The nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2021 are here.
Of the 130 players listed in the modern-era, two former Oregon State Beavers found their name on that list: running back Stephen Jackson and wide receiver Chad ‘Ochocinco’ Johnson.
This is the first Hall of Fame nod for Jackson.
Other first-year eligible players include: quarterback Peyton Manning wide receivers Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker and Roddy White; tight end Heath Miller; offensive linemen D’Brickashaw Ferguson and Logan Mankins; defensive linemen Jared Allen, Justin Tuck and Kevin Williams; linebacker Jerod Mayo; and defensive backs Charles Tillman and Charles Woodson.
The Hall of Fame Class of 2021 will be enshrined Sunday, August 8, 2021.
According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame website, the Selection Committee will meet Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021 in Tampa, Florida, to elect the Class of 2021. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected.
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Let’s flashback to the career and legacy’s left behind by Jackson and Johnson in Corvallis, Oregon.
One of the best backs to come through Oregon State. His sheer size and strength made him difficult to bring to the ground. Jackson rushed for over 1,000 yards in both his sophomore and junior seasons at Oregon State and was first in nearly every statistical category in the Pac-10 conference in 2003.
Jackson was selected in the first round (No. 24 overall) by the St. Louis Rams in the 2004 NFL Draft. As a pro, Jackson’s 12-year career was special as well earning three Pro Bowl appearances (2006, 2009, 2010).
There’s just something about Chad Johnson in the colors orange and black.
Johnson played just one season of collegiate football at Oregon State, but it was memorable.
He led the Pac-10 in receiving touchdowns and was third in the nation in receiving yards per reception (21.8).
Ochocinco was selected in the second round (No. 36 overall) by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2001 NFL Draft.
With the Bengals, Ochocico was a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro. In 2005, Ochocinco recorded 1,432 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.
Congrats to both Jackson and Johnson on this prestigious achievement.