It’s called a blue-ribbon panel, not a Big Blue ribbon panel.
But it certainly feels like former Giants general manager George Young’s best chance yet at Pro Football Hall of Fame induction is Wednesday, when 15 new members — 10 players from at least 25 seasons ago, three contributors and two coaches (Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher) — are announced. Young is one of 10 finalists in the contributors category.
The special, one-time blue ribbon panel was convened to celebrate the NFL’s 100th anniversary and includes Bill Belichick — a Giants defensive coordinator during the Young regime — and three of Young’s contemporaries who now are Hall of Fame contributors: Gil Brandt, Ron Wolf and Bill Polian.
Young took over the Giants in 1979 — when ownership was in-fighting and the organization hadn’t been to the playoffs in 15 years — and retired in 1997. In between, he won two Super Bowls and five NFL Executive of the Year awards. He worked for the NFL office until 2001, when he died of a neurological disease.
Former Jets offensive lineman Winston Hill (1963-76) is one of the 20 finalists in the player category.
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