Hall of Fame

Discussion in 'NFL General Discussion' started by RetroDan#16, May 5, 2007.

  1. DoubleC

    DoubleC i'm ready now...

    Brakos, you just "stole" my idea.

    I'll continue with those great early 90's Bills.

    The Chase (unoffical name)


    From the Don Beebe's page on Wikipedia:

    While with the Bills during their rout at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XXVII, Cowboys defensive tackle Leon Lett recovered a fumble and was preparing to return it for a touchdown. Lett began celebrating prematurely, and though the Bills were down 52-17 at the time, a relentless Beebe streaked across the field and knocked the ball out of Lett's hands, preventing the touchdown, and regaining possession of the ball on the touchback.

    God, that play still makes me laugh!
  2. Chrisbob

    Chrisbob Fuck Dallas

    I'm going to make myself a little rule, not to nominate former Redskins, purely because you will get sick of me talking about Gary Clark and Jim Lachey....

    Loads of great nominations this week so I think I'll wait and see who goes in first time around as charter members and then renominate a worthy cause that got ripped by poor judging :D
  3. RetroDan#16

    RetroDan#16 Resident Artiste

    That's the end of voting for this week, so any nominations from this point go towards week two. We'll make our (badly!) judged decisions and post the inaugral class in the next couple of days. Voting for week two starts from today until 2nd June. You can either nominate someone new, or wait until the first entries are up and re-nominate someone you think should really be in. I've upped the amount of enshrinees allowed from 4 to 6 due to the fantastic response and quality of nominations.

    Great nominations for the first week, hope it keeps up!
  4. RetroDan#16

    RetroDan#16 Resident Artiste

    My first nomination for week 2 is someone I have talked about with Horrorshow before, and someone we both feel should be a true HOF'er.


    From Wikipedia.

    Kenneth Allan "Ken" Anderson (born February 15, 1949 in Batavia, Illinois) is a former American football quarterback who spent his entire professional career playing for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL and later returned as a position coach. He is currently the quarterbacks coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    After playing for and graduating from Augustana College (Illinois), Anderson was drafted 67th overall in the 1971 NFL Draft by the Bengals. He earned the starting job in 1972. He would become one of the most accurate short-range passers in the league, and was an extremely effective at rushing the ball for a quarterback. Because Bill Walsh was Ken's quarterbacks coach, Ken is considered to be one of the first quarterbacks to run what would become known as the "West Coast Offense."[citation needed]

    Anderson's best season was in 1981, although it started out very badly for him. In the Bengals opening game against the Seattle Seahawks, Anderson was intercepted 3 times in the first half and the Seahawks built up a 21-0 halftime lead. In the second half, Cincinnati coach Forrest Gregg benched Anderson and brought in third string quarterback Turk Schonert (second string quarterback Jack Thompson was injured at the time). With Schonert in command of the offense, the Bengals stormed back and won the game 27-21. Gregg considered starting Schonert or Thompson for the next game against the New York Jets, but decided to stick with Anderson. Anderson took advantage of his second chance by throwing for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns, and the Bengals won the game 31-30.

    By the time the season ended, Anderson had completed 62.6% of his passes for 3,754 yards and 29 touchdowns, with only 10 interceptions leading the NFL with a career-high 98.4 passer rating. He also gained another 320 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. This performance earned him both the Associated Press and Professional Football Writers of America NFL Most Valuable Player Awards and the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. Anderson then lead the Bengals to their first ever playoff victory over the Buffalo Bills, and then he led Cincinnati to a 27-7 win in the AFC championship game (which later became known as the Freezer Bowl) over the San Diego Chargers, earning a trip to the first Super Bowl appearance in franchise history.

    The Bengals lost Super Bowl XVI 26-21 against the San Francisco 49ers, but Anderson had a fairly good performance in it. He completed 25 of 34 passes for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 2 interceptions, and gained 14 rushing yards and a touchdown on 5 rushing attempts. At the time, his 25 completions and 73.5% completion percentage were both Super Bowl records.

