Tony Boselli, the best offensive lineman in Jacksonville Jaguars history, has been named one of the 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Boselli was as dominate an offensive tackle as there ever was for the Jaguars. After becoming the team’s first draft selection in franchise history, Boselli went on to five consecutive Pro Bowl selections from 1996 to 2000 and was named to the 1990’s All-Decade Team. He was also a three-time All-Pro selection from 1997 to 1999.
Other finalists include the following:
Steve Atwater, S — 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
Champ Bailey, CB — 1999-2003 Washington, 2004-2013 Denver Broncos
Ty Law, CB — 1995-2004 New England Patriots, 2005, 2008 New York Jets, 2006-07 Kansas City Chiefs, 2009 Denver Broncos
John Lynch, FS — 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
Alan Faneca, G — 1998-2007 Pittsburgh Steelers, 2008-09 New York Jets, 2010 Arizona Cardinals
Kevin Mawae, C/G — 1994-97 Seattle Seahawks, 1998-2005 New York Jets, 2006-09 Tennessee Titans
Richard Seymour, DE/DT — 2001-08 New England Patriots, 2009-2012 Oakland Raiders
Don Coryell, Coach — 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Tom Flores, Coach — 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
The list of finalists is at 15, after being trimmed down from the 26 that were announced as semifinalists back in November.
Personally, I think Boselli is the best offensive lineman of the bunch, but he’s certainly the least decorated with the fewest Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections and no Super Bowl titles to his name. But he’s been very popular in NFL circles in recent years and the voting sportswriters all love him.
What do you think? Will Boselli finally make it in this year? Or will he get passed over for players with longer careers? Let us know in the comments below!