The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2017 could have a real Florida flair to it, what with one player from each of the state’s three teams among the 15 finalists garnering consideration.
Instead it will have only a South Florida flair to it.
Former Dolphins defensive end Jason Taylor, in his first year of eligibility, made the cut while former Buccaneers safety John Lynch and former Jaguars left tackle Tony Boselli did not.
Other members of the 2017 class include kicker Morten Andersen, running backs LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Davis, quarterback Kurt Warner, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and safety Kenny Easley.
For Taylor, the nod puts the cap on a career in which he made his way onto six Pro Bowl teams, earned three All-Pro nods and was named the 2006 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The 2006 season was one of six in which Taylor recorded 10 or more sacks, an accomplishment that helped him earn a spot on the NFL’s All Decade Team for the 2000s.
Checkout this exclusive video from the Dolphins social media team, as Taylor found out earlier tonight about his election from a knock at his Houston hotel door and Hall of Fame President David Baker:
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) February 5, 2017
Meanwhile, back to the accolades, Taylor’s best season, at least from a sack standpoint, was the 2002 in which he recorded 18.5. He went on to record 139.5, the sixth most in league history. He also finished his career as the all-time leader in fumble returns for touchdowns with six, and his 246 fumble return yards are the second highest total in NFL history.
Taylor’s nine career defensive touchdowns are the most ever for an NFL defensive linemen.
Taylor spent his first 11 seasons with the Dolphins, then spent a year (2008) playing for the Redskins before returning to Miami for the 2009 season.
He left Miami again for the 2010 season, playing that one for the Jets, but he returned to the Dolphins to finish out his career in 2011, recording seven sacks in 16 games (two starts).
Meanwhile, it was nine time Pro Bowler Lynch’s fourth time to be on the ballot, but as we detailed earlier today, it’s hard for true safeties without big stats to get in to the Hall and he was “left at the altar,” again.
As for Boselli, he made the finalist list but the man regarded as the standard at left tackle in the mid-late 90’s for Jacksonville, including 3 straight All-Pro selections, was also bypassed by the voters.