Which "Outsider" deserves greater HOF consideration?

La'Roi Glover, Neil Smith and Richmond Webb were NFL all-decade selections, who have never been Hall of Fame semifinalists, much less finalists. They deserve better fates -- as do Lomas Brown, Jimmie Giles and Wilber Marshall.

Richmond Webb photo courtesy Miami Dolphins
Richmond Webb photo courtesy Miami Dolphins

(Neil Smith photo on the cover courtesy of Eric Bakke/Denver Broncos)

(Richmond Webb photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins)

Talk of Fame Network

We wrapped up our Insiders/Outsiders series at the Talk of Fame Network this week, presenting on six consecutive shows a Hall-of-Fame candidate on the preliminary list of 94 for the Class of 2017 (Insiders) plus a candidate not on the list whom we believe deserved consideration (Outsiders).

The six outsiders were offensive tackles Lomas Brown and Richmond Webb, tight end Jimmie Giles, defensive tackle La’Roi Glover, defensive end Neil Smith and outside linebacker Wilber Marshall. None has been a Hall-of-Fame semifinalist, much less a finalist.

Now it’s your turn to vote.

In this week’s Talk of Fame Network poll, we’re asking our listeners and readers which of the six “Outsiders” deserves the strongest consideration going forward for a bust in Canton. Here is a summary of the your candidates:

Lomas Brown. Only one offensive lineman in NFL history played in and started more games than Lomas Brown. That was Bruce Matthews, and he’s in the Hall of Fame. Brown played 18 seasons at left tackle, the offensive line’s most demanding position, with five teams and was voted to seven consecutive Pro Bowls, all with the Detroit Lions in the 1990s. He blocked for two Barry Sanders rushing titles, started for the New York Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl and finally won a Lombardi Trophy in his final season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002.


(Lomas Brown photo courtesy oft he Detroit Lions)

Jimmie Giles. Playing in an era when tight ends were blockers first and pass catchers second, Giles became a four-time Pro Bowler with Tampa Bay in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a third-round draft pick by the Oilers in 1977 but was traded to the Buccaneers in 1978 and helped them vault from worst to first, reaching the NFC title game in 1979. He flourished catching passes from Doug Williams and also spent a good deal of his time blocking. James Wilder set an NFL record for carries with 407 at Tampa in 1984 -- a record that would stand for 14 years. Giles caught 350 passes in his 13-year career for 5,084 yards with 41 touchdowns.

Jimmie Giles (88) photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaners
Jimmie Giles (88) photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaners

(Jimmie Giles photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

La’Roi Glover. A six-time Pro Bowler and a member of the 2000s NFL all-decade team. Glover is one of the NFL’s great success stories, arriving in Oakland in 1996 as an undrafted college free agent who also spent a season playing overseas in the World League in 1997 before striking gold as a 3-4 nose tackle. He was cut by the Raiders that summer and signed with the New Orleans Saints. He led the league with 17 sacks in 2000 and wound up going to six Pro Bowls, two with the Saints and three with the Cowboys. He was a four-time All-Pro selection and collected 83 ½ sacks in his 13-year career.


(La'Roi Glover photo courtesy of the New Orleans Saints)

Wilber Marshall. One of the most complete linebackers of his era, Marshall could make plays on both sides of the field and on both sides of the line of scrimmage. His first year as an NFL starter was as a weakside backer with the 1985 Chicago Bears in Buddy Ryan’s 46 scheme, and he won a second Super Bowl as a strongside backer on the 1991 Washington Redskins. He went to three Pro Bowls, twice as a weakside backer and once on the strongside, and his defenses ranked in the NFL’s Top 10 in nine of his 12 seasons. He collected 1,020 career tackles, with 46 sacks, 24 interceptions and 24 forced fumbles.


(Wilber Marshall photo courtesy of the Washington Redskins)

Neil Smith. A six-time Pro Bowler who was named to the 1990s NFL all-decade team. He arrived in the NFL as the second overall choice of the Kansas City Chiefs in 1988 and won an NFL sack crown with 15 in 1993. Smith collected 104 ½ sacks in his 13 seasons. He may have been overshadowed early in his career by Kansas City teammate and Hall-of-Fame pass rusher Derrick Thomas, but Smith left the Chiefs in free agency in 1997 and wound up winning back-to-back Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos.

Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs

(Neil Smith photo courtesy of the Kansas City Chiefs)

Richmond Webb. A seven-time Pro Bowl selection and another member of the 1990s NFL all-decade team. Webb was the ninth overall choice of the 1990 draft by the Miami Dolphins and spent the better part of the decade protecting the blind side of Hall-of-Fame passer Dan Marino. Like Smith, he played 13 seasons and was a first-team All-Pro four times. He went to his seven Pro Bowls in succession, starting with his rookie season in 1990. Along the way he set a franchise record with his 118 consecutive starts. He was voted to the Dolphins Honor Roll in 2006.

Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins
Photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins

(Richmond Webb photo courtesy of the Miami Dolphins)

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