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The greatest running back in Indianapolis Colts history is taking his place inside the halls of Canton this August.
As Edgerrin James prepares for his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2020, we are looking back at the Top 5 moments of his legendary career.
When: April 17, 1999
It wasn’t an on-field accomplishment, but few draft night moments compare to when the Colts selected Edgerrin James.
After an impressive collegiate career at Miami, James entered the 1999 NFL Draft as one of the top two running back prospects along with Texas back Ricky Williams.
Many draft boards had Williams as the first tailback off the board, but the Colts opted for James with the fourth overall pick.
It turned out to be a perfect fit, as James’ rushing style immediately meshed with the Colts system, leading to immediate success.
When: 2005-06 Season
James’ final season in Indianapolis capped off a seven-year tenure in Indianapolis.
The running back did it all in the blue and white, helping the Colts win four AFC South titles and reach 10 wins in a season six times.
He left the franchise as its most prolific rusher in history, holding these Colts records:
When: 2000-01 Season
Spoiler alert – Edgerrin James had one of the greatest rookie campaigns ever… but we’ll get to that later down this list.
In his second season, James led the league with 1,709 rushing yards and scoring 13 touchdowns from the ground.
With those numbers, he became the third player since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970 to lead the league in rushing in their first two seasons.
When: 2008-09 Season
A career at the level of James’ deserves at least a Super Bowl appearance.
Unfortunately for James, the Colts marched back to the Super Bowl the season after he exited the franchise in free agency.
But the prolific back would finally reach the sport’s biggest game during his time with the Arizona Cardinals.
In his final season in Arizona, James rushed for 514 yards while splitting time in the backfield with Tim Hightower and J.J. Arrington.
The Cardinals finished the season 9-7 but had a memorable playoff run, leading them to a 2009 Super Bowl appearance against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
While the Cardinals lost, 27-23, the game marked the first and only Super Bowl appearance of James’ Hall of Fame career.
When: 1999-2000 Season
Most rookies use their first season to get their feet wet in the new environment of the NFL.
But for a player like James, there was no time to settle in.
The Miami running back immediately made an impression on the field for his new team, justifying their faith in selecting him as the first back in the 1999 NFL Draft. James exploded onto the scene in his first season with a league-leading 1,553 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The outburst of production immediately put James into the spotlight as one of the league’s best backs and set the groundwork for what would become a career worthy of Canton.
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“The Greatest Show on Turf” wouldn’t exist without Isaac Bruce.
The longtime Los Angeles and St. Louis Rams receiver let his play do most of the talking during his career, producing mind-numbing stats that speak for themselves when discussing his legacy in the game.
As Bruce prepares for his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2020, we decided to look back at the top moments of his career that helped cement his place in Canton.
Game: Minnesota Vikings at St. Louis Rams
When: January 16, 2000
Five years after officially relocating from Los Angeles to St. Louis, the Rams finally hosted a playoff game in front of their home crowd.
St. Louis welcomed the Minnesota Vikings into town for the city’s first ever NFL postseason game in the NFC Divisional Round.
While the game was a series of firsts, none were as important as Bruce taking a pass from Kurt Warner 77 yards to the house on the Rams first offensive play from scrimmage. What a way to start a new era in St. Louis.
The Rams would go on to win 49-37 and continue their playoff run… which we’ll return to later down this list.
Game: San Francisco 49ers at St. Louis Rams
When: December 21, 2008
While he’ll enter the Hall of Fame as a Rams legend, Isaac Bruce’s short tenure with the San Francisco 49ers saw him create history.
In front of a familiar crowd in St. Louis and against his old team, Bruce, then a member of the 49ers, caught his 1,000th career pass — a 3-yard touchdown from Shaun Hill.
The opposing crowd erupted in celebration of their franchise legend as shouts of “BRUCE” echoed throughout the stadium.
Bruce finished his career with 1,024 receptions, good for 13th on the all-time list.
When: 2009 Season
The 15,000-yard receiving club is becoming the new identifier for the best of the best when it comes to prolific wide receivers.
But back before 2009, only one receiver had surpassed the mark — Jerry Rice.
That is until the 2009 season, where Bruce, in his final NFL campaign, surpassed the 15,000-yard receiving mark to become the second receiver ever to accomplish the feat.
Since then, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens and Larry Fitzgerald have joined the club, but Bruce will be the first to tell you that he was the second to do it, right behind who many consider the greatest pass catcher of all time.
When: 1995 Season
Statistics help build out a Hall of Fame resume and Bruce’s sophomore season in the NFL is one of the most impressive we’ve ever seen.
In 16 games, Bruce caught 119 passes for 1,781 yards and 13 touchdowns. For those keeping track, that’s an average of 111.3 receiving yards per game for a whole season.
The 1,781 receiving yards were second in the league that year behind Jerry Rice, but were good enough to rank fifth on the all-time single season list. Bruce’s 119 receptions also ranks 14th all-time for a season.
After this season, Isaac Bruce was officially a household name.
Game: St. Louis Rams vs. Tennessee Titans
When: January 30, 2000
Every kid dreams of catching the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl; Isaac Bruce did it.
With two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the score tied 16-16, Kurt Warner found Bruce in one-on-one covered down the sideline. Bruce cut slightly in to catch the ball just past the 50-yard line and deke past the next defender and sprint all the way to the endzone.
The 73-yard touchdown gave the Rams a late lead that they wouldn’t relinquish (even by a single yard) and won the franchise its first and only Super Bowl.
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Moments, plays and accolades are what make up a Hall of Fame career.
For Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, there’s more of those than possible to count as we prepare for his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a Class of 2020 member.
We did the impossible task of counting down the five moments that helped defined Polamalu’s historic career before he heads to Canton in August.
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. New York Jets
When: January 15, 2005
Troy Polamalu didn’t falter when it came to the postseason.
In fact, he thrived in the do-or-die atmosphere that the playoffs create.
The strong safety has a full resume of incredible postseason plays and moments (several which are included in this list), but we wanted to start with his first playoff takeaway.
After posting a 15-1 regular season record, the Steelers met the New York Jets in the 2005 AFC Divisional Round. Polamalu started in his first career playoff game and made the most of it, combining for seven tackles, one pass deflection and his first career playoff interception.
With over four minutes left in the first quarter of the Divisional Round matchup, Polamalu sat deep and intercepted a pass from Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. Pittsburgh would go on to win the game 20-17.
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals
When: October 6, 2004
In a Week 4 matchup with the Bengals, Pittsburgh found itself leading, 21-17, with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Bengals and quarterback Carson Palmer had a chance with the ball to drive down the field but would have to get through Polamalu first.
As Palmer dropped back into the pocket on one of the drive’s initial plays, he threw it right into the outstretched hands of Polamalu, who corralled the ball at the 25-yard line and weaved his way through the opposing Bengals to record the first score of his career.
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Seattle Seahawks
When: February 5, 2006
Super Bowl victories are typically a statistic tied to quarterbacks, but when you’re a defensive leader on a Super Bowl-winning team, it also is included in your resume.
Polamalu finished his career with three Super Bowl appearances and two victories, but the first in 2006 was the sweetest.
In a game that featured two defenses going back and forth, Polamalu recorded five tackles and helped lead a Pittsburgh defense that held the Seahawks to just two scores in an eventual 21-10 Steelers win.
The win earned the Steelers their fifth title in franchise history and they would go on to win the 2009 Super Bowl to set the franchise record for most Super Bowl victories.
When: 2010-11 Season
While it is not considered a specific moment, Polamalu’s 2010 season was the most prolific of his career and worthy of including in this list.
After only playing in nine games during the 2009 season due to injury, Polamalu came back with a vengeance the next year, wreaking havoc on opposing offenses.
The strong safety recorded seven interceptions, one pick-six, 63 combined tackles, one sack and one forced fumble as the Steelers made it all the way back to the Super Bowl, eventually falling to Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.
Polamalu’s efforts did not go unnoticed, though, as he was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Game: Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Baltimore Ravens
When: January 18, 2009
The 2009 AFC Championship Game saw two division rivals go head-to-head for a spot in the Super Bowl.
The Steelers jumped out to a commanding 13-0 lead early in front of the Heinz Field faithful, but the Ravens fired back and brought the game to 16-14 with just five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
The Ravens had the ball, down two, with a chance to drive down the field and secure the game-winning field goal.
With a second trip to the Super Bowl for Polamalu on the line, the strong safety had to make a play.
With 4:38 left on the clock, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco dropped back from the shotgun and lofted a pass into triple coverage, with Polamalu grabbing it out of the air at the 40-yard line. He proceeded to take the ball the entire width of the field on his return, running right past Flacco as he entered into the endzone and sent the Steelers to the Super Bowl.
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In honor of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020, we are turning back the clocks and looking at the collegiate careers that set the foundation for these future Hall of Famers.
Next on the list is Denver Broncos secondary stopper Steve Atwater, who made a name for himself during his four seasons at the University of Arkansas from 1985-1988.
After spending his high school career as a quarterback at St. Louis Lutheran North in Missouri, Atwater was moved to safety when he enrolled at the University of Arkansas.
At 6-foot-3 and 200-plus pounds, Atwater was a dominating physical presence in the Razorbacks’ secondary for four years.
He burst onto the scene in his first season in Fayetteville, playing in 11 games and recording two interceptions as a freshman.
His transformation as a defensive stalwart was complete by his second season, as Atwater was second on the team with four interceptions and helped lead Arkansas to a 9-3 record.
Atwater cemented himself as one of the best secondary players in the country during his junior and senior seasons.
As a junior, he led the Razorbacks with four interceptions, including a return touchdown. Arkansas finished the season 9-4.
Then, as a senior with a shot at the NFL within his grasp, Atwater produced another prolific season. As one of the defensive leaders on the team, Atwater recorded another four interceptions to become the program’s all-time leader and helped the Razorbacks start the season an impressive 10-0. They lost their final two games of the season, including a 17-3 Cotton Bowl defeat to UCLA, but the Razorbacks production had thrust Atwater into the spotlight right before the NFL Draft.
His last piece of collegiate business was the 1989 East-West Shrine Game, where he recorded two interceptions and was named the game’s most valuable player.
Following his record-breaking tenure at Arkansas and MVP performance at the East-West Shrine Game, Atwater was selected with the No.20 pick in the 1989 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
He would play 10 of the 11 seasons of his Hall of Fame career in Denver.
Steve Atwater’s College Accolades
• Lance Alworth – Class of 1978
• Dan Hampton – Class of 2002
• Jerry Jones – Class of 2017
• Steve Atwater – Class of 2020
• Jimmy Johnson – Class of 2020
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Next up is Indianapolis Colts star Edgerrin James, who burst onto the national scene after three successful seasons in the University of Miami backfield from 1996-98.
A native of Immokalee, Florida, James’ decision to play college ball at the University of Miami wasn’t a difficult one.
He joined the team before the 1996 season and quickly became a factor in the Hurricanes offense, rushing for 446 yards and two touchdowns on 71 carries in seven games. James was a part of a loaded backfield during his freshman season, but still produced enough to make it obvious that he was the future of Miami’s offense.
After going 9-3 in James’ first year, the Canes regressed to a poor 5-6 in his sophomore season, but James became the team’s main back.
He rushed for a team leading 1,098 yards and 13 touchdowns on 184 carries in his sophomore season, a tally that not only made him paramount to the Hurricanes’ offensive production but also started to shine a national spotlight on him. His rushing yards and touchdowns total both ranked second in the Big East in 1997.
James’ junior season saw another natural progression as he exploded for a Big East-best 1,416 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns on 242 carries. He also became a big player in the Canes passing game, catching 17 balls for 255 yards and 2 touchdowns. For his successes, James was named First-Team All-Big East for the 1998 season.
His production helped Miami return to its winning ways, as the Hurricanes went 9-3 and finished the season ranked 20th in the AP Poll.
James decided to forego his senior season in Coral Gables and headed to the 1999 NFL Draft, where he was touted as one of the top tailbacks in the class alongside Texas’ Ricky Williams.
While many thought Williams would be the first of the two to be taken off the board, the Indianapolis Colts chose to draft James with the No.4 overall pick, one pick before Williams was selected by the New Orleans Saints.
James spent the first seven seasons of his Hall of Fame career in Indianapolis.
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In honor of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020, we’re turning back the clocks and looking at the collegiate careers that set the foundation for these future Hall of Famers.
Last time, we looked at the college career of Troy Polamalu at USC. Next up, we turn our attention to offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson’s prolific career at Michigan.
Steve Hutchinson started his collegiate career in 1996 at the University of Michigan but was redshirted in his first season. During that initial year in Ann Arbor, Hutchinson moved from defensive tackle, one of his high school positions, to offensive guard officially.
The move paid dividends, as Hutchinson earned a starting spot for the Wolverines in his redshirt freshman season and played a pivotal role in the team’s offense. Michigan was named the Associated Press 1997 National Champion after finishing the year 12-0 (8-0 Big Ten).
However, Hutchinson and the Wolverines couldn’t replicate the same level of success in the guard’s sophomore year. After claiming a National Championship the year prior, Michigan started its 1998 campaign a disappointing 0-2 but was able to rally back and finish the season 10-3 (7-1 Big Ten).
As an upperclassman, Hutchinson started to hit his stride. He was named a team captain before the start of the 1999 season and over his junior and senior campaigns the 6-foot-5 guard didn’t allow a single sack, which led him to being named the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year following his senior season.
While Michigan as a program didn’t reach the heights that they did during Hutchinson’s redshirt season, the Wolverines won at least nine games each year and stayed competitive in the Big Ten, giving Hutchinson a platform to catch the eyes of several NFL scouts.
Hutchinson ended his collegiate career as a 4-year starter and 2-time team captain, helping cement his own legacy in the lore of one of college football’s most storied programs.
Hutchinson came into the 2001 NFL Draft with a first-round grade as one of the top guards and offensive lineman in the class.
He was selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 17th overall pick in the draft, making him the second offensive guard taken off the board and the third offensive lineman drafted total.
He played five seasons in Seattle before signing with the Minnesota Vikings, with who he played six season with. Hutchinson finished his professional career after a one-season stint with the Tennessee Titans in 2012.
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First up on the list is Pittsburgh Steelers legend Troy Polamalu, who first rose into the national spotlight during his four seasons at the University of Southern California from 1999-2002.
Before Troy Polamalu, with his luscious locks, became one of the most feared safeties ever to play in the NFL, the California-born ballhawk was tearing it up in Los Angeles for the USC Trojans.
Polamalu came to USC in 1999 after spending his high school career playing at Douglas High in Winston, Oregon. During his first year on the team, he switched between safety and linebacker while the coaching staff tried to decide which position was a more natural fit with his talents. Even with the constant position switching, Polamalu was able to record two sacks and two forced fumbles in just eight games.
His sophomore campaign saw Polamalu solidify his role at starting safety, the position he would hold for the rest of his career. In his first game as a starter, Polamalu returned a 43-yard interception for a touchdown in a 29-5 win over Penn State. Polamalu finished the season with two total interceptions and started all 12 games in what turned out to be a disappointing 5-7 season for the Trojans.
The 5-foot-10 safety’s third season at USC was his best as he amassed three interceptions and two touchdown returns, which led the Pac-10. While the Trojans went an unimpressive 6-6, Polamalu dominated in his first season as a team captain.
Polamalu’s senior year at USC was the Trojans’ most successful during his four-year tenure, as USC went 11-2 and won the Orange Bowl against Iowa. In his final season in Los Angeles, Polamalu recorded 68 total tackles, three sacks, nine tackles for loss, one interception and three forced fumbles.
Polamalu finished his collegiate career with 278 total tackles, six interceptions, 29 tackles for loss and three touchdowns.
After a prolific run at USC, Polamalu made the jump to the pros in the 2003 NFL Draft.
Polamalu was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 16th overall pick in the draft and spent all 12 professional seasons in black and yellow. He finished his career as a 2-Time Super Bowl champion and 8-Time Pro Bowl selection.
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The 2020 Super Bowl is just over a week away.
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Before the biggest game of the season kicks off, check out this guide and make sure you are up to date on how to buy tickets, how to get to Hard Rock Stadium and much more!
Who: Kansas City Chiefs vs. San Francisco 49ers
When: February 2
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. ET
How to Watch: Live broadcast on FOX
Halftime Performer(s): Jennifer Lopez and Shakira
National Anthem: Demi Lovato
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FROM THE SOUTH
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Kansas City Chiefs
The AFC Champions are headed to the Super Bowl for the first time in 50 years.
Led by starlet quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans en route to Miami.
After missing part of the early season with a knee injury, Mahomes returned to full health and led the Chiefs to eight straight victories crossing the regular and postseason.
He finished the regular season with 4,031 passing yards and 26 touchdowns while only throwing five interceptions. But the third-year quarterback has turned it up in his last two playoff games, throwing eight touchdowns and zero picks to lead the Chiefs to an AFC Championship.
Mahomes will look to keep the momentum rolling with wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who exploded in the AFC Championship for seven catches, 114 yard and one touchdown.
San Francisco 49ers
After a dominant regular season and postseason run, the San Francisco 49ers are back in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2013.
The 49ers claimed the No.1 seed in the NFC after a 13-3 regular season and proceeded to make quick work of both their opponents in the playoffs on the road to Miami.
In their 27-10 Division round win over the Vikings, the 49ers stifled Minnesota’s rushing attack, holding the Vikings to a dire 21 yards on the ground.
