The AFC West was represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame election Saturday when former Denver tight end Shannon Sharpe was elected in his third year of eligibility.
Let’s look at the two other AFC West finalists, who did not get elected:
Oakland receiver Tim Brown
What happened: He didn’t make it to the final 10.
Will he get in? I’m sure he will, but it may take a while. Brown -- who hoped to be elected in his hometown of Dallas Saturday -- is stuck in a receiver log jam. He surely deserves to be elected, but it’s a process and he is going to have to wait. Brown was a finalist last year in his first year of eligibility, but he didn’t make the final 10 then either.
Kansas City left tackle Willie Roaf
What happened: He made it to the final 10.
Why: This was a pretty stacked class. Roaf was considered a long shot to make in his first year of eligibility.
Will get in? Yes, perhaps as soon as next year. The fact that Roaf -- who played his final four seasons with the Chiefs after playing for the Saints -- made the final 10 in his first year of eligibility is a good sign that he will soon be enshrined.