Saturday night the NFL inducted seven new members into its Hall of Fame. The field included several big names and was one of the most diverse classes in recent memory. Owner Jerry Jones was enshrined, as well as kicker Morten Andersen and running back Terrell Davis.
All inductees were more than deserving of the honors, but the proceedings on Saturday night got us thinking. When is the next time we’re going to see a Detroit Lions player in Canton?
There’s a decent chance Calvin Johnson will get his shot in four more years, when he becomes eligible. Unfortunately, in terms of past players, that’s likely the only Lion who will get a crack at the Hall of Fame (unless you count Anquan Boldin).
So today’s Question of the Day is:
Are there any current Detroit Lions players you think will make the Hall of Fame?
My answer: There aren’t really any players that if they continue on their current trajectory should make the Hall of Fame, but there’s no doubt that Matthew Stafford is the closest. He’s on pace to set records in terms of yardage, but that also comes with a record amount of pass attempts. Stafford will have to accomplish things far greater than he’s done in his eight-year career so far (see: MVP awards, postseason success, etc.).
But that doesn’t necessarily mean the Lions don’t have a future Hall of Famer on their roster. Players like Ameer Abdullah, Taylor Decker, Darius Slay and maybe even a rookie like Jarrad Davis could have very bright futures ahead of them. If I had to pick one, though, I really think Taylor Decker could be the best tackle Detroit has ever seen and maybe one of the best ever. Get healthy, big guy.