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Polian: Harrison Hall of Fame snub worthy of Congress investigating

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One would hope the House of Representatives has more important things to do than pore over Pro Football Hall of Fame voting, but former Colts General Manager Bill Polian is so upset about his wide receiver Marvin Harrison getting passed over that he believes a Congressional investigation may be warranted.

Polian told the Indianapolis Star that he finds it unbelievable that the Hall of Fame selection committee passed up on Harrison.

“In Marvin’s case,” Polian said, “if he doesn’t make it next year there ought to be a Congressional investigations. He belongs in there. I just can’t get my head around [Harrison not making it]. Marvin has to be in there.”

Polian also said it’s “disappointing” that former Colts coach Tony Dungy was voted down by the Hall of Fame selection committee. But Polian was pleased that Andre Reed, who played in Buffalo when Polian was the Bills’ general manager, made the Hall.

“Obviously I’m glad Andre made it,” Polian said. “I’m afraid if he didn’t get in this year, he would not have made it.”

And Polian is afraid that if Harrison doesn’t make it, the members of the selection committee will need to be hauled into a Congressional hearing. Which is probably a bit of an overreaction — even though Harrison does have a strong case for induction in Canton.

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48 Responses to “Polian: Harrison Hall of Fame snub worthy of Congress investigating”
  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 24, 2014 11:39 AM

    The exact opposite of what the NFL wants is Congress butting in on ANYthing.

    Can you say, Anti-Trust?

  2. shartlos says: Feb 24, 2014 11:42 AM

    It’s because he got in serious legal trouble his last year. Rather than become a RAY RICE or somebody with a bad rep, he retired as a legend before things blew up. Didn’t you wonder why Marvin Harrison was here one day then gone the next? With those hands/smarts you always have some left in the tank

  3. broncofaninfla45 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:44 AM

    The selection process for the HOF needs to revisited. There are dozens of deserving former players that deserve to be in.

  4. shartlos says: Feb 24, 2014 11:45 AM

    Reggie Wayne is the only reciever I see that plays similar to him, because he learned from him. They play a top notch old school reciever, very different from Julio jones. Not knocking Julio in anyway, kid is a monster

  5. doomsdaydefensetx says: Feb 24, 2014 11:45 AM

    Charles Haley anyone?? 5x SB Champ, 5x Pro bowl, and in the 100 QB Sack Club. Who is Harrison?

  6. jeremycrowhurst says: Feb 24, 2014 11:46 AM

    All the committee decided is that Harrison isn’t a First Ballot Hall of Famer (an apparent recently-created title worthy of capitalization).

    He’ll get in. Congress can rest easy and continue the efficient running of the country like the smooth, well-oiled machine that it is.

  7. winstonjed44 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:48 AM

    Obviously he does not mean this literally, but Harrison is a sure-fire hall of famer no question.

  8. runhigh24 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:49 AM

    I’m thinking this is mostly hyperbole by Polian but if it ever actually happens, it will be must see tv. Would be hilarious to see individual congressional reps ask why their hometown players didn’t make the Hall of Fame.

  9. mshawn75 says: Feb 24, 2014 11:51 AM

    Well, you would hope the House of Representatives would have more to do than pore over the Redskins name.

  10. joetoronto says: Feb 24, 2014 11:53 AM

    I agree that he should be in, but Tim Brown has been waiting much longer.

  11. tatatoothy says: Feb 24, 2014 11:54 AM

    The HOF process is a joke

  12. jasonculhane says: Feb 24, 2014 11:55 AM

    Kind of an over reach….

    Harrison was great, but my argument for years was is he any better then Jimmy Smith, Eric Moulds, Keshon Johnson, Jerry Porter, and Randy Moss in that era? It was a pass happy era, even more today. Harrison played with a great quarterback, who’s great with any receiver.

    So, if you don’t put in Randy Moss, Johnson, Jimmy Smith who on paper match up with Harrison statistically and succefully, then how do you justify to put in Marvin Harrison at all really?

  13. rufustfireflyjr says: Feb 24, 2014 11:56 AM

    Hopefully, Polian was exaggerating for dramatic effect. congress only investigates things that they might possibly legislate about. What kind of law could they possibly consider that would apply here?

