The NFL retirement season continues as the enigmatic Adam “Pacman” Jones announced on social media that he is retiring from the game. Playing his college ball at the University of West Virginia, Jones was drafted 6thoverall in 2005 by the Tennessee Titans where he would play at Cornerback and was Returner. “Pacman” was a tumultuous figure who was often in trouble with the law but was one of the most exciting players in the league. Jones would lead the NFL in Yards per Return in 2006 but his off-field troubles caused him to miss the 2007 season due to violation of the personal conduct policy. The Titans traded him to Dallas but he had an average year and again got into legal trouble and he was released at the end of the season and was unemployed in 2009. Jones kept in shape and was given an opportunity by the Cincinnati Bengals and he had a career revival. Pacman was a First Team All-Pro returner in 2014 and Pro Bowl Selection in 2015, accomplishments that seemed improbable years before, He played with Cincinnati until 2017 and would play his final year in the NFL with Denver. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish Adam Jones the best in his post-playing career.
TMZ does it againas former Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback, Donovan McNabb told the entertainment empire that he absolutely belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. McNabb compared himself to former Quarterback and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Troy Aikman and said: “My numbers are better than Troy Aikman” and that is “numbers speak for themselves”. In terms of direct statistical comparison, McNabb bests Aikman in Passing Yards (37,276 to 32,942) and Touchdown Passes (234 to 165). McNabb also discussed other intangibles: “When they look at my numbers, yeah, but then they want to add other stuff into it. Was he an All-Pro? Was he this? How many Super Bowl opportunities? But, people don’t realize how hard it is to get to the NFC Championship and to get there five times, and then make it to a Super Bowl? It’s tough.” The last part isn’t wrong. It was an accomplishment to take Philadelphia as far as he did but the All-Pro factor DOES matter. McNabb was a six-time Pro Bowl Selection but was never an All-Pro, be it First Team or Second Team. Being named an All-Pro means that you are the elite, not just the upper echelon, and McNabb was never considered elite. While Aikman had more help (Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin etc.) than McNabb, he is a three-time Super Bowl winner, and in McNabb’s lone Super Bowl he had three picks (though did throw 3 TDs) and he appeared to choke in the final drive. Currently on our Notinhalloffame.com ranking of those to consider for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he is ranked #67, and has been dropping since he was eligible in 2017 due to the poor votes he has received thus far (only 37% saying to “put him in”. Basically, most of you do not think that he is Hall of Fame worthy. We certainty will be paying attention on this story and especially TMZ, where many a former pro football player has discussed their Canton credentials with them.
While we have not a great job in updating our Notinhalloffame NASCAR list (look for that update this summer), we are excited that the NASCAR Hall of Fame has announced the five-member Class of 2020. The Class of 2020 consists of: Buddy Baker: Baker won 19 races including the 1980 Daytona 500. He was named one of NASCARS’s 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. Joe Gibbs: Gibbs received 72% of the vote and enters as a team owner. His drivers have won 323 races and he is also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a three-time Super Bowl Championship Head Coach with the Washington Redskins. Bobby Labonte: Labonte was the Winston Cup Series Champion in 2000 and would win 21 races in the NASCAR Cup Series. Tony Stewart: Arguably the headliner of the class, Stewart was chosen in his first year of eligibility. Receiving 88% of the vote, Stewart was a three-time NASCAR premier series champion and would have 49 Wins on the tour. Waddell Wilson: Wilson received 72% of the vote and was a famed engine builder. This is the 11thClass for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the newest members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.
The Texas Rangers have announced that Josh Hamilton will be the next former player to be inducted into their franchise Hall of Fame. It was a long road for Hamilton, a former number one Draft Pick whose career was derailed by a severe drug addiction and after leaving baseball for three years he made a comeback in 2005 he would make his MLB debut in 2007 with the Cincinnati Reds at age 26 and after a good rookie campaign he was traded to the Texas Rangers where he would spend the next five seasons, all of which would see him earn All-Star honors. Hamilton was a vital component of Texas’ back-to-back American League Pennants in 2010 and 2011, and in the former year he would win the MVP while also winning the Batting Title. Hamilton would sign with Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013 but returned for one more season in Texas for 2015, which would be his final year in the Majors. Hamilton’s overall numbers with the Rangers would see him collect 814 Hits with 150 Home Runs, 531 Runs Batted In and a .302 Batting Average We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Josh Hamilton for earning this honor.
