Washington Redskins legendary left tackle Joe Jacoby has been announced yet again as a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This is the sixth year in a row and eighth year overall that Jacoby has been a semifinalist...this is also Big Jake's last year of modern-day eligibility.

It's a crime to think one of the best to ever strap it up and block someone could end up on the outside looking in, while in essence, his play directly contributed to three different Superbowl championships. That alone is enough to start the conversation. Realize for a second that a guy like Jacoby, who fought for the Redskins with a heart the size of Texas and feared no one, never made more than what the guys make as the minimum now.

In his day he'd chew these guys up and spit them out without issue. Then he would head home and be happy with his paycheck...nowadays these guys make eight-figure numbers yearly and will leave teams every 3-4 seasons to get the next big deal from whatever team that offers it. Those guys are now getting in the Hall of Fame ahead of Joe Jacoby, which is completely ridiculous.

Jacoby is one of the charter members of “The Hogs” and spent his entire career wearing the Burgundy and Gold.

Signed in 1981 as a free agent after going undrafted coming out of the University of Louisville, Jacoby turned a dim start into a career that included three Superbowl rings and four NFC Championships. Not to mention four straight Pro Bowl appearances from 1983-1986, a seat on the 1980s All-Decade team, and two first-team AP All-Pro selections in 1983 and 1984.

The others who are up for enshrinement

Like every other year, the competition is strong against Jacoby as four other offensive linemen, C/G Kevin Mawae, G Steve Hutchinson, G Alan Faneca, and OT Tony Boselli are all on the list of 27 semifinalists as well.

Why Jacoby has been held at of Canton, Ohio is a mystery to anyone with a brain, but yet over the last several years Hall of Fame voters seem to forget what the 6-foot-7, 295 pound Jacoby brought to the table every single week as a player.

They seem to forget how unbeatable that side of the Redskins offensive line was. They seem to have forgotten that men like Joe Jacoby were the first 300-pound offensive lineman that paved the way for several of the younger guys, who have all gotten in ahead of Joe I might add.

If you ask people why do they think Joe Jacoby is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, most won't even know he's not. If I only had a dime for every time I heard, "Big Joe Jacoby?? No way! I thought he was already in?" But once you realize he's not in, it's a complete travesty to keep him out. It truly is the final hour, and the football gods need to intervene this time before this legend is shunned.

A little history

Jacoby is trying to become the second “Hog” to be enshrined into Pro Football's Hall of Fame, guard/center Russ Grimm was inducted in 2010.

The Redskins have 19 Hall of Famers who were long-time players of the franchise but have a ton of players who played for the team and went on to the hall after long careers that began in other places.

Former Redskins General Manager/Personnel Administrator Bobby Beathard is being considered for enshrinement as the 2018 Contributor Finalist.

The next step to enshrinement in Canton will be when the list of 27 is narrowed down to 18 finalists in January.

Then on Saturday, February 3, 2018, in Minneapolis, the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee will determine just who will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.