The Jets upset of the Colts in 1969 holds the greatest historical significance in Super Bowl annals. Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed a victory, then the Jets went out and became the first AFL champion to beat the NFL champ.
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.
Kurt Warner is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2017, and he’s a popular pick to make it. But it’s not the Hall or his accomplishments, he says, that defines what his career was all about.
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.
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.