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Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:23 pm
  • I was thinking today, after the fumble turnover at the beginning of the game caused by Earl Thomas... Will he end his career holding the record for these? I could have sworn he has had multiple now and those have to be super rare plays. How often do you even see one in a season?

    I know that he had one against the Rams a few years ago also and want to recall another one.

    It'd be fun to find all the obscure stat records Earl Thomas will hold after his career. Since a lot of what he does you cannot quantify in a stat.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:24 pm
  • He has to sustain at least good performance for a few more years. But if he does that, I don't see how this dude isn't a lock.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:25 pm
  • bmorepunk wrote:He has to sustain at least good performance for a few more years. But if he does that, I don't see how this dude isn't a lock.



    While I agree a few more years helps, do you really think it's needed? If his career (god forbid) ended today, how many Safeties in the Hall can you say are better than him?
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:27 pm
  • BigMeach wrote:
    bmorepunk wrote:He has to sustain at least good performance for a few more years. But if he does that, I don't see how this dude isn't a lock.



    While I agree a few more years helps, do you really think it's needed? If his career (god forbid) ended today, how many Safeties in the Hall can you say are better than him?


    It worked for Earl Campbell; it's just hard to get in and there are some amazing skill position players on the outside looking in.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:28 pm
  • bmorepunk wrote:
    BigMeach wrote:
    bmorepunk wrote:He has to sustain at least good performance for a few more years. But if he does that, I don't see how this dude isn't a lock.



    While I agree a few more years helps, do you really think it's needed? If his career (god forbid) ended today, how many Safeties in the Hall can you say are better than him?


    It worked for Earl Campbell; it's just hard to get in and there are some amazing skill position players on the outside looking in.


    Fair enough. Can you imagine if he does play amazingly for another 3+ years? After the injury too... I mean he came back and to my eye looks better than ever.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:30 pm
  • If he keeps this up for three more years he's in the discussion for the greatest safety ever. And he's got a set of dual Rams-killing goal line chops for highlights.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:32 pm
  • Earl has been amazing this year!
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:33 pm
  • If Earl gets another All-Pro nod. No doubt first ballot
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 3:38 pm
  • I said it in the game day thread. I think he just needs to be top 3 (easy task) for the rest of his career and his Gold Blazer is a GUARANTEE. And rain, sleet, snow...or nuclear war, I WILL BE AT THE CEREMONY. Front row.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:36 pm
  • Well ask yourself this. Do you think Troy Polamalu is a first ballot HOF? I do. Is Ed Reed? Yes, well IMO they both should be. Earl has played far less than the previous two have and is really close already to many of their stats. ET is missing a DPOY award though. Irony is I think ET getting hurt last year may have helped his cause. In the sense it showed how really important he was to our D and he also got his first taste of life without football and I don't think he liked it.

    ET seems to be the hybrid of Ed and Troy.

    Earl Thomas.

    Seattle Seahawks (2010–present)

    Career highlights and awards

    Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
    5× Pro Bowl (2011–2015)
    4× First-team All-Pro (2012–2015)
    Second-team All-Pro (2011)
    Consensus All-American (2009)
    First-team All-Big 12 (2009)

    Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2017

    Total tackles:
    565
    Pass deflections:
    57
    Interceptions:
    23
    Forced fumbles:
    10
    Touchdowns:
    2
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    Position:
    Strong safety

    Career history

    Pittsburgh Steelers (2003–2014)

    Career highlights and awards

    2× Super Bowl champion (XL, XLIII)
    8× Pro Bowl (2004–2008, 2010, 2011, 2013)
    4× First-team All-Pro (2005, 2008, 2010, 2011)
    Second-team All-Pro (2004)
    NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
    NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team
    Consensus All-American (2002)
    2× First-team All-Pac-10 (2001, 2002)

    Career NFL statistics

    Tackles:
    770
    Sacks:
    12.0
    Interceptions:
    32
    Forced fumbles:
    14
    Touchdowns:
    3
    Player stats at NFL.com


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    Position:
    Safety

    Career history

    Baltimore Ravens (2002–2012)
    Houston Texans (2013)
    New York Jets (2013)

    Career highlights and awards

    Super Bowl champion (XLVII)
    9× Pro Bowl (2003, 2004, 2006–2012)
    5× First-team All-Pro (2004, 2006–2008, 2010)
    3× Second-team All-Pro (2003, 2009, 2011)
    NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2004)
    3× NFL interceptions leader (2004, 2008, 2010)
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    Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor
    BCS national champion (2001)
    Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year (2001)
    2× Consensus All-American (2000, 2001)
    NFL records1,590 interception return yards, career
    108-yard interception return

    Career NFL statistics

    Tackles:
    643
    Passes defended:
    141
    Interceptions:
    64
    Int. return yards:
    1,590
    Touchdowns:
    13
    Forced fumbles:
    11
    Player stats at NFL.com
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:40 pm
  • Even better to me is he looks the best he ever has coming back from injury. In awe of ET.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:42 pm
  • seahawkfreak wrote:Well ask yourself this. Do you think Troy Polamalu is a first ballot HOF? I do. Is Ed Reed? Yes, well IMO they both should be. Earl has played far less than the previous two have and is really close already to many of their stats. ET is missing a DPOY award though. Irony is I think ET getting hurt last year may have helped his cause. In the sense it showed how really important he was to our D and he also got his first taste of life without football and I don't think he liked it.

