Jerry Jones, owner and general manager of the Cowboys since 1989, will go into the Hall of Fame on Saturday as part of the 2017 class. He will join the likes of Al Davis, Dan Rooney and Bill Polian in the contributor group as of the men who has bettered the game without playing a snap.
Deciding what players or coaches belong in the Hall of Fame tends to come down to stats and accolades, but for contributors, the grading scale is not as clear. Going forward, Jones can be used as the benchmark.
That much is true. Roethlisberger (Miami, Ohio), Randy Moss (Marshall) and Antonio Gates (Kent State) are Hall of Fame locks. James Harrison (Kent State) has a case. Antonio Brown (Central Michigan) and Khalil Mack (Buffalo) were ranked No. 4 and No. 5 when NFL.com released its Top 100 players for 2017. Julian Edelman (Kent State) made a game-changing catch in Super Bowl 51.
“We’re well aware of who our guys are,” MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher told SN on March 11. “We’re just tickled to death for them, when Edelman made that catch in the Super Bowl it was a PSA. Every time Ben Roethlisberger throws a TD, it’s a PSA for the conference.”
The MAC built on that momentum by sending a record number of players to the 2017 NFL combine and a record 11 players to the 2017 NFL Draft. That included first-round pick Corey Davis (Western Michigan), who landed with Tennessee, and third-round pick Kareem Hunt (Toledo), who has made a strong impression with the Chiefs in training camp.
“There’s a lot of great players who didn’t play for the ‘big Premier League Cheap Jerseys schools’ in the country,” Taylor said. “Still surprising AB Real Cheap Jerseys and Khalil are doing that. There are just a lot of good players in the MAC.”