3 former Commanders who could be future Hall of Famers (and 6 who won't)

Could these players become enshrined in Canton soon?

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The others

I’m afraid that will never be the case for several other beloved members of the Washington Commanders franchise. Larry Brown was a dominant running back for several seasons in the early 1970s, but he does not have the longevity or raw numbers to make a strong case.

Gary Clark is pretty far back in the line of great wide receivers still waiting for the call. As passing numbers continue to skyrocket, it becomes harder for older receivers to get much attention. My personal favorite, Gene Brito, a dynamic defensive end on some terrible teams in the 1950s, has a strong resume but seems largely forgotten.

Apart from Joe Jacoby, I don’t think there is anyone with a decent Commanders connection on the near horizon for Pro Football Hall of Fame induction. Vernon Davis, who finished his career with the franchise, is one of this year’s first-time-eligibles, but he is not getting into Canton without a ticket.

A few years down the road, Ryan Kerrigan will join that list. His chances will only be slightly better than those of Davis. Brandon Scherff? Highly doubtful. Here’s hoping that Jacoby makes it in soon and that the new regime begins drafting and maintaining players who will one day be worthy of Hall of Fame induction.