The defense stepped up once again in San Francisco’s 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship, picking off Aaron Rodgers twice and sacking him three times.
But the highlight of the NFC Championship was the offensive performance of running back Raheem Mostert, who rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries. The Packers had no answer for the 49ers back, so head coach Kyle Shanahan chose to continually feed him all game.
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Held annually in Canton, Ohio, Enshrinement Week is the official kickoff of the NFL season and the biggest celebration of football's past, present and future.
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Earning a Gold Jacket from the Pro Football Hall of Fame is one of the highest honors in the football world. The men who possess a Haggar Clothing Co. jacket are chosen by a 48-person Selection Committee and go down in history as the finest players to ever step foot on a football field.
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The NFL regular season has come to a conclusion and the playoff picture is officially set heading into the Wild Card Round.
The Baltimore Ravens and Kansas City Chiefs have locked up the top two seeds in the AFC, while the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers sit atop the NFC.
The regular season was full of its thrills and spills, but the playoffs will be a new beast for all twelve remaining teams.
Here are the final power rankings for the 2019 NFL regular season.
1. Baltimore Ravens (14-2)
Playoff Seeding: No.1 seed in AFC
Playoff Scenario: Face Lowest Winning Seed from AFC Wild Card Round in Divisional Round
The Ravens come into the NFL Playoffs as the hottest team in the league by a country mile.
The winners of their last 12, Baltimore holds the league’s longest winning streak thanks to the prolific play from MVP candidate Lamar Jackson.
In 15 regular season games, Jackson threw for 3,127 passing yards and rushed for a whopping 1,206, the most rushing yards for a quarterback in a single season.
The Ravens are playing terrific football and will be aided by a raucous crowd at home for their Divisional Round matchup in two weeks.
2. San Francisco 49ers (13-3)
Playoff Seeding: No.1 seed in NFC
Playoff Scenario: Face Lowest Winning Seed from NFC Wild Card Round in Divisional Round
Everything was on the line for the San Francisco 49ers heading into Week 17. With a date against the Seahawks in Seattle, the 49ers had the chance to either secure the NFC West and the No.1 seed in the conference with a win or fall all the way to the No.5 seed and play on the road next week with a loss.
The former happened, as San Francisco escaped Seattle with a 26-21 win and a bye for next week.
The 49ers have ridden an impressive defense all season long, but the play of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo picked up after the trade deadline acquisition of Emmanuel Sanders.
The road through the NFC now runs through the Bay area.
3. Green Bay Packers (13-3)
Playoff Seeding: No.2 seed in NFC
Playoff Scenario: Face Highest Winning Seed from NFC Wild Card Round in Divisional Round
The Packers may have pulled off one of the quietest 13-win seasons in recent memory.
While the 49ers and Seahawks tussled for top position in the NFC West and the Saints 13-win campaign was consistently highlighted with record-breaking performances from Drew Brees, the Packers quickly dug out their spot for the No.2 seed in the conference.
While the turnaround of the Packers in one season under head coach Matt LaFleur has been impressive, this is still Aaron Rodgers’ team come playoff time.
The 2-time MVP will be playing in the post season for the first time in three seasons.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
Playoff Seeding: No.2 seed in AFC
Playoff Scenario: Face Highest Winning Seed from AFC Wild Card Round in Divisional Round
The Chiefs survived a slight mid-season lull while Patrick Mahomes was recovering from injury and did enough to propel themselves into the No.2 seed in the AFC.
Kansas City will host a Divisional Round matchup at Arrowhead Stadium in two weeks, with hopes of securing the two wins needed to get themselves to the Super Bowl after falling short in the AFC Championship last season.
5. New Orleans Saints (13-3)
Playoff Seeding: No.3 seed in NFC.
Playoff Scenario: Host Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card Round
The fact that the 13-win Saints have to play in the Wild Card Round speaks more to the top-heavy nature of the NFC than any identifiable problem with New Orleans’ play this season.
Like the Chiefs, the Saints survived early season turmoil when Drew Brees missed several games after undergoing surgery on his throwing hand. Luckily, Teddy Bridgewater stepped in and went undefeated in Brees’ absence.
As the No.3 seed, a Wild Card win will send them to Green Bay in two weeks for a matchup with the Packers.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year.
As the calendar turns to the holiday season, the NFL playoffs are only two weeks away.
Everything is still up for grabs as no single team has locked in their playoff seeding.
Here are your Power Rankings for Week 16 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. Baltimore Ravens (12-2)
Last Week’s Ranking: 1
Week 16 Opponent: at Cleveland Browns (6-8)
Ten straight wins.
Consecutive AFC North titles.
The Baltimore Ravens are rolling.
Baltimore’s 42-21 win over the New York Jets on Thursday night was never in doubt, but it was a necessary step for the Ravens preferred playoff setup. With the victory, Baltimore just needs to beat the Browns next week in Cleveland to lock up the No.1 seed in the AFC.
If the Ravens finish strong, you can guarantee that Lamar Jackson will be raising that MVP trophy at the season’s end.
2. Seattle Seahawks (11-3)
Last Week’s Ranking: NR
Week 16 Opponent: vs. Arizona Cardinals (4-9-1)
Talk about a good week to be the Seattle Seahawks.
After a potentially season-shaping loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15, Seattle bounced back with a 30-24 win at Carolina.
With the 49ers home loss to the Falcons on Sunday, Seattle jumped from the No.5 seed in the NFC all the way to the top seed. All they must do is win their final two regular season games to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
3. Green Bay Packers (11-3)
Last Week’s Ranking: 3
Week 16 Opponent: at Minnesota Vikings (10-4)
The Packers have done everything right to put themselves into a prime position for their Week 16 matchup with the Vikings.
Green Bay has won its last three games, pushing Aaron Rodgers and company into the No.2 seed in the NFC with a one-game lead over Minnesota in the NFC North. A win over their archrivals would clinch the division for the Packers and will move them one game closer to clinching a bye week to start the playoffs.
4. New Orleans Saints (11-3)
Last Week’s Ranking: 5
Week 16 Opponent: at Tennessee Titans (8-6)
Make more room for Drew Brees in the record books.
The Saints beloved quarterback made NFL history in Monday night’s 34-7 win over the Colts as Brees became the league’s all-time leader in touchdown passes.
The game halted for a brief moment as Brees took a jog down the sidelines to thank his team, the fans and ultimately his head coach Sean Peyton.
With the victory, New Orleans keeps the pressure on Seattle, Green Bay and San Francisco to continue to perform in these final two weeks. If one of the top two slip up, New Orleans could easily jump into one of those bye week slots.
5. Kansas City Chiefs (10-4)
Last Week’s Ranking: 4
Week 16 Opponent: at Chicago Bears (7-7)
Patrick Mahomes looks to be fully healthy, making the Chiefs a legitimate contender in the AFC once again.
After missing a few games early in the season and suffering an undisclosed hand injury against the Patriots last week, Mahomes looked pristine in the Chiefs 23-3 win over the Broncos at a snowy Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday.
Kansas City still has a shot at the bye week, but they need to win out and for New England to lose one of their remaining two games.
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Sound the alarms — for the first time this season, the New England Patriots have been knocked out of the Power Rankings.
This is due to a grinding performance from the Kansas City Chiefs in Foxborough on Sunday, who are returning to this list after a month’s hiatus.
With only three weeks of regular season football remaining, things are starting to take their final form when it comes to the playoff picture.
Here are your Power Rankings for Week 15 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. Baltimore Ravens (11-2)
Week 15 Opponent: vs. New York Jets (5-8)
The Ravens keep on rolling and now have a full one game cushion atop the AFC with only three games remaining.
Baltimore’s 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills clinched the franchise’s second consecutive playoff berth, but John Harbaugh’s team now has its eyes set on the top seed in the conference.
Lamar Jackson “struggled” in the contest – compared to his normal production this season – throwing for 145 yards and only rushing for 40 yards. But he did throw for all three Ravens touchdowns to help secure the victory.
This win was about the Ravens defense and the pressure they brought to Josh Allen. Baltimore’s defense sacked Allen six times and held him to a 14.3 quarterback rating on 17-for-39 passing.
Everything is clicking right now for this team.
2. San Francisco 49ers (11-2)
Last Week’s Ranking: 2
Week 15 Opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons (4-9)
After weeks of wondering if Jimmy Garoppolo would be able to match the skill of the 49ers defense, he showed up in a big way this weekend.
Garoppolo threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns in San Francisco’s epic 48-46 victory over the Saints, including a seven play, 63-yard drive that put the 49ers in position to hit the game-winning field goal.
The win had huge playoff implications for several reason. For one, it was a potential preview of an NFC Divisional Round or NFC Conference Championship matchup. Secondly, it pushed the 49ers back atop the NFC West following the Seahawks poor performance against the Rams.
The game also saw a new bit of San Francisco history when Emmanuel Sanders became the first player in franchise history to throw for and catch a touchdown in the same game.
3. Green Bay Packers (10-3)
Week 15 Opponent: vs. Chicago Bears (7-6)
The only thing that Packers had control of this week was beating the Redskins, 20-15, at home.
But then a couple of other cards fell their way.
With the Saints and Seahawks losses, the Packers victory over 3-win Washington pushed them up to the No.2 seed in the NFC, putting them in prime position to secure a bye week slot over the final three games.
As far as the Washington game, Aaron Jones took over from the start, rushing for 134 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
4. Kansas City Chiefs (9-4)
Week 15 Opponent: vs. Denver Broncos (5-8)
Sunday was a good day for the Kansas City Chiefs.
After falling to the Patriots twice last season, including a dramatic overtime loss in the AFC Championship, the Chiefs handed the New England Patriots their first home loss in 21 games on Sunday.
In doing so, Kansas City also clinched the AFC West and a playoff berth.
It wasn’t a flawless performance and Kansas City came just yards away from blowing a 16-point lead, but they still did enough to upend the formidable Patriots at Gillette Stadium.
The biggest victory of the weekend? After a hit in the first quarter, it was feared that Patrick Mahomes may have suffered a throwing hand injury. Luckily for Chiefs Kingdom, head coach Andy Reid confirmed after the game that his quarterback does not have any structural damage to his hand.
5. New Orleans Saints (10-3)
Last Week’s Ranking: 5
Week 15 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts (6-7)
The Saints stay put at the No.5 spot this week even after giving up 48 points.
While New Orleans’ defensive performance in their shootout with San Francisco was less than encouraging, it was the product of two heavyweight teams throwing their biggest punches.
That’s not an excuse for the performance, but more of a reality when assessing this team’s quality.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Saints diced apart the NFC’s best defense in the loss. Drew Brees dazzled with 349 passing yards and five touchdowns while Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara combined for 116 total rushing yards.
Michael Thomas continued his record-breaking campaign, amassing 134 receiving yards and a touchdown on 11 catches.
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All five teams in the Week 14 Power Rankings hold the same record, yet there is still a hierarchy when breaking down the best of the best.
This past week saw two of the top teams in the league go head-to-head when the Ravens and 49ers met in Baltimore and to nobody’s surprise it took a last-second effort to propel the winning team to victory.
The fight for supremacy atop the league continues into Week 14 as only four regular season games remain on the schedule for each team.
Here are your Power Rankings for Week 14 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. Baltimore Ravens (10-2)
Week 14 Opponent: at Buffalo Bills (9-3)
The Ravens are the now the No.1 seed in the AFC thanks to a 20-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in miserable conditions.
The win, the Ravens’ eighth in a row, forced Lamar Jackson and company to dig deep and pull out the win. Jackson’s passing stats were nothing more than pedestrian, as he threw for 105 yards and a touchdown on 14-for-23 passing.
But it was Jackson’s legs that helped propel Baltimore past the NFC’s most stout defense. Jackson rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the win. Most importantly, though, was his ability to lead the offense down the field with six minutes remaining to set up Justin Tucker for a 49-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.
This win may go down as another within a winning streak, but most importantly it showcased the Ravens ability to adjust when their instant offense isn’t cooking at full steam. They had to lock down and grind out a win for the first time in over a month.
2. San Francisco 49ers (10-2)
Week 14 Opponent: at New Orleans Saints (10-2)
If there’s one thing that has become obvious this season, it’s that the 49ers are a difficult team to defeat.
It took a Monday Night classic for the Seahawks to hand San Francisco its first loss of the season and a gritty home performance by the Ravens this weekend to prevent the 49ers from escaping Baltimore with a win.
But there is some room for concern. With the defeat, San Francisco moves back to the No.5 seed thanks to their loss to Seattle last month.
The 49ers playoff positioning will likely come down to one man — Jimmy Garoppolo. The defense has proved itself worthy of praise, but Garoppolo will need to be make those game-winning plays that he failed to do against the Ravens in the next four weeks.
Mark your calendars for Week 17 at Seattle — it could be a game to determine one of the NFC’s byes.
3. Seattle Seahawks (10-2)
Last Week’s Ranking: 4
Week 14 Opponent: at Los Angeles Rams (7-5)
Seattle playing on Monday Night Football comes with the promise of an exciting game.
The Seahawks survived a late surge from Minnesota to defeat the Vikings, 37-30, at CenturyLink Field and jump into the top spot of the NFC West.
Russell Wilson continued his brilliant season, throwing for 240 yards and two touchdowns while backfield companions Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny complimented his efforts with 176 rushing yards.
The Seahawks are now in a prime position to claim one of the NFC’s bye week spots, especially with an easier final four games than San Francisco, but nothing is guaranteed.
4. New England Patriots (10-2)
Week 14 Opponent: vs. Kansas City Chiefs (8-4)
For three quarters on Sunday night, the Patriots offense looked dead in the water.
Tom Brady produced his third consecutive lackluster performance in as many weeks, raising questions about the 42-year-old’s ability to produce anything special with his offense plagued with injuries and inexperience.
But at 10-2, the Patriots still control their own destiny. While they lost their grip on the No.1 seed in the AFC this week, they still have a clear route to a bye week, even if it involved contests with the Chiefs and surging Bills in the next two weeks.
5. New Orleans Saints (10-2)
Week 14 Opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers (10-2)
The Saints finally got back their worst loss of the season.
A 26-18 Thanksgiving Day win over the Falcons doesn’t sound overly impressive for the juggernaut Saints, but it does redeem them after failing against a weak Atlanta side last month.
The win also clinched New Orleans third straight NFC South title, confirming what we already knew about the Saints playoff hopes in the back half of the season.
While the top of the NFC is extremely crowded with double-digit win teams, the Saints may have lucked out by having the easiest remaining games of the bunch. Sure, a date with the 49ers this weekend should prove dangerous, but a string of Colts-Titans-Panthers to end the regular season could be enough to get them the coveted bye week.
Only five weeks of regular season football remain and nothing has been set in stone.
The top contenders in the NFC and AFC have revealed themselves, but there’s still a loaded battle for teams looking to secure bye weeks in January.
Here are your Power Rankings for Week 13 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. Baltimore Ravens (9-2)
Week 13 Opponent: vs. San Francisco 49ers (10-1)
The Baltimore Ravens offense looks untouchable.
Lamar Jackson continued his MVP run on Monday night, throwing for five touchdowns and rushing for 95 yards in the Ravens 45-6 mauling of the Los Angeles Rams on Monday night. Mark Ingram also added to the carnage, rushing for 111 yards and a score on 15 carries.
While Baltimore’s offense is receiving much of the praise, it’s the defensive unit that has helped put the ball into Jackson’s hands for most of the game. The Ravens defense has locked down opponents in recent weeks, allowing less than nine points per game over their last three outings.
In total, the Ravens defense is allowing 18.4 points per game this season, good for fifth in the league.
2. San Francisco 49ers (10-1)
Week 13 Opponent: at Baltimore Ravens (9-2)
The Week 12 matchup between the 49ers and Green Bay Packers was supposed to highlight a potential January matchup in the playoffs.
Instead, it showcased what many already knew — San Francisco is the top dog in the NFC.
The 49ers suffocated Aaron Rodgers and the Packers en route to a 37-8 victory that widened the gap atop the NFC. San Francisco’s defense held Rodgers to a puzzling 104 passing yards on 33 attempts and a forced fumble that resulted in the 49ers first score of the game.
On the offensive side of the ball, Jimmy Garoppolo found success connecting with star tight end George Kittle, who caught six balls for 129 yards and one touchdown.
3. New England Patriots (10-1)
Week 13 Opponent: at Houston Texans (7-4)
The New England Patriots have only scored 30 points over their last two games, but it’s not time to panic.
While several in the media want to hold up their “The End is Nigh” sign to signal the end of the Tom Brady era, it’s not that simple.
In New England’s 13-9 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the Patriots defense and special teams shined while the offense managed the game accordingly. It wasn’t pretty given the torrential downpour, but it’s the continued formula that seems to be working for New England in this portion of the season.
The Patriots offense will likely have to pick it up as they head into the postseason, but right now New England is weathering one of the worst offensive storms of the Brady-Belichick era.
4. Seattle Seahawks (9-2)
Week 13 Opponent: vs. Minnesota Vikings (8-3)
The Seahawks extended their perfect road record to 6-0 with a 17-9 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
While Russell Wilson is still putting up league-best numbers behind center, this game was all about running back Rashaad Penny, who dashed for 129 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. Penny’s 58-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter put the Seahawks up by two scores and put the game away for good.
Even without a dominating performance from Wilson, the Seahawks quarterback threw for one touchdown to put his league-leading total at 24 for the season.
