The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced their list of 2017 nominees, and as we prepare for the November cut to 25, there are several notable 49ers. That group includes WR Terrell Owens (a finalist last year), RB Roger Craig, DT Bryant Young, RB Ricky Watters, and brief 49er WR Isaac Bruce.
TO went on the offensive when he was not voted in, and it will be interesting to see if he gets down to that final vote, or if anybody holds it against him. My guess is he will be in the mix again, but will probably come up short in the final vote.
Roger Craig and Bryant Young are two players who were great 49ers, but seem likely to continually come up short when the national media is discussing them. And Ricky Watters is pushing a shorter span of greatness, although he was really [site decorum] great at the height of his career.
This year’s first time nominees include RB LaDainian Tomlinson, WR Hines Ward, S Brian Dawkins, DT Jason Taylor, QB Donovan McNabb, WR Chad Johnson, OL Olin Kreutz, LB Joey Porter, WR Derrick Mason, and S Bob Sanders.
Here’s the full list, with last year’s finalists given an asterisk (*):
Quarterbacks (7) — Drew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Doug Flutie, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Phil Simms, Kurt Warner*
Running Backs (13) — Shaun Alexander, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Terrell Davis*, Eddie George, Edgerrin James*, Daryl Johnston, Eric Metcalf (also WR/PR/KR), LaDainian Tomlinson, Herschel Walker (also KR), Ricky Watters
Wide Receivers (10) — Isaac Bruce, Henry Ellard (also PR), Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Derrick Mason (also KR/PR), Terrell Owens*, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Hines Ward
Tight end (1) — Mark Bavaro
Offensive Linemen (14) — Tony Boselli (T), Ray Donaldson (C), Alan Faneca* (G), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby* (T), Mike Kenn (T), Olin Kreutz (C), Jim Lachey (T), Kevin Mawae (C/G), Tom Nalen (C), Nate Newton (G), Steve Wisniewski (G)
Defensive Linemen (5) — Leslie O'Neal (DE), Simeon Rice (DE), Fred Smerlas(NT), Jason Taylor (DE), Bryant Young (DT)
Linebackers (11) — Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, Seth Joyner,Levon Kirkland, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Joey Porter, Zach Thomas
Defensive Backs (16) — Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater* (S), Joey Browner (S),LeRoy Butler (S), Brian Dawkins (SS), Rodney Harrison (S), Ty Law (CB), Albert Lewis (CB), John Lynch* (S), Frank Minnifield (CB), Bob Sanders (SS), Darren Sharper (FS), Dennis Smith (SS), Troy Vincent (S), Everson Walls (CB), Darren Woodson (S)
Kickers/Punters (4) — Morten Andersen* (K), Gary Anderson (K), Sean Landeta(P), Nick Lowery (K)
Special Teams (2) — Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (ST also WR)
Coaches (11) — Don Coryell*, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil