Does Ottis Anderson deserve Hall of Fame consideration?

Is retired New York Giants RB Ottis Anderson worthy of Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration? The numbers suggest he is.

The New York Giants are well-represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. However, there are a few figures in Giants history that many fans would love to see enshrined — Tiki Barber, Phil Simms, Ernie Accorsi, and Tom Coughlin.

That list also includes running back Ottis “OJ” Anderson.

Anderson essentially had two careers — one with the St. Louis Cardinals and another with the Giants. Cumulatively, they add up to a Hall of Fame career.

Selected eighth overall by the Cardinals out of Miami in the 1979 NFL draft, Anderson earned Offensive Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors later that season. He was selected to the Pro Bowl the next year as well.

In seven-plus seasons in St. Louis, Anderson rushed for 7,999 yards on 1,858 attempts — both still Cardinals’ franchise records — for a 4.3 average. In 1986, he lost his starting gig to Stump Mitchell and was traded to the Giants in October for 1987 second- and seventh-round selections.

Anderson played six-plus seasons for the Giants, won two Super Bowls, was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 1989, and the MVP of Super Bowl XXV.

Ottis is one of only four running backs in NFL history to score rushing touchdowns in two Super Bowls and win a Super Bowl MVP (Hall of Famers Franco Harris, John Riggins, and Emmitt Smith are the others).

Anderson’s 10,273 rushing yards are 30th all-time and his 13,335 yards from scrimmage are 44th in NFL history. He is 19th all-time in rushing touchdowns with 81. When he retired in 1992 Anderson ranked seventh in rushing touchdowns and eighth in rushing yards.

Anderson was inducted into the Giants’ Ring of Honor in 2022 but has yet to be recognized by the Cardinals’ organization.

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Ronde Barber makes case for Tiki Barber to join him in Hall of Fame

Ronde Barber argues that his brother, retired New York Giants RB Tiki Barber, has a resume that warrants the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Is retired New York Giants running back Tiki Barber deserving of the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

That’s a question that’s been hotly debated since Barber’s controversial retirement following the 2006 season. But with the bad feelings finally subsiding, more and more Giants fans are beginning to come around to the idea.

Barber was electric during his time with the Giants and remains the team’s all-time leading rusher. He’s second behind only Brandon Jacobs in rushing touchdowns (55) and is fourth all-time in receiving (5,183).

What some might not know is that Barber is also fourth in franchise history in punt return yardage (1,181). And there are many, many more.

But the Hall of Fame isn’t about the franchise leaderboard. Rather, it’s about the best to ever play the game and how their production compares to the other elite.

Well, Barber is a standout there as well. And shortly after being announced as a pending inductee, Ronde Barber, Tiki’s twin, retweeted some statistics that make a strong case for his brother’s eventual enshrinement.

Barber’s 17,359 all-purpose yards are among the most in NFL history. Only 16 players have more and the vast majority of those are either in the Hall of Fame or will soon be in the Hall of Fame.

But that early retirement will always linger over Barber like a dark cloud. The belief is that one more productive season would have guaranteed his ticket and that Super Bowl title would have been a nice punctuation mark.

Barber will once again be nominated for the Hall of Fame in 2024, but will he finally break through? Time will tell.

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4 ex-Giants among first-year eligible candidates for Hall of Fame in 2024

4 former members of the New York Giants are among a group of first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2024.

Four former New York Giants players are on the list of potentials for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024.

Wide receiver Brandon Marshall, linebacker Connor Barwin, running back Jonathan Stewart and cornerback Leon Hall will all be eligible for the first time next year.

Marshall played just five games for the Giants in 2017 after inking a two-year, $12 million deal. He suffered a season-ending ankle injury in Week 5 and was released the next spring.

Barwin came to the Giants in 2018 after four-year stints in Houston and Philadelphia and a year with the Rams. He played 15 games for the Giants and retired in 2019.

Stewart was a controversial signing by the Giants in 2018 after 10 seasons in Carolina. He had little left in the tank when he got to New Jersey and ended up playing in three games for Big Blue.

Hall came to the Giants in 2016 after nine seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. He played in 12 games and was not brought back in 2017.

Of this group, Marshall has the best shot at a place in Canton. He had six seasons where he had 100 or more receptions, tied with Antonio Brown for the most all-time.

