Today ranked these guys along with the hockey and basketball players who will be inducted into their hall of fames later in the year. The criteria? Well... since I'm not trying to make this too analytical... I'll be ranking them by personal popularity.
Let's start with a handful of honorable mentions...
Honorable Mention #1: Jeff Bagwell
2003 Flair Jumbo Sweet Swatch Auto #JB
I don't consider myself a huge Jeff Bagwell fan, but that didn't prevent me from hoarding his 1991 Upper Deck and 1991 Stadium Club rookie cards back in the early 90's. When he decided to hang up his cleats, the thing I admired the most about him was his loyalty to the Houston Astros.
2003 Topps Autographs #TJT
For over a decade, Taylor made his presence known on NFL highlight films sacking quarterbacks and forcing fumbles. But the main reason he's on this list is he's part of my Birthday PC.
Honorable Mention #3: Terell Davis
1997 Collector's Edge Game Gear #12
I shouldn't like TD. He ran all over the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XXXII and prevented them from winning back to back titles. But at the end of the day, he was fun to cheer for back in the 90's... when he wasn't playing against the Packers and Seahawks.
Okay... let's get to the Top 5 Class of 2017 hall of fame members:
#5 LaDainian Tomlinson
2016 Panini Spectra Illustrious Legends #19
One of my former administrators is a huge San Diego Chargers fan, so back in the 2000's I had the opportunity to watch Tomlinson a lot. He was one of the best running backs of his era and it's nice to see him being honored the first time his name appeared on the ballot.
#4 Paul Kariya
1996-97 Pinnacle BAP Link 2 History Autograph #LTH-6B
#3 Ivan Rodriguez
2000 SPx Signatures #X-IR
Some guys are just more entertaining on the defensive side of the ball. Pudge was one of those guys. I remember all of the hype around his name in the early 90's... and always wondered if he'd live up to it. He did.
2009 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures #SC-TR
Tim Raines was the National League's version of Rickey Henderson... and if you know how much I love Rickey. It took awhile to get inducted... but better late than never, right? It's nice to see guy from my Montreal Expos PC make it in.
#1 Kenny Easley
1986 McDonald's Seahawks Green Tab #45
My Seattle Seahawks kicked off during the early 80's... and Kenny Easley was a big reason for that. The perennial Pro Bowler and All-Pro safety could have ended up being one of the greatest , but he was forced to retire from kidney issues. Now that he'll be in Canton, hopefully Panini will sign him to a contract and produce a few autographs and memorabilia cards for Seattle Seahawks fans to collect.
Well that's it for now...
Who sits atop your Class of 2017?
I hope all of you are enjoying your Hall of Fame weekend. Happy Saturday and sayonara!