Adams among Oilers/Titans HoF preliminary nominees

An article from TitansOnline announces that Titans owner K.S. “Bud” Adams is one of eight individuals associated with the Oilers/Titans franchise who is on the 2008 Pro Football Hall of Fame Preliminary Nominee List. The other Oilers/Titans preliminary nominees are:

  • Robert Brazile
  • C.O. Brocato (scout)
  • Ray Childress
  • Kent Hill
  • Wilber Marshall
  • Reggie Roby
  • Ken Stabler
  • Steve Tasker

Given Adams’ long history with the NFL and AFL, I think he will be voted into the Hall of Fame someday.

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, and others, thinks Bruce Matthews will be the last Oiler to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

I disagree.

Ray Childress was fierce. He was a five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman and was part of the House of Pain defense that was known for shutting down the run. He deserves to be inducted.

Eddie George has a good (but not great) chance of being inducted. He was the heart and soul of the Oilers/Titans offense and made the Pro Bowl four times. Also, the Hall likes running backs. If Thurman Thomas was seen as a key contributor for the Buffalo Bills — and eight of his thirteen seasons were average at best — George deserves a look.

I saw Robert Brazile play when I was a kid, and while I didn’t fully appreciate his impact on the game, I have a hunch that he deserves to be inducted.

Finally, I’d love to see Steve Tasker be inducted as a special teams player, even though he gained notoriety as a Buffalo Bill.

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