The Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted its latest class into the exclusive club in Canton, Ohio. With the election of the newest class, the total number of members in the Hall of Fame is 326. The 2019 Hall of Fame class ranks among the best to ever be inducted into the legendary Hall of Fame. Such names in this years’ class are; Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson.
The NFL Hall of Fame is a nice medium for casual and hardcore fans of the sport. The Major League Baseball Hall of Fame is notoriously difficult to be inducted into. For fans of basketball, the National Basketball Association has a Hall of Fame where basically anyone who can dribble a ball is inducted.
After the induction of the 2019 class, the NFL Hall of Fame includes 326 members. From transcendent players at their position, to late draft picks who defied expectations, the NFL Hall of Fame has something for all fans. This years’ class is no different.
Bailey, Law and Robinson were consistently lockdown cornerbacks during their time in the league. Law was a defensive anchor of a New England Patriots defense who led the early-2000s charge for their three championship titles. Bailey’s speed and athleticism always gave receivers a run for their money. Robinson was inducted as the Senior’s Finalists.
Reed revolutionized the safety position, giving true meaning to the term “ball hawk”. Reed set the record for longest interception return for a touchdown, and then broke his own record shortly afterwards. The duo of Reed and linebacker Ray Lewis haunted offenses for years.
Gonzalez is the greatest tight end of all-time and there’s almost no competition. During his career, he amassed over 15,000 receiving yards, 1,300 receptions and 111 touchdowns. He was a sure-fire to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Mawae is widely considered to be one of the best offensive linemen of all-time. He blocked for multiple elite rushers, including New York Jets former superstar Curtis Martin.
The other two Hall of Fame spots were given to Bowlen and Brandt, who were inducted as Contributors Finalists. Bowlen was the owner of the Denver Broncos, who won multiple Super Bowls with the organization and yelled the famous words “this one’s for John”. Brandt was a guru who played a vital role in establishing the Dallas Cowboys as an elite organization, as he brought in 15 of the 19 players in the Cowboys Ring of Honor.
The NFL Hall of Fame is considering changing the induction format and allowing 20 members to be selected for the 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony.