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Welcome to the Hall of Fame 7-29-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Chris Doleman Vikings Curtis Martin Patriots Jets

​In two weeks the first exhibition  football game will be played in Canton, Ohio. The list of inductee's are good, but I thought I would highlight the careers of two of them this week. This would probably have been handled in a rather unique way if 3rd Stone were here, so are you ready for some football? The first inductee I will mention is one of two that spent their careers tormenting quarterbacks Chris Doleman, the other being Cortez Kennedy......

​Some of the Highlights of his career......

​Drafted as a linebacker by the Vikings in 1985, out of the University of Pittsburgh. Doleman switched to defensive end during his second season....

​Eight team sack titles (Six with the Vikings, 1 each with the Falcons and 49ers)

​Led NFL with 21 sacks, one shy of the record at the time in 1989.

​Career sack total 150.5 sacks fourth all-time at retirement.

​Eight seasons with 10 or more sacks, Eight Pro Bowls.

​In 1992, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Year, after he led the Vikings with 14.5 sacks, had 64 tackles, returned an interception for a touchdown, forced six fumbles, recovered 3 fumbles, and had a safety.

​Doleman was extremely durable as evidenced by him missing a mere two games due to injury during his 15-season, 232-NFL career. In all he was named to eight Pro Bowls, six with the Vikings and one each with the Falcons and 49ers. He was named first-team All-Pro in 1987, 1989, and 1992 and first-team All-NFC four times. Doleman is a member of the NFL's All-Decade team of the 1990's.

​Curtis Martin's  career was compared to another great running back who he will be joining in Canton, Barry Sanders. Along with Sanders, Martin is the only running back to have 10 consecutive 1,000 yard seasons to start his career. In my opinion, if he did not suffer injuries during his career he may have retired the NFL's all-time leading rusher instead of Emmitt Smith.

​Career highlights......

​Drafted in the 3rd round by the Patriots in 1995.

​Led AFC in rushing as a rookie.

​Led his team in rushing every year during his NFL career.

​Rushed for career-high 1,697 yards, won NFL rushing title in 2004.

​Scored 90 rushing, 10 receiving touchdowns. Passed for 2 TDS on his only two passing attempts....

​Retired the NFL's fourth all-time rusher (14,401)

​Combined net yards (17,421) was 10th all-time.

​Named Rookie of the Year, ALL-AFC, and voted to his first Pro Bowl

​Rushed for 100 yards 57 times during his career.

​I know there are others who are entering the HOF that need to be mentioned, feel free to leave your comments about the others I did not mention during my blog. But for now I will leave you with a tune.....

​I wasn't going to do this, because this issue is sensitive among most here on the Gab. But I am going to take one more shot at Jerry Sandusky, I am pretty sure those boys he molested in the locker room were not singing this song.

​I hope that everyone is happy in "Not So Happy Valley," now that their punishment has been doled out. They learned a valuable lesson in why lying and covering for a child molester, right down the dead man will be held accountable for their actions. What about McQuery the former QB, is he going to be held accountable also for waiting so long to come forward with what he seen? Equal justice for all involved, I highly doubt it, because he was the nark!

​Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave your comments and thoughts......

 

​source:

www.profootballhof.com

 

 

 

Monday Moaning 2-6-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Commercials Super Bowl Football Hall Of Fame Madonna Bibi Jones Ads Curtis Martin Jack Butler Josh Hamilton MLB New England Patriots

 
Yeah, shut it...I don't want to hear it...I'm sick of it already...

No, I'm not talking about the fact that Saturday night, I got together with a few beers and posted a blog with my "Super Bowl" prediction...My prediction that the Patriots would blow out the Giants...Yeah, I'm sick of hearing about how I blew that, and how the Giants have the Pats number...It happens...So the Pats lost...Whatever, it's not like anyone is paying me for this shit!

4 years ago, I stood in my living room, completely shocked when the Giants ruined the Patriots perfect season...It just didn't make sense...This year, I wasn't shocked, and it didn't really bother me much...I was pissed, but the only bearing it has on my life, is a bit of ball-busting at work...

Except I had planned on starting my post with this picture instead...


And ending it with this one...


Butt no biggie...I still managed to work them in!

The Shut it...I don't want to hear it...I'm sick of it already is about the fucking commercials...Some time in my life, the "Super Bowl" became more about the fucking commercials...A bunch of suits got together and decided they wanted to get "Super Bowl" viewership up...'Lets get women to watch...We'll have the advertisers start gearing more commercials towards them!' And now, women watch the "Super Bowl" and most admit it's for the commercials...And they chat about them, on Twitter and facebook, and sports sites...

Yes, there are people who say it's just as much about the commercials, as it is about the game...That is fucking retarded...They are deciding the the NFL Champion, and you think suits trying to get you to go to E-Trade or buy Doritos, which you already do, is on the same level! The only thing more retarded then that, is those "Party Rock" ass-clowns! I've never seen two goofy bastards that wanted to share a bag of dicks, as much as those two!

Oh, and by the way, the commercials sucked!

And Fuck the Halftime show...Mother fuckers raving about a 50 year broad lip-syncing...For her age, she's in great shape still...But when you bounce on as many dicks as Madonna has, you better be in good shape!

-This weekend the next Football Hall Of Fame class was selected, and there are a lot of people upset Bill Parcells didn't get in...Mainly New Yorkers, and the dolts at ESPN...Maybe it says something about how the press was treated by Parcells...They hold grudges...

The #4 all-time rusher, Curtis Martin is getting in, as well he should have...Former Steelers DB, Jack Butler, finally gets in after waiting far too long...Martin and Butler will be joined by Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson...I figured Dawson would get in...He was a dominating lineman...The rest, I wasn't sure about...You never know with the voters...I was shocked that Chris Carter, and Charles Haley didn't make it in...To me those are the biggest snubs...Not Parcells or Jerome Bettis...I assume Bettis will get in, but they want to make him wait a year...Screw Parcells, just because of how much Mike Lupica was crying about him not getting in!

-Thursday night a story about Josh Hamilton falling off the wagon broke...I linked it on Facebook, and Twitter, and proceeded to bash the guy...It got some good debate stirred up, so let me just throw my views out there...

I think I've made it clear, that I'm not a fan of people who are very outspoken about their faith...Especially when they harp on how it's helped them with their "addiction"...

1. I guess it hasn't helped that much, since this is the second public screw up...

2. If he was really responsible for his actions, then he wouldn't keep screwing up...

3. Some people feel it's his personal life and it's none of our business...Maybe, but Part of my problem with Hamilton is that he put his personal battle out there, front and center with the media, when he got back in baseball...Everyone wanted to do a story on him and his recovery and what not...And he didn't say no...So he made it fair game to that same media when he slips up...

4. Fuck addiction! I know people won't like this, but when has that stopped me? Addiction is bullshit...It's an excuse for being weak, and not being responsible...This is just another reason this country is going soft...I'm over-weight...Not because I'm addicted food...I just like it! And sometimes at 1 in the morning I'm being a weak lazy shit, and I pound a bag of chips ahoy...Not because I'm addict...Just a lump of shit!

