The NFL released its list of 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and it comes as no surprise that N.Y. Jets great, Kevin Mawae is on the list.
Former NFLPA President and PFHOF selection committee member; Mawae is one of only eight players this year to make the semifinalists cut in his first year of eligibility, along with Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Edgerrin James, Ty Law, Orlando Pace, Junior Seau and Kurt Warner.
The nominees list was cut from 113 to 26, the semifinalist list normally consists of 25 players and coaches, but there was a tie for the 25th position this year and the selection committee bylaws provide that all ties are carried over. The list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists and final announcement in January.
Kevin is a 3-time first-team All-Pro selection (1999, 2001 and 2008) and 8-time Pro Bowler (1999-2004 and 2008-09). Mawae’ career spanned 1994-2009, and he spent the greater part of it with the N.Y. Jets (1998-2005). Kevin moved on to the Titans where he proceeded to pick up his last 2 pro bowls.
Kevin Mawae is counted as one of the top centers of the period. He’ll be among some of the Jets best in Canton.
Current Jets in the Hall of Fame:
*Weeb Ewbank (1963-73)
Ronnie Lott (1993-94)
*Curtis Martin (1998-2005)
*Don Maynard (1960-72)
Art Monk (1994)
*Joe Namath (1965-76)
Bill Parcells (1997-99)
*John Riggins (1971-75)
*Noted by the Hall of Fame to have made the better part of their contribution as a member of the New York Jets.
Mawae played 16 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, New York Jets and Tennessee Titans. The former Leesville High School and LSU standout was an eight-time Pro Bowler and eight-time All-Pro.
“Modern-era” candidates consists of players or coaches that must be retired for at least five consecutive seasons to be eligible for consideration.
The Class of 2015 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the one senior finalist (former Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff) and the two contributor finalists (Bill Polian and Ron Wolfe).
Notably absent again this year as a senior finalist is Former Jets standout and member of the famed “Sack Exchange” 3 position star Joe Klecko.
There is no number dictated for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected.
The actual voting for the Class of 2015 will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee’s annual meeting in January, 2015 the day before Super Bowl XLIX.
The results will be announced that evening.
Kevin remains close to the game and calls for him to join the coaching ranks have not gone unanswered.
Kevin has stated that under the right circumstances, he would coach.
Will the New York Jets make an offer as an offensive line coach next year?
The New York Jets posted a Gallery of Kevin Mawae pictures on their website, follow the link below to see their pictures.
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