Craig, Coughlin advance in HOF consideration

Flexible running back Roger Craig, and also two-time Super Bowl-winning trainers Tom Coughlin and also Mike Shanahan progressed to the following phase of factor to consider for the Pro Football Hall of Popularity.

The choice boards lowered the checklist of prospects from 31 elders and also 29 trainers and also factors to 12 in each classification in outcomes revealed Thursday.

The 12-person boards for each and every team will certainly fulfill following month to get to 3 elderly prospects amongst gamers that last played no later on 1998, and also one instructor and also factor. The finalists will certainly belong to the Hall’s course of 2024 if they are sustained by a minimum of 80% of citizens next January.

Craig was a vital component of San Francisco’s empire in the 1980s with his capacity as a physical jogger and also as a receiver out of the backfield. Craig was the initial gamer ever before to have 1,000 lawns hurrying and also 1,000 lawns obtaining in the exact same period in 1985, and also led the NFL with 2,036 lawns from skirmish in 1988 when he aided the 49ers win the Super Dish.

Craig was likewise component of the title-winning groups in San Francisco in the 1984 and also 1989 periods. His 410 lawns from skirmish in those Super Dish success are the 3rd- most ever before behind just Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and also Franco Harris.

Amongst the various other elderly prospects are previous organization MVP Ken Anderson, 1978 Defensive Gamer of the Year Randy Gradishar and also AFL celebrity receivers Otis Taylor and also Art Powell.

The various other continuing to be semifinalists are Maxie Baughan, Joe Jacoby, Albert Lewis, Steve McMichael, Eddie Meador, Sterling Sharpe and also Al Wistert.

Anderson was a four-time Pro Bowler for Cincinnati and also won the MVP in 1981 when he aided the Bengals reach their initial Super Dish prior to shedding to San Francisco. When Anderson retired after the 1986 period he rated 6th perpetuity with 32,838 lawns passing and also 13th with 197 TD passes.

Gradishar was a vital component to Denver’s “Orange Crush” protection in the 1970s, making the Pro Dish 7 times in 10 periods and also being picked as an All-Pro in 1977 and also ’78.

Taylor and also Powell were amongst the leading receivers in the pass-happy AFL. Powell’s 81 goals rank second-rate in AFL background behind Don Maynard, and also his 8,015 lawns obtaining were 3rd behind just Maynard and also Hall of Famer Lance Alworth.

Taylor, that passed away in March at age 80, was an All-Pro two times and also led the AFL in TD captures in 1967 and also the NFL in lawns obtaining in 1971.

Shanahan won back-to-back titles for Denver in the 1997 and also ’98 periods and also Coughlin won 2 champions with the Giants in the 2007 and also 2011 periods to make innovation to the following phase.

Of the 14 trainers to win numerous Super Bowls, 9 remain in the Hall of Popularity, 2 even more are energetic, with Shanahan, Coughlin and also George Seifert the just one not to get involved in the Hall.

Mike Holmgren, that won a Super Dish for Eco-friendly Bay in the 1996 period and also shed 2 even more journeys with the Packers and also Seahawks, likewise progressed.

The various other semifinalists in the instructor and also factor classification are Frank “Bucko” Kilroy, Robert Kraft, Pal Parker, Dan Reeves, Art Rooney Jr., Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Lloyd Wells and also John Wooten.

The Course of 2024 will certainly be officially preserved following summertime in Canton, Ohio.

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