Syracuse alums Donovan McNabb and Gary Anderson among Professional Football Hall of Fame nominees

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While the past two decades haven’t been incredibly kind to Syracuse Orange football, that doesn’t mean the history of the program is lost to us – or to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, apparently.

Included among the 122 candidates of the modern era for the 2022 class? League alumni Donovan McNabb and Gary Anderson.

This isn’t the first time either player has been eligible for the Hall of Fame, but their inclusion here is notable nonetheless.

Over his 13-year career, McNabb compiled 37,276 passing yards (25th all-time) and 234 passing touchdowns (31st), while also collecting more than 3,400 rushing yards and 29 more passing touchdowns (31st). ground. He was part of a handful of QBs in the late 1990s and early 2000s to usher in an era of increased mobility from the post. He was only the third black quarterback to debut in the super bowl when he was under center for the Philadelphia Eagles at Super Bowl XXXIX.

Anderson was in the league from 1982 to 2004, and the kicker is third on the career points list with 2,434 points. He’s also third in games played (353), fourth in extra points (820) and third in career field goals (538).

Competition will once again be fierce for both players to make the cut. McNabb is arguably the best QB nominee (although Randall Cunningham and Steve McNair both inspire the debate). It’s a loaded running back class, however, and other positions like wide receiver, offensive line, and defensive back seem loaded as well.

If any of the players succeed this year or in the future, that will propel Syracuse into the top five colleges by inductees. SU currently has eight, which is tied for seventh all-time with Alabama. A ninth would tie Orange with Miami and Pitt for No.5 on the list. If both players enter, they will be tied with Ohio state for the fourth. You can also keep future spots warm for Dwight Freeney and Chandler Jones, which means there’s a plausible future in the next 15 years where Syracuse has more Hall of Famers than all but two or three schools.

But until then, good luck to McNabb and Anderson this time around.

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