The Professional Soccer Corridor of Fame will induct the category of 2023 on Aug. 5. Listed below are gamers from the 2023 Rams who might be part of the immortals in Canton sometime.
Assured Corridor of Famer
Aaron Donald, defensive lineman: Not solely is Donald a first-ballot Corridor of Famer if he retired in the present day, however he would additionally go down as one of the vital dominant and biggest defensive gamers in league historical past. He’s a game-changer and game-wrecker.
Donald has made the Professional Bowl yearly of his nine-year profession, earned three NFL Defensive Participant of the 12 months awards and made first-team All-Professional seven instances. He additionally has a 20.5-sack season on his résumé and was the perfect participant on a Tremendous Bowl-winning staff. In that recreation, he made the game-clinching play.
Donald is already second all-time on the Pro Football Reference Hall of Fame tracker for defensive tackles, behind solely Bob Lilly, the previous Cowboys nice.
Donald is in. No debate. That is the best vote for any energetic participant.
Fringe Corridor of Famers
Matthew Stafford, quarterback: There’s a compelling case to be made for Stafford. He’s already eleventh on the NFL’s all-time passing yardage checklist (52,082) and twelfth on the landing passes checklist (333).
When it comes to uncooked numbers, he’s already forward of spectacular names which are already within the Corridor of Fame, together with Warren Moon, Jim Kelly, Kurt Warner, Terry Bradshaw, Dan Fouts and Steve Younger. There may be the era issue there, with Stafford taking part in the majority of his profession in a much more passer-friendly league than a few of these gamers, however the numbers are spectacular. He additionally has the all-important Tremendous Bowl ring.
What may maintain him again, although, is that he spent the majority of his profession on a foul Detroit Lions staff and didn’t compile many particular person awards. He has made one Professional Bowl. He has by no means obtained an MVP vote or a vote for Offensive Participant of the 12 months. At no level might you make the argument that he was one of many two or three finest quarterbacks within the NFL in a given season.
He has had a protracted, profitable and productive profession with a championship. It simply has not been a very dominant profession.
Cooper Kupp, extensive receiver: There are two paths to the Corridor of Fame. The primary and most typical is a protracted and productive profession during which a participant compiles massive stats and leaves a long-lasting legacy.
The second is the Gale Sayers, Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner path — a path blazed by gamers who’ve had shorter careers outlined by dominance over a small handful of years.
That could be the trail Kupp follows.
Kupp will flip 30 on June 15, so it’s doable that his peak years are behind him. Though it took him a few years to emerge as an impression participant, he did have a three-year stretch from 2019-21 during which he was probably the most harmful extensive receiver in soccer. That stretch included a 145-catch season (second most all-time) and an Offensive Participant of the 12 months award in 2021.
That can assist him, however the lack of general numbers, in addition to the dearth of particular person accomplishments outdoors of the 2021 season, may maintain him again.