We are at the point that every Football fan looks forward to – Hall of Fame Weekend. Why? Because it means we are drifting closer to football season. For all the NFL’s warts, Hall of Fame Weekend is ALWAYS an extremely positive way to begin the season.
I would add that the only difference this year is that the Hall of Fame Game is on tonight (Thursday Night) rather than Saturday. And why is that? What was the rationale?
But let’s forget that for now. This is a fantastic Hall of Fame Class, a class that makes me feel really good about the events in Canton this week! Only one with which I argue, but I refuse to waste my time discussing him – let others battle his merits – they will not be discussed here.
May I present six of the seven Hall of Fame enshrinees:
LaDanian Tomlinson. He made the SAN DIEGO Chargers relevant again. Easily one of my more favorite players of all time – this guy was versatile, and by versatile I mean he was a threat that nobody could deal with. Run (13,000 yards), catch (nearly 5,000 yards), and yes throw the ball (seven TD passes) making that San Diego offense that much harder to plan for and defend. It was a damn shame that the Chargers couldn’t get to a Super Bowl.
Kurt Warner. How do you NOT like the guy and his story? Damn if it wasn’t something that the NFL needed – the guy who took the long hard road. He wasn’t the coddled, entitled player, he came the long hard route. Finishing at the University of Northern Iowa he went undrafted, then was cut in Green Bay, then ended up with the Arena League, followed up by a stint in Europe. He moved on to St. Louis… a 2nd stringer who became the starter after Trent Green’s injury in training camp. If that wasn’t incredible enough, he took an unheralded St. Louis Rams team and was part of the “Greatest Show on Turf,” winning Super Bowl 34 and then nearly (and I mean NEARLY) winning Super Bowls 36 and 43.
Terrell Davis. A 6th round draft pick who accomplished a lot in such a short career, a lot of it I missed due to Navy commitments. I wonder what his career would have been like had it not been so shot (78 games). I have to admit that I know precious little about Mr. Davis other than his 2,000 yard season and two Super Bowl Championships.
Jason Taylor. It isn’t said much better than Mark Schlereth did right there. It’s not about stats with Taylor (for the record he had 131 sacks), it’s about how he disrupted many defenses and frustrated the likes of Tom Brady and Peyton Manning – and that alone many players cannot say.
Kenny Easley. “The Enforcer.” That nickname tells you a lot. A five-time Pro Bowler and 1984 Defensive Player of the Year, he had an amazing but brief career.
Morten Anderson. This guy reminds me of that crazy kicker from The Replacements – he could bomb kicks and was always a success, but this is real life and this cat has a career that lasted from 1982-2006 (25 years) with his shining moment being that kick that sent the Atlanta Falcons to Super Bowl 33. He is the NFL’s all time leading scorer, and beyond clutch.
In the end, this is one hell of a class that is going in – an unbelievable class who had so much to do with the continued growth of the NFL.
Enjoy the weekend.