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Corey Dillon, RB (2004- 2006)
Fred Taylor, RB (2009- 2010)
Chad Johnson, WR (2011 – 2011, which counts I guess)
Randy Moss, WR (2007 – 2010)
Ben Coates, TE (1991-1999)
Richard Seymour,DE/DT (2001-2008)
Tedy Bruschi, LB (1996-2008)
Willie McGinest, LB/DE (1994 – 2005)
Rodney Harrison, S (2003 – 2008)
Ty Law, CB (1995 – 2004)
Quite the impressive list of names, however it’s going to be very difficult for many of them to crack the Hall of Fame this year, as there are 108 nominated players from the modern era for the 2018 induction. This includes many sure fire first ballot HOFer’s like Ray Lewis (cough *murderer* cough), Brian Urlacher, and Randy Moss.
Besides Moss, I’m not sure who else (if anyone) gets in this year. The only guys on this list that are definite no’s for the HOF would be Tedy Bruschi and Ben Coats. Though they are both in the Patriots Hall of Fame they simply don’t have the individual accolades to warrant an NFL HOF selection.
Fred Jackson is a top 20 rusher in NFL history so he certainly deserves to get in, however he had the misfortune of playing a majority of his career in Jacksonville. Corey Dillon is on par with Jackson statistically but he has the misfortune of being a not so great human being which will likely keep him out. Chad Johnson is another borderline player who may of gotten in if his career hadn’t dropped off a cliff in his lone season with the Patriots.
On the defensive side of the ball we have Ty Law, Willie McGinest, Rodney Harrison, and Richard Seymour. The only guy I see sneaking in this year is Seymour, as it is the 7x Pro Bowler and 3x SB Champion’s first year on the ballot. Ty Law should eventually get in but your guess is as good as mine as to when that will happen. If it weren’t for Urlacher and Ray Lewis being on the ballot I would of also gave Willie McGinest an outside shot, but with such a strong class he’ll have to wait. Rodney Harrison is another definitely no go for this year and honestly a long shot to ever get in.