Former Jets center Kevin Mawae will find out Saturday if he will be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
An eight-time Pro Bowler, Mawae is one of the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. Last year, he made it to the top 10 of the finalists, though only five were selected.
"Last year, it was unexpected, making the top 10. It was pretty special," Mawae said, according to ESPN's Rich Cimini. "If I don't make it this year, sure, I'd be a little disappointed, but it's an honor and privilege just to be on the list. It means I'm among the best 400 guys to ever put on a uniform."
Mawae will be considered among several top offensive linemen for the Hall, including Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Tony Boselli and Joe Jacoby. Mawae played 16 seasons in the NFL, including eight with the Jets from 1998 to 2005. He had six straight seasons in which he made the Pro Bowl with New York, and could be the eighth center enshrined in Canton, Ohio.
"I wouldn't be in the Hall of Fame if it wasn't for him," Hall of Fame running back Curtis Martin told NYJets.com's Eric Allen. "It would make my day to see him get there. Kevin was more like a fullback playing center, and the feet he had were unbelievable. He was just as quick as tight ends, the way he played. So we were able to have a much larger running package because of what he was able to do."
Added Mawae: "If I get in, whether I'm next to Curtis or across the hall from him, I don't care. I'm in. That's all that matters."