5. New Orleans Saints (9-2)
Week 13 Opponent: at Atlanta Falcons (3-8)
The Saints were very close to opening the NFC South race back up with a home loss to the Carolina Panthers, but a missed field goal and game-winning drive by Drew Brees practically wrapped up their third-straight division crown.
Brees finished the game an impressive 30-for-39 with 311 passing yards and three touchdowns, finding star receiver Michael Thomas 10 times in the victory. The offense was clicking on both levels of the field, as Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara combined for 118 rushing yards on 18 total carries.
While New Orleans was the receiver of some luck when the Panthers missed a 28-yard field goal with two minutes left to take the lead, a four-game cushion atop their division helps ease the stress as they try and push their way into one of the top two spots in the NFC.
The 2020 Super Bowl is headed to Miami, marking a record 11th time that South Florida has played host to the sport’s biggest game.
In honor of the Super Bowl returning to its longtime home, we’re recapping EVERY edition that has kicked off from Miami.
1968 Super Bowl
Green Bay Packers 33, Oakland Raiders 14
When: January 14, 1968
Venue: Orange Bowl
MVP: Bart Starr — 202 passing yards, one touchdown
Did you know: This was the Packers second consecutive Super Bowl victory after winning the inaugural game the year prior. The franchise wouldn’t go on to win another title until 1996 behind Brett Favre.
1969 Super Bowl
New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7
When: January 12, 1969
MVP: Joe Namath — 206 passing yards
Did you know: This is the final time that the Super Bowl was played at the same location in back-to-back seasons.
1971 Super Bowl
Baltimore Colts 16, Dallas Cowboys 13
When: January 17, 1971
MVP: Chuck Howley — Two interceptions
Did you know: Chuck Howley was the first defensive player, and non-quarterback, to win Super Bowl MVP.
1976 Super Bowl
Pittsburgh Steelers 21, Dallas Cowboys 17
When: January 18, 1976
MVP: Lynn Swann — Four catches, 161 yards and one touchdown
Did you know: Swann recorded 364 receiving yards over his four career Super Bowl wins, the second most receiving yards in the game’s history.
1979 Super Bowl
Pittsburgh Steelers 35, Dallas Cowboys 31
When: January 21, 1979
MVP: Terry Bradshaw — 318 passing yards, four touchdowns
Did you know: Dallas became the first team to lose a Super Bowl after scoring over 30 points.
1989 Super Bowl
San Francisco 49ers, Cincinnati Bengals 16
When: January 22, 1989
Venue: Joe Robbie Stadium (Current Hard Rock Stadium)
MVP: Jerry Rice — 11 catches for 215 yards and one touchdown
Did you know: Jerry Rice’s 215 receiving yards in the 1989 Super Bowl is an all-time record in Super Bowl history.
1995 Super Bowl
San Francisco 49ers 49, San Diego Chargers 26
When: January 29, 1995
MVP: Steve Young — 325 passing yards and six touchdowns
Did you know: Young’s six touchdown passes in a single Super Bowl is the most all-time.
1999 Super Bowl
Denver Broncos 34, Atlanta Falcons 19
When: January 31, 1999
Venue: Pro Player Stadium (Current Hard Rock Stadium)
MVP: John Elway — 336 passing yards and one touchdown
Did you know: At 38-years old, Elway became the oldest player to win Super Bowl MVP. Since then, Tom Brady (39) has taken this record.
2007 Super Bowl
Indianapolis Colts 29, Chicago Bears 17
When: February 4, 2007
Venue: Dolphin Stadium (Current Hard Rock Stadium)
MVP: Peyton Manning — 247 passing yards and one touchdown
Did you know: Both Lovie Smith and Tony Dungy became the first African-American head coaches in Super Bowl history. With the win, Dungy became the first African-American head coach to lift the Lombardi Trophy.
2010 Super Bowl
New Orleans Saints 31, Indianapolis Colts 17
When: February 7, 2010
Venue: Sun Life Stadium (Current Hard Rock Stadium)
MVP: Drew Brees — 288 passing yards and two touchdowns
Did you know: New Orleans’ onside kick was the first successful onside kick outside of the fourth quarter in Super Bowl history.
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For the third time this season, a new team has topped the weekly Power Rankings.
While the contenders and pretenders seemingly separated themselves weeks ago, the battle is now beginning between the top teams aiming for that coveted bye week to start the playoffs.
Here are your Power Rankings for Week 12 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. Baltimore Ravens (8-2)
Week 12 Opponent: at Los Angeles Rams (6-4)
They don’t own the best record in the league, but no team can match the Baltimore Ravens right now.
In a matchup hyped as the battle between the top two quarterbacks from the 2017 NFL Draft class, Lamar Jackson and the Ravens dismantled Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans, 41-7.
Jackson supported his MVP campaign by throwing for 222 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 86 yards on nine carries.
While Jackson’s play continues to steal headlines, the Ravens defense shifted the game with their constant pressure of Watson. Baltimore recorded seven sacks in the win with linebacker Matthew Judon leading the way with two sacks and four hits on Watson.
2. New England Patriots (9-1)
Week 12 Opponent: vs. Dallas Cowboys (6-4)
It took a Julian Edelman touchdown pass for the Patriots to sneak by the Eagles on Sunday. Yes, that’s where this Patriots team is currently at.
New England’s potent defense continued its excellence in the Patriots 17-10 win over the Eagles, but the offensive woes are what most people are talking about.
Tom Brady couldn’t find his rhythm in the matchup, throwing more incompletions in the first half than ever in his career.
But the Patriots still prevailed after their weakest offensive performance of the season. While some talking heads may say the sky is falling around Brady, New England currently sits at 9-1 and is in top position for a bye in the AFC.
3. San Francisco 49ers (9-1)
Week 12 Opponent: vs. Green Bay Packers (8-2)
After starting the season 8-0, San Francisco was 40 seconds away from back-to-back defeats.
While the score doesn’t reflect it, the 49ers escaped a battle with Arizona, 36-26, on Sunday, after Jimmy Garoppolo connected with Jeff Wilson Jr. for a 25-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
San Francisco scored again as time expired thanks to a Cardinals fumble, but the main takeaway is that the 49ers looked beatable for the second consecutive week.
This isn’t necessarily a cause for concern, especially since they dug deep to avoid the upset, but the San Francisco defense is looking more vulnerable against mobile quarterbacks. Russell Wilson stole the show on the Monday Night classic last week and now Kyler Murray is sliced and diced through the NFC’s most feared defensive front.
But, like the Patriots, there’s not too much to complain about when you’re 9-1.
4. Seattle Seahawks (8-2)
Week 12 Opponent: at Philadelphia Eagles (5-5)
Seattle almost went to the top of the NFC West without even playing a game.
Alas, the 49ers last-second victory stopped Seattle from claiming the top spot in the division during their bye week.
Even without playing a snap this past week, we’re still confident enough in the Wilson-led Seahawks that their place in these standings was safe for a week.
5. New Orleans Saints
Last Week’s Ranking: NR
Week 12 Opponent: vs. Carolina Panthers (5-5)
If you’re paying attention, you’ll notice that we kept Seattle in its spot but moved the Packers out of the top five after their bye week.
This is only because of the Saints impressive bounce-back performance against the Buccaneers in Week 11. Drew Brees threw for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the 34-17 win, while receiver Michael Thomas caught eight passes to become the first player in history to record over 90 receptions in the first 10 games of the season.
While the loss to the Falcons was a cause for concern last week, the Saints are healthy and seem to have bounced back properly.
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Over the past ten years, we’ve been treated to some of the most exciting Super Bowls in the fifty-plus year history of biggest game in the sport’s history.
We saw the third-biggest blowout in Super Bowl history, a record-breaking 25-point comeback, a literal stadium blackout and much more.
But in a sport so focused on team success, we want to end the decade by focusing on the individual for a moment by breaking down the top Super Bowl performances of the past decade.
Whether of not these players were named MVP, we believe their contributions, whether over an entire game or within one play, are worth honoring as we enter 2020.
Where: Miami, Florida
Final Score: Saints 31, Colts 17
With 3:25 left in the fourth quarter of the 2010 Super Bowl in Miami, the Indianapolis Colts were trailing the New Orleans Saints, 24-17, but had the ball on their opponent’s 31-yard line.
On the next play from scrimmage, Peyton Manning tried to hit receiver Reggie Wayne on a slant route, but what resulted was one of the greatest defensive touchdowns in Super Bowl history.
Cornerback Tracy Porter read Manning’s eyes perfectly and cut the route off at full speed, picking the ball off in stride and taking it all the way back to push New Orleans’ lead to two scores and help secure the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy.
When: February 6, 2011
Where: Dallas, Texas
Final Score: Packers 31, Steelers 25
Aaron Rodgers had to put on a show in his first, and only, Super Bowl to come away with the win.
With Green Bay depending heavily on their franchise quarterback, Rodgers delivered one of the best performances of his career, throwing for 304 yards and three touchdowns to help the Packers win their first Lombardi Trophy since 1996.
Rodgers relied heavily on receiver Jordy Nelson, who he hit nine times for 140 yards and a touchdown.
During the celebration, Rodgers was presented with a replica heavyweight wrestling title belt to represent the one he mimed in several touchdown celebrations throughout the season.
When: February 5, 2012
Where: Indianapolis, Indiana
Final Score: Giants 21, Patriots 17
Eli Manning has gotten the better of the New England Patriots in two separate decades.
With under four minutes left in the two franchise’s second Super Bowl meeting, the Giants found themselves trailing 17-15 and 90 yards away from the endzone.
But Manning’s clutch gene kicked in as he drove his side down the field and got them all the way to the Patriots’ six-yard line. On the Giants final offensive play of the game, Manning handed the ball to Ahmad Bradshaw for the game-winning score.
Manning was named MVP with 296 passing yards on 30-for-40 passing and one touchdown.
If the Patriots have proven to have a kryptonite, it’s the youngest Manning brother.
When: February 3, 2013
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana
Final Score: Ravens 34, 49ers 31
In a game that will be remembered as the “Harbowl” and for the ominous stadium blackout, we’d like to remind you about the invaluable performance of Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin.
While Joe Flacco was named the MVP, he wouldn’t have been able to hoist the Lombardi Trophy without his favorite receiver.
Boldin finished the game with 104 yards and a touchdown on six catches.
His most vital grab came on a third-and-inches with seven minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Ravens leading, 31-29. Flacco lobbed the ball near the sidelines and Boldin showcased his hangtime to bring the ball down and put the Ravens into field goal range.
When: February 2, 2014
Where: New York, New York
Final Score: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8
Defense wins championships.
Malcolm Smith was named the first defensive Super Bowl MVP of the decade after an immaculate performance that included picking off Peyton Manning and returning it 69 yards for a score.
Smith also finished the game with 10 combined tackles and a fumble recovery to cap off one of the most dominant performances of the decade.
When: February 1, 2015
Where: Glendale, Arizona
Final Score: Patriots 28, Seahawks 24
“The Butler did it.”
While this list mostly awards full game performances, Malcolm Butler pulled off the biggest play of the decade.
His goal line interception of Russell Wilson with 25 seconds remaining in the 2015 Super Bowl single-handedly won the Patriots their first title of the decade and changed the course of history.
Butler jumped Doug Baldwin’s route perfectly and corralled the ball while still getting blasted as Baldwin crossed into the endzone.
One play can make a difference and even decide a champion.
When: February 7, 2016
Where: Santa Clara, California
Final Score: Broncos 24, Panthers 10
Von Miller celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl by putting on a defensive performance that no one had seen before.
Miller was a menace for Carolina’s offensive line, forcing two fumbles and sacking Cam Newton 2.5 times.
His performance goes beyond the stat sheet as the Panthers had to game plan around Miller in the second half after he had his way in the first 30 minutes.
When: February 5, 2017
Where: Houston, Texas
Final Score: Patriots 34, Falcons 28
It’s only fitting that the greatest comeback of all-time was orchestrated by one of the game’s greatest players.
Tom Brady threw for 466 yards on 66 passing attempts to help lead the Patriots back from a 28-3 third quarter deficit against the Falcons.
But it was his pass catching running back that was the main cog in the comeback machine. Brady found James White 14 times for a whopping 110 receiving yards in the victory.
In total, White scored three times (two rushing and one receiving touchdown), including the game-winning score in overtime.
When: February 4, 2018
Where: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Final Score: Eagles 41, Patriots 33
It was a performance so good that they built a statue outside of Lincoln Financial Field.
Nick Foles, the mythical backup quarterback who put the entire Eagles team on his back, out dueled Tom Brady to deliver Philadelphia its first ever Super Bowl title.
Foles threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in the victory but will be remembered for his receiving touchdown after head coach Doug Peterson called for the “Philly Special.”
If there was an award for “Least Expected Super Bowl Performance of the Decade” — we have a winner here.
When: February 3, 2019
Where: Atlanta, Georgia
Final Score: Patriots 13, Rams 3
Punters typically don’t get the love they deserve, but it’s impossible to not recognize Ryan Allen’s performance in the Patriots third Super Bowl victory of the decade.
Allen punted the ball five times for an average of 43 yards per kick, but most importantly he kept the Rams offense in its own backyard. Three of his five punts pinned the Rams offense within their own 20-yard line, with them starting from the 6-, 7- and 2-yard line on three separate possessions.
In a game where both offenses sputtered for four quarters, Allen was in serious contention for the game’s MVP.
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Week 10 was the perfect slate of games for football fans.
Outside of the Ravens and Falcons blowout wins, every other game was decided by eight points or less.
As the cherry on top, the 49ers and Seahawks put on a Monday Night Football classic that will have a ripple effect throughout the rest of the season.
After a wild week of action, here are your Power Rankings for Week 11 of the NFL season from HOF Experiences.
1. San Francisco 49ers (8-1)
Week 11 Opponent: vs. Arizona Cardinals (3-6-1)
It took one of the wildest NFL games in recent memory for the 49ers to finally lose.
In a preview of the Week 17 battle that will likely determine the NFC West winner, the Seattle Seahawks handed San Francisco its first loss of the season, 27-24, on Sunday night.
San Francisco jumped out to an exciting 10-0 lead early, but a fumble resulting in a 10-yard touchdown return for Jadeveon Clowney flipped the game on its head and into Seattle’s favor.
The game went into overtime, where a Russell Wilson interception set the 49ers up for a game-winning field goal, but Chase McLaughlin missed the kick to keep his team perfect.
Jimmy Garoppolo missed his favorite targets in injured tight end George Kittle and Emmanuel Sanders (who left the game in the first quarter), ending the game with a mediocre 24-for-48 passing line.
But a dramatic overtime loss to the other top contender in the NFC is not enough to move the 49ers away from the top position just yet.
2. Baltimore Ravens (7-2)
Week 11 Opponent: vs. Houston Texans (6-3)
Explosive is an understatement when talking about how this Ravens offense has been playing.
Lamar Jackson continued his MVP campaign with a dominant performance in Baltimore’s 49-13 drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
After impressing against the AFC’s final undefeated team the week prior, Jackson dazzled against the conference’s last winless team with 223 yards on 15-for-17 passing and 65 rushing yards on seven carries.
His 88-percent completion percentage was a single-game record for the Ravens and earned Jackson his second perfect passer rating of the season.
No team has been able to solve the riddle of Jackson yet this season and it’s the reason that Baltimore is currently the team to beat in the AFC.
3. New England Patriots (8-1)
Week 11 Opponent: at Philadelphia Eagles (5-4)
The Patriots drop down a spot this week without even playing a game, which is more a commentary on how well the Ravens are playing than about New England during its time off.
New England has a chance to rebound from its first loss of the season this weekend against a familiar foe in Philadelphia.
Week 11 Opponent: BYE
The Seattle Seahawks may never play a normal game again this season, and that’s A-OK.
For the second straight week, Seattle needed time past four quarters to secure a victory.
Russell Wilson went 24-for-34 with 232 passing yards and a touchdown, but it was his overtime interception that seemed likely to drown the Seahawks. Luckily for Wilson, the 49ers missed a game-winning kick and he was able to drive his side back down the field to set up the winning field goal.
Seattle debuted newly acquired receiver Josh Gordon this week, who was picked up off waivers from New England two weeks ago. Gordon played in limited snaps but caught two passes for 27 yards on two targets.
5. Green Bay Packers (8-2)
The Frozen Tundra lived up to its name in the Green Bay Packers 24-16 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.
The game started under normal conditions, but a late snowstorm entering Lambeau Field in the fourth quarter helped push Green Bay to victory.
Aaron Rodgers continued his steady campaign for MVP with 233 passing yards, but the day belonged to Aaron Jones and the Packers rushing attack. Jones diced up Carolina on the ground, rushing for 93 yards and three scores on just 13 carries.
Davante Adams put up another 100-plus receiving yard game as well, proving that this Green Bay offense is equally dangerous on both levels.
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And then there was one.
After nine weeks of the NFL season, the San Francisco 49ers are the league’s sole undefeated team after the New England Patriots lost on Sunday night.
While few predicted the 49ers becoming the force that they have become in the NFC, there is no denying their legitimacy anymore.
But the top two spots weren’t the only ones that saw movement in this week’s Power Rankings. In fact, this is the most movement we’ve seen in several weeks, which is appropriate considering the results of many of Sunday’s games.
Here are your official Power Rankings for Week 10 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. San Francisco 49ers (8-0)
Week 10 Opponent: vs. Seattle Seahawks (7-2)
If Thursday night proved anything, it’s that the San Francisco 49ers are a complete team.
