• Terrell Davis and the Hall of Fame debate

    Terrell Davis and the Hall of Fame debate

    (Courtesy of the Denver Broncos) Talk of Fame Network When Terrell Davis was the best back in the NFL from 1995-98, it was never about the numbers. It was about championships. Now it is about the numbers — and his lack of them is working against Davis in his bid for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Davis visits the Talk of Fame Network radio this weekend and discusses his candidacy. Davis rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his […]

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  • Peek at Week: Settling the West

    Peek at Week: Settling the West

    (Photo courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals) SUNDAY’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Seattle @ Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (EST) The line: Seahawks by 8 The story: This one’s for the NFC West, and first question: Is there anyone out there who feels good about Arizona’s chances? Correction: Is there anyone out there other than Bruce Arians who likes the Cards? Arians is the leading candidate for Coach of the Year, but there’s only so much a guy can do before he reaches the tipping […]

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  • Take a seat, Jay!

    Take a seat, Jay!

    Talk of Fame Network by Ron Borges As is now obvious, the truth is Aaron Kromer’s defense. It was just a long time coming. That’s why Kromer doesn’t owe Jay Cutler an apology today. He owes him a thank-you note. Exactly a week after the embattled Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator made a tearful apology to Cutler and the rest of his teammates for hinting to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport that the Bears’ had buyer’s remorse for signing the mercurial […]

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  • Poll question: ‘Tis the season

    Poll question: ‘Tis the season

    Other than The Immaculate Reception, what was the greatest gift in recent NFL history?   The Holy Roller – Chargers’ fans call this “The Immaculate Deception,” and you can see why. Down by six with 10 seconds left and the ball at the San Diego 14, Oakland quarterback Ken Stabler was about to be sacked before desperately hurling the ball toward the end zone. There it was pushed forward by Pete Banaszak … then Dave Casper … with Casper recovering […]

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  • Tasker a True Ace

    Tasker a True Ace

    (Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Bills) Talk of Fame Network NFL coaches will tell you special teams account for a third of the game. But that’s not what the NFL Hall of Fame selection committee will tell you — not with just one pure placekicker and one pure punter enshrined in Canton. You won’t find any pure return specialists or special-teams aces there, either. The kicking game barely registers a blip in Canton. So our last Talk of Fame Network […]

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  • State Your Case: Winston Hill

    State Your Case: Winston Hill

    (Photo courtesy of the New York Jets) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network It’s not Winston Hill’s exclusion from the Hall of Fame that puzzles me. It’s the Hall’s failure to discuss the guy that I don’t get. Hill wasn’t just a starting tackle on the Jets’ Super Bowl III team. He was Joe Namath’s bodyguard,  entrusted to protect the foundation of the franchise. But he was more than that. Winston Hill was a complete player, a superior run […]

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  • Hester: Yes, I’m Hall worthy

    Hester: Yes, I’m Hall worthy

    Talk of Fame Network Nobody in NFL history has more touchdowns by punt returns (14) than Atlanta’s Devin Hester, and nobody in league history has more scores (20) by kickoff and punt returns combined. But is that enough to put him to Canton? Former teammate Matt Forte thinks it is, with the Bears’ running back calling Hester “Hall-of-Fame worthy.” There’s only one problem with that: The Hall is reluctant to induct special-teams specialists, with only two among its 287 inductees. So […]

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  • What’s it like to try a 112-yard FG? Ask Hall-of-Famer Jan Stenerud

    What’s it like to try a 112-yard FG? Ask Hall-of-Famer Jan Stenerud

    Talk of Fame Network There’s only one pure kicker in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and it’s Jan Stenerud. A three-time All-AFL choice and seven-time All-Pro, Stenerud was the only pure specialist until last summer when former Oakland punter Ray Guy joined him in Canton. One of the first of the soccer-style kickers, Stenerud made his name on accuracy – hitting 70 percent of his attempts in an era when the average was in the low 50s. But he […]

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  • Judgements: When a victory feels more like a loss

    Judgements: When a victory feels more like a loss

    When is a win not a win? When you’re the New York Jets and hoping to land Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota with the first pick of the 2015 draft. By beating Tennessee, the Jets all but guaranteed they don’t draft first. In fact, if the season were to end today, Tampa Bay (2-12) would … leaving the Jets to enjoy more of those “Pro Bowl flashes” from Geno Smith. 2. That was an impressive win by Dallas, now 7-0 on the […]

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  • Peek: NFC East at stake

    Peek: NFC East at stake

    (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles) SUNDAY’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Dallas @Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. The line: Eagles by 3-1/2 The story: Let’s make this simple: Whoever wins this game probably wins the NFC East, and, sorry, but I don’t like the Cowboys’ chances when you put Tony Romo in that position. He had a chance to make the playoffs on the last day of the 2008 season … in Philadelphia, no less … and lost. He had a chance to make the […]

