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MMQB Contest: Write an essay for McNair or Eddie, get published on Friday

Hey ladies & gents,

I was browsing Peter King's MMQB this morning and came across an essay contest in his article I thought a bunch of people here may be interested in trying. King is looking for 10 essays to publish on his Friday post on MMQB.si.com in support of a player you feel should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and McNair and Eddie are on the list. I figured a lot of people on here could write some really great essays in support and would have a shot to be published on Friday. I'll quote him below so you guys can see the important stuff:

And so you want to be a Hall of Fame voter …

Well, you can’t. But I’ve got the next-best idea: Have some input into the system of electing Hall of Fame players.

The 46 voters for the Hall have until Nov. 1 to cull the list of 126 modern-era candidates to 25. When the 126-person list is cut to 25, Hall voters will then submit their votes for the final 15, and those 15 finalists will be considered for election at the 2014 selection meeting in New York on Feb. 1.

This week, The MMQB will give 10 of you a chance to make your best case for a player you believe belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Nominate and support your favorite candidate in short, 250-word essays, and we’ll run the best ones Friday on The MMQB.

The list of nominees:

QuarterbacksDrew Bledsoe, Randall Cunningham, Doug Flutie, Trent Green, Steve McNair, Phil Simms.


Running backs—Shaun Alexander, Ottis Anderson, Tiki Barber, Jerome Bettis, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Stephen Davis, Terrell Davis, Warrick Dunn, Eddie George, Priest Holmes, Dave Meggett, Eric Metcalf, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters.

Wide receiversTim Brown, Gary Clark, Mark Clayton, Henry Ellard, Marvin Harrison, Keyshawn Johnson, Keenan McCardell, Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe, Jimmy Smith, Rod Smith.

Tight end—Mark Bavaro.

Offensive linemenWillie Anderson, Tony Boselli, Lomas Brown, Jim Covert, Jay HIlgenberg, Chris Hinton, Kent Hull, Joe Jacoby, Walter Jones, Mike Kenn, Jim Lachey, Tom Nalen, Nate Newton, Don Mosebar, Will Shields, Steve Wisniewski.

Defensive linemen—Jerome Brown, Charles Haley, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Dexter Manley, Charles Mann, Steve McMichael, Fred Smerlas, Michael Strahan, Ted Washington, Bryant Young.

Linebackers—Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Brooks, Tedy Bruschi, Kevin Greene, Ken Harvey, Clay Matthews, Willie McGinest, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Darryl Talley, Zach Thomas.

Defensive backs—Eric Allen, Steve Atwater, Joey Browner, LeRoy Butler, Rodney Harrison, Albert Lewis, John Lynch, Sam Madison, Patrick Surtain, Troy Vincent, Everson Walls, Aeneas Williams, Darren Woodson.

Kicker/punterMorten Andersen, Gary Anderson, Sean Landeta, Nick Lowery.

Special teams players—Brian Mitchell, Steve Tasker.

Coaches—Bill Arnsparger, Don Coryell, Bill Cowher, Tony Dungy, Tom Flores, Jon Gruden, Mike Holmgren, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, Richie Petitbon, Dan Reeves, Lou Saban, Marty Schottenheimer, Clark Shaughnessy, Dick Vermeil.

Contributors—Bud Adams, Bobby Beathard, Gil Brandt, Leo Carlin, Red Cashion, Jack Kent Cooke, Otho Davis, Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Ron Gibbs, Jerry Jones, Eddie Kotal, Robert Kraft, Elmer Lyden, Art McNally, Art Modell, Bill Polian, Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue, Jim Tunney, Ron Wolf, George Young.

Instructions 1. Pick one of the 126 nominees to the left (one entry per reader), write a supporting mini-essay of no more than 250 words telling us why the candidate should be in the Hall of Fame, and email it to us at talkback@themmqb.com by Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. 2. Our staff will read the nominations, and the 10 best will be used on Friday in a story on our website. No guarantees, but I hope the other 45 voters will read the 10 nominations and consider your arguments. 3. The 10 writers whose 250-word nominations are chosen for publication will get a T-shirt from The MMQB like the one seen on our Training Camp Tour . So be sure to include your postal address and T-shirt size in your email.

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