That's it for me folks...Feel free throw your thoughts out there...

Have a week...

Later, the Beeze.

2012 Pro Football Hall of Fame Finalists Brace For Immortality
Category: NFL
Tags: NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Cris Carter Jack Butler Dick Stanfel Willie Roaf Will Shields Aeneas Williams Curtis Martin Dermontti Dawson
In just a few weeks, Pro Football Hall of Fame voters will meet in Indianapolis, Indiana and decide who will be inducted into Canton this year. There were many reasonable and dubious characters for the voters to sift through, yet there were several of the dubious choices that made it as finalists instead of glaring omissions.
 
Wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, running backs Jerome Bettis and Curtis Martin and guard Will Shields made the cut, as did the two senior nominees of defensive back Jack Butler and guard Dick Stanfel. Defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive ends Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene and Charles Haley and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy and center Dermontti Dawson and offensive tackle Willie Roaf and former San Francisco 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr. also got into the final stage of the process
 
A finalist must receive 80 percent of the vote to be selected. Somewhere between four and seven enshrinees are typically announced annually, which will happen the day before the Super Bowl on February 5th, then inducted in August in the Hall's 50th class.
 
Parcells and Shields were the only two candidates to make the list of finalists in their first year of eligibility. What will happen next is anyone's guess, because it is next to impossible to read the mind of the voters after seeing this list of finalists.
 
First let's get the obvious choices out of the way. These are players who belong in so much that they shouldn't have to wait, even if there are a ton of worthy candidates who fit that denoscription and have been buried for decades in the senior voters pool.







Jack Butler
Cornerback
Pittsburgh Steelers
9 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
52 Interceptions
10 Fumble Recoveries
9 Touchdowns




I profiled Butler on Crazy Canton Cuts back in 2008.

He is the last person to play in the NFL from Saint Bonaventure University because the school dropped their football program after 1951. Butler joined the Bonnies football team at the request of Bonnie athletic director, Father Dan Rooney, the brother of Steelers owner Art Rooney. Butler then joined Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent rookie.

He retired early because of an injury, but his 52 interceptions in nine seasons were second most in NFL history at the time. He still ranks second in the Steelers history in total interceptions.

When he retired from playing, Butler became an NFL scout. He was the director of BLESTO for over 40 years until he retired at 80 years old in 2007. Butler has helped start the career of innumerable scouts, player personnel directors, and general managers in the NFL.

Butler was one of the hardest hitting cornerbacks to have ever played the game. Yet, he also had shut down ability, which is shown with his 52 thefts. Personally, I think his contributions off the field make him worthy two different ways.

But, sticking to just his play on the gridiron, there is no question that is is truly a disgrace that Jack Butler has not yet been inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame already. He goes into Canton if I voted, no question.









Dermontti Dawson
Center
Pittsburgh Steelers
13 Seasons
7 Pro Bowls
6 First Team All-Pro Teams




Dawson first started out as a guard before switching the center and became one of the very best in the business. He has been a semi-finalist three times and and finalist twice. It is time he gets inducted.









Curtis Martin
Running Back
New York Jets
11 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro
14,101 Rushing Yards
484 Receptions
100 Touchdowns




One of the more underrated running backs of his era, Martin rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the first 10 seasons of his career. Reliable and durable, he led the NFL in carries and rushing yards in his tenth season.

Martin was much more than a guy who carried the ball. He was an effective receiver and fumbled just 29 times in his career. He is easily the most worthy running back in the 2012 class and surely gets my vote.









Willie Roaf
Offensive Tackle
New Orleans Saints
13 Seasons
11 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams




Roaf deserves induction this year. Plain and simple. I think there are a ton of blockers who belong, but the offensive line is usually overlooked.

Even though he missed 17 games because of injuries, Roaf started in every one of the 189 games he played in his career. A cerebral player with immense strength and incredible dexterity, the nimble tackle was rarely beat whether run blocking or protecting the blind side of the quarterback.








Will Shields
Guard
Kansas City Chiefs
14 Seasons
12 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams




Shields better go in immediately. He missed one start, but played in all 224 games in his career. He was always one guards in the AFC annually. He deserves induction now, but I have been saying this about Chiefs legends Jim Tyrer, Johnny Robinson and Ed Budde for years and years as well.


 
 






Aeneas Williams
Cornerback
Arizona Cardinals
14 Seasons
8 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
55 Interceptions
23 Fumble Recoveries
12 Touchdowns Scored




Williams is one of many cornerbacks who belong in Canton, joining greats like Lemar Parrish, Pat Fischer, Louis Wright and more, but he may beat them in the race for induction. Like them, he was a premier defender.

One fact easily seen is that Williams made opponents pay when they tried to move the ball in his direction. I believe he is worthy of immediate induction, but I been saying that about Parrish and others for years.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
That is six guys right there ready to get inducted. If there is a seventh person to go into Canton in 2012, there is a tough choice to be made. The Hall of Fame has inducted eight or more men three times, yet not have done so since 1967. The voters have frequently gone with just four inductees inducted, an inexcusable amount, and have even inducted just three in 1973 and 1976.
 
Who will make that seventh selection is a mystery, but two candidates are members of the media and that may give them an extra nudge since they rub elbows with the voters both in social circles and the workplace. It would be better if the induction classes extended to eight again, after allowing the senior voters to nominate four players annually, because there is such a backlog of worthy players being slapped in the face with disrespect as they watch lesser players inducted instead.
 
If I were a voter who had just walked in and had to vote from this current group of finalists, I would be torn between two players. While both are certainly worthy, one played over twice as long in his career. While the rules that player participated in helped immensely, where the other played in an era would you could feed your family better by not playing football.
 
My pick would be :
 

Cris Carter
Wide Receiver
Minnesota Vikings
16 Seasons
8 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams
1,101 Receptions
130 Touchdowns




Carter got to enjoy rules friendly to the offense in an obscene fashion. He had a gift, however, of making catches in the end zone.

That gift had him once released by the Philadelphia Eagles, where head coach Buddy Ryan the reason was that all Carter did for the Eagles was "catch touchdown passes". The truth was that Carter was abusing drugs and the wide receiver credits his being cut as the wake up call that saved his life.

The Minnesota Vikings claimed him off the waiver wire right away, where he eventually started and would hold that spot the remainder of his Vikings career. One of Carter's strengths was his conditioning and durability. Though he missed four games because if injury in one season, he played every other game possible for Minnesota.

He led the NFL in receptions once and in touchdown catches three times. Seven different quarterbacks were the primary starter in his 12 seasons with the team. Despite all the lunacy and confusion, Carter was a beacon of steady leadership and consistent production.

Carter accumulated double figures in touchdown receptions in five of his Pro Bowl years. What also made his production even more special is the fact he had to share receptions with future Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, Pro Bowl wide receivers Jake Reed and Anthony Carter, and Pro Bowl tight end Steve Jordan.

Carter has been a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame four times so far. He ranks third in NFL history in career receptions, fourth in career touchdowns catches and eighth in career receiving yards and total touchdowns.

