The vote for the Pro Football Hall of Fame is starting to sound like a broken record for a couple of ex 49ers: Charles Haley and Eddie DeBartolo, Jr. came close, but neither will be enshrined this year. Haley, the one-time sack master, made the final 10 nominees. DeBartolo, the team's successful former owner, did not. Both had made the cut to 15 modern-era semifinalists.
Meanwhile, the NFL's awards show also did not yield any accolades for San Francisco. The player with the best shot at an award was team tackle leader NaVorro Bowman for defensive player of the year. The honor, however, instead went to another inside linebacker, Carolina's Luke Kuechly, who was the defensive rookie of the year in 2012. Both Kuechly and Bowman were named to the Associated Press All-Pro team. The AP also votes on defensive player of the year. Bowman, however, received no votes for the end-of-year award.
DPOY final tally:
Luke Kuechly 19
Robert Mathis 11½
Earl Thomas 7½
Robert Quinn 6
Richard Sherman 4
J.J. Watt 2
This year's hall-of-fame class is: cornerback Aeneas Willliams, defensive end Michael Strahan, linebacker Derrick Brooks, offensive tackle Walter Jones and receiver Andre Reed as well as punter Ray Guy and defensive lineman Claude Humphrey.
Here were my should win/will win projections for tonight's awards show.
-- Matt Barrows