Two former Atlanta Falcons — Deion Sanders and Chris Doleman — are up for the final round of cuts in the 2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process. Doleman has been on the ballot before, while this is Sanders’ first appearance.
Sanders is an all-but lock to make it in as a first-ballot Hall of Famer, having made the upper half of NFL Network’s top-100 countdown. Sanders will become the first player to make the Hall of Fame who played a significant portion of his career with the Falcons.
Doleman will have a tougher time of making it in. He has the numbers, with 150.5 career sacks, seven Pro Bowls, and 10 playoff appearances, but lacked a run with a dominant team or whatever. He did make one Pro Bowl in his two years with the Falcons, but his time here is not exactly viewed as the high mark of his career. Though we still have more reason to claim Doleman than we do Eric Dickerson.