As big an Atwater mark as I am, I really didn't think he was HOF worthy until the past 10 years or so. I feel the bar has been lowered with some of the inductions since then. Now, because of that, I want Atwater to get in. With Dawkins now off the ballot, I figure John Lynch will get in next year, then attention will turn to Atwater.
Of course, being a Jets fan, you probably don't have warm n' fuzzy memories of Atwater's 1999 season with them
I agree with you on Lewis. He's a curious case. I feel one reason he was awarded Super Bowl 35 MVP was some sort of weird media validation for his near-conviction exactly one year earlier.