When tight end Tony Gonzalez retired last season, he was labeled “a first-ballot Hall of Famer” more times than Peyton Manning completed a pass. Considering Gonzalez’s remarkable achievements, that’s a logical and safe assumption, which is great except that it’s an assumption. If you truly want to know what Gonzalez’s chances are of making it on a first ballot… if you want to understand the hazards of making it as a first-ballot tight end… you consult the people involved in the choosing, discussing and voting of prospective Hall-of-Fame candidates. Basically, you check with any of the Hall-of-Fame’s 46 selectors.
Once, that wasn’t so easy. But it is now, and here’s why: We bring the selectors to you.
We have three of them — Rick Gosselin, Ron Borges and Clark Judge — who appear weekly on the Talk of Fame Network and who have nearly 110 years of covering the NFL among them and, by next January, over 40 years on the Hall’s board of selectors. Hearing from them is easy. All you have to do is listen to them on the Talk of Fame Network or dial them up at this site — and either is recommended. Because they understand the process. They have the experience. They’re aware of the potholes. They make the arguments. They make the rebuttals. And they know when there’s a “first-ballot Hall of Famer” waiting to happen.
It was Borges, for instance, who last February presented seniors candidate Ray Guy and made such a compelling case that the punter who was part of the Hall’s 75th anniversary team but who hadn’t made the cut in seven previous tries was voted into Canton. And it was Gosselin who, in 2009, presented former star receiver Bob Hayes and did what others before him could not — convince the room that Hayes belonged in the Hall.
Anyway, the point is this: Where other websites, programs or networks characterize individuals as “insiders” these guys really ARE insiders. They’re inside the room when debates are made. They’re inside the room when votes are taken. And they’re inside the room when decisions are rendered. They know what others do not — namely, why candidates may or may not qualify for induction — and they’re ready to share that information with you.
So why is that important? Because, until now, the making of a Hall of Famer was one of the most misunderstood and least transparent processes out there — which is another way of saying that what goes on in the selection room usually stays in the selection room. But with Gosselin, Borges and Judge here to initiate, educate and illuminate on the Talk of Fame Network and at TalkofFameNetwork.com, you’ll know what happened and why. You may not agree with them, but you must pay attention to them — and not because you know what makes a Hall of Famer.
But because they do.