Could NY Jets LB C.J. Mosley be bound for the Hall of Fame?

Justin Fried
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NY Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley has managed to completely transform the narrative of his once-ill-fated tenure with his second organization. After missing all but two games in his first two seasons in green and white, Mosley has shown flashes of the player he used to be in Baltimore.

While Mosley may never be quite that player again, he proved in 2022 that he still has plenty left in the tank. The nine-year NFL veteran was not only named to his fifth career Pro Bowl but earned second-team All-Pro honors for the fifth time in his career as well.

That prompted a discussion from former Jets' beat reporter and current Houston Texans' beat reporter for ESPN, D.J. Bien-Aime, on Twitter. Bien-Aime simply asked: Is C.J. Mosley bound for Canton?

With five Pro Bowl nods and five second-team All-Pros honors in just seven full seasons, Mosley is racking up accolades and maybe, just maybe, could be headed to the Hall of Fame when all is said and done.

Could NY Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley actually make the Hall of Fame?

Mosley will likely never be remembered as fondly as players like Bobby Wagner or even Luke Kuechly, but it's hard to argue with his body of work. Perhaps a little under the radar, Mosley has slowly established himself as one of the premier linebackers of the last decade.

Mosley's 914 combined tackles rank fourth in the NFL since entering the league in 2014 despite the fact that he essentially missed two full seasons during that time. He's done this in over 23 fewer games than any of the players above him.

What's working against him, however, is the lack of recognition that has been given to other great linebackers of their eras. It took Sam Mills far too long to make it to Canton. Zach Thomas is still awaiting his call. Patrick Willis is a finalist on this year's ballot.

It should also be noted that Mosley has still never actually been named a first-team All-Pro. All five of his All-Pro honors have come as part of the second team. That reinforces the notion that he's never been the best player at his position.

Mosley isn't a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and it would likely take a few more excellent seasons and accolades (Super Bowl anyone) to send him to Canton, but it's worth a discussion.

C.J. Mosley has managed to collect accolade after accolade in a relatively short period of time. His Jets tenure has had its fair share of rocky moments, but Mosley has solidified himself as one of the most valuable players on the team.

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As for the Hall of Fame, it could be a realistic possibility in the future.

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