It’s been a tough few days walking through and working in Indianapolis. All teams are represented at the NFL’s annual Super Bowl convention, but the two main teams, the Giants and Patriots, are front and center of course.
And Jets green is quite muted. Head coach Rex Ryan made an appearance along with uber-fan Adam Sandler as the two promoted the movie “That’s My Boy” that Sandler stars in and Rex appears in as a lawyer and Patriots fan, due out in June. Sandler was even seen in a Jets T-shirt on “NBC Sportstalk” grumbling over the fact that his chosen team didn’t make the Indy scene. Dustin Keller, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Plaxico Burress and Tony Richardson popped up around town. A few fans in Jets garb can be seen forlornly passing along Market, Meridian and Capitol streets.
But tonight could be a good night for the Jets, at least from a historical perspective. This is the night that Curtis Martin and Bill Parcells could be selected for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Martin is one of the best, most consistent running backs the game has ever known. His many achievements, topped by his fourth-best NFL total of 14,101 rushing yards, lead us to that conclusion. Parcells will always be known as a Giant but his four-year stop with the Jets, three as their head coach, was pivotal in lifting the franchise up from its mid-Nineties doldrums.
Their odds look good even though, just as in the game on the field, there are no guarantees in “The Room.” That’s where Martin’s and Parcells’ fates for this year are being decided right now. The 44 Selection Committee members are currently debating the pluses and minuses of each of the 15 modern-era finalists (plus two seniors committee candidates) in a meeting room at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, the media center for Super Bowl XLVI.
Those 15 modern-era finalists will be trimmed to 10, then to five. Then each member of the selection committee votes yes or no for each of the five. A minimum of 80 percent of the vote gets a finalist selected for induction into the Class of 2012.
The process will conclude sometime this afternoon. Then the new class of from four to seven enshrinees will be unveiled on NFL Network’s special show, “Road to Canton: Pro Football Hall of Fame: Class of 2012,” beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Neither Martin nor Parcells is expected to be in Indianapolis tonight, but if selected, both are expected to fly into town for presentation in the events before the opening kickoff of SBXLVI a little after 6:30 tomorrow night.
We’ll be there to give you the news tonight from Indianapolis. And if Curtis and Bill are selected, we’ll bring you a little of their thoughts and reactions behind the scenes at the Super Bowl venue.
And if one or both are chosen and then if the Jets are selected by the NFL to be one of the teams to play in this year’s Hall of Fame Game (not a certainty, although the Jets are due to play in the game since their last appearance came in 1992), that would make for a great Hall of Fame weekend on Aug. 4-5 in Canton, Ohio, not to mention a great way for the Jets to kick off their 2012 season.
Tags: Bill Parcells, Canton, Curtis Martin, Indianapolis, Pro Football Hall of Fame, Super Bowl XLVI
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