Hall of Fame

Will Brian Urlacher be a first ballot NFL Hall-of-Famer?

Will Brian Urlacher be a first ballot NFL Hall-of-Famer?

On Tuesday night Brian Urlacher was among the 108 players nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. Joining the Bears legend as first-time nominees were names such as Randy Moss, Ray Lewis, Steve Hutchinson and Ronde Barber.

Urlacher eventually will be enshrined into the Hall of Fame, that's without a doubt. But whether Urlacher gets in on his first try is another story.

Looking at the raw numbers, in 13 seasons Urlacher amassed 1,353 tackles, 41.5 sacks and 22 interceptions. He was named a Pro Bowler eight times, earned First Team All-Pro honors four times, won NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2000 and NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. In 2010 he was named to the NFL 2000s All-Decade Team, and he led the Bears to Super Bowl XLI, where they were defeated by Peyton Manning and the Colts.

A maximum of five modern day players can be enshrined each season, and it's safe to say Lewis and Moss will be among those players. That leaves three slots for players such as Urlacher, Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber, as well as the players who missed out last season such as John Lynch, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins and Hines Ward.

Here's a list of linebackers who gained entry on their first try:

2015: Junior Seau
2014: Derrick Brooks
1999: Lawrence Taylor
1998: Mike Singletary
1990: Jack Lambert
1988: Jack Ham
1979: Dick Butkus
1978: Ray Nitschke

Along with Singletary and Butkus, first ballot Bears included Gale Sayers, Walter Payton and George Blanda.

Will Urlacher be next?

The nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in December.

Nicky Delmonico is the White Sox hero we don't deserve

Nicky Delmonico is the White Sox hero we don't deserve

The legend of Nicky Delmonico grows every night. 

On Friday, the White Sox rookie produced his second career multi-homer game in extraordinary fashion.

The first of his two bombs was just a good, old-school mash to right field: 

The second, however, conflated muscle and hustle: 

What can't this guy do? 

The pair of homers boosted his total to five in just 15 games. May want to save voters the time and just induct him into baseball's Hall of Fame now. 

Tim Raines played with cocaine in back pocket during Hall of Fame career

Tim Raines played with cocaine in back pocket during Hall of Fame career

Behind the curtains of Tim Raines' illustrious Hall of Fame career was a kid struggling with a drug addiction that nearly derailed a path to stardom.

One of the greatest players to ever wear a Montreal Expos and White Sox uniform, Raines opened up to CSN's Chuck Garfien on the latest White Sox Talk Podcast about a cocaine addiction he was dealing with early on in his MLB career.

Raines talked about carrying a vial of cocaine in his back pocket and how he would fall asleep in the dugout during games.

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Raines started to sense there was a problem during a plate appearance in his second MLB season.

"I remember in an at bat. The only reason why I remember this is because the guy threw me a pitch and I ducked out of the way like the ball was going to hit me," Raines told Garfien. "The umpire called it a strike and I looked back at the umpire like 'The ball almost hit me.' And he goes 'The ball is right down the middle of the plate.' I'm like, 'Huh? Either you're blind or I'm blind.'

"I end up looking at the footage of the pitch and sure enough the ball was right down the middle. I was seeing things."

Watch the video above from Wednesday's In the Loop to see what else Raines had to say about his drug problem.