Several Former Steelers Nominated For Pro Football Hall Of Fame

The Modern-Era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 were announced Tuesday night and the list includes 108 players and coaches. Included in those 108 are former Pittsburgh Steelers players Alan Faneca, Hines WardGreg LloydJoey PorterGary Anderson and former coaches Bill Cowher and Buddy Parker.

Faneca was a finalist for the Hall of Fame the past two years, his first as an eligible candidate, while Ward did not make the finals in 2016, his first year of eligibility.

Among the group announced Tuesday night are 11 first-year eligible players including wide receiver Randy Moss, linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and defensive back Ronde Barber.

Faneca probably has a decent chance of at least being a finalist again this year. Ward, on the other hand, probably doesn’t and especially being as Moss is likely to get elected in his first year of eligibility. Well just have to wait and see how it ultimately plays out.

The 108 nominees will be pared to 25 in November and then 15 finalists in January. The final vote for election will take place Feb. 3.


*Finalist in 2017; Underline indicates first year of eligibility (Players and coaches must have last played or coached at least five full seasons to be eligible for nomination. Therefore, any individual who last played or coached in 2012 are eligible for the first time in 2018).

QUARTERBACKS
(5) – Randall Cunningham, Rich Gannon, Donovan McNabb, Steve McNair, Phil Simms

RUNNING BACKS
(10) – Tiki Barber, Earnest Byner, Roger Craig, Corey Dillon, Eddie George, Edgerrin James, Lorenzo Neal, Fred Taylor, Herschel Walker (also KR), Ricky Watters

WIDE RECEIVERS
(13) – *Isaac Bruce, Donald Driver, Henry Ellard (also PR), Torry Holt, Chad Johnson, Randy Moss, *Terrell Owens, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith, Steve Smith, John Taylor, Hines Ward

TIGHT END
(4) – Mark Bavaro, Ben Coates, Ferrell Edmunds, Jay Novacek

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN
(21) – Willie Anderson (T), Matt Birk (C)*Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Ruben Brown (G), Ray Donaldson (C), *Alan Faneca (G), Bill Fralic (G/T), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Steve Hutchinson (G), *Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), *Kevin Mawae (C/G), Tom Nalen (C), Nate Newton (G), Bart Oates (C), Jeff Saturday (C), Richmond Webb (T), Steve Wisniewski (G)

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN
(11) – La’Roi Glover (DT/NT), Leonard Marshall (DE/DT), Keith Millard (DT/NT/DE), Leslie O’Neal (DE), Michael Dean Perry (DT/DE), Simeon Rice (DE), Richard Seymour (DT), Neil Smith (DE), Greg Townsend (DE/NT/LB), Kyle Vanden Bosch (DE), Bryant Young (DT)

LINEBACKERS
(15) – Carl Banks, Cornelius Bennett, Tedy Bruschi, Seth Joyner, Ray Lewis, Greg Lloyd, Wilber Marshall, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest (also DE), Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Joey Porter, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas, Brian Urlacher

DEFENSIVE BACKS
(12) – Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Ronde Barber (CB/S), LeRoy Butler (S), *Brian Dawkins (SS), Rodney Harrison (S), *Ty Law (CB), Albert Lewis (CB), *John Lynch (S), Dennis Smith (S), Everson Walls (CB), Darren Woodson (S)

KICKERS/PUNTER
(3) – Gary Anderson (K), Sean Landeta (P), Nick Lowery (K)

SPECIAL TEAMS
(2) – Brian Mitchell (KR/PR also RB), Steve Tasker (ST also WR)

COACHES
(12) – *Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tom Flores, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil

 

  • Big White

    This ought to be a riot to watch. T.O. shunned twice now who’s definitely a first ballot guy, up against Moss who’s definitely a first ballot guy. We’ll see how the NFL effs this up again. Good stuff.

  • GoSteelerz

    WHERE IS DONNIE SHELL?!?!?!?! I can’t stand this garbage!!!!!

