HOF ponders a T.O. rule

AP

More than a decade ago, an injury to receiver Terrell Owens forced a change to the rules of the NFL. Now, an insult to T.O. could force a change to the rules of the HOF.

Per multiple sources, the Hall of Fame currently is considering a requirement that candidates for enshrinement commit to showing up for the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony before the selection committee makes its final choices.

As one source explained it, the issue became a hot topic on Friday in Canton. During the annual Ray Nitschke luncheon, attended only by members of the Hall of Fame, most strongly disagreed with Terrell Owens’ decision to boycott the weekend’s festivities. Some supported Owens. Most if not all agreed that it is important to stop Owens’ boycott of the ceremony from becoming a trend.

The Hall of Famers want advance screening of the candidates along with a commitment that they will show up. The plan, as another source put it, would consist of having the 25 semifinalists sign an agreement that they would show up if selected. It’s currently believed that the adjustment to the procedures is virtually certain to happen.

Three obvious questions arise. First, what happens if the semifinalist refuses to sign the document? Presumably, the person automatically would not become one of the 15 finalists, thereby preventing the members of the selection committee from voting the candidate in.

Second, what happens if the person signs the document, wins enshrinement, and then doesn’t show up? Would the Hall of Famer be replaced by an alternate, or would the bronze bust still be added to the Hall of Fame in the new enshrinee’s absence?

Third, and perhaps most importantly, is the Hall of Fame willing to change its bylaws to permit consideration for induction to stray beyond events and dynamics unrelated to the candidate’s football career? If an inclination to not attend the ceremony becomes a factor in keeping someone out of Canton, what about other things that are supposedly off limits when it comes to screening Hall of Famers?

The best approach could be to regard the T.O. situation as a once-in-318 aberration and to continue with the same rules that otherwise would have been applied. Indeed, Owens didn’t show up, but he’s still a Hall of Famer. It wouldn’t be fair to any other potential Hall of Famer to apply a different set of rules.

It also would be wrong to ignore Owens’ overriding point: He was indeed passed over, not once but twice, for reasons unrelated to his accomplishments. The fact that Owens and Randy Moss generally are regarded as the second- and third-, or third- and second-, best receivers of all time behind Jerry Rice coupled with the fact that Moss got in on the first try proves that Owens also should have gotten in on the first try.

So instead of creating a litmus test that violates the letter and spirit of the Hall of Fame’s bylaws for enshrinement, the current members of the Hall of Fame should instead recognize the merit of T.O.’s argument and consider revamping the selection process to ensure that another first-ballot Hall of Famer isn’t made to wait for reasons other than the things he did on the field.

110 responses to “HOF ponders a T.O. rule

  1. Simple. Revoke enshrinement for anyone who chooses to not attend. Don’t even bother making anyone sign anything. They don’t show up and they don’t get in.

  2. And now the truth comes out. HOF is just as political as everything else. They’ve just entirely invalidated the existence of the HOF. They only celebrate the players who follow their rules, and those rules are obviously subject to change at any time depending on how petty the HOF selection committee is. They held Kramer captive for 40 years for whatever reason, they decided to hold TO captive for a few years as a way of showing their control. It’s time to scrap the whole system.

  3. It’s the first time it has ever happened. If they were to make a rule out of it, that’d show to me the HoF has become to big-headed.
    This isn’t something that will become common or the norm

  4. So a guy like Jerry Kramer would have had to sign an agreement like this 10 times ,could make things worse !

  5. If they agree to show up, not “protest”, not disrespect the Hall, not wear disprespectful Ties or other inflammatory attire and follow ALL the rules……then they should be enshrined.
    But, If they violate their agreement in ANY way, they shall forfeit their election, the Gold Jacket, the Bust, and be forever banned for future reinstatement or Election

  6. Interesting working by you guys: “Now, an insult to T.O. could force a change to the rules of the HOF.” Seems more like T.O. insulted the Hall of Fame and the fans.

