Brian Urlacher disappointed Darren Woodson isn’t joining him in the Hall of Fame

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Former Cowboys safety Darren Woodson was among the preliminary nominees for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class, but he didn’t make the cut. One player who did make the cut isn’t happy about that.

Former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher, who will be enshrined in Canton in August, said that it frustrates him that Woodson has been voted down by the selection committee.

It drives me crazy,” Urlacher said on 105.3 The Fan, via the Dallas Morning News. “I don’t understand. He has three rings, correct? I don’t know how much of a big deal that is to the voters, but he had a good career. He was the guy that I think made that [Cowboys] defense go. I know they were good up front, they had Ken Norton in the middle and everything, but Darren Woodson to me was a beast — my favorite player of all time.”

Woodson played his entire 13-year career for the Cowboys, was a four-time first-team All-Pro and a three-time Super Bowl champion. He may make the Hall of Fame some day. Urlacher wishes he could have gone in with his favorite player.

30 responses to “Brian Urlacher disappointed Darren Woodson isn’t joining him in the Hall of Fame

  1. I hate the Cowboys (the Jimmy Johnson era, especially), but I love Darren Woodson. He should be a HOFer…and I’d love to see Mike Zimmer introduce him.

  2. I’m a Redskins fan. I hate the Cowboys. Even I think Woodson should be in the Hall of Fame. He was great player and a complete safety.

  3. Urlacher answered his own question. Woodson was very good for a long time. Its the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of the Very Good. Canton is reserved for the best of the best.

    Woodson, good? Yes. Great? No.

  4. Not many players like Woody in the history of the NFL. A savage on the field and a true gentleman off. Great person!

  5. I think I agree with Urlacher. Woodson took his position to another level. But what he did is not sexy so its tougher to get the votes.

  6. The Hall Of Fame isn’t complete without Rodney Harrison.

    Star power. Talent. Passion for the game. The fact that he’s so loathed by opposing fans is exactly why he should be immortalized with the rest of his peers of great ones.

  7. Agree. Woodson is the Cowboys all time leading tackler and a six time prow bowler at a time when Ronnie Lott and Rod Woodson played. He was also the anchor of that secondary because Kevin Smith and Deion were poor tacklers. I do think the fact that so many Cowboys have gotten in in recent years and he wasn’t a big name player has hurt his chances.

  8. I don’t want to hear of another DB getting in until Ken “Rattlesnake” Riley gets in. He has been bypassed by many inferior players because the voting committee doesn’t like the Bengals. If you don’t know who he is, look up his stats. They are way better than many DB’s in the HOF.

  9. Urlacher should count his lucky stars as he made it in as a hall of good player. Seth Joyner had much better numbers than Urlacher and he can’t get a sniff……..know your role and shut your trap.

  10. I agree that Woodson belongs in the Hall, but safety has always been a tough sell to the “experts” who vote. As a total homer choice, I would point to Cliff Harris as a great player who has been overlooked, but there are several others on other teams who have been and will continue to be passed over for the bigger name players.

  11. laxman – you need to compare their numbers again. It’s pretty much a wash between those two.

  12. Ron Jull says:
    June 6, 2018 at 9:46 am
    Urlacher answered his own question. Woodson was very good for a long time. Its the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of the Very Good. Canton is reserved for the best of the best.

    Woodson, good? Yes. Great? No.

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    Doesn’t that also describe Urlacher, though?

  13. Well Brian, you made it in, so that should tell you how important “rings” are to them.

    I have no problem with Woodson making it. After Leroy Butler of course. Butler was also 4 times all pro. He was also the first DB to ever have 20 sacks and 20 interceptions. Oh yeah, he also invented the most iconic td celebration of all time.

  14. I have no problem with Woodson making it. After Leroy Butler of course. Butler was also 4 times all pro. He was also the first DB to ever have 20 sacks and 20 interceptions. Oh yeah, he also invented the most iconic td celebration of all time.
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    Butler will get in. Every NFL All-Decade Team member seems to get in at some point.

    Unfortunately, though, it will have to be via the Senior Committee.

  15. The Hall Of Fame isn’t complete without Rodney Harrison.

    Star power. Talent. Passion for the game. The fact that he’s so loathed by opposing fans is exactly why he should be immortalized with the rest of his peers of great ones.
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    Never the best S in the game, at any point of his career.

  16. Urlacher is right – Woodson should be in the HOF. Another that should be is Everson Walls…great player and good person even when not in front of the cameras.

  17. Ron Jull says:
    June 6, 2018 at 9:46 am
    Urlacher answered his own question. Woodson was very good for a long time. Its the Hall of Fame, not the Hall of the Very Good. Canton is reserved for the best of the best.

    Woodson, good? Yes. Great? No.
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    Not great?
    Look at the safety talent entering the NFL that Dallas passed over during his tenure. Only one reason. Woodson locked it down. And safeties don’t move to the corner late in their careers or play special teams, they retire. Woodson covered the slot.

    You know he transitioned to NFL Safety from College LB, right?

    Not great? SMH.

  18. Laxman said seth joyner had much better numbers than urlacker, joyner had 1056 tckls 24 int 50 sacks in 195 games, urlacker had 1040 tckls 22 int and 41 sacks in 180 games. Had he played 195 he would be passed joyner in every cat.

  19. xiiprestige says:

    June 6, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    Laxman said seth joyner had much better numbers than urlacker, joyner had 1056 tckls 24 int 50 sacks in 195 games, urlacker had 1040 tckls 22 int and 41 sacks in 180 games. Had he played 195 he would be passed joyner in every cat.
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    So Urlacher would have had 3 INTs, and 10 sacks in a season? Urlacher was completely broken down by the time he retired.

    Joyner was every bit as good as Urlacher. I wont say better…but he wasn’t the face of a terrible franchise either. Urlacher was.

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