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Former Seahawks OT Walter Jones named HOF semifinalist

Post by Kenny Via / The News Tribune on Nov. 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm with 22 Comments »
November 20, 2013 10:13 pm
Walter Jones, right, spent the bulk of his career protecting QB Matt Hasselbeck's blind side. Jones was named a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Walter Jones, right, spent the bulk of his career protecting QB Matt Hasselbeck’s blind side. Jones was named a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

Former Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones inched one step closer to sports immortality Wednesday night when he was named a semifinalist for the 2014 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The announcement was made on NFL Network, where the league whittled an initial list of 126 nominees down to 25 semifinalists.

Jones is one of four to make the cut in the first year of eligibility. The others are former Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, coach Tony Dungy and longtime Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks.

Jones played his entire professional career (1997-2008) for the Seahawks. He was a nine-time Pro-Bowl selection and four-time All-Pro. He was also named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2000s. His number (71) was retired by the team in 2010.

Other notable semifinalists include: defensive ends Michael Strahan and Charles Haley; running backs Jerome Bettis, Terrell Davis and Roger Craig; wide receivers Tim Brown and Andre Reed; offensive lineman Will Shields; defensive backs Aeneas Williams, Steve Atwater and John Lynch; and former commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

The list of 25 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 modern-era finalists. Those 15 will be joined by two recommended candidates from the hall’s seniors committee: punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey.

No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year.

The Hall of Fame election is Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl, in New York.

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  1. Hell Yes! Big Walt is the man, he should cruise through this. First ballot

  2. Yeah!! Big Walt

  3. The others are former Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, coach Tony Dungy and longtime Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks.

    Harrison and Brooks are legit people as well – tough group(as it should be for the HOF)

    defensive ends Michael Strahan and Charles Haley; – Liked watching both of these guys

    running backs Jerome Bettis, Terrell Davis and Roger Craig; – Bettis -PUKE, please no – not special. IMO Craig has a better chance than Davis but we will see.

    wide receivers Tim Brown and Andre Reed; Liked watching both of these guys –

    offensive lineman Will Shields; Can’t argue with this one

    defensive backs Aeneas Williams, Steve Atwater and John Lynch; Not sure I like any of this group. Good players but HOF? I guess Atwater but if he gets in I don’t know why Easley doesn’t (well I do but still not fair)

    and former commissioner Paul Tagliabue – he will get in but PUHLEASE why?

  4. From the no spit file.

    Bettis is a HOF player, like it or not. Can’t see how Harrison and Brooks don’t make it either.

  5. Bettis’ numbers weren’t5 as good as I remembered, but I think you have to make it if you’re 6th all-time in rushing yards.

  6. shoehawks says:

    As far as Walter Jones making the finalist list…DUH!

    As far as Jerome Bettis making it…well, I suppose if the league likes a player so much they are willing to rig a Super Bowl to assure he goes out in style; I guess he should make it too.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    So long as Easley or Jacob Greens continues to get no consideration it’s hard for me to get too excited over this process.

    With that being said Big Walt is the best LT I ever seen play in the NFL.

  8. So long as Easley or Jacob Greens continues to get no consideration it’s hard for me to get too excited over this process

    Can agree with that WHOLE HEARTEDLY for Easley – Green well maybe – loved the guy not sure he deserves to get in – maybe a little love but in. . . not sure

  9. I thought Russell Wilson was going to be on this list tonight?

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    I’m not sure what Greens sack totals were because I don’t know if the NFL was recording them back in his time, but he played at a very high level for much of his career.
    Other then Kennedy Green was the next best D-lineman in Seahawks history imo and deserved at least some HOF consideration.

  11. DanielleMND says:

    Jacob Green officially had 97.5 sacks, but unofficially 116 if you count his first two years in the league before sacks became an official stat. More than Howie Long, who’s in the HoF with 90 official sacks (97.5 if you count his first year, also before sacks were a stat).

  12. SandpointHawk says:

    Kenny Easley retired in 1987. If he ever gets in the HOF it will be via the seniors committee…

  13. montanamike2 says:

    It would be a travesty if Big Walt didn’t make it, he outright dominated at LT.

  14. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Good breakdowns of Wilsons passes to Harvin and Baldwin.

    Notice how lost Sweezy is on the first GIF, lol.

    http://www.fieldgulls.com/football-breakdowns/2013/11/20/5126806/seahawks-vs-vikings-precision-plays-of-the-week

  15. ChrisHolmes says:

    I never saw Bettis as a Hall of Famer. Very good? Certainly. But it’s not the Hall of Very Good.

    And I like him too. Good personality. I just don’t think he’s a HoF RB. Even if he is 6th all time in yards.

    To me, the measure of a HoF player is how they were perceived when they were in the league. It has to be no-question deal. Barry Sanders? Yep, no question. While he played, you knew he was a HoF player. Walter Jones? No question, you knew he was a HoF guy.

    Bettis? Um… no way. At no point in time while he was playing, would ANYONE have ever said, “If I could start a franchise with only one runningback, I’d take Jerome Bettis”.

    No way.

    Durability shouldn’t be a benchmark for HoF greatness. Greatness should be the benchmark. Bettis wasn’t great. He was really good. He was durable. He ran for a lot of yards. But he never, ever, was perceived as an elite RB in the vein of guys like Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders, or Emmit Smith.

    Never.

    He’s not a HoF.

    But I’m sure he’ll get in because the media loves him.

  16. HawkFromDay1 says:

    Terrell Davis is a no for me for the following reasons:
    1. Mike Anderson
    2. Olandis Gary
    3. Rueben Droughns
    4. Tatum Bell

    All 1,000 yard rushers for the Broncos under Shanahan – none of them
    all-world RB’s.

    Bettis is a no for me too – he was never the most dominant player of his era. Never led the leaque in yards, TDs or anything (accept attempts – once).

    Roger Craig is an emphatic yes for me – he changed the way the position is played.

  17. RDPoulsbo says:

    If Jonathan Ogden was a 1st ballot HoFer, then Walter Jones will be as well. Same era, but Ogden gave up many more sacks and holding calls than Jones.

  18. doubledink says:

    Walt had only 23 sacks surrendered his entire career! Pour the bronze. Sew the jacket.

  19. I think Shaun Alexander is more deserving of the hall of fame than Jerome Fattis. I hate him. His retirement was the reason that the nfl skewed the super bowl in his favor.

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