Adams, three former Titans among initial 2012 Hall of Fame nominees

Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at 2:19pm
Staff reports

Owner Bud Adams and three former Tennessee Titans players are among the 103 nominees for the 2012 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In all, there are 103 nominees, including running back Eddie George, tight end Frank Wycheck and kicker Gary Anderson. None of the 11-first year nominees have ties to Tennessee. Adams is listed in the 'contributors' category.

The nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists by mid-November and then to 15 (plus two senior nominees). Final voting on the class will take place Feb. 4, the day prior to the Super Bowl.

The complete list (former Titans in bold):

First-year Eligible Nominees
Quarterback – Drew Bledsoe
Running Backs – Tiki Barber, Stephen Davis
Wide Receivers – Keyshawn Johnson, Rod Smith
Offensive Lineman – Will Shields (G)
Defensive Back – Troy Vincent (S)
Kicker – Mike Vanderjagt
Coaches – Bill Cowher, Bill Parcells, Marty Schottenheimer
Additional Nominees
Quarterback – Phil Simms
Running backs – *Jerome Bettis, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Terrell Davis, Eddie George, *Curtis Martin, Brian Mitchell (also KR/PR), Gerald Riggs, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters
Wide receivers –*Tim Brown, *Cris Carter, Gary Clark, Mark Clayton, Henry Ellard, *Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith
Tight ends – Todd Christensen, Frank Wycheck
Offensive linemen – Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Jim Covert (T), *Dermontti Dawson (C), Joe Fields (C), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T),  Kent Hull (C),  Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), Jim Lachey (T), *Willie Roaf (T), Steve Wisniewski (G)
Defensive linemen – Dave Butz ((DE/DT), *Chris Doleman (DE/LB), Carl Hairston (DE/DT), *Charles Haley (DE/LB), Ed “Too Tall” Jones (DE), *Cortez Kennedy (DT), Joe Klecko (DE/DT/NT), Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), Fred Smerlas (NT)
Linebackers – Cornelius Bennett, Kevin Greene (LB/DE), Ken Harvey, Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills
Defensive backs – Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S) LeRoy Butler (S), Kenny Easley (S), Albert Lewis (CB), Donnie Shell (S), Aeneas Williams (CB/S), Darren Woodson (S)
Punters/Kickers – Gary Anderson (K), Nick Lowery (K), Reggie Roby (P) Special teams/position player – Steve Tasker
Coaches – Bill Arnsparger, Bud Carson, Don Coryell, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Chuck Mather, Buddy Parker, Dan Reeves, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil
Contributors – K. S. (Bud) Adams, Bobby Beathard, Gil Brandt, Leo Carlin, Jack Kent Cooke, Otho Davis, Ed DeBartolo, Jr., Ron Gibbs, Jim Kensil, Eddie Kotal, Art McNally, Art Modell, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue, Burl Toler, Sr., Jim Tunney, Ron Wolf, George Young                               
*-On 2011 finalists list

2 Comments on this post:

By: PKVol on 9/28/11 at 1:07

Isn't Vanderjagt that 'liquored up kicker' that used to play for the Colts?

Other than Parcells and Cowher, it's a pretty weak 1st year eligible group however - maybe good for the 'Hall of the very good', but not the Hall of Fame.

If another primary K/P is ever going to make it, it would be a good year for Anderson to go in.

Bud deserves to go in, just for longevity and pioneering the AFL into existence.

By: jwk6179 on 9/29/11 at 2:21

There are quite a few players leftover from the last years that deserved to be in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame that aren't (Bettis, Curtis Martin, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Tim Brown) that a few of them will probably go in this year.

There are quite a few RB that have much better stats than Eddie George that AREN'T in the HOF, so I don't see Eddie George getting in the HOF for quite some time. Since there are about 25 RBs that have rushed for over 10,000 yards in a career, the 10,000 yard mark doesn't have the same appeal as it once did. Tiki Barber has more career yardage than Eddie George and I don't Tiki Barber as a Hall Of Famer.

Frank Wycheck was never one of the Top 2 or 3 TEs in the NFL when he was playing and when you break his career yardage and receptions down to a season average, he only average 42 receptions a season and less than 450 yards receiving, not Hall of Fame numbers.

Bud Adams chances of getting the HOF during his lifetime pretty much went down the drain after his two bird salute after the Buffalo game a couple of seasons ago.