NFL Network's Jim Trotter and Michael Silver highlight top defensive lineman candidates for the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker announces Joe Buck as the 2020 Pete Rozelle award recipient. The Hall of Fame selection committee, which meets Saturday in Atlanta to pick the class of 2019, should heed Martin's words and send Mawae to Canton. Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker joins "NFL NOW" to talk about the cancellation of the 2020 HOF Game and postponement of the celebrations to 2021. Pro Football Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker shares what we can look forward to in the Pro Football HOF in 2020. 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Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed gets emotional as he and his father unveil his Pro Football HOF bust. Junior Seau, of Samoan decent was the first Polynesian to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 2015. The following browsers are supported: Chrome, Edge (v80 and later), Firefox and Safari. An outstanding center and a key union force during the 2011 lockout of players, Mawae was a three-time All-Pro and eight-time Pro Bowler who also played with the Seahawks and Titans and was the center on the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s. August 3, 2019 at 2:51 PM HST - Updated August 3 at 10:57 PM, Mililani’s DeBlake, Punahou’s Mendiola-Jensen selected to 2021 Polynesian Bowl. Watch and learn about the legendary career of Hall of Fame halfback Bobby Mitchell. Your Ad Choices Former wide receiver Drew Pearson explains what it means to him being a senior finalist for HOF 2021 class. “It’s who I am,” said Mawae. Head coach Todd Graham announced to reporters on Monday that senior safety Eugene Ford would miss the remainder of the 2020 season after suffering a lower leg injury in the opening drive of last Friday’s 31-7 loss to Wyoming. Terms of Use After years of missing out on the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Jets great Kevin Mawae was finally inducted this year. HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Today offensive lineman Kevin Mawae became just the second Polynesian and first Native Hawaiian football player inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. President and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame discusses the reopening event. The Hall of Fame's selection will meet Feb. 2 in Atlanta, the site of Super Bowl LII, to select four to eight inductees. Privacy Notice I learned to never step on the field without being ready to work.”. HONOLULU, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - Today offensive lineman Kevin Mawae became just the second Polynesian and first Native Hawaiian football player inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Mawae played 16 seasons in the NFL (1994-2009) and played in 241 games as an offensive lineman making the all decade team of the 2000′s and eight prow bowls throughout his career. Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Watch the moment when Pro Football Hall of Fame President David Baker called Lynell Nunn, daughter of Class of 2021 contributor finalist Bill Nunn. All rights reserved. Kevin Mawae speaks during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Jalen Rose: Renaissance Man Hall of Fame offensive lineman Kevin Mawae gives an emotional thank you to his parents during his HOF induction speech. “It’s who my dad brought me up to be, the first Kanaka Maoli to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and I’m proud of my heritage.”. A Gray Media Group, Inc. Station - © 2002-2020 Gray Television, Inc. Kevin Mawae becomes first Native Hawaiian inducted into NFL Hall of Fame. He was inducted along with seven others: tight end Tony Gonzalez, defensive backs Ed Reed, Ty Law, Champ Bailey and Johnny Robinson, and executives Gil Brandt and the late Pat Bowlen, who died in June. The timing, as it turns out, is a bit ironic.... Post was not sent - check your email addresses! We've received your submission. Kevin Mawae speaks during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Get the latest odds on all the top sports. From 2008-2012, he served as president of the NFLPA, guiding it through the difficult work stoppage that led to a 10-year labor agreement with the league. NFL Network's Jim Trotter and Michael Silver share why wide receiver Calvin Johnson could be left out of the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame class. It is highly recommended that you use the latest versions of a supported browser in order to receive an optimal viewing experience. Today the former New York Jets and Tennessee Titans center was one of eight players to receive the gold jacket alongside the Class of 2019 which included Champ Bailey, Pat Bowlen, Gil Brandt, Tony Gonzalez, Ty Law, Ed Reed and Johnny Robinson. Offensive linemen rarely should be judged by statistics, but consider that Mawae blocked for a 1,000-yard rusher in 13 of his 16 seasons — by five different running backs, including the Jets’ Curtis Martin (himself in the Hall of Fame) and capped by the NFL’s sixth 2,000-yard rushing performance, by Tennessee’s Chris Johnson in 2009, Mawae’s final season. He was inducted in his third year as a finalist. “I learned to love the preparation, the plays and the puzzle,” Mawae said during the ceremony in Canton, Ohio. Listen on Apple Podcasts | Spotify, Gang's All Here: A NY Jets Podcast Former Raiders head coach Tom Flores was selected as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021. Mawae is among 15 finalists for Canton's Class of 2019. Hall of Fame offensive lineman Kevin Mawae gives an emotional thank you to his parents during his HOF induction speech.