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Joe Jacoby


The most worthy senior candidate for the HOF? It’s Gabriel

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Who deserves the one senior nomination for the Class of 2019?

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Worthiest candidate for the 2019 HOF senior committee (Round 4)? It’s Jacoby

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Roman Gabriel played 16 seasons with the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles and went to four Pro Bowls. He was the NFL MVP in 1969 with the Rams and won his only NFL passing title in 1973 in his first season with the Eagles.

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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.

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A member of the 1980s NFL all-decade team, Joe Jacoby’s blocking helped the Redskins win three Super Bowls. He played left tackle in the first two and right tackle in the third and final Super Bowl in 1992.

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Roger Craig led the NFL with 92 receptions in 1985 and added 81 more in 1986. He became the first player in NFL history to post 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving in a single season in 1985.

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If players were voted into Canton based strictly on productivity, Joe Jacoby and Everson Walls would already have their busts. But Jacoby didn’t get into the room as a finalist until his 18th year of eligibility and Walls didn’t reach the room until his 20th year. The clock was ticking on them the moment they arrived. They wouldn’t have the luxury of 20 years of potential discussions like a Lewis, Moss and Urlacher.

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Former Washington GM Charley Casserly makes an impassioned plea for Joe Jacoby’s election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his last year as a modern-era candidate.

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Joe Jacoby started in four Super Bowls and his Washington Redskins won three of them. Jacoby started at left tackle for the first two Lombardi Trophy winners in the 1980s and at right tackle for that third NFL champion in 1991.

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In the last 12 Hall of Fame classes, offensive linemen have been shut out only twice (also 2011). The last time two blockers were inducted the same year was 2013 when Jonathan Ogden and Larry Allen both received busts. But that was when the classes included six modern-era candidates.

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At least six Hall-of-Fame worthy candidates are in their last year of eligibility as modern-era candidates, and if they don’t make it to Canton as part of the Class of 2018 they might never make it, period.

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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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The sad truth about former Washington tackle Joe Jacoby is that if he doesn’t make it to Canton in 2018, his odds of getting there increase dramatically — and that is being kind — as a senior candidate.

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LaDainian Tomlinson is the only certainty with this year’s Hall of Fame class. The class is so uncertain that as many as seven all-decade choices could be left on the outside — with few certain just who they are or could be.

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Joe JJacoby is a returning finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and former coach Joe Gibbs wants to remind voters whom Jacoby had to oppose to get there.

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Hall-of-Famer Chris Doleman thinks enough is enough. It is time, he said …. no, way past time … to put former Washington offensive lineman Joe Jacoby in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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