Then there are the old school fans who point to the obvious fact Carter never dealt with the ten-yard chuck rule, which makes it much harder to excel as a receiver, as opposed to the offensive-friendly rules he participated in. Rules that greatly inflate statistics and can help make a player look better than players who did not benefit from the rule changes. This fact has made modern statistics dwarf the numbers from the ten-yard chuck era.

Men like Mac Speedie, Lionel Taylor, Charlie Hennigan, Harold Carmichael, Drew Pearson, Gino Cappelletti, Sonny Randle, Cliff Branch, Harold Jackson, Pete Retzlaff, and LaVern Dilweg are just a few great receivers on par with Carter and are also awaiting their inductions. Men who dealt with a much rougher game, let alone the ten-yard chuck.

Carter has a feel-good story attached to his career, one that has now extended to where he provides analysis on television. With his career on the ropes because of drugs, he rebounded and became a leader and won the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award, the Bryan "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Award and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.

Besides the 17 NFL records he either owns or shares, he is a member of the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team. He is one of the 50 Greatest Minnesota Vikings as well as being a member of their 40th Anniversary Team.

The Vikings have retired his jersey and have had a huge amount of great receivers to play for them. Cris Carter may be the best ever for this franchise and certainly deserves to move on to being more than a finalist this year.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Again, I want EIGHT in the 2012 class. It doesn't have to be just seven going in, and this unwritten rule basically screws players because some paperclip pusher may think seven looks prettier on paper.
 
If the voters got it right and put in eight, I'd put in a guy who has waited forever and may never get this close again.
 
 

Dick Stanfel
Guard
Detroit Lions
7 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
5 First Team All-Pro Teams




Stanfel lasted only seven years, but he was amazing in his time. His rookie year was the only season he did not earn an accolade. After four seasons with the Lions, he joined the Washington Redskins and suddenly retired at just 31 years old.

He played in an era where the pay scale was so minimal, players usually made more money working other jobs. Stanfel left the game so he could feed his family at a higher-paying job. There were just three starting offensive lineman in the NFL older than Stanfel when he left the game.

Yet many historians agree there were few guards better to play the game. Despite his limited years, Stanfel is a member of the 1950s All-Decade Team. I'd put him in Canton, so hopefully he gets inducted.
 
 
 
 
 
That leaves a group of finalists who will have to wait another year hoping that get this close again. There are a few worthy, then are a few I personally would not vote in simply because there are a ton of better candidates seemingly forgotten by the voters and they remain buried in the senior voters pool of candidates.
 
Here are the most worthy candidates we should one day see inducted into Canton :
 




Jerome Bettis
Running Back
Pittsburgh Steelers
13 Seasons
6 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams
13,662 Yards Rushing
94 Total Touchdowns




Bettis was involved in one of the biggest steals ever, when the Steelers got him from the Saint Louis Rams in a trade. He ran for over 1,000 yards in eight of his first nine seasons, showing remarkable durability because his game was running between the tackles.

Not much of a receiver, he could be depended on once handed the ball. He fumbled 41 times, but he usually rewarded his teams with a pounding style that wore out opponents while chewing up the clock.

There is no question that Bettis is worthy of induction into Canton.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Chris Doleman
Defensive End
Minnesota Vikings
15 Seasons
8 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
150.5 Quarterback Sacks
8 Interceptions
2 Touchdowns
2 Safeties

 

Defensive end is a position stacked with worthy candidates who are not amongst the current semi-finalists. Men like Claude Humphrey, Jim Marshall, Coy Bacon, L.C. Greenwood and many others head a list of men at this position worthy of induction.

Doleman's numbers do not lie. He was a play-making machine. But he was more than a pass rush specialist at defensive end, which is shown by the fact he exceeded 100 tackles twice in his career. Doleman did get more than 10 sacks eight season and led the league once.

There is no doubt Doleman is worthy of induction, and it would be a shame if he had to wait as long as other past greats like Humphrey or Bacon. Yet I can't say he deserves to go into ahead of them too.

 
 
 


 
 
 
 
The remaining finalists is yet another demonstration many voters are clueless glad-handers who need to be replaced by the men who actually played the game and certainly know best on who and who doesn't belong within the hallowed walls of Canton.
 
 
 
Eddie Debartolo Jr.
Owner
San Francisco 49ers
23 Seasons




This guy is a finalist instead of a ton of worthy players? What a waste of space! I hope he never reaches these heights again. As just owners go, I could name a huge handful more worthy than a guy who left the game in disgrace.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Charles Haley
Linebacker
San Francisco 49ers
13 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams
100.5 Quarterback Sacks




The only reason Haley has been a semi-finalist three times and finalist once before is because he played on five teams that won Super Bowls. Strictly a pass rush specialist, he never had more than 69 tackles in a season.

Honestly, Charles Haley does not belong in Canton. He never led the league in any category, though he did have the good fortune to play on good teams and was able to line up at defensive end as well. There are way too many candidates more richly deserving of induction over him.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Andre Reed
Wide Receiver
Buffalo Bills
16 Seasons
7 Pro Bowls
951 Receptions
88 Touchdowns Scored

 

Reed was a precise route runner who was more good than great. He never led the league in any category and exceeded 1,000 yards receiving just four times despite playing in a era that caters to offensive production.

What gets him this far is the fact he played on four teams that reached the Super Bowl. He had a Hall of Fame quarterback and running back helping him as well a set of rules that made him look better than he was. I classify Reed as a very good player, but I'd put a ton of wide receivers into Canton ahead of him.

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
The rest of the finalists were basically a group of guys where one could look back in NFL history and see a long line of better players still awaiting induction. Many becoming unknown and forgotten as time steadily moves forward, and one suspects a few of these finalists will soon join them in that classification.
 
 



Tim Brown
Wide Receiver
Oakland Raiders
17 Seasons
9 Pro Bowls
1,094 Receptions
105 Touchdowns




Brown certainly is a product of the rule changes that allows receivers to roam untouched after five yards, but he was more than just a pass catcher. Brown also made an impressive mark on special teams

My issue with his being inducted is the fact he was never selected First Team All-Pro and led the league in receiving just once. Brown did lead the NFL in punt and kickoff return yards once.

But is that worthy of induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame? I say no and chalk him up as a good and reliable player who lasted a long time.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kevin Greene
Linebacker
Los Angeles Rams
15 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams
160 Quarterback Sacks
5 Interceptions
26 Fumbles Recovered
3 Safeties




A hired gun as a pass rush specialist, Greene played for five different teams in his career. While getting to a quarterback was his main focus, he did get 87 tackles one year. He had 10 or more sacks in 10 different seasons.

Greene was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year once and led the league in sacks twice. He is a lot like Charles Haley in that he did just one thing really well, but the fiery player was versatile enough to create turnovers defending the pass on occasion.

He is worthy of being a finalist, but there are a ton of other outside linebackers I'd put into Canton ahead of him.