After being highlighted by their dominant defense performances for the first half of the season, the 49ers relied on quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to keep them undefeated in their 28-25 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Garoppolo threw for 317 yards and four touchdowns to propel San Francisco to victory and to their first week at the top of the NFL Power Rankings.
Emmanuel Sanders continued to shine on his new team, amassing 112 yards and one touchdown on seven catches.
If the 49ers offense can continue to play at the level that the defense set in the first half of the season, this team will be well on its way to the top seed in the NFC.
2. New England Patriots (8-1)
Week 10 Opponent: BYE WEEK
The New England Patriots finally fell, and it wasn’t pretty.
In front of a raucous away crowd in Baltimore, the Patriots suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday night, losing 37-20 to the Ravens.
After falling behind 17-0, the Patriots charged back to pull the game to 17-13 going into halftime. However, a Julian Edelman fumble in the third quarter shifted the momentum fully to Baltimore and the Ravens never looked back.
For the first time this season, the Patriots defense looked flawed. Their heralded linebacking corps couldn’t contain Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and had no answer for the Ravens perfectly executed option attack.
As for the offense, Tom Brady just didn’t have enough answers for the Ravens defense. Edelman and new acquisition Mohamed Sanu both had 10 catches, but the offense couldn’t dig itself out of the hole it created in the second half.
With New England going into a bye week, Bill Belichick will have plenty to work on before their Week 11 matchup with the Eagles.
3. New Orleans Saints (7-1)
Week 10 Opponent: vs. Atlanta Falcons (1-7)
There’s not much to say about the Saints this week coming off a bye other than Drew Brees got a weekend off to have his injured right thumb heal a little bit more.
New Orleans is currently the front-runner in the NFC South but will have to keep up the pace they’ve been playing at with Christian McCaffrey and the Carolina Panthers soaring back into division contention.
4. Baltimore Ravens (6-2)
Week 10 Opponent: at Cincinnati Bengals (0-8)
Lamar Jackson is the real deal and he proved it against the best defense in the NFL.
In the Ravens 37-20 victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday night, Jackson threw for 163 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 61 yards and two more scores.
The performance by Jackson not only helped the Ravens knock off the AFC’s last remaining undefeated team, but also vaulted the second-year quarterback into the MVP discussion.
In total, the Ravens amassed 210 rushing yards, helping them continue their reign as the top rushing team in the league. Baltimore is averaging a league-best 204.9 rushing yards per game through eight games.
5. Seattle Seahawks (7-2)
Week 10 Opponent: at San Francisco 49ers (8-0)
There’s no denying that Russell Wilson is currently the best player in the league.
The MVP-front runner put together his best game of the season on Sunday, throwing for 378 yards and five touchdowns in the Seahawks 40-34 overtime win over Tampa Bay.
Wilson currently has 22 touchdowns and one interception on the season, becoming the first player in league history to be playing at that efficiency through nine games. Seattle will go as far as Wilson can take them and right now it looks like the sky is the limit.
The biggest test of the season is on the horizon, though, as Wilson and the Seahawks travel to San Francisco for a date with the 49ers next week. It’ll be the league’s best player against the league’s best team in a matchup that will certainly shake up these Power Rankings.
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There weren’t many surprises in Week 8, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
As the season progresses and settles into its midway point, the top teams in the league have revealed themselves, battling both injuries and weather conditions to continue to pull out wins.
While the NFC seems to be much more contested than the AFC, we still have a long way to go until the 2020 Super Bowl hits Miami on February 2.
Here are your official Power Rankings for Week 9 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. New England Patriots (8-0)
Week 9 Opponent: at Baltimore Ravens (5-2)
If it’s starting to sound like a broken record, that’s because it is – the Patriots defense is the reason that New England has held onto this top spot for eight consecutive weeks.
It got started early in New England’s 27-13 win over Cleveland on Sunday as the Patriots defense forced three turnovers within the first quarter. Browns running back Nick Chubb fumbled on back-to-back possessions (one resulting in a return touchdown for Dont’a Hightower) and then Baker Mayfield tossed an interception right into the hands of defensive lineman Lawrence Guy.
But Tom Brady also came to play in the rain-soaked conditions in Foxborough. Brady threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns to propel the Patriots to victory on a day where the running game could only muster up 79 yards.
The Patriots dominance this season can’t be overstated – they’re outscoring opponents by 189 points, which is the second most all-time through eight games.
The win was also Bill Belichick’s 300th in his career, joining Don Shula and George Halas as the only coaches to reach the milestone.
2. San Francisco 49ers (7-0)
Week 9 Opponent: at Arizona Cardinals (3-4-1)
All questions about the 49ers legitimacy have been erased after this week.
San Francisco throttled the visiting Carolina Panthers, 51-13, to stay undefeated and further prove that they are the top dog in the NFC.
Defensive end Nick Bosa’s candidacy for Defensive Rookie of the Year may have evolved into a campaign for Defensive Player of the Year, as the Ohio State product had three sacks and his first career interception in the win.
In total, the 49ers intercepted Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen three times.
On the offensive side of the ball, Tevin Coleman ran rampant with four touchdowns on 11 carries and Jimmy Garoppolo went 18-for-22 for 175 yards and a touchdown.
Week 9 Opponent: BYE
It’s like Drew Brees never left.
The Saints prolific passer returned to the field on Sunday for his first game back since undergoing thumb surgery on his throwing hand. And instead of easing back into his throwing motion and being used lightly, Brees threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in New Orleans’ 31-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.
With Brees back at full health, we’ll finally get a look at how good this Saints team can be. They went undefeated with Brees on the sideline for five weeks, but now they have their historic passer back as they look to be hitting their stride.
Most of the praise in the absence of Brees has to go to the defense, though. They kept the ship steady while backup Teddy Bridgewater managed to keep their offense afloat. In the win over Arizona, the Saints held their opponent to under 260 total yards for the fifth straight game.
The Saints are healthy… and the rest of the NFC is on notice.
4. Green Bay Packers (7-1)
Week 9 Opponent: at Los Angeles Chargers (3-5)
Something truly frightening is starting to reveal itself this Halloween season – the partnership between Aaron Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur.
Rodgers threw for 305 yards and three touchdowns in the Packers 31-24 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. While the dream duel between Rodgers and Pat Mahomes didn’t take place due to the latter’s knee injury, it still was an inspiring performance from Rodgers in hostile territory.
Aaron Jones added to his catalogue of terrific performances, catching seven balls for 169 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for another 67 yards.
The once clogged NFC North seems to be splitting in half, with the Packers leading the charge at the top.
5. Minnesota Vikings (6-2)
Week 9 Opponent: at Kansas City Chiefs (5-3)
A short week wasn’t a problem for the Minnesota Vikings as they handled the Washington Redskins, 19-9, on Thursday night.
The win was the Vikings’ fourth in a row and the fourth consecutive positive outing for Kirk Cousins, who threw for 285 yards on 23-for-26 passing in the win.
While it didn’t show on the scoreboard, Minnesota handled the Redskins pretty easily. The Vikings amassed 434 total yards to the Redskins 216 yards and stifled Washington in the run and pass game.
With Cousins continuing his hot streak and wide receiver Stefon Diggs playing back to the height of his potential, there’s no telling what the ceiling for this Vikings team is.
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As the 2019 NFL season approaches its midway point, the contenders for the 2020 Super Bowl are starting to reveal themselves.
While numerous teams have shuffled in and out of the Power Rankings through the first seven weeks of the season, this is the first time that four teams have held onto the top four spots for consecutive weeks.
But while four familiar faces top the rankings, a new team has made their way into the last spot for the first time this year.
Here are your official Power Rankings for Week 8 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. New England Patriots (7-0)
Week 8 Opponent: vs. Cleveland Browns (2-4)
Sam Darnold was “seeing ghosts” on Monday night, but in reality it was just the terrifying Patriots defensive unit that was in front of him.
The New England defense forced six turnovers (four interceptions, one fumble and one safety) in the Patriots 33-0 victory over the New York Jets, continuing to prove their status as the league’s best defense.
The Patriots are taking the ball away from opponents at a record-setting pace — their 18 interceptions are the most through seven games since the Green Bay Packers had 20 at the same mark in 1996. For those who love tidbits of history, the Packers met the Patriots in the Super Bowl that same year.
But if you thought the Patriots were content with a blowout victory and excellent defensive outing, you’d be wrong. On Tuesday morning, they traded a 2020 second round draft pick in exchange for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.
The Patriots are on a collision course to the 2020 Super Bowl and it will take another legitimate contender in the AFC to stop them.
2. San Francisco 49ers (6-0)
Week 8 Opponent: vs. Carolina Panthers (4-2)
It was muddy and it was ugly — and the 49ers are still perfect.
A 9-0 victory doesn’t instill a ton of confidence for a team, but San Francisco head coach Kyle Shanahan was pleased his team escaped the nation’s capital with a win.
The conditions at FedEx Field were worse than sloppy, as the 49ers and Redskins combined for 65 total rushing attempts in the NFL’s shortest game in 10 years.
There’s not much to take from the win for San Francisco outside of survival. While they are the stronger side when compared to Washington, everything is thrown out the window when field conditions are as poor as they were on Sunday.
3. New Orleans Saints (6-1)
Week 8 Opponent: vs. Arizona Cardinals (3-3-1)
After five weeks, the question needs to be asked: How good will the Saints be when Drew Brees returns?
While it seemed like the sky was falling once Brees was ruled out with a thumb injury, it has been nothing but 70-and-sunny on Bourbon Street with Teddy Bridgewater behind center.
Bridgewater continued his tremendous run on Sunday, throwing for 281 yards and two touchdowns in the Saints’ 36-25 win over Chicago. New Orleans is 5-0 since Bridgewater took over as the starter after Brees’ injury.
But Brees wasn’t the only one absent on Sunday. The Saints won their fifth consecutive game without star running back Alvin Kamara or tight end Jared Cook on the field.
The Saints are currently in one of the best positions in the NFC — their injury bug bit early, but it hasn’t halted any of their momentum. If anything, they’ll only get better as the season progresses and their star performers return to the field.
4. Green Bay Packers (6-1)
Week 8 Opponent: at Kansas City Chiefs (5-2)
When Aaron Rodgers is on, there’s not a defense in the league that can stop him.
The 2-Time NFL MVP put on one of the best performances of his career in Week 7, throwing for 429 yards and five touchdowns in the Packers’ 42-24 win over Oakland while also earning the first perfect passer rating of his career. Oh yeah, he also rushed for a touchdown, accounting for six of Green Bay’s seven scores.
Things are clicking just at the right time for Rodgers and head coach Matt LaFleur as the NFC North starts to see some separation. There’s still a lot of football left, but it looks like it’ll be a battle between Green Bay and Minnesota to see who comes out of the division.
5. Minnesota Vikings (5-2)
Week 8 Opponent: vs. Washington Redskins (1-6)
Three weeks ago, nobody would have believed you if you said Kirk Cousins would work his way into the MVP race.
But after weeks of ridicule, poor performances and rumors of an unhappy Stefon Diggs, Cousins is finally playing up to his $80 million contract.
The Vikings have won three consecutive games and Cousins is playing the best ball of his career, most recently going for four touchdowns and a season-high 337 passing yards in their Week 7 win over the Detroit Lions.
And then there’s Dalvin Cook, who is putting his name into the conversation as one of the best running backs in the league. Cook went off against the Lions, rushing for 142 yards and two scores in the win.
The NFC North may be turning into a two-horse race and we’re all here for the fireworks.
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Hall of Fame Experiences is excited to announce that the Gold Jacket Club for the 2020 Super Bowl will be located at Gulfstream Park in Miami.
This deluxe hospitality space is less than 10 miles away from Hard Rock Stadium and will feature both an indoor and outdoor component — the Gold Jacket Club and the Gold Jacket Terrace — for guests to enjoy.
Now that we know our location, let’s learn a little bit more about the Gold Jacket Club.
The Gold Jacket Club is a 3-hour pre-game party held on Sunday before the kickoff of the 2020 Super Bowl. This year’s Gold Jacket Club will be hosted by Jerry Rice, a 3-Time Super Bowl Champion and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010.
As the premier pre-game part of the 2020 Super Bowl, the Gold Jacket Club includes:
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Let’s start this week off with a crazy stat.
After each starting the season 3-0 through three weeks, the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams are a combined 1-8 since then.
While this has dramatically shaken up the Power Rankings over the last couple of weeks, it also goes to show that Super Bowls aren’t won in September.
With that said, the Power Rankings for this week have some big shakeups, including a new top contender in the NFC and a team making their first appearance in top five.
Here are your official Power Rankings for Week 7 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. New England Patriots (6-0)
Week 7 Opponent: at New York Jets (1-4)
The injuries to New England’s offensive line are starting to catch up to them. While the Patriots sit atop the AFC with an undefeated record, it’s become apparent that the absence of center David Andrews and left tackle Isaiah Wynn have had a huge impact on offensive production.
New England’s running game has been mostly stifled with Sony Michel unable to regain the form from his breakout rookie season. In their 35-14 win over the Giants on Thursday, the Patriots averaged a disappointing 3.4 yards per carry as a team.
But then there’s New England’s defense, which has been their saving grace throughout the first six games. The bandits in secondary were out again on Thursday night, picking off Giants quarterback Daniel Jones three times and halting any momentum the opposition was gaining.
But what can truly separate the Patriots from the rest of the cream of the crop is their emphasis on special teams excellence. Rookie linebacker Chase Winovich returned a punt block for a touchdown, giving the Patriots two special teams touchdowns through six weeks.
2. San Francisco 49ers (5-0)
Week 7 Opponent: at Washington Redskins (1-5)
The NFC has a new frontrunner. While many expected the Rams to be the top dog in the NFC West this season, the 49ers have emerged from the ashes to be a true force in the division, and conference, through the first third of the season.
The 49ers defense has looked immovable in recent weeks, but especially in their 20-7 victory over the Rams on Sunday. San Francisco held Los Angeles’ offense to a measly 157 yards, paralyzing their opponent after the Rams scored on the opening drive.
Jimmy Garoppolo’s 243 passing yards and rushing touchdown were enough to get the job done, but the 49ers offense will have to pick up the pace as they get further down the schedule. But the reality is that the San Francisco offense is currently doing what is asked of them in order to win, which can’t be faulted.
3. New Orleans Saints (5-1)
Week 7 Opponent: at Chicago Bears (3-2)
There isn’t a quarterback controversy in New Orleans, but the fact that the Saints are 4-0 with backup quarterback Teddy Bridgewater behind center is something worth applauding.
Bridgewater, however, hasn’t been lighting up opposing defenses, making the wait for Drew Brees’ return from thumb surgery feel longer by the week.
But, like most teams in these power rankings, defense wins the day. The Saints throttled the Jaguars offense on Saturday in their 13-6 victory in Jacksonville. New Orleans held Jags rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew II without a touchdown pass for the first time in his career and only allowed 226 yards of offense.
4. Green Bay Packers (5-1)
Week 7 Opponent: vs. Oakland Raiders (3-2)
If you like controversy, look no further.
The Packers defeated the Lions, 23-22, on Monday night to jump to the top of the NFC North, but it wasn’t pretty.
Green Bay benefited from two highly questionable “illegal hands to the face” calls on Lions defensive end Trey Flowers that resulted in a total of 10 points, including the game-winning field goal as time expired.
While the win will be the topic of discussion for most of this week, the Packers still did what needed to be done to jump to a one game advantage in the division. Aaron Rodgers is looking like his old self under new head coach Matt LaFleur and the backfield tandem of Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones is tearing up opposing defenses.
5. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)
Week 7 Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens (4-2)
Russell Wilson is back to looking like the best quarterback in the league.
Wilson threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one in the Seahawks 32-28 victory over the Browns on Sunday. But Seattle’s defense also forced four turnovers that helped them come back from an early 20-6 deficit to leave enemy territory with a win.
The victory pushes Seattle into the Power Rankings for the first time this season, but it likely won’t be the last. While other potential contenders in the NFC are struggling to maintain their footing (Dallas, Philadelphia and Los Angeles), the Seahawks have looked like one of the most consistent teams in the league through six games, mostly thanks to Wilson and a stout defensive unit.
And the scary part is that they might be getting better.
Jarran Reed, who accounted for 10.5 sacks last season, returns for their Week 7 meeting with Baltimore after serving a six-game suspension to start the year.
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Hall of Fame Experiences is excited to have Pro Football Hall of Famer and 3-time Super Bowl Champion Jerry Rice as the host of the Gold Jacket Club for the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami.
The Gold Jacket Club is a 3-hour pre-game party taking place before the 2020 Super Bowl and featuring appearances from other Hall of Famers like Robert Brazile, Chris Doleman, Kenny Houston, Will Shields and Billy Shaw.
Rice will be taking center stage as host, marking his return to the biggest game of the NFL season after coming out victorious three times during his playing career.
“It’s an honor to be hosting the Gold Jacket Club in Miami for the 2020 Super Bowl,” Rice told Hall of Fame Experiences. “As a 3-Time Super Bowl Champion, I know how special this weekend will be and I’m excited to be a part of it. I’m thrilled to meet the guests in the Gold Jacket Club and, of course, to be surrounded by some of my fellow Hall of Famers. It will be an unforgettable event.”
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Jerry Rice entered the 1985 NFL Draft as one of the most highly touted offensive players following a historic career at Mississippi Valley State.
Rice broke into the national consciousness after claiming nearly every Division 1-AA receiving record possible in his four collegiate seasons. In his junior year at Mississippi Valley State, Rice led the NCAA with 102 receptions and 1,450 receiving yards, including a 24-catch performance, a single-game record, against Southern University.
As a senior, Rice surpassed himself in the record books with 112 receptions, 1,845 receiving yards and an astronomical 27 touchdown receptions.
After building up quite the reputation in college, the San Francisco 49ers traded up to select Rice with the 16th pick in the 1985 NFL Draft.
Rice’s skills translated well to the pro game as he caught 49 passes for 927 receiving yards in his rookie year.
But his historic career truly took off in 1986. In his second season, Rice caught 86 passes and led the league with 1,570 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns, helping Rice earn Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro honors for the first time in his career.
Rice’s career only got better from there. In the season following his breakout year, the 6-foot-2 pass catcher caught 22 touchdown passes, a single-season NFL record at the time (Randy Moss broke this tally with 23 touchdowns in 2007).
Over his 20-season career, Rice led the league in touchdown receptions six time and scored 10 or more touchdowns in nine of his first 11 years in the NFL. He led the league in receiving yards six times and surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in a season an immaculate 14 times.
Rice didn’t just perform in the regular season. His tandem with fellow Hall of Famer Joe Montana led the 49ers to three Super Bowl wins and Rice was named the MVP of the 1989 Super Bowl.
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And just like that, there are only two undefeated teams left in the league.
Week 5 of the 2019 season saw the New England Patriots continue their dominance across the AFC, while the NFC remains a toss up among the top teams in each division.
The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys both moved out of the Top 5 this week following losses, leaving room for one of the biggest shakeups in the Power Rankings since the start of the season.
But as injuries start to pile up and playoff implications start to get closer, expect more and more movement as the season progresses.
Here are your official Power Rankings for Week 6 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. New England Patriots (5-0)
Week 6 Opponent: vs New York Giants (2-3)
Adaptability is one of the key components of a truly great team and especially a Super Bowl contender. Unsurprisingly, adaptability is also one of the key qualities found with the New England Patriots.
Even as an undefeated side, there was cause for concern with the Patriots heading into their 33-7 win over Washington on Sunday. Longtime kicker and all-time Patriots points leader Stephen Gostkowski was placed on the IR with a hip injury and the offensive line was the most banged up its been during Belichick’s tenure.
But a truly great team adapts over the long term and the short term. After an unimpressive first half in DC that saw Tom Brady throw the ball 31 times, the Patriots shifted offensive and used the running game to power through 21 unanswered points in the final two quarters.
While it wasn’t his best effort, Tom Brady added another accolade to his resume in the win, passing Brett Favre for third all-time on the career passing yards list (71,923 yards).
2. New Orleans Saints (4-1)
Week 6 Opponent: at Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
Don’t tell Teddy Bridgewater that he’s a backup.
The Saints second option behind center has been more than steady for New Orleans while Drew Brees heals from a thumb injury. In the Saints 31-24 win over Tampa Bay on Sunday, Bridgewater threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns on 26-for-34 passing — marking his first game passing above 300 yards since 2015.
Losing your starting quarterback is never an easy pill to swallow, but the Saints have weathered the storm and have stayed unbeaten in Bridgewater starts.
3. Kansas City Chiefs (4-1)
Week 6 Opponent: vs. Houston Texans (3-2)
It took five weeks, but Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs finally fell back down to earth.
And if the 19-13 home loss to the Colts wasn’t bad enough, Mahomes left the game limping on a lame left ankle. While the injury has yet to be diagnosed, it does bring cause for concern for a quarterback who uses his ability to scramble inside and outside of the pocket better than anyone in the league.
But the loss also highlighted some problem areas that Andy Reid will have to address rather quickly. Kansas City’s offensive line was dominated by the Colts defensive front as Indianapolis held Chiefs running back Damien Williams to a mediocre 23 yards on nine carries.
After four weeks, the absence of Tyreek Hill is finally starting to be felt. While Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman filled the gap for a couple of games, they can’t replace the production of one of the league’s most dangerous receivers.
4. Green Bay Packers (4-1)
Week 6 Opponent: vs. Detroit Lions (2-1-1)
This Green Bay Packers team may be the real deal thanks to the Aaron-Aaron connection.
We all know about Aaron Rodgers’ ability behind center, but if running back Aaron Jones can keep is production up, these Packers are a legitimate threat to come out of the NFC. Jones went wild in Green Bay’s 34-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, rushing for four touchdowns and 107 yards on 19 carries.
The performance wasn’t perfect, though. The Packers almost let a 31-3 lead slip as Dak Prescott and the Cowboys offense started moving the ball in the fourth quarter. But the Green Bay defense held on and its three interceptions off Prescott proved enough to secure a huge road victory to shoot them up our rankings.
5. San Francisco 49ers (4-0)
Week 6 Opponent: at Los Angeles Rams (3-2)
Raise your hand if you expected the 49ers to be one of the last two undefeated teams in the NFL?
Nobody? That’s okay.
San Francisco came its Week 4 bye looking stronger than ever, trouncing the Browns 31-3 to stay unbeaten in the early stages of the season. The 49ers look like serious contenders to come out of the NFC West with an established run game and the second-best scoring defense in the league led by Richard Sherman and Nick Bosa.
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The Power Rankings were due for a huge shakeup going into Week 5, but both the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs were able to survive scares on the road.
But we did see more movement in the NFC, which seems to be a weekly occurrence. The Los Angeles Rams have moved out of the Top 5 after a disheartening 55-40 loss to Tampa Bay at home, and two of the top teams in the conference went head-to-head when the Dallas Cowboys met the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.
As we are now a quarter of the way through the season, the true contenders for the 2020 Super Bowl are starting to reveal themselves — but there is still a lot of football to play.
Here are your official power rankings for Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. New England Patriots (4-0)
Week 5 Opponent: at Washington Redskins (0-4)
It took four weeks, but the Patriots finally faced a challenge at the quarter point of the season.
New England’s 16-10 victory over the Bills in Buffalo proved what we already know — this team may have a future Hall of Famer at quarterback, but they’ll only go as far as their defense will take them.
The defense dominated Buffalo, intercepting quarterback Josh Allen three times before he was knocked out of the game in the third quarter. Then, on the Bills final possession of the game, Jamie Collins picked off backup Matt Barkley to seal the road win.
But it wasn’t just the defense that showed its strength. In the first quarter, J.C. Jackson blocked a Buffalo punt and Matt Slater returned it for an 11-yard score to put New England up 13-0.
For a closer look at how dominant this Patriots defense has been — Devin McCourty currently leads the league with four interceptions and Jamie Collins is second in the NFL with three.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
Week 5 Opponent: vs. Indianapolis Colts (2-2)
Kansas City finally looked human in Week 4, needing a last-minute touchdown to escape with a win in Detroit.
Patrick Mahomes was tasked with leading the Chiefs to victory after another lackluster performance from their defense, which has been the team’s glaring kryptonite so far this season.
The Chiefs are happy to put up 30 or 40 points a game, but for them to potentially get to Miami for the 2020 Super Bowl, their defensive unit will have to lock down offensive opponents on both levels — Matt Stafford threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns while Kerryon Johnson went for 125 yards on the ground against Kansas City.
Chiefs opponents are scoring on almost half of their possessions, which is a problem that head coach Andy Reid and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo need to address head on.
3. New Orleans Saints (3-1)
Week 5 Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2)
The Saints jump right back into the top spot in the NFC after an impressive 12-10 win over the Cowboys in the Superdome on Sunday night.
New Orleans’ defense is the saving grace of this team in the absence of Drew Brees. They forced two key fumbles and picked off Dak Prescott on the Cowboys final play of the game to secure the win. They also held Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to a pedestrian 35 rushing yards on 18 carries.
While Teddy Bridgewater is a more than capable backup for the undisclosed time that Brees will be out, it will be the Saints defensive unit that will determine the team’s fate in the interim.
Brees’ injury has also highlighted the importance of Michael Thomas as a safety blanket for a backup quarterback being thrown into the fire — Bridgewater found Thomas nine times on Sunday night for 95 yards.
4. Dallas Cowboys (3-1)
Last Week’s Ranking: 3
Week 5 Opponent: vs. Green Bay Packers (3-1)
The Cowboys offense was finally grounded in New Orleans.
The honeymoon period between offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and quarterback Dak Prescott is over and the duo will need to regain cohesion as Dallas heads into a difficult stretch.
The loss against New Orleans is just a sample size, but it did show that the Cowboys can’t rely too heavily on Elliott to be their entire offensive production. Several times they would give Elliott consecutive carries that garnered no momentum and stalled the offense out.
The Saints defensive fortitude obviously shook Prescott, as Moore called a conservative game, never letting Prescott stretch the ball down the field. Prescott’s 6.8 yards per pass attempt was his lowest of the season so far.
This loss can be a good thing, though. The Cowboys have Super Bowl aspirations and a tight test on the road against a fellow NFC contender will only force them to sharper their game as they get deeper into the season.
5. Chicago Bears (3-1)
Week 5 Opponent: at Oakland Raiders (2-2)
Can the Bears win a Super Bowl without a quarterback? It sure looks like it.
After Mitch Trubisky went down in the opening minutes of Chicago’s Week 4 meeting with the Vikings, things looked grim. Backup quarterback and 10-year veteran Chase Daniel came in to provide a steady hand, but it was the monstrous Bears defense that propelled Chicago to victory once again.
Coming into the game as the NFL rushing leader, Vikings back Dalvin Cook was stifled at Solider Field, only mustering 35 yards on 14 rushing attempts.
The Bears were two minutes away from shutting out their division rivals, but a 2-yard rush from Cook in the dying minutes prevented the defensive milestone.
Chicago is fifth in the league in total defense (290.8 ypg) and third in rushing defense (61.5) and could be the most formidable foe in the dense NFC North four games into the year.
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We likely know our top two contenders in the AFC, but the NFC is a whole other story.
Through three weeks, we’ve seen the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs paving their ways towards an AFC Championship rematch, while several NFC squads are duking it out to stake their claim as Super Bowl contenders.
But, once again, as we reach the quarter-point of the NFL season this weekend, everything is still to play for. Who are the contenders and who are the pretenders?
Here are your official power rankings for Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. New England Patriots (3-0)
Week 4 Opponent: at Buffalo Bills (3-0)
New England has looked insanely sharp in the first three games of the season, but it’s worth noting that their trio of opponents are currently combined for an 0-9 record.
But that doesn’t change the fact that the defending Super Bowl Champions are winning games that they should be and doing it without any real contest.
While Tom Brady is looking mighty impressive at 42-years-old, this Patriots team’s fate will be decided on the defensive side of the ball. The defensive unit leads the league with only 199 offensive yards allowed per game and hasn’t allowed a touchdown yet through three weeks.
Injuries will be the question for this team going into the coming weeks — Julian Edelman suffered a rib injury on Sunday, Josh Gordon was removed from action for a bit, left tackle Isaiah Wynn and fullback James Develin have been placed on the IR and number one draft pick N’Keal Harry might not touch the field this year.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
Week 4 Opponent: at Detroit Lions (2-0-1)
Who, if anybody, can stop Patrick Mahomes this season? While the Ravens proved the toughest test yet for the Chiefs in the early season on Sunday, Baltimore’s defense couldn’t find the solution to slow down the reigning MVP. Mahomes threw for 374 yards and three touchdowns in the 33-28 win over the Ravens, bringing his passing touchdown total to 10 this season with zero interceptions.
For the third straight week, a new receiver helped fill the void left by the injured Tyreek Hill. This time it was Mecole Hardman, who broke out for an 83-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter.
If Mahomes can stay on his record-setting pace and the Chiefs defense can still hold strong, we may see them jump up to the top position on these power rankings sooner rather than later.
3. Dallas Cowboys (3-0)
Week 4 Opponent: at New Orleans Saints (2-1)
Dak Prescott is playing for a contact and you can tell. The Cowboys quarterback reportedly declined a contract extension with $100 million in guaranteed money over the offseason in hopes that he could sweeten the deal even more with better play.
So far so good for the Mississippi State product.
As Ezekiel Elliott gets back into form after sitting out all of training camp and preseason, Prescott has helped the Cowboys cruise through their first three games offensively.
Prescott has thrown for nine touchdowns on the season and currently boasts an impressive 128.0 passer rating thanks in part to his partnership with new Dallas offensive coordinator Kellen Moore.
This Cowboys roster is stacked with talent and once Elliott starts going, we could be looking at the new favorites to come out of the NFC.
4. Los Angeles Rams (3-0)
Week 4 Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)
We haven’t seen the full potential of the Rams offense yet this season. After breaking records in the NFC last year, Sean McVay’s offensive unit has come slow out of the gates through the first three weeks.
While they sit at 3-0, there’s drastic room for an improvement for Jared Goff and company. Mostly — the side has struggled to get going early in games. The Rams haven’t scored a touchdown in the first half of their last two games, partially since they can’t get their running game established.
But even a slow Rams offense is one of the best in the league. Los Angeles currently sits at eighth in scoring (25.7), with that ranking likely to rise as they get deeper into the season.
5. Green Bay Packers (3-0)
Week 4 Opponent: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)
The NFC North will be a bloodbath this year, but the Packers look to be the team to beat in the early going.
The partnership of new head coach Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers has been healthy so far as Rodgers has yet to throw an interception through three games.
But the Packers undefeated start is thanks mostly to the play of their stout defense. They are holding opponents to 11.7 points per game and stifled both the Bears and Vikings offenses.
Another thing to note about Green Bay is that we haven’t seen full use of their offensive weapons yet. Davante Adams is considered one of the most lethal receiving options in the league but was only targeted four times last week. The same can be said of tight end Jimmy Graham, who has been targeted only seven times through three games.
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The landscape of the league shifted in one weekend.
With injuries to two of the league’s top passers and multiple top matchups in Week 2, a lot has changed in just a handful of days.
Every week, HOF Experiences is releasing a Power Ranking of the top five teams in the league as we get closer to the 2020 Super Bowl.
Here are your official power rankings for Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. New England Patriots (2-0)
Week 3 Opponent: vs. New York Jets (0-2)
Through two weeks of the NFL season, the New England Patriots are who we thought they were — and some more. Following a 43-0 shellacking of the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, New England has now outscored its opponents 76-3 through two games. The scary part? A team so heavily lauded for its generational quarterback and arsenal of wide receivers may be stouter on the defensive side of the ball. In his first two games as the Patriots defensive signal caller, Jerod Mayo has looked like a seasoned vet and crafted a defensive scheme that could punish opposing offenses at any moment.
In his first game with the Patriots, Antonio Brown took advantage of his limited snaps, catching four passes for 56 yards and one touchdown.
All this is to say, the Patriots may be in this top spot for a while.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-0)
Week 3 Opponent: vs. Baltimore Ravens (2-0)
The absence of Tyreek Hill due to injury was supposed to stifle the Chiefs offense, but instead it has opened opportunity for the rest of Kansas City’s receiving corps. After Sammy Watkins broke out in Week 1, Demarcus Robinson followed suit in the Chiefs 28-10 win over Oakland and put on the best performance of his career. The fourth-year receiver went for two touchdowns and 172 yards on six receptions, averaging an impressive 28.7 yards per catch.
Kansas City’s defense also stiffened up this week, looking more comfortable in coordinator Steve Spagnuolo’s new system.
And then there’s Patrick Mahomes, who is still putting up astronomical numbers like clockwork. The reigning MVP threw for 443 yards and four touchdowns in his final performance ever in Oakland.
3. Los Angeles Rams (2-0)
Week 3 Opponent: at Cleveland Browns (1-1)
After starting the season in the Top 5 of our Power Rankings, the Rams lost their place after a less-than-stellar opening weekend performance against the Carolina Panthers.
Well — the Rams proved their worth in Week 2 with a 27-9 win over the New Orleans Saints in a rematch of last year’s NFC title game.
The scoreline doesn’t tell the proper story, though. The Saints lost quarterback Drew Brees early in the game to a thumb injury that will likely keep him out of action for the next two months. There was also an officiating error that took a likely fumble return touchdown for Cameron Jordan away.
But the Rams still did what they needed to do to knock off a top NFC opponent. The return of Cooper Kupp from an ACL injury has breathed new life into the offense, and the slot receiver showed that he still has it on a 66-yard catch-and-run that was maybe the play of the weekend.
With the Saints ailing from Brees’ absence, the Rams may have cemented their spot as the early season team to beat in the NFC.
4. Dallas Cowboys (2-0)
Week 3 Opponent: vs. Miami Dolphins (0-2)
Dallas’ dynamic duo of Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott is officially back. After an average Week 1 performance, Elliot went for 111 yards and one touchdown in the Cowboys’ 31-21 win over the Redskins.
Prescott looked sharp for a second straight week, throwing 26-30 for 269 yards and three touchdowns. Most impressively, Dallas’ offensive line kept Prescott safe most of the game (allowing only one sack) against a formidable Washington front seven.
The Cowboys are setting themselves up nicely with two division wins and a game against a struggling Miami on the horizon this week.
5. Philadelphia Eagles (1-1)
Week 3 Opponent: vs. Detroit Lions (1-0-1)
There are several undefeated teams left in the league, but the Eagles still find a spot in our Top 5. A slow start and plethora of injuries led to a disappointing loss to the Falcons on Sunday night, but it also masked maybe the most inspiring Carson Wentz performance in over a year.
