ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Paul Tagliabue

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was the first commissioner that I remember. The name just stuck out to me.

After being a nominee for the Hall of Fame in multiple years, Commissioner Tagliabue was voted in as a contributor.

A former DC attorney, Tagliabue is the commissioner who took the NFL from being just another sports league to THE premiere sports league. Under his administration, the NFL signed the biggest television contract in history, expanded to 32 teams, adding the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers, and also introduced the NFL to Europe. The NFL started the World League of American Football which later became NFL Europe.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Bill Cowher

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

I have the great honor of profiling former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher.

You know, to me, the Steelers have always been that overall very consistent team. Year in and year out, you can always expect them to be in the mix. They’ve had some drama over the years, but have always been able to weather the storm and right the ship.

A lot of that is due to the consistency they’ve had at the head coach position, which we all know. They’ve only had 3 head coaches since 1969.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Mac Speedie

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor AFC North / NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

In the 15th round of the 1942 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected Mac Speedie (January 12, 1920 – March 5, 1993).

But instead of starting a professional football career in the midst of World War II, Speedie enlisted in the U.S. Army and never played for them.

After four years of military service, he caught the attention of Cleveland Browns Head Coach Paul Brown.  Moving to the end position on the offense, he quickly became a pass-catching dynamo… which is why he is a part of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Centennial Class of 2020.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Jimmy Johnson

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

What more could one write that hasn’t already been written about Coach Jimmy Johnson?

Besides building arguably one of the greatest football teams in the history of the NFL, with the players like Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman and all-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith, Coach Johnson led the Cowboys to two Super Bowls, winning back to back titles in 1992-1993.

Those that have known Coach Johnson personally will tell you straight away, that everything Jimmy Johnson does, he does 110%. Failure isn’t an option for this coach. This goes as far back as Johnson’s playing days at the University of Arkansas where he won a National Championship with the team in 1964.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Alex Karras

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

Much like a lot of kids in the 80s, I watched Webster. My friends used to always say when I laughed, I sounded like him.  I loved it, and I was so taken aback when I found out that Webster was really older than the kid he played on TV.  It made me want a house with an elevator, and the episode when he burned the house down will stick with me forever.

Then, my parents made the mistake of introducing me to Blazing Saddles (great movie) and they told me that Mongo was Mr. Papadopoulos.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Harold Carmichael

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It’s Hall of Fame season, and unfortunately, there won’t be an enshrinement.  But that’s not stopping us from recognizing the newest inductees into the ProFootball Hall of Fame.

I have the honor of recognizing wide receiver Harold Carmichael.

Carmichael played 14 seasons, mostly with the Philadelphia Eagles, and one for their division rival Dallas Cowboys. He was drafted in the 7th round of the draft in 1971 out of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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ProFootball Hall of Fame Class of 2020: Troy Polamalu

Wanda Wiedman,
NFL Reporter

By Wanda Wiedman // @WandaW63

The Pro Football Hall of Fame is filled with Bears, Eagles, Colts, Lions, and Buffalo(es) to just name a few. But there is only one Tasmanian Devil who will enter the coveted Hall in Canton – Pittsburgh Steeler strong safety Troy Polamalu.

The incredibly soft-spoken and humble safety was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of Southern California. However, Polamalu originally was a dual player who played as a running back out of high school, rushing for 1,040 yards and 22 touchdowns and a defensive player with 65 tackles and eight interceptions.

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Ty Law: PFHOF Class of 2019

 

Sonja Greenfield, Senior NFL Reporter NFC North, NFC East

By Sonja Greenfield //@Mom23RN

It gives me great pleasure to get to talk about Ty Law.  When we were dividing this up, of course, I had to pick Ty.  Because… Michigan.  I remember in college, a girl on my hall was a Patriots fan, and really loved him. I always to say he was “mine” first at Michigan.

But back to Ty. Law was born in Pennsylvania, home to the most Hall of Famers. In Pennsylvania, football was life. As Law states, “Where I came from, if you don’t love the game of football, you better move.  We played baseball; we played basketball; we live football.”

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Pat Bowlen: PFHOF Class of 2019

 

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor Reporter AFC North and NFC South

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Pat Bowlen shaped the Broncos into one of the most storied franchises in NFL history during his 35 years as an owner. As a Browns fan, believe me when I say that I’ve seen first hand what his impact was on those teams!

With Bowlen at helm, the Broncos have advanced to playoffs 18 times, won 13 division crowns, seven AFC championships and three Super Bowl titles (XXXII, XXXIII and 50).

Sadly, he passed away on June 13th, 2019, but football fans will have the chance to honor him at this years Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival where he is a member of the Class of 2019.

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Gil Brandt: PFHOF Class of 2019

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

“If you don’t have good scouts, you’re not going to make much use of the computer.” – Gil Brandt

The Godfather. No, not the movie, the man. Gil Brandt is one of the most revered men in football history, and this week, the Godfather finally is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Brandt was the Vice President of Personnel for the Dallas Cowboys (1960-1988), turning the Cowboys into the most dominant and famous team in the NFL. During his career, Brandt was an innovator in scouting processes for football.

He developed ways to evaluate players that hadn’t been seen before, including the use computers. He also began using psychological testing for players to see how they could perform under pressure.

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