What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
In less than two weeks, we will find out who will be part of the Pro football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. When the selection committee on the eve of the Super Bowl, they will have a roster of 18 finalists. This includes 15 Modern Era nominees, 2 Contributor nominees. and 1 Senior nominee. For purposes of our discussion, we will be focusing on the Modern Era finalists, if for no other reason, the finalists in the other two categories appear on the induction ballot largely as a formality; they almost always gain election once they are named as a finalist.
That’s because the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current bylaws that no more than eight new members will be selected each year. All inductees need to receive approval from 80 percent of the members of the selection committee, but only select five Modern Era finalists can be inducted. That means there’s no real reason not to vote for the finalists from the Contributor and Senior committees, so there’s no real reason for us to discuss them.
That also means the Football Hall of Fame has the exact same problem as does baseball’s. The system for induction is broken, and need to be drastically overhauled. To see that, all you have to do is look at the list of fifteen finalists and tell me there’s not more than five Hall of Famers on it. The I’m voting for are shown in bold, including the “formalities” from the Contributor and Senior committees.
In other words, this is about if there were no limits on voting; it’s a straight “thumbs up, thumbs down” on every guy on the ballot. This was an idea espoused for the baseball Hall of Fame by sports-radio guru and all-around broadcast legend Dan Patrick. But I thought what is good for one Hall is good for the other, which means here’s the others on the list who I think are worthy of induction (in alphabetical order).
Steve Atwater: In his career, Atwater played on two Super Bowl winning teams, was named to two All-Pro teams, was a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, picked off 24 passes, and made 1,125 tackles…but none more iconic than this one…
Tony Boselli: While injuries shortened his career, Boselli was the gold standard at left tackle during his seven-year career, during which he a three-time All-Pro and a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He doesn’t have the longevity of his contemporaries like Jonathan Ogden, Walter Jones, and Orlando Pace but for those seven seasons years he better than all of three of those Hall of Famers.
Don Coryell: The importance of Don Coryell really can’t be measured in wins and losses. While he did rack up a 72-60 record from 1978-86, capturing three division titles along the way and twice reaching the AFC Championship Game, the legacy of Don Coryell is the fact he revolutionized the passing game. The aerial circus the NFL has become is a direct result of the “Air Coryelll” offense. It is not an overstatement to say that without Don Coryell, offensive football as we know it today would not exist.
Edgerrin James: There’s a lot of nonsense about James saying “he just benefited from playing with Peyton Manning.” For those soft-heads, I would ask how does playing alongside one the all-time passing yardage leaders make you one of the statistically greatest running backs in NFL history? In his 11 seasons in the league, was named to four Pro Bowls and his 15,610 total yards from scrimmage ranks 11th all-time among running backs; more than Hall of Fame backs Eric Dickerson, Jerome Bettis, and Jim Brown.
Ty Law: When you get a rule named in your honor, you did something right, namely being one of the dominant corners of his era. Speaking of Peyton Manning, I wonder what he thinks of Ty Law as a Hall of Famer (see the 2003 AFC Championship Game).
John Lynch: Who doesn’t love a big-hitting safety? Like Steve “I blew up the Nigerian Nightmare” Atwater, Lynch is one of those guys from a by-gone who might just put a shoulder into a moving Buick…and flatten it. Also like Atwater, they both have to wait for Ed Reed to be inducted, then they should both be locks.
Kevin Mawae: Bill Parcells once said Mawae was “the greatest center I ever saw.” Mawae was a three-time All-Pro and was named to the Pro Bowl eight times.
I can’t wait to get lit up by the “Isaac Bruce” crowd…
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