Other first-time eligibles who have an actual chance at gaining election are defensive end Julius Peppers, tight end Antonio Gates and cornerback Eric Berry.

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Joe Thomas, Darrelle Revis among nine members of 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame class

The Pro Football Hall of Fame welcomed nine new enshrinees to its ranks. Here is the 2023 Hall of Fame class.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has welcomed the following players, coaches, and contributors to its ranks with the 2023 class:

Joe Thomas, Darrelle Revis, DeMarcus Ware, Ken Riley, Joe Klecko, Chuck Howley, Ronde Barber, Don Coryell, and Zach Thomas.

There were 15 modern-era finalists, with Dwight Freeney, Revis and Thomas as the three first-ballot players.

The new enshrinees, in order of announcement on the NFL Honors show, and their official biographies from the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Pro Football Hall of Fame: 15 modern-era finalists for 2023 class revealed

The Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed its 15 modern-era finalists for the 2023 class.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame revealed its 15 modern-era finalists Wednesday evening.

The finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall of Fame’s selection committee, a process that started out with 129 nominees. That group was narrowed down to 28 semifinalists in November.

Along with the modern-era finalists, the three senior finalists are Chuck Howley, Joe Klecko, and Ken Riley. Don Coryell is the coach/contributor finalist.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2023 will be announced during the NFL Honors at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, Feb. 9 on NBC, Peacock (streaming), and NFL Network. The inductees would be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, on Saturday, Aug. 5.

8 Giants among modern-era Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees

8 former members of the New York Giants are among 129 modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2023.

Eight former New York Giants are among the list of 129 Modern-Era Nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023.

The list of potential inductees consists of “67 offensive players, 50 defensive players and 12 special teams players. The list of Modern-Era Nominees will be reduced to 25 Semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 Finalists whose names will be announced in early January.”

Four of the Giants’ eight nominees played their entire careers with Big Blue: running back Tiki Barber, defensive lineman Justin Tuck, linebacker Jessie Armstead and offensive lineman Chris Snee.

The other four played part of their careers here with the Giants: punters Jeff Feagles and Sean Landeta, offensive tackle Lomas Brown and kick returner Brian Mitchell.

Per the Pro Football Hall of Fame:

Nineteen Finalists will be presented to the full 49-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting to choose the Class of 2023. Those candidates will consist of 15 Modern-Era Players Finalists and the recently named Seniors Finalists Joe Klecko, Chuck Howley and Ken Riley and Coach/Contributor Finalist Don Coryell.

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Why Don Coryell absolutely, positively belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Don Coryell might finally be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2023. Here’s why that honor is long, long overdue.

“I don’t think there’s ever been a coach who was more courageous about creating offense.” Dan Fouts on Don Coryell

Don Coryell was many things in his 85 years on this Earth. He was an Army paratrooper during World War II, a defensive back for the Washington Huskies, a longtime high school and college coach, the head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals and San Diego Chargers, and finally, a retiree living a gentle life in the Pacific Northwest. Most prominently, of course, was his work in the NFL from 1973 through 1986, when he took the Sid Gillman vertical passing game, added his own rushing formation concepts, and spun the NFL’s passing offense forward a generation. Coryell can be considered the functional link between the deep passing games of the 1960s and 1970s, and the West Coast Offense that followed into the 1980s and 1990s. As much as any coach in the history of football, Coryell preached the gospel of the nuanced, aggressive passing game wherever he went — and wherever he went, he got results.

On Wednesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that Coryell, who died on July 1, 2010, was named as the finalist for the Coach/Contributor class of 2023. From the HOF:

A four-hour meeting of the Hall of Fame’s Coach/Contributor Committee concluded Tuesday afternoon with Coryell emerging from the group of 12 Coach/Contributor candidates remaining under consideration as the Finalist for next year’s class of enshrinees. The Hall of Fame’s full 49-person Selection Committee will consider Coryell for election – along with 15 Modern-Era Players and three Seniors – when it meets to choose the entire Class of 2023 in January.

Coryell would be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame if he receives at least 80% approval in the up-or-down balloting next year.

Last week, the Hall’s Seniors Committee chose Chuck Howley, Joe Klecko and Ken Riley as Finalists for the Class of 2023. Each of them also would be elected if he receives 80% approval at the January selection meeting.

