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Most deserving DB of a bust in HOF? It’s Dawkins

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Biggest Hall-of-Fame omission? It’s Joe Jacoby

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

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BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Yes, as a matter of fact, the latest is the greatest. That’s the message the Pro Football Hall of Fame sent Saturday as it elected five modern-era candidates with a combined … combined … eight years of eligibility, with Terrell Owens — yes, T.O. — the senior member at three. Owens, who …

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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 …

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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).

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Everson Walls ranks fifth all-time among pure cornerbacks with 57 interceptions. That’s as many as Hall of Famer and Mel Blount and more then Deion Sanders, Darrell Green or Charles Woodson.

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Joe Jacoby, an NFL All-Decade selection for the 1980s, will enter his 20th and final season of eligibility as a modern-era candidate in 2018.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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In addition to LaDainian Tomlinson, there are six other first-time finalists on the ballot of 15 modern-era candidates. Five of them were named to NFL all-decade teams.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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