Wentz led the Eagles back and eventually gave them a 20-17 lead with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 3:13 remaining.
The Eagles are hurt, but not broken, and a slugfest in Atlanta maybe inspired more confidence than it should have. But their talent is still overflowing, and their star quarterback is starting to play like his old self again.
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First impressions are everything, especially when setting a tone for the season.
Week 1 of the 2019 season showed us that last year’s playoff teams are still the top dogs in the league and are ready to make another run at glory. But after only one week, we try not to jump to too many conclusions.
Every week, HOF Experiences is releasing a power ranking of the top five teams in the league as the road to the 2020 Super Bowl rolls on and we get a better idea of what the postseason will look like.
Even just a week into the season, we have a glimpse at the team’s that could find themselves in Miami come February.
Here are your official power rankings for Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season.
1. New England Patriots (1-0)
Week 2 Opponent: at Miami Dolphins (0-1)
No team had a better opening weekend than the defending Super Bowl champions. Less than 36 hours before their first kickoff of the season, the Patriots added to their offensive arsenal by signing Antonio Brown, who had just been released by the Oakland Raiders earlier in the day.
While Brown wasn’t eligible for the Patriots Week 1 matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers, his services weren’t needed. After revealing the franchise’s sixth championship banner in the pregame ceremony, New England put on a world-class performance, dismantling the Steelers, 33-3. Tom Brady had no problem adjusting to another year in the league, finding almost every receiver during his 341-yard passing performance.
Josh Gordon, who was reinstated over the offseason, didn’t miss a step in his return, scoring New England’s first touchdown of the season on a 20-yard crossing route.
One game into the season and we are already seeing signs of how scary this New England offense can be.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
Week 2 Opponent: at Oakland Raiders (1-0)
All eyes were on the reigning MVP as Pat Mahomes had the Chiefs looking once again like legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
In Kansas City’s 40-26 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Mahomes threw for 378 yards and three touchdowns. All three of his touchdown passes were to Sammy Watkins, who took over the game after Tyreek Hill left the field early following a dislocated clavicle. Watkins was a nightmare all day for Jacksonville’s defense as he accumulated 198 receiving yards on nine catches.
But, as mentioned, the victory resulted in the loss of Hill. While the injury won’t require surgery, the team hasn’t set a timetable for their star receiver’s return.
The victory did highlight that the Chiefs still have work to do on the defensive side of the ball. They gave up 26 points to Jaguars backup Gardner Minshew, who came in after Nick Foles broke his left clavicle in the first quarter.
3. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
Week 2 Opponent: at Atlanta Falcons (0-1)
After a tumultuous first quarter against the Washington Redskins, the Eagles found their footing and put on a performance worthy of one of the NFC’s most stacked rosters. Carson Wentz looked fully back to health after missing the back half of last season, throwing for 313 yards and three touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 32-27 win.
The Eagles offense was rejuvenated by DeSean Jackson, who played in his first game for the franchise in over six years. The outing was worth the wait as Jackson lit up the Redskins with 154 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
The come-from-behind victory breathed fresh life into a franchise that is aiming to reach its second Super Bowl in the past three seasons.
4. New Orleans Saints (1-0)
Week 2 Opponent: at Los Angeles Rams (1-0)
The Saints would have found themselves outside of the Power Rankings after one week if not for the late-game heroics of Drew Brees and kicker Wil Lutz on Monday Night.
After giving up a touchdown on a 2-play, 75-yard drive by the Texans with 37 seconds remaining in the first Monday Night Football game of the season, the Saints trailed 28-27.
But the following drive was a masterclass of clock management, as Brees charged his offense down the field and got the ball to the 41-yard line with two seconds remaining. With the game on the line, Lutz nailed a 58-yard field goal as the clock hit zero to secure New Orleans’ first victory of the season.
While the performance resulted in a victory, the Saints defense looked shaky at times and will need to be straightened out if they hope to make another run to the NFC Championship Game. But at the end of the day, there’s no offensive trio in the game quite like Brees, Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.
5. Dallas Cowboys (1-0)
Week 2 Opponent: at Washington Redskins (0-1)
The Dallas Cowboys burst onto this list for the first time this season after an impressive offensive outing in their 35-17 Week 1 win over the New York Giants. The partnership of new offensive coordinator Kellen Moore and Dak Prescott got off to a hot start, as Prescott went 25-32 for 405 yards and four touchdowns with a perfect passer rating. Ezekiel Elliott touched the field for the first time after holding out for all of training camp and preseason, rushing for 53 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. With owner Jerry Jones calling this Cowboys roster one of the best of the past two decades, the Cowboys just might stay in these Power Rankings from week to week.
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Welcome back, football — we missed you.
The 2019 NFL season starts on Thursday night as the Green Bay Packers head to Soldier Field for a matchup with the Chicago Bears. From there, every game will get us one step closer to the 2020 Super Bowl in Miami.
Every week, HOF Experiences is releasing a power ranking of the top five teams in the league as the road to Miami rolls on and our picture of the league’s top teams gets clearer.
For the first edition of the season, we’ll look at the top teams in the league based on last season’s performance, offseason moves and how they looked in the preseason.
So strap in and get ready. It’s going to be another long and exciting season in the National Football League.
1. New England Patriots (0-0)
Week 1 Opponent: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0)
As has become tradition, the Patriots said goodbye to some top-level talent after the conclusion of another Super Bowl-winning season and replaced them with players that they hope can fill the void left at half the cost. With defensive end Trey Flowers leaving to sign with the Detroit Lions, New England brought in veteran end Michael Bennett to try and mimic some of the explosive pass rusher production. Left tackle Trent Brown signed a historic contract in Oakland, leaving Isaiah Wynn, who missed last season with a torn achilles, with big shoes to fill on Tom Brady’s blindside.
We knew the offense would be without recent-retiree Rob Gronkowski this season, but now it may have lost center David Andrews as well. Andrews could miss the entire 2019 season with a recently discovered blood clot in his lungs, which forced the Patriots to quickly trade for center Russell Bodine from Buffalo last week. The new-look offensive line will force a 42-year-old Brady to be at his best in Week 1, but he'll thankfully have newly reinstated receiver Josh Gordon back.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (0-0)
Week 1 Opponent: at Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0)
The Chiefs offense could single-handedly propel this team back into the AFC Championship Game this season. Reigning league MVP Pat Mahomes returns behind center for head coach Andy Reid's offense, with familiar faces in tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill lining up. The already-explosive offense added another weapon this past week, with running back LeSean McCoy reuniting with Reid after being cut by Buffalo. McCoy joins a backfield with Damien Williams, who proved himself last season as a great option both in the trenches, running off tackle or branching out on swing routes.
Week 1 will be our first look at the new defensive philosophy under coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who installed a 4-3 scheme over the offseason after former coordinator Bob Sutton was fired following last season.
3. New Orleans Saints (0-0)
Week 1 Opponent: vs. Houston Texans (0-0)
It's no secret that the Saints success over the past decade has fallen directly on the performance of quarterback Drew Brees. While that still rings true, New Orleans has built a foundation around their quarterback over the past few seasons to carry some of the load. The rise of running back Alvin Kamara and the jump to stardom for receiver Michael Thomas has turned the Saints offense into a three-headed monster and helped them stay a contender even as their quarterback sits at 40-years old. And don't forget about hybrid offensive threat Taysom Hill, who head coach Sean Payton says will continue to be implemented into the offense in unique and effective ways.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)
Week 1 Opponent: vs. Washington Redskins (0-0)
Philadelphia is officially in the post-Nick Foles era, which should be a positive for the confidence of quarterback Carson Wentz. While injuries continue to plague the North Dakota State product, Wentz is now in full command of the Eagles offense and says he's made the lifestyle choices necessary to improve his health for a 16-game regular season. Philadelphia added to Wentz’s bag of toys this offseason by signing wide receiver DeSean Jackson and trading for running back Jordan Howard from Chicago.
While the exits of Chris Long and Michael Bennett left holes in the defense, the signing of defensive tackle Malik Jackson should keep the Eagles stable in the trenches.
5. Los Angeles Rams (0-0)
Week 1 Opponent: at Carolina Panthers (0-0)
The reigning NFC Champions remained relatively quiet this offseason compared to the commotion they caused the previous summer, but still opened and closed the door on some of the biggest stars on the defensive side of the ball.
They said goodbye to defensive stalwart Ndamukong Suh, who signed in Tampa Bay, but re-signed defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. and brought in veteran safety Eric Weddle to solidify their secondary.
The buzz heading into Week 1 for head coach Sean McVay's team is that his elite offense that ran rampant in the NFC last year is back to full health. Slot receiver Cooper Kupp, who tore his ACL last November, should be back in the mix of quarterback Jared Goff's arsenal in Week 1.
Running back Todd Gurley should also be back in full force, as his play was stifled for most of last season with a nagging knee injury. McVay has hinted at a potential three running back rotation to start the season with Gurley, Malcolm Brown and rookie Darrell Henderson Jr.
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History was made at the Pro Football Hall of Fame as the Class of 2019 was welcomed into the halls of Canton during 2019 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
While thousands of fans trekked from around the world for the memorable week in Canton, the most unforgettable moments were created by guests of Hall of Fame Experiences.
From meet-and-greets with Hall of Famers, VIP parties, exclusive photo opportunities and more, there was no better way to enjoy Enshrinement Week than with an Official Ticket Package from HOF Experiences.
Here are the highlights from our week in Canton:
HOF Experiences guests were put at the forefront of all the action at 2019 Enshrinement Week with the Enshrinement Stage photo op on Saturday morning.
Guests walked onto the same stage that would later host the newest enshrinees into the Hall of Fame as a professional photographer snapped their photo.
Enshrinement Week is about more than the Class of 2019 — it’s about welcoming home the over 100 Gold Jackets who are making their way back to their second home in Canton.
The best part about all the Hall of Famers being in one place? Guests of HOF Experiences got exclusive meet-and-greet access with them throughout the weekend!
Through the several VIP parties held throughout the week, Official Ticket Package holders were able to interact with the legends of the game while getting autographs and pictures.
The red carpet made an appearance before the 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony kicked off. The Gold Jacket Walk brought Hollywood to Canton as all the returning Hall of Famers made their way to the Enshrinement Stage and were greeted by the fans waiting along the ropes.
The Gold Jackets greeted fans and jumped into selfies to help create those picture-perfect moments that define Enshrinement Week.
Fans and HOF Experiences guests alike gathered to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium on Saturday night to enjoy a night filled with famous words that will echo throughout the halls of Canton for eternity.
All seven living enshrinees took the stage and delivered unforgettable speech after speech while the family of late Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen met on stage to honor one of the most impactful men in the history of the sport.
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HOF Experiences will be back in Canton for 2020 Enshrinement Week and you can join us with an Official Ticket Package! Be there are 20 new members are enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame to honor a century of the sport’s history.
There’s no better time to celebrate than at 2019 Enshrinement Week when the biggest icons in football receive their Gold Jackets and membership into Canton.
That’s why HOF Experiences is offering several fan parties to attend throughout 2019 Enshrinement Week through an Official Ticket Package. Check out the full fan party schedule below and join in on the biggest celebration of the year.
When: Thursday, August 1
Start 2019 Enshrinement Weekend with a VIP Kick Off Tailgate Party. This party includes a VIP meet-and-greet with Hall of Famers returning to Canton, including Bobby Bell, Robert Brazile, Floyd Little and Gary Zimmerman, plus food, desserts, soft drinks and other culinary accommodations.
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Be a part of the first tailgate party of the 2019 NFL Season before kickoff of the Hall of Fame Game between the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. Enjoy traditional tailgate food along with beer, soft drink and other selections with music, games and more.
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When: Saturday, August 3
Get ready for the 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony at the Gold Jacket VIP Tailgate Party on Saturday. Taking place right before the main event of the weekend, this party brings in some of the biggest returning Gold Jackets for fans to meet and interact with. This year’s party will host Hall of Famers Rayfield Wright, Jan Stenerud, Charles Haley and Will Shields.
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The Enshrinement Ceremony Fan Party is the ultimate way to hang out with football’s biggest fans before the 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony. Taking place on the Hall of Fame campus, this tailgate party features food and drink options plus music and games to prepare for the main event of the weekend.
When: Sunday, August 4
Before Imagine Dragons take the stage at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, join HOF Experiences for the Pre-Concert Fan Party. Enjoy complimentary food and drink while getting ready for a night full of memorable tunes from one of the biggest rock bands in the world.
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Football fans love stats, and enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame have racked up some of the most mind-numbing totals imaginable.
With Enshrinement Week right around the corner, we’re diving deep into the 19 numbers that defined the Class of 2019.
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Over the past few months, we’ve highlighted the benefits of an Official Ticket Package to 2019 Enshrinement Week and dug deep into the history and moments that defined each member of the Class of 2019.
But with 2019 Enshrinement right around the corner, we want to aim the spotlight at one of the biggest events of the entire week — the Gold Jacket Walk.
Taking place on August 3 right before the 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony, the Gold Jacket Walk is the best chance for fans to get an up-close look at every Hall of Famer who has returned to Canton for the weekend.
Fans can stand along the ropes as over 100 returning Gold Jackets make their way to the Enshrinement stage, snapping photos and shaking hands with the biggest icons in the game.
Think of the Gold Jacket Walk like a red carpet premiere for a Hollywood blockbuster, only you’re replacing your Pitt’s and DiCaprio’s with the most legendary and acclaimed players to ever touch the gridiron.
While the entirety of Enshrinement Week provides for a great photo op, nothing can match the picture-worthy moments that we’ve seen during the Gold Jacket Walk over the previous years. The fans are excited to be so close to the Gold Jackets and the Gold Jackets are thrilled to be back at their forever football home.
The Gold Jacket Walk is one of the most exclusive events offered from HOF Experiences and is only available through three Official Ticket Packages — 3-Day Silver, 4-Day Diamond & 4-Day Silver.
All three of these packages include other exclusive inclusions like tickets to the Hall of Fame Game, access to the Gold Jacket VIP Tailgate Party, Class of 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony and much more.
HOF Experiences still has over 10 Official Ticket Package options available for 2019 Enshrinement. Choose between Single, 2-Day, 3-Day or 4-Day Packages for the ultimate experience at the biggest weekend of the year.
Offensive linemen don’t ask for the credit or applause, but Kevin Mawae put together a career worth celebrating. Before he is enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we’re looking back at the top five moments from his Canton-worthy career.
When: 1996 Season
It’s rare to see a player change positions at all in the NFL, but even more unheard of to have them do it two years into their career.
After two seasons playing right guard for the Seattle Seahawks, Mawae was moved to center for the 1996 season. He would remain at the position for the remainder of his 16-year career and found exponential amounts of success just by moving a few feet on the offensive line.
When: 1999 Season
After a four-year stint in Seattle, Mawae signed with the New York Jets prior to the 1998 season. In his first year with Gang Green, Mawae was the main cog in an offensive line that helped running back Curtis Martin rush for 100 yards in a franchise record eight games, eventually totaling 1,287 rushing yards in a single season.
But it was Mawae’s second year in New York that turned him into an irreplaceable part of the Jets offense. In a year in which the Jets had three different starting quarterbacks, Mawae commanded the offensive line and led Martin to another prolific season — this time setting a then-franchise record of 1,464 rushing yards in a single campaign.
Martin was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012 and claims that he wouldn’t have earned the honor without Mawae paving the holes in front of him for years.
From his first season in 1994 all the way to the end of his run in New York in 2005, Mawae started an immaculate 177 consecutive games.
While this number doesn’t set any records, it points to Mawae’s success and dependability for over a decade of his career. He was performing at the highest level in the sport and was there for almost every single snap, whether pass or run blocking.
The streak came to an end just six games into the 2005 season as Mawae suffered a tricep injury that forced him to miss the remainder of the year.
When: 2006 season
Following the conclusion of the 2005 season, Mawae was cut by the Jets and promptly signed by the Tennessee Titans.
His impact was felt immediately, as Mawae spearheaded an offensive line that set the Titans franchise record for average yards per carry (4.7 ypc) and ranked fifth in the NFL in total rushing with over 2,200 yards.
This season not only proved Mawae’s versality when moving to a completely new system, but also showed that the lineman, now 13 years into his career, still had it.
When: 2009 season
Mawae’s 2009 season was his last in the NFL, but it may be the most prolific one of his career.
While the center will go down as the battering ram in front of Curtis Martin, he also was a main factor in Chris Johnson’s historic 2009 season.
Mawae started all 16 games that year, helping Johnson reach a jaw-dropping 2,006 rushing yards — the sixth highest total for a running back in a single season.
While most player’s final season is a swan song, Mawae’s was one in which he cemented his Hall of Fame status.
On August 3, Kevin Mawae will enter immortality as he finds his place within the walls of the Hall of Fame. Witness history with an Official Ticket Package to 2019 Enshrinement Week from HOF Experiences, featuring single and multi-day packages with exclusive party access and much more.
Famous for his patented ball-hawking abilities, Ed Reed dominated opposing wide receivers during his 12-year career. Before he receives his Gold Jacket at the 2019 Enshrinement Week, we’re counting down the five moments that made Reed worthy of the Hall of Fame.
When: November 23, 2003
While special teams are often the overlooked level of the game, Ed Reed made sure nobody forgot how important it was in a Week 12 meeting with the Seattle Seahawks in 2003.
The Ravens entered the game at 6-5, needing a victory to keep their playoff hopes within reach. With less than seven minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Baltimore found itself trailing 41-24 as the Seahawks lined up to punt.