    The following season (1982), Anderson set an NFL record by completing 70.6% of his passes. But his team lost in the first round of the playoffs at Riverfront Stadium to the New York Jets. Anderson continued as the Bengals starting quarterback for the next 2 seasons, but in both seasons he threw more interceptions than touchdowns, was injured for stretches, and the Bengals failed to make the playoffs. In 1985 he was replaced by Boomer Esiason for the third game of the season, a home contest against the San Diego Chargers. From this point on, Anderson backed up Esiason before retiring after the 1986 season.

    In his 16 NFL seasons, Anderson completed 2,654 of 4,475 passes (59.3%) for 32,838 yards and 197 touchdowns and 160 interceptions. He also gained 2,220 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns on 397 carries. His completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes are all Bengals records. His 2,220 rushing yards are the most ever by a Bengals quarterback. Anderson led the NFL in Quarterback Rating 4 times during his career (1974-'75 & 1981-'82) and was selected to 4 Pro-Bowls (1975-76 & 1981-82). Anderson was voted All-Pro in 1981, 2nd Team All-Pro in 1975 and 2nd Team All-AFC in 1974 & 1982.

    At the time of Ken's retirement following the 1986 season, he held NFL records for consecutive pass completions (20) and completion percentage for a season (70.6% in 1982), as well as the Super Bowl records for completion percentage (73.5%) and completions (25). Furthermore, Ken was ranked 6th all-time for passing yards in a career at the time of his retirement. Ken's record for completion percentage in a season still stands nearly 20 years after his retirement. As of 2005, he is among the top 30 all-time leaders in pass attempts (24th), completions (18th), passing yards (21st) and passing touchdowns (28th). He led the NFL in passing yards and completions twice, and lead the league in fewest interceptions per pass attempt 3 times. He has been nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame several times, and on 2 occasions was among the 15 finalists for enshrinement, but to this day he has not yet been voted in.

  5. PSID412USM

    PSID412USM Pro Bowler

    My nomination for week 2 is The Music City Miracle


    After a scoreless first quarter, the Titans opened up the scoring when Jevon Kearse sacked Buffalo quarterback Rob Johnson in the end zone for a safety. It was the start of a long day for Johnson, who ended up completing just 10 of 22 passes while being sacked six times, twice by Kearse. After the safety, Derrick Mason returned the free kick 42 yards to the Bills 28-yard line. Five plays later, Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair scored on a 1-yard touchdown run. After forcing a punt, the Titans drove 56 yards in 11 plays. Kicker Al Del Greco initially missed a 45-yard field goal attempt, but the Bills were penalized for defensive holding on the play, and Del Greco's second attempt was good from 40 yards on the last play of the half. At the end of the half, the Bills were trailing 12-0 and had only managed to gain 64 yards, while also losing 44 yards on nine penalties.

    But in the second half, the Bills managed to rally back. On Buffalo's first play of the third quarter, Antowain Smith broke off a 44-yard run, sparking a 62-yard drive that ended with his 4-yard touchdown run four plays later. Later on, the Bills drove 65 yards, featuring a 37-yard completion from Johnson to Eric Moulds, with a roughing the passer penalty on Kearse adding another 15. Smith finished the drive with another 4-yard touchdown run, giving the Bills a 13-12 lead after receiver Kevin Williams dropped a pass from Johnson on the two point conversion attempt.

    Late in the fourth quarter, the stage was set for an exciting finish. Tennessee received the ball with 6:15 remaining. Titans receiver Isaac Byrd's 16-yard punt and five carries from Eddie George for 17 yards set up a wobbly 36-yard field goal by Del Greco. The Titans took the lead 15-13 with 1:48 to go. On the ensuing drive, with zero timeouts remaining, Bills quarterback Johnson led the Bills on a five-play, 37-yard drive to the Titans' 24 yard line. On the last two plays from scrimmage, Johnson played with only one shoe on, as he had lost one and had no time to put it back on, with the clock running out. With only 16 seconds remaining in the game, Steve Christie, the Bills' kicker, made a 41-yard field goal to put Buffalo in the lead 16-15.