  7. Lifetime Ban For Kneelers says:
    August 6, 2018 at 6:47 am
    If they agree to show up, not “protest”, not disrespect the Hall, not wear disprespectful Ties or other inflammatory attire and follow ALL the rules……then they should be enshrined.
    But, If they violate their agreement in ANY way, they shall forfeit their election, the Gold Jacket, the Bust, and be forever banned for future reinstatement or Election

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    I thought the snowflakes were the sensitive ones?

  8. Yes, just move on with no new attendance rules.

    However, if the hall wants to review TO’s criticisms on induction, then do that.

  9. This is how exclusive clubs controlled by petty little men on power trips always turn out. Self-congratulatory nonsense always ends up eating its own.

  10. What’s next…players who refuse to attend the draft punished?

    I really dislike Owens but this is a ridiculous reaction. It’s based purely on emotional reaction (they’re butt hurt) and not on logic at all.

    Why does everything need a rule? What if the next time a forced-to-attend entrant uses their mic time to say something you don’t want them to say in TV? Will you regulate speeches then too?

    Just chalk it up to TO bring a douche and move on, no one else is going to do what he did.

  11. This is so stupid. The NFL and everything associated with it just cant get out of its own way.

    Mark Cuban may have been right. The NFL is dying a slow death.

  12. “Someone’s using their freedom of speech in a way that makes us feel uncomfortable? Make a rule so it never happens again!” – anyone involved with the NFL

  13. POINT OF IT ALL!!! s the Hall of Fame willing to change its bylaws to permit consideration for induction to stray beyond events and dynamics unrelated to the candidate’s football career??? Owens never damaged the NFL brand by using drugs, never went to jail, never accused or implicated of murder, no domestic violence charge. He was enigmatic and overly animated on the field and dealing with teammates, “but hey” so is Tom Brady when slamming the ball at the feet of officials, cussing coordinators, opponents, and teammates in frustration. We see what we want to see..

  14. The HoF still does not get it. The system by which players are voted in is done so by biased writers who want to add in their personal feelings towards the player instead of just looking at what the players did on the field. This is a problem. Criteria that is strictly based on what the player did on the field should be instituted outside of being convicted of a heinous crime. Perhaps the HoF players should be the final voice as to who goes in first ballot.

  15. Welcome to the slippery slope. You just know after the clause, you must agree to show up someone will suggest you must also agree not to protest anything. You know it’s coming.

  16. Creating a litmus test that would viloate the spirit of the hof? Really? Like not showing up ? He didnt get in bc he wa a self promoting selfish jerk to people who were just trying to do their job. He was also aware that he was being a jerk to the very people he needed to vote for him and dint care. Five yrs later he cares? Too bad

  17. If T.O. was so concerned to stand up for guys who get overlooked, he should’ve refused it. But no, he went drama-diva over it, as always, making everything about him. As for enshrinement, why grace someone with an award who doesn’t want to grace you by collecting it? No show, no crown.

  18. Isn’t this thought process just proving TO’s point even further?
    He said the process is broken. You can have a voter with an axe to grind against a player & hold his enshrinement hostage for personal issues & now they want mandated attendance!
    For some crazy reason it took the INT leader, Paul Krause 20 years to get in. He hasn’t played in 40 & he is still the all-time leader. It took Kramer 40 years. Now a guy won’t get in if they don’t show?
    What if Brady/Belichick/Kraft say they aren’t going? Would those guys not get in? What about players that pass away? They already screw those players families by not giving their loved ones their jacket or ring. Now they won’t even get a chance to be enshrined?
    Also, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the worst of the big 4 sports…even worse than the NCAA HOFs.

  19. “to ensure that another first-ballot Hall of Famer isn’t made to wait for reasons other than the things he did on the field.”——
    Like running to the center of the field and spiking the ball at Dallas making him look like a complete tool—Like screaming at your QB like a complete tool—-Like yelling at other guys on your own team—-All of these things he did while being on the field—-So he had to wait to get in. You’re as big a crybaby as he is.

