There are 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015, and two of them are safeties — Brian Dawkins and John Lynch. Both were finalists last year, and both were top-10 finalists … meaning they’re one step away from a gold jacket. But one almost certainly precedes the other. Granted, it’s …
LeRoy Butler intercepted 38 career passes and won a Super Bowl with the 1996 Packers. He became the first defensive back in NFL history to join the 20/20 club with 20-plus interceptions and 20-plus sacks (20 ½).
Brian Dawkins was a first-team NFL all-decade selection for the 2000s. He intercepted 37 passes, recovered 16 fumbles and sacked 26 quarterbacks in a 16-year career, proving himself a playmaker on both sides of the line of scrimmage.
There are at least nine players who are worthy of the Hall of Fame who will not be elected to the Class of 2017. And therein lies the problem with this process — there are too many qualified candidates and too few slots.
Brian Dawkins is one of 26 semifinalists for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, and he is more than qualified for admission. But there’s a problem, and it’s not necessarily the competition as much as it is the position he played.
Former safety Brian Dawkins is a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2017, and he admits he never really thought about getting elected. So we asked if he would, and he was only to happy to oblige — making the case for his inclusion.
Ed Reed retired Thursday, and the immediate reaction is that the guy is on a fast track to the Hall of Fame — with people already referring him to as “a first-ballot Hall of Famer.” And he may be. But the line at that position is long outside of Canton, and Ed Reed may not necessarily jump it.
Troy Polamalu’s retirement has people proclaiming him as a first-ballot cinch for Canton. Only he’s not, and the record of safeties in the Hall of Fame is why. It’s an issue that needs to be addressed, and we do it with a solution that bears serious consideration.