Former Seattle Seahawks running back, Shaun Alexander is among the nominees of the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class. Shaun Alexander’s numbers and accomplishment speak for themselves, but are they good enough to land him in the Hall of Fame?
During his career, Alexander accumulated 9,453 total rushing yards, which slates him currently at 36th on the NFL’s All-time Rushing list. Alexander is currently tied with Adrian Peterson and Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk at 100 career touchdowns.
“Running backs are tough because of numbers. It all depends on the voters,” NFL Hall of Famer, Walter Jones tells sports reporter, Landon Buford.
Jones, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014 was Alexander’s teammate from 2000-2008. The two would spend lots of time on the field too. Jones along with offensive linemen, Steven Hutchinson, Chris Gray, Robbie Tobeck, and Sean Locklear were the frontline that helped Alexander accumulate those career numbers. Alexander benefited from those linemen and achieved a ton of personal accomplishments on the gridiron, including being named to the 2000s All-Decade Team. The three-time Pro-Bowler also won the NFL’s MVP award in 2005 and was an intricate part of the Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl XL appearance in 2005, though they’d lose 21-10 to a Ben Roethlisberger-led Pittsburgh Steelers team.
Not winning that Super Bowl begs the question: Is Sean Alexander Hall of Fame worthy?
“It is a popularity thing as well nowadays,” Walter Jones also told Landon Buford.
Former NFL MVP running back Terrell Davis had a similar story, except he won some hardware. In fact, Davis won two Super Bowls with the John Elway-led Denver Broncos in 1998 and 1999. That distinction surely swayed voters.
And in the case of Alexander?
“He’s got a shot,” said sports analyst and Scoop B Radio Podcast host, Brandon Robinson. “Shaun Alexander put up solid numbers, was positive in the community and led the Seahawks to a Super Bowl. That man was on fire on that field! I’m pulling for him.”
Walter Jones thinks the voters and powers that be could possibly give his former Seattle Seahawks teammate the nod.
“I think from a media standpoint Shaun was a great guy,” said Jones.