Which first-year semifinalist most deserves to make the Hall of Fame in 2015?
LB Junior Seau – A 12-time Pro-Bowler and 10-time All-Pro choice, he was a member of the 1990s all-decade team before retiring after the 2009 season. Seau, inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in 2012, went to two Super Bowls — one with San Diego; the other with New England — but never won a Lombardi Trophy.
QB Kurt Warner – He resurrected two franchises — first in St. Louis; then in Arizona — taking what had been two struggling teams to the Super Bowl. He went three times, producing the three highest passing yardage records in the game’s history. He won once with the Rams when he was named Super Bowl MVP — the same year (1999) he picked up the first of two league MVP awards.
OT Orlando Pace – A seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro, he’s considered one of the best left tackles in the history of the NFL. An all-decade choice for the 2000s, Pace in 2000 was the anchor to an offensive line that helped the Rams produce the most passing yards in league history, and he was one of three St. Louis offensive linemen that season never to be penalized.
RB Edgerrin James – The 1999 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, James was a four-time Pro Bowler, a two-time league rushing champion and member of the 2000s all-decade team. A member of the 10,000-yards rushing club, he’s the league’s 11th-all-time leading rusher and a recent inductee into the Indianapolis Colts Ring of Honor.