We are just a few short days away from finding out who made the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2018 Class! There are currently 15 finalists and this number will be chopped down a maximum of 8. Being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is an enormous honor. While most players don’t set out to become Hall of Famers, they certainly set out to do their best and head to a Super Bowl. This year’s pool of finalists have done just that. Over the next few days, we’re going to look at each finalist.
Pro Football Hall of Fame 2018 Finalists
As the number two Draft pick, Boselli was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars 1995 and quickly became the face of the franchise.
Boselli is known as an outstanding pass protector with quick feet, long arms, and fine balance. The 6-7, 324-pound tackle started only 12 games in his rookie season and allowing only one sack to earn All-Rookie honors.
Boselli was voted as the team’s Most Valuable Player in 1998 after helping the Jaguars win the team’s first division title. He was also voted to five straight Pro Bowls (1997-2001) and named First-Team All-Pro for three consecutive seasons (1997-99).
He was selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s despite only playing half of the decade.
As a round two Draft pick, Bruce was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 1994.
Bruce is known for his detailed route-running and diligent work ethic. He totaled 1,024 receptions for 15,208 yards and 91 touchdowns during his 16-year career.
In his second season, Bruce landed the starting position and produced one of the greatest seasons by a wide receiver in league history with 119 receptions for 1,781 yards and 13 TDs. He was the first to record three consecutive games with 170 or more receiving yards.
Bruce had eight 1,000-yards seasons and 10 seasons with 60 or more receptions. In 1999, Bruce’s 77 receptions for 1,165 and 12 touchdowns earned him All-Pro Team. In Super Bowl XXXIV, Bruce grabbed six receptions for 162 yards (third most in Super Bowl history) and one touchdown. The touchdown was a 73-yard reception that proved to be the game-winner with 1:54 remaining in the contest.
Bruce had 42 100-yard games during his 223-game career and four Pro Bowl invitations.
As a round two Draft pick, Dawkins was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1996.
Dawkins started in 13 games during his rookie season. He quickly made himself a vital member of the Eagles defense. In his first season, he earned 74 tackles (53 solo), three interceptions, one sack, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
Dawkins played 224 games with the Eagles and the Broncos between 1996-2011. He totaled 1,131 tackles (895 solo), intercepted 37 passes returned for 513 yards and two touchdowns, recorded 26 sacks, and made 19 fumble recoveries.
The nine-time Pro Bowler was also named All-Pro and All-NFC five times.
As a round one Draft pick, Faneca was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1998.
Faneca started in week six of his rookie year and went on to earn All-Rookie honors. He started for a total of 206 games in his career. He won four division titles, played in 14 playoff games, and won a Super Bowl.
He was a nine-time Pro Bowl nominee and named first- or second- team All-Pro eight straight times. He blocked for nine 1,000-yard rushers, five 3,000-yard passers and is a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
As a first-round Draft pick, Hutshinson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 2001.
Hutshinson started all 16 games of his rookie season which earned him All-Rookie honors. After breaking his leg, he returned in 2003 which lead to 123 consecutive starts. He was named the NFL Alumni Offensive Linemen of the Year in 2006 and earned seven straight Pro Bowl nominations. He was all a first-team All-Pro Selection six times, as well as, All NFC and a member of the All-Decade Team of the 2000s.
There you have it the first five nominees for the Class of 2018! While we wait to hear who’s made the class get your tickets for the Enshrinement Ceremony and activities in August. The weekend will be filled with football legends, fan parties, and so much more!
Check back tomorrow for a look at the next five finalists.