Of the 15 modern era finalists for the 2019 Hall of Fame, several names certainly jump off the list. Champ Bailey, the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins shutdown corner. 14-time pro bowler, the immortal Tony Gonzalez. Safeties Ed Reed and John Lynch. And surely, as a longtime division rival, Edgerrin James should be hauntingly familiar to Jags fans.
Unfortunately, the one Jags player on that list of finalists is not likely to be a household name outside of the 904 (maybe in Buffalo, but we’ll get to that later). And that’s just not fair. This is the standout Offensive Tackle out of USC’s fourth time making the list. And there’s a reason he keeps making it this far (a few of ‘em actually). After being taken with the second pick by the Jags in the 1995 draft, Boselli started 90 of 91 games in his professional career. At 6’7 and north of 320 pounds, he was one of the most dominant players at his position (or any position) during that time period. He was selected to five Pro Bowls. He was a three-time first team All-Pro. And he was named Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1998.
Fans old enough to remember the Jags improbable playoff run in 1996 likely have the closeup replays of Boselli owning Buffalo Bills future HOF Defensive End Bruce Smith seared into their memories. Hell, Boselli was so popular during his days in teal that area McDonalds Franchises rolled out a Boselli Burger! (Featuring three beef patties and 2 slices of cheese, it was served on the same six-inch sesame seed roll as the McRib. It was originally marketed to promote the release of the 1995 film Batman Forever.)
Despite sharing a signature sandwich with Batman(!), Boselli likely has less than an outsiders chance at getting his bust in the hall this year. Unless, that is, we the people of North Florida have something to say about it!
Sure, the HOF voting is taken up by a secret cabal of sports writers and (allegedly) the Illuminati. But with a little nudging, we believe we have the power to sway public opinion enough to shake the anti-Boselli bias out of this clandestine body.
In accordance with this mission, we at Void will be taking on a social media campaign in the coming weeks. Using hashtags such as #71in19, #BOSSelli, and #RememberTheBoselliBurger we invite you to join us; share your fave Boselli moments across all social platforms, create your own clever Boselli-related hashtags.
Let’s get 71 in there in ’19!