The 102 Modern-Era Nominees for the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class were released today, and 3 former NC State football players made the cut:
Wide Receiver Torry Holt (1 of 9 Wide Receivers Nominated)
Head Coach Bill Cowher (1 of 11 Coaches Nominated)
Safety Adrian Wilson (1 of 12 Safeties Nominated)
We will breakdown why all three of these former NC State players deserve to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, but for now, here’s a breakdown of the process.
A 48-member selection committee is in charge selecting the nominees, and ultimately trimming down the list to each years annual Hall of Fame Class. The class is made up of a media member from each city that is home to an NFL team (New York gets 2 with 2 football teams), 16 at-large active media members (1 from the Pro Football Writers of America), and 2 members of the Hall of Fame. Here’s a look at the current makeup of the selection committee.
The Modern-Era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January. Holt has been nominated 4 years in a row (was nominated the first year he was eligible), and has been a semi-finalist each time. Cowher has now been nominated 5 times. This is Wilson’s first year being nominated.
Eighteen finalists will be presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting on “Selection Saturday,” the day before Super Bowl LIII. The finalists will consist of 15 Modern-Era finalists, the recently named Senior Finalist, Johnny Robinson, and the Contributor Finalists, Pat Bowlen and Gil Brandt.
The Selection Committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 in Atlanta, Ga. to elect the Class of 2019. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected.
The Senior Finalist and Contributor Finalists are voted “yes” or “no” for election at the annual selection meeting and must receive at least 80 percent support from the Committee to be elected. The Modern-Era Finalists will be trimmed during the meeting from 15 to 10 and then from 10 to 5. The remaining five finalists will be voted on individually, “yes” or “no” and must receive the same 80 percent positive vote as the Senior and Contributors Finalists to earn election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Class of 2019 will be announced during the “NFL Honors” nationally broadcast award show that evening.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019 will be formally enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019 in Canton. The enshrinement is one of three marquee events, along with the Hall of Fame Game and the Concert for Legends, that are held in the spectacular Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium during Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. (Link)
Phoenix Suns Trade TJ Warren to the Indiana Pacers
Former NC State ACC Player of the Year TJ Warren was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Indiana Pacers prior to last nights NBA Draft.
Rumors were swirling that the Suns could be moving Warren to clear cap space, and the Mavericks, Magic, Spurs, Pacers, and Pistons all reached out.
Warren still has 3-years and $35 million left on his current contract. The Suns inked a 4-year extension worth $50 million in 2017.
Here’s the remainder of the contract the Pacers are inheriting.
Last year was Warren’s 5th year in the league, and he averaged 18.0 points per game (2nd best), and a career best 42.8% from three-point land.
The Pacers are getting a deal.
Warren will have the privilege of being coached by former NC State Guard Nate McMillan.
Philip Rivers Tied for 2nd Best Odds to Win 2019 NFL MVP
Football season is creeping up on us, and Vegas is itching for people to chuck money their way. According to some very early betting lines, NC State legend, Los Angeles Chargers Quarterback Philip Rivers is tied for the 2nd best odds to win the 2019 NFL MVP Award.
At the age of 36, Rivers’ QB Rating of 105.5, 32 touchdowns, and 68.5% completion percentage, were all tied for the 2nd best marks of his 15 year career.
Last year Rivers ranked 8th in Completion Percentage (68.3%), 8th in passing yards (4,308), 6th in passing touchdowns (32), and 5th in QB Rating (105.5).
Rivers led the Chargers to a 12-4 record last year.
TJ Warren, Terry Henderson & Malik Abu Invade Local Summer League
The Ultimate Basketball Association, a local Pro-Am League, is currently in session, and 3 former NC State players have come back to the Triangle to show out.
TJ Warren is on a team with Terry Henderson, and in the video below, the two of them face off against Malik Abu’s squad.
Compliments to the Hoop State Network for the video released Monday.
Will Wilson Signs Contract with Los Angeles Angels
Former NC State Shortstop Will Wilson has officially signed his contract with the Los Angeles Angels after being taken 15th overall in the 2019 MLB Draft.
The shortstop from North Carolina State will receive an under-slot bonus of $3.4 million, said a club official who was not authorized to publicly comment. The value of the 15th pick with which the Angels chose Wilson was $3,885,800.LA Times
Wilson became the first player in NC State history to earn ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors this year, and also has picked up All-American honors.
It was fitting that Wilson was in attendance at the Angels game tonight, making an appearance on the big screen.