17 January 2012

My 2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Ballot

In two and a half weeks, the Board of Selectors for the Pro Football Hall of Fame will convene in Indianapolis to vote on a Hall of Fame Class of 2012. Unfortunately I am not a member of this selection committee but here is my ballot. Let's take a look.

Cris Carter (WR - Philadelphia Eagles 1987-89; Minnesota Vikings 1990-2001; Miami Dolphins 2002)
Carter was remarkably durable throughout his sixteen season career, playing the full slate of games in thirteen of them, and one of the most consistent ever as well. He had eight consecutive 1,000 yard seasons from 1993-2000. He retired with the second most receptions (1,101) and receiving touchdowns (130) when he retired. He also had 42 hundred-yard receiving games, was elected to the Pro Bowl from 1994-2001 and was on the 1990s All-Decade Team.

Dermontti Dawson (Center - Pittsburgh Steelers 1988-2000)
This is Dawson's fourth time as a finalist and the time I finally think he gets in. Without question was Dawson one of the top centers of his era as well as one of the best of all time. Dawson was elected to seven consecutive Pro Bowls from 1992-1998, was an Associated Press First Team All-Pro for six consecutive years in 1993-1998, was on the 1990s All-Decade Team and paved the way for some of the best rushing attacks in the NFL and running back Jerome Bettis.

Cortez Kennedy (DT - Seattle Seahawks 1990-2000)
Kennedy was one of the elite linemen of his era and is the best defender in Seahawks history. The man was a monster. He was very durable, playing in 167 of a possibly 178 games throughout his career. He was voted to eight Pro bowls (1992-1997, 1999-2000), was three times First Team and twice Second Team All-Pro. And he did it without much help on the defensive line up in Seattle.

Curtis Martin (RB - New England Patriots 1995-97; New York Jets 1998-2005)
Throughout his career, Martin was one of the most consistent backs in the NFL and of all time. He was only the second player in league history to start his career with ten consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. He began his career on a high note, leading the AFC in rushing as a rookie, and he ended his on one as well, leading the NFL in rushing and rushing for a career high 1,697 yards in his second to last season in 2004. He retired as the fourth leading rusher in NFL history and every season led his team in rushing.

Willie Roaf (Tackle - New Orleans Saints 1993-2001; Kansas City Chiefs 2002-05)
Here's a guy who was a dominant lineman throughout his career, who paired with another future Hall of Famer, Will Shields who I almost put on my ballot, in Kansas City and was just a force wherever he played. Roaf was voted to eleven Pro Bowls and was named First Team All-Pro seven teams (four in New Orleans, three in Kansas City). He was also All-NFC six times, All-AFC three times and was on the 1990s All-Decade Team.

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