NFC South: Darryl Talley

Calling all Rickey Jackson fans

November, 10, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

Ever since we started ESPN.com’s NFL Blog Network, I have heard from a bunch of New Orleans fans who think linebacker Rickey Jackson belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

I agree.

Well, I’m not sure how much good this will do because it doesn’t decide the actual vote, which is done by a panel of writers and at least one broadcaster, however, you at least have a chance to voice your opinion.

It may be more of a marketing tool than anything, but the Hall of Fame has created Fans Choice 2010. I urge you to get over there and vote for Jackson. At the moment, I’m looking at this and he ranks 33rd. That’s not doing him justice.

Also, New Orleans fans and Carolina fans can vote for Sam Mills and several other former Saints. Speaking of former Panthers, you can also vote for Kevin Greene. He’s ahead of Mills at the point I’m checking the voting. If you want my opinion, put Mills ahead of Greene -- pretty please. Mills was a much more complete player and a better guy.

If you’re an Atlanta fan, Darryl Talley and Cornelius Bennett are the two leading candidates right now. I’d argue that Dan Reeves belongs ahead of them.

Tampa Bay fans, the pickings are slim. If I had to suggest one former Buc it would be Doug Williams. Be patient, Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp and John Lynch will get their turn in time.
Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

The Pro Football Hall of Fame released the preliminary nominees for the Class of 2010 on Saturday and there are plenty of candidates with NFC South ties.

I’d say the NFC South candidates clearly are headed by former New Orleans linebacker Rickey Jackson. After that, there’s a pretty far drop off. Sam Mills and Dan Reeves might be legitimate candidates. Doug Williams might even fall into that category.

The rest of the list of guys with NFC South ties is Cornelius Bennett, Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene, Jay Hilgenberg, Mike Kenn, Dexter Manley, Clay Matthews, Eric Metcalf, Hardy Nickerson, Bum Phillips, Gerald Riggs, Reggie Roby, George Rogers, Pat Swilling and Darryl Talley.

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