In recent years the NFL has used the NFL Honors show as the lead-up to the Super Bowl. That show opens with the announcement of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2019. That’s the best chance a Raiders player will have of getting his name called.
Tom Flores is a Hall of Fame finalist for the first time in his 25 years of eligibility, making it the closest the 2-time Super Bowl winning head coach has gotten to enshrinement. Former Raiders defensive tackle Richard Seymour is also among the finalists.
The Awards show actually starts at 2pm Pacific (5pm ET), so we should know the Hall of Fame class well ahead of time.
Then there are the rest of the categories. Here they are:
AP Most Valuable Player
AP Comeback Player of the Year
AP Coach of the Year
AP Defensive Player of the Year
AP Offensive Players of the Year
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year
AP Defensive Rookie of the Year
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year
Clutch Performance Play of the Year
Air & Ground Players of the Year
Salute to Service Award
Unstoppable Performance of the Year
Deacon Jones Award
Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award
Offensive Line of the Year
Moment of the Year
Game Changer Award
Touchdown Celebration of the Year