The 2020 NFL Honors ceremony is a time where current NFL players are rewarded for their work on and off the field. Former players were also recognized for their play in the NFL. Five modern-era NFL players rounded out the list of players who are entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Steve Atwater, Safety, Denver Broncos & New York Jets (1989-1998, 1999)
It didn’t come as a big surprise as a former first round pick, but Steve Atwater dominated from the beginning of his career. Atwater was apart of several successful Bronco teams including their two Super Bowl titles in the late 90’s. He was named to the All-Decade team in the 1990’s. As a safety, he recorded over 1,000 tackles and 24 interceptions in 11 NFL seasons.
Isaac Bruce, Wide Receiver, Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams & San Francisco 49ers (1994-2007, 2008-2009)
Isaac Bruce was apart of “The Greatest Show on Turf” with Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner, and Torry Holt. Bruce was the veteran leader that stepped up during that Super Bowl run when quarterback Trent Green got hurt. He recorded eight seasons of 1,000 receiving yard seasons and four Pro Bowl selections. Bruce added about 15,000 yards and 91 touchdowns. Bruce caught the game-winning touchdown in the Super Bowl against the Tennessee Titans that led to the Rams’ first title.
Steve Hutchinson, Guard, Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, and Tennessee Titans (2001-2005, 2006-2011, 2012)
Shaun Alexander and Adrian Peterson owe a lot to Steve Hutchinson who earned NFL rushing titles thanks to him. Hutchinson collected a successful 12 season NFL career with seven Pro Bowl and five First-Team All-Pros. He was named to All-Decade team in the 2000’s and is widely considered one of the best guards ever.
Edgerrin James, Running Back, Indianapolis Colts, Arizona Cardinals, and Seattle Seahawks (1999-2005, 2006-2008, 2009)
Edgerrin James got off to one of the best starts of any running back in NFL history as he led the league in rushing in his rookie year and second NFL season. James was overshadowed by Payton Manning in his career, but helped the team make the playoffs multiple times. He finished his NFL career with 12,246 rushing yards and 80 rushing touchdowns.
Troy Polamalu, Safety, Pittsburgh Steelers (2003-2014)
Troy Polamalu was expected to get into the hall of fame in his first year of eligibility. He’s considered one of the hardest hitters in the league and had a knack for creating turnovers. Polamalu created 32 interceptions and forced 14 fumbles. He made eight Pro Bowls, four First-Team All-Pros, and was the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year. Not to mention he helped the Steelers win two Super Bowls.