There appears to be only two certainty in the pro football celebrity category of 2021 – Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson – and one possibility in recipient Calvin Johnson.
All of these have become, as the Super Bowl award-winning midfielder, defensive back for generations and future dominant players nicknamed “Megatron” has become the latest greats to be dedicated to a bust in Canton.
Manning, Woodson, and Johnson have achieved rare status as first ballot, an honor bestowed upon only 25 percent of non-tenant roommates entering this season.
But they aren’t the only ones who have entered the realm of immortality in football this year, joining two other modern day recruits and one recruiter from each of the major contributors’ committees and coaches.
Here’s a look at the 2021 HOF category:
Manning, 44, is one of the most decorated midfielders of his era. Manning, two-time Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl five-time best player, has won the MVP award twice, the Player of the Year award and Walton Payton’s Man of the Year award.
Manning was a 14-time and 10-time All-Pro pro and led the league in bypassing three times and relegating four times en route to forming the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. He retired his number with Colts and Bronco and completed 65.3 percent of his passes to 71,940 yards, 539 drops and 251 interceptions.
Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions 2007-2015
Johnson, 35, was affectionately nicknamed “Megatron” for his huge size and rare gifts. Pro Bowler six times and four times led All-Pro twice NFL in the receptions, once led the NFL at receptions, and once led the NFL in receiving a touchdown before retiring due to his frustration with the Lions.
Johnson who won 1964 yards in 2012 is still a NFL record, with 731 receptions, 11,619 yards and 83 touchdowns in 135 matches.
Arguably the 44-year-old Woodson is the most talented player of his era, a nine-time Super Bowl champion and a nine-time Pro Bowler who was an eight-time All-Pro. He also won Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year award and twice led the NFL in interceptions before forming the NFL 2000s All-Decade. For his career, he made 1,105 tackles, 20 bags, 65 interceptions and 13 defensive touchdowns in 254 matches.
Faneca, 44, is a Super Bowl champion, nine times in Pro Bowler and All-Pro eight times, playing 206 games and being the best goalkeeper of his generation. Faneca made the NFL 2000s All-Decade and is a member of the Steelers’ All-Time Team.
Before becoming General Manager of the 49ers, the 49-year-old Lynch was a Super Bowl champion, nine times the Pro Bowler, and a four-time All-Pro pick as a player who is also a member of Bucs’ Ring of Fame for Honor and Bronco. Lynch ended his career with 1,058 tackles, 13 bags, and 26 interceptions in 224 matches.
Pearson, 70, was put up by the top candidate and approved by the 48-member selection committee at least 80 percent. Pearson is a three-time Super Bowl Champion and All-Pro Team who first made the NFL All-Decade in the 1970s and is a member of the Cowboys’ Ring of Honor.
Flores, 83, was selected by the coaches committee and approved by the 48-member selection committee with at least 80 percent approval. Flores, who set a career record 105-90, is a two-time Super Bowl winner as the first coach and the first major minority coach in history to lead a team to the title.
Nunn, who died in 2016 at the age of 62, was brought up by a shareholder committee that was approved by the 48-member selection committee with at least 80 percent approval. Noon played a vital role in building the Steelers dynasty in the 1970s, as his strong knowledge of historically black colleges and universities helped the Steelers secure Hall of Fame like John Stallworth, Mel Blount, Donnie Shell, among others.
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