On the ensuing play, Reed charged from the edge and blocked the punt, bringing it back 16 yards for the score. The special teams play sparked the Ravens, who went on to score 20 unanswered points and win the game, 44-41.
Baltimore finished the season 10-6 and earned a playoff berth.
When: November 7, 2004
In a midseason matchup between two AFC North rivals, the Ravens found themselves up 20-13 over the Cleveland Browns with 41 seconds remaining.
With Cleveland charging inside of the Ravens red zone, someone of Baltimore’s defense had to come up big to protect the lead. Enter Ed Reed.
As quarterback Jeff Garcia’s pass was deflected into the end zone, Reed corralled the ball right before it hit the turf and proceeded to turn on the jets.
One hundred and six yards later — paydirt.
The touchdown play not only secured a Ravens victory, but also gave Reed the record for the longest interception return in NFL history… at the time.
When: November 23, 2008
Records are meant to be broke, but who better to break your record than you?
Four years after setting the return for longest interception return, Reed one-upped himself. In a Week 12 matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles, Reed picked off Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb and jetted 107 yards down the field for the score.
The defensive play pushed the Ravens lead to 19-7 as they would eventually win by over four scores.
When: 2008 season
Reed’s 2008 season wasn’t just defined by the 107-yard scoring scamper against the Eagles. In fact, that campaign saw Reed tie his career high in interceptions (nine) and returned a career-high three turnovers back for touchdowns.
The success of Reed can also be contributed to the impact of new head coach John Harbaugh, who joined the Ravens in 2008 after running the Eagles secondary for almost a decade.
As the key cog in the Ravens secondary, Reed led Baltimore to an 11-5 record and they made it all the way to the AFC Championship Game, eventually falling to the Pittsburgh Steelers, 23-14.
In Reed’s final season in Baltimore, he finally brought the Ravens to the top of the mountain.
Reed, along with the retiring Ray Lewis, led a Ravens defense that dominated the league on their way to a matchup with the San Francisco 49ers in the 2013 Super Bowl.
While the game will be remembered as the meeting between brothers Jim and John Harbaugh and the infamous “blackout“, it also will go down as the last time both Reed and Lewis donned the purple and black.
In Reed’s swan song with Baltimore, he recorded five tackles and a six-yard interception to propel the Ravens to their first Super Bowl win in over a decade.
Witness one of the best safeties ever to play the game enter immortality in Canton with an Official Ticket Package from HOF Experiences. Select between single and multi-day packages, featuring exclusive parties and autograph sessions, for the ultimate experience at 2019 Enshrinement Week.
No cornerback dominated the game quite like Champ Bailey. In anticipation of Bailey’s enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at 2019 Enshrinement Week, we’re looking back at the five best moments of his Hall of Fame career.
When: October 17, 1999
It only took five games for Champ Bailey to make NFL history.
In his rookie season, Bailey and the Washington Redskins faced the Arizona Cardinals on the road. The Redskins sat at 3-1 and Bailey had already proven himself as an important cog in Washington’s defense, but this game showed what the pass stopper was truly capable of.
Bailey dominated the Cardinals offense, picking off starting quarterback Jake Plummer twice and then intercepting another pass from Plummer’s replacement, Dave Brown. With the immaculate performance, Bailey became the youngest player (21 years old) to intercept three passes in a single game.
When: March 4, 2004
Fifteen years later, we still haven’t seen a landscape-shifting trade at the magnitude of the Champ Bailey-Clinton Portis deal in 2004.
In what can truly be called a “blockbuster trade,” the Redskins shipped Bailey and a second-round draft pick to the Denver Broncos for running back Clinton Portis. While Bailey and Portis still go back and forth to this day about who got the better deal, the consensus is that this was a mutually beneficial trade for both sides.
Bailey affirmed the Broncos faith in him in his first game for the blue and orange, intercepting a pass against Kansas City in a 34-24 victory on Sunday Night Football.
When: January 14, 2006
It’s one of the most memorable plays in playoff history and is still talked about this day for its touch of controversy.
With a third consecutive Super Bowl appearance on the line, the New England Patriots entered Mile High Stadium in Denver for the AFC Divisional game.
With one minute remaining in the third quarter, the Patriots were on the Broncos’ 5-yard line, down 10-6.
Out of the shotgun, Tom Brady took the snap and immediately rolled out due to pressure. He floated a ball into the right corner of the endzone, only to be picked off by an anticipatory Bailey, who proceeded to charge down the field en route to the other end zone.
Right before Bailey crossed the goal line for the score, he was decked by Patriots tight end Ben Watson, knocking the ball out right before entering the end zone. The ball was marked inside of the one, and the Broncos went on to score a one-yard rushing touchdown to push their lead to 17-6.
The 100-yard return was ruled as the longest non-scoring play in NFL history at the time and is also the longest non-scoring play in NFL Playoff history.
When: 2006 Season
Hall of Fame players have to string together multiple seasons of incredible play to earn a spot in Canton, but often there is one campaign that stands above the rest.
For Bailey, that year is 2006.
In 16 games, Bailey tied for the NFL lead with 10 interceptions and 162 interception return yards. But Bailey was also famous for his physicality, and 2006 may have been the best example of that. The cornerback accumulated a career-high 85 total tackles, an astronomical number for a defensive back that was only targeted three to four times on average per game.
When: January 19, 2014
In the final season as a Bronco, Bailey had one last milestone to achieve before concluding a decade in Denver.
After enduring several losing seasons in Denver, Bailey and the Broncos found themselves in the AFC Championship game against the Patriots. Even in the waning years of his career, Bailey put on a performance solid enough to get the Broncos to the Super Bowl for the first time in over a decade and earn himself a Super Bowl berth for the first time in his career.
The stat sheet doesn’t show any insane numbers or a game-shifting turnover, but that’s the point. Bailey shut down the Patriots offense from one side of the field, allowing only one reception for four yards in Broncos’ 26-16 victory.
A ring still eluded Bailey, though, as the Broncos were blown out in the 2014 Super Bowl by the Seattle Seahawks, 43-8.
On August 3, Champ Bailey enters the Pro Football Hall of Fame along with the rest of the Class of 2019. See the Redskins and Broncos legend be enshrined with an Official Ticket Package from Hall of Fame Experiences. Select between single and multi-day packages, featuring exclusive parties and autograph sessions, for the ultimate experience at 2019 Enshrinement Week.
To celebrate Ty Law’s upcoming enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we’re highlighting the biggest moments that made the secondary stalwart worthy of a Gold Jacket.
When: April 22, 1995
There’s something special about the right player fitting the right franchise.
When Ty Law was preparing for the 1995 NFL Draft, he was mainly competing against Tyrone Poole — the other top secondary prospect.
Poole wound up being selected by the Carolina Panthers with the 22nd pick in the draft and Law was then taken with the very next pick by the New England Patriots. In the Patriots system, Law was given the time to develop his game while still making an impact in his first handful of seasons as a pro.
As fate would have it, Poole and Law would become teammates in 2003 and won two Super Bowls rings together.
When: 1998 Season
In his fourth season in the NFL, Law made the jump that turned him into one of the best defenders in the league.
Using his mixture of physicality and technical prowess, Law led the league with nine interceptions, setting a then career-high mark and earning his first Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. The tally also tied Law for the Patriots’ record for most interceptions in a single season.
When: February 2, 2002
Defense wins championships, even against “The Greatest Show on Turf.”
In the 2002 Super Bowl against the St. Louis Rams, Law pulled off a play that helped kickstart the Patriots dynasty into existence. With less than nine minutes remaining in the second quarter, the Rams and quarterback Kurt Warner held a 3-0 lead and had the ball on their own 39-yard line.
As Warner dropped back on a pass play, Mike Vrabel hurried into the pocket uncontested and forced Warner to try and hit Isaac Bruce on a corner route. The ball had too much air on it, allowing Law to get right under it and bring the ball back over 40 yards for the score.
The pick-six gave the Patriots their first lead and breathed life into an offense that was fledgling through the first quarter. It also was a major catalyst in the Patriots earning their first Super Bowl ring.
When: January 18, 2004
The rivalry between Peyton Manning’s Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots has been well documented over the years and this chapter may have been one of the most incendiary early chapters.
The two titanic forces met in the 2003 AFC Championship game, with both sides riding an unbelievable amount of momentum. New England was aiming to reach its second Super Bowl in three years, while the Colts came into Foxboro with an offense that hadn’t turned the ball over, or even punted, in their first two playoff games.
But the Colt’s offense was brought to an abrupt stop by Law and company. Law picked Manning off three times in the game, dominating the coverage assignment against Marvin Harrison, Manning’s favorite target.
In total, Manning threw four interceptions and the Patriots won, 24-14, to advance to a meeting with the Carolina Panthers.
When: 2005 Season
Ty Law will always be associated with the Patriots, but his first season with the New York Jets in 2005 is one that helped build his Hall of Fame resume.
Maybe it was the change of scenery, or maybe it was the desire to prove that it wasn’t the Patriots system that was propelling him to success.
In his first season in New York, Law intercepted a career-high 10 passes, accumulating an immaculate 195 return yards and one score. The prolific season earned Law his third and final First-Team All-Pro selection.
On August 3, Ty Law goes into immortality along with the rest of the Class of 2019. Be there to see one of the greatest cornerbacks in the modern era take the stage and be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame with an Official Ticket Package from HOF Experiences. Select between single and multi-day packages, featuring exclusive parties and autograph sessions, for the ultimate experience at 2019 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
In honor of his impending enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, we’re breaking down the five career-defining moments that earned Tony Gonzalez his Gold Jacket.
When: October 14, 2007
All it took was a three-yard pass for Tony Gonzalez to write his name into the record books.
In a matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals during the 2007 NFL season, Gonzalez caught a three-yard touchdown toss from Damon Huard to set an NFL record with 63 career receiving touchdowns — the most ever for a tight end.
Gonzalez finished his career with 111 total receiving touchdowns, which currently ranks eight all-time. His touchdown record stood for a decade before Los Angeles Chargers tight end Antonio Gates corralled his 112th career receiving touchdown on September 17, 2017.
When: December 30, 2007
Just two months after breaking the tight end touchdown record, Gonzalez had more history to rewrite.
In the third quarter of a Week 17 clash with the New York Jets, Gonzalez caught the 816th pass of his career — breaking the record for career receptions for a tight end.
Gonzalez surpassed Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe with the reception and only seemed to heat up from this moment.
When he hung up his cleats after a 17-year career, Gonzalez amassed 1,325 catches, which ranks second all-time behind Jerry Rice (1,549).
When: April 23, 2009
After 12 prolific seasons in Kansas City, Gonzalez was looking for a change of scenery. At 33 years old, Gonzalez wasn’t fulfilled with the lack of playoff experiences he had with the Chiefs and made the team aware that he’d like to play for a contender.
Then on April 23, 2009, Gonzalez was granted his wish. The tight end was traded to the Atlanta Falcons for a second-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Gonzalez joined the Falcons as the only tight end in NFL history to be selected to 10 Pro Bowls and was likely already on his way to Canton.
What came after the trade was another chapter of Gonzalez’s historic career, as the tight end added another four Pro Bowl selections to his resume and one more First-Team All-Pro honor (2012-13).
When: January 13, 2013
Gonzalez’s career in Atlanta was defined by a desire for playoff success. While the tight end never achieved the ultimate goal of a Super Bowl ring, he did hit a major career milestone in his second season in Atlanta.
When the Falcons met the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC Divisional Round of the 2012 NFL Playoffs, Gonzalez entered the game with a personal 0-5 record in the postseason spanning his 15 years in the league.
He was on the precipice of his first playoff victory when the Falcons lead 27-7 in the fourth quarter, but this monkey wasn’t going to get off his back easily. Seattle charged back, taking the 28-27 lead after Marshawn Lynch bullied himself into the endzone with 31 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing drive, the Falcons found themselves at the 50-yard line with 19 seconds left. Then, on the next play, Matt Ryan hit Gonzalez with a 19-yard strike to put Atlanta into field goal range. Kicker Matt Bryant sank the kick to put the Falcons up and earn Gonzalez the evasive playoff victory.
When: December 15, 2013
In his final season in the NFL, Gonzalez had one last piece of history to make.
In a Week 15 matchup with the Washington Redskins, Gonzalez became the fifth player in NFL history to surpass 15,000 career receiving yards.
Gonzalez accomplished the feat on a simple 12-yard reception, but the play will forever be remembered as one that topped off an immaculate, almost two-decade long career.
On August 3, Tony Gonzalez will officially be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Be there to celebrate the most accomplished tight end in NFL history with an Official Ticket Package from Hall of Fame Experiences. Select between single and multi-day packages, featuring exclusive parties and autograph sessions, for the ultimate experience at 2019 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
If you’ve ever wanted to meet your football idols, there’s no better place than 2019 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.
HOF Experiences will be hosting events all throughout 2019 Enshrinement Week, with several featuring appearances and meet-and-greet opportunities with members of the Class of 2019 and Gold Jackets returning to Canton for the week.
Here are the exclusive events that you can attend with select Official Ticket Packages from HOF Experiences.
Included with 4-Day Diamond and All Silver Packages
Kick off 2019 Enshrinement Week the right way by getting up close and personal with the members of the Class of 2019. Guests can bring items for the newest members of the Hall of Fame to sign, with one signature allowed per enshrinee.
Included with Diamond, Platinum, All Gold, All Silver and 3-Day Red Packages
Get ready for the Hall of Fame Game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night by tailgating with some of the best to ever touch the gridiron! The VIP Kickoff Tailgate Party affords guests the opportunity to hang out with Hall of Famers before the first game of the 2019-20 NFL Season while also enjoying gourmet food, soft drinks and an open bar.
Past Hall of Fame attendees at the VIP Kickoff Tailgate Party include Dick Butkus, Jim Taylor, Kellen Winslow Sr. and Randall McDaniel.
When: Friday, August 2
Included with Diamond, Platinum & All Gold Packages
Whether you’re aiming to get something signed from a Hall of Famers from your favorite team or just trying to get as many Gold Jacket signatures as you can, this autograph session is one for the record books. This event is exclusive to guests of HOF Experiences.
Included with Diamond, Platinum, All Gold, All Silver & Red Packages
Join select members of the Hall of Fame before the 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony at the most star-studded tailgate party of the year. While the Class of 2019 gets ready to deliver their Enshrinement speeches before the biggest night of their life, you’ll be hanging out with Gold Jackets who are there to enjoy the moment just as much as you.
Past Hall of Fame attendees at the Gold Jacket VIP Tailgate Party Billy Shaw, Chris Doleman, Dermontti Dawson, Derrick Brooks and Ray Guy.
Included with Diamond & All Silver Packages
While not technically a time where you get to “meet” Hall of Famers, you probably won’t see more Gold Jackets any time throughout the weekend. The Gold Jacket Walk is one of the highlights of 2019 Enshrinement Week, giving guests the opportunity to stand along the ropes as over 100 returning Hall of Famers head to the Enshrinement stage for the ceremony.
Whether it’s members of the Class of 2019 or returning Hall of Famers, HOF Experiences is getting you closer to Gold Jackets than ever before during 2019 Enshrinement Week. Explore all Official Ticket Packages available to make sure you make the most of this Hall of Fame access in Canton.
What does it look like to attend Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls with an Official Ticket Package from Hall of Fame Experiences? Let’s take a look back at some of our favorite moments from an unforgettable experience at 2018 Enshrinement Week.
The first day of 2018 Enshrinement Week was topped off with the annual Hall of Fame Game at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. In honor of 2018 Enshrinees Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, the Baltimore Ravens faced the Chicago Bears in the game that officially kicked off the NFL season.
The Ravens defeated the Bears in the preseason matchup, 17-16. This game will be remembered as the first time that fans got to see quarterback Lamar Jackson take the field for the Ravens.
One of the best, most unique parts of attending Enshrinement Week with HOF Experiences is the multiple parties held throughout the four days.
Everything kicked off on Thursday with the VIP Kickoff Tailgate Party, which was a celebration to start the NFL season with the Hall of Fame Game. Fans got to enjoy food and drinks while interacting with the Gold Jacket guests in attendance. Attendees included Kellen Winslow, Jonathan Ogden, Will Shields and Dick Butkus.
For those that didn’t attend the Gold Jacket Ceremony on Friday, the Gold Jacket Watch Party was held at the Hall of Fame — providing an unforgettable experience in one of the most storied venues in the sport.
The biggest party of the weekend was on Saturday night during the Gold Jacket VIP Tailgate Party. Guests kicked off the 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony by mingling with returning Hall of Famers, including Randall McDaniel, Carl Eller, Rayfield Wright, Billy Shaw and Bobby Bell. After taking photos with the plethora of Hall of Famers, guests enjoyed selections from a premium buffet and open bar.
If you want to see some of the best imagery of the week, there’s no better place to look than the Gold Jacket Walk. Before the Enshrinement Ceremony officially kicked off on Saturday night, returning Hall of Famers walked down the red carpet and were greeted by their beloved fans upon their return to Canton.
The main event of 2018 Enshrinement Week didn’t disappoint on Saturday night. In front of a massive crowd, the 2018 Enshrinees each took their turn coming up on stage to give their Enshrinement Speech and receive their Bronze Busts.
The speeches had everything you could ask for — emotion, humor and a walk down memory lane as the Enshrinees told some of the best stories from their historic careers.
