Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Pro Football HOF Semi Finalists

The NFL released its list of semi-finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Prepare to be underwhelmed. Unlike baseball's Hall of Fame, where players have to actually earn enshrinement, the NFL must put in a minimum of four (maximum around seven) players each year. That means if the NFL stops existing, at one point in time, Trent Dilfer will eventually be added. The Redskins have four players in the semi-finals (Darrell Green, Russ Grimm, Joe Jacoby, and Art Monk). Do the Redskins get sympathy votes because of the whole Sean Taylor thing? Logic would say no. But would any of you feel surprised if Peter King were to write, "I wasn't going to put Art Monk into the Hall of Fame, but after consulting over a mocha latte, I decided that the Redskins family has been hurting enough, so I relented on Monk. I also put in Green, Grimm and Jacoby."

Seriously, that could happen.

Anyway, here is the list of candidates on who deserves to go, minimums be damned!

Disclaimer. We are going to go ahead and eliminate all offensive lineman from this list. NFL writers only like to include offensive linemen to make themselves look smarter. Kind of like that hipster doofus that knows all of the indy rock bands, just so he can look down on you when you've never heard of The Hold Steady. Too many offensive linemen float by on reputation for too long. Like the Cowboys Erik Williams who was always voted to the Pro Bowl long after he was effective.

  • Cris Carter:Quick, name something memorable about Carter, other than him showboating after a first down? And speaking of which, what is JC's policy on showboating, because I would tend to think that he would be against it. He put up good numbers, but he doesn't stand out as one of the best in his era. Playing alongside Randy Moss during the final years of his career showed just how average he is. Hall of Average.


  • Terrell Davis: Conversely, this guy was easily one of the best of his peers. This is what the Hall of Fame needs, more guys who dominated their peers, as opposed to guys who just put up average numbers for a really long time. The recent string of success from the Broncos running backs, however, do show that he might have been more of a system running back. But he was the missing link for the Broncos, who won two Super Bowls behind him. He's in.


  • Fred Dean: A good player and one of the keys to the 49ers defense in the early years of their dynasty. But all defensive ends of this era will by judged by if they starred in their own TV show opposite Stepfanie Kramer. And sadly, Dean did not.


  • Richard Dent: The one thing that will hold him back is that he had one of the worst raps of the Super Bowl Shuffle. Dent had a really good career, and was one of the key components of one of the best defenses in NFL history. Forced to pick point blank, the answer is no.


  • Randy Gradishar: He was the best defensive player on the Orange Crush. But if you let him in, Chris Berman is going to cry until Tom Jackson gets in, so the answer is no.


  • Darrell Green: He played a long time, and he was fast. Which is cool if you are running track. But he was one of the best cornerbacks of his era. He's in.


  • Kevin Greene: No discussion here, he's in. Just kidding. Had some great years with the Rams, but come on. How would you justify this?


  • Ray Guy: People know he was a punter, right? Moving on.


  • Charles Haley: Has anybody won more Super Bowl titles than this guy? The 49ers had offers from the Cowboys and Vikings for Haley in 1992, and George Seifert didn't want to trade him to Minnesota because he was afraid he would be the final piece for the Vikings. Turns out he was the final piece of the puzzle for the Cowboys who went on to win four Super Bowls in three years. In.


  • Lester Hayes: The Barry Bonds of his era, in that his cheating wasn't banned until later in his career. A good, maybe great corner, but do you want to have Michael Haynes and Hayes in the Hall? No.


  • Rickey Jackson: Was one of the best players in Saints history. That's enough, no.


  • Cortez Kennedy: Man, you could never miss a Seahawks game because you just had to see what Kennedy was going to do. Man, could you imagine if somebody actually ever said that? No.


  • Art Monk: Come on. He should be Tim Brown's presenter in the Hall of Average.


  • Andre Reed: You have to view the Bills offensive numbers the same way that you would view a hitter in Colorado. Inflated numbers that makes them seem better than they are. Do you really want to put all of those Bills in the Hall? No.


  • Ken Stabler: He might not be in it, but his liver should be. As a former Saints quarterback, he didn't father any annoying kids. Still, a good quarterback, but not Hall of Fame.


  • Paul Tagliabue: Ha, ha, ha, ha.


  • Steve Tasker: Seriously, if this guy gets in, this proves that the best way to get into the Hall of Fame is to go into broadcasting. This is a joke.


  • Derrick Thomas: If the already generous NFL writers haven't put him in yet, what's different now?


  • Andre Tippett: You, too. There's nothing wrong with being a local legend.


  • George Young: Yeah, right. Would he even be up for consideration if he wasn't a member of the Giants organization? No.


