Miami Sports Pod: Nunn better for the Heat, Dolphins offseason focus and Zach Thomas should be in the HOF
PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – On the latest episode of the Miami Sports Pod, Local 10′s sports guru’s Will Manso and Clay Ferraro discuss the Miami Heat finally stringing some wins together and what it means for the team as the season continues. They also chat about the Miami Dolphins potential offseason moves and Zach Thomas getting snubbed again for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. SUBSCRIBE to the Miami Sports Pod - iTunes | Android
Former Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas misses out on Hall of Fame again
Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas, pictured here during a game in 2007, is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. CANTON, Ohio – Zach Thomas will have to wait at least another year to get the call to the Hall of Fame. Thomas was not selected into the 2021 class, which was announced on Saturday night. The five players chosen were Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson, Alan Faneca, Calvin Johnson and John Lynch. During his 13-year career, Thomas racked up 1,734 tackles, 17 interceptions, 20.5 sacks and 14 forced fumbles.
Zach Thomas named Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist for second straight year
Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas, pictured here during a game in 2007, is a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. – When Miami Dolphins fans look at Zach Thomas, they see a Hall of Famer. The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced the 15 finalists for the Class of 2021 and the seven-time Pro Bowler is on the list. Zach Thomas on being named a 2021 @ProFootballHOF finalist. pic.twitter.com/3dobtbfv9U — Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) January 6, 2021It’s the second year in a row that Thomas has been a finalist.
Floyd Little, Syracuse and Broncos great, dies at 78
FILE - In this Sept.1969 file photo, Denver Broncos' Floyd Little avoids the tackle of New York Jets' Steve O'Neal (20) during a football game in Denver. Little, the Hall of Fame running back who starred at Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos, has died. (AP Photo/File)DENVER – Floyd Little, the versatile running back who starred at Syracuse and for the Denver Broncos, has died after a long bout with cancer. “So, I supposedly saved the franchise.”Little was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. “Floyd Little was a true hero of the game," said David Baker, president and CEO of the pro hall.
HOF linebacker, pass rush great Kevin Greene dies at 58
Greene died Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, the family confirmed, as did the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played for Los Angeles Rams (1985–1992), Pittsburgh Steelers (1993–1995), Carolina Panthers (1996, 1998-99) and San Francisco 49ers (1997). “We lost an amazing player and person this morning with the passing of Kevin Greene,” Rooney said. “So sad to hear the news of Kevin Greene passing away,” Steelers defensive lineman Cam Heyward said. Prayers to Kevin Greene a legend.”Greene had 14 or more sacks in three different seasons, including twice with the Panthers late in his career.
Fred Dean, 68, fearsome pass rusher of 49ers' dynasty, dies
FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008, file photo, former San Diego Chargers defensive end Fred Dean waves to fans after his speech at the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in Canton, Ohio. Dean, the fearsome pass rusher who was a key part of the launch of the San Francisco 49ers' dynasty, has died. His death on Wednesday night, Oct. 14, 2020, was confirmed Thursday by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
Peyton Manning, Charles Woodson 2021 Hall of Fame candidates
FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2013, file photo, Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson (24) talks with Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) after an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)Peyton Manning and Charles Woodson are among 14 first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The roster of nominees consists of 65 offensive players, 49 defensive players and 16 special teams players. The 2020 class could not be enshrined due to the coronavirus pandemic and will be honored next summer. Returning finalists from last year are receivers Torry Holt and Reggie Wayne; offensive linemen Tony Boselli and Alan Faneca; defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Bryant Young; linebackers Sam Mills and Zach Thomas; and defensive backs John Lynch and LeRoy Butler.
Former Hurricanes, NFL star Edgerrin James headed to Pro Football Hall of Fame
MIAMI – Former NFL and University of Miami star Edgerrin James can now add Hall of Famer to his list of accolades. James announced Saturday on Instagram that he made the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The four-time Pro Bowl running back spent 11 seasons in the NFL with the Colts, Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks. He amassed 12,246 yards and 80 rushing touchdowns in his NFL career. He still holds the Colts’ franchise record for rushing yards (9,226) and career rushing touchdowns (64).
Dolphins Hall of Fame center Jim Langer dies at 71
MIAMI - Pro Football Hall of Fame center Jim Langer, who was literally in the middle of the Miami Dolphins' 1972 perfect season, has died at the age of 71. Langer died Thursday at a Coon Rapids, Minnesota, hospital near his home of a sudden heart-related problem, said his wife, Linda. Langer was a first-year starter and played every offensive down for the NFL's only unbeaten, untied team that went 17-0. A Minnesota native, Langer played linebacker at South Dakota State and went undrafted. A four-time All-Pro choice, Langer was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1987.
On this day: September 27
1998: Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and kicker Doak Walker, who won two NFL championships in his six years with the Detroit Lions, dies at the age of 71 as a result of injuries suffered previously in a skiing accident. Walker led the NFL in scoring twice (1950 and 1955) and tallied 534 points in his career (330 on field goals and extra points). He was named the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1950 and also earned the Heisman Trophy as a junior at Southern Methodist University in 1948. The Doak Walker Award, first awarded in 1990, honors the top college football running back in America. Walker is also an inductee of the College Football Hall of Fame.