He was also the Redskins' head coach during the 1993 season. His best seasons were with the Titans, when he collected 38 ½ of his 58 career sacks and earned his three Pro Bowl invitations.

One of the Lions' major free-agent signings in 2010 along with Nate Burleson, Vanden Bosch had 15.5 sacks in his three years in Detroit. He spent most of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, but gave the Broncos three great seasons before hanging up his cleats following the 2011 season.

At the suggestion of former college roommate Nate Hobgood-Chittick, then-Colts general manager Bill Polian chose to give Saturday a tryout the following year. The long-time teammates (pictured) and leaders of the franchise's lone Super Bowl team have been regulars on the preliminary ballot in recent years.

Missing from the nominee list is running back Shaun Alexander, a former Alabama standout.

A star pass rusher, Bennett then re-joined the Colts for the final two seasons of his career in 1999 and 2000. "The only restriction is that a player and coach must have last played or coached at least five seasons before he can be considered".

The current list will be further pared to 25 semifinalists in November by the selection committee - we are a member - and to 15 finalists in January.

According to a release from the Hall, 18 finalists will be presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual selection meeting on "Selection Saturday", the day before Super Bowl LII.

Beathard was named a Contributor Finalist last month. The Class of 2018 will be determined February 3 in Minneapolis, the day before Super Bowl LII. The selection process bylaws provide that four to eight inductees will be selected.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018 will be formally enshrined into Canton in August.

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