  20. “The fact that Owens and Randy Moss generally are regarded as the second- and third-, or third- and second-, best receivers of all time”…

    There should be no confusion. MOSS WAS BETTER THAN TO. Not 2nd 3rd or 3rd 2nd. Moss is at least 2nd and seeing how Rice slipped and ADMITTED to cheating for his entire career, I’d give the nod to Moss for 1st.

    Also, seeing how the ball would come back to him with stickum all over it, Mr Wonderful Joe Montana was thoroughly aware and complicit in the cheating. Montana was also thoroughly aware that his linemen sprayed silicone on their jerseys. Thinks it’s pretty funny in fact. The supposed best ever QB and receiver. Sure

  21. i’d let it remain a player’s choice to attend or not. however they don’t get any of the take-home award stuff unless they show up. maybe it could be at a later date…I’ll have to think about that.

  22. Lifetime Ban For Kneelers
    Aug 6, 2018, 6:47 AM EDT
    If they agree to show up, not “protest”, not disrespect the Hall, not wear disprespectful Ties or other inflammatory attire and follow ALL the rules……then they should be enshrined.
    But, If they violate their agreement in ANY way, they shall forfeit their election, the Gold Jacket, the Bust, and be forever banned for future reinstatement or Election
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    This comment is ridiculous. We do not live in a dictatorship. This country is the land of the free. As for TO, don’t change anything. TO deserved to wait. As a player, he was a poor teammate. That’s why he had to wait

  23. T.O. was great. No doubt.

    But, let’s not forget his impact on the NFL the two years he was with the Eagles. He went from Philly’s favorite player to everyone’s pain in the ass. It was unwatchable. If I saw T.O. on TV I would change the channel. So, in that sense, he was bad for the game. Fans tired of his spectacle, the NFL was often a worse product because of him.

    In that regard, I can see why he was skipped over a few times. I mean, his numbers were great, but he couldn’t stay on a team because nobody wanted him around after a while. That’s a factor too. Being an awful teammate and/or member of a team is part of his dossier.

  24. At one time Andre Reed was 2nd in career catches and 3rd in career yardage.( Jerry Rice was 1st in both ) The rules changed to make passing easier “defenseless receiver’ ( You used to be able to crush receivers in the air once they touched the ball )you could no longer cut receivers legs from under them when they were in the air, helmet to helmet hits banned, rules to protect QBs etc. Passing became easier and receivers put up big numbers faster and passed players like Art Monk and Reed. This resulted in a backlog into the HOF at the receiver position and players had to get in line and wait their turn. Some of the younger diva receivers who put up the big numbers because of the rules changes think they should move to the head of the line. When you know your legs are going to be cut from under you or someone is launching to make helmet to helmet contact with your head and “time it” so you drop the ball it is tougher to make catches. Many talented receivers didn’t make it out of training camp because ” they couldn’t take a hit ”
    The ones playing under the new rules need to respect the players who made their catches under those conditions and wait their turn.

  25. I don’t really care that T.O. didn’t show up, that’s his right. I’m almost glad he didn’t. I have a feeling one day he’s going to regret it though.

  26. Just don’t interfere with their right to kneel for the Anthem!!!

    You don’t get rights like boycotting the Hall of Fame enshrinement!!!

  27. Maybe the voters should sign an oath to uphold their decision solely predicated on the football facts instead of letting their emotions towards an individual get in the way !

  28. I couldn’t care less the ” Halls of fame ” in all sports have become a joke. People in that shouldn’t be and people that will never get in but should.

  29. What they need to change is taking the vote away from those dumb sports writers. Far too many great players are not in the Hall of Fame.

  30. How much does it cost for an athlete to be inducted into the HOF, and who pays for it?

    If the team that the player played for pays for the induction costs, what happens if a team refuses to pay? Does the player have to pony up the dough himself?

    For the Hollywood Walk Of Fame, don’t the stars have to come up with the money for their Walk of Fame Star?