Cortez Kennedy
Defensive Tackle
Seattle Seahawks
11 Seasons
8 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
58 Sacks
3 Interceptions




Kennedy is a bit of a conundrum for me, as far as being worthy of Canton. He was a playmaker who sacked the quarterback pretty often for a defensive tackle. He did enjoy three excellent seasons where he piled up 242 tackles over that time.

Yet he recovered a measly six fumbles in his career and he had four mediocre season. I can't say he is worthy, just because there are many defensive tackles, like Curly Culp, I consider superior. Yet it wouldn't be that frustrating if he went in either.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Seeing how great general managers like George Young and Ron Wolf did not make the cut, while Ed DeBartolo did, brings to mind there should be another adjustment to the voting process for induction. Young and Wolf certainly belong, just like NFL Films creator Ed Sabol did a few years ago, but it shouldn't come at the expense of the players.
 
The voters should separate coaches, general managers and contributors, giving them there own platform. Still have them require 80 percent of the vote, but add their induction to the ceremony instead of subtracting a player from the process.
 
Assistant coaches need to be included too. Great coaches like Bud Carson, Joe Bugel, Jim Hanifan and others had careers worthy of Canton, but the assistant coach basically is shunned by voters as inconsequential to their determination on who belongs.
 
This would bring enlarged classes some years, but there is nothing wrong with eight people inducted. There should be no limit on how many people can be voted in each year. The reason for this statement is because there of a former head coach and general manager amongst the finalists.
 
While he won two titles in a fish bowl like New York City, he got both too much attention because the area is literally saturated with members of the media and even houses the league's headquarters. Many people have
buckled under the pressure, yet this man survived and even went on to coach another team that gets too much media attention.
 
Now a member of the same media that use to follow him around like lost puppies who hung off every utterance he put forth, there is a very good chance yet another deserving player will have a slot stolen from them in the 2012 class.
 
 
 
Bill Parcells
Coach/ General Manager
31 Seasons
172 wins
2 Super Bowl Wins




Parcells is here because he coached the New York Giants, a team flooded with media attention. While a good coach who has 42 more victories than defeats, he also had some limited successes with the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.

Known as the "Big Tuna", he was named NFL Coach of the Year three different seasons and is a member of the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team. He then went on to become a general manager and had mixed results.

Does Parcells belong in ahead of such legendary coaches like Buddy Parker, Chuck Knox, Tom Flores, Dick Vermeil and others? He doesn't belong in ahead of Don Coryell, but the New York City factor might push him in. I think he fairly worthy, but I think that of a few others as well.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then there is the man who should have been a finalist and inductee. He died last year without witnessing his deserved respect, but got to see the league cash in on his creation annually. The NFL offense of today still relies on his genius, despite the voters obtuse knowledge of football preventing him the rightful immortality earned years ago while still echoing to this very moment.
 
 





Don Coryell
Saint Louis Cardinals
San Diego Chargers
14 Seasons
111 Wins
First Coach With 100 Wins In Pro And College Football
Only Coach To Lead NFL In Passing 6 Straight Years
5 Division Titles




The biggest no-brainer of the semi-finalists. It is disgusting he hasn't been inducted already, and even more revolting he passed away last year and will never get to enjoy his deserved respect from a game that still leans heavily on his genius to this very day. Crazy Canton Cuts profiled Coryell in 2009.

Coryell played college football at the before getting into coaching. He succeeded George Allen, who later became a Pro Football Hall Of Fame coach.

He also showed his innate ability to develop players, especially on offense. He had 54 players go to the NFL from his college teams, including five players drafted in the first round. Nine of his players were First Team All-Americans. In 1967, he had eight players drafted, and five went in the first two rounds.

The Coryell coaching tree from his collegiate era is very impressive as well.

Joe Gibbs was a player on Coryell's team at first and won the team's Most Inspirational Player Award once. Gibbs later became a graduate assistant, then assistant coach at San Diego State.

He also was an assistant under Coryell with both the Cardinals and Chargers before becoming head coach of the Washington Redskins. Gibbs is a member of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.

Another Pro Football Hall Of Fame coach who coached under Coryell at San Diego State was John Madden. Madden would join the Oakland Raiders and then become the youngest head coach of the league the next season at 32 years old.

Legendary men like Jim Hanifan, Ernie Zampese, and Rod Dowhower also coached under Coryell at San Diego State. Coryell's 104 victories and .840 winning percentage are the best in Aztec history, and he is a member of the College Football Hall Of Fame.

He then moved to the NFL to lead the Saint Louis Cardinals. His 42 wins are the most by any coach in the Cardinals franchise's history, and his five years as head coach with the team is the second longest tenure ever.

The San Diego Chargers would later hire Coryell. This was when "Air Coryell" was born as a common term, even though Coryell's years in Saint Louis also featured high-powered offenses running under much of the same schemes also used in San Diego.

When Coryell retired from the NFL with 111 wins in 195 games overall, he is the first head coach with 100 victories in both professional and collegiate football.

To try and sum up this man's career or impact on football is nearly impossible. Virtually every offense today, on all levels of the game, is a variation of his system. In his 14 seasons as a coach, his offenses led the NFL in net yards gained per passing attempt five times. They finished in the top-five of the NFL six more times.

His teams led the NFL in passing yards seven times and none of his teams finished lower than seventh. They led the NFL in passing touchdowns three times and finished in the top ten nine other times.

Many Hall Of Fame players and Pro Bowlers were coached by Coryell in the NFL. The list of players inducted into Canton includes Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joiner, Dan Dierdorf, Jackie Smith, Fred Dean and Roger Wehrli.

Coryell changed the way football was played. It is still being played the way Coryell invented to this very day. The now all-to-common sight on multiple receiver sets was first started by Coryell, as are many versions of offenses being run these days.

They are all spawns of his genius.

Winslow stated it best when he said, "For Don Coryell to not be in the Hall of Fame is a lack of knowledge of the voters. That's the nicest way that I can put that. A lack of understanding of the legacy of the game."

An ignorance that has wrongly kept Don Coryell from taking his rightful place in Canton.

 

Pro Football Hall of Fame 2012 Semi-Finalists Hope For The Merriest Christmas Ever
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Cris Carter Jack Butler Dick Stanfel Willie Roaf Will Shields Aeneas Williams Curtis Martin Dermontti Dawson
 
The Pro Football Hall of Fame voters announced 28 semi-finalists for induction into the 2012 class. As always, it is a dubious list missing a ton of superior players, coaches and contributors languishing in a black hole called the "Seniors Pool". Just two players from that pool have a chance each year, which shows the huge flaw of this voting process.

The voters have an extremely hard group of players to sift through this year. There are as many as 13 or more players I feel belong in Canton.
 
While the next vote to slim the list will not come for a few months, yours truly thought his ineffectual vote should be heard despite not counting. Here is the list :
 
 
 
Steve Atwater 
Safety
Denver Broncos
11 Seasons
8 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams
24 Interceptions
 
 
 
I don't think he is even the best safety in Broncos history, an honor I bestow on Goose Gonsoulin then Dennis Smith and Billy Thompson, so Atwater will never get my vote.

