Who was the biggest oversight in the HOF Class of 2017?

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There were 11 NFL all-decade performers among the modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame’s Class of 2017. Seven failed to muster enough support for a bust in Canton.

America has already heard the displeasure of wide receiver Terrell Owens for being passed over for a second consecutive year. But was he the biggest oversight in this class? What about the other six all-decade performers? That’s the subject of this week’s Talk of Fame Network poll – who was the biggest oversight in the Class of 2017? Here are your eight options:

Tony Boselli. A five-time Pro Bowler and member of the 1990s NFL all-decade team. The second overall pick of the 1995 NFL draft and the first-ever selection of the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars. But his career lasted only seven seasons, covering 90 games, before a knee injury forced his retirement. He was named first-team All-Pro three times and was named the NFL Alumni’s Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1998.

Brian Dawkins. A nine-time Pro Bowler and member of the 2000s NFL all-decade team. A second-round draft pick of the Eagles, Dawkins went on to play 16 seasons, making plays on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He collected 1,100 career tackles, 37 interceptions and 26 sacks. He also forced 28 fumbles and scored three defensive touchdowns. Dawkins was named to the Eagles’ 75th anniversary team, and his No. 20 has been retired.

Alan Faneca. A nine-time Pro Bowler and member of the 2000s NFL all-decade team. A first-round pick of the Steelers, Faneca went on to play 13 seasons and won a Super Bowl in 2006. He played for three teams – the Steelers, Jets and Cardinals – and his offenses ranked in the NFL’s Top 10 in rushing 10 times. He was a first-team All-Pro selection six times.

Joe Jacoby. A four-time Pro Bowler and a member of the 1980s NFL all-decade team. An undrafted free agent, Jacoby became a starter as a rookie and played 13 seasons with the Washington Redskins, winning three Super Bowls. He played left tackle during the golden age of pass rushers, having to block Hall-of-Famers Lawrence Taylor, Fred Dean, Richard Dent, Chris Doleman, Charles Haley, Dan Hampton, Howie Long, Lee Roy Selmon and Bruce Smith. He was a two-time first-team All-Pro.

Ty Law. A five-time Pro Bowler and member of the 2000s NFL all-decade team. A first-round pick of the Patriots, Law went on to play 15 seasons and intercept 53 career passes – as many as Deion Sanders and one more than Champ Bailey. He won three Super Bowls as a member of the Patriots and led the NFL in interceptions twice, picking off nine passes in 1998 for New England and 10 passes in 2005 for the Jets.

Kevin Mawae. An eight-time Pro Bowler and member of the 2000s NFL all-decade team. A second-round pick by Seattle, Mawae went on to play 16 seasons with three teams (Seahawks, Jets and Titans). In eight of his 16 seasons his offenses finished in the Top 5 in rushing. He blocked for 13 1,000-yard rushing seasons by five different backs. In his final year, Mawae blocked for a 2,000-yard rushing season by Tennessee’s Chris Johnson.

Terrell Owens. A six-time Pro Bowler and member of the 2000s NFL all-decade team. A third-round pick of the 49ers, Owens went on to play 15 seasons with five teams. Owens ranks sixth all-time in receptions (1,078), third in receiving touchdowns (153) and second in receiving yards (15,934). He played in his only Super Bowl seven weeks after suffering a broken leg and caught nine passes for 122 yards in a losing cause to the Patriots.

Paul Tagliabue. Served 17 years as the NFL commissioner (1989-2006), during which time there were no work stoppages and unprecedented growth by the league. Tagliabue presided over league expansion from 28 to 32 teams and the implementation of both free agency and the salary cap. Tagliabue also canceled NFL games on the Sunday after the 9/11 attacks.

