With Jerry Kramer finally getting his decades-overdue induction to the Hall of Fame this year, the attention among Packer fans has shifted especially to players like Sharpe and Butler, who probably should have been inducted already but have still been awaiting their call. Only five men coached more than his 357 games, and he went 190-165-2 with the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and Atlanta Falcons, with four Super Bowl appearances.
On Thursday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its preliminary list of nominees for the 2019 class.More news: Nicki Minaj and Cardi B’s feud is spilling over into politics?
Joining Gonzalez on the ballot are three other players in their first year of eligibility: cornerback Champ Bailey, safety Ed Reed and linebacker London Fletcher. Among his 64 career picks were returns for touchdowns of 106 and 107 yards.
After getting picked No. 7 overall, he went on to make five Pro Bowls, with three seasons leading the National Football League in receptions and making First-team All-Pro. Reed won a Super Bowl in the 2012 season.More news: 'Life-threatening' storm starts to lash US
For the eighth consecutive year, fans can vote for their favorite Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees.
Also on the ballot are former Chiefs coaches Marty Schottenheimer and Dick Vermeil. The finalists will consist of 15 Modern-Era finalists, the recently named Senior Finalist, Johnny Robinson, and the Contributor Finalists, Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt. The list of 102 will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January, with the Class of 2019 to be elected by the Hall's Selection Committee in February and formally enshrined in Canton, Ohio next August.More news: Intense footage shows rockslide on popular Greek beach, sending waves of damage