  31. SO Ray Lewis self aggrandizing for 33 minutes is better than TO not coming? These people are a joke.

  32. The new rule is not needed because it is unlikely there will be a person who behaves as badly as TO. TO is unique. Not even Marshawn Lynch, if he is inducted, will act the same way.

  33. The HOF is run by activists who masquerade as sports journalists.
    If they would just stick to sports journalism and pay attention only to what is done on the field, then their would be no problem.
    If these activists continue down this path, the fans will accelerate leaving the sport behind.

  34. donl517 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:03 am
    Just don’t interfere with their right to kneel for the Anthem!!!

    You don’t get rights like boycotting the Hall of Fame enshrinement!!!

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  35. How about another rule. All inductee speeches to be given while standing behind the podium and talking into the mic.

  36. Such a rule would further delegitimize the HOF selection process, which is already suspect at best. I personally find T.O. about as likable as jock itch but he should have been inducted first-ballot; and don’t even get me started on the whole Jerry Kramer fiasco.

  37. Kevin Briggs says:
    August 6, 2018 at 7:42 am

    T.O. was great. No doubt.

    If I saw T.O. on TV I would change the channel. So, in that sense, he was bad for the game. Fans tired of his spectacle, the NFL was often a worse product because of him.

    In that regard, I can see why he was skipped over a few times. I mean, his numbers were great, but he couldn’t stay on a team because nobody wanted him around after a while. That’s a factor too. Being an awful teammate and/or member of a team is part of his dossier.
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    TO was great, and “I mean his numbers were great”, but I didn’t like him so, whah, whah, whah.

    The HOF is about football and how good they were at playing it. TO is arguably the very best WR to ever play in the NFL. He didn’t have two HOF’s, Joe Montana and Steve Young throwing to him, with other future HOF’s line up with him.

  38. Once again people associated with the NFL are showing what delicate snowflakes they are. You could have rewritten this article to be, HOF considering taking its ball and going home after not having been ignored by Suzie Q at recess. What a fricken joke these petty crybaby pee pants people are.

  39. Maybe the HOF should create a Ray Lewis rule:

    Any candidate for the HOF will be disqualified if they commit, are involved in or obstruct the investigation of a homicide or multiple homicides.
    Any elected member of the HOF shall be removed from said Hall if they commit, are involved in or obstruct the investigation a homicide or multiple homicides.

    They can call it the Ray Lewis Rule, or the White Suit Rule.

    This would prevent those unworthy of election from ever getting in, and remove those previously elected if needed.

  40. It’s the individuals choice to show up or not…… if that person decides not to go for whatever reason then so be it….. it’s their loss to not be part of something so special…… I’m tierd of hearing about it…… plus if the media would just completely shun the guy & not give him any exposure to his PERCIEVED injustice their reason for no show would become irrelevant

  41. The HOF is just pathetic. I agree with Owens on this and him not attending. Granted T.O. had his issues, but they HOF needs to stick to their own criteria. What the HOF should be looking into is why the hell wasn’t this guy in as a first ballot HOF. Based on their own criteria he should have been and the writers who tried to punish him should be removed from ever voting again. The arrogance of these people is astounding.

  42. Lots of up votes by people wanting to “stick it to the man.” The “man” in this case is the hall trustees, now perceived as whiners because they want to protect their interests. But in doing so, you’re supporting the childish TO and his petty whining.

  43. TO had to wait until his 3rd year supposedly because he was a bad teammate. What was the reason Bettis-the 5th alltime leading rusher(at his retirement) had to wait until Year 3?

  44. These HOF schmucks just keep proving how right Owens was all along.

    He’s pulled the curtain back on this nonsense, and we can see it for what it is now.

  45. I love protests! Nothing wrong with challenging bad norms and policies. Make people think, use their own noggins for a change and check this out – speak to one another. Ie the lost art of communication. Who is it all hurting? Think about it.

