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Pro Football Hall of Fame Snubs Too Many Greats

Rick Gosselin, a long time Pro Football Hall of Fame voter and 2004 inductee into the Hall as a sportwriter, thinks the current voting process snubs too many great players. He gives several examples, but this set is most impressive:

These players were NFL all-decade selections who went to five Pro Bowls apiece: linebackers Tommy Nobis and Joe Fortunato and cornerback Louis Wright.

These players were NFL all-decade selections who went to four Pro Bowls apiece: defensive tackle Alex Karras and Ed Sprinkle, fullback Alan Ameche and cornerback Jack Butler.

These men were NFL all-decade selections who went to three Pro Bowls apiece: guard Howard Mudd, linebacker Dave Robinson and safety Dick Anderson.

The Hall of Fame selection committee, by the way, picks the all-decade teams. If you’re considered one of the best players of your era, you ought to be considered one of the best players in NFL history.

But not a one of those players has ever been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. All deserve to be discussed, but all are now in the seniors pool of candidates. Only two come out each year for consideration. It’s too late for most of them to have their Hall of Fame candidacies saved.

That’s quite bizarre, indeed. Several of them should be slam dunk Hall of Famers.

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What about Jerry Kramer? He has been snubbed, snubbed, snubbed.

He had a great football career with Green Bay. He was one of the reasons I became a football fan.

Posted by Ellen | August 10, 2006 | 09:08 pm | Permalink

What about Ken Kavanaugh. Great touchdown and yards per catch average during a time when passing was an afterthought plus he missed 3 years to the war. He also was awarded the distinguished flying cross.

Posted by Mark | August 23, 2006 | 01:34 am | Permalink

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