 
 
 
 
 
Jerome Bettis
Running Back
Pittsburgh Steelers
13 Seasons
6 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams
13,662 Yards Rushing
94 Total Touchdowns
 
 
 
Bettis was involved in one of the biggest steals ever, when the Steelers got him from the Saint Louis Rams in a trade. He ran for over 1,000 yards in eight of his first nine seasons, showing remarkable durability because his game was running between the tackles.
 
Not much of a receiver, he could be depended on once handed the ball. He fumbled 41 times, but he usually rewarded his teams with a pounding style that wore out opponents while chewing up the clock.
 
There is no question that Bettis is worthy of Canton, so I would vote him onto the finalist's list without hesitation.



 
 
 
 
Jack Butler
Safety
Pittsburgh Steelers
9 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
52 Interceptions
10 Fumble Recoveries
9 Touchdowns

I profiled Butler back in 2008.

 
He is the last person to play in the NFL from Saint Bonaventure University because the school dropped their football program after 1951. Butler joined the Bonnies football team at the request of Bonnie athletic director, Father Dan Rooney, the brother of Steelers owner Art Rooney. Butler then joined Pittsburgh as an undrafted free agent rookie.

He retired early because of an injury, but his 52 interceptions in nine seasons were second most in NFL history at the time. He still ranks second in the Steelers history in total interceptions. When he retired from playing, Butler became an NFL scout. He was the director of BLESTO for over 40 years until he retired at 80 years old in 2007. Butler has helped start the career of innumerable scouts, player personnel directors, and general managers in the NFL.

Butler was one of the hardest hitting cornerbacks to have ever played the game. Yet, he also had shut down ability, which is shown with his 52 thefts. Personally, I think his contributions off the field make him worthy two different ways.
 
But, sticking to just his play on the gridiron, there is no question that is is truly a disgrace that Jack Butler has not yet been inducted into the Pro Football Hall Of Fame already. He goes into Canton if I voted. NO question.


 
 
 
 
 
Tim Brown
Wide Receiver
Oakland Raiders
17 Seasons
9 Pro Bowls
1,094 Receptions
105 Touchdowns
 
 
Brown certainly is a product of the rule changes that allows receivers to roam untouched after five yards, but he was more than just a pass catcher. Brown also made an impressive mark on special teams
 
My issue with his induction is the fact he never made First Team All-Pro and led the league in receiving just once. Brown did lead the NFL in punt and kickoff return yards once as well. But is that worthy of induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
 
I say no, chalk him up as a good and reliable player who lasted a long time because the rules allowed it.




 
 
 
 
Cris Carter
Wide Receiver
Minnesota Vikings
16 Seasons
8 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams
1,101 Receptions
130 Touchdowns

 
Carter, like Brown, go to enjoy rules friendly to the offense in an obscene fashion. He had a gift, however, of making catches in the end zone. That gift had him once released by the Philadelphia Eagles, where head coach Buddy Ryan the reason was that all Carter did for the Eagles was "catch touchdown passes". The truth was that Carter was abusing drugs and the wide receiver credits his being cut as the wake up call that saved his life.

The Minnesota Vikings claimed him off the waiver wire right away, where he eventually started and would hold that spot the remainder of his Vikings career. One of Carter's strengths was his conditioning and durability. Though he missed four games because if injury in one season, he played every other game possible for Minnesota.

He led the NFL in receptions in 1994, and his career best 17 touchdown receptions in 1995 led the league as well. The Vikings had a revolving door at quarterback during Carter's time there. Seven different men were the primary starter in his 12 seasons with the team. Despite all the lunacy and confusion, Carter was a beacon of steady leadership and consistent production.

Other than the 17 scores in 1995, he led the NFL with 13 touchdown catches two times. He was in double figures in touchdown receptions in five of his Pro Bowl years. What also made his production even more special is the fact he had to share receptions with future Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, Pro Bowl wide receivers Jake Reed and Anthony Carter, and Pro Bowl tight end Steve Jordan.

Carter has been a finalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame three times so far. He ranks third in NFL history with 1,101 career receptions, fourth in career receiving touchdowns with 130, and eighth in career receiving yards, and total career touchdowns.

Then there are the old school fans who point to the obvious fact none of these three receivers ever dealt with the ten-yard chuck rule, which makes it much harder to excel as a receiver, as opposed to the offensive-friendly rules the trio participated in. Rules that greatly inflated statistics, perhaps making a player look better than an older player because the modern numbers dwarf the statistics from the ten-yard chuck era.

Men like Mac Speedie, Lionel Taylor, Charlie Hennigan, Harold Carmichael, Drew Pearson, Gino Cappelletti, Sonny Randle, Cliff Branch, Harold Jackson, Pete Retzlaff, and LaVern Dilweg are just a few great receivers on par with Carter, Brown, and Andre Reed also awaiting their inductions. Men who dealt with a much rougher game, let alone the ten-yard chuck.

Carter has a feel-good story attached to his career, one that has now extended to where he provides analysis on television. With career on the ropes because of drugs, he rebounded and became a leader. Most recall him serving as a mentor to Moss.

He won the Bart Starr Man of the Year Award in 1994, the Bryan "Whizzer" White NFL Man of the Year Awards in 1998, and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 1999.

Besides the 17 NFL records he either owns or shares, he is a member of the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team. He is one of the 50 Greatest Minnesota Vikings as well as being a member of their 40th Anniversary Team.

The Vikings have retired his jersey and have had a huge amount of great receivers to play for them. Cris Carter may be the best ever for this franchise, and he certainly deserves to move on to being a finalist once again.


 
 
 
 
Don Coryell
Saint Louis Cardinals
San Diego Chargers
14 Seasons
111 Wins
First Coach With 100 Wins In Pro And College Football
Only Coach To Lead NFL In Passing 6 Straight Years
5 Division Titles
 
 
The biggest no-brainer of the semi-finalists. It is disgusting he hasn't been inducted already, and even more revolting he passed away last year and will never get to enjoy his deserved respect from a game that still leans heavily on his genius to this very day. I profiled Coryell first in 2009.
 
Coryell played college football at the before getting into coaching. He succeeded George Allen, who later became a Pro Football Hall Of Fame coach.

He also showed his innate ability to develop players, especially on offense. He had 54 players go to the NFL from his college teams, including five players drafted in the first round. Nine of his players were First Team All-Americans. In 1967, he had eight players drafted, and five went in the first two rounds.

The Coryell coaching tree from his collegiate era is very impressive as well.

Joe Gibbs was a player on Coryell's team at first and won the team's Most Inspirational Player Award once. Gibbs later became a graduate assistant, then assistant coach at San Diego State.

He also was an assistant under Coryell with both the Cardinals and Chargers before becoming head coach of the Washington Redskins. Gibbs is a member of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame.

Another Pro Football Hall Of Fame coach who coached under Coryell at San Diego State was John Madden. Madden would join the Oakland Raiders and then become the youngest head coach of the league the next season at 32 years old.

Legendary men like Jim Hanifan, Ernie Zampese, and Rod Dowhower also coached under Coryell at San Diego State. Coryell's 104 victories and .840 winning percentage are the best in Aztec history, and he is a member of the College Football Hall Of Fame.
 
