The 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame class-to-be was whittled down to 15 names Thursday night, and there are numerous state players, on it again. Former Buccaneers star safety John Lynch, former Colts running back Edgerrin James, Jaguars pillar tackle Tony Boselli and Ravens legendary safety Ed Reed are among the names.
Lynch (shown in 2016 being inducted in the Buccaneers Ring of Honor) is now the GM of the 49ers, and it is the sixth straight year that he has made the final list. He played 13 seasons with the Bucs and the Broncos making nine Pro Bowls and helping anchor a Tampa Bay defense that won the Superbowl in 2002. He was passed over in 2018 for Eagles safety Brian Dawkins.
For Boselli, the first ever Jaguars draft pick and who is synonymous with the Jags, his name appears among the final 15 for the third consecutive year. We have laid out the argument for Boselli previously, and he does have a strong case: five Pro Bowl selections, three All-Pro selections and regarded as the “All Decade” left tackle of the 1990’s despite playing only five years in that decade. He has been left waiting while players like Orlando Pace and Jonathan Ogden have been selected, recently.
James, who starred with the Hurricanes in the late 1990’s, is back on the finalist list for the second straight year. He finished his career primarily with the Colts with 12,246 rushing yards, 3364 receiving yards 80 rushing and 11 receiving TDs. His rushing yards ranks 13th all time ahead of Hall of Famers Marcus Allen, Franco Harris, Thurman Thomas, John Riggins, O.J. Simpson, Jim Taylor, Joe Perry, Larry Czonka and Terrell Davis.
Reed joins tight end Tony Gonzalez and defensive back Champ Bailey, as the three finalists on in their first year on the ballot. He made nine Pro Bowls with 64 career interceptions primarily with the Ravens. He helped Baltimore to a Superbowl win in 2012. And, he will be a strong case for a first time ballot electee.
Reed, who was a two time All American at Miami, was also just inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
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