So there you have it, Terrell Davis, Darrell Green and Charles Haley. That's a pretty solid class.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Eli Manning will be a future first-year HOF QB when he retires

BRONCODUDE said...

NICE LIST ON PROBABLES GETTING IN. TD PROBABLY WONT GET IN WHICH IS UTTER AND COMPLETE BULLSHIT!EVEN THOUGH HE IS ONE OF THE FEW TO GO OVER 2000 YRDS IN A SEASON, WHICH HAS NOT BEEN DONE IN DENVER SINCE. HOW IT IS AFTER ALMOST 40 YEARS OF EXISTENCE THERE IS ONE BRONCO IN THE HOF?? THAT IS SHIT! FLOYD LITTLE?? NO. TD??? NO. TOM JACKSON?? NO. STEVE ATWATER??? NO. GARY ZIMMERMAN?? NO. WHAT THE FUCK? DAMN! I DONT EVEN THINK ALZADO IS IN THE HOF!!
MECKLENBURG? NOPE. YEAH, THE HOF IS RELEVANT. RIIIIIIGHT. FUCK THE HOF. WE HAVE OUR OWN RING OF FAME ANYWAY. FUCK THE HOF AND THE NFL FOR THAT MATTER.ESPECIALLY AFTER THIS SHIT WITH EVERYONE WEARING 21 FOR SEAN TAYLOR. DENVER LOSES 2 PLAYERS AND..... NOTHING LEAGUE WIDE. NEW ENGLAND LOST A PLAYER AND.....NOTHING LEAGUE WIDE. BULLSHIT.

Dennis Green said...

I deserve to be in the NFL Hall of Fame too

BRONCODUDE said...

MY BAD. BAD MATH HERE. DENVER BRONCOS HAVE BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR ALMOST 50 YEARS! THAT MAKES IT EVEN WORSE!!!!!!!!!!!

GMoney said...

Guy in all caps can fuck himself.

Count me in as an Art Monk supporter and say that if you let Cokehead Irvin in, Monk has to get in as well.

Tommy Tuck Rule said...

I got to agree with GMoney on Art Monk. Doesn't he have 3 super bowl rings from his time with Gibbs? Plus at one point he was the all time reception leader, and led the league in receiving and yards a few times, i think. If that is the case then he was one of the top players of his position during his career. Plus what about the Posse? They ruled.

Tommy Tuck Rule said...

Ok i just checked the stats and Monk did beat Steve Largent's record for receptions. (i remember watching that game on MNF) So he loses a point in the "for" column. But he gets the point back, cuz yeah if you let the Cokehead in (and he should be in) then you got to let Monk in.

bucky said...

So: Steve Tasker makes it and LeRoy Butler does not? That little Phi Delt was smaller than I was in college, for chrissakes; we'd compete for the same 4 foot 5 inch girls. And we'd both lose them to the same 6 foot 4 inch guys.

Meanwhile, the creator of the Lambeau Leap stays home? Shit, that alone oughta get LeRoy into Canton.

Diane said...

How does Kevin Greene make any list that includes the words "Hall of Fame"? I was a die hard Rams fan back then and even I thought he sucked

The Big Picture said...

don't hate on ray guy. he's got an award named after him.

Chris Benoit said...

Do they have a family murderer Hall Of Fame?

Chris said...

Just pointing out that in your Charles Haley comment you mention that he helped the Cowboys win 4 Super Bowls in 3 years. I think you meant 3 Super Bowls in 4 years.

flohtingPoint said...

Cris Carter had something like back to back 120 reception seasons, plus he's in the top five for TD receptions and receptions overall. Kevin Greene has 10 years of 10+ sacks. Dude was an animal. I thought both were pretty good.

The Rickey Jackson blurb had me dying... Full out laughing while co-workers looked upon me with disgust at my enjoyment in the midst of their mundane lives.

NFL Adam said...

You're right, Chris. Good thing I'm not in publishing, oh wait.

BostonSucksMyBlog said...

Latte King is on the hOF committee, and he is going to fight hard for Richard Dent, bc Dent was a heck of an interview. King stinks.

I say NO WAY to T Davis though. Complete system RB. Olandis Gary couldve filled that spot if he was a couple years earlier.

flohtingPoint said...

I say NO WAY to T Davis though. Complete system RB. Olandis Gary couldve filled that spot if he was a couple years earlier.

Yea, they got a great system over there for pumping out 1k rusher after 1k rusher, but cmon, he's no Ruben Droughns. People thought the same thing about Clinton Portis but he did his thing in putrid Washington.

There should never be a day pass w/out John Elway kneeling down on his rug, facing west and praying to TD.

NFL Adam said...

That's a great point on TD. But that's a lot of dudes, and the Broncos haven't won a Super Bowl since he retired.