Former linebacker Robert Brazile admits that he would’ve given up his spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame had it meant that Jerry Kramer would go in ahead of him. Both were chosen to the Hall’s Class of 2018.
Former Houston linebacker Robert Brazile is one of two senior nominees for the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018, and, in tribute to him, we reprint a State Your Case — first published in 2015 — arguing for his inclusion.
It will be the 11th time Jerry Kramer has been in the room as a finalist and his second time as a senior. The last time he reached the finals was 1997 as a senior. This will be the first time Robert Brazile has been a finalist.
There are 26 established NFL franchises and every one of them believes it has 2-3 players who have been unfairly overlooked by the Hall of Fame selection process. That’s a pool of about 75 worthy candidates.
Maxie Baughan went to five Pro Bowls with the Philadelphia Eagles and four more with the Los Angeles Rams, all in the 19060s. Yet nine Pro Bowls in a single decade hasn’t been able to garner him consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.