Breaking down Tony Boselli’s case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame

Cover32 Staff

The 2016 Jacksonville Jaguars cannot be summarized by anything less than a major disappointment. But if there’s something to rally behind in this otherwise abysmal season is the Pro Football Hall of Fame case for Tony Boselli, a former left tackle standout for the Jaguars during the late 90’s/early 00’s.

Boselli is arguably the greatest Jaguars player in the franchise’s brief time of existence, dominating opposing defensive ends for the entirety of his tenure in Jacksonville. Drafted as the team’s first ever draft selection, Boselli made a name for himself after dominating Bills defensive end Bruce Smith in a playoff game, making him a national name virtually overnight. Boselli was selected to participate in the Pro Bowl five times, was named All-Pro three times, and perhaps his biggest individual achievement: being named to the NFL 1990’s All-Decade team despite only playing for the second half of the decade.

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Boselli was considered as a top two offensive tackle during the length of his tenure in Jacksonville, despite battling significant injuries towards the later part of his career. Boselli only participated in 91 games in his seven seasons in the NFL.

Despite all of those individual achievements, is that enough to launch Tony Boselli into the Hall of Fame? I think eventually, it will be enough for Boselli. But I don’t think it happens this year. LaDainian Tomlinson, who ranks fifth all-time in rushing yards, as well as Kurt Warner, Terrell Owens, Alan Faneca and John Lynch all have stronger resumes as of right now. Tomlinson is nearly a mortal lock to be inducted, but the others are on the fence.

The only thing hindering Boselli at this point is the length in which he played. He only played seven seasons, which is far less than most inductees in the Hall of Fame. He certainly passed the ‘eye test’ as a Hall of Fame player during his playing days, but will that be enough to get him the nod? Boselli may have to wait to find out.

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