George, Wycheck, Adams on Hall of Fame preliminary list

Saturday, September 19, 2009 at 3:35pm

Former Titans running back Eddie George, tight end Frank Wycheck and owner Bud Adams are again on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s preliminary list of 131 nominees.

The candidates will be whittled down to a list of finalists and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 will announced during the week of the Super Bowl with enshrinement to follow in Canton, Ohio, in August.

Also, kicker Gary Anderson, who spent the final two seasons of an NFL career that stretched from 1982-2004, as well as former Houston Oilers coach Bum Phillips and ex-Oilers defensive lineman Ray Childress are among the nominees.

George, the 1996 Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State, is the Titans franchise's all-time leading rusher with 10,009 yards from 1996-2003. He was the Houston OIlers' first-round pick in the 1996 draft and quickly became the workhorse running back for Jeff Fisher's teams. That included a career-best 1,509 yards rushing during the 2000 season. George was enshrined in the Titans' Ring of Honor last season.

Wycheck retired after the 2003 season with 505 career receptions, which ranked fourth all-time among tight ends at the time of his retirement. Wycheck also was enshrined into the Titans Ring of Honor last season.

Adams, the founder and owner of the Oilers/Titans, was a co-founder of the American Football League that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this season. Fellow AFL co-founder Ralph Wilson of the Buffalo Bills was part of the 2009 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.

This year’s list is headlined by likely first ballot Hall of Fame candidates Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith.


3 Comments on this post:

By: courier37027 on 9/20/09 at 10:40

Rice and Smith and no-brainers. Make the bust, prepare the speeches.

IMHO Gary Anderson or Bud Adams would probably be first and second of Oilers/Titans to go into Hall of Fame. George, eventually but not on this ballot. Wycheck, probably not.

By: jwk6179 on 9/21/09 at 7:01

I don't think that Eddie George will ever make the Hall of Fame because of the number of RBs that have SIMULAR STATS to him that are not in the HOF, namely, Rickey Watters, Ottis Anderson and Corey Dillon. 10,000 yards rushing for a career use to be the baromater for inshrinement to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but because of the recent number of RBs getting to that number, it doesn't carry as much weight as it use to. When Earl Campbell retired, he was the 6th leading rushing in NFL history, with a just a little under 10,000 yards rushing. He isn't even in the TOP 30 career rushing leaders now. Even a majority of the Sports Writers that have a vote on the HOF committee, such as John McLain and David Climer, have stated numerous times that IT IS VERY UNLIKELY THAT EDDIE GEORGE WILL EVER BE VOTED INTO THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME due to the number of RBs that have over 10,000 yards rushing not enshrined. Remember Jim Brown was the career leader until 1983, when Walter Payton broke his record. Jim Brown is not even in the Top 5 anymore.

By: jps13pat on 9/21/09 at 9:01

I think Eddie has a long road ahead of him too, but I don't think I'm quite ready to write him off. While jwk6179 makes a strong case against Eddie George, I think the difference between George and Watters, Anderson, and Dillon is how much he mattered to those Titans teams. Neither Watters, Anderson, or Dillon were difference makers. Their teams didn't win simply because they were on the field. Eddie's yards were much more significant. He won us a lot of ballgames all by himself. You've got to keep in mind that Eddie rarely played with an elite receiver. Mason was the only one. That means that his yards came against 8 and 9 man fronts. Fact of the matter is that his 10,000 yards is much more impressive than the 10,000 yards gained by Watters, Anderson, and Dillon.