  • #7

    Hines should be in. Was criminally underrated by the national media for years.

  • gdeuce

    it’s ridiculous, Shell has better stats than those other DBs

  • #7

    Shell gets penalized because of all the other Steelers from that era already in. Same with LC Greenwood. Seems as though the voters have put an arbitrary cap on the number of 70’s era Steelers allowed in the hall.

  • gdeuce

    why is the Steve Smith that was with the giants nominated?

  • johnnypudding

    Rich Gannon, r u serious?

  • Chris92021

    My guesses on who will be inducted:
    Randy Moss
    Ray Lewis
    Brian Urlacher
    Alan Faneca (finally)
    Don Coryell
    and the two senior candidates.

  • Steeler Nation!

    T.O. Was a cancer. He destroyed the very teams he claimed to be playing for. Didn’t give one damn about anyone but himself and his stats. Making every team you play for worse doesn’t qualify you for the HOF. “I love me some me! And the rest of y’all can kiss my a$$!” He should’ve finished what he meant to say.

  • GoSteelerz

    Yeah, it sure seems that way, which if that is the case, that is a load of bull. He can’t help that he was on a great team, neither could L.C. They can’t even give that lousy excuse for not having Ken Riley in the HOF! I’ve lost a lot of respect for the HOF because of this idiocy!

  • Chris92021

    Several problems: the voting process where a guy from the city which the team represents has to present the case. Given TO has played for 3 teams primarily in his career (Dallas, SF, and Philly), one of those three city reps must represent him. All of them can make an argument that TO was not a HOF player while playing on their teams (SF, longest tenure with great numbers but they never made it to a Super Bowl with him, which sucks for Owens but this is SF where they are judged on a similar standard like Pittsburgh and Dallas; Philly, did not play long enough there for any of the writers there to take up his case; Dallas, good player there but wasn’t a HOF level for a long time there, plus they never won anything there either). The current process and TO being a bad teammate and not exactly a friend to many of the media members hurts his case. Should he be in? Absolutely yes. However, until the voting process changes, he will get shut out.

  • nutty32

    I will give him credit for exposing Cohwer/Lebeau’s blitzburgh on MNF that took us a good season and a half to counter/adjust from. We had no answers to them spreading us out and dinking & dunking us down the field with some Charlie Garner gash runs mixed in. We became a joke seemingly overnight.

  • SteeltheKing

    Even I don’t think Porter or Lloyd should be in. Ward should get in, but probably not this year, just too much of a log jam at WR. Honestly quite a few of the guys that were nominated don’t have much of an argument imo.

  • NimbusHex

    Faneca I think likely makes this year, Ward may have a very long wait with the hall’s track record with WRs, I can’t see Porter or Lloyd ever making it.

  • Dan

    Ray Lewis, Hines Ward, Randy Moss, Alan Faneca, Brian Mitchell & Schottenheimer

  • Mike Lloyd

    Absolutely right. That game sticks in the memory as if I was cut up in a street fight and it took me too long to recover…he may not be a HOFer but that SOB did exactly what you said-provided a blueprint in the team’s defensive downfall.

  • nutty32

    That scarred me (almost) for life. Internet hug, bro.

  • Mike Lloyd

    I recognize Lloyd will probably never make it…I’ll always consider him a HOF type player… For 6 years he was the most complete outside LB in football- the highest motor; the most intimidating player in all of football. The stats never told the story with Greg Lloyd.
    He made his teammates better, he gave the team an identity and he was the most feared player in the NFL. Against the run, in coverage or rushing the QB, he did it all…He also played hurt constantly. He wasn’t around long enough for some people-Greg Lloyd was great though. He was the identity for a defense, a franchise, a fan base.

  • Mike Lloyd

    No doubt. Lol

  • ciscoNoDrink

    In 2000 the post gazette wrote that the current Steelers roster had no hof’ers. Lol

  • Kick

    I own his jersey.