    Moments later, Christie kicked off, and Titans player Lorenzo Neal received. Neal handed the ball off to Titans tight end Frank Wycheck, who then lateraled the ball across the field to another Titans player, Kevin Dyson, who then ran down the sidelines for a 75-yard touchdown.

    The play was named Home Run Throwback by the Titans and was developed by Special Teams Coordinator Alan Lowry. The Titans ran the play regularly in practices during the regular season, though the practices usually involved Derrick Mason, who was injured and did not play in the game against Buffalo. Dyson, as one of the team's lead wide receivers and Mason's substitute on special teams that day, rarely practiced with the special teams unit and was largely unfamiliar with the layout of the play. Nevertheless, his execution of Lowry's vision was flawless.

    The play was challenged unsuccessfully by the Bills and the Titans won.

    Some called it payback for the Bills victory in 1993 when the Bills beat then Houston Oilers 41-38 in the game called the comeback. The Titans would go on to super bowl XXXIV where they came up a yard short.
  6. Horrorshow

    Horrorshow Frontier Psychiatrist

    Bump, bump, bump :-)
  7. Horrorshow

    Horrorshow Frontier Psychiatrist

    My first nomination this week for the Hall of Fame goes to Washington Redskins linebacker, Chris "The Hangman" Hanburger...


    Named One of the Seventy Greatest Redskins of All-Time
    Played 14 Seasons inc. 135 Consecutive Games
    Nine Pro Bowl Selections - Redskins Record
    1972 NFC Defensive Player of the Year
    Pioneer of the Nickel LB Position
    Named All-Pro Five Times
  8. Stockers

    Stockers Duck Fuke

    Nomination time for this week:

    Wellington Mara - 1916-2005


  9. SRW

    SRW Ex-World's Worst Site Admin

    NICE!!! :D
  10. PSID412USM

    PSID412USM Pro Bowler

    What a shocker SteveRobWhatever like my pick.
  11. RetroDan#16

    RetroDan#16 Resident Artiste

    Any more nominations before Saturday's deadline?
  12. DoubleC

    DoubleC i'm ready now...

    Ok, since the biggest comeback in playoff history made it to the Hall, let's give the 2nd biggest comeback a shot...

    (By Jeremy Burnham, NFL History Network)

    With 4:30 left in the 3rd quarter, the San Francisco 49ers were down 38-14. Nothing was going right for the 49ers since the game was 14-14.

    After the 49ers scored their 2nd TD of the game, tying the New York Giants at 14 with 6:05 left in the 2nd quarter, everything went down hill for the 49ers. The 49ers' defense forced the Giants to punt, but 49er punt returner Cedrick Wilson dropped the punt, and Johnnie Harris of the Giants recovered it at the 49ers 8 yard line. The Giants then scored on a 8 yard pass from Kerry Collins to Jeremy Shockey. Then on the 49ers' next drive, 49er QB Jeff Garcia threw a pass to J.J Stokes that was intercepted by Jason Sehorn. Collins then threw his 4th TD of the game, this one to WR Amani Toomer, to give the Giants a 28-14 half time lead.

    On the 49ers first drive of the 2nd half, head coach Steve Mariucci tried to get something going by going for it on 4th and 1. The Giants held and took over at their own 46 yard line. Their drive ended with a 6 yard TD run by Tiki Barber to put the Giants up 35-14. Then the Giants got the ball back when the 49ers went 3 and out. They drove down to the 49ers 3 yard line, but didn't get the ball in the endzone because Shockey dropped a pass in the endzone, but still got a field goal to put the Giants up 38-14 with 4:30 to go in 3rd quarter.

    What happened next should had ended demands by Niner fans to get rid of Mariucci. What happened next should had ended demands by Niner fans to replace Jeff Garcia. What happened next reminded me of the 49ers of the 80s and 90s who NEVER gave up. What happened next... was magic.

