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Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalists 2018: Part 2 

By Allie Shriver

We’re just five days away from the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018 announcement and we couldn’t be more excited! There are 15 finalists as of right now and this class will be narrowed down to a maximum of 8. Being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor. Working hard to get to the Hall of Fame is no easy feat and each of these men would make fine additions to the Hall. We’ve already covered five of the fifteen finalists. Here are look at the next five finalists.

 
Pro Football Hall of Fame 2018 Finalists

 

JOE JACOBY

Signed as a free agent by the Washington Redskins in 1981 out of the University Louisville, Jacoby played numerous positions on the offensive line. He made his mark at left tackle during his rookie season.

Jacoby was known to be solid, durable, and strong pass and run blocker throughout his 13-year NFL career. During his tenure, the Redskins’ had a top 10 ranked offense 10 times and the unit finished in the top five in the league six times. Jacoby helped lead the Redskins to three Super Bowl victories.

 He was named All-Pro three times (1983-84, 1987), All-NFC twice (1983-84), and Second-Team All-NFC twice (1985-86). Voted to four straight Pro Bowls (1984-87), Jacoby helped the Redskins advance to the postseason eight times in an 11-season span. He is also a member of the NFL’s All-Decade Teams of 1980s.

EDGERRIN JAMES

Drafted in the first round as the 4th overall pick, Edgerrin James was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in 1999.

James was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Year in 1999, smashed NFL rushing titles in his first two seasons (1,553 yards in 1999 and career-best 1,709 yards in 2000) and scored 13 rushing TDs in each of his first two seasons. He caught 62 passes and 4 TDs as a rookie and a career-high 63 receptions and 5 TDs in his second season.

He rushed for 1,000 yards twice in three seasons with the Cardinals and helped them win the NFC West title in 2008 (the team’s first division championship in 33 years) and a berth in Super Bowl XLIII.

 James eclipsed 1,000 yards in a season seven times during his career and topped 1,500 yards four times. A four-time Pro Bowl choice, James rushed 12,246 yards on 3,028 carries and 80 TDs during his 11-year career which ended with a final season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2009.

A three-time All-Pro choice (1999-2000 and 2004) and All-AFC selection four times (1999-2000, 2004-05), James was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s.

 

TY LAW

Drafted as a first round pick by the New England Patriots in 1995, Law is know as one of the most dynamic cornerbacks to ever play the game.  He dominated the league for 15 seasons

Law was named the NFL Alumni Defensive Back of the Year in 1998 after leading the league with nine interceptions.  

During his time with the Patriots, New England won four AFC championship games (1996, 2001, 2003-04) and three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX). Law put on quite the show in the Patriots’ Super Bowl XXXVI victory over the St. Louis Rams with seven tackles and an interception he returned 47 yards for a touchdown.

Law finished his career with 53 interceptions which he returned for 828 yards and seven touchdowns in 203 career games. He also forced seven fumbles, made five fumble recoveries, and had five career sacks.

A five-time Pro Bowler (1998, 2002-04, 2006), Law was also named first-team All-Pro in 1998 and 2003, elected to the Patriots Team of the Century, and named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

  

RAY LEWIS

Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens as their first round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, Lewis was the franchise’s second-ever draft choice. Lewis played his entire 17-year career with the team (1996-2012).

Lewis immediately became a leader on defense and led the team in tackles as a rookie. At the time of his retirement in 2012, Lewis held three records with the Ravens – most seasons played (17), most career games (228) and most career opponent fumbles recovered (20). He posted a franchise record 2,643 career tackles, including a single season team-best 225 stops in 2003.

In 2000, Lewis help lead the Ravens to a 34-7 victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV where his three tackles, two assists and four passes defensed earned him Most Valuable Player honors.

In his final game, he had three tackles, two assists and four passes defensed to help Baltimore defeat the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII.

A 12-time Pro Bowl selection, Lewis received first-team All-Pro honors eight times during his career. He was recognized as the AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 and 2003, and was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s.

 

JOHN LYNCH

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Lynch in the third round of the 1993 NFL Draft. Lynch was a vital addition to the Buccaneers defense that soon dominated the NFL

In 1996, his fourth pro season, Lynch made earned more than 100 tackles and tied his career-high with three interceptions. From that point forward, he was the anchor of Tampa Bay’s secondary on a defense that perennially ranked among the NFL’s best.

Lynch was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first time following the 1997 season-  the first of nine Pro Bowls. He earned first-team All-Pro recognition three straight years from 1999 to 2001.

In 2002, Lynch contributed 96 tackles (50 solo), three interceptions, and 12 passes defensed as Tampa Bay finished 12-4 taking them to Super Bowl XXXVII victory.

Lynch played in 224 regular season games, recorded 26 interceptions returned for 204 yards, added 13 sacks, and registered more than 1,000 tackles. He was credited with 90 or more tackles in a season nine times during his career.

  

There you have it the second set of 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!

 

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