The Pro Football Hall of Fame has welcomed the biggest names in the sport to honor their past achievements. We’re all set for a fresh batch of inductees next year, and these are the most exciting nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2021.
Former NFL cornerback Charles Woodson began playing professional football in 1998 after becoming the fourth overall draft pick for the Oakland Raiders. Just one year later, Woodson was already making his first Pro Bowl appearance; he would make eight more during his career.
Woodson was part of the Green Bay Packers roster that won Super Bowl XLV. The cornerback is one of only three defensive players with 13 touchdowns in his career, a record he shares with Darren Sharper and Ron Woodson. In 2009 Woodson was named the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in interceptions and touchdown interceptions.
Calvin Johnson spent his entire career with the Detroit Lions and was one of the franchise’s shining lights for eight years. The wide receiver secured the most receiving yards in a season, 1,964, unfortunately stopping shy of the 2,000 mark by just 36.
Johnson recorded two seasons with over 1,600 yards receiving, joining an elite list of all-action stars including Marvin Harrison, Julio Jones, and Torry Holt. Fans of the Lions knew they could rely on Johnson for some excitement, with the wide receiver tying the NFL record for most consecutive games with at least 100 receiving yards, 8.
When he took to the field, it seemed as though Jared Allen only ever had one goal in mind, sack the quarterback. It didn’t matter who he was facing; all quarterbacks knew they had to rely on their linebackers to protect them from the two-time NFL sacks leader. Allen will be remembered as one of the Minnesota Vikings greatest ever players, including his unforgettable 11 consecutive games recording a sack.
One man stands out above the rest of the proposed class of ’21, and that man is the one-and-only Peyton Manning. The quarterback is the only star from his position eligible for first-year induction into the Hall of Fame. It’s likely he’s going to be voted in right away thanks to his amazing career.
Not only does Manning have two Super Bowl rings to show for his time on the gridiron, but he also has the records to prove he’s one of the greatest of all time. Fans in Denver and Indianapolis already appreciate how good Manning was, while every other fan in the country has been hurt by him before.
Manning holds the record for most touchdown passes in a season, 55, and the most passing yards in a season, 5,477, both of which came in 2013. The quarterback also holds the most AP NFL MVP Awards with five.
These stars are all in with a shout of joining the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2021, with Manning and Woodson considered the only locks.