Jacoby denied Redskins great Joe Jacoby’s Hall of Fame bid falls short again. D9
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houston — Washington Redskins great Joe Jacoby, the hulking anchor of the storied Hogs offensive line that helped the team to three Super Bowl championships under legendary coach Joe Gibbs, was passed over in the final stage of voting for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for a second consecutive year.
In closed-door voting Saturday in Houston, site of Super Bowl LI, Jacoby’s name wasn’t among the handful to make the cut from 15 modern era finalists.
In his 19th year of eligibility for the honor, Jacoby was among 15 finalists representing modern era players or coaches.
This year marked the sixth time Jacoby was in the running for the game’s greatest honor. A semifinalist four times, he reached the finalists’ stage in 2016 as well but fell just short of the votes needed for induction. To be chosen, a finalist must get an affirmative vote from 80 percent of the selection panel. Votes were cast by a 48member panel that includes media representatives of each of the NFL’s 32 teams, select national NFL journalists and, for the first time, two Hall of Fame members, Dan Fouts and James Lofton.
Gibbs called Jacoby’s miss “a bitter disappointment.”
“Joe is a class act and was one of the top performers in the NFL over the course of his career,” Gibbs said Saturday night. “He should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and it’s frustrating that it won’t happen again this year. Hopefully we can get this right next year and give Joe the honor he so clearly deserves.”
During a 13-year career that was spent entirely with the Redskins, the undrafted Jacoby played every position along the line except center. But he made his mark at tackle.
Jacoby was massive for his era — 6 feet 7 and 295 pounds, so big that teammates boasted “he could block out the sun.” As NFL stars go, Jacoby was hardly glamorous. He was more a slab of granite — a player who didn’t seek the spotlight and wasn’t embraced by it. But his hulking presence on the line made him a feared fixture of the Redskins’ most glorious era.
Jacoby was durable as granite, too, starting 148 of his 170 regular season games. He also appeared in 21 playoff games, more than any other Hog, and started five NFC championship games and four Super Bowls. He earned Pro Bowl honors for four consecutive years, from 1983 to 1986. A two-time first-team all-pro, Jacoby also has been named one of the 80 greatest Redskins.
Jacoby was one of two offensive tackles to reach the finalists stage this year; five-time Pro Bowl honoree Tony Boselli (Jacksonville, Houston) was the other.
Owens left out of new class
Voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame again turned away the second-most productive receiver in NFL history, Terrell Owens, but elected a seven-member class that includes running back LaDainian Tomlinson and quarterback Kurt Warner.
Running back Terrell Davis, defensive end Jason Taylor and kicker Morten Andersen also were chosen from among the modern era finalists for enshrinement. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was elected as a contributor, and former Seattle Seahawks safety Kenny Easley was chosen as the nominee of the seniors committee.
The class might be more notable for who wasn’t elected than for who was. Owens ranks second in league history in career receiving yards. Yet Owens was passed over by the voters for a second straight year.
Tomlinson and Taylor were elected in their first year of eligibility. Andersen becomes the second full-time kicker to be chosen for the Hall of Fame, joining Jan Stenerud.
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, like Jones nominated as a contributor, failed to secure the necessary votes to be elected.
Also failing to gain election were modern era finalists Jacoby, Boselli, Isaac Bruce, Don Coryell, Brian Dawkins, Alan Faneca, Ty Law, John Lynch and Kevin Mawae.