Pro Football Hall of Fame 2023 potential class: Darrelle Revis and Joe Thomas are possible inductees

Last weekend, the Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted its Class of 2022. This year’s class brings the total to 362 former players, coaches and contributors who received a permanent place in Canton, Ohio.

Of those 362, only 86 were inducted in their first year of eligibility. That number will likely increase next summer, as more former gridiron players will be eligible for the first time. Five modern-era players can be inducted next summer, while up to three senior finalists and one coach/contributor finalist can also be inducted.

So who will be in next year’s induction class. Let’s see how this could possibly shake out.

** denotes eligible first-year players

Possible modern-day inductees

**CB Darrelle Revis (2007-17): “Revis Island” was anything but a vacation spot for NFL players during his 10-year career. The seven-time Pro Bowler has routinely locked out the league’s best receivers while making life miserable for quarterbacks. He helped New England end its 10-year Super Bowl drought in 2014 after leading the Jets to back-to-back AFC title games in 2009-10.

WR Andre Johnson (2003-16): The best offensive player in Texans history, the former Miami Hurricane led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards on several occasions. He earned seven Pro Bowl nominations over a 10-year span.

** EDGE Dwight Freeney (2002-17): A menacing pass-rusher who was armed with an unbeatable spin move. Had 125.5 sacks in his career, including 107.5 as a member of the Colts. Won a Super Bowl with Indianapolis in 2006 and helped the Cardinals reach the NFC Championship Game nine years later.

**OL Joe Thomas (2007-17): One of the greatest left tackles in NFL history, Thomas earned 10 consecutive Pro Bowl nominations while being named to the NFL All-Decade Team for the 2010s. NFL moderns, Thomas has played 167 games and amassed 10,363 consecutive snaps.

LB Zach Thomas (1996-08): A tackle machine, Thomas racked up seven Pro Bowl and five All-Pro nods over a span of nine years. He had 1,734 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 17 interceptions (four returns for touchdowns), 16 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries during his 13-year career.

Torry Holt (1999-09): A key member of the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offense, Holt notched the first touchdown in the Rams’ Super Bowl victory over the Titans. Holt had a long stretch of statistical excellence that included eight straight 1,000-yard seasons. He led the NFL in receiving yards twice and receptions once.

Possible senior inductees

QB Ken Anderson (1971-86): NFL MVP in 1981, Anderson led the Bengals to the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance that season. Anderson led the NFL in passing yards twice and in completion percentage three times.

LB Randy Gradishar (1974-83): The anchor of the Broncos’ “Orange Crush” defense who spearheaded the franchise’s first-place Super Bowl finish in 1977. A seven-time Pro Bowler, Gradishar was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1978.

DL Joe Klecko (1977-88): The versatile lineman earned Pro Bowl nods at defensive end, defensive tackle and nose tackle. He led the NFL with 20.5 sacks in 1981 while serving as a valuable member of the Jets’ “New York Sack Exchange” defense.

Possible coach/contributor inductee

Robert Kraft: The Patriots have won six Super Bowls since Kraft took over ownership of the franchise in 1994. Kraft was also instrumental in several lucrative television deals while playing a role in settling the league’s lockout in 2011.

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