  46. This all happened already. Michael Irvin got in on the first ballot and Cris Carter had to wait 4 years because one kissed up to the media and other one didn’t. Anyone who thinks Irvin was better than Carter is either a Cowboy homer or an idiot.

  47. Maybe they need to stop limiting how many can get in each year. If a guy is worthy then let them in. It is a shame that they place limits on how many can go in. If they are a HOFer then put them in. The big issue the HOF voters had with TO was how he acted in the locker room. If off field issues are not supposed to matter, maybe it is time to include the locker room too. That was the debatable issue with TO, some wanted to include a cancer in the locker room variable and others felt it didn’t belong. Sounds like they need to make a ruling on that, either it does count or it doesn’t. Fix those two things and I think everyone will be happy.

  48. While they are at it maybe the league should say nobody can be picked in the first round of the draft unless they an sign an agreement that if they are requested to be present on draft night to shake Roger Goodell’s hand they must do so or forfeit any right to be drafted in the first round

    The HOF needs to get over its belief in its wonderfulness

  49. TruthfulDolphinsFanNotWearingBlinders says:
    August 6, 2018 at 7:28 am
    Owens > Moss
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    But if Owens had played for New England at some point and Moss had not you’d have it the other way around, lol

  50. I thought the award was about their career…not a 15 min speech…..you were either the best and belong in the hall or you werent….should have nothing to do with a speech

  51. schmokes says:
    August 6, 2018 at 6:43 am
    And now the truth comes out. HOF is just as political as everything else. They’ve just entirely invalidated the existence of the HOF. They only celebrate the players who follow their rules, and those rules are obviously subject to change at any time depending on how petty the HOF selection committee is. They held Kramer captive for 40 years for whatever reason, they decided to hold TO captive for a few years as a way of showing their control. It’s time to scrap the whole system.

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    All Halls of Fame are political, the ones for the other 3 professional sports, the National Museum of Horse Racing Hall of Fame, and especially the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I mean, it takes decades for great artists like Deep Purple, Chicago, and KISS to get in, while Nirvana, ABBA, and Madonna get into the Hall on the first ballot?

    I mean, T.O.’s point about the Profootball HOF has been made. Now, the HOF wants put up MORE nonsensical and artificial barriers for potential inductees to get in. In my opinion, this proposed rule is unnecessary.

    It’s why I HATE Halls of Fame.

  52. Does it really matter when you get into the Hall, first, second, third ballot ? You should just be thankful that you are in. There should probably 100’s of other players that should be in the Hall, but are not. T.O. is a selfish person, who wants his own way and pouts when he doesn’t. He should just be thankful for being selected into the Hall. Terrell Owens = The Complete Narcissist.

  53. So…wait.

    He’s protesting getting passed over for things that have nothing to do with his on field accomplishments, so now they’re considering a rule that would let them pass people over for something that has nothing to do with their on field accomplishments.

    Kinda making his point for him no?

  54. Way to much TO talk and it took away from the new inductees. It was a great class and Owens can wallow in the self righteous misery he created for himself.

  55. Once you’ve been selected. you’re in the HOF.
    BUT, If you don’t show up for the ceremony, your bust does not show up in the hall.
    If you don’t want to show your face for the ceremony, then your face will not be shown in the hall either.
    You’re still a member, but if you don’t show up, how can you receive your gold jacket? By fed ex?
    No
    No show?
    No jacket.
    No bust exhibit.

  56. Pointless rule. The selection committee just wants to be in the news. IF they passed it I would support the first person to sign it, do media leading up to the presentation, and then not show up just to force the committee to decide on rescinding the honor. Because really who cares, we would all know he was voted in.

  57. Revamping the process of HOF voting won’t ensure future members get in when they’re ‘supposed’ to get in or what will be considered when they are, or aren’t, voted in. T.O.’s distractions were so much in the forefront that they actually overshadowed his on-field work. That alone forces itself to become a part of the overall considerations regarding the decisions made by those doing the voting. I agree that this should be treated as a one-time occurrence because requiring future prospects to sign documents compelling them to show up for enshrinement only muddies the waters on already difficult process.

