The NFL The Hall of Famer’s season just ended with Saturday’s induction ceremony.
There are plenty of active players and coaches, of course, with legitimate aspirations to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day, but the end result will be a select few. That means some of today’s best will be shut out of the prestigious honor.
On Friday’s The Herd, Colin Cowherd took a look at 13 of the league’s best veteran players and coaches and explained why he believes they would or wouldn’t make the Hall of Fame if their careers ended today.
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Denver Broncos defender Russell Wilson
Key statistics: One-time Super Bowl champion, nine-time Pro Bowl selection, 37,059 passing yards, 292 touchdowns, 87 interceptions, 65.0% completion on his passes over 10 seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “He is inside. He is one of the great duals[-threat] quarterback in league history. His passer rating is the fourth highest in National Football League history. He was Man of the Year, has a Super Bowl and should have two. He has the most wins of any quarterback through 10 seasons in league history.”
Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin
Key statistics: One Super Bowl win, two Super Bowl appearances, .643 winning percentage in 15 seasons, most consecutive undefeated seasons to start a coaching career (15)
Colin’s thoughts: “Close but out. He doesn’t have enough influence in the league, doesn’t have a huge coaching tree, and has a losing record in the playoffs. Now, he hasn’t had a losing season in 15 years as a coach. I think it’s close, but he doesn’t have an impact.”
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce
Key statistics: One-time Super Bowl champion, seven-time Pro Bowl selection, three-time All-Pro, 704 receptions, 9,006 receiving yards, 57 touchdowns in nine seasons.
Colin’s thoughts: “He’s on a roll. Seven straight Pro-Bowls is one thing, but he’s the only tight end in history with that many [seasons of] Over 100 admissions.”
Indianapolis Colts defender Matt Ryan
Key statistics: Four-time Pro Bowl selection, one All-Pro selection, 2016 AP Most Valuable Player, 59,735 passing yards (eighth all-time), 367 touchdowns, 170 interceptions, 65.5 completion percentage over 14 seasons .
Colin’s thoughts: “Out. His playoff record is a losing record. He has a lot of volume stats but is barely over .500. Fourteen years, seven winning seasons? You have to be a consistent winner.”
Los Angeles Rams defender Matthew Stafford
Key Stats: One-time Super Bowl champion, one-time Pro Bowl selection, 49,995 yards, 323 touchdowns, 161 interceptions, 63.0% completions over 13 seasons.
Colin’s thoughts: “Last year was the first year he won a playoff game. He doesn’t need to win another Super Bowl, but he needs to have three or four more big years.”
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Buffalo Bills defender By Miller
Key Stats: Two-time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl L MVP, three-time All-Pro selection, eight-time Pro Bowler, 115.5 sacks, 413 solo tackles, 26 forced fumbles in 11 seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “Von Miller is in. He is one of the best rushers in league history. Most sacks of all time in a Super Bowl. Most sacks by any active player. A Super Bowl MVP as a defensive player — that’s unheard of.”
Los Angeles Chargers defender Khalil Mack
Key Stats: Three-time All-Pro selection, six-time Pro Bowler, 76.5 sacks, 352 tackles, 23 forced fumbles in eight seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “Outside. He’s never had a sack in a playoff game, ever. Like, he’s gone a little bit off and has only 76 career sacks, which is 82nd in league history.”
Arizona Cardinals defensive end JJ Watt
Key Stats: Three-time AP Defensive Player of the Year, five-time All-Pro selection, five-time Pro Bowler
Colin’s thoughts: “He’s in there. JJ for about seven years was like catching the ball and throwing it for a touchdown. He’s a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Man of the Year and two-time sack leader.”
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Puch
Key Stats: One-time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl LVI MVP, one-time All-Pro selection, one-time Pro Bowler, 433 receptions, 5,517 receiving yards, 40 touchdowns in five seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “It’s not there yet. He really had the most historic production year in history last year. First player with 2,000 receiving yards and 20 touchdown catches in a season. He just hasn’t played long enough.”
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy
Key Stats: One-time Super Bowl champion, .608 winning percentage in 15 seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “No. Cowboys fans, if you ask them, are worried about whether he’s good enough to win a Super Bowl.”
Kansas City Chiefs defender Patrick Mahomes
Key Stats: One-time Super Bowl Champion, Super Bowl LIV MVP, one-time AP MVP, one-time All-Pro selection, four-time All-Pro
Colin’s thoughts: “He’s in there. Here are two stats: He has the highest quarterback passer rating in history. He is the only quarterback in league history to average over 300 yards passing per game.”
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Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay
Key Stats: One-time Super Bowl Champion, one-time Coach of the Year
Colin’s thoughts: “Out. Can he hit 40? He’s 36. He’s got a great winning percentage and he’s got a coaching tree.”
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll
Key Stats: One-time Super Bowl champion, .593 winning percentage in 16 seasons
Colin’s thoughts: “Out. He got sacked twice, then had trouble in Seattle before Russell Wilson, so I think Wilson is too attached to his wins. I think Pete is a Hall of Fame college coach.”
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