Normally only about 8 at most make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but this year’s list looks like a who’s who of who should get into the Hall.  Here is the list of this year’s finalists:

  • Jack Butler  (veterens committee)
  • Dick Stanfel (veterens committee)
  • Bill Parcells
  • Jerome Bettis
  • Tim Brown
  • Cris Carter
  • Dermontti Dawson
  • Edward DeBartolo Jr
  • Chris Doleman
  • Kevin Greene
  • Charles Haley
  • Cortez Kennedy
  • Curtis Martin
  • Andre Reed
  • Willie Roaf
  • Will Shields
  • Aeneas Williams

For me this is a difficult list to select from.  There are so many players and so few votes.  Here is my list and why I think they deserve to be in the Hall of Fame:

Bill Parcells – Possibly the best coach in footbball history.  It’s one thing to win with one franchise, he did it with the Giants, Patriots, Jets, and Cowboys.  In my mind, if anyone gets in it should be him first!

Willie Roaf – NFL 1990s Players of the Decade, he was the prototypical tackle.  He was one of the tackles who was part of reinventing the position and making it one of the most important positions on the offensive side of the ball.

Tim Brown and Cris Carter – Both tallied over 1000 receptions and over 100 touchdown.  That should lead to automatic enshrinement.  Both of these players are long over do for entering the Hall.

Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis – Both I consider top ten all time running backs.  Both were undervalued throughout most of their careers.

Chris Doleman – Absolutely a terror on the defensive side of the ball.  Most Hall of Fame quarterbacks that played against him said that he was an elite defensive player.

Well, those are my seven, what are yous?

 

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5 responses »

  1. I would put in both Veteran’s Committee nominees, then in no particular order…Jerome Bettis, Dermontti Dawson – BEST CENTER EVER!!, Tim Brown, Andre Reed, and Cortez Kennedy

  2. Mike D says:

    It’s hard to argue really anyone on that list. Hindsight 20/20 after watching the coin flip last night, I wondered how Cortez Kennedy and Curtis Martin got in ahead of Charles Haley and Jerome Bettis.
    My inner cynic may come out a little here, but with such a heavy list of stars at their positions, I almost bet some of the guys who would have voted Parcells any other year didn’t because the votes could go to almost anyone else and the list would be too heavy. There is no doubt Parcells is a HOF member, as are Bettis, Cris Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed. I don’t know who is up in 2013, but surely Parcells and Bettis will be in.

    • chemgod says:

      Being a Seahawks fan, I am elated that Tez made it into the Hall. People forget that he was the only great player on that defense and was constantly double teamed his whole career. The fact that he put up numbers that he did was amazing in itself.

  3. Whiskey Pete says:

    Bill Parcells the best coach in football history? Are you kidding? Great coach for sure… But to put him over Vince Lombardi is embarrassing!

    • chemgod says:

      I’ll say one thing about Lombardi, he was a great coach of one team in one era. Parcell coached in two eras and brought 4 different teams (that all sucked prior to him arriving) to playoff appearances.

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