He then moved to the NFL to lead the Saint Louis Cardinals. His 42 wins are the most by any coach in the Cardinals franchise's history, and his five years as head coach with the team is the second most ever.

The San Diego Chargers would later hire Coryell. This was when "Air Coryell" was born as a common term, even though Coryell's years in Saint Louis also featured high-powered offenses running under much of the same schemes used in San Diego.

When Coryell  retired from the NFL with 111 wins in 195 games overall, he is the first head coach with 100 victories in both professional and collegiate football.
 
He then moved to the NFL to lead the Saint Louis Cardinals. His 42 wins are the most by any coach in the Cardinals franchise's history, and his five years as head coach with the team is the second most ever.

The San Diego Chargers would later hire Coryell. This was when "Air Coryell" was born as a common term, even though Coryell's years in Saint Louis also featured high-powered offenses running under much of the same schemes used in San Diego.
 
To try and sum up this man's career or impact on football is nearly impossible. Virtually every offense today on all levels is a variation of his system. In his 14 seasons as a coach, his offenses led the NFL in net yards gained per passing attempt five times. They finished in the top five of the NFL six more times.

His teams led the NFL in passing yards seven times, and none of his teams finished lower than seventh. They led the NFL in passing touchdowns three times, and finished in the top ten nine other times.

When Coryell  retired from the NFL with 111 wins in 195 games, becoming the only coach to have 100 wins in both the professional and collegiate levels.

Many Hall Of Fame players and Pro Bowlers were coached by Coryell in the NFL. The list of players inducted into Canton includes Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow, Charlie Joiner, Dan Dierdorf, Jackie Smith, Fred Dean and Roger Wehrli.

Coryell changed the way football was played. It is still being played the way Coryell invented to this very day. The now all-to-common sight on multiple receiver sets was first started by Coryell, as are many versions of offenses being run these days.

They are all spawns of his genius.

Winslow stated it best when he said, "For Don Coryell to not be in the Hall of Fame is a lack of knowledge of the voters. That's the nicest way that I can put that. A lack of understanding of the legacy of the game."

An ignorance that has wrongly kept Don Coryell from taking his rightful place.




 
 
 
 
Roger Craig
Running Back
San Francisco 49ers
11 Seasons
4 Pro Bowls
1 First Team All-Pro Team
8,189 Rushing Yards
566 Receptions
83 Touchdowns
 
 
 
A lot will point to Floyd Little as reason why Craig belongs in Canton. Like Floyd, Craig had a couple of great seasons and a couple of good ones. Unlike Little, he did not play on lousy teams nor save a city from losing their franchise.
 
Many will point to his three Super Bowl rings, which could get him in but my opinion is that a championship is a team accomplishment. The Pro Football Hall of Fame is an individual accomplishment.
 
A versatile back, Craig also had the luxury of being surrounded by a ton of talent that included two Hall of Fame quarterbacks and a Hall of Fame wide receiver. He certainly was a reason the 49ers won three titles, but he was part of an offensive onslaught opponents could not stop.
 
I consider him a guy on the cusp, but equal to many other deserving running backs like Larry Brown, Spec Sanders and more. It wouldn't bother me to see him a finalist, but I do not consider him more worthy of induction than many other players.




 
 
 
 
Terrell Davis
Running Back
Denver Broncos
Seven Seasons
3 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
7,607 Rushing Yards
65 Touchdowns
 
 
 
Davis had four consecutive years of over 1,000 yards rushing before a knee injury basically ended his career. Two seasons were monstrous, where Davis led the league in rushing scores. He led the NFL with 2,008 rushing yards once as well.
 
Gale Sayers is an argument for Davis, in a way. Sayers had a career also cut short by an injury, but he still got into Canton. Unlike Davis, Sayers was a terror as a punt and kickoff return specialist as well.
 
Davis was like a comet that burned brightly and flamed out fast. It shouldn't be enough to get him into Canton.





 
 
 
Dermontti Dawson
Center
Pittsburgh Steelers
13 Seasons
7 Pro Bowls
6 First Team All-Pro Teams
 
 
 
Dawson first started out as a guard before switching the center and becoming one of the very best in the business. He has been a semi-finalist three times and and finalist twice. It is time he gets inducted.



 
 
 
 
 
Eddie Debartolo Jr.
Owner
San Francisco 49ers
23 Seasons
 
 

Ummm....No. Really? This guy is a semi-finalist with a ton of worthy players not? I hope he never reaches these heights again.

 

 

 

 

 

 
Chris Doleman
Defensive End
Minnesota Vikings
15 Seasons
8 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
150.5 Quarterback Sacks
8 Interceptions
2 Touchdowns
2 Safeties
 
 
Defensive end is a position stacked with worthy candidates who are not amongst the current semi-finalists. Men like Claude Humphrey, Jim Marshall, Coy Bacon, L.C. Greenwood and many others head a list of men at this position worthy of induction.
 
Doleman's numbers do not lie. He was a play-making machine. But he was more than a pass rush specialist at defensive end, which is shown by the fact he exceeded 100 tackles twice in his career. Doleman did get more than 10 sacks eight season and led the league once.
 
There is no doubt Doleman is worthy of induction, and it would be a shame if he had to wait as long as other past greats like Humphrey or Bacon. Yet I can't say he deserves to go into ahead of them too.





 
 
 
 
Charles Haley
Linebacker
San Francisco 49ers
13 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams
100.5 Quarterback Sacks
 
 
The only reason Haley has been a semi-finalist three times and finalist once before is because he played on five teams that won Super Bowls. Strictly a pass rush specialist, he never had more than 69 tackles in a season.
 
Honestly, Charles Haley does not belong in Canton. He never led the league in any category, though he did have to good fortune to play on good teams and was able to line up at defensive end as well. There are way too many candidates more richly deserving of induction over him.




 
 
 
 
Curtis Martin
Running Back
New York Jets
11 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro
14,101 Rushing Yards
484 Receptions
100 Touchdowns
 
 
One of the more underrated running backs of his era, Martin rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the first 10 seasons of his career. Ever durable, he led the NFL in carries and rushing yards in his tenth season.
 
Martin was much more than a guy who took handoffs. He was an effective receiver and fumbled just 29 times in his career. He is easily the most worthy running back amongst the semi-finalists and surely gets my vote.





 
 
 
Kevin Greene
Linebacker
Los Angeles Rams
15 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams
160 Quarterback Sacks
5 Interceptions
26 Fumbles Recovered
3 Safeties
 
 
A hired gun as a pass rush specialist, Greene played for five different teams in his career. While getting to a quarterback was his main focus, he did get 87 tackles one year. He had 10 or more sacks in 10 different seasons.
 
Greene was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year once and led the league in sacks twice. He is a lot like Haley in that he did just one thing really well, but the fiery player was versatile enough to create turnovers defending the pass on occasion.
 
He is worthy of being a finalist, but there are a ton of other outside linebackers I'd put into Canton ahead of him.



