NFC South: Hall of Very Good

Former Atlanta offensive tackle Georg Kunz probably won’t make it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. But he’s got a shot at the Hall of Very Good.

The Professional Football Researchers Association has announced its finalists for the Hall of Very Good Class of 2012 and Kunz, who played for the Falcons from 1979 through 1984 and later played for the Colts, is on it. Kunz is the only player with NFC South ties on this year’s list of finalists.

If Kunz makes the Hall of Very Good, he’ll join former Atlanta players Claude Humphrey, who was selected in 2009, and Tommy Nobis, who was selected in 2005.
Every year since 2003, the Professional Football Researchers Association selects a class for the Hall of Very Good.

It’s a way of recognizing guys who aren’t in the Hall of Fame and probably won’t get in, although Carl Eller got in after he was selected to the Hall of Very Good. The complete list of candidates for the Class of 2011, which will be announced at the end of the year, was announced Monday and I only saw one NFC South connection.

It’s former Atlanta offensive tackle George Kunz. He played for the Falcons from 1969 through 1974. Oh, by the way, Falcons fans don’t need to get all worked up about Tommy Nobis. He was a member of the Hall of Very Good’s Class of 2005.