We have another significant retirement to speak about as Chris Long announced that he is retiring from the National Football League after 11 seasons. Drafted 2ndOverall in 2008 by the St. Louis Rams from the University of Virginia, Long would be a starter as a rookie earning all-rookie honors. Long would record 13.0 Quarterback Sacks in 2011 and followed that up with 11.5 the year after. He stayed with St. Louis until the 2015 season and would sign with the New England Patriots where he assisted them in a victory in Super Bowl LI. Long would be a back-to-back champion as he was with the Philadelphia Eagles for their win in Super Bowl LII. He was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2018, which is now his final season in the NFL. Long retires with 70.0 Quarterback Sacks and along with his father, Howie, has the most Sacks for any father/son combination with 154. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to wish Chris Long the best in his post-playing career.
The UFC announced on Saturday night that Rashad Evans will be part of their 2019 Hall of Fame Class. Evans first gained national attention by winning The Ultimate Fighter 2 in 2005 as a Heavyweight but he would drop down to Light Heavyweight and went on a winning streak scoring wins over Stephen Bonnar, Michael Bisping and Chuck Lidell, which would earn him a UFC Light Heavyweight Championship shot at UFC 92. Evans would defeat Forrest Griffin by TKO to win the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship but his reign would be short-lived as he was defeated by Lyoto Machida at UFC 98. He would rattle off four more wins after by defeating Thiago Silva, Quinton Jackson, Tito Ortiz and Phil Davis, which earned him a title shot against Jon Jones at UFC 145, but he would not be able to wrest the Light Heavyweight Title from him. He would beat Dan Henderson and Chael Sonnen but he would lose his last five fights and retired last year with a record of 19-8-1. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Rashad Evans for earning this prestigious honor.
Our apologies, as we wanted to take a bit of time to digest this but the news has been making the rounds that Motley Crue have taken over the number one spot in the kiosk-driven “Your Choice” poll, which exists physically at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. Crue took the spot from Blink-182, and it marks the first time that someone other than Blink-182 has held the top spot. So, what exactly does this mean? In theory nothing and in theory everything. How it does not mean anything is that just because those who cross the turnstiles of the Rock Hall may think that Motley Crue should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame it does not mean that the committee who actually makes that decision will agree. Many bands/artists have been lobbied for the Hall and are still on the outside looking in or have waited what was perceived to be far too many years for induction and the Hall has historically ignored many of those plights. Although… When the bands/artists are nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, they put up an online poll, which allows the fans to have their voice as to who they want in. While this does not mean that whoever they grant the highest votes will automatically gain entry, history has shown that they do listen. This of course, does not mean that Motley Crue will be nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next year. For the record, this is the current top ten of the vote: Motley Crue (Ranked #67on Notinhalloffame.com) blink-182 (Ranked #89on Notinhalloffame.com) Iron Maiden (Ranked #12on Notinhalloffame.com) Dave Matthews Band (Ranked #77on Notinhalloffame.com) Weezer (Ranked #40on Notinhalloffame.com) Freddie Mercury (Unranked on Notinhalloffame.com) Cher (Ranked #172on Notinhalloffame.com) Phil Collins (Ranked #188on Notinhalloffame.com) Rage Against the Machine (Ranked #43on Notinhalloffame.com) Boston (Ranked #62on Notinhalloffame.com) While again it is not guaranteed that Motl
