It is Super Bowl week and that also means it is the time for NFL Honors. The ceremony was held on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022, and the NFL Honors also means the road to the Hall of Fame class. The 15 finalists got narrowed down, and here is a look at the 2022 class inductees.
Tony Boselli- Offensive Tackle
The Jacksonville Jaguars first-ever draft pick, Tony Boselli has officially made it to the hall in his sixth-straight year of being a finalist. Boselli’s career was from 1995-2001 and during that time he was a first-team All-Pro in 1997-1999 and had five Pro Bowl appearances. Unfortunately due to injuries, Boselli’s career was cut short but he played a vital role on that offensive line for the Jaguars.
LeRoy Butler- Safety
After being drafted in the second round of the 1990 draft out of Florida State, LeRoy Butler went on to put up historic numbers over his 12-year career with the Green Bay Packers. He was the first-ever player in NFL history to reach the threshold of having 20 sacks and 20 interceptions while finishing his career with 20.5 sacks and 38 interceptions. The accolades kept on going for Butler as he was a part of the 1997 Packers Super Bowl-winning team, was a four-time All-Pro, and a four-time Pro Bowler. He would finish his career as well with 953 tackles, 12 fumble recoveries, and three defensive touchdowns.
Sam Mills- Linebacker
Sam Mills’ legacy will now live on in Canton, Ohio. Mills’ historic career started in 1981 with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent but was ultimately released in the preseason due to a concussion. He would then make a name for himself in the United States Football League over three seasons, and when the head coach Jim Mora took the head coaching job with the New Orleans Saints he would bring Mills with him in 1986. Mills would then become a staple on that defense and earn four Pro Bowl appearances from 1987-to 1992. His legendary career would then go to the Carolina Panthers in 1994 where his 36-yard touchdown would help the Panthers get their first win. Over Mills’ 12-year playing career he had 1,319 tackles, 20.5 sacks, and 11 interceptions. Unfortunately, Mills passed away in 2005 from his battle with intestinal cancer. Now he will be forever remembered with his career being showcased at the Hall of Fame.
Richard Seymour- Defensive End/ Defensive Tackle
Richard Seymour, the former first-round draft pick, will now have his career highlighted by being inducted into the Hall of Fame. Seymour started his career with the New England Patriots from 2001-to 2008. During his time with the Patriots he would go on to help the team win three Super Bowls, and from 2002-2006 had five Pro Bowl appearances. He would then go on to become an Oakland Raider from 2009-2012 still continuing to be a cornerstone on each defense he was on. He finished with 498 tackles, 57.5 sacks, was a seven-time Pro Bowler, and five-time All-Pro.
Bryant Young- Defensive End/ Tackle
In his third year as a finalist, and 10th year of eligibility Bryant Young’s wait is finally over. From being the 49ers’ first-round pick in 1994 up until he finished his career in 2007, Young spent his entire career with the team. He came in his rookie season and established the dominant player he would be with 44 tackles and six sacks. It was in 1996 that he truly saw his breakout season with 75 tackles and 11.5 sacks. Young would finish his career with 89.5 sacks which comes in as the sixth most all-time for a defensive tackle. His other accolades would go on to include being a four-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl Champion.
The class will also include Dick Vermeil (coaching category), Art McNally (contributor category), and Cliff Branch (senior category).
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