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NFL Hall of Fame Class 2016: RealSport writers picks

Later tonight the NFL will announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 from the finalists announced earlier this year. We asked our writers to l


Later tonight the NFL will announce the Hall of Fame Class of 2016 from the finalists announced earlier this year. We asked our writers to look at the Modern Era candidates and choose the 5 they felt were most deserving of induction in 2016. Below is the RealSport Class of 2016 (Modern Era).

Brett Favre – QB

The one unquestioned guaranteed candidate to be enshrined in the 2016 class. He was the ultimate combination of being both unique and successful. To be equally as entertaining aesthetically as he was able to put up the all-time statistical records which he holds. The longevity was incredible, with his streak of 297 consecutive regular season starts at quarterback. While they aren’t the key factors in getting a Hall of Fame vote, the story behind his career (in particularly the early days), the character and personality are great parts of the overall picture. What certainly does factor in, are 3 consecutive league MVP awards and bringing a Super Bowl trophy back to Green Bay. Rebecca Rennie

Orlando Pace – Tackle

One of the great offensive tackles, who blocked for three consecutive NFL MVPs in Kurt Warner (1999, 2001) and Marshall Faulk (2000). During his 12 years with the Rams, the team made more overall yards than any other. Tom Parry-Jones Pace was among the top tackles in the NFL when Jonathan Ogden and Walter Jones were playing. They’re in the Hall of Fame already, so why isn’t Pace? Not only was he just as good a blocker, but he was a huge part – literally and figuratively – of the Greatest Show on Turf. Remy Cabache  

Terrell Owens – Wide Receiver

TO’s Hall of Fame candidacy isn’t quite as clear cut as Brett Favre’s (whose is?) but it is impressive nonetheless. He is 6th all-time in catches (1078), 2nd in yards (15,934) and 3rd in touchdowns (153). Regardless of what some people may believe about his personality – one and off the field – he is undoubtedly one of the all-time great receivers and deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Remy Cabache Where to begin with TO? Undoubtedly one of the best WR to have ever played the game, his personality and attitude labelled him as a diva. Regardless of his antics, his abilities, size and speed have him as top 5 all time in almost all statistical categories. The fact he played on a broken leg in Super Bowl XXXIX just adds to the legend Pete Hallifax

Kevin Greene – Defensive End

Surely, this is the year for Greene to finally be enshrined. He’ll likely be one of the more emotional of the class too if it does happen, as he’s had a long, frustrating wait. The validity of certain statistics and what era they occurred in are often debated when it comes to making arguments to back a player’s worthiness, but no matter when you played, to be 3rd all-time in career sacks with 160 is impossible to dismiss. Add in 3 All-Pro selections and being chosen as part of the 1990’s All-Decade team to the resume. To go from being a walk on in college, to just a 5th round pick, to then become a Hall of Famer is a great story. Greene has long been a “when-not-if” candidate, and that when should be 2016. Rebecca Rennie

Kurt Warner – QB

Warner is one of the greatest rags-to-riches stories of all time, having gone undrafted back in 1994. Cut his teeth in NFL Europe with the Amsterdam Admirals before being named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXIV, in which he led the Rams to victory over the Titans. Came close to another ring in Super Bowl XLIII. Tom Parry-Jones

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