I recently visited the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio and as I looked in admiration upon some of the game’s most notable names, I began to wonder, which Patriots should be Canton bound? There are obvious ones, like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Bill Belichick, Robert Kraft, etc. who are still active, but there are some retired Patriots who need to receive their gold jackets and have their faces immortalized in Canton. There are 3 former Patriots players who must be included in the Hall of Fame and here are their cases.
First and foremost, I must mention Richard Seymour. For him it’s when, not if, he will be inducted. Seymour has been in the running for the Hall of Fame for about 3 years now and every year he advances further in the elimination polls, which is a good sign. This year he fell short once again and didn’t make the final HoF class of 2020 in the last elimination poll. However, Seymour makes a strong case to have a spot in Canton, specifically being a large part of the Patriots first 3 Super Bowls as a run stuffing defensive end/tackle hybrid who could get after the quarterback. On top of that, he was a 5 time pro bowler and a 3 time 1st team all pro during his tenure in New England.
Willie McGinest has also been in the hall of fame conversation along with Seymour. McGinest had an impressive career being a driving force on defense in the Patriots Super Bowl victories early in the dynasty. McGinest was always underrated during his playing years but still racked up 804 tackles and 86 sacks, along with 5 interceptions and 4 defensive touchdowns. McGinest also holds the record for most sacks in the postseason, with 16 across 18 games played, making this Patriots legend, a more than qualified candidate to be enshrined in the hall of fame.
If you were asked about the best wide receivers in the 1980’s, you’d likely forget about Stanley Morgan, but he was a star amongst some lackluster Patriots teams. The 3 time pro bowler never got much love due to an unfortunate team situation and that may be the reason Canton hasn’t called him, but Morgan’s numbers speak for themselves. In his career he amassed 10,716 yards, 72 touchdowns, and averaged 19.2 yards per catch. It’s important to keep in mind that New England’s shaky quarterback play during that time kept him from doing even better. Unfortunately he probably will not get into the Hall of Fame, but he more than deserves it.
Lastly, these players are not considered to be Hall of Fame caliber, but the voters should consider giving the following players another look:
|Drew Bledsoe, QB||44,611 yds., 256 td, 4x Pro Bowl|
|Ben Coates, TE||50 td, 5x Pro Bowl, 2x 1st Team All Pro|
|Bruce Armstrong, OT||Started every game he ever played, 6x Pro Bowl (Bad team hurt his notoriety)|
|Matt Light, OT||1x 1st team All Pro, 3x Pro Bowl, 3x Super Bowl Champion|
|Logan Mankins, OG||7x Pro Bowl, 1x 1st team All Pro, (Just became eligible)|
|Tedy Bruschi, LB||1,074 tackles., 30.5 sacks, 12 int, 1x Pro Bowl, 3x Super Bowl Champion|
|Asante Samuel, CB||51 int, 4x Pro Bowl, 1x 1st team All Pro, 2x Super Bowl Champion|
|Lawyer Milloy, S||1,439 tackles, 25 int, 4x Pro Bowl, 1x first team All Pro, 1x Super Bowl Champion|