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  1. Sports Fan
    February 15, 2017

    Tom Flores
    AFTER T.Flores, I’d then look at all the other Coaches eligible
    T.Flores will turn 81 yrs old for the PFHOF2018 Class
    All those other living Coaches aren’t getting any younger either
    Don’t let what happened to “Snake” & Stanfel happen to Tom Flores

  2. Zip
    February 15, 2017

    Flores not getting in PFHOF any time soon, why: 105–90 (.538)

    • February 15, 2017

      Really believe the stint in Seattle hurt him badly. Nevertheless, can make the case for him.

      • Sports Fan
        February 15, 2017

        ZIP & Mr. Judge,
        re: “Flores not getting in PFHOF any time soon, why: 105–90 (.538)”

        – I am a Huge Hank Stram fan, he finished up with his last team at
        which is lower the T.Flores time in Seattle
        Coach Stram is in the PFHOF

        – On this Website Mr. Borges makes an Excellent
        read all of that plus all the Comments to that post

        Also, listen to the Mr. Borges’ audio for his presentation too

        – Also on this Website
        read all of that plus all the Comments to that post

        – Also on this Website
        read all of that plus all the Comments to that post

        All of Tom Flores’ “Firsts” along with Everything else, Cannot & Must not be overlooked
        Mr. Judge
        re: “Really believe the stint in Seattle hurt him badly. NEVERTHELESS, CAN MAKE THE CASE FOR HIM.”
        Thats the Spirit!
        Please “MAKE THE CASE FOR HIM”
        he’ll turn 81 for the next PFHOF 2018 Class

  3. bachslunch
    February 15, 2017

    I’m not sold on the idea that any of the regular finalists not elected were an oversight. Fact is, there were 15 highly qualified finalists and only five slots. There were going to be ten folks left out regardless. The closest to an actual oversight might be Joe Jacoby, but only because his eligibility is about to run out.

    One could more fairly say not electing Paul Tagliabue was more of an oversight. It wasted a Contributor slot that could have been taken by another such nominee, or a Senior if the allotment hadn’t been changed. And Tags will probably just get renominated a few years from now and voted in anyway. Not well done there, though all else went fine this time around.

    • February 16, 2017

      What people dont understand is that there are only five places. Five. All these guys are deserving, but only five can make it. Tags was one of two contributor candidates and it was going to be a close call. But when people demand that their candidate go in, we always ask … Who would you take out? I mean, Alan Faneca has as much to complain about as anyone — nine-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All-Pro. And he cant reach the final 10? But no noise out of that camp because they know … and what they know is that one day he is going to get in. In an instant gratification society we want everything now, and that just doesnt happen here.

  4. bachslunch
    February 15, 2017

    Re Tom Flores, I don’t see an argument for him that doesn’t hold even more strongly for George Seifert or Buddy Parker.

    Flores: 97-87, .527, 2 SB wins.

    Seifert: 114-68, .642, 2 SB wins.

    Parker: 104-75-9, .581, 2 NFL championships. Plus gets innovator credit for inventing the two-minute drill.

  5. Anonymous
    February 16, 2017

    Joe Jacoby not only deserves to be in the Hall of fame but the voter should be ashamed of themselves. Joe was a walk on and didn’t come in as a all American. He started his rookie season and played against some of the greatest players that ever played the game and held them off. Joe was a massive man at tackle that today is the standard for that position. Not being drafted Joe Gibbs thought Jacoby was a defensive end and not a offensive tackle and said this i got to see and 13 years and 3 super bowls later Jacoby retired. If Joe had come in as an all American and the way the nfl works he would have been an all pro many more times. Joe not only deserves to be there he should have been there years ago. Just ask the guys he played for and against. Not these stupid writers who think they are something special.

    • February 16, 2017

      Believe he should be in there, too, but lets make something clear: The people involved in the process are not, as you called them, stupid writers. There is a lot of debate, research and candid conversation that takes place … from guys who watched him play, who know him and who spoke to his coaches, his teammates and his opponents. The process is thorough and the conversation about Jacoby was, too. All 15 of the guys who were up are deserving, but only five can make it. Joe was one of seven all-decade players who did not. Sadly, I believe his candidacy will slip into the senior category … and may forever be lost there.

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