Shannon Sharpe said Antonio Gates’ four-game suspension for PEDs “calls into question everything he’s ever accomplished” and may sabotage his chances to reach Canton, but Hall-of-Fame selectors contacted this week weren’t so sure. In fact, they said that Sharpe is wrong and that, in and of itself, the suspension would not affect his chances.
The Talk of Fame radio hosts are on vacation, but their show is not. Beginning last week, we will air three consecutive weeks of the “Best of Talk” programs, featuring some of the top guests of the past year — including Jerry Jones, Michael Irvin, Brett Favre, Bill Parcells, Jimmy Johnson, Joe Namath, Marcus Allen, Roger Goodell and 2015 Hall-of-Fame inductee, Ron Wolf.
Former Dallas scouting guru Gil Brandt joins the Talk of Fame Network to tell us why Johnny Manziel might not make it in the NFL and how the Cowboys, a club he helped turn into one of the league’s marquee franchises, might finally have figured out the draft.
Former Kansas City Chiefs/Dallas Texans’ star Abner Haynes has the credentials to be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, yet it’s been nearly 50 years since he retired and he’s not part of the club. The reason? Keep reading.
Wide receivers are pulling down more than big money these days. They’re pulling down big numbers, too. Catches. Yards. Touchdowns. You name it. In fact, they’re pulling down such big numbers it’s hard to tell who’s a Hall-of-Famer. But now along comes former wideout James Lofton, himself a Hall-of-Famer with a check list to help, and he offered it to us on the latest Talk of Fame Network radio broadcast.
Dallas Cowboys’ coach Jason Garrett was a reserve quarterback when the team won Super Bowls in the 1990s, so he knows what it takes to reach the top of the NFL. And what he learned then he’s putting to work now. While insisting he’s not trying to “recreate” that club, he did admit that the lessons learned then serve as “models” for building the Cowboys of today.
Marques Colston this week called Drew Brees “a Hall-of-Fame quarterback,” and while the Saints’ wide receiver doesn’t have a Hall-of-Fame vote he’s probably right. But Brees isn’t alone among today’s quarterbacks destined for Canton. We figure there are at least five who wind up there, including Brees and the two slam dunks — Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.