At the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Saturday, August 4 at 7 p.m. in Canton, Ohio, NFL legends and Super Bowl winners will have their likenesses enshrined in the Hall alongside the best to ever play the game.
With every class enshrined, hoards of loyal fans flock to Ohio to see players they’ve watched since college earn the sport’s highest honor. When it comes to SEC football, the main pipeline of NFL talent for years, the Alabama Crimson Tide takes home another title, as if they didn’t need another reason to be No. 1 in college football.
When it comes to Alabama Crimson Tide alumni in the NFL, no SEC school has even close to as many Hall of Fame players as the Tide.
Alabama’s eight inductees more than double the next school in the Southeastern Conference.
Arkansas and LSU both have three apiece, and Florida, Georgia and Auburn each have two players enshrined.
The Crimson Tide greats in the Hall are offensive linemen John Hannah and Dwight Stephenson, tight end Ozzie Newsome, the first prolific wide receiver in NFL history Don Hutson, linebacker Derrick Thomas, and quarterback legends Joe Namath, Ken Stabler and Bart Starr.
Longtime NFL offensive lineman Kevin Mawae and Alan Faneca, both of whom played at LSU, were the only SEC representatives among this year’s Hall of Fame semifinalists, but neither are getting inducted in 2018.
Both should be enshrined next year.
This year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class includes wide receiver Randy Moss, offensive guard Jerry Kramer, linebackers Robert Brazile, Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, and longtime scout and general manager Bobby Beathard.
Terrell Owens will also be inducted, but he’s decided to give the Hall of Fame the classic T.O. treatment and not show up for this team, again. He’ll skip Saturday’s ceremony.
The Crimson Tide are in the midst of the greatest dynasty football may have ever seen, so expect the record number of Hall of Famers to only rise after a lot Nick Saban-bred players retire from the NFL.
Once again, Alabama reigns supreme in something else, which should surprise no one.