    ET seems to be the hybrid of Ed and Troy.

    Earl Thomas.

    Seattle Seahawks (2010–present)

    Career highlights and awards

    Super Bowl champion (XLVIII)
    5× Pro Bowl (2011–2015)
    4× First-team All-Pro (2012–2015)
    Second-team All-Pro (2011)
    Consensus All-American (2009)
    First-team All-Big 12 (2009)

    Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2017

    Total tackles:
    565
    Pass deflections:
    57
    Interceptions:
    23
    Forced fumbles:
    10
    Touchdowns:
    2
    Player stats at NFL.com



    Troy Polamalu
    Position:
    Strong safety

    Career history

    Pittsburgh Steelers (2003–2014)

    Career highlights and awards

    2× Super Bowl champion (XL, XLIII)
    8× Pro Bowl (2004–2008, 2010, 2011, 2013)
    4× First-team All-Pro (2005, 2008, 2010, 2011)
    Second-team All-Pro (2004)
    NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2010)
    NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    Pittsburgh Steelers All-Time Team
    Consensus All-American (2002)
    2× First-team All-Pac-10 (2001, 2002)

    Career NFL statistics

    Tackles:
    770
    Sacks:
    12.0
    Interceptions:
    32
    Forced fumbles:
    14
    Touchdowns:
    3
    Player stats at NFL.com


    Ed Reed

    Position:
    Safety

    Career history

    Baltimore Ravens (2002–2012)
    Houston Texans (2013)
    New York Jets (2013)

    Career highlights and awards

    Super Bowl champion (XLVII)
    9× Pro Bowl (2003, 2004, 2006–2012)
    5× First-team All-Pro (2004, 2006–2008, 2010)
    3× Second-team All-Pro (2003, 2009, 2011)
    NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2004)
    3× NFL interceptions leader (2004, 2008, 2010)
    NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
    Baltimore Ravens Ring of Honor
    BCS national champion (2001)
    Co-Big East Defensive Player of the Year (2001)
    2× Consensus All-American (2000, 2001)
    NFL records1,590 interception return yards, career
    108-yard interception return

    Career NFL statistics

    Tackles:
    643
    Passes defended:
    141
    Interceptions:
    64
    Int. return yards:
    1,590
    Touchdowns:
    13
    Forced fumbles:
    11
    Player stats at NFL.com


    Fabulous post. I heard someone say he's the greatest today, I think it was at halftime.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:53 pm
  • Was thinking the same thing after today's game. He is the heart and soul of that defense. He won a ring, IMHO he'll be in 5 years after he hangs them up!
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:04 pm
  • Counting Earl, we've had a HOF player on the team every year since 1976, except for 2009. Walter was still under contract, but, it would be cheating to count him to keep the streak alive. So, we just need Unger to come back and somehow make it in.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:05 pm
  • First ballot all the way. Best two FS in last several years has been him and Ed Reed. All timers


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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:04 am
  • Without a doubt hall of famer, unreal player.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Mon Oct 09, 2017 8:48 am
  • Threedee wrote:Counting Earl, we've had a HOF player on the team every year since 1976, except for 2009. Walter was still under contract, but, it would be cheating to count him to keep the streak alive. So, we just need Unger to come back and somehow make it in.


    I think Edgerrin James is our best hope there
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Mon Oct 09, 2017 9:02 am
  • Kenny Easley is my favorite Hawk of all time, but with each passing game Earl is earning more and more his place in my heart to take over #1 for me.

    I've honestly never seen this level of intuition, speed, quickness, football IQ, heart, determination, toughness and relentless joy and love for playing the sport of football.


    This can't be taught.

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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:00 am
  • Sgt. Largent wrote:Kenny Easley is my favorite Hawk of all time, but with each passing game Earl is earning more and more his place in my heart to take over #1 for me.

    I've honestly never seen this level of intuition, speed, quickness, football IQ, heart, determination, toughness and relentless joy and love for playing the sport of football.


    This can't be taught.

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    In basketball it's illegal. It's called "hacking" when hitting someone in the forearm trying to take a scoring shot.

    But in football, "hacking" is legal and Earl is turning "hacking" into an art form. :2thumbs:
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:04 am
  • It's also contagious art, because Kam did it to Megatron a year or two ago.
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:14 am
  • I remember last night during Football Night in America when Dan Patrick mentioned "future Hall of Famer" Earl Thomas and both Dungy and Harrison (who I really like btw) kind of scoffed and laughed. Dan, to his credit, kept referring to Earl as the future HoFer...It was all kinds of awesomeness.

    First ballot indeed!!
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Re: Earl Thomas First Ballot
Mon Oct 09, 2017 7:23 pm
  • He is the best FS in the game at the moment, down side FS's have a hard time getting into the Hall. In fact Safeties in General compared to other positions except Kickers. He may not get a pass his first year of eligibility.
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