Hall of Fame class features DeBartolo, Stabler, Favre, Greene, Dungy

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With the NFL celebrating its golden anniversary Super Bowl in the Golden State, the Pro Football Hall of Fame elected an eight-man class with a distinctly California vibe.

Former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., Raiders quarterback Ken Stabler and Rams-Steelers-Panthers-49ers outside linebacker Kevin Greene were among the class that included first-ballot quarterback Brett Favre.

The other inductees included former Colts and Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy, Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, Rams tackle Orlando Pace (who played his career in St. Louis), and Detroit and Washington guard Dick Stanfel (a San Francisco native).

That class came after a nearly nine-hour meeting, which featured both debates long and short. A committee of 46 selectors discussed DeBartolo’s merits for more than 50 minutes, while it took less than 10 seconds to discuss the election of Favre, so obvious was his Hall case.

Linking Dungy and Harrison also lends a special touch to this weekend’s festivities, considering the success they had with the Colts alongside quarterback Peyton Manning, who has a game to play tomorrow.

Candidates who made it to the final 10 but fell just short of induction included coach Don Coryell, running back Terrell Davis, tackle Joe Jacoby, safety John Lynch and quarterback Kurt Warner.

One of the most-debated players in this year’s group of 15 modern-era semifinalists was well-traveled wide receiver Terrell Owens, but he was part of the group reduced in the first cuts to 10. Kicker Morten Andersen, safety Steve Atwater, guard Alan Faneca and running back Edgerrin James were also in that group.

They’ll go back into the pool next year, along with an interesting group of potential first-time eligibles including running back LaDainian Tomlinson, defensive end Jason Taylor, quarterback Donovan McNabb, safety Brian Dawkins and wide receiver Hines Ward.

156 responses to “Hall of Fame class features DeBartolo, Stabler, Favre, Greene, Dungy

  1. And shame on the Hall of Fame voters who should have put The Snake in decades ago. He was part of some of the most memorable games in NFL history and he had to die before you put him in. I wonder if Cliff Branch will live to see his day?

  2. Why is Dungy assumed to be HOF worthy? One Super Bowl victory after years of OK-ness with Tampa? I wonder if his faith had anything to do with this.

  3. Happy Stabler got in, but i think its pretty crappy that a guy who should of already been in makes it after he passes away.

    shame on you HOF voters

  4. There is more to greatness than numbers, The Snake shouldn’t have had to go in to the HOF posthumously.

    Tony Dungy was a very good coach, not a great one. That he is in the HOF over Coryell is just wrong.

    Not a fan of TO’s antics but how can anyone with a vote justify selecting Harrison over Owens? They both belong.

  5. If McNabb gets in next year, the HOF would lose any (remaining) prestige in my opinion. Warner will definitely go in before him for sure.

  6. Way overdue for Greene and well deserved.

    Congrats to the Pancake man, Orlando Pace. Lombardi, Outland trophy winner, Rose Bowl, no 1 overall pick, All Pro, Super Bowl winner and college and pro Hall of Famer. What a career.

  7. Brett Favre – endorsed by voters in 10 seconds!

    A very smart decision and well deserved kudos to Brett !

    One of the coolest, most exciting, most fun to watch QBs ever to play in the NFL!!

  8. nhpats says:
    Feb 6, 2016 9:03 PM
    Hines Ward? If Hines Ward is elected before TO that will be a travesty.

    steeler fan for over 40 years and I agree . ward is an
    HOFer no doubt but owens should be 1st ballot . Obviously the electors need overhauled.

  9. Wow, man. Just unbelievable that TD continues to be left out of a so-called Hall of Fame that has recently admitted the likes of Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis. What a bad joke.

  10. Hate all you want!! You can’t tell the history of the NFL without mentioning the 9ERS!! Just another HOF’r added to Canton. Nothing new.

    Anybody know when the Boz gets inducted?

  11. Dungy? Complete joke…….so many more deserving including Flores with two rings.

    Good for the Snake, about time.

  12. Don Coryell, running back Terrell Davis, tackle Joe Jacoby, safety John Lynch ahead of Terrell Owens????

    Prejudiced scumbags voting, eh???

    Now, the writers must lose the vote. It’s not that because Owens missed the Final 10. It was because Jacoby was regarded at all!!!!

  13. Why is Dungy assumed to be HOF worthy? One Super Bowl victory after years of OK-ness with Tampa? I wonder if his faith had anything to do with this.

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    Faith? No, skin color. That is rampantly abused as a proxy for merit.

  14. Eddie D was a fine contributor and certainly hall of fame worthy on the field, but the dude was clearly a bag of pus off the field. I realize the hall wants it all about “on the field” but jebus they elected a mob connected felon as well as a likely murderer in the same day. And people are worried about TO?

  15. Also, don coryell and Tony Dungy ahead of Jimmy Johnson???

    There are too many stupid people in this world. It just so happened that they were all in the voting room today.

  16. Harrison over Owens?

    I like Dungy but don’t think he should be in. Faneca should be in. I would put Anderson in over Dungy.

  17. I admire and have a lot of respect for Dungy but not a HOF coach… Harrison over TO is a joke. TO is arguably, based on stats, the second best receiver in NFL history but because he has rubbed some of the voters the wrong way he doesn’t get it, wow

  18. I would think Bill Cowher would make it before Dungy.

    Hines Ward for sure next year. What a beast!

  19. Tony Dungy was a very good coach… Colts Super bowl. Took Tampa to playoffs a lot after they had losses years earlier ! read data ! Good coach … oh yea… great coach…

  20. Would love to see Warner inducted not because he was one of the greatest QBS of all time – plainly he wasn’t – but because the journey that took him to the top of the NFL and the way he handled himself while there is something that deserves to be honored by membership.

  21. Dungy may be a nice guy and a good coach but he does not belong in the HoF.

    Snake should have been elected long ago when he could have enjoyed it. He isn’t suddenly a HoFer after his death. His contributions ended decades ago and he has been snubbed for no good reason. His election after his death while deserved just shows that voters use emotions to vote rather than using common sense and logic. I wonder how many of Dungy’s votes were due to putting a black coach in the hall vs his accomplishments.

  22. Dungy, so overrated.

    Coryell’s turned two doormat teams into playoff teams. Alas, him not winning the big one overshadows his numerous contributions to the modern game in the eyes of people who can only count rings.

  23. Dungy has done NOTHING to even be mentioned as a HOF finalist, let alone be elected to it.

    He won a single Super Bowl. Many other players have done that and more yet don’t even get a sniff regarding a HOF nomination!

  24. When I think of Hall of famers of any sport, I think of guys who are no doubters. Many of these guys were good, maybe very good but not HOF guys. Same or coaches.

  25. As long as the HOF does not include Jerry Kramer (only player on first 50 year team that is not in while other guards from his era are in), the honor is meaningless.

  26. I guess the Rooney rule has been modified so that it now applies now to HOF Coach election as well!

    Dungy is one of the least deserving to be elected into the HOF in the history of EVER!

    Who is next? Ryan Leaf? JaMarcus Russell?

  27. Congratulations to the snakes family. Rest in peace. Now let’s get Branch, Hayes, Tatum and Tom Flores in before they pass. Shame on the Hall of Fame. Another great player that is long overdue is Ray Nitschke

  28. Dungy in before Flores or JJ is just wrong. I dispise TO but dudes states make him 1st ballot. Politics and political correctness win out over accomplishments.

  29. HOF just got a bit lowered in my mind’s eye with Dungy getting in…….He is a nice man and had a fine career…….But, like his overall football analysis job, his coaching career was just above average and not at what the HOF level should be held to…….

    Congrats to him, but truly not deserved in my mind.

  30. Debartalo is a scum bag who cheated the cap. Does not belong. Dungy was a good coach and a great guy, but not HOF worthy. Mike Tomlin would only have to coach 4 more years with the same success he has had in his first 9 to match Dungy’s accomplishments.

  31. I’m glad that I’m not the only one that disagrees on Dungy.

    He turned the TB Bucs around and he deserves credit for that, but he never won the SB in TB. The year after he leaves, Gruden takes that same team (minus that year’s 1st round pick that they traded for Gruden) and wins it all.

    When he was in Indy, he always seemed to be outcoached by Bill Belichik. Indy did have that 21-point 4th qtr comeback in ’06 to finally beat the Patriots, but that was a really down Patriots offense that would get overhauled the next season (Moss, Welker).

    Dungy was a good coach and I guess he deserves credit for the “Tampa-2” defense (that is no longer successful in today’s NFL), but he wasn’t a difference maker or that much of an innovator.

  32. Dungy?????
    Why????
    In this case, any coach who has won a SB is eligible. Wayyyyy overrated. Rather see Jon Gruden in. Is Dick Vermeil in because he accomplished more than Dungy. Shoot, at this rate, any coach who has won 1 Superbowl should be eligible. All others, are worthy and congrats.

  33. Posted this a month ago. Got a bunch of thumbs down…
    Guess who was right about Dungy?????

    1. 139 wins / 69 loses .668 clip (check that vs the all time greats)
    2. Took the Bucs from a team that was losing 11 games year to a Playoff ready team
    3. Won the Super Bowl with the Colts
    4. Yes it means something to be the first Black coach to win SB
    5. Has an impressive coaching tree. Tomlin SB winning coach. Lovie took a Rex Grossman team to the SB (lost to Dungy) and was the HC of two other teams. Raheem has been a good position coach and made it to HC. Rod Marinelli made it to HC. (So that’s 4 HC with varying degrees of success.)

  34. Ken Stabler should have been inducted years ago.

    There should be more Raiders in the HOF, but the grudge being held against Al Davis and the Silver and Black is very real.

    RAIDER NATION

  35. Sorry but no way Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner should have been in the top 10. Both were great in spurts, but that shldnt get you in the hall. It’s the hall of fame…not the hall of very good.

  36. Faneca and Ward got screwed. Faneca’s pulling block in SB40 springing the longest run in SB history alone should have got him in. And Ward changed the way the wr position is played. Probably a voter bias in not wanting to see the hall saturated with steelers. What a shame.

  37. lx2016 says:
    Feb 6, 2016 10:01 PM

    Dungy?????
    Why????
    In this case, any coach who has won a SB is eligible. Wayyyyy overrated. Rather see Jon Gruden in. Is Dick Vermeil in because he accomplished more than Dungy. Shoot, at this rate, any coach who has won 1 Superbowl should be eligible. All others, are worthy and congrats.

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    but those guys arnt black so they dont get in with the rooney rule.

  38. No love for Warner? One of the best quarterbacks I’ve seen play in my relatively shorter life…
    Side note: if Harrison got in and the bus got in I see no reason why Tiki isn’t in. He retired in his prime and has numbers up there with HOFers

  39. @rajbais

    Reading your Jacoby comment I figured you for clueless. Seeing a couple posts later that you think Jimmy Johnson belongs in the HOF proves it.

    Joe Jacoby blocked for 2 separate rushing records in SB history. Blocked for Doug Williams amazing 2nd quarter in SB 22. Was a member of an O-line for the greatest team in SB history (’91 Redskins), that gave up a mere 9 sacks all season while blocking for Mark Rypien, who was never fleet of foot. Started in 4 SB’s, winning 3. Member of the all decade team for the 80’s. Could play, and did, every position on the O-line accept center. Un-drafted FA that went on to start 170 games in the NFL.

    If Russ Grimm is worthy of the HOF Joe Jacoby is too. And The Hogs of the 80’s is one of the greatest, if not greatest, O-lines in NFL history. It deserves more than 1 member in the HOF.

  40. Air Coryell and TO robbed! Dungy! you gave got to be smoking something. Who’s in next year? Chuck Muncie and Efrin Harera? #@ John Jefferson 2nd best wr in NFL history if he stayed with Chargers!

  41. As a fan growing up in the 80s, I knew the accomplishments and mystique of the Snake, so even as a Phin fan I say kudos to finally putting in a worthy and memorable player.

    Trashing Dungy because of faith is a sad commentary. Is he HOF worthy? In my opinion, No. But his selection shouldn’t be trashed because of his faith.

    As for TO…karma? And I’ve actually grown to like the guy post NFL career.

  42. HOF voters are always getting it wrong.

    Dungy is a good man and he was a good coach–but he was not a HOF coach. We all respect the man, but no way. Political vote. Rode on Manning’s magic carpet in Indy. Manning has been to 4 Super Bowls with four different coaches–what does that tell you? There’s only one constant, and it’s not Dungy.

    If you’re going to vote Pace in, you can’t leave Jacoby out. All he did was anchor the Hogs at left tackle for a decade–one of the best offensive lines in the history of the NFL–and won three Super Bowls.

    The Broncos have been to 8 Super Bowls and have only 4 players in the HOF–one of the lowest totals in the NFL. Absolute joke. Gradishar and Atwater absolutely belong in the HOF. Perhaps it’s telling that out of 45 voters, 8 are from the west.

  43. jrossizzle says:
    Feb 6, 2016 10:02 PM
    Posted this a month ago. Got a bunch of thumbs down…
    Guess who was right about Dungy?????

    1. 139 wins / 69 loses .668 clip (check that vs the all time greats)
    2. Took the Bucs from a team that was losing 11 games year to a Playoff ready team
    3. Won the Super Bowl with the Colts
    4. Yes it means something to be the first Black coach to win SB
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    #1, hmm, decent. #2, many coaches have took a bad team and turned around. #3, quite a few coaches have won 1 SB.
    Now,
    #4? Cmon that is no reason to elect him. Guess Ron Rivera is a lock if they win SB.

    Because he’s blk is why he was the sentimental pick i assume because many many agree others much more worthy of hof.
    Hmm, guess NFL doesn’t want the same type of Oscar backlash.
    And #5, only Tomlin succeeded.

    So many greats left out for Dungy? Geez.

  44. Lawrence Taylor on Joe Jacoby:

    “For a bigger guy, he was able to move, so although I was more athletic, he could really hold his own. The Hogs were all excellent players, but certainly Joe and Russ Grimm were the anchors of that line. To do it for as long as [Joe] did on such a high level, it’s a surprise to me that he’s not in Canton already.”

    High praise from the best defensive player in NFL history.

    Joe Jacoby should be in the NFL Hall of Fame. Period.

  45. vikingdoode says:
    Feb 6, 2016 10:05 PM
    Dungy is not HOF worthy…
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    I’m a bit surprised too. I’m sure Mr Dungy is a highly respected person, but if you look back, he played primarily as a back up DB for 4 seasons, and went into coaching. As a head coach his lifetime reg season record is excellent, but other than the Peyton Manning Super Bowl season, they hard time getting past the 1st or 2nd round of the post season. And selected over Terrell Davis or Faneca. Surprising !

  46. I guess leaving your fingerprints all over how modern passing offenses play the game today isn’t enough to make it. Don Coryell continues to get robbed just cause he didn’t get a ring.

  47. Sorry, IMO Stabler should not be in before Warner (or at all honestly). Compare their career numbers and accomplishments, and Warner comes out ahead in all of them. Not just stats, but MVP’s, records, post season stats and records, everything. Warner 2x League and 1x SB MVP, 32K passing yards, almost 2-1 TD to interception ratio (Stabler had 30 more pics than TD’s) etc. Warner took 2 teams to the SB that were not expected to be there and basically carried the Cards on his back for 3 years.Across the board in every measurable he’s a more deserving candidate than Stabler. Stablers case is as much because of the reputation of the 70’s Raiders than anything else.

  48. rushbacker says:
    Feb 6, 2016 9:12 PM
    Wow, man. Just unbelievable that TD continues to be left out of a so-called Hall of Fame that has recently admitted the likes of Curtis Martin
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    This would be the Curtis Martin who is still 4th all time in rushing yardage?

  49. Sorry but no way Terrell Davis and Kurt Warner should have been in the top 10. Both were great in spurts, but that shldnt get you in the hall. It’s the hall of fame…not the hall of very good.
    Except for the fact that in every measurable, Warner was better than Stabler by a bunch. Look at Stabler career based on what he did and not through the lens of the Raiders rep of the 70’s and you can’t day honestly that Stabler was better.

  50. So glad the Snake made it.

    So tired of hearing the lame justifications for him not being in the HoF from all the old head writers who were just sticking up for Dr. Z. Now they can all just shut up.

  51. Was gonna get on here and say what a joke Dungy is and thought I’d be the only one. Surprised so many agree with me. Probly one of the most overrated coaches ever. Good to see everyone else sees the same.

  52. Congrats to Marvin Harrison. I, along with most Colts fans are happy for his class act that made Colt’s games exciting for so many years.

    Let the trolls post their comments, real football fans understand what a talent Marvin Harrison displayed.

    Tony Dungy: He came to the Colts when most of the franchise money was tied up in the offense. Tony trained so many defensive players that the Colts could not pay their worth when contract time came around. But Tony didn’t hang his head, he coached up the next rookie defender. He coached the team to their first Super Bowl win since the team moved to Indiana. He was and always is, a class act.

    Congratulations, Coach.

  53. That whole HOGS offensive line should go in as a unit; but if not, Jacoby is MORE than qualified. Dude was a road-grater and had the best lateral movement of an lineman ever.

    People continually fail to identify that Redskins run from 83-91 where they went to four Superbowls and were essentially a dynasty.

  54. The HoF has turned into a tragic joke and a farce. The selectors need to be fired. The game and the world has passed them by.

  55. The hall voting needs a serious overhaul. The current voters have totally forgotten why they’re there. A hall of fame should be a shrine to the very best, not to the flavor of the week or the politically correct choice.

    There are several coaches (Flores, JJ, etc.) that should have been considered before Tony Dungy, but here is no currently eligible coach that should have been elected to the HOF ahead of Don Coryell.

    He was a true innovator who changed the way the game was played. He laid the foundation for the modern passing game. How in the world is that not hall worthy? Sounds like the definition of hall worthy to me.

  56. dungy over coryell seriously. great to see Terrell davis getting respect he deserves this is from a raiders fan.hopefully next year. better to be great short period of time then okay for long period.

  57. Stabler should have long since been in. Dungy doesn’t really deserve it.

    Plunkett next, please, or else you tiresome voters will eventually be putting him in months after he dies, as with Stabler.

  58. Tony Dungy DESERVES to be in the HOF PERIOD!!! He was a Great Coach and all around Football man and he is STILL Contributing! A Total Class Act that other People should Emulate!

    The Fact that he is a Christian makes it even better!!!

    PRAISE THE LORD!!!.

  59. Stabler got the call? Who answered it? Don Rickles? Why can’t these HOF voting returds get deserving players in when they and their families can enjoy it? Next up: Roman Gabriel and John Brodie.

  60. Ken Stabler? Are you kidding me? Guy plays for 15 years, throws for less than 30,000 yards (less than 2,000 per season), throws more interceptions than touchdowns and has a career passer rating of 75.3. Give me a break.

  61. Okay, I hear many people posting, why Dungy? He only coached 1 Super Bowl winning team. The same can be said for Ditka. Were you this outraged when he got in? Where’s the argument? Seriously, I’m really just asking???

  62. For those too young to remember the Packers in the 70’s and 80’s, it will be hard to fully appreciate what Favre accomplished. Also, every Sunday, you knew you could see some incredible plays. Yes, there were some boneheaded plays too, but Favre played with such joy that it was hard not to catch it too.

  63. Stabler was one of the coolest NFLrs ever. He invented the “point”, where he singled out a LB cheating toward the line to blitz. You’ll still see a few QBs do it.

    I always thought it was a little chincy, then a reporter asked his running back if he was offended that Stabler was telling him who to block. “No. He’s not telling us to block the man. He telling us not to block him, he’s got that man if he blitzes.”

  64. …….Warner should definitly be in…..Dungy no…..Fanaca yes. I think Morton Anderson should be in , but its a numbers game….he may never get in now. Shame…he only has the most points scored in the NFL. Even Adam Vinteria cant beat that record.

  65. Stabler? Great legacy, but only voted in because he died.

    Dingy did less with more his whole coaching career. I spelled his name correctly but it was autocorrected to dingy which is apt.

  66. How the hell does Tony Dungy belong in the hall of fame?

    As a player? NO.

    As a coach? Are you kidding me.

    This is an epic sham.

    I’m sure Polian had to kiss many asses for this one.

  67. It appears this HOF class provides examples of how the NFL now seems to view behavior as more important than stats. Dungy was 9-10 in the playoffs but considered a gentleman is in. TO, a highly successful player but considered a narcissistic jerk, is out.

  68. For all the 49er fans hanging on to their greatness of 2 decades ago…

    I just want to be the bearer of Bad news…..

    It’s probably going to be a long wait until A.J. Jenkins is elected into the HOF.

  69. They should add arms to Dungy’s bust and drape them over Manning’s bust when he is added in a few years.

    I can’t wait to hear Harrison’s acceptance speech. Will he get teary when he talks about being the absolute biggest prick in pro football for his entire career–the most unlikeable guy in the league? Not to mention that he was suspected of firing shots at some guy in Philly a few years ago (though the man was not hit and Harrison was never charged). Harrison had no class.

  70. LMAO at those who think that because of ‘stats’ that Kurt Warner is more deserving than Snake Stabler. Stabler was a QB who called his own plays (unheard of in today’s NFL), was a master of the 2 minute drill and who played most of his career in an era BEFORE the league rules changed so that defenses were essentially crippled as a means to artificially inflate QB passing stats. I doubt that Warner would’ve even been a mid-level QB if he had played prior to the 1978 rules changes.

    Snake was unfairly denied HOF induction during his lifetime because of pure vendetta and politics among some influential HOF selection committee members.

  71. Sorry, but Dungy is a joke. He was a good coach, not a Hall of Fame coach. There’s a difference. Everyone else deserved the honor.

  72. moerawn says:
    Feb 6, 2016 9:07 PM
    Harrison is also in the target shooting HOF

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    good the world needs more dead drug dealers anyways. that should help marvins case not hurt it. congrats marvin from a longtime pats fan. it was amazing to watch you play against us, you presented a number of challenges to our defense. easily one of the most dominant receivers ever.

  73. Haha, all this ripping on Dungy while forgetting Tampa Bay was horrible until he got there. Geez, people are forgetful these days. Great choice, well deserving.

  74. After Favre it is not much of a class. Obviously all were very good or better at their jobs, but “are they worthy?” questions can be raised. Appears that Dungy is the most frequently questioned on this site but as a media darling he was going to get in eventually (as will the equally questionable John Lynch). For Dungy “eventually” just happens to be this year.

    Still, the biggest question I have about Dungy is who is going to create his HOF bust? After all, it cannot be easy to sculpt sanctimonious.

  75. Joe Jacoby should have been in. He made more pancake blocks for a longer period of time than almost any other OT. Counter trey with Jacoby leading the way sent the skins to numerous SB titles. Travesty he didn’t make it.

  76. Dungy getting in all ties in the “inner circle” of the NFL. This is the one that goes after Tom Brady and worships Manning. All you need to know about Dungy is that Tampa Bay finally won a championship the year AFTER he left.

  77. Sam Wyche built Tampa’s defense. Dungy did alright holding teams together for a few years, but he’s just not HOF caliber.

  78. Ken Stabler? Are you kidding me? Guy plays for 15 years, throws for less than 30,000 yards (less than 2,000 per season), throws more interceptions than touchdowns and has a career passer rating of 75.3. Give me a break.
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    Agreed. Snake got the sympathy vote because he died I guess. He is not HOF material. A very colorful character, this does not translate to talent. His stats speak for themselves and his induction opens the door to other lesser QBs like Plunkett.

  79. It’s sad that Brett loved beating the Packers the most. We’ll never forgive him for that. Ever.

  80. I obviously love Brett Favre, but the talent on the Lombardi Packers was the best ever. I know the historic Steelers came close. I don’t understand why Jerry Kramer is not in the Hall.

  81. davew128 says:
    Feb 6, 2016 10:50 PM
    rushbacker says:
    Feb 6, 2016 9:12 PM
    Wow, man. Just unbelievable that TD continues to be left out of a so-called Hall of Fame that has recently admitted the likes of Curtis Martin
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    This would be the Curtis Martin who is still 4th all time in rushing yardage?
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    TD
    2000 yd season
    League MVP
    Super Bowl MVP
    2 time Super Bowl Champ
    Best 3 year rushing total in NFL history
    Best post season running back ever.
    In the 7 post season games during there Super Bowl years he has 7 100 yd games and 11 TDs.

    Now tell me what kind of hardware Curtis has.

    To keep a great running back out because of injury and let good-very good running backs in because the stayed healthy and played longer in my mind is stupid.

    Ask any defender who played against TD if he should be a HOFer and the answer is YES!

  82. I think the Hall of Fame has been evolving into the Hall of Very Good. True hall of fame level players are inducted each year, certainly, but that is rare air that shouldn’t necessitate a class of eight or so each and every year like some graduation exercise. But it makes for a lively debate though; Dungy? Really?

  83. jag1959 says:
    “Tony Dungy was a very good coach, not a great one. That he is in the HOF over Coryell is just wrong.”
    A truer statement couldn’t be said, Coryell’s passing game was the real deal and set the stage for many of today’s schemes. Unfortunately the younger fans don’t know who he is. Tony Dungy couldn’t get it done in Tampa with that great talent, enter J. Gruden and his first season they win it all. Dungy’s success in Indy was due to Manning, Tony just had to stay out of Payton’s way. Dungy made his bones on defense prior to the Colts and failed to build one there.

  84. Ironic how the guys who go to work in the media after their NFL careers are the ones who are voted in by the media…..not that it would be bias to say the least

  85. Hines Ward should get elected into the Hall of Blame. Dirtiest player ever. Whoever kept him out of the HOF made the right choice.

  86. This coming from a Born-again Christian. If Tony Dungy made the Hall of Fame as a coach there are only one of two possibilities. Either 1. The bar is set very low, or 2. The vote is now becoming more of a popularity contest. Despite a Superbowl victory, his body of work as a coach is not worthy of induction. I admire him as an individual, but the truth is when you look at everything he did throughout his career good and bad , with everything he was given to work with, the career does not rise to the level of induction. I would not be very surprised if in his remarks he will gracefully accept the honor, but comment that he is not sure of being deserving. That would be consistent with the humble character of the man, yet there have been many humble men of high character whose persona does not put them in the Hall. The attitudes among voters that put Dungy in are very similar to the media attitudes that have been desperately trying to protect Peyton Manning.

  87. vikingforlife says:
    Feb 7, 2016 2:19 AM

    Okay, I hear many people posting, why Dungy? He only coached 1 Super Bowl winning team. The same can be said for Ditka. Were you this outraged when he got in? Where’s the argument? Seriously, I’m really just asking???

    Might have been because

    1) Dungy was a backup who didn’t play long enough to qualify for a pension, His HoF case is COMPLETELY as a coach.

    2) Ditka is in the HOF primarily for his qualifications as a PLAYER. Winning as a coach certainly didn’t hurt his case, but that’s not why he is in.

  88. Thank you for answering my question. My husband is the Bears fan of the family. I , the Vikings fan. But even he says Ditka wasn’t anything to right home about as a TE. Whatever. I appreciate your response. Not sure about why everyone dislikes Dungy so much. Not my fight.

  89. St. Dungy over Jimmy Johnson… All about skin color unfortunately…. Hell, Jimmy created the draft pick/trade value chart.

  90. 4 Super Bowls,

    3 different QB’s and RB’s.

    Jacoby not in the Hall of Fame

    Kinda like Coldplay and Beyonce playing in San Fran instead of oh, Metallica? Steve Miller Band? Santana?

    Or how about a real talent? Steve Perry from Journey! He could actually sing the national anthem!

    The only thing missing was Kane er whatever, walking up to Lady Gaga and taking the mic and crying racism that Beyounce wasn’t lip singing the anthem…

    BTW. Whitney still HOF performance!!! Best ever!

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