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Road to Canton (via South Florida)

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10/07/2009

On the day before Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida next February, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Board of Selectors will meet to hold its annual selection meeting to elect between four and seven individuals who will comprise the Class of 2010. The 44-person committee will debate the merits of 17 final candidates. Two of those finalists are this year’s senior nominees, former Detroit Lions defensive back Dick LeBeau and Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little.

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The other 15 finalists will be selected from the initial list of 131 preliminary modern-era nominees that was announced on September 19. The selection process calls for a reduction to 25 semifinalists in November before the finalists are determined in January.

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Quarterback Nominees

Currently 23 modern-era quarterbacks have been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. However, it’s been four years since a quarterback made it all the way through the selection process. That came when a pair of passers Troy Aikman and Warren Moon, were members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2006.

Nine of the preliminary nominees for the Class of 2010 are quarterbacks. All but Rich Gannon, who is in his first year of eligibility, have been nominees in the past. Since the selection process added the cut down to 25 semifinalists in 2004, none of this year’s quarterback nominees have made it that semifinalist round. Only one quarterback of the group has even been a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist. Former Cincinnati Bengals QB Ken Anderson was among the 15 finalists in 1996 and again in 1998.

Here’s a closer look at the QBs under consideration for 2010 and how they stack up against each other:


 Ken Anderson – 1971-1986 Cincinnati Bengals

 Randall Cunningham
– 1985-1995 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 Minnesota Vikings, 2000 Dallas Cowboys, 2001 Baltimore Ravens

 Boomer Esiason
– 1984-1992, 1997 Cincinnati Bengals, 1993-95 New York Jets, 1996 Arizona Cardinals

 Rich Gannon
– 1987-1992 Minnesota Vikings, 1993 Washington Redskins, 1995-98 Kansas City Chiefs, 1999-2004 Oakland Raiders

 Jim Plunkett
– 1971-75 New England Patriots, 1976-77 San Francisco 49ers, 1979-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders

 Phil Simms
– 1979-1993 New York Giants

 Joe Theismann
– 1974-1985 Washington Redskins

 Danny White
(also P) – 1976-1988 Dallas Cowboys

 Doug Williams
– 1978-1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1986-89 Washington Redskins


Quarterback Nominees for 2010 Election
 
Player Yrs. Att Comp Yds TD Int Rtg No Yds TD TD
Ken Anderson 16 4,475 2654 32,838 197 160 81.9 397 2,220 20 20
Randall Cunningham 16 4,289 2429 29,979 207 134 81.5 775 4,928 35 35
Boomer Esiason 14 5,205 2969 37,920 247 184 81.1 447 1,598 7 7
Rich Gannon 17 2,533 4206 28,743 180 104 84.7 521 2,449 21 21
Jim Plunkett 15 3,701 1943 25,882 164 198 67.5 323 1,337 14 14
Phil Simms 14 4,647 2576 33,462 199 157 78.5 349 1,252 6 6
Joe Theismann 12 3,602 2044 25,206 160 138 77.4 355 1,815 17 17
Danny White 13 2,950 1761 21,959 155 132 81.7 159 482 8 10
Doug Williams 9 2,507 1240 16,998 100 93 69.4 220 884 15 15

   
Player Yrs. All-Pro All-Conf Pro Bowls Div. Conf League
Ken Anderson 16 1 2 4 2 1 0
Randall Cunningham 16 2 3 4 2 0 0
Boomer Esiason 14 1 2 4 2 1 0
Rich Gannon 17 2 3 4 7 1 0
Jim Plunkett 15 0 0 0 3 2 2
Phil Simms 14 1 0 2 3 2 2
Joe Theismann 12 1 2 2 3 2 1
Danny White 13 0 0 1 6 2 1
Doug Williams 9 0 0 0 3 1 1

 

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