The Class of 2018 was comprised of:
HOF Experiences guests received a special experience the morning after the 2018 Enshrinement Ceremony, attending the Breakfast with the Busts at the Hall of Fame. After enjoying a delicious, complimentary breakfast, guests had the privilege of being the first to see the Class of 2018 Bronze Busts. It was one of the most photo-worthy moments of the weekend.
As the cherry on top for a memorable time in Canton, guests got to see three-time Grammy Winner Maroon 5 light up Tom Benson Stadium.
The performance definitely had a lasting impact, as Maroon 5 went on to headline the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show just months later!
Want to get the full Enshrinement Week Experience in 2019? With an Official Ticket Package from HOF Experiences, you can get the inclusions above, plus much more. Select a Single-, 2-, 3- or 4-Day Package by clicking below.
Through this series, we’ve explained what Hall of Fame Experiences is and highlighted the members of the Class of 2019, but what exactly is offered with an Official Ticket Package for 2019 Enshrinement Week Powered By Johnson Controls?
Here is a breakdown of the exclusive package inclusions offered when traveling to Canton with HOF Experiences.
Meet the members of the Class of 2019 and get a piece of memorabilia signed before the players are immortalized forever into Canton’s halls. Guests are allowed one item to be autographed per enshrinee.
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: 4-Day Diamond & All Silver
Watch the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons kick off the 2019 NFL Season at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in the annual Hall of Fame Game. An Official Ticket Package gets guests preferred seating for the ultimate experience.
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: Diamond, Platinum, All Gold, All Silver, Red, All Blue & Thursday-Only
Secure an unforgettable memory by grabbing an autograph from current Hall of Famers as they return to Canton for 2019 Enshrinement Week. This event is exclusive to guests of HOF Experiences.
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: Diamond, Platinum & All Gold
Be there in person as the members of the Class of 2019 are presented with their Gold Jackets and don them for the first time in public. While in attendance, be on the lookout for the other Hall of Famers in the crowd who are there to welcome the newest members into football’s greatest club.
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: Diamond, Platinum & All Silver
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: All Gold, Red & 3-Day Blue
Watch the Gold Jacket Presentation while enjoying complimentary dinner, beer and wine, plus interactive games and more at the Gold Jacket Watch Party. This inclusion offers guests the opportunity to explore the Pro Football Hall of Fame, creating a truly unique experience.
Celebrate 2019 Enshrinement Day with returning members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at this exclusive tailgate party. In previous years, HOF Experiences has hosted Billy Shaw, Chris Doleman, Dermontti Dawson, Derrick Brooks and Ray Guy at this party.
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: Diamond, Platinum, All Gold, All Silver & Red
Hollywood may have the red carpet, but the Pro Football Hall of Fame has the Gold Jacket Walk. Stand along the ropes as over 100 returning Hall of Famers head to the Enshrinement stage to witness the Class of 2019 enter the history books. This is a great photo opportunity and one of the most sought-after experiences of the weekend.
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: Diamond & All Silver
The climax of an unforgettable weekend hits on Saturday night, as the Class of 2019 is officially enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Listen to the speeches given by all the enshrinees and witness them receiving their Bronze Busts for the first time!
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: Diamond, Platinum, All Gold, All Silver, Red, All Blue & Saturday-Only
Be the first to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the addition of the Class of 2019’s busts in this private breakfast that takes place before the Hall’s doors open to the public.
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: Diamond, 4-Day Gold, 4- Day Bronze & 4-Day Silver
Hear the epic stories from the Class of 2019 members in this roundtable session the day after they’ve been enshrined into Canton.
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: Diamond, 4-Day Gold & 4-Day Silver
Top the weekend off with a performance from 9-time Billboard Music Awards winner Imagine Dragons rocks the stage at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium for the Concert for Legends.
Ticket Packages with this Inclusion: Diamond, 4-Day Gold, 4-Day Silver & Sunday-Only
Now that you know what’s included in an Official Ticket Package, it’s time to pick your experience for 2019 Enshrinement Week. Whether you’re looking for Single-, 2-, 3- or 4-Day Packages, make sure to welcome the Class of 2019 to Canton with an Official Ticket Package from HOF Experiences.
Cornerback Ty Law was a playmaker from the second he stepped on the field at the University of Michigan.
Arriving in Ann Arbor in 1992, Law became a defensive playmaker in his freshman season, recording 49 tackles and four pass breakups in his first year in maize and blue. For a bit of odd collegiate history — the Wolverines went undefeated in 1992 but finished the season 9-0-3 with three ties.
Law became a defensive nightmare for BIG 10 opponents in his sophomore season, leading the Wolverines with six interceptions and increasing his tackle total to 57. His second-year performances earned him a place on the All-BIG 10 Team, his first individual postseason accolade.
As a junior, Law was the most recognizable and imposing force on the Wolverine’s defense. While his turnover numbers took a dip in his third year, his impact on the field increased as Michigan’s only lock-down corner. Law led the secondary with 58 tackles and eight pass breakups while still picking off two passes.
His junior campaign earned him another spot on the All-BIG 10 Team as well as All-America honors.
Law broke up 19 passes during his career at Michigan, ranking third all-time for the program.
Following a three-year tenure where Law started 27 consecutive games for the Wolverines, he decided to take stab at the big leagues and declare for the 1995 NFL Draft.
Heading into the 1995 NFL Draft, Law was battling with Fort Valley State’s Tyrone Poole as the best secondary player in the class.
As fate had it, the two ended up being picked back-to-back. The Carolina Panthers selected Poole with the 22nd overall pick, and Law was selected by the New England Patriots with pick No. 23. Law went on to have an illustrious NFL career, winning three Super Bowls (2001, ’03, ’04) as a member of the Patriots.
Law is the fifth member of the 1995 NFL Draft class to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — he joins Warren Sapp (selected 12th overall), Derrick Brooks (28th overall), Curtis Martin (74th overall) and Terrell Davis (196th overall).
Other prominent members of the 1997 NFL Draft include Tony Boselli, Steve McNair, Kerry Collins, Kordell Stewart and Antonio Freeman.
As one of the greatest cornerbacks to ever grace both the college and NFL game, Ty Law takes his rightful place in Canton at Enshrinement Week 2019 Powered by Johnson Controls. Be there to see Law enter the Hall of Fame and receive his Gold Jacket with an Official Ticket Package from HOF Experiences:
Ed Reed is one of the most decorated athletes to ever play at the University of Miami and one of the most acclaimed collegiate secondary players of the past two decades.
In his redshirt freshman season in 1998, Reed started every game at free safety, ranking third on the team with 90 total tackles. He led the Hurricanes with four forced fumbles and had seven pass breakups and two interceptions. His spectacular freshman campaign earned him Freshman All-America honors.
Reed continued to wreak havoc in his second season, becoming the only member of Miami’s secondary to have a tackle for loss, forced fumble, fumble recovery, sack, interception, pass breakup and blocked punt all in one season. He totaled 74 tackles and recorded two more interceptions during the Hurricanes’ 9-4 season.
During his junior season, Reed went from a secondary standout to arguably the most important member of the Hurricanes’ roster. He was third on the team with 80 total tackles and picked eight passes off, returning two for scores. His interception total ranked third in the country. When he wasn’t intercepting passes, the ballhawk was breaking up any ball thrown within his sight — he broke up 23 passes in 12 games.
Reed was named First Team All-America and First Team All-BIG EAST following his prolific junior season.
While many had the playmaking safety declaring for the draft following his junior year, Reed returned for his senior year to continue his quest for a National Championship.
The bet payed off as Reed’s senior season was his best yet for the Hurricanes. He accumulated 44 total tackles and a team-high nine interceptions and 18 broken up passes. Overall, the Hurricanes were one of the best defenses in the nation, leading the country in scoring defense (9.4 points per game) and turnover margin (plus-2.36 per game).
The Hurricanes went a perfect 12-0 and claimed the coveted National Championship that Reed was so motivated to win in his final year.
As the icing on the cake, Reed was named consensus First Team All-America, and was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award and the Bronko Nagurski Award.
Reed entered the 2002 NFL Draft as one of the top secondary players on the board, with most analysts predicting that he’d be selected in the first round.
He wound up being the third secondary player taken off the draft board, being selected with the No. 24 pick by the Baltimore Ravens.
Reed is the first member of the 2002 NFL Draft class to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Other prominent members of the 2002 NFL Draft class include Julius Peppers, Roy Williams (safety), Dwight Freeney, Jeremy Shockey, Albert Haynesworth, Clinton Portis and Brian Westbrook.
Ed Reed was an invaluable piece of two of the most feared defenses in the college and pro game of the past two decades and will be honored at 2019 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. See one of the greatest safeties to ever grace to field be immortalized in Canton with an Official Ticket Package to 2019 Enshrinement Week from HOF Experiences. Click below to see all available packages:
There’s never been a player at the University of Georgia quite like Champ Bailey.
Entering UGA in 1996, Bailey made an instant impression on the defensive side of the ball — he intercepted two passes in his freshman year, the third highest total on the team.
But it wasn’t until his sophomore season in 1997 when Bailey truly started to blossom. With the realization that his speed and ball-tracking abilities were beneficial beyond just normal position, the Bulldogs decided to use him in all three phases of the game — offense, defense and special teams.
Georgia added wide receiver and return man to Bailey’s resume, testing the waters to see if he could succeed while barely leaving the playing field. The results were even better than expected.
Bailey continued to be one of the strongest lockdown corners in the SEC during his second year, but also became Georgia’s biggest deep threat on offense. The Georgia-native amassed 234 receiving yards on 12 receptions, good for a team-high 19.5 yards per catch for receiver with over 10 receptions.
Then came Bailey’s junior season — where he would go from one of the most versatile players in the SEC to a household name around the country. On defense, Bailey accumulated 52 tackles, seven pass deflections and three interceptions. At receiver, he led the Bulldogs with 744 receiving yards on 47 catches with a team-high five touchdowns. Bailey even became a trusty ballhandler out of the backfield, rushing for 84 yards on 16 carries throughout the year.
Even on special teams, the jack-of-all-trades Bailey led Georgia as the team’s top kick and punt returner.
The Bulldogs finished the 1998 season 9-3, with their top playmaker having a hand in every piece of their success.
The astronomical numbers that Bailey put up on the three sides of the ball led to several individual accolades, including a Consensus All-America nod and the Bronko Nagurski Award for the nation’s top defensive player.
After a prolific collegiate career, Bailey was highly touted as the best defensive player in the 1999 NFL Draft class. That reputation paid off as Bailey was selected with the seventh overall pick by the Washington Redskins, making him the first defensive player off the board.
Bailey is the first member of the 1999 NFL Draft class to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Other prominent members of Bailey’s class include Donovan McNabb, Edgerrin James, Torry Holt, Ricky Williams, Daunte Culpepper, Damien Woody and Dre Bly.
Even while he was tearing up the field at Georgia, it was inevitable that Champ Bailey would one day sit in Canton. The time has now come. Be there when Bailey and the Class of 2019 step into immortality with an Official Ticket Package to 2019 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Click below to see what you can get with HOF Experiences:
With a 6-5 frame and athletic build, Tony Gonzalez was destined to do more than just dominate the football field during his collegiate years.
Gonzalez chose to attend the University of California, where he was recruited to play both basketball and football.
During his freshman year in 1994, Gonzalez found more success on the hardwood, averaging 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Golden Bears. His contributions for the football team were of a much lesser degree, catching eight total passes and one touchdown over 11 games at tight end.
Gonzalez’s sophomore season is where he started to break out on the football field, becoming a true dual-sport threat. He caught 37 passes for the Golden Bears in 1995, averaging a whopping 14.6 yards per reception.
Then came the California native’s junior season, where success followed him with every step he took. Gonzalez became the Golden Bears key offensive threat in 1996, as the tight end caught 44 balls for 699 yards and five touchdowns. His 15.9 yard per catch ranked second on the team.
Following the conclusion of what would be his final year playing football at Cal, Gonzalez helped lead the Golden Bears basketball team to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. As a contributor on both sides of the court, Gonzalez was the team’s fifth leading scorer (6.8 ppg) and fourth best rebounder (4.5 rpg).
Nearing the end of his college career, Gonzalez was left with a decision between chasing football or basketball professionally, but the choice was made rather easily. While he had a successful run on the hardwood, his future was tied to the gridiron.
After three successful years at Cal, Gonzalez chose to forego his senior season and enter the 1997 NFL Draft.
Gonzalez was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 13th overall pick. The Chiefs traded up five spots to make sure that they got their man.
Gonzalez is the fourth member of the 1997 NFL Draft class to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame — Orlando Pace (1st overall pick) was inducted in 2016, Walter Jones (sixth pick) received his Gold Jacket in 2014 and Jason Taylor (73rd pick) was enshrined in 2017.
Other prominent members of the 1997 NFL Draft class include Tiki Barber, Corey Dillon, Marcellus Wiley, Ronde Barber and Mike Vrabel.
Tony Gonzalez’s historic 17-year career has left him as the most prolific tight end in NFL history. Whether you’re a Golden Bears, Chiefs, Falcons or just general football fan, you won’t want to miss one of the greatest pass catchers of all-time receive his Gold Jacket. Be at Enshrinement Week 2019 Powered by Johnson Controls with an Official Ticket Package from HOF Experiences. Click below to see all available packages.
While Kevin Mawae will long be remembered for his dominance in the trenches throughout his NFL career, the impact he left in Baton Rouge is still felt to this day. Entering Louisiana State University in 1989, Mawae spent his first year as a redshirt.
His first chance to touch the field came during his redshirt freshman season in 1990, where Mawae played seven games at left tackle and as the Tigers’ long snapper. While only appearing in seven of LSU’s 11 games, Mawae earned Freshman All-SEC honors in his debut season.
Mawae’s sophomore season is when the lineman started to truly flourish, showing flashes of what we now know to be a Hall of Fame career in his future. He played three different positions throughout the Tigers’ season, starting eight games at left tackle, three at center and one at left guard. His versatility even transitioned over to the offense as Mawae saw a few snaps at tight end. His versatility and success on the field as a sophomore led to First Team All-SEC honors.
The three games Mawae played at center during his sophomore season proved to foreshadow where he would spend the majority of his NFL career.
As a junior, Mawae played solely at left tackle, becoming a bright spot in a dreadful season where the Tigers crawled to a 2-9 record. Mawae earned Second Team All-SEC honors, marking his third consecutive year on a postseason awards list.
Mawae moved to center permanently for his senior season, starting all 11 games and cementing his place as the most prominent member of LSU’s offense. While the Tigers’ 5-6 record wasn’t enough for postseason play, Mawae was named Second Team All-SEC again and Third Team All American.
Mawae’s four years starting in Baton Rouge had many thinking that he would be drafted in the first round of the 1994 NFL Draft.
The lineman just slipped out of the first round, though, being selected by the Seattle Seahawks with the 36th pick in the second round.
Other prominent members of the 1994 NFL Draft class include Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk (selected 2nd overall), Willie McGinest (4th overall), Isaac Bruce (33rd overall) and Hall of Famer Larry Allen (46th overall).
As an LSU and NFL legend, Kevin Mawae certainly had a career worthy of the Hall of Fame. Witness the prolific offensive lineman receive his Gold Jacket and be welcomed into Canton as a member of the Class of 2019 with an Official Ticket Package from HOF Experiences. Click below to see all available package options.
The Class of 2019 contains a couple of multi-sport collegiate athletes, but no one racked up the accolades across different playing fields quite like Johnny Robinson.
As an all-state football, tennis and basketball star in the Baton Rouge area throughout high school, there was no question as to where Robinson would be spending his collegiate career — Louisiana State University.
While he’s known for a Hall of Fame career as a safety, Robinson played three seasons at LSU as a running back.
In 1957, Robinson’s first season with the Tigers, he sat behind the veteran running backs on the depth chart but was still able to get his feet wet with 22 carries throughout the season.
But in 1958, Robinson became a household name. As a part of a backfield trio of Billy Cannon, Warren Rabb and himself, Robinson helped lead LSU to an 11-0 record and the university’s first national championship.
Robinson was the second leading rusher for the Tigers behind Cannon, gaining 480 yards on 86 carries through 11 games. He earned First Team All-SEC honors for his efforts.
In his last season at LSU, Robinson remained an important cog in the offense, sprinting for 316 yards on 84 carries as the Tigers went 9-2.
While his offensive output helped lead LSU to its first national title, Robinson was equally successful on the tennis courts. He won both the SEC singles championship and SEC doubles championship, alongside his brother Tommy, during his tenure at LSU.
While finding success in tennis, Robinson knew that his professional playing career was on the gridiron.
Robinson was a member of the inaugural AFL Draft, which lasted 33 rounds to fill the rosters of the eight new franchises. He was selected in the first round by the Dallas Texans, who would become the Kansas City Chiefs in 1963.
Robinson was also eligible for the 1960 NFL Draft, where he was selected third overall by the Detroit Lions. He opted to play for the Texans in the AFL instead.
Other Hall of Fame members of the 1960 NFL Draft and AFL Draft class include Ron Mix (selected 10th overall in NFL, 1st round in AFL), Larry Wilson (74th overall in NFL) and Jim Otto (undrafted).
Johnny Robinson’s contributions to the game since 1958 will be recognized on the grandest stage in the sport when he’s Enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Be there to see the legendary Robinson be welcomed into Canton with an Official Ticket Package from HOF Experiences. Click below to see all available package options.
The Class of 2019 will feature — Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Kevin Mawae, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson.
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