There are 15 finalists for the Pro Football’s Hall of Fame. Some familiar names with ties to our Missouri teams, starting with the quarterback of the Greatest Show on Turf, Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, two time MVP, played in three Super Bowls.
Other finalists…Orlando Pace, who protected Warner. He was a five time Pro Bowler.
Chiefs guard Will Shields, played in 224 straight games from his rookie year in 1993 until he retired in 2006. The longtime Chiefs lineman was named first-team All-Pro three times, during which he blocked for an NFL-best scoring offense featuring running back Priest Holmes in 2002 and 2003.
Former Rams defensive end/linebacker Kevin Greene. Played from 85-99. Third among all-time sack leaders with 160.
When the Rams moved to St. Louis head coach Rick Brooks asked Jerome Bettis to move to fullback. He said he’d rather be traded. He went to Pittsburgh and helped them to a Super Bowl title in his final season. He was ranked fifth in all-time rushing when he retired. “The Bus” helped Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl XL title in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan
Kicker Morten Anderson played two of his 25 seasons with the Chiefs. Drafted in 1982, Andersen scored more than 90 points in each of 22 seasons and topped 100 points 14 times in his 25-year career. Andersen’s best moment might have been a game-winning field goal in overtime to send the Falcons to Super Bowl XXXIII.