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  • Talk of Fame Radio – Hester, Stenerud talk Hall of Fame specialties

    Talk of Fame Radio – Hester, Stenerud talk Hall of Fame specialties

    (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Falcons) Talk of Fame Network Football has become a game of specialists, and no two were ever better at their specialties than Hall-of-Fame kicker Jan Stenerud and the most dangerous return man in the NFL, Devin Hester. Both visit with Talk of Fame Network radio this weekend to discuss not only their specialties but why it’s time special teams got their Hall-of-Fame due in Canton. A week ago, Hall-of-Fame head coach Marv Levy, one of the […]

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  • Rice: For Kaepernick to succeed, system must change

    Rice: For Kaepernick to succeed, system must change

    (Photo courtesy of Seattle Seahawks) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network One of the season’s biggest mysteries – and disappointments – has been the San Francisco 49ers in general and quarterback Colin Kaepernick in particular. Both are floundering, and that wasn’t supposed to happen to a team that went to the last three NFC championship games or a player whom former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski once said “could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.” But it has, and […]

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  • We Want YOU for our next show!

    The Talk of Fame Network hits the radio again this week, and we’re looking for callers interested in talking about the Hall of Fame — whether it’s the Class of 2014, the Class of 2015, contributors, seniors or people in today’s game you think will wind up in Canton in 20 years. Basically, we’re just interested in what’s on your mind. If you want to make yourself heard, contact us at talk@talkoffamenetwork.com … and you might wind up hosting the […]

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  • Terrell Davis and the Hall of Fame debate

    Terrell Davis and the Hall of Fame debate

    (Courtesy of the Denver Broncos) Talk of Fame Network When Terrell Davis was the best back in the NFL from 1995-98, it was never about the numbers. It was about championships. Now it is about the numbers — and his lack of them is working against Davis in his bid for induction in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Davis visits the Talk of Fame Network radio this weekend and discusses his candidacy. Davis rushed for 1,000 yards in each of his […]

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  • Peek at Week: Settling the West

    Peek at Week: Settling the West

    (Photo courtesy of the Arizona Cardinals) SUNDAY’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Seattle @ Arizona, 8:30 p.m. (EST) The line: Seahawks by 8 The story: This one’s for the NFC West, and first question: Is there anyone out there who feels good about Arizona’s chances? Correction: Is there anyone out there other than Bruce Arians who likes the Cards? Arians is the leading candidate for Coach of the Year, but there’s only so much a guy can do before he reaches the tipping […]

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  • Take a seat, Jay!

    Take a seat, Jay!

    Talk of Fame Network by Ron Borges As is now obvious, the truth is Aaron Kromer’s defense. It was just a long time coming. That’s why Kromer doesn’t owe Jay Cutler an apology today. He owes him a thank-you note. Exactly a week after the embattled Chicago Bears’ offensive coordinator made a tearful apology to Cutler and the rest of his teammates for hinting to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport that the Bears’ had buyer’s remorse for signing the mercurial […]

    Continue reading »

  • Poll question: ‘Tis the season

    Poll question: ‘Tis the season

    Other than The Immaculate Reception, what was the greatest gift in recent NFL history?   The Holy Roller – Chargers’ fans call this “The Immaculate Deception,” and you can see why. Down by six with 10 seconds left and the ball at the San Diego 14, Oakland quarterback Ken Stabler was about to be sacked before desperately hurling the ball toward the end zone. There it was pushed forward by Pete Banaszak … then Dave Casper … with Casper recovering […]

    Continue reading »

  • Tasker a True Ace

    Tasker a True Ace

    (Photo courtesy of the Buffalo Bills) Talk of Fame Network NFL coaches will tell you special teams account for a third of the game. But that’s not what the NFL Hall of Fame selection committee will tell you — not with just one pure placekicker and one pure punter enshrined in Canton. You won’t find any pure return specialists or special-teams aces there, either. The kicking game barely registers a blip in Canton. So our last Talk of Fame Network […]

    Continue reading »

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  • State Your Case: Winston Hill

    State Your Case: Winston Hill

    (Photo courtesy of the New York Jets) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network It’s not Winston Hill’s exclusion from the Hall of Fame that puzzles me. It’s the Hall’s failure to discuss the guy that I don’t get. Hill wasn’t just a starting tackle on the Jets’ Super Bowl III team. He was Joe Namath’s bodyguard,  entrusted to protect the foundation of the franchise. But he was more than that. Winston Hill was a complete player, a superior run […]

    Continue reading »

