Jerry Kramer became the 12th member of the Lombardi Packers enshrined in the Hall. But that doesn’t mean Canton can now close the door on Green Bay. The Packers have members of the NFL’s 50th anniversary team plus all-decade performers still on the outside looking in.
For a three-year window, Priest Holmes was hands down the best running back in the NFL. From 2001-03, Holmes rushed for 4,590 yards, caught 206 passes for 1,976 yards and scored 61 touchdowns for the Chiefs.
Both the Broncos and Raiders have won three Lombardi Trophies and the Broncos went to three more Super Bowls than the Raiders. Yet the Raiders have nine more players (14) in the Hall of Fame than the Broncos.
Lester Hayes arrived in Oakland as a fifth-round draft pick in 1977 and became a starter in 1978. By 1980, he was the NFL’s best cornerback with a league-leading 13 interceptions, one short of Hall of Famer Dick “Night Train” Lane’s NFL single-season record.
This offseason the Rams added three veteran Pro Bowl defenders – tackle Ndamukong Suh and cornerbacks Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. They join the NFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Year – DT Aaron Donald.
Minnesota safety Harrison Smith has been to the Pro Bowl each of the last three Februarys and is coming off arguably his best season in 2017 when he didn’t allow a touchdown in coverage and broke up 17 passes.
In 1927, when NFL owners discussed banning black players, eight of the nine African-American players disappeared from pro football. Duke Slater was the lone exception — and he remained the league’s only African-American player from 1927-29.
A rookie has led the NFL in rushing each of the last two seasons, Kareem Hunt in 2017 and Ezekiel Elliott in 2016. As the second overall pick of the 2018 draft, Barkley becomes the highest drafted running back since Reggie Bush in 2006.
The Giants are following the path of their NFC East rival Cowboys with a run-heavy offense after passing on all the quarterbacks at the top of the 2018 draft to take Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.