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Hall of Fame 2020: DT Young and GM Lynch among the finalists (Jan. 3, 2020)

Yesterday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 15 modern-era finalists. These include some who are among the finalists for the first time, but also some who have already been nominated.

Among the 15 finalists are DT Bryant Young, GM John Lynch and WR Isaac Bruce, who are or were with the San Francisco 49ers. Lynch is not nominated as general manager, but of course as safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos. Young ended his career after the 2007 season, but is now among the finalists for the first time.

Ex-49ers-LB Patrick Willis is not among the last 15. He was among the 25 semi-finalists and would have been eligible for the first time this year.

The full list of finalists:

Steve Atwater, Safety - 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
Tony Boselli, Tackle - 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars
Isaac Bruce, Wide Receiver - 1994-2007 Los Angeles / St. Louis Rams, 2008-09 San Francisco 49ers
LeRoy Butler, Safety - 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers
Alan Faneca, Guard - 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals
Torry Holt, wide receiver - 1999-2008 St. Louis Rams, 2009 Jacksonville Jaguars
Steve Hutchinson, Guard - 2001-05 Seattle Seahawks, 2006-2011 Minnesota Vikings, 2012 Tennessee Titans
Edgerrin James, running back - 1999-2005 Indianapolis Colts, 2006-08 Arizona Cardinals, 2009 Seattle Seahawks
John Lynch, Free Safety - 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
Sam Mills, Linebacker - 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers
Troy Polamalu, Safety - Pittsburgh Steelers 2003-2014
Richard Seymour, Defensive End / Defensive Tackle - 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders
Zach Thomas, Linebacker - 1996-2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Dallas Cowboys
Reggie Wayne, wide receiver - 2001-2014 Indianapolis Colts
Bryant Young, Defensive Tackle - 1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers

Sources: profootballhof.com, nfl.com and others

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  1. TheBeast (Jan 3, 2020)

    Phew, I'm really getting older faster and faster. The Polamalu was still playing, and so was the Faneca ...
  2. Jimmy_G (Jan 3, 2020)

    Patrick Willis' PFF rank among LBs (min 400+ snaps) each season during his career:

    2007: 1st
    2008: 1st
    2009: 2nd
    2010: 1st
    2011: 3rd
    2012: 1st
    2013: 5th
    2014: not enough snaps to qualify

    Willis was definitely better than the killer. But as always, SBs are put completely above everything else.
  3. MaybeDavis (Jan 3, 2020)

    Patrick Willis' PFF rank among LBs (min 400+ snaps) each season during his career:

    2007: 1st
    2008: 1st
    2009: 2nd
    2010: 1st
    2011: 3rd
    2012: 1st
    2013: 5th
    2014: not enough snaps to qualify

    Willis was definitely better than the killer. But as always, SBs are put completely above everything else.
    On the one hand, Lewis was acquitted, on the other hand Willis had too few seasons, was never Defense Player of the Year and has never won a Super Bowl. All things that are taken into account when choosing the FIRST BALLOT Hall of Famer.
    Willis will do it, but it's not enough for 1st Ballot.

    I mean, some here in the forum don't even see Frank Gore in the HoF, despite his incredible NFL career.
  4. snoopy (Jan 3, 2020)

    I think the 7 years make all the difference.
    Incidentally, Lewis was acquitted in the criminal court. He paid civilly.
  5. Uthorr49 (Jan 3, 2020)

    I'm afraid Willis stopped too early to come to the HoF.
    I can remember that he mentioned it back then in his farewell speech.
  6. MoRe99 (Jan. 3, 2020)

    I'm afraid Willis stopped too early to come to the HoF.
    I can remember that he mentioned it back then in his farewell speech.

    At least he was among the semi-finalists. So it is not entirely out of the question that he will make it to the HoF, but it could well be that it will be a long and rocky road.
  7. Andy49ers (Jan 4, 2020)

    Patrick Willis' PFF rank among LBs (min 400+ snaps) each season during his career:

    2007: 1st
    2008: 1st
    2009: 2nd
    2010: 1st
    2011: 3rd
    2012: 1st
    2013: 5th
    2014: not enough snaps to qualify

    Willis was definitely better than the killer. But as always, SBs are put completely above everything else.
    On the one hand, Lewis was acquitted, on the other hand Willis had too few seasons, was never Defense Player of the Year and has never won a Super Bowl. All things that are taken into account when choosing the FIRST BALLOT Hall of Famer.
    Willis will do it, but it's not enough for 1st Ballot.

    I mean, some here in the forum don't even see Frank Gore in the HoF, despite his incredible NFL career.

    The SB but not enough can be seen in Roger Craig who is also not in the HOF yet.
  8. MaybeDavis (Jan 4, 2020)

    Patrick Willis' PFF rank among LBs (min 400+ snaps) each season during his career:

    2007: 1st
    2008: 1st
    2009: 2nd
    2010: 1st
    2011: 3rd
    2012: 1st
    2013: 5th
    2014: not enough snaps to qualify

    Willis was definitely better than the killer. But as always, SBs are put completely above everything else.
    On the one hand, Lewis was acquitted, on the other hand Willis had too few seasons, was never Defense Player of the Year and has never won a Super Bowl. All things that are taken into account when choosing the FIRST BALLOT Hall of Famer.
    Willis will do it, but it's not enough for 1st Ballot.

    I mean, some here in the forum don't even see Frank Gore in the HoF, despite his incredible NFL career.

    The SB but not enough can be seen in Roger Craig who is also not in the HOF yet.
    Certainly not. However, Willis was clearly the best LB in the NFL during his active time and was always one of the top 3 on LB even with impartial fans / coaches / FO etc. Nobody doubts that he will come to the HoF, here is only talked about that he did not make it in the first year. And for that one of the 3 prerequisites was missing.
  9. Uthorr49 (Jan 4, 2020)

    I don't think he'll make it in the first 10 years.
    The career was just too short and there are only a maximum of 8 that come in every year.

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