Darrelle Revis, Devin Hester and All Potential Candidates for 2023 Hall of Fame Class | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022 was enshrined Saturday in Canton, Ohio, and now that the prolific eight-man group has entered the hallowed grounds, attention will turn toward a potentially loaded HOF Class of 2023.

A host of superstars will find their names on the ballot for the first time, including cornerback Darrelle Revis, offensive tackle Joe Thomas and a pair of defensive front-seven studs in Dwight Freeney and James Harrison.

In addition, a slew of talent earned HOF finalist status last year but didn’t make the final cut, including linebacker Zach Thomas, wide receivers Reggie Wayne and Torry Holt and special teams maven Devin Hester. They’ll be back in the mix in 2023.

Here’s a look at some of the biggest names on next year’s ballot (including a few on the senior committee’s semifinalist list) alongside some quick notes on a few of the brightest stars.

Notable First-Year Players

DE Dwight Freeney

LB James Harrison

OT Joe Thomas

CB Darrelle Revis

SS Cam Chancellor

OG Jahri Evans

LB NaVorro Bowman

QB Carson Palmer

RB Chris Johnson

RB Matt Forte

RB Chris Johnson

P Shane Lechler

Class of 2022 Finalists

DE Jared Allen

OT Willie Anderson

CB Ronde Barber

WR/KR/PR Devin Hester

WR Torry Holt

WR Andre Johnson

LB Zach Thomas

DE/LB DeMarcus Ware

WR Reggie Wayne

LB Patrick Willis

Senior Committee Consideration

RB Roger Craig

CB Lester Hayes

OT Joe Jacoby

DE Jim Marshall

LB Clay Matthews Jr.

WR Sterling Sharpe

CB Everson Walls

Notable Hall of Fame Candidates

CB Darrelle Revis

Former NFL cornerback Darrelle Revis was so dominant that the term “Revis Island” was coined to describe his shutdown coverage. He served as the catalyst for the 2009 and 2010 Jets, making the AFC Championship Game in back-to-back seasons, and he helped bring the New England Patriots a Super Bowl win in Feb. 2015 as well.

The 11-year NFL veteran made seven Pro Bowls and earned four All-Pro nods. He’s already a member of the Hall of Fame’s All-2010s team, and it’s a matter of time before Canton allows him in the building. That time, frankly, should be immediately.

WR/KR/PR Devin Hester

Over the course of his career, special teams ace Devin Hester returned 20 punts or kicks to the house for touchdowns. That includes his lone playoff score, when he took a 92-yard kickoff return to the house to open Super Bowl XLI. It does not include when he returned a missed field goal 108 yards for a touchdown earlier that year against the New York Giants.

He was simply a force to be reckoned with, and a Hall of Fame seat should be imminent even though he fell short last year. Hester is the best there ever was at returning kicks and punts, and there is simply no debate on the topic.

OT Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas’ NFL career began with him fishing at home in Wisconsin when the Cleveland Browns selected him third overall in the 2007 NFL draft. It ended with him making 10 Pro Bowls and six All-Pro teams over a phenomenal 11-season career.

Thomas started every single game for the Browns from 2007-2016. Cleveland struggled mightily during that time period, but left tackle was never a problem with the team having the best one in football on the field every Sunday.

The mammoth LT ended his career as one of the best to ever play his position, and he should be a first-ballot Hall of Famer this year.

LB Zach Thomas

Former Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas did pretty well for himself as a fifth-round draft pick. The seven-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro played in the NFL from 1996-2008, with all but his final season occurring with the Fins.

The 2000s Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade Team member was a standout in Miami, leading the league in tackles twice. The Dolphins were .500 or better in all but three of his seasons thanks to this middle linebacker, who was a run-stopping machine and one of the best defensive leaders in football.

LB Patrick Willis

Patrick Willis played seven full seasons in the NFL, with his eighth and final campaign cut short after six games due to a toe injury. During those seven seasons, though, Willis stood as the epitome of excellence at the linebacker position.

The former San Francisco 49ers star made seven Pro Bowls and five All-Pro teams. He led the NFL in tackles twice, including 174 during his rookie year (2007).

The 49ers also enjoyed tremendous team success with Willis calling the shots from 2011-2013. During that span, San Francisco made three NFC Championship Games, winning one. Those 49ers teams finished top three in fewest points allowed per year.

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