On Wednesday, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that former Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez had made the list of 18 finalists under consideration for induction to the Hall in 2019. The decision of the 48-member selection committee will be announced the night before the Super Bowl.
And the list of inductees could easily include more than one former member of the Chiefs.
As we told you last August, former Chiefs safety Johnny Robinson was named a Seniors Finalist by the Seniors Committee — a nine-member group drawn from the full selection committee.
All that remains is for Robinson — like Gonzalez — to receive at least 80 percent of the vote of the full committee when it meets in a few weeks. His chance to be inducted is very good. Although he was a regular finalist in six previous years from 1980 through 1986, he is the only Seniors Finalist in 2019. Every Seniors Finalist since 2010 has been elected to the Hall, and only three of the Seniors Finalists named since 1993 have failed to be inducted.
Robinson was named to the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1974. Drafted in the first round by the AFL’s Dallas Texans and the NFL’s Detroit Lions in 1960, he decided to join the Chiefs, and played halfback for two seasons before switching to safety.
He led the AFL in interceptions in 1966 and the NFL in 1970, becoming the only player to lead both leagues. Robinson had 57 interceptions in his 12-year professional career — still 13th best all-time.
Robinson, 80, now lives in Louisiana, where he runs a home for troubled boys.