Let's all stay positive. We all have that voice in our heads telling us not to get our hopes up, but until we know for sure one way or the other, I am going to keep hope alive!
I just thought that for anyone not wanting to debate draft prospects today, we might be able to collect some odds on Jacoby's chances. Here are the remaining finalists:
Terrell Davis, Running Back -- 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
Marvin Harrison, Wide Receiver --1996-2008 Indianapolis Colts
Joe Jacoby, Tackle -- 1981-1993Washington Redskins
These 15 names, along with Ken Stabler, Dick Stanfel and Edward DeBartolo, Jr (the first two are Seniors Committee finalists and the third is a Contributor Finalist).
I am an unabashed Brett Favre guy, and can't wait to see that induction speech.
If When Joe Jacoby is voted in, I will look forward to joining the legions of cheeseheads in Canton for the ceremony.
I think Tony Dungy and Kurt Warner are also in the "near-slam dunk" category, meaning Jacoby is battling to be one of the other two modern-era inductees. As much respect as I have for Orlando Pace, he better not get in before Jake. It just wouldn't be right, and to those who know, it just wouldn't make sense. (To be clear, Pace was a great player. Jacoby anchored one of the greatest offensive lines in the history of the NFL, though, and has been overlooked for long enough.)
With busts of Grimm and Riggins already there, Canton would truly become a legit Hogs Haven when it adds Joe Jacoby.