Coryell had reached the Finalist stage in the selection process six other times: 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020. In 14 seasons as a head coach in the NFL after a lengthy career in the college ranks, he posted an overall record (including playoffs) of 114-89-1.

In St. Louis, Coryell was named Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1974, his second season with the Cardinals. He led the team to a 10-4 record and their first playoff appearance since the 1948 NFL Championship Game. They followed that breakthrough year with an 11-win regular season in 1975 that equaled the then-franchise record for victories in a season (1948, 1925).

After five seasons in St. Louis, Coryell became head coach of the San Diego Chargers, and with future Hall of Famers Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, and Charlie Joiner built the “Air Coryell” offense that ranked atop the NFL in numerous statistics. In his nine years with the Chargers (1978-1986), the team led the league in total offense five times, passing yards seven times (and was second another year) and scoring three times.

His 1980 and 1981 teams reached the AFC title games, falling one win short of the Super Bowl. Prior to Coryell’s arrival, the Chargers had not posted a winning record for eight seasons and had not qualified for the playoffs since appearing in the AFL title game in 1965.

Several Hall of Fame coaches voiced support for Coryell as a Hall of Fame-worthy candidate over the years, including Joe Gibbs, John Madden, Dick Vermeil, and Bill Walsh.

We’ve said for as long as we can remember that Coryell already should have been in the Hall of Fame, as a coach and as a schematic innovator. Let’s get into the details of why.

(Article adapted from The Genius of Desperation by Doug Farrar and Louis Riddick. Copyright 2018 Doug Farrar/Triumph Books LLC. Play diagrams by Doug Farrar and Lindsey Schauer. Used by permission). 

Bryant Young with emotional tribute to late son Colby at Hall of Fame induction

Bryant Young touched everyone with his Hall of Fame induction speech

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony brings out a variety of emotions.

One of the most intense on Saturday in Canton, Ohio, was when former San Francisco 49ers star Bryant Young spoke.

The defensive line great offered a touching tribute to his late son Colby, who lost his battle with cancer at age 15.

“In this, my 10th year of eligibility, I enter the Hall as a member of the Class of 2022,” Young said. “Twenty-two was Colby’s favorite number.”

The entire presentation and speech:

WATCH: Highlights from every Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speech

Watch highlights of all eight Pro Football Hall of Fame induction speeches.

On Saturday, eight men joined football’s greatest fraternity, as they were inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Sam Mills, LeRoy Butler, Richard Seymour, Art McNally, Tony Boselli, Bryant Young, Cliff Branch, and Dick Vermeil either accepted their honors in person in Canton, Ohio, or were represented

Here are highlights of each induction speech.

2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony: Who’s in, and how to watch

Who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame today, and how can you watch the ceremonies? We have the answers.

At 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, the Pro Football Hall of Fame will have its annual ceremony celebrating a new class of enshrines.

From ESPN, who will televise the event:

ESPN’s coverage of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement returns for the 27th year on Saturday, Aug. 6, as eight enshrines officially enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Coverage of the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class begins at 12 p.m. ET on ESPN, a new afternoon time for the annual event.  ESPN Radio will also offer live coverage of the event.

The class of 2022 consists of eight “Heroes of the Game:” Tony Boselli (Jacksonville Jaguars), Cliff Branch (Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders), Leroy Butler (Green Bay Packers), Art McNally (National Football League Official), Sam Mills (New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers), Richard Seymour (New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders), Dick Vermeil (Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Kansas City Chiefs) and Bryant Young (San Francisco 49ers).

Live from Canton, Ohio, ESPN’s 26-year veteran host Suzy Kolber will anchor the Enshrinement Ceremony with ESPN’s NFL front office insider Louis Riddick and 2016 Dick McCann Award winner Chris Mortensen. For the 22nd year, ESPN’s Chris Berman, who was honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award in 2010, will emcee the ceremony.

ESPN Radio will also broadcast the enshrinees’ speeches and share insights from special guests throughout the day on Saturday. On the ground in Canton, Jaguars’ reporter, Mike DiRocco will be covering all festivities around the induction ceremonies on behalf of NFL Nation. 

(All enshrinee information courtesy of the Pro Football Hall of Fame).