  • Mike Lloyd

    I actually have a deceased brother of the same name…my son wears his Greg Lloyd 95 jersey with pride. Especially after i showed him his highlights on YouTube. Lol…I wore mine so much back in the day that the numbers started peeling off the jersey.

  • Leek

    This is the Hall of Fame. Not the Hall of great teammates. There are guys in the H.O.F who have criminal records and are much worse of a person than T.O. was.

  • Steve

    Really – Steve Smith played last year. He is NOT eligible. Where do they get this from?

  • Alan Tman

    Greg Lloyd career was cut short by staff infection, and this looks like the most talented group the Hall has ever had to choose from. Good luck. Two Superbowl MVP’s will most likely miss being finalist.

  • will

    Who?

  • Steeler Nation!

    It is the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Football is a team sport. He didn’t make any team he ever played for better. He ruined every team he ever played for. Most hit skid row for years after his damage was done.

  • Steeler Nation!

    I agree with a lot of the things you say. But while TO went to good teams when he went to SF, Philly, and Dallas, he left them in much worse shape than when he got there. QBs and coaches fired, sinking ships. In an era of bloated passing and receiving stats, they’re not all going to get in. Will Phillip Rivers be a Hall of Famer? I wouldn’t bet on it. TO didn’t make his teams better, and I damn sure wouldn’t have wanted him on mine.

  • Robert E Lil

    I’m into the eye test – what I see versus final numbers.

    To me, Hines Ward is incredibly underrated. He was a football player – the complete package. He could have played on any Steeler championship team in any era. And as soon as someone said Hines could NOT do something – he did it. I suspect the same will be true with the HOF.

  • NW86

    Different Steve Smith, dude.

    Which goes back to gdeuce’s question, why was the Giants’ Steve Smith even nominated? But hey, it’s the first round of nominees, it will get narrowed to the more serious candidates in a couple months.

  • NW86

    Pretty much none of those QB’s are serious candidates if you ask me, especially when you look at the quality of the candidates in the other positions.

  • NW86

    Faneca and Gary Anderson should both have a legitimate chance this year.

    There is a backlog at OL just like there is at WR, but hopefully at least 2 of the OL get in this year. Faneca, Boselli, and Jacoby would seem to be the best candidates – Saturday should get in too but not in his first year. Even if it ends up being Boselli and Jacoby, I would be OK with that as it would clear the way for Faneca next year.

    Gary Anderson is one of the 3-4 best kickers of all time and should be in, but he was always going up against another one of them in Morten Andersen. Morten finally got in last year, so now maybe Gary can do it too.

  • Conserv_58

    Hines should make it because he re-defined the position. No other receiver before him or since has played the position the way Hines did. Hines was the most physical receiver to have ever stepped on a field. He had the mentality of a hard hitting safety playing the WR position. The football viewing world was stupified and shocked to see a WR knock the snot out of DB’s when he blocked. No receiver ever blocked the way Hines did. Former ravens’ pro bowl safety, Ed Reed could attest to Hines’ being the most physical WR he’s ever played against. The exclamation point to Hines’ game changing style of play was when the NFL’s competiton committee enacted the “Hines Ward Rule” preventing WR’s from decleating unsuspecting safties and CB’s.

    If Lynn Swann can make it into the HOF for his game changing highlight plays without gaudy receiving stats then Hines should make it in for what he meant to the team, his breaking the team’s receiving stats, his being part of two SB wins, and his being SB XL MVP.

  • Conserv_58

    Let’s also not forget that Greg was a sixth round pick. His pre draft rap was very much like Deebos’, too small, too slow and they come from small schools.

  • Robert E Lil

    You are correct on what you said.
    But I really hate to diminish in any way his hands. He made circus catches. Someone really needs to put a highlight film together of the ridiculous catches he made in traffic, falling out of bounds – poorly thrown balls with all the garbage qbs he had to play with. He also had a nose for the end zone. Tremendous, tremendous player

  • Dorian James

    The Hall of Fame is about numbers not personalities. I do not like Terrel Owens at all. But he should have went in on the first ballot

  • Conserv_58

    I couldn’t agree more, especially the point about his having played with some garbage QB’s. Hines was the kind of receiver that made those QB’s, Kordell Stewart and Tommy Maddox, look better than they were.

