Tomlinson, Taylor head the list of 15 Hall of Fame finalists


Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (4) fumbles the ball after as he sacked by Miami Dolphins' Jason Taylor in the first quarter of a football game in Miami, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz)

(Jason Taylor photo courtesy Miami Dolphins)

Talk of Fame Network

The list of 15 Hall-of-Fame finalists was announced Tuesday and Talk of Fame Network hosts Ron Borges, Rick Gosselin and Clark Judge delved deeply into why those selections were made and who figures to advance to enshrinement in Canton. Together, they have been Hall-of-Fame voters for 40 years, and nobody better understands the process better than Ron, Rick and Clark.

They analyze what it means that former finalist Steve Atwater did not make the cut this time and why only four defensive players were among the final 15.

A year ago, the debate on Terrell Owens lasted nearly an hour before he failed to advance to Canton. Will he make it this time as he battles Isaac Bruce and the other 13 contenders?

The issue of longevity should be hotly debated as well, with Terrell Davis, Tony Boselli and senior nomine Kenny Easley also making the finals. Each had their careers cut short by injury and your Hall of Fame Guys Ron, Rick and Clark discuss how that might impact their candidacies and what history says of their chances.

Is there a lock on this year’s list of 15? Some say first-year eligible LaDainian Tomlinson may be. Our guys discuss that in depth and wonder if he’s the cinch that outsiders think.

In addition to a full rundown of the finalists, the guys also visit with retiring Ravens’ wide receiver Steve Smith, Sr., who announced his retirement after the Ravens’ final game and who told our guys he’s wasted no time filing his paperwork both with the league office and the NFLPA. Ever honest and revealing, Smith said he didn’t want to be a player who decides halfway into a new season that his time is up.

“I’m at peace and comfortable in my own skin,’’ Smith said. “I don’t want to be a player looking in the mirror thinking I should have done it five games ago.’’’

The guys also visit with Hall-of-Fame voter Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News to discuss the turmoil in Buffalo that resulted in the firing of Rex Ryan and the passing of former Bills special-teams coordinator Bruce DeHaven. And they debate the issue of who the league’s MVP should be this year and what the meaning of that award really is.

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  1. ac says:

    Rick Gosselin and Talk of Fame,
    I don’t know the protocol here, so I’m submitting this again. I previously wrote you in September, October, November, December and January about the two articles you wrote regarding Tom Flores for Al Dia Dallas in February and in September. Could you please reply back and copy paste both the original English versions of those two articles? I’d like to read them both in English. Both articles are very important, thanks. Again, I don’t know what the protocol is here please advise? Not sure why after this many requests for your English version of both articles why you have not responded?

  2. Justin says:

    Clark, Ron, and Rick:

    I am working on a tracking sheet of HOF voting for an analysis I’ve been working on. I believe I have the complete list of finalists per year since 1970 (from the old PFHOF website). I also have the complete list of semifinalists per year since 2004. Do you know when the semifinalists stage was adopted? And if that information is available? Also, I have been keeping track of the 10 and 5 cutdowns since 2009. Do you know if that information is available for earlier than 2009? Thank you for any assistance.

    • Sports Fan says:

      Re: Your Comment
      I would really like to read your research
      Is that possible?
      Do you have a Website by chance?
      How could I get in touch with you?

  3. Justin says:

    Leave your email and I’ll send you my excel file.

      • Sports Fan says:

        Mr. Judge,
        Re: Your Reply and Justin’s response back to my comment

        I had asked Justin about his research in the comment just above his response back, that you replied to.

        Your Talk Of Fame moderator has access to my email, that is how I receive alerts from your Website.

        Once Justin emails his excel file to you, would you please email his file to me or have the moderator email it to me? I would very much appreciate it.
        Thank you!
        Thank you for taking the time to respond and look forward to reading your research

        Thank you both

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