Dawson, Bradshaw, Namath, Griese, Starr and Roger Staubach are all enshrined in Canton with fewer passing yards than John Brodie. But all of them won championships. Brodie didn’t. So he waits. And waits.
If you ask Brett Favre to pull one game film that defines him as a quarterback, what would it be? Well, we did ask, and his response might surprise you. It wasn’t one from his 16 seasons with the Packers.
When Kansas City’s Will Shields stepped into the lineup for the first time in September, 1993, nobody knew it would be the last time he would come off the bench. By the time he retired after the 2006 season, he had played in 232 games in the regular season and playoffs, with 231 consecutive starting assignments — a career that will have him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame next month.
Hall of Fame inductee Bill Polian says former Bills’ Kent Hull and Steve Tasker deserve Hall-of-Fame consideration, and he’s right. But the reality is: They’re up against long odds. In fact, history tells us the obstacles they face are so considerable that “consideration” is probably all they will get from Canton.
Hall Of Fame weekend is just over three weeks away, and former Buffalo coach Marv Levy and former San Francisco owner Eddie DeBartolo are among the presenters. That makes a combined nine presentations for the two, and it says as much about them as it does the inductees they’re introducing.
Former Buffalo Bills’ defensive tackle Tom Sestak might have been the greatest defensive lineman in AFL history, yet he’s not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The reason: Longevity, a hurdle far too many Hall-of-Fame worthy candidates can’t conquer.
Ken Stabler isn’t in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but there are plenty of people outside of Raiders’ Nation who believe he belongs. Our Ron Borges is one of them, posting this case for Canton last August. We reprint it in memory of the former Oakland Raiders’ legend, who died Thursday at 69.
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.