Tony Boselli reflects on hall of fame career in letter to Jaguars fans
One day before the NFL draft, the first selection in Jaguars history penned an inspiring letter to Jacksonville fans and the city. In a video released on social media, Tony Boselli said that “from the moment I was drafted, it was the only place I wanted to be.”
Tony Boselli’s number officially retired, receives Pro Football Hall of Fame ring during halftime
Days after he became the first Jacksonville Jaguar to be presented with a key to the city, Tony Boselli, the Jaguars’ first Pro Football Hall of Famer, was honored by the team Sunday during Jacksonville’s game against the Houston Texans.
Photo gallery: Pro Football Hall of Fame induction day honors Boselli, Butler
News4JAX was in Canton, Ohio this week for the Hall of Fame game between the Jaguars and Raiders, and for the induction ceremony. Take a look at the photo gallery above to see some of the Hall of Fame sights, as well as a good number of Jaguars fans who made the trip for the historic day.
Jacksonville-area duo Tony Boselli, LeRoy Butler earn Pro Football Hall of Fame honor
Tony Boselli was the bedrock of the expansion Jaguars. LeRoy Butler grew up in Jacksonville and went on to star at the highest levels of football. Two Jacksonville icons, both going into the Pro Football Hall of Fame together.
Boselli, Butler, await Hall of Fame vote, taken virtually this year
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Usually, the Hall of Fame selectors meet in a conference room at the league hotel at the site of the Super Bowl on Saturday morning, the day before the game. There, they present the 15 finalists, discuss and vote, paring the list down to 10, and finally to the 5 modern-day players selected for enshrinement in the hall of Fame in Canton. Of course, there are a couple of Jacksonville connections among the final 15. The Hall of Fame tweeted out a piece of his presentation:The HOF Selection Committee is meeting virtually today to discuss the candidates for the #PFHOF21 Class. “All the guys on that list have great credentials,” Boselli said after being named as one of the final 15 yet again.
Boselli and Butler named Pro Football HOF finalists again
Former Packers safety LeRoy Butler, left, and former Jaguars offensive tackle Tony Boselli were named NFL hall of fame finalists. (AP photos)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tony Boselli and LeRoy Butler are Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists again, while the wait continues for Fred Taylor. Butler, a former Packers safety who was largely credited for starting the famed Lambeau Leap, was named a finalist for the second straight year. Boselli was a Pro Bowl selection from 1996-2000 before injuries ended his career. He had 721 tackles and was inducted into the Packers hall of fame in 2007.
Floyd Little, Syracuse and Broncos great, dies at 78
FILE - In this Sept.1969 file photo, Denver Broncos' Floyd Little avoids the tackle of New York Jets' Steve O'Neal (20) during a football game in Denver. Little, the Hall of Fame running back who starred at Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos, has died. (AP Photo/File)DENVER – Floyd Little, the versatile running back who starred at Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos, has died after a long bout with cancer. “So, I supposedly saved the franchise.”Little was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. “Floyd Little was a true hero of the game," said David Baker, president and CEO of the pro hall.
HOF linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58
Greene died Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, the family confirmed, as did the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played for Los Angeles Rams (1985–1992), Pittsburgh Steelers (1993–1995), Carolina Panthers (1996, 1998-99) and San Francisco 49ers (1997). “We lost an amazing player and person this morning with the passing of Kevin Greene,” Rooney said. “So sad to hear the news of Kevin Greene passing away,” Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward said. Prayers to Kevin Greene a legend.”Greene had 14 or more sacks in three different seasons, including twice with the Panthers late in his career.
Fred Dean, 68, fearsome pass rusher of 49ers' dynasty, dies
FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, file photo, former San Diego Chargers defensive end Fred Dean waves to fans after his speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio. Dean, the fearsome pass rusher who was a key part of the launch of the San Francisco 49ers' dynasty, has died. His death on Wednesday night, Oct. 14, 2020, was confirmed Thursday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
What Jimmy Smith, Fred Taylor and Tony Boselli are saying about their Hall of Fame chances
This year there are 130 players on the list, including Tony Boselli, who has been a finalist for the last three years as well as former Jaguars Jimmy Smith and Fred Taylor. But he has never been selected as one of the 25 finalists for the Hall of Fame. Then the Hall of Fame committee will choose the five individuals who will be inducted in the class of 2021. And every eligible player ahead of Taylor on the all-time rushing list is in the Hall of Fame. Boselli said in a text to News4Jax:“It’s always an honor to be nominated for the Hall of Fame.
Three former Jaguars nominated for Pro Football Hall of Fame
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Three Jaguars and one Jacksonville native are nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. Boselli, the first draft pick in Jaguars history, and Butler were Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists last year. He was a Pro Bowl selection from 1996-2000 before injuries ended his career. He was a Pro Bowl selection following the 2007 season. He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson 2021 Hall of Fame candidates
Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The roster of nominees consists of 65 offensive players, 49 defensive players and 16 special teams players. A maximum of five modern-era players will be chosen when the selection committee meets the Saturday before the Super Bowl in Tampa, Florida. Eighteen finalists will be presented to the full 48-member panel: the 15 modern-era finalists, and the recently nominated Drew Pearson (senior); Bill Nunn (contributor); and Tom Flores (coach). Enshrinement at the hall in Canton, Ohio, will take place next August, when members of the 2020 class and a special centennial class also will enter the football shrine.
Could Hall of Fame changes help Tony Boselli's chances?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tony Boselli's chances of making the Pro Football Hall of Fame may have just improved. The NFL is celebrating its 100th season this year, and with it, we could see a change in the voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker told SiriusXM NFL radio that the Hall could expand the class of 2020 from the usual eight to 20 inductees. That would not be the case, so it could help Boselli's chances. Boselli has been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame the past three seasons but has yet to make it to the final five needed to be selected for induction in Canton.
On this day: September 27
1998: Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and kicker Doak Walker, who won two NFL championships in his six years with the Detroit Lions, dies at the age of 71 as a result of injuries suffered previously in a skiing accident. Walker led the NFL in scoring twice (1950 and 1955) and tallied 534 points in his career (330 on field goals and extra points). He was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1950 and also earned the Heisman Trophy as a junior at Southern Methodist University in 1948. The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the top college football running back in America. Walker is also an inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame.