Morten Anderson, Terrell Davis
The announcement of the National Football League’s 2017 class coincided with the weekend of perhaps the best Super Bowl in the 51-year history of the game. The timing of the announcement will make it slip past many football fans’ attention spans. That is a shame. The Hall is a culmination of hundreds of hours of highlight football accomplishments.
But, the incoming class will have its day to receive full notice and acclaim. Thousands of fans will descend on Canton, Ohio, Aug. 3-6. They will see the following class inducted and receiving the yellow jackets denoting the honor:
Player: Morten Anderson
Team(s): Saints, Falcons, NY Giants, Chiefs, Vikings
Major Accomplishments: 565 Field Goals at an 80% clip over 25 years. Made all but nine extra points.
Player: Terrell Davis
Major Accomplishments: The best back in the league for the seven years he played.
Player: Kenny Easley
Major Accomplishments: A hard-hitter and the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1984. Career shortened by injury.
Player: Jerry Jones
Major Accomplishments: Recognized for his leadership in TV and rebuilding the Cowboys.
Player: Jason Taylor
Team(s): Dolphins, Washington, NY Jets
Major Accomplishments: First ballot selection, finished 15-year career with 139.5 sacks.
Player: Ladainian Tomlinson
Team(s): Chargers, NY Jets
Major Accomplishments: First ballot selection, ran for 13,684 yards in 11 years. Considered the best running back in the league during his time with San Diego.
Player: Kurt Warner
Major Accomplishments: Four-time Pro Bowler took the ’99 Rams and ’08 Cardinals to the Super Bowl. Won SB XXXIV with the Rams. Passed for 32,334 yards over 12 years.