 
 
 
 

Cortez Kennedy
Defensive Tackle
Seattle Seahawks
11 Seasons
8 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
58 Sacks
3 Interceptions
 
 
Kennedy is a bit of a conundrum for me, as far as being worthy of Canton. He was a playmaker who sacked the quarterback pretty often for a defensive tackle. He did enjoy three excellent seasons where he piled up 242 tackles over that time.
 
Yet he recovered a measly six fumbles in his career and he had four mediocre season. I can't say he is worthy, just because there are many defensive tackles I consider superior. Yet it wouldn't frustrating if he went in either.


 
 
 
 
 
Clay Matthews
Linebacker
Cleveland Browns
19 Seasons
4 Pro Bowls
69.5 Sacks
16 Interceptions
14 Fumbles Recovered
2 Touchdowns
 
 
The Matthews family may be the most famous in the NFL. Bruce is already in Canton, something Clay Jr. hopes to do as well.
 
His longevity is a big reason he got this far, and he was still a very effective player at the end of the career. Matthews Jr. was an excellent player, I just can name a great deal many more outside linebackers I'd put in first.
 
 
 
 
 
Karl Mecklenburg
Linebacker
Denver Broncos
12 Seasons
6 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
79 Quarterback Sacks
2 Touchdowns Scored
1 Safety
 


After starting out as a pass rushing specialist, Mecklenburg moved to inside linebacker and became a star. He once 13 sacks despite just nine starts.

An effective tackling machine, he had eight years of 97 tackles or more. He was a leader by example, and is one of the greatest Broncos defenders ever.

Yet I consider Randy Gradishar, who is still awaiting induction into Canton, the greatest Broncos linebacker ever. Mecklenburg was a very good player, but I would not vote him into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.





 
 
Bill Parcells
Coach/ General Manager
31 Seasons
172 wins
2 Super Bowl Wins
 
 
Parcells is here because he coached the New York Giants, a team flooded with media attention. While a good coach who has 42 more victories than defeats, he also had some limited successes with the New York Jets and New England Patriots.

Known as the "Big Tuna", he was named NFL Coach of the Year three different seasons and is a member of the NFL's 1990s All-Decade Team. He then went on to become a general manager and had mixed results.

Does Parcells belong in ahead of such legendary coaches like Buddy Parker, Chuck Knox, Tom Flores, Dick Vermeil and others. He doesn't belong in ahead of Don Coryell, but the New York City factor might push him in. I think he worthy, but I think that of a few others as well.




 
 
Andre Reed
Wide Receiver
Buffalo Bills
16 Seasons
7 Pro Bowls
951 Receptions
88 Touchdowns Scored
 


Reed was a precise route runner who was more good than great. He never led the league in any category and exceeded 1,000 yards receiving just four times despite playing in a era that caters to offensive production.

What gets him this far is the fact he played on four teams that reached the Super Bowl. He had a Hall of Fame quarterback and running back helping him as well. I classify Reed as a very good player, but I'd put a ton of wide receivers into Canton ahead of him.




 
 
Willie Roaf
Offensive Tackle
New Orleans Saints
13 Seasons
11 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams


 
Roaf deserves induction this year. Plain and simple. I think there are a ton of blockers who belong, but the position is usually overlooked.

Even though he missed 17 games because of injuries, Roaf started in every one of the 189 games he played. A cerebral player with immense strength and incredible dexterity, the nimble tackle was rarely beat whether run blocking or protecting the blind side of the quarterback.





 
 
Donnie Shell
Safety
Pittsburgh Steelers
14 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
51 Interceptions
19 Fumbles Recovered
4 Touchdowns
 


Shell is the fourth Steeler on this list. A key member of the famous "Steel Curtain" defense, hre is a lot like L.C. Greenwood in that he has been overlooked because that defensive unit already has three members in Canton. Yet there should be three more, even if the voters appear to have a quota per team

The 70 turnovers and four scores in his career may show that Shell was incredible, but he was mainly known for his bone-jarring tackles. There were few safeties more feared in his era.

While I feel Johnny Robinson may be the most deserving strong safety not yet in Canton, I'd put Shell in as well.
 
 
 
 


 
 
Will Shields
Guard
Kansas City Chiefs
14 Seasons
12 Pro Bowls
2 First Team All-Pro Teams

 
Shields better go in immediately. He missed one start, but played in all 224 games in his career. He was always one guards in the AFC annually. He deserves induction now, but I have been saying this about Chiefs legends Jim Tyrer, Johnny Robinson and Ed Budde for years and years as well.



 
 
Dick Stanfel
Guard
Detroit Lions
7 Seasons
5 Pro Bowls
5 First Team All-Pro Teams
 


Stanfel lasted only seven years, but he was amazing in his time. His rookie year was the only season he did not earn an accolade. After four seasons with the Lions, he joined the Washington Redskins and suddenly retired at just 31 years old.

He played in an era where the pay scale was so minimal, players usually made more money working other jobs. Stanfel left the game so he could feed his family at a higher-paying job. There were just three starting offensive lineman in the NFL older than Stanfel when he left the game.

Yet many historians agree there were few guards better. Despite his limited years, Stanfel is a member of the 1950s All-Decade Team. I'd put him in Canton, so hopefully he gets to the list of finalists.




 
 
Paul Tagliabue
Commissioner 
17 Seasons
 
 
No way in hell does this basketballer belong. I hold him responsible for the ruination of the NFL with his being geared to carrying the offenses while building a false pedestal for the quarterback. His toad, Roger Goodell, continues to carry that message today.

 
 
 
 
Steve Tasker
Special Teams
14 Seasons
7 Pro Bowls
 
 
Tasker was an overachiever who became a terror on special teams as a gunner. But no way does anyone belong in Canton via the special teams ahead of Ray Guy.



 
 
 
Aeneas Williams
Cornerback
Arizona Cardinals
14 Seasons
8 Pro Bowls
3 First Team All-Pro Teams
55 Interceptions
23 Fumble Recoveries
12 Touchdowns Scored
 

 
Williams is one of many cornerbacks who belong in Canton, joining greats like Lemar Parrish, Pat Fischer, Louis Wright and more, but he may beat them in the race for induction. Like them, he was a premier defender.

One fact easily seen is that Williams made opponents pay when they tried to move the ball in his direction. I believe he is worthy of immediate induction, but I been sating that about Parrish and others for years.



 
 
Ron Wolf
General Manager
24 Seasons
 

 
 
Wolf had a career that even traveled into the Canadian Football League. He orchestrated a deal with the NFL so Joe Kapp could leave the CFL and quarterback his Minnesota Vikings team. Not only did he build them into a powerhouse where the defense was named the "Purple People Eaters", he helped the Raiders build into dominant franchise as well.
 
He joined the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and suffered through a 0-25 record until the team got to the NFC Championship Game. Wolf then went to the Green Bay Packers and acquired the services of Brett Favre in a trade that would later result in a Super Bowl win for the team.
 
Wolf belongs in Canton, but I believe coaches, owners, contributors and executives should be in a separate category so they do not steal a slot from players.
 