We always continue to add sections here on Notinhalloffame.com, but the more we add, the more we have to maintain. One of those that got away from us a little bit is our Future Hockey Eligibles, which we have now updated. The following are recognizable players who are eligible for the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2020: Brian Campbell: Campbell was a four-time All-Star who would win the Lady Byng Trophy in 2012. Also, a Second Team All-Star (2008), he would help the Chicago Blackhawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup. Dennis Wideman: Wideman was an All-Star Defenseman in 2012. Jarome Iginla: Iginla has the resume of a first ballot Hall of Fame induction as he is a former Art Ross winner, Ted Lindsay Winner, and a three-time First Team All-Star. Known mostly for his time with the Calgary Flames, Iginla is a member of the 1,000 Point club, and he is also a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner with Canada. Jiri Hudler: The Czech national would win the Lady Byng Trophy in 2015 and was also a Stanley Cup Champion with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008. John-Michael Liles: Liles was a reliable Defenseman who would also play for the United States in both the Olympics and World Cup. Marian Hossa: Hossa is a member of the 1,000 Point Club, and he is a five-time NHL All-Star who was named a Second Team All-Star in 2009. The Slovakian star was also a three-time Stanley Cup Champion with the Chicago Blackhawks. Matt Carle: Carle was a former Hobey Baker Award winner who would have a pair of 40 Point Seasons. The Defenseman is one of the best Alaskans ever to play professional hockey. Mike Ribeiro: Ribeiro was an All-Star in 2008 and was regarded as one of the tougher Centres in the NHL. Milan Michalek: Michalek was a successful Left Winger who would be named an All-Star in 2012. He would also win two Bronze Medals for the Czech Republic in th
One of the most important things that we work on here at Notinhalloffame.com is our core lists, that being those who should be considered for various key Halls of Fame that we look at. As such we are very pleased that we have completed our revision on our list of those to consider for the WWE Hall of Fame. As always, our revisions involve the following: The removal of the entries who got in. This was a huge amount especially in our top 100, which would see ten taken off the board. Before we get there, we have been asked how we deal with wrestlers who have entered the WWE Hall of Fame, but in a different form than appears on our list. Our perception is that once a wrestler is chosen be it as a single, a tag team or a faction, they are in even if they get in a second time. We began this rule when the Four Horsemen were inducted and despite Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard and Barry Windham having worthwhile careers on their own we elected not to keep them on the list. Let’s call it our “Double A” rule. Make sense? Let’s continue! Leaving the list and entering the WWE Hall of Fame are Triple H (#4 entering as a part of D-Generation X), Bruiser Brody (#7 entering via the Legacy Wing), The Honky Tonk Man (#22), Wahoo McDaniel (#44 entering via the Legacy Wing), The New Age Outlaws (#47 who are entering as part of D-Generation X), Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart (#56 who is entering as part of the Hart Foundation), Chyna (#63 who is entering as part of D-Generation X), Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake (#71), X-Pac (#75 who is entering as part of D-Generation X), Professor Toru Tanaka (#82 entering via the Legacy Wing), Luna Vachon (#126 entering via the Legacy Wing), Jim Barnett (#137 entering via the Legacy Wing), “Playboy” Buddy Rose (#153 entering via the Legacy Wing), Torrie Wilson (#169), S.D. Jones (#185 entering via the Legacy Wing), Stevie Ray (#195 entering via Harlem Heat) and Hisashi Shinma (#356 entering the Legacy Wing
Regular visitors of Notinhalloffame.com know that we are slowly working on the top 50 of every major team in the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB. Once that is done, we intend to look at how each team honor their past players and executive. As such it is news to us that the New England Patriots have announced that Rodney Harrison will be the new inductee to their franchise Hall of Fame. Harrison was a San Diego Charger for the first nine years of his career and he would sign with New England before the 2003 season. The Defensive Back would help the Patriots win two Super Bowls (XXXVIII & XXXIX) and he was a First Team All-Pro in 2003. Overall, he would play 63 Games for the Pats and secured 8 Interceptions with 441 Tackles. The induction of Rodney Harrison makes this the 29thmember of the Patriots Hall of Fame, which at Notinhalloffame.com we consider to be one of the best franchise Hall of Fames of the big four of North American sports. Harrison beat out Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel who were the other two finalists. We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Rodney Harrison for earning this very prestigious honor.