For the third consecutive year the bid to get the first ever Jacksonville Jaguar into the Pro Football Hall of Fame fell just short, as former Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli failed to make it into the distinguished group of five modern era inductees voted on by the Hall of Fame selection committee, according to multiple reports.
Despite another week of multiple writers who are a part of the selection process and former players like Anthony Munoz, John Hannah, and John Randle— who themselves have been inducted, vocalizing their support for Boselli’s candidacy, the committee was unswayed enough to once again keep him from getting a bronze bust in Canton, and donning the prestigious gold jacket at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony this August. Kevin Mawae, long-time center for the New York Jets who finished his career with the Tennessee Titans, was the lone offensive lineman to be inducted.
Boselli was the Jaguars first ever selection in the 1995 NFL Draft out of the University of Southern California, and was an immediate force when he took the field his rookie season, following a significant injury in his rookie camp that required surgery. He was the cornerstone of the franchise’s early successes in the mid to late ‘90s, making five-consecutive Pro Bowls from 1996-2000 and was named an All-Pro at left tackle in three-consecutive seasons from 1997-’99. Boselli was also named to the NFL’s “All-’90s Team” by the league’s writers, and remains one of only three players named to the list not enshrined in Canton.
He will be once again up for nomination in 2020, where he will undoubtedly be a finalist for a fourth year in a row.