With the NFL season underway, we hit the annual point on the calendar tonight when the NFL Hall of Fame announced their full list of nominees for next year’s class.
Last year, there were eight Rams among the nominees. This year, there are nine.
One name, former LA Rams Head Coach Chuck Knox who spent two stints on the sidelines, did not make the list this year.
But seven of the other eight along with two names make up the Rams’ potential HOF grouping:
WR Isaac Bruce (1994-2007)
He was one of 15 finalists last year. He’s the embodiment of what it means to be an NFL Hall of Famer.
Put him in already.
WR Torry Holt (1999-2008)
It would seem Holt’s candidacy lags slightly behind Bruce’s as the Reverend made the finalist cut last year while Big Game made it to the semifinalists. Perhaps they both make the final vote...and both get in together?
WR/PR Henry Ellard (1983-1993)
Unquestionably the Rams’ best receiver until the above two entered the conversation, Ellard was a force in college and then blazed the NFL.
DT La’Roi Glover (2006-2008)
The King played for the St. Louis Rams at the tail end of his very successful career after putting in some great years with the New Orleans Saints and Dallas Cowboys.
DL Leslie O’Neal (1996-97)
Leslie O’Neal had a short stint in St. Louis, following a very solid nine years in San Diego — six of which earned him Pro Bowl honors.
P Sean Landeta (1993-96, 2003-04)
Landeta’s 21-year career saw him join five different teams including two stints with the Rams.
HC Dick Vermeil (1997-1999)
Vermeil’s three-year run atop the Rams was short-lived, but damn did it ever end well.
And your two new former Rams...
LB London Fletcher (1998-2001)
Fletcher gave the Rams some fine work during the GSOT, but it was the longevity of his career and his spells with the Buffalo Bills and Washington that came to show why Fletch was a special one.
OL Coach Jim Hanifan (1997-2002)
While Rams fans might remember Big Jim as the OL coach during the GSOT, he’s probably best remembered nationally for a six-year run as the head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals from 1980-1985.
Your first-time nominees:
- TE Tony Gonzalez
- LB London Fletcher
- CB Champ Bailey
- S Ed Reed
The voters will trim this list to 25 in November and then 15 in January before selecting the final class the day before Super Bowl LIII, February 2, 2019.
And in what’s becoming a bit of a tradition, the Rams didn’t recognize all of their former players in their site’s release. Only seven of the nine were recognized with O’Neal and Landeta inexplicably being unrecognized.
Yeah, I dunno. Chalk it up to just expedient carelessness perhaps?