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NFL Hall of Fame 2022: Who will be inducted into the Canton Hall of Fame this Saturday?

The Las Vegas Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars officially kick off the 2022 NFL preseason activities with the traditional 2022 Hall of Fame game being held this afternoon at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio, just down the street from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The black and gold team was chosen to participate in the game as two of its former players will be inducted starting this Saturday: senior wide receiver Cliff Branch and defensive lineman Richard Seymour, while for the Jaguars, former tackle Tony Boselli, the first player drafted by the Jaguars to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, will be inducted.

Also appearing: LeRoy Butler, Sam Mills and Bryant Young; along with coach Dick Vermeil and contributor Art McNally.

It will be the Raiders’ fourth appearance in this game that kicks off preseason activity. While the Jaguars are appearing for the second time. The first was when they played the Carolina Panthers in a matchup of expansion franchises prior to the 1995 season.

The game marks Josh McDaniels’ debut with the Raiders, following the scandalous departure of Jon Gruden in 2021. McDaniels is originally from Canton and played prep football at Fawcett Stadium, the site of this traditional game prior to the construction of Tom Benson Stadium. It will also mark Doug Pederson’s debut as coach of the Jaguars.

Who will be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame at the 2022 ceremony?

Cliff Branch (1972-1985).

Branch, now deceased, was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time member of the league’s All Pro team. He was one of the most dynamic receivers of his era. He played 14 seasons between 1972 and 1985 in which he accumulated 501 receptions for 8,685 yards and 67 touchdowns. He won three titles with the Raiders.

Branch, 71, was selected by the Raiders as a fourth-round pick in the 1972 NFL Draft. He lived through the franchise’s first city change from Oakland to Los Angeles. He led the NFL in total receiving yards in 1974 (1,092).

Richard Seymour (2001-2012)

Seymour was called to the Pro Bowl seven times and twice made the All-Pro team. He played his last four NFL seasons with the Raiders after playing eight seasons with the New England Patriots.

Key member of the defensive unit that helped the Patriots win six division titles in seven seasons. Led the team in sacks in 2002 and 2008. In addition, his stints with the Patriots and Raiders, he accumulated 57.5 catches, and in games where he accumulated at least one sack, his teams had a 46-8 record.

He has three Super Bowl rings with the Patriots (XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX) and was a first-team All-Pro from 2003 to 2005. He was a seven-time Pro Bowler, and a member of the 2000s All-Decade Team.

Tony Boselli (1995-2001)

Boselli is the first player drafted by the Jaguars to enter the Hall of Fame. In fact, he was the first collegiate selection in franchise history, taken as the second overall pick in 1995 after the Cincinnati Bengals selected running back Ki-Jana Carter. Boselli was a five-time Pro Bowl and three-time All Pro team selection. He was also named to the 1990s All-Decade Team.

He quickly became the face of the young franchise. He was named All-Rookie and was noted for his excellent foot speed and agility. He retired in 2002 after a serious shoulder injury ended his career.

LeRoy Butler (1990-2001)

One of the most prolific defensive backs in Packers history, and is considered among the best at his position in the 1990s. He led his team in interceptions in five different seasons and was instrumental in leading Green Bay to seven playoff appearances in nine seasons, concluding with the victory in Super Bowl XXXI.

During his career he was a four-time First Team All-Pro, a six-time Pro Bowler and a member of the 1990 NFL All-Decade Team. He finished his career with 38 INTs, 15 passes defended, 13 forced fumbles, 20.5 sacks and 889 tackles.

Sam Mills (1986-1997)

Graduated in 1981, he reached the NFL five years later with the Saints, where he played until 1994. In this period he was 4 times Pro Bowler, 2 times All-Pro and in 133 games with the team he accumulated 4 INTs, 16 forced fumbles, 17 recovered and 934 total tackles.

In 1995 he moved on to the Panthers, where he was the iconic leader of their defense, recording another 7 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles, 6 recovered and 331 tackles. He was named first team All-Pro in 1996.

Bryant Young (1994-2007)

Played his entire 14-season career with the 49ers. He finished his career with 89.5 total sacks in 208 games played, all as a starter. In 1999 he was named Comeback Player of the Year after finishing the campaign with 42 tackles, 20 quarterback pressures, and leading the team with 11 sacks, 15 tackles for loss and 1 safety. He was a member of the team that was crowned in Super Bowl XXIX, a 4-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler, and is also a member of the San Francisco Hall of Fame.

Art McNally Contributor (1959-2015)

Mcnally, 97, will be the first referee to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He began his career in 1959, when he participated as an official for nine seasons. He later participated as an administrator until 2015. Between 1968 and 1990, he was a supervisor of Officials. In fact, he is known as the “Father of instant replay” for his contribution to creating the instant replay system regulations in 1986.

Since 2002, the Art McNally Award has been presented, which recognizes the official who has leadership and commitment to sportsmanship on and off the field.

Dick Vermeil (1976-2005)

In the coaching category, Vermeil led the Eagles in 1976 and took them to their first Super Bowl in 1980. He retired after the 1982 season. He returned in 1997 with the St. Louis Rams, building a spectacular Super Bowl-winning team with the emergence of the legendary Kurt Warner. He retired again, but in 2001 he returned with the Chiefs before retiring for good. He finished his career with a record of 120-109 in the regular season and 6-5 in the playoffs.

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