Here’s the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, including John Lynch, Charles Woodson | Who was snubbed?
The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2021 is set.
There were some easy first-ballot inductees, like former Colts and Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. Repeat contenders that finally got in. And others will have to wait for their chance in the future.
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The 2022 class of eligible players isn’t quite as lucrative — it’s led by wide receivers Andre Johnson, Steve Smith and Anquan Boldin, defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and defensive end DeMarcus Ware.
So who got in? Who got snubbed?
Here’s a look:
2021 Hall of Fame Class
QB Peyton Manning (Broncos): This one doesn’t need much discussion. He’s probably one of the five best quarterbacks in NFL history. He made the Pro Bowl 14 times, was an All-Pro selection seven times and won five MVP awards. The bigger question will come when his brother is eligible.
DB Charles Woodson (Raiders, Packers): One of the best playmakers at defensive back in NFL history. He had 65 interceptions (fifth-most), 183 pass deflections (183) and made nine Pro Bowls. He was also a four-time All-Pro.
WR Calvin Johnson (Lions): There was some debate about if he should get in first ballot because of his relatively shorter career, but that was always ludicrous. Megatron was one of the most dominant players in the NFL just about every time he stepped on the field. His run from 2011-13 (302 receptions, 5,137 yards, 33 TD) is one of the best in NFL history for any wide receiver. He was a six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro.
G Alan Faneca (Steelers, Jets, Cardinals): Arguably the best interior offensive lineman of his era. He made nine Pro Bowls and was a six-time All-Pro selection. The HOF is always slow to elect offensive linemen.
S John Lynch (Buccaneers, Broncos): One of the hardest-hitting safeties of all-time has been waiting for his turn for a few years now. He deserves to get in. Lynch was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro, and played a crucial role on the Buccaneers’ Super Bowl run in 2002.
HC Tom Flores (Raiders, Seahawks): The longtime Raiders coach finally got into the Hall of Fame after a long wait. Flores won two Super Bowls (in 1980 and 1983). Flores and Hall of Famer Mike Ditka are the only people in NFL history who have been Super Bowl winners as players, assistant coaches and head coaches.
WR Drew Pearson (Cowboys): At age 70, the longtime Cowboys receiver finally got in as a senior nominee this year. Pearson made three Pro Bowls and was selected as an All-Pro three times in his NFL career.
DL Richard Seymour (Patriots, Raiders): His numbers aren’t quite as flashy as some other Hall of Fame defensive linemen (he never had a 10 sack season) but that doesn’t mitigate his importance during three Patriots Super Bowl titles. He was one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL for a long stretch, made seven Pro Bowls and three All-Pros.
OT Tony Boselli (Jaguars, Texans): Another player dinged for a shorter career, but in his prime there were not many offensive linemen that were better and more dominant than Boselli. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro.
DE Jared Allen (Chiefs, Vikings, Bears, Panthers): There haven’t been many pass rushers that have ever been as productive as Allen. His 136 sacks are the 12th-most in NFL history, he had eight 10-sack seasons, and 22 sacks in 2011, just short of Michael Strahan’s record. He was a five-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro.
WR Torry Holt (Rams, Jaguars): He was one of the best and most productive wide receivers in an era that also included the likes of Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. That’s worth something. His numbers are pretty ridiculous: eight straight 1,000-yard seasons — including two with more than 1,600 — and he finished 16th all-time in receiving yards. Holt was a seven-time Pro Bowler and one-time All-Pro.
LB Zach Thomas (Dolphins, Cowboys): One of the most dominant and respected linebackers of his era. He’s fifth all-time in tackles (1,734) and made seven Pro Bowls, with five All-Pro selections.
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