Re: HOF for Willie Mac??
posted at 2/3/2013 3:48 PM EST
In response to agcsbill's comment:
Ok, so we've got Willie McG being proferred as a potential HoF player. This brings up an interesting question regarding the Pats and other potential HoF players that have been on the roster during this decade+ of success. I am referring to players in which their careers are defined by their play while on the Patriots. Who could we name to this point?
Brady - slam dunk
BB - slam dunk
Welker - too short of a success span?
Mankins - good chance, but a long shot?
Wilfork - good chance
Bruschi - great team leader, but an elite line backer to be in the HoF?
Branch - played multiple roles, long shot?
Who else bubbles to the surface of your grey matter?
Welker is a long shot. If it took Cris Carter this long, I would have to guess it would take Welker longer. Moss and T.O. are the surefire guys to get in during this era. Fitz's numbers are dipping because of his QB situation, but I think people will recognize that he deserves to get in. Chad Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, Brandon Marshall are among some of the WRs who will be HOF eligible around the time Welker is. It's going to be tough for some of these WRs.
Mankins has a chance. I don't know if you can define it as a good chance. He's definitely been a good LG, but the team hasn't really missed a beat when he's been out of the lineup. Can't say he's been a huge difference maker.
Wilfork deserves to get in and I think he does. Don't think he'll be first ballot though.
Bruschi is a no. Pats HoFer but not an NFL Hofer
Branch has had no 1000 yard season and only two seasons over 800 yards. Also hasn't had over 5 TDs in a single season. Don't even know how you could consider him on the bubble. Having two good games (even if they are in the Super Bowl) doesn't earn you a ticket to the HoF.
Harrison and Seymour will get in.