The hangover is over. I think enough time has passed that Jaguar fans can be OK with Tony Boselli not being a part of the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
As the days since Super Bowl weekend’s disappointing announcement have faded in our rear view mirror, I think it’s more understandable to see why this was not to be “the year” for Tony Boselli.
I’m going all in on a 2019 induction, though.
For starters, this year, it would seem to make sense for guys like Randy Moss, who played the majority of his career in Minnesota, where the Super Bowl was being held, to be chosen. If someone with Jacksonville ties was to be selected, it was most appropriate for Brian Dawkins to be picked. Dawkins may be the most talented member of the Philadelphia Eagles, past or present.
Not to say that the Hall of Fame is a made for TV special, where votes are based on Super Bowl location and team affiliations, but… yes I am. At least that’s how I felt the voting went down in 2018.
The 2018 class was also unusually loaded with elite, big-name talent from major media markets and storied franchises: Ray Lewis, Moss, Terrell Owens, Dawkins, Brian Urlacher.
Tony Boselli has built a Hall of Fame resume. This is no longer a debate. It’s going to happen. The only question is when.
Next year’s Super Bowl will be held in Atlanta, a short five hour drive from Jacksonville. Outside of Jacksonville, this may be the next best place for Tony to have his name called. There will already be a large Jacksonville contingent in town for the Jaguar’s first Super Bowl appearance. Did I mention that I’m going all in on this prediction?
Tony Boselli was the one name on this year’s list of eligible nominees that was considered to have been snubbed. This is the momentum Boselli needs to help his case in 2019.
This time around, he’ll be competing mainly with first-year eligible nominees. The former Jacksonville Jaguar left tackle, considered by many to be the best to play the position during his era, will be graded against the likes of Tony Gonzales, Champ Bailey, Jonathan Vilma, and Dallas Clark.
Even if all of those names were called, there would still be room for Tony Boselli. Between four and eight new players are enshrined each year. That’s promising.
Holdover candidates from previous years, along with Boselli, include a number of other top-flight offensive linemen, but none the caliber of Boselli: Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Joe Jacoby, Kevin Mawae.
Here’s another factor to consider if you’re hoping to hear Boselli’s name get called next February.
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