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Is the NFL Hall of Fame induction process too cryptic and should voting be open to the public?

Posted by Emil Steiner on August 7, 2009 5:16 PM
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jrickperryjr: I think the public has a vested interest and or a right to be involved in the process of the Hall of Fame. The public is after all the audie...

Randy9: The problem I have is some of the best players are not voted in, Richard Dent a member of the 1986 Superbowl champion Chicago Bears continue...

dancain1514: The NFL HOF, until this day, has not recognized the achievements of one of the greatest tightends in history - Jerry Smith - an AllPro playe...

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stuck_in_Lodi Author Profile Page :

I really don't worry about the process of deciding who goes into a hall of fame that looks like a giant orange juicer.

allknowingguy Author Profile Page :

Leave it the way it is. If the fans vote, it will become like the baseball all-star voting where fans from the big markets vote in their guys while the small markets suffer.

ExcessivelyRabid Author Profile Page :

More transparency would be fine. Fans voting, no. Fans as a group are a bunch of idiots.

mwcob Author Profile Page :

Stuck_in-Lodi - that's a riot. Seriously - the Hall of Fame isn't American Idol, and fans would put in the next big fad without waiting to achieve any serious lifetime achievement. As far as the crying about Assistant Coaches? Dude - Assistant Coaches aren't famous. If they were famous - they'd be Head Coaches. The Hall of Fame should be for the best of the best of the best. Not every flash in the pan.

EliPeyton Author Profile Page :

Stuck in Lodi,

Could we limit deduction to players that played in the Orange Bowl?

coachoconnorucla Author Profile Page :

It seems that there should be come written criteria. I can't understand how Tom Flores isn't yet in the Hall. He was the first man with 4 Super Bowl rings. He won 2 Super Bowls as a head coach and played on a winning team. He still has a Raider passing record. I wonder if living people should have some preference over the dead. When Hank Stram finally made it he was in a wheel chair and within a year of dying. But at least he had a chance to appreciate the honor. --And fans shouldn't have a vote.

ConradY Author Profile Page :

No one cares. If your life so wrapped up in pro football that this matters for more than 5 minutes, you really need to examine your priorities and get some perspective. This really doesn't matter in the big picture of things, and is not worth arguing over, unless maybe you actually were an NFL employee.

jrickperryjr Author Profile Page :

I think the public has a vested interest and or a right to be involved in the process of the Hall of Fame. The public is after all the audience, the ticket payers etc.

I would like to see a public vote, to be calculated, along with the sportswriters and the CHOSEN PICKERS.

Randy9 Author Profile Page :

The problem I have is some of the best players are not voted in, Richard Dent a member of the 1986 Superbowl champion Chicago Bears continue to be left out. No reason is ever given. This is a man that gave his all on every play for many years and was the sack leader for a long time, in addition he was stripping the ball long before it became popular. Richard was also a team player and worked well with others. Perhaps there need to be guidelines established for those that get the vote and when they don't follow the rules, the vote is taken away.

dancain1514 Author Profile Page :

The NFL HOF, until this day, has not recognized the achievements of one of the greatest tightends in history - Jerry Smith - an AllPro player who spent his entire career with Washington.
Thirty-five years after retiring, twenty years after his death, he still holds some pass reception records.
The NFL had to wait over two decades for another tightend to pass Jerry's "TDs by a tightend" record - and that player only did so by one TD, before he retired.

 
 
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