 
 
 
 
George Young
Executive
33 Years
 
 
An employee of the Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants and NFL, Young was named Executive of the Year five different times. His teams won three Super Bowls and one NFL Championship.
 

Young belongs in Canton, but I believe coaches, owners, contributors and executives should be in a separate category so they do not steal a slot from players.

 

 

 

 

Yoooooooo! Dis iz 7thStoneFromTheSun wunce again! My couzin 3rd has been depressed all yeer cuz his Redskins suck, but I iz OK despite goin 7-8 las week. I iz now 132-84 overall. Letz get two it.
 
 
Denver Broncos @ Buffalo Bills
 
OK, Teblow and his 48 percent completion rate has all da media entralled cuz he likes religion. But I tink da Bills are due. Dat Denver defense, da reel reesun dey was winning, has been playing poorly lately.
 
Bills 27   Broncos 16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
 
I iz tempted to go wif Miami cuz da Pats defense sucks ass and I'm sure the regs will start resting more four da playoffs. Yet Tm Brady won't want to lose to ensure a strong playoff seed.
 
Patriots 28    Dolphins 24
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cleveland Browns @ Baltimore Ravens
 
Da Ravens got embarrassed in prime time las weak so yous knows dey need to save face against a team whose quarterback problems add nothing to dere anemic offense.
 
Ravens 23   Browns 17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oakland Raiders @ Kansas City Chiefs
 
THIS rivalry has years and years of bad blood between them. It is also funny both teams, who have been mediocre all seesun, are still wifin reech of da AFC West title. I tink da Chiefs iz better wif Kylie Orton at quarterback, but I'm rolling wif da Silver and Black.
 
Raiders 24   Chiefs 21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Minnesota Vikings @ Washington Redskins
 
A epic battle between too last place teems. Click da channel.
 
Redskins 27   Vikings 21
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Arizona Cardinals @ Cincinnati Bengals
 
Both teems are hanging onto playoff dreems by a thread. I LIKE Cincy's defense, so here I roll.
 
Bengals 20   Cardinals 14
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Saint Louis Rams @ Pittsburgh Steelers
 
Da ancient Charlie Batch starts at quarterback for da Steelers, so expect about 30-40 rushing attempts. But dat Pittsburgh defense will win it first.
 
Steelers 23   Rams 10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers
 
I like this matchup, even do both teems iz goin nowhere dis yeer. Cam Newton will exit dis game owning jus about every rookie record a quarterback can have.
 
Panthers 24    Buccaneers 20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New York Giants @ New York Jets
 
A battle of New York where neither teem has a home field advantage, yet both do. Both teams need to win here or their seesun is done.
 
Da Giants, who can win da NFC East with just two more wins, have one of the worst defenses in the NFL. While dere running game is dead last in da league, quarterback Eli Manning has had maybe the best yeer of his career.
 
Da Jets, who are battling wif da Bengals for da las playoff spot, have had a BIZARRE season. Dey is seventh in yards allowed, but 21st amongst all NFL teams in points allowed. Dey are only 26th in yards gained offensively, but iz seventh in points scored.
 
Both dese teems is wildly incunsitent, so yous never knows which iz goin too show up. I like Manning, an average quarterback at best, a helluva lot more than Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. But I prefer da Jets defense over dat beat up Jints unit dat is help together by tape.
 
Dis is a game made four da media, cuz we know New York City controls most of it with da NFL headquarters emminating from dere. Both teems suck at da end of da day, but we will still be subjected two dem.
 
I am banking on da Jets defense to beat dat aging G-Men offensive line, thus forcing Manning into turnovers. Da Jets will den control the field advantage and clock, which is da formula dey use two win.
 
Jets 26   Giants 20
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jacksonville Jaguars @ Tennessee Titans
 
Da Titans faint playoff hopes stay alive one more weak.
 
Titans 28  Jaguars 10
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
San Diego Chargers @ Detroit Lions
Game of the Week
 
I LOVE dis game, cuz both teems playoff hopes most likely die here wif a loss. While da Bolts are hoping for da AFC West title, da Lions are battling for a wild card slot.
 
I do not like how dat Lions defense has a habit of givin up a ton of points fat before getting stout, then watching an offense start out slow before exploding with a comeback victory late in the contest. Da young Detroit teem has made dis bad habit too much a part of dere 2011 identity.
 
Da Chargers are hamstrung by incompetent head coach Norv Turner, so dey is erratic. Despite a ton of talent, dey iz stumbling along at .500.
 
Both teams can score big. Detroit is fourth in da NFL in scoring, while da Bolts are fifth. San Diego's defense is 20th in points alloud, while Detroit is ranked 23rd. As you can sea, both teems is equally matched.
 
What I tink dis cums down too is experience. San Diego has plenty of it, while dem Lions have virtually none. Da pressures of playing wif your seesun on da line iz immense, so the sage Bolts will overcome a crappy head coach and pull it off.
 
Chargers 38   Lions 35
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks
 
Da Niners got nothin two play four, so it iz time to play da backups and stay healthy for da playoffs. Seattle is trying to at least go 8-8 dis yeer, Call me kookie, but I riding Seattle hear.
 
Seahawks 24   49ers 20
 
 
 
 
 
 
Philadelphia Eagles @ Dallas Cowboys
 
Da NFC East has ALWAYS been nuts yo. Da Igglez have a shot at goin .500 still, but da Boys will clinch da divishun if dey win. If da Giants lose earlier in da day, Dallas should be fired up. BUT I tink Philadelphia saves head coach Andy Reid's job hear.
 
Eagles 31   Cowboys 23
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chicago Bears @ Green Bay Packers
 
Da Bears sure look stupid not hiring Donovan McNabb cuz he sure as shit iz better den Josh McCown at quarterback. Green Bay wins dis despite playing a lot of reserves in a game dey don't care about.
 
Packers 27   Bears 15
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Atlanta Falcons @ New Orleans Saints
 
Da Falcons will go in fired up if Detroit loses earlier in da day, cuz an Atlanta win helps dere playoff hopes greatly. Drew Brees is having a record-setting seasun for da Saints, so dis quarterback will be fired up against his divishun rivals. I just tink da Falcons answer dat playoff riddle next weak, cuz dey beet Detroit by a touchdown too months ago.
 
Saints 34   Falcons 24
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Power Rankings
 
 
1. Packers
2. 49ers
3. Saints
4. Patriots
5. Ravens
6. Steelers
7. Texans
8. Falcons
9. Lions
10. Bengals
11. Jets
12. Cowboys
13. Broncos
14. Chargers
15. Giants
16. Raiders
17. Cardinals
18. Bears
19. Seahawks
20. Titans
21. Eagles
22. Chiefs
23. Panthers
24. Dolphins
25. Bills
26. Redskins
27. Buccaneers
28. Browns
29. Jaguars
30. Colts
31. Vikings
32. Rams
 
 
 
 
 
OK, I would like to wish ALL yous goombas da MERRIEST of Christmases! I know I iz gunna stuff dis hotties stockings with treats, so to all a good night. As dey say in Ol' Mexico= A.M.F.
 
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