Pro Football Hall of Fame 2019 announced

Arnold Nichols
February 5, 2019

If the knock came on their Atlanta hotel room doors, then they would know: They had been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He's now second all time in receptions, sixth all time in receiving yards and eighth in receiving touchdowns.

Gonzalez was traded to the Atlanta Falcons in 2009 after spending twelve seasons in Kansas City.

In a 17-year career that ended with the 2013 season, Gonzalez caught 1,325 passes, the second most in National Football League history, for 111 touchdowns.

Two other former Jets - safety Ed Reed and cornerback Ty Law - were also elected to the Hall, but both made their marks with other teams - Reed with the Ravens and Law with the Patriots. Spent majority of college career as tackle before moving to center during senior year ...

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday evening.

Before naming Reed as a member of the Hall's 2019 class, the group discussed Reed's candidacy for a blazing two minutes, 20 seconds - the shortest for any modern-era finalist this season - at Saturday's selection meeting. Gonzalez had the longest career out of the three first-ballot inductees. "How great would that be?" Tony G became Tony G in Kansas City.


Gonzalez started in Kansas City and finished in Atlanta, where voters met on the eve of the Super Bowl to select the Class of 2019; they didn't need much time to debate his worthiness.

"I didn't even get an interview, " he said.

While Mawae was the only offensive lineman selected, Steve Hutchinson and Alan Faneca were also part of list of linemen who were not enshrined. Gonzalez was voted to 14 Pro Bowls in his career and was an All-Pro seven times. Since Bowlen took ownership, the Broncos have the second-most wins in the NFL.

In 13 playoff games, he had another six interceptions, including one touchdown. "It's been a great ride".

Law's career spanned 15 seasons, with the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Chiefs and Broncos. He played 12 seasons for the Texans in the Chiefs. He totaled 57 interceptions in 12 seasons with the franchise. Bowlen has owned the Broncos since 1984 and has turned Denver into one of the most successful teams in the NFL. Unfortunately, because he is battling Alzheimer's disease, Mr. Bowlen did not attend the NFL Honors show last weekend.

Serving as vice president of personnel, Brandt helped develop new scouting and management systems, many of which are still used today. He was named National Football League defensive player on the year in 2004 and was a leader on the Ravens when they won Super Bowl XLVII.

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