(Photos courtesy of Indianapolis Colts)
Talk of Fame Network
The announcement of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame Final 15 nominees is less than a month away so the Talk of FameNetwork continued its visits with the 25 semi-finalists, sitting down this week with Edgerrin James and Ty Law.
James is the 11th all-time leading rusher in NFL history and was the fastest back to reach 3,000, 4,000, 5,000, 6,000, 9,000, 10,000, 11,000 and 12,000 yards. More importantly, he did more than that.
“At the running back position you’re asked to do three things: run the ball, catch the ball and block,’’ the former Colts' and Arizona Cardinals' rusher said. “I took pride in doing all three things…I never wanted to come off the field. If Peyton (Manning) was out there, I wanted to be out there. I was his bail out.’’
One guy who certainly wasn’t was TOF’s other guest, Ty Law. Law was a five-time Pro Bowl corner, a three-time Super Bowl champion and a member of the All-Decade team of the 2000s for a lot of reasons. One was for terrorizing Manning.
Of his 53 interceptions, nine came at Manning’s expense, including five in the post-season. Some have suggested if Law enters the Hall he’ll have Peyton Manning to thank for it.
Perhaps, but that’s not how Law looks at Manning.
“He said once he’d give the speech for me at the Hall of Fame,’’ Law joked. “But Peyton got me ready to go. He had me shaking in my boots the night before a game…There weren’t too many quarterbacks I was worried about but he was one.’’
How much would it mean to these guys to have their bust in Canton? Law made that clear.
“You’d see a grown man cry,’’ he said.
One thing that may make you cry is our resident "Dr. Data," Rick Gosselin, who brings the statistical heat on the significance of injuries as an explanation for the sad performances of the San Diego Chargers and Baltimore Ravens. Both were considered to be in the playoff mix when the season began. They aren’t, and Rick has the painful numbers why.
Ron Borges’ weekly “Borges or Bogus’’ segment focuses on a major change he feels is necessary to make the league’s concussion protocols work after watching Houston quarterback Brian Hoyer struggle to play against the Patriots when clearly in a fog.
The Talk of Fame guys – Rick, Ron and host Clark Judge – also debate whether the Chargers will be playing their last game in San Diego Sunday with long-time San Diego Union-Tribune columnist and Hall-of-Fame voter Nick Canepa.
There’s that and much more, including an analysis of who the most dangerous playoff underdogs might be and the latest installment of TOF’s Greatest Rivalries series. This week the guys take a look at the Patriots-Colts games through the eyes of Edgerrin and Ty, who were central figures in the bitterest rivalry of the New Millennium.
You can hear all that and more on over 80 radio stations around the country, on the Yahoo Radio Network, on TOF’s iTunes podcast, on the TuneIn Radio app or by going to talkoffamenetwork.com and listening on your computer.