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January 03, 2018 Commentary Archive

Boselli, Dawkins Finalists For 2018 Hall Of Fame

by Sam Kouvaris
Posted January 03, 2018 ===========================================================================

It's never an easy process but the fifteen finalists for the Class of 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame are particularly qualified this year. For the second straight year, the Jaguars Tony Boselli and Jacksonville's Brian Dawkins are among the final fifteen. That means they've made it from the 108 eligible players this year through the semifinal process down to 27 and now to the finalists round of 15. The selection committee will discuss them with the other 13 finalists, the two senior candidates and the contributor finalist on the Saturday before the Super Bowl in Minnesota the first weekend of February.

"My career's not going to change," Boselli said of his second year of eligibility. "It's up to you now," Tony chided me with a laugh. As the Jacksonville representative on the Hall of Fame committee, I'll present Boselli's case for the Hall for the second straight year in front of the full committee.

While it's true his career isn't going to change, the decision making of the committee has after last year. In the 2017 class, two players, Kenny Easley and Terrell Davis were included with short careers. Easley played in 89 games, Davis 78. Boselli played in 97 games and was considered the best at his position throughout his career.

That's a pretty good place to be since four other tackles of that era, Walter Jones, Orlando Pace, Jonathan Ogden and Willie Roaf, are all in the Hall. Boselli was one of the two All-Decade Team tackles of the 1990's.

If there is a knock against Boselli, it's only the brevity of his career. But with the admission of Easley and Davis, the committee has admitted that only greatness is necessary for selection to the Hall. Tony checks off every box in that category.

As a second time finalist, Brian Dawkins has the attention of the selection committee. A safety mainly for the Eagles and then the Broncos, Dawkins started four NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl. He was All-Pro five seasons and went to nine Pro Bowls. He's the first player in the NFL history to record a sack, an interception, a fumble recovery and a touchdown catch in the same game. Brian was also named to the All Decade Team of the 2000's.

The Class of 2018 will be announced during the NFL Honors show on Saturday night, February 3rd in Minneapolis.


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