That NFL’s The Hall of Fame season ended with Induction ceremony on Saturday.
Of course, there are many active players and coaches who justifiably aspire to someday be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but the final tally will be a select few. That means some of today’s best are excluded from the prestigious honour.
In Friday’s “The Herd,” Colin Cowherd examined 13 of the league’s top veteran players and coaches and explained why he thinks they might or might not make it into the Hall of Fame if their careers ended today.
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Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson
Important statistics: One-time Super Bowl champion, nine-time Pro Bowl selection, 37,059 passing yards, 292 touchdowns, 87 interceptions, 65.0% of his passes over 10 seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “He is with us. He’s one of the great duals[-threat] quarterbacks in league history. His pass rate is the fourth highest in National Football League history. He was a man of the year, he’s got a Super Bowl, and he should have two. He has the most 10-season wins of any quarterback in league history.”
Pittsburgh Steelers Head coach Mike Tomlin
Important statistics: One Super Bowl win, two Super Bowl appearances, .643 win ratio over 15 seasons, most consecutive undefeated seasons to start coaching career (15)
Colin’s thoughts: “Close, but outside. He doesn’t have enough influence in the league, doesn’t have a great coaching tree and he has a playoff record with losses. Now, in 15 years as a coach, he hasn’t had a lost season. I think it’s close, but he has no influence.”
Kansas City bosses tight end Travis Kelce
Important statistics: One-time Super Bowl champion, seven-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time All-Pro, 704 receptions, 9,006 receiving yards, 57 touchdowns in nine seasons.
Colin’s thoughts: “He’s close. Seven straight Pro Bowls is one thing, but it’s the only close finish in history with multiples [seasons of] Over 100 receptions.”
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Matt Ryan
Important statistics: Four-time Pro Bowl selection, one All-Pro selection, 2016 AP Most Valuable Player, 59,735 passing yards (8th all-time), 367 touchdowns, 170 interceptions, 65.5% completions in 14 seasons.
Colin’s thoughts: “Out of. His playoff record is a losing record. It has many volume stats, but it rarely tops 0.500. Fourteen years, seven winning seasons? You have to be a consistent winner.”
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford
Important statistics: One-time Super Bowl champion, one-time Pro Bowl pick, 49,995 yards, 323 touchdowns, 161 interceptions, 63.0% completions in 13 seasons.
Colin’s thoughts: “Last year was the first year he ever won a playoff game. He doesn’t need to win another Super Bowl, but he needs to get through three or four more big years.”
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buffalo bills linebacker By Miller
Important statistics: Two-time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl L MVP, three-time All-Pro selection, eight-time Pro Bowler, 115.5 sacks, 413 solo tackles, 26 forced fumbles in 11 seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “Von Miller is in. He’s one of the best edge rushers in league history. Most sacks of all time in the Super Bowl. Most sacks of any active player. Super Bowl MVP as a defensive player – that’s unheard of.”
Chargers of Los Angeles linebacker Khalil Mack
Important statistics: Three-time All-Pro selection, six-time Pro Bowler, 76.5 sacks, 352 tackles, 23 forced fumbles in eight seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “Out of. He’s never had a sack in a playoff game. He’s slipped a bit and has just 76 career sacks, which is 82nd in league history.”
Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watts
Important statistics: Three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year, five-time All-Pro selection, five-time Pro Bowler
Colin’s thoughts: “He is with us. For about seven years, JJ was like grabbing the ball and running it in for touchdowns. He’s a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Man of the Year and a two-time Sacks leader.”
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper coup
Important statistics: One-time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl LVI MVP, one-time All-Pro selection, one-time Pro Bowler, 433 receptions, 5,517 receiving yards, 40 touchdowns in five seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “Not quite there yet. He had his most historic production year of all time last year. The first player to have 2,000 receiving yards and 20 touchdown catches in a single season. He just didn’t play long enough.”
Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Mike McCarthy
Important statistics: One-time Super Bowl champion, .608 win percentage over 15 seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “No. Cowboys fans, if you ask them, have concerns about whether he’s good enough to win a Super Bowl.”
Kansas City chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes
Important statistics: One-time Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl LIV MVP, one-time AP MVP, one-time All-Pro selection, four-time All-Pro
Colin’s thoughts: “He is with us. Here are two stats: He has the highest quarterback passer rating of all time.
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Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay
Important statistics: One-time Super Bowl winner, one-time Coach of the Year
Colin’s thoughts: “Out. Can he live to be 40? He’s 36. He’s got a great win rate and he’s got a coaching tree.”
Seattle Seahawks Head coach Pete Carroll
Important statistics: One-time Super Bowl champion, .593 win ratio over 16 seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “Out of. He got fired twice and then struggled in Seattle ahead of Russell Wilson, so I think Wilson is too attached to his win. I think Pete is a college Hall of Fame coach.”
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