10 notable players who will become eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022

Andre Johnson and Mario Williams are eligible in 2022. ©Flickr | Rick Burtzel
Andre Johnson and Mario Williams are eligible in 2022. ©Flickr | Rick Burtzel

There are some prolific wide receivers eligible next year including Anquan Boldin, Steve Smith, and Andre Johnson.

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame grew by eight people as the Class of 2021 was announced on Saturday. Three players were named first-ballot Hall of Famers: quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Calvin Johnson, and defensive back Charles Woodson.

Will there be any first-balloters in next year’s class? Here are ten notable former players that will be eligible for the first time in 2022. Players are listed in alphabetical order by last name. A list of all the players who will become eligible can be found at Not In Hall of Fame.

1

Anquan Boldin, WR (Cardinals 2003-09, Ravens 10-12, 49ers 13-15, Lions 16)

Named Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2003, Boldin had one of the most productive seasons ever for a rookie receiver as he snagged 101 balls for 1,377 yards and eight touchdowns. Altogether, the three-time Pro Bowler amassed 1,076 receptions (ninth all-time) for 13,779 yards (14th) and 82 touchdowns (tied for 25th).

2

Devin Hester, WR/KR/PR (Bears 2006-13, Falcons 14-15, Ravens 16, Seahawks 16)

Known by many as the best return man in NFL history, Hester took 14 punts and five kickoffs to the house in his career. His 14 punt return touchdowns are four more than any other player (Eric Metcalf is second all-time with 10).