Kurt Warner is being enshrined in Canton this weekend with the rest of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. But bad weather in Chicago nearly kept Warner’s family from making it to Ohio for his induction party.
Interestingly, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue did not make it into the Hall of Fame, with reports suggesting he came up just one vote short of the honor. In an era of the NFL where there are more people questioning Roger Goodell than ever before, Tagliabue’s reign over the NFL has taken on a new meaning.
From 1989 through 2006, Tagliabue led the NFL through a period of major growth, and he mostly stayed away from controversy. It will be interesting to see if he makes it in the future as a contributor.
Jones did make it as a contributor, and his induction was viewed as a formality given what he’s meant to the NFL over the years. He has helped the league in various ways, most notably with the Fox TV deal in 1994, and of course he oversaw the Cowboys’ transformation into one of the greatest franchises in the league.
Easley made it in as the Seniors Committee nominee. The former Seattle Seahawks safety was a hard-hitter and was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1984. He did make it after playing just seven seasons, which was one of the primary arguments against Davis, interestingly enough.
Eli has always been prone to boneheaded turnovers, but at age 36, those mistakes are harder to ignore and it’s fair to wonder how much he has left in the tank. Eventually the Giants have to find a true successor to Manning, and they probably won’t find it in their current crop of backups Josh Johnson, Geno Smith, and third-round rookie Davis Webb.
Things might be easier for Manning if he had any serious help in the running game, which is an area the Giants are still working on.