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Most worthy OL for the HOF Class of 2018? It’s Jacoby

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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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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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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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Hall-of-Fame guard Joe DeLamielleure thinks there are two former linemen who belong in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and they’re both named Joe — defensive lineman Joe Klecko and offensive lineman Joe Jacoby.

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Running back LaDainian Tomlinson heads a list of 26 semifinalists named Wednesday night for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017. This is Tomlinson’s first year of eligibility, and the smart money says he makes it to Canton as a first-ballot choice.

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Joe Jacoby wasn’t drafted, but he did play in the NFL … so well, in fact, that he’s a serious candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So does he belong? “Absolutely,” says former GM Charley Casserly.

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Former Packers’ guard Jerry Kramer has been waiting 42 years for the Pro Football Hall of Fame to come calling. Voters at the Talk of Fame Network believe he has waited long enough.

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It’s hard to get into the Hall of Fame without stats, which shortchanges plenty of deserving offensive linemen. Cases can be made that blockers Ed Budde, Winston Hill, Kent Hull, Joe Jacoby, Jerry Kramer and Bob Kuechenberg all deserve busts.

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