The 15 modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 are as follows (presented in alphabetical order): Morten Andersen, Steve Atwater, Don Coryell, Terrell Davis, Tony Dungy, Alan Faneca, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Joe Jacoby, Edgerrin James, John Lynch, Terrell Owens, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner.

If I had a vote(5 can be voted in):

  • Brett Favre – No question. He’ll be a first ballot Hall of Famer
  • Joe Jacoby – The best “hog” of the bunch and better than a number of OL that are already in. Changed the position. Prototypical Left Tackle
  • Marvin Harrison – Deserved to go in before Andre Reed and Tim Brown, even if they are older and had been waiting longer. Harrison is/was/will always be better.
  • Don Coryell – Another that should already be in there. Many a current offenses are molded/built off of his concepts. Father of the modern passing game. Genius 
  • For the 5th vote it is hard to decide between Davis,James, Owens and Lynch. I’d love to see Marvin & Edge go in together, and Dungy too(if you insist on him being a Hall of Fame coach but I don’t), but I don’t see it happening. So unless I had my mind changed during the process, I would submit 4 votes.

Who do I expect will get in: Favre, Harrison, Tony Dungy, Orlando Pace and Kurt Warner. 

Senior nominees. Ken Stabler was among the best of his era. He deserves induction. I do not know enough about Dick Stanfel to form an opinion.

2016 contributor candidate Edward DeBartolo, Jr., helped build one of the better dynasties in San Fran and helped bring football back to Cleveland. I would vote Yes.

Voting Process:

The Senior finalists and Contributor finalist will be voted “yes” or “no” for election at the annual selection meeting and must receive at least 80 percent support from the Committee to be elected. The Modern Era finalists will be trimmed during the meeting from 15 to 10 and then from 10 to 5. The remaining five finalists will be voted on individually, “yes” or “no” and must receive the same 80 percent positive vote as the seniors and contributor candidates to earn election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Class of 2016 will be announced during the “NFL Honors” nationally broadcast award show that evening. 

Each player needs 37 out of 46 votes to get in. 

I will likely edit this when it’s cut to 10, and or 5 and offer a comment about the ones that are in the final 5.

On This Day:
11/8/2004

Peyton
Manning and his team jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but with less than 3
minutes to go, found the game tied in a shootout with Daunte Culpepper.

Manning
led his team down the field in the final minutes to set up a Mike Vanderjagt
game winning field goal from 35 yards.

Manning
finished the game 23/29 for 268 yards and 4 touchdown passes. Tight End Marcus
Pollard hauled in a pair of them(10,19) and Reggie Wayne caught one from 5
yards, while Dallas Clark and Manning connected from 4 yards out.

The
4 scoring passes pushed his 8 game total to 26.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200411080clt.htm

On This Day:
10/6/03 part 2

With
many people turning off their televisions following the Barber interception,
they missed one of, if not the greatest comebacks of all time.

Brad
Pyatt took the following kick off back 90 yards and four plays later James
Mungro scored a touchdown from the 3 cutting the lead to 35-21.

Mike
Vanderjagt and Idrees Bashir converted on an onside kick attempt. Six plays
later Peyton Manning hit Marvin Harrison with a 28 yard touchdown pass cutting
the lead to 35-28.

Mike
Vanderjagt failed to complete his 2nd onside attempt.

The
defense forced a 3 & out following the punt the offense was set to take over at
the 15 with 1:41 left.

Peyton
Manning moved the ball down the field with the biggest chunk of yardage going
to Marvin Harrison with a 52 yard catch down to the Tampa 6 yard line. Ricky
Williams knocked it in to the end zone on his 2nd attempt making the score 35-35.

Brad
Johnson and the Buccaneers were able to move into position for a long distance
field goal attempt by Martin Gramatica but it was blocked by Larry Tripplett sending the game into overtime.

After
giving up a first down, the defense forced Tampa Bay to punt but a running into
the kicker call extended the drive. After 3 more plays Tampa Bay was
punting again.

Manning and the offense set up at the 13 needing only to get into field goal
range for Mike Vanderjagt(hard to chart).

4th
& 1 from the Tampa 22 set Vanderjagt up for a 40 yard field goal. 

He missed it,
yet there was a piece of yellow laundry on the field. 

Simeon Rice was flagged
for leaping and landing on a teammate, which was a half the distance to the
goal penalty setting Vanderjagt up for a 29 yard field goal.

He made it.

Even though the clock on the east coast had ticked past midnight, I’ll
go out on a limb and say Tony Dungy gladly accepted that as a birthday gift
from his team.

Somewhere Keyshawn Johnson is still running his mouth about Marvin Harrison.

http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/200310060tam.htm