    After the FG, the Giants kicked off to the 49ers. The Niners started at their own 30 yard line. The 49ers then started a 70 yard 7 play drive with a 12 yard pass to 49er TE Eric Johnson. The drive ended with a 26 yard TD pass from Garcia to WR Terrell Owens. Garcia went 6 out of 6 for 67 yards and a TD on this drive. Mariucci then called for the 2 point try and Garcia hit Owens again. That made the score 38-22.

    The Giants next drive went for -7 yards, and they had to punt the ball back to the 49ers. After a flag, the 49ers started their next drive on the Giants 27 yard line. Garcia went 2 for 2 on this drive with a 10 yard pass to J.J Stokes, and then ran 14 yards for the touchdown himself. Garcia ended the game with 60 rushing yards, leading the 49ers. Garcia then hit Owens for another 2 point Conversion. This made the score 38-30.

    The 49ers again forced the Giants to go 3 and out, and the Giants punted to the 49ers 18 yard line. This is where the 49ers offense started their next drive. Garcia went 7 out of 12 on this drive, and the 49ers had to kick a FG to make the game 38-33, the 49ers were only down by 5 points.

    The 49ers kicked to the Giants and this time the Giants offense got moving. The Giants drove from their own 36 to the 49ers 24 yard line, where Matt Bryant missed a 42 yard FG. The 49ers then took over with 3:01 left in the game. Garcia led the 49ers on a 9 play, 68 yard drive ending with a 13 yard touchdown pass to Tai Streets to put the 49ers up 39-38 with 1:00 to play. Again the 49ers went for 2, but this time the Giants held.

    Jeff Chandler kicked a short kickoff and the Giants returned it to their 48 yard line. Collins then led the Giants to the 49ers 23 with :06 left in the game. The Giants lined up for a 41 yard FG, but the snap was low and the holder had to pbutt. He threw to an ineligible receiver, and the 49ers won 39-38.

    The 49ers showed everyone just how much heart they had. Though they would go on to lose the next week, the 2002 49ers pulled off one of the greatest comebacks of all time, and will forever have a spot in NFL history!

  13. Horrorshow

    Horrorshow Frontier Psychiatrist

    Nice nomination DoubleC - but considering that one of the GIF Hall of Fame judges is a New York Giants fan - GOOD LUCK!

  14. Stockers

    Stockers Duck Fuke

    Pssssst, you ain't supposed to let them know we're crooked. ;)
  15. RetroDan#16

    RetroDan#16 Resident Artiste

    Not forgetting the Head Curator is a Niner fan...:p
  16. RetroDan#16

    RetroDan#16 Resident Artiste

    Voting closed for week 2 now. Week 3's deadline is Saturday 16th June. Let's have some nominations!
  17. DoubleC

    DoubleC i'm ready now...

    So... what about those vote results?
  18. RetroDan#16

    RetroDan#16 Resident Artiste

    Will be posting them up a little later :D
  19. DoubleC

    DoubleC i'm ready now...

    Second try... I want this one in. :p

  20. RetroDan#16

    RetroDan#16 Resident Artiste

    My nomination for this week:

    Roger Craig


    High stepping, eyes popping, rushing, receiving and blocking, Craig was and is one of my all time favourite 49ers and backfield players. A second round draft choice in 1983, Craig began his tenure as fullback for Wendell Tyler, and in his second season helped the 49ers reach Superbowl 19, where he was perhaps unlucky not to be the MVP; he became the first player to score a hat-trick of touchdowns in a single Superbowl.

    1985 was also a special season; Craig became the first player to ever rush and receive for over 1,000 yeards in a season. A knee injury towards the end of the year blunted his performance in the playoffs, along with a mean Giants defense, but by 1988 he and the 49ers were back at their best, with his dual purpose threat helping the 49ers to their third Superbowl victory, with a career high over 1500 yards rushing for the year.

    In 1989 Craig was again a key player, as the 49ers repeated their Superbowl success. Craig appeared in 4 Pro Bowls, the only running back to have played at the Pro Bowl at both fullback and halfback, he was also the 1988 offensive and NFC player of the year and was named to the NFL's all Decade 1980's team.