  • Hester: Yes, I’m Hall worthy

    Hester: Yes, I’m Hall worthy

    Talk of Fame Network Nobody in NFL history has more touchdowns by punt returns (14) than Atlanta’s Devin Hester, and nobody in league history has more scores (20) by kickoff and punt returns combined. But is that enough to put him to Canton? Former teammate Matt Forte thinks it is, with the Bears’ running back calling Hester “Hall-of-Fame worthy.” There’s only one problem with that: The Hall is reluctant to induct special-teams specialists, with only two among its 287 inductees. So […]

    Continue reading »

  • What’s it like to try a 112-yard FG? Ask Hall-of-Famer Jan Stenerud

    What’s it like to try a 112-yard FG? Ask Hall-of-Famer Jan Stenerud

    Talk of Fame Network There’s only one pure kicker in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and it’s Jan Stenerud. A three-time All-AFL choice and seven-time All-Pro, Stenerud was the only pure specialist until last summer when former Oakland punter Ray Guy joined him in Canton. One of the first of the soccer-style kickers, Stenerud made his name on accuracy – hitting 70 percent of his attempts in an era when the average was in the low 50s. But he […]

    Continue reading »

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  • Judgements: When a victory feels more like a loss

    Judgements: When a victory feels more like a loss

    When is a win not a win? When you’re the New York Jets and hoping to land Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota with the first pick of the 2015 draft. By beating Tennessee, the Jets all but guaranteed they don’t draft first. In fact, if the season were to end today, Tampa Bay (2-12) would … leaving the Jets to enjoy more of those “Pro Bowl flashes” from Geno Smith. 2. That was an impressive win by Dallas, now 7-0 on the […]

    Continue reading »

  • Peek: NFC East at stake

    Peek: NFC East at stake

    (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles) SUNDAY’S HALL-OF-FAME GAME Dallas @Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. The line: Eagles by 3-1/2 The story: Let’s make this simple: Whoever wins this game probably wins the NFC East, and, sorry, but I don’t like the Cowboys’ chances when you put Tony Romo in that position. He had a chance to make the playoffs on the last day of the 2008 season … in Philadelphia, no less … and lost. He had a chance to make the […]

    Continue reading »

  • Talk of Fame Radio – Hester, Stenerud talk Hall of Fame specialties

    Talk of Fame Radio – Hester, Stenerud talk Hall of Fame specialties

    (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Falcons) Talk of Fame Network Football has become a game of specialists, and no two were ever better at their specialties than Hall-of-Fame kicker Jan Stenerud and the most dangerous return man in the NFL, Devin Hester. Both visit with Talk of Fame Network radio this weekend to discuss not only their specialties but why it’s time special teams got their Hall-of-Fame due in Canton. A week ago, Hall-of-Fame head coach Marv Levy, one of the […]

    Continue reading »

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  • Rice: For Kaepernick to succeed, system must change

    Rice: For Kaepernick to succeed, system must change

    (Photo courtesy of Seattle Seahawks) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network One of the season’s biggest mysteries – and disappointments – has been the San Francisco 49ers in general and quarterback Colin Kaepernick in particular. Both are floundering, and that wasn’t supposed to happen to a team that went to the last three NFC championship games or a player whom former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski once said “could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.” But it has, and […]

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  • Jerry Rice: Aaron Rodgers is QB I’d most like to play with today

    Jerry Rice: Aaron Rodgers is QB I’d most like to play with today

    (Photo courtesy of Jim Biever/Green Bay Packers) By Clark Judge Talk of Fame Network Jerry Rice caught touchdown passes from two Hall-of-Fame quarterbacks, Joe Montana and Steve Young, in the 1980s and 1990s. Yet the 52-year-old wide receiver is in such good shape he looks as if he could play today. So let’s say he could. The obvious question, then, is: Of all the quarterbacks out there, whom would he like to play with most? “Aaron Rodgers,” Rice answered immediately. “And the […]

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  • Poll 12/10/14 – Special specialists

    Poll 12/10/14 – Special specialists

    Which special teams player not in the Hall of Fame is most deserving of the honor?   Return specialist Billy “White Shoes” Johnson – The only member of the 75th anniversary team not in Canton, Johnson was a three-time All-Pro named to two all-decade teams. He was also one of the first players to celebrate touchdowns with end-zone dances, with Johnson unveiling “The Funky Chicken” for delighted Houston Oilers’ fans every time he crossed the goal line. Return specialist Brian Mitchell […]

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  • Say it’s so, Joe! Gibbs sweeps poll

    Say it’s so, Joe! Gibbs sweeps poll

    (Photo courtesy of Washington Redskins) Talk of Fame Network Apparently, he’s no ordinary Joe. Former Washington head coach Joe Gibbs pulled the improbable this week, winning our Best Coach’s poll with an overwhelming majority of votes from our readers, as well as a sweep of our three selectors from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s not as if that’s unique; but it does happen about as often as a New York Jets’ victory. Which means it’s rare. Gibbs, who […]

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