What Other Buckeyes Could Land in the NFL Hall of Fame

BuckeyeinSECcountry's picture
February 13, 2013 at 3:46p
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Hey guys I was wondering which current or recently retired buckeye will make the nfl hall of fame. It only took what seems like forever for chris "all he does is catch touchdowns" Carter to finally get it. Here is the list of current Bucks who are in the NFL. I personally feel that Hawk, Laurinaities, Jenkins, Winfield and Clements all have a legit chance to aleast beconsidered if they keep up their level of play. Although I do wish that we put more skill position players( wide recievers and running backs) that are really good in the NFL. All of the guys that I mentioned are tackling machines who can easily get 100 or more tackles aseason easily. Clements had a ok year but he can be a ballhawk even at his advanced age. I look forward to see more buckeyes in the hall of fame and maybe one being able to pass USC and Notre Dame on number of guys that we put in the NFL hall of fame. And I do love pulling up this stat to all of my SEC friends who swear that the Big ten players suck and that it is the SEC that dominates not only college but the pros. I point to the hall of famers and then they try to come up with a bunch of nonsense in order to support their claims that the SEC is better in the pros.  It is the pros that show how good a player really is and the Big ten and tOSU by far out shine the SEC.

 

 

http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/colleges.aspx

 

http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/nfl-active.html

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puff daddy's picture

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Earle's picture

Honestly, I think the only active player with a shot is Nick Mangold, if he keeps putting up All-Pro seasons.  The others you have mentioned are good players, but I don't see any of them getting serious consideration for the Hall.
 

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Earle's picture

Yeah, think he's the next one.  Was thinking about active players.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Hey guys I was wondering which current or recently retired buckeye will make the nfl hall of fame.

I agree that no current guys are likely to be enshrined. I was just going off the first sentence of the OP. 

gobucks96's picture

He has a number of offensive lineman in front of him. If he gets in, it will be quite a while...
Right now, I don't see a HOF playing in the league from OSU.

d5k's picture

Have to disagree here.  I think Pace and Ogden are the 2 guys from their era who are first ballot worthy offensive line HOFers.  Ogden just got in first ballot, if Pace doesn't then he will be considered a snub imo.  12 year career which is a lot for that position, with 7 pro bowls and 5 all-pro years plus being a big part of the Greatest Show on Turf.  Ogden was more consistently recognized by awards but if anything Pace was 1b to Ogden's 1a in that era.

puff daddy's picture

for sure,the best chance,1st chance(or should)

knucklehead

BrewstersMillions's picture

None of those players mentioned are even the best in the league at their positions right now.
 

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Jason Priestas's picture

Don't want to come across as a jerk, but this is probably something better suited for the forum. I went ahead and cleaned up your title a bit (capitalization and descriptive titles are your friend).

As for the Buckeyes you list, they're all good to great players, but I have a hunch you're underestimating just how damn good you have to be to get into the NFL Hall of Fame. Winfield has been a great player in the NFL and he's my favorite Buckeye of all time, but he'll likely never land in Canton.

d5k's picture

The only Buckeye I can think of in the NFL with a legit chance at the HOF at the moment is probably Nick Mangold.  You have to be considered one of the best at your position for multiple years to even be a finalist for the HOF.  Nick has been that but he has to sustain it for another 5-6 years.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Yep, he's a first ballot "Hall of the Really Good" but isn't one of the all time greats at the position.

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lamplighter's picture

For retired players, other than Pace, I think that the only one with a legitimate shot, albeit a long one, is Winfield.
Of course, if I were King, they'd all be in 
 

jthiel09's picture

Mangold probably the only current player that has a legit shot, even Eddie George who is in the 10,000 yd club won't make it in. Rest of the guys you listed probably not unless they start putting up MVP numbers each season.

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Knarcisi's picture

Eddie has the stats. 

Kaceybrown's picture

Eddie is my all time favorite player but I'm pretty sure he's a little shy of the HOF. Would be happy to be proved wrong though. 

gobucks96's picture

No way Eddie makes it, IMO... I was he would have, but I can't see it.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Agreed. Only twice in his career did he average over 4 YPC and that was 4.1 in each season. He's a career 3.6 guy. Workhorse, sure-one of the all time greats-methinks no.

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d5k's picture

They did let Curtis Martin in but I would think that is about the floor for modern running backs so guys like Eddie, Tiki Barber etc will not get in most likely.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Curtis' numbers blow Eddie's out of the water and his career is a statement of consistency. Martin also has 484 receptions to his credit. Martin is one of those guys you look at and remember nothing special about his playing days-then you look at his numbers and they are eye popping. Martin is probably the best unheralded running back in the game's history.

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iball's picture

Pace will never make the Hall either, you gotta be a friggin beast on the oline and probably rock multiple SB rings to even be considered.
 

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Yeah, I'm not completely sure he gets in either, but of the current or former Buckeyes in the NFL, he's got the best shot. He was a Super Bowl champ, an All-Pro 5 times, and a Pro-Bowler 7 times. I don't know if that's enough, but we shall see.

BrewstersMillions's picture

5 All Pro's is huge. That's formal recognition that you are the best at your craft in that given year.
A few HOF'ers.
Willie Roaf-9 Seasons, 7 All Pro nods.
Jackie Slater-17 seasons, 5 All Pro nods
Anthony Munoz-13 seasons, 11 All Pro
Jon Ogden-12 seasons, 6 All pros.
Pace had 13 seasons, 6 as an all pro-before injuries started to get to him, Pace was the premier tackle in the NFL. His career is and should always be compared to Ogden's and if JO is an HOFer so is Pace.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

I don't think Mangold has a chance at the HoF. He's likely about halfway through his career, and he's already been supplanted by a younger player, Maurkice Pouncey, as the default AFC Pro Bowl center. Pro Bowls and appearances on All-Pro teams are vital for players without stats, and Mangold isn't likely to acquire many more of them.
Pace, with his 7 Pro Bowl appearances and 1 ring, isn't a slam dunk to get in the Hall, but he will likely get there eventually.
Now that Carter and Dick LeBeau are in the Hall, the vintage Buckeye who probably has the best chance might be Randy Gradishar, who has been close a few times before and is nearing the age where he would be taken up by the "oldtimers committee" or whatever they call it. Gradishar is hurt somewhat because his career wasn't very long, but he was a Pro Bowl fixture in his time.

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IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

Antoine Winfield may have a shot, though his longevity might be the best thing that's going for him now. He's still been consistent and still been in the conversation as one of the NFL's best at his position.

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Knarcisi's picture

He doesn't have the INT or Pro Bowl stats, and won't make it, but just wanted to take the opportunity for a shout out to Antoine Winfield. Probably my favorite Buckeye. Beautiful football player and heart of a lion. Sould have is picture next to "cornerback" in the football encyclopedia. 

Indy_Buck87's picture

Pace is in no doubt.  I still remember the Rice game in the shoe where the rice coach refused to line anyone up on the d line in front of pace (aka the pancake man). he was asked after about it after and said he did not want to get any of his players killed.  He also made Maddens all century team.  One of the best of all time. 

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