  14. 8to80texansblog says: Feb 24, 2014 11:56 AM

    Lol… Like Congress could get anything done anyway….

  15. jasonculhane says: Feb 24, 2014 11:58 AM

    How do you put him in over TERREL OWENS? C’mon, forgot about him. He was the best receiver from that era love him or hate him.

  16. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Feb 24, 2014 11:58 AM

    Hey Bill, I agree that Marvin was worthy of the first ballot, even over my main man Andre’s spot this year. But can you request that Congress make it a double investigation? Where the second one leaves a conclusion as to who pulled the trigger with good-old Starvin’ Marvin’s piece?

  17. therealraider says: Feb 24, 2014 12:00 PM

    What about Tim Brown?

  18. brandonj21 says: Feb 24, 2014 12:01 PM

    Sometimes it takes time. Look how long they snubbed Cris Carter. And CC > Harrison .

  19. dtownsportslions says: Feb 24, 2014 12:03 PM

    Only in America

  20. jayhawk6 says: Feb 24, 2014 12:06 PM

    Has Bill Polian become a loose cannon? Siccing Congress on the NFL will not help the job prospects of him or his son very much.

  21. andrewluck12 says: Feb 24, 2014 12:07 PM

    #88 will get in eventually. sucks he didn’t get in his first year but ALOT of very deserving guys don’t. its gonna be great to one day see #18 #87 #88 and hopefully #12 in the hall one day

  22. joe6606 says: Feb 24, 2014 12:13 PM

    He owns the gun used to shoot someone outside the bar he owns. A crime that’s never been solved. He is a recluse who never talked to the media and thus it makes it hard for the voters to vouch for him on a personal level. That said how do you square this with the ray Lewis fiasco that’s just swept under the rug?

  23. purpleguy says: Feb 24, 2014 12:19 PM

    As opposed to a congressional investigation, I’d think the selection committee would be more concerned with Harrison’s propensity for the use of small caliber weapons when he is angry.

  24. 12thmanseattle says: Feb 24, 2014 12:21 PM

    Im not saying he shouldn’t be in the Hall because 14000 career receiving yards deserves consideration but I could see people not voting for him simply because his career was a direct reflection of being Peyton Mannings receiver also. Was he a great receiver? Yes. But his numbers were probably inflated because he had Manning throwing him the ball

  25. DrSteveBrule says: Feb 24, 2014 12:22 PM

    The problem with HOF voting is that the media decides who gets in. Player’s who were never media friendly seem to have that going against them in the voting. I don’t know how you fix that. Perhaps make it a player’s and alumni only vote.

  26. xbam1 says: Feb 24, 2014 12:33 PM

    i think Polian needs to get his head examined…is it possible that former GM’s could get concussions during their days in the NFL?

  27. ezfootball says: Feb 24, 2014 12:36 PM

    Harrison should be in over the next few years, but he should NOT go in before TIM BROWN! That man retired in the top 3 of all receiver categories when he left. The only thing missing for him is the Super Bowl & the Hall is about an individual’s career not just championships

  28. bsizemore68 says: Feb 24, 2014 12:44 PM

    The HOF is by a vote. For every guy who gets voted in, there are several more who get pass by, every team has guys who they think should be there, congress would only mess it up worse, you know, like how they can’t get anything done. Bill

  29. seatownballers says: Feb 24, 2014 12:52 PM

    I hate that as the nfl has grown, and now is heavily influenced by politics and religion. It’s only a sport

  30. chargersdiehard says: Feb 24, 2014 12:55 PM

    How about congress investigate something a little more important, say like the direction our country is headed?

  31. obsession55 says: Feb 24, 2014 12:59 PM

    All you fools saying his numbers are inflated because he had Peyton….do you think Jerry Rice’s numbers were inflated because he had Montana and Young?? Give me a break, Marvin was INCREDIBLE and easily deserves to be a Hall of Famer. Marvin was here before Peyton too, he helped him become an outstanding QB. They feed off each other.

    Reggie Wayne (another futre HOFer) had Peyton his whole career, then played a year with Painter/Orlovsky throwing the ball to him, and he still put up good numbers that year. Great receivers arent just products of their QB!!

  32. chris6523 says: Feb 24, 2014 1:03 PM

    I doubt Polian was talking seriously when he said that.

  33. ravenswhat says: Feb 24, 2014 1:08 PM

    Marvin murdered someone. Polian does get how that may be a problem right?

  34. sdiegosteel says: Feb 24, 2014 1:11 PM

    In sixteen postseason games, Marvin Harrison scored a touchdown in one of them. He only got over 100 yards in one postseason game as well; he didn’t crack 60 yards receiving in his last 10 postseason games. Guys like Andre Reed, Reggie Wayne, and Hines Ward blow him away in postseason effectiveness. You want to be considered an all time great? Don’t come up smallest in the biggest games.

  35. titansfan2896 says: Feb 24, 2014 1:17 PM

    We all say someone is a “sure fire hall of famer” but at the end day, people vote on it. What you do off the field is not supposed to be counted; however, if people voted on OJ now or Lawrence Taylor, are they still so automatic on the first go around?

  36. eezyxyz says: Feb 24, 2014 1:31 PM

    So, who’s he taking out then? Only 5 guys get in, so if he thinks Harrison should have been one then he needs to take somebody from this class out. Problem with the HoF is the cap…just vote all worthy players in with no limit on the number.

  37. granadafan says: Feb 24, 2014 1:37 PM

    Excellent idea, Polian. Let’s also have Congress review the following:

    * The NFL’s status as a NON-PROFIT organization that doesn’t pay taxes and can pay the commissioner 55 million,

    * the fact that they demand public taxpayer money to build lavish palaces,

    * their anti-trust exemption,

    * and the blackout rule.

  38. pike573 says: Feb 24, 2014 1:46 PM

    I don’t think Marvin wants any type of investigator near him.

  39. djshnooks says: Feb 24, 2014 1:52 PM

    Andre had to wait, Marvin can too.

    As a Syracuse person, I always loved Marvin, but sorry, he played with one of the best ever. If It took Andre so long to get in…Marvin can wait his turn too.

  40. stopthehate15bowdown says: Feb 24, 2014 2:16 PM

    If tony Dungy ever makes back to the final round then there ought to be a investigation. There’s no Rooney rule for the Hall and shouldn’t be. He doesn’t have a resume good enough to take a players spot. Great guy but it’s not the hall of great guys

  41. iamkillerfin says: Feb 24, 2014 2:33 PM

    This MUST be another great Goodell idea to get lying politicians involved in the NFL affairs!!! Goodell you suck just fire yourself!!!

  42. jonkoethe says: Feb 24, 2014 2:47 PM

    Harrison should consider himself lucky he skipped out on a murder charge in Philly. A mans dying words are “Marvin Harrison shot me” and Polian wants to gripe about the Hall.

    Helluva wideout, but Hernandez was pretty good too

  43. psousa1 says: Feb 24, 2014 3:11 PM

    Anyone who has never read the Marvin Harrison murder story in GQ from a few years ago should Google it. It is chilling. Just the way he told the cops where the murder weapon was as casually as if he was telling them where the bathroom is located makes this guy look like a sociopath.

  44. 12thmanseattle says: Feb 24, 2014 3:35 PM

    Do I think Jerry Rice’s numbers were inflated by having Joe Montana and Steve Young as his quarterbacks his entire career? Absolutely. Does that mean he’s not the best of all time? No.. But that doesn’t discount the fact that great quarterbacks make receivers look even better. Look at Tom Brady and his receivers. Deion branch was a Pro Bowler, then went to a team without an Elite quarterback and was absolutely terrible. I don’t say that to discount what Harrison did but you have to take it into consideration. It’s a lot like a running back having a good offensive line or not. Shaun Alexander was the best running back in the NFL with Huchinson and Jones on the left side, Hutch leaves and Alexander was out of the league in 3 years

  45. Punk says: Feb 24, 2014 3:44 PM

    Dwight Dixon also wonders why Marvin Harrison didn’t get in.

  46. mediasloppy says: Feb 24, 2014 3:46 PM

    The quickest way to make it into the HOF seems to be getting gig on TV.

  47. rcali says: Feb 24, 2014 3:46 PM

    Mr. Polian said what? Maybe time to pull the mic away.

  48. melikefootball says: Feb 24, 2014 5:07 PM

    Polian is another has been still feels he has something to say.

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