  • Dorian James

    Alan faneca Randy Moss and T.O. should be guaranteed to get in this year.

    Also,I’ve officially given up hope that Donnie and L.C. will ever get into the Hall of Fame. They will be snubbed for life

  • Conserv_58

    Faneca absolutely should get in. IMO, Moss is a shoe-in and given that I’m afraid T.O. won’t.

    For Donnie Shell and L.C. not to be in is an absolutely travesty. There is no justifiable excuse for them to not have been inducted decades ago.

  • Conserv_58

    If I remember correctly those criminal records were earned after they were inducted.

  • Conserv_58

    T.O.’s stats say he should be inducted.

    On the other hand, his narcissistic, selfish and arrogant behavior on the field was detrimental to the teams he played for and the NFL’s image. He did burn bridges with every team and most teammates he played with and for. His uber selfish, me first, attitude reach its zenith when during a nationally televised game T.O. was seen angrily jawing at Eagles QB, Donovan McNabb as McNabb was trying to walk away from him. As you said, T.O. was all about T.O. and no one else.

  • Eric C. Brown

    I agree. But it’s not like the numbers aren’t there.

    Receptions – Dude is 14th all-time in receptions. More than Randy Moss, Andre Reed, Michael Irvin and more. And I don’t think he’ll be sliding down that list any time soon. The next closest active players are Brandon Marshall and Antonio Gates but I don’t think either of those have enough left in the tank to catch him. Next on the active list is Antonio Brown was 643 receptions. It’ll take him a good four years or so to catch Hines.

    Receiving Yards – 23rd all-time. More than Michael Irvin and many Hall of Famers.

    Receiving TDs – Tied for 15th all-time. 20 more than Michael Irvin. 22 more than John Stallworth.

    Beyond that, the dude has 2 rings (and one SB MVP) and 4 Pro Bowl appearances. The biggest knock, statistically speaking, is his zero 1st-team All-Pro appearances.

    The dude was THE prototypical do-it-all WR. Deep threat, chain mover, red zone guy, and one of the best blocking WR’s of all-time. Like Mel Blount, his style of play created a rule change.

    Obviously, I’d put him in but I’m quite biased.

  • Eric C. Brown

    That is why I was so excited when New England prevailed in the Tuck Rule game. I was thrilled we wouldn’t have to travel to Oakland and re-live that nightmare. Heck, New England? At Heinz? We got this in the bag! Sigh . . .

  • Steeler Nation!

    Football is about winning. TO did nothing to contribute to winning.

  • Dorian James

    Well at least they’re in the Ring of Honor, as a Steelers fan to me that’s a little bit more important

  • Dorian James

    That just is not true, he was a dominant receiver on a lot of winning teams. You can’t hold a guy out of the Hall of Fame based on how you feel about him

  • Mike Lloyd

    I’ve read numerous stories about his ‘training methods’
    I believe I saw something about Gibson’s interview about the Tae Kwon Do. The ‘Avoid Lloyd’was famous as was the ‘Just plain nasty’ banner.
    Those things- these type of stories- they just show how intimidating he was, the type of leader he was. Kevin Greene even gave Greg Lloyd the biggest endorsement-I’m paraphrasing- “the way I look at it, I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for Greg Lloyd-i wouldn’t be in this gold jacket or in the Hall of Fame.

  • Steeler Nation!

    He went to several good teams and made them worse! He got coaches and QBs run out of town. Good coaches and QBs. I don’t care about some passing and receiving stats, as every team in the league piles up numbers. Not one team was made better by his presence. I wouldn’t want him on my team. I live among a lot of DA Cowboys fans. But even they were smart enough to be pi$$ed off when Jones picked up TO.

