Kevin Mawae was the dominant center of his generation, but the former Jet will have to wait at least another year for a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Mawae, an eight-time Pro Bowler - including six times in his eight seasons with the Jets - was one of 15 finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot, but he was not selected for the Class of 2017. He did make the first cut from 15 to 10, according to a source, but his support in the voting room waned from there.
Even without Mawae, the Jets and Giants were well-represented - sort of - among the newest inductees. Quarterback Kurt Warner (2004) and kicker Morten Andersen (2001) both played for the Giants, and running back LaDainian Tomlinson (2010-11) and defensive end Jason Taylor (2010) both played for the Jets.
The rest of the class included former Broncos running back Terrell Davis from the modern-era finalists, former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley in the senior category, and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in the contributor category.
Mawae certainly has the credentials to get another shot at Canton. He was the first-team center on the all-decade team of the 2000s. He also once played a stretch of 177 consecutive games - a ridiculous streak for an interior lineman. And according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he was the center in 90 games where one of his teammates rushed for 100 yards - an NFL record.
Mawae was originally a second-round draft pick out of LSU by the Seattle Seahawks (1994). He played four seasons for them before moving on to the Jets (1998-2005) and then the Tennessee Titans (2006-09). He was an All-Pro first-teamer seven times (including five times with the Jets) and was on the all-pro second team once (with the Jets). In all, he played 16 NFL seasons and 241 games, with 238 starts.
The finalists for the Class of '17 were all presented to a panel on Saturday morning that included 46 members of the media and two Hall of Famers - Dan Fouts and James Lofton. The committee met for more than eight hours, first reducing the group from 15 to 10 and then from 10 to 5. Once the final five are selected, they are each voted on individually, yes or no, for the Hall. Any of those players who gets 80 percent "yes" votes becomes part of that Hall of Fame Class.