Two Jacksonville Jaguars legends are Hall-Of-Fame semifinalists.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced its list of 25 modern-era semifinalists and a couple of former Jacksonville Jaguars players made the cut, left tackle Tony Boselli and running back Fred Taylor. They both were part of the Hall’s 2021’s class.
The next step in the Selection Process will be to trim the list of 25 finalists into 15 finalists. Then, a panel of voters will narrow down the list from 15 to 10, and later, 10 to five. Former Jaguars wide receiver Jimmy Smith was part of the original 130 nominees but didn’t make it to this stage of the process.
Boselli was a finalist in the last four years and he has a good chance of reaching the finalist list once again this year. Meanwhile, this is Taylor’s second time as a semifinalist after advancing to this part of the process last season.
The case for these two Jacksonville Jaguars to get enshrined.
Boselli was a key cog in the early years of this Jacksonville and was one of the best tackles at the time. While his career only lasted six years, he dominated the position in that span and earned a first-team All-Pro designation from 1997 to 1999.
All the other great left tackles from Boselli’s era have already been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Johnathan Odgen, Orlando Pace, Willie Roaf, and Walter Jones are all in, only the USC standout is missing.
On the other hand, Fred Taylor may have a harder time cracking the Hall of Fame. He was one of the best Jaguars players in the 2000s. Nevertheless, he was never the top running back in the NFL at any point during his career.
Players such as Edgerrin James, Shaun Alexander, LaDainian Tomilson, and Adrian Peterson were more dominant than Taylor more often than not. Furthermore, Taylor never led the league in rushing yards or touchdowns and never received any All-Pro honors.
Taylor was always a very good player for the ‘Jags’, but not a great one. That doesn’t diminish what he represents to the city of Jacksonville, it’s just that will have a steep Hall-of-Fame hill to climb based on his NFL resume. Whether or not Boselli and/or Taylor make the Hall of Fame, they will always be an important part of this franchise’s history.