While I was marveling at Marcus Peters’ series of outstanding performances last season, I couldn’t help but think that at the rate he’d been intercepting quarterbacks since he entered the league in 2015, he was working on a potentially Pro Football Hall of Fame career.
With 27 interceptions in just 5 seasons, he is well on his way. A continued good attitude on his part plus some good health will go a long way towards earning a gold jacket for Mr. Peters. Here are some other Ravens (as well as former Raven) who could be enshrined in Canton down the road:
- Terrell Suggs – Sizzle just earned his second Super Bowl ring and hasn’t talked retirement this off-season. He did a great job setting the edge for the Chiefs, and I think that second ring will go a long way towards him being a first ballot HOF selection.
- Earl Thomas – Still playing at a high level, Thomas is already a sure fire Hall of Famer. He’s a 3 time All-Pro and 7 time Pro-Bowl player, and was voted on to the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team.
- Calais Campbell – The current Walter Payton Man of the Year, he joined Earl Thomas on the 2010 All-Decade team as well. With 88 career sacks, a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens will certainly increase the odds he gets into the HOF.
- Justin Tucker – There are only 5 kickers/punters in the HOF, but the most accurate kicker in NFL history certainly has a strong chance to join them. He’s already a 4 time All-Pro and a member of the 2010 All-Decade team. Not bad for player who wasn’t even drafted.
- Ronnie Stanley – I called him a “dancing bear” when he came out of Notre Dame, as I marveled at his footwork while watching his game film. He’s following in the footsteps of the great Jonathan Ogden, as he continues to develop into a dominant left tackle.
- Marlon Humphrey – This young defensive back continues to ascend. A fierce competitor with a tireless work ethic, he has a shot as his name and the phrase “shut down corner” become synonymous.
- Lamar Jackson – I know you’re thinking it’s too early, and you’re right. However….L’Freaky (as Ravens hype man Mark Ingram affectionately calls him) earned the league’s MVP award in just his second year. Dabo Swinney said that Deshaun Watson would be the Michael Jordan of the NFL. Dabo missed the mark as it is the former Louisville standout who – as good as Watson is – has a shot at truly becoming the MJ of the NFL.
- John Harbaugh – The 4th longest tenured coach in the NFL has proven he can adapt and win with dramatically different personnel. In my opinion, he is one Super Bowl victory away from at least being in the conversation. As long as Lamar Jackson stays healthy, coach has a legitimate shot. In all of sports it’s hard to find a coach who is both likable and well respected. Coach checks both boxes.