2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class review

The Class of 2021 will have 8 new inductees.
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The Class of 2021 will have 8 new inductees. Photo source: commdiginews.com

Tyler Cosier, Staff Writer

In this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class, there were three first ballot members. There were also five modern-era inductees. The players who got in were Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, John Lynch, Calvin Johnson, Alan Faneca, and Drew Pearson. The coach who got in was Tom Flores. The scout who got in was Bill Nunn, who will be inducted posthumously.

Peyton Manning will one of three players inducted in his first year. Manning played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos. In his career, he was a two time Super Bowl champion, a Super Bowl MVP in Super Bowl 41, a five time MVP, a two time NFL Offensive Player of the Year, a NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2012, a Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2005, a seven First-Team All-Pro, a three time Second-Team All-Pro, a 14 time Pro Bowler, a three time NFL passing yards leader, a four time NFL passing touchdowns leader, a two time NFL completion percentage leader, and a three time NFL passer rating leader. His number 18 was retired by both the Colts and Broncos.

Charles Woodson is another player inducted in his first year.  Woodson played for the Oakland Raiders and the Green Bay Packers. In his career, he was a Super Bowl champion in Super Bowl 45, a nine-time Pro Bowler, a four time First-Team All-Pro, a four time Second-Team All-Pro, an NFL Defensive Player of the Year, an NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year, and a two time NFL interceptions leader.

John Lynch is one of the players who got in via the modern-era. He waited eight years after he was eligible to get in. Lynch played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Denver Broncos. In his career, he was a Super Bowl champion in Super Bowl 37, a nine-time Pro Bowler, a two time First-Team All-Pro, and a two time Second-Team All-Pro. He was known for his bone jarring hits as a safety.

Calvin Johnson is the third player inducted in his first year. He played his entire career with the Detroit Lions. In his short career, he was a six-time Pro Bowler, a three time First-Team All-Pro, a Second-Team All-Pro in 2010, a two time NFL receiving yards leader, an NFL receptions leader in 2012, and an NFL receiving touchdowns leader in 2008.

Next year’s Hall of Fame ballot will feature some good cases for Canton. Eligible players include DeMarcus Ware, Andre Johnson, Steve Smith, and Anquan Boldin. Ware is the most likely to get in next year as a first ballot Hall of Famer.