The semifinalists for the upcoming Pro Football Hall of Fame class were recently announced, and the Cards had some significant representation. Longtime cornerback Aeneas Williams, the first legitimate Hall-worthy guy to play the majority of his career with the Cards after the team moved to Arizona, is eligible for the first time. Assistant head coach Russ Grimm, who has been a semifinalist for a few years now after his stellar career as an offensive lineman for the Redskins, is there again. And this is the first year of eligibility for running back Emmitt Smith, who of course finished out his career as a Cardinal in 2003 and 2004.
Smith will make the Hall this year. Williams and Grimm are deserving, but because of the limited amount of spots, may have to wait. Grimm always downplays this point — he has again this year — and says he’ll worry about it when and if it happens. Williams should get there, although he will be working against the teams he played with, which often left him far from the media spotlight and the playoffs.
The whittling down of the semifinalists (25) to finalists to the actual class (of up to 7) will happen on the day before the Super Bowl in February.
Tags: Aeneas Williams, Emmitt Smith, Hall of Fame, Russ Grimm
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