Potential 2023 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class: Darrelle Revis, Joe Thomas headline possible inductees

This past weekend, the Pro Football Hall of Fame inducted its 2022 class. This year’s class brings the total to 362 former players, coaches and contributors who have earned a permanent spot in Canton, Ohio.

Of these 362, only 86 were introduced in the first qualifying year. That number will likely increase next summer, as there are several former gridiron standouts who will be eligible for the first time. Five modern players could earn induction next summer, while as many as three senior finalists and one coach/contributor finalist could also earn induction.

So who will be in next year’s induction class. Let’s take a look at how it could possibly shake out.

** denotes first-year eligible players

Possible modern inductees

**CB Darrelle Revis (2007-17): “Revis Island” was anything but a resort for NFL wideouts during his 10-year career. The seven-time Pro Bowler routinely locked down the league’s best receivers while making life miserable for quarterbacks. He helped New England snap its 10-year Super Bowl drought in 2014 after leading the Jets to consecutive AFC title games in 2009-10.

WR Andre Johnson (2003-16): The best offensive player in Texans history, the former Miami Hurricane led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards on multiple occasions. He earned seven Pro Bowl nods over a 10-year span.

**EDGE Dwight Freeney (2002-17): A menacing pass rusher who was armed with an unbeatable spin move. Totaled 125.5 sacks during his career which included 107.5 as a member of the Colts. Won a Super Bowl with Indianapolis in 2006, and helped the Cardinals reach the NFC Championship Game nine years later.

**Olympic Joe Thomas (2007-17): One of the greatest left tackles in NFL history, Thomas earned 10 consecutive Pro Bowl nods while being named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 2010s. The NFL’s modern-day “Iron Man,” Thomas played in 167 games and amassed 10,363 consecutive snaps.

LB Zach Thomas (1996-08): Thomas was a tackling machine who earned seven Pro Bowl and five All-Pro nods over a nine-year span. He amassed 1,734 tackles, 20.5 sacks, 17 interceptions (four returned for touchdowns), 16 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries over his 13-year career.

Torry Holt (1999-09): A key member of the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offense, Holt caught the first touchdown in the Rams’ Super Bowl victory over the Titans. Holt enjoyed a long streak of statistical excellence that included eight straight 1,000-yard seasons. He led the NFL in receiving yards twice and in receptions once.

Possible senior inmates

QB Ken Anderson (1971-86): NFL MVP in 1981, Anderson led the Bengals to the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance that season. Anderson led the NFL in passing yards twice and in completion percentage three times.

LB Randy Gradishar (1974–83): The anchor of the Broncos’ “Orange Crush” defense that led the franchise to its first Super Bowl berth in 1977. Gradishar, a seven-time Pro Bowler, was the league’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1978.

DL Joe Klecko (1977-88): The versatile lineman earned Pro Bowl nods at defensive end, defensive tackle and nose tackle. He led the NFL with 20.5 sacks in 1981 while serving as a valuable member of the Jets’ ‘New York Sack Exchange’ defense.

Possibly trainer/contributor inserted

Robert Kraft: The Patriots have won six Super Bowls since Kraft began his ownership of the franchise in 1994. Kraft has also been instrumental in several lucrative television contracts, while playing a hand in settling the league’s 2011 lockout.

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