Handicapping HOF's likely 2018 Senior, Contributor nominees

Talk of Fame debates the potential nominess likely to emerge from the Hall of Fame's Senior and Contributor committees next week.

The Talk of Fame Network delves deeply this week into the upcoming Hall-of-Fame nominations of the 2018 senior committee and contributor committee, votes that will be taken next week. With TOF hosts Rick Gosselin, Clark Judge and Ron Borges serving on those committees, our listeners get an earful of insider information.

The Talk of Fame Network guys handicap both races, covering not only the favorites but also predicting their own dark horse candidates for this year’s two senior slots, as well as the sole contributor nominee.

In our recent TOF poll, Jerry Kramer came out as the runaway candidate for senior nominee, but our insiders will tell you why they believe it unlikely that he emerges from the senior pool a second time.

Does controversial former commissioner Paul Tagliabue have a chance to come back for a third vote as a finalist? Don’t count on it.

So who will it be? Tune in to get the inside story.

The guys also visit with Hall-of-Fame nose tackle Curley Culp, who many consider the best ever at that most taxing position. Culp explains why life on the nose was far more challenging than playing defensive tackle in the standard 4-3 defense he began his career with in Kansas City.

Culp also offers his opinion on the Hall-of-Fame credentials of two of his former teammates, Chiefs’ safety Johnny Robinson and Oilers’ linebacker Robert Brazile.

Historian John Tunney of Pro Football Journal visits to give us his Hall-of-Fame favorites for 2018 and the executive director of the Hall, Joe Horrigan, explains how the Hall tries to control the lengthy of its inductees’ speeches and why it has so little luck keeping them to their 12-15 minute guidelines.

Horrigan also reveals the potential for a special expanded class of inductees when the league’s 100th anniversary rolls around in three years and the likelihood of that actually happening.

To hear it all tune into SB Nation Radio Wednesday nights from 8-10 p.m. or catch the weekend replay on its 75 stations around the country. You can also hear the show by downloading our free podcast on Itunes or the TuneIn app or simply by going to our website, talkoffamenetwork.com.

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