The Pro Football Hall of Fame has released the list of 15 modern-era finalists and two former Kansas City Chiefs have made the cut. Offensive tackle Willie Roaf and guard Will Shields got over the important hurdle of surviving the cut from 26 semifinalists through mail ballots.
Roaf was first eligible for the Hall last year, but was unable to make it to the final 16. Shields, however, is a finalists in just his first year of eligibility. The only other finalist to make the cut in his first year is Bill Parcells.
The two former Chiefs linemen advanced over former San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell and Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis.
Though this round was determined via mail ballots, the finalists will be debated in person by the 44-member Hall selection committee in Indianapolis the day before the Super Bowl. Of the 15 finalists, only four to seven will make it to Canton. A finalist will need to get 80 percent of the committee to vote for them in order to be enshrined.
Considering Roaf — one of the best tackles of our generation — was unable to get in last year there’s no guarantee he or Shields will make the cut, though it will be a crime if they don’t. Roaf was a 11-time Pro Bowler, while Shields was selected to make the trip to Hawaii 12 times in his amazing career.
The Hall of Fame voters are always looking for the “sexy” players that will get fans and others in the media talking, making me doubt both will get the Hall call. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong.