Daniel Snyder, Hall of Fame board member, supports jackets and rings for deceased inductees

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The effort to secure a gold jacket and ring for the family of Ken Stabler and other Hall of Famers who were deceased when inducted has gotten a boost from one of the NFL owners who serves on the Hall of Fame’s Board of Trustees.

Washington owner Daniel Snyder is in favor of awarding the jacket and ring posthumously, according to team spokesman Tony Wyllie.

Steelers owner Dan Rooney, also on the Board of Trustees, did not have an immediate opinion but is open to discussing the matter. Bears chairman George McCaskey has deferred to the Hall of Fame on the matter. The other three owners currently on the Board of Trustees — Jerry Jones of the Cowboys, Jimmy Haslam of the Browns, and Denise DeBartolo York of the 49ers — have not responded to requests for comment submitted by PFT through their respective teams.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, another member of the Board of Trustees, referred PFT to the Hall of Fame, via a league spokesman.

The policy has been in place for years. Last week, one of the Stabler’s daughters brought the topic to light via social media, after several Bears Hall of Famers received new Rings of Excellence made by Kay Jewelers to replace the more basic class-ring-style items that the Hall previously bestowed on members who were alive at the time of induction.

The Hall of Fame’s operational board, which meets every two months and includes no owners nor the Commissioner, decided in June to keep the policy in place, after reconsidering it at the request of Stabler’s family. His other two daughters issued a statement through the Hall of Fame expressing acceptance of the policy.

If the policy changes, those receiving the jacket and ring would include the family of former Washington coach George Allen, who was enshrined after his passing. Allen’s son, Bruce, currently serves as Snyder’s top football executive.

Regardless of the connection and potential benefit to the Allen family, it’s the right thing to do — and Snyder deserves credit for opting to take a public stand on the issue.

50 responses to “Daniel Snyder, Hall of Fame board member, supports jackets and rings for deceased inductees

  1. So, after the HOF committee, after looking at what is a blatantly unfair situation, decided to double down on the policy? Weak.

  2. You wonder why fans are losing interest, GIVE the families a jacket and a ring! 31 of the greediest turds in a America.
    Take it out of Goodell’s pay if you can’t afford it.

  3. What’s to discuss. Simply admit the horrible oversight and move on.

    Instead they keep the absurdity going and give the public ANOTHER reason to hate the NFL.

    Now that is just more great leadership from Goodell and his 32 cronies (sarcasm)

  4. These guys are so tight, they’re probably upset because they thought they could save $$$ by not having to pay for the jackets and rings! the NFL ~the National Financial League

  5. I can’t even believe this is even being discussed. No rings and jackets for deceased members?

    “The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.”

  6. How much would it cost per pft staff member and pft reader if we all pitched in and bought the Stabler family a ring and jacket? Anybody else on board with the idea? Let’s get it done. Let us know where to send the checks, Florio.

  7. The NFL and HOF will reverse its decision and present the jacket and ring to the family of Ken Stabler….during a 2 hour primetime special on the NFL network.

  8. NFL owners and the Commissioner are as clueless as professional politicians. Hate ’em all.

    Give the families the rings and jackets — the deceased Hall of Fame players certainly earned it and it is a either a nice memory or monetary bonus for their children.

  9. Just what Ken Stabler’s family wants a gold jacket and a ring. Who cares? The things we waste our time on . Take that money and spend it on something useful.

  10. The world may be ending. No, not because of the election. Because I actually agree with Danny Snyder on something.

    Maybe give the next of kin a choice – the jacket and ring, or multiple copies of the “crest” (whatever they were giving) up to like a dozen. I’m a little surprised this hasn’t come up before with Reggie White or Junior Seau.

    Of course, in Ken Stabler’s case, they should have had their collective heads out of their collective arses and elected him while still living (unlike White and Seau, they had ample chances to).

  11. He had a rough start, but just goes to show how Mr. Snyder has grown into one of the league’s best owners. Hail to the REDSKINS!
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    hahahaha!!!!!! good one!!!!!!!!!

  12. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Nov 7, 2016 2:53 PM

    How much would it cost per pft staff member and pft reader if we all pitched in and bought the Stabler family a ring and jacket? Anybody else on board with the idea? Let’s get it done. Let us know where to send the checks, Florio.
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    Good grief, these owners are millionaires and billionaires. I wouldn’t pay one dime for something that they should already be paying for.

  13. “Just what Ken Stabler’s family wants a gold jacket and a ring. Who cares? The things we waste our time on . Take that money and spend it on something useful.”

    Legal fees!

  14. But, but, but…..I thought Dan Snyder was a racist because he wants to keep the name Redskins. How can such a mean, evil, nasty person actually make such a good suggestion?

    We should not listen to this man because he is a racist. Therefore, his idea should be discarded in favor of the existing policy. If a racist like Dan Snyder is in favor of it, you know it’s a bad idea.

  15. exinsidetrader says:
    Nov 7, 2016 2:56 PM

    Don’t you mean the owner of the Redskins?

    Washington is owned by lobbyists and foreign governments it seems.
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  16. Seems like a really odd practice. Isn’t it awkward as those other guys get jackets and rings while the deceased members family stands there and watches? Give them a beautiful yellow jacket and a ring in a shadow box for the love of God! C’mon NFL HOF get your act together.

  17. I understand the sentiment, but I’m not sure what good it does. Is anyone going to wear the jacket and/or ring? (I would doubt it, since the kids didn’t actually earn them.) Or would they just sit in a closet, safe deposit box, etc.?

    I guess it depends on the value you place on material possessions. If I go first, my wife can pawn anything I have ever owned if she wants to. I don’t even want to take up space in the ground. Put me in the furnace and do whatever you want with my ashes. How am I going to know?

    “He who dies with the most toys is still dead.”

  18. Just another pointless NFL scandal that never should have happened. And like all the rest of the scandals, nobody will actually be held accountable. The jerk running the HoF will keep his job and probably get a raise.

    And just wait: They’ll give the Stablers a coat and ring to make this story go away but they won’t actually change the policy across the board so we’ll get the exact same issue all over again with the Seau family or somebody else.

  19. I never thought I’d say this about pretty much anything, but I agree with Dan Snyder.

    Pretty classless to not give the families of those who passed the same that you give those that are living. These are the guys that built the league into what it is today, and their families deserve that respect.

  20. jgedgar70 says:
    Nov 7, 2016 3:51 PM

    I understand the sentiment, but I’m not sure what good it does. Is anyone going to wear the jacket and/or ring? (I would doubt it, since the kids didn’t actually earn them.) Or would they just sit in a closet, safe deposit box, etc.?
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    They are keepsakes. I mean, the jacket wouldn’t do anything for me, but I am sure it would be cool to have the ring that your husband/dad earned for playing in the NFL.

    Not handing them out to the families of the few dead players that have been inducted into the Hall of Fame just makes the Hall/NFL look cheap and petty.

  21. No, it’s not the right thing to do. Jackets and rings are fitted to and meant to be worn by the inductee. And that is what makes those items so special once they’ve passed on – the inductee touched and used each one even if it was just one time. If the symbolism is so important, the crest plaque/memorial/trophy (whatever it may be) serves that purpose. A ring and a jacket not even sized for the person they are meant to honor is no honor.

  22. If I was a member of Ken Stabler’s family,or any other deceased HOFer’s family,I WOULD tell the NFL exactly where to shove the ring and the jacket if they were to suddenly decide to do the right thing. Too late…there’s no sincerity.

  23. Are you burying the ring and jacket in the ground? Do you really think that the families will all be on one page as to who gets the goods? What is the HAF supposed to do when each child, wife, girlfriend shows up with a story as to how the inductee had promised it to them?

    Barring a last will relating who gets the ring, who gets the jacket, being in place PRIOR to the induction, this becomes an absolute mess. The odds of such an inclusion in a will is not high.

  24. I can not imagine that the HOF wants to spend the time and resources dealing with the lawyers of each family member. Do you folks think that each inductee had only one wife and or offspring? Yeah, let the four x wives and eight kids work it out, that will be easy.

  25. sammievee says:
    Nov 7, 2016 5:21 PM
    I can not imagine that the HOF wants to spend the time and resources dealing with the lawyers of each family member. Do you folks think that each inductee had only one wife and or offspring? Yeah, let the four x wives and eight kids work it out, that will be easy.

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    That would never have anything to do with the NFL.

  26. mmack66 says:
    Nov 7, 2016 3:18 PM

    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Nov 7, 2016 2:53 PM

    How much would it cost per pft staff member and pft reader if we all pitched in and bought the Stabler family a ring and jacket? Anybody else on board with the idea? Let’s get it done. Let us know where to send the checks, Florio.
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    Good grief, these owners are millionaires and billionaires. I wouldn’t pay one dime for something that they should already be paying for.
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