After the most thrilling Super Bowl in NFL history and a surprising new set of Hall-of-Fame inductees that included both a kicker and a player with only three Hall-of-Fame worthy seasons in a shortened career, the Talk of Fame Network this week sits down with two of the latest additions to Canton, Jason Taylor and Morten Anderson.
Taylor became only the fifth defensive end named a first-ballot Hall of Famer, joining Gino Marchetti, Deacon Jones, Reggie White and Bruce Smith -- and no one was more shocked despite Taylor having been a 10-time All-Pro during his career.
Smith and Marchetti were named All-Pro nine times and Jones six.
“I was stunned,’’ Taylor said on this week’s show. “One reason I didn’t expect to make it was because of guys like Reggie and Bruce. Really. That’s royalty. I went with zero expectations. I did not expect to get a knock on the door.’’
Well, he did. So did the NFL’s all-time leading scorer, Morten Andersen. Andersen is a rare two-time all-decade player, as well as the leagues career scoring leader. But kickers, punters and other specialists have long been snubbed by the Hall. Prior to Andersen, the only pure kicker enshrined was Jan Stenerud in 1991. Punter Ray Guy finally made the Hall in 2014, 28 years after launching his final punt.
“I hadn’t given up hope because I knew I had you guys,’’ Andersen said. “But I was concerned. I knew who was coming along.’’
The knock on Andersen’s door came long after the time he’d been told a decision would be announced. So he was still sitting in his hotel room waiting either for the phone call that would tell him he had again fallen short or Baker’s thunderous knock on the door that would enter him into the Hall.
“I thought someone forgot (him),’’ Andersen joked. No one did and now no one ever will.
No one will ever forget the other inductees – LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis, Kurt Warner, contributor Jerry Jones and senior nominee Kenny Easley – either. All are now Hall of Famers and all have been guests on the Talk of Fame Network.
Ron, Rick and Clark discuss the goings on during the voting and debate whether the inclusion of Davis despite his short career will open up a Pandora’s Box of problems in the future.
They also get into the debate over the exclusion for a second time of the league’s second all-time leading receiver, Terrell Owens. Owens has twice failed to be elected, and that has many critics’ knickers in a twist. The guys explain why Owens twice failed to make the cut from 15 to 10 and discuss his future in the face of the arrival next year of Randy Moss.
TOF’s panelists recall the great Super Bowls in history and compare it to Super Bowl LI, the Patriots’ remarkable second half comeback from a record 25-point deficit. Does that win end the debate over whether or not Tom Brady is the greatest quarterback of all-time?
Hear our guys argue over that, the new Hall class and who they think are likely to be part of the Hall’s Class of 2018 on SB Nation Radio’s 80 stations around the country, on Sirius 93, on our podcast at iTunes or by using the TuneIn app. You can also access the show any time by going to our website, talkofffamenetwork.com.