  • Steel City Slim

    Would be kinda wild to see a Steeler and Raven being inducted in the same year.

  • Steeler Nation!

    And yet, we won 2 Super Bowls and played in a 3rd with that same defensive blueprint. And they were great defenses. I agree that is the thing that Lebeau’s defenses struggled with, and he didn’t have an adjustment for. That’s why when you say this is what we do on defense, you still have to be able to adapt and defend what THEY do.

  • Conserv_58

    When Jim Harbaugh was the colts’ QB, Greg knocked his front teeth out with a viscious hit during a game. Harbaugh went on to say that Greg Lloyd was the most intimidating and scariest player he ever went against. He said that Greg scared the heck out of him and he hated having to play the Steelers because of Greg.

  • Mike Lloyd

    That’s great…
    Like I was saying-don’t measure Greg Lloyd by stats…
    He affected the outcome of every game he played in for 6-7 years just because every offensive player was afraid of where he’d be. Intimidation is a weapon…and thy name is Greg Lloyd…

  • J.

    It was a mistake they confused him with Smith jr who is not even eligible yet.

  • Terrible Towlie

    OJ? and soon overayted lewis

  • Terrible Towlie

    he willed the eagles to a SB and almost won it

  • Terrible Towlie

    the voting should be done by the members of the HoF, not some fishwrap hack

  • Terrible Towlie

    it will keep being that way until the HoF’ers get a vote not just writers

  • Terrible Towlie

    Greg Lloyd was the baddest man in the NFL during the time he played….he was a dominant player for a decade…Porter too he willed us to SB40 win

  • SteeltheKing

    I agree, those two along with Jason Gildon were all among my favorite players and all three should be in the Steelers Hall of Fame at Heinz. Kirkland as well, loved big 99 in the middle of those 90s defenses. But my point is Lloyd just doesn’t have the stats. Same with Porter. And both of those guys missed time, Lloyd more than Porter, and the defense still was very good without them. Again I love those players, and as Steelers fans we know what these guys meant to the team. But the voters usually go for stats and impacts on the game. Definitely exceptions of course, but I honestly don’t see Lloyd or Porter getting in. I hope they do, but I don’t think they will.

  • SteeltheKing

    Me and my dad used to get into debates over whether Lloyd or Greene were the best OLB on the team when they played together. He liked Greene, but I always took Lloyd, for the very reasons you mentioned. I always felt Greene got better sack numbers because offenses focused on Lloyd. Greg Lloyd was my favorite player when I was younger, though that was partly because of Tecmo Super Bowl lol

  • SteeltheKing

    I feel Cunningham if any of them. Not only was he good, he also opened doors for players like Kordell Stewart, Vick and McNab.

  • Steeler Nation!

    He missed half the season with a broken leg. He played in the SB after missing a chunk of the season and all the playoffs. Then he proceeded to ruin a team that had been to 4 straight NFC title games and won 1 WITHOUT him. Get your facts straight.

  • Mike Lloyd

    I think he was the best all around LB for 5-6 years in football. Loved them both. Greg was better.

  • Chris92021

    Only the Senior Committee vote is done by the members of the HOF. I agree with you about the HOF should vote on other HOFers, not idiots with axes to grind and a pen.

  • gdeuce

    well, it’s now official and it’s the Steve Smith with 12 career TDs to his name

  • GoSteelerz

    That’s probably true… And it’s a shame…

  • Conserv_58

    He had a T-shirt that said, “I wasn’t hired for my disposition.”

    IMO, Greg and Deebo are one in the same when it comes to their game day disposition. Both create palm sweating fear before they take even the field. Both are surly and cantankerous and they play with bad intentions. I love that about them. They’re men amongst boys.

  • Conserv_58

    I don’t think Cunningham’s career qualifies him as being HOF worthy.

  • will

    Oh yes….how could I have overlooked OJ? Thank you.