Beathard: Jacoby as “deserving” of Hall of Fame as Grimm

Joe Jacoby photo curtesy of Washington Redskins


(Joe Jacoby, Bobby Beathard photos courtesy of Washington Redskins)

Talk of Fame Network

Former Washington tackle Joe Jacoby was a surprise finalist for the Class of 2016 … and not just because he made the cut to 15 for the first time in 18 years of eligibility; but because he made the cut to 10, too.

That’s supposed to be the springboard for the next move … which is to Canton.

Not surprisingly, Jacoby gained the endorsement of former Redskins’ general manager Bobby Beathard on the latest Talk of Fame Network broadcast – with Beathard telling us that Jacoby might have been the best offensive lineman on Washington’s “Hogs,” a group that included Hall-of-Fame guard Russ Grimm.

“I’ll tell you what,” said Beathard, “he might have been. He wasn’t as athletic as Russ … at all. But, boy, what he could do. He had such long arms and such strength and maybe the smartest guy on our offensive line. He was amazing.”

An all-decade choice, Jacoby was one of two tackles to make the cut to 10 in February. Orlando Pace was the other, and he went on to become one of the five modern-era inductees for the Class of 2016, the fourth tackle to be enshrined in the last five years.

That should enhance Jacoby’s chances for 2017. So should this: Aside from running back LaDainian Tomlinson, the field for next year appears to be wide open.

“I tell you what,” said Beathard, “every year I keep thinking he’s got to get in there because he’s certainly deserving. We were fortunate. We had a heckuva group there. And If Russ is in … nothing against Russ; he deserves to be in … but Jacoby certainly deserves to be in. And Russ would tell you the same thing.”


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  1. Rob
    April 18, 2016

    What are Bobby’s chances of getting into the HOF in 2017 as a contributor category?

    • April 19, 2016

      I think he has a good shot, especially since there will be two contributors going in that year. With two former GMs going in in 2015, Bobby’s chances were reduced for the following year … since we just put two personnel men in. But I’ll be honest: I like his chances now. He has the qualifications and he should … no, will … get in. It’s just of matter of when.

  2. bachslunch
    April 18, 2016

    Folks who believe Joe Jacoby belongs in should have no worries as he looks likely to get elected, probably next year since he made the cutdown to the final 10 last time. His profile is quite good at 3/4/80s, good enough to justify election. One might argue that Beathard isn’t necessarily unbiased since they were in the same organization at the time. And one might also argue that Russ Grimm is a big hall type (4/4/80s), so sure, I guess they’re about equally qualified. But it’s also fair to argue that OTs like Mike Kenn (3/5/none) and Marvin Powell (also 3/5/none) are about as qualified as Jacoby. Not to mention Seniors Jim Tyrer (10/9/allAFL), Winston Hill (1/8/allAFL), and George Kunz (3/8/none). I say let’s get them all in.

  3. bachslunch
    April 19, 2016

    Clark, agreed that Bobby Beathard has an excellent HoF case. At present, I’m all for him, Gil Brandt, George Young, Steve Sabol, and Art McNally getting in and am at least okay with Paul Tagliabue at some point.

    • April 20, 2016

      Really believe that Bobby should be next in line. With you on the others, but they’re in line behind Beathard.

  4. Rick Hunt
    April 21, 2016

    Joe Jacoby is one of the best offensive linemen whoever played. Joe was stong, tough and smart. At left tackle beside Russ Grimm and Riggins running behind them it was an combination. I watched it up close and I can tell you there hasn’t been one as powerful since. Beathard’s always been a great judge of talent and both belong in the Hall of fame.

    • April 22, 2016

      Rick, think you have to like what happened to Jacoby this year. Was a surprise that he made the cut to 15 in his 18th year of eligibility. Then he makes it to the final 10. He’s right there, a possibility for election in 2017 or ’18.

  5. bachslunch
    April 21, 2016

    Won’t complain when Joe Jacoby gets elected to the HoF, but being best ever suggests he was better than folks like Anthony Munoz, Forrest Gregg, Jonathan Ogden, Ron Mix, and Art Shell. Will have to be convinced of that one with a good quality argument involving real film study because honors don’t show it — and will need something more solid than “I watched him play.”

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