  58. Seems pretty dumb actually, is the goal for the athlete to not want to deal with this Hall at all? Prodding the athlete bears isn’t very wise at all, this seems like a petty reactionary concept by loser Hall voters.

    Just post a big L sign over the Hall guys while your at it, little control freak prima donnas with entitlement issues on top. Wowza! Makes the place look like it has no class.

  59. ncfloyd says:
    August 6, 2018 at 9:14 am
    TO had to wait until his 3rd year supposedly because he was a bad teammate. What was the reason Bettis-the 5th alltime leading rusher(at his retirement) had to wait until Year 3?

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    Because Bettis didn’t deserve to be in the HOF then and he still doesn’t now

  60. djstat says:
    August 6, 2018 at 7:41 am

    As for TO, don’t change anything. TO deserved to wait. As a player, he was a poor teammate. That’s why he had to wait.
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    But who gets to decide someone is a “poor teammate”?

    Ray Lewis might have been great teammate but was involved in a murder.
    Randy Moss played when he wanted, and drove his car into a police officer.
    OJ…well we know OJ was great teammate, but a horrible husband.

    So some sports writer gets to determine who is a “poor teammate”?

  61. Liberalsruineverything,

    Irvin DID NOT get in on the 1st ballot. I don’t know why so many gave you a thumbs up.

  62. He was indeed passed over, not once but twice, for reasons unrelated to his accomplishments.

    I couldn’t disagree with this more. Football is a team game, and his locker room behavior counts as part of his “accomplishments”. It affected his team. It was a huge distraction to the 2005 Philadelphia Eagles. It was a huge distraction to the 2003 San Francisco 49ers. I think it’s more than fair that he waited to get into the HoF. Heck, I wouldn’t have voted him in.

  63. Eric says:
    August 6, 2018 at 10:51 am
    Liberalsruineverything,

    Irvin DID NOT get in on the 1st ballot. I don’t know why so many gave you a thumbs up.
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    You’re right. I stand corrected. My bad.

  64. Call me crazy…but this is suppose to be an honor. If you don’t want to participate I really don’t thing you need to be enshrined.

    And here’s a thought…Don’t act like an idiot during your playing days and this won’t be an issue.

  65. The HOF is a joke. It’s basically the Hall of very good, well connected, and liked. There are a lot of folks in the HOF right now, that don’t deserve to be. For example, Terrell Davis had 1 great year and 2 good years, yet he’s in because of Super Bowl and Elway. He was a nice guy too. The rest of his time in the NFL he was a walking injury.

    T.O. on the other hand, deserved to be a first ballot. Yet, the pettiness of the the Hall Voter (media) prevented that.

  66. How about only players and coaches that know something about football vote for the Hall of Fame instead of a bunch of journo hacks that couldn’t dissect a play or evaluate a player if their life depended on it? Now there would be a just revamp of the system.

    Otherwise, just back off this asinine and hypocritical attempt at “getting in the last word” against T.O. Stop proving his point that you clowns are not concerned with honoring football accomplishments and are just curators of your own popularity club.

  67. mm556 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:21 am
    donl517 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 8:03 am
    Just don’t interfere with their right to kneel for the Anthem!!!

    You don’t get rights like boycotting the Hall of Fame enshrinement!!!

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    I never inferred that I did, I was making a point, how everyone wants rights for kneeling for the anthem, but if you don’t go the the enshrinement, well oh my goodness! “How dare he”

  68. T.O. acts like his was entitled to first ballot enshrinement. Typical selfish behavior. He is not entitled to anything. I agree with the “shot over the bow” approach of making him wait a little bit for being such a dink for so many years. He still got in…he just had to wait a while.

  69. It is NOT a snub to be elected to the HOF on your 3rd try. It’s an honor.
    And the fact he changed his reasons why he was skipping the ceremony three times is laughable. He’s not visionary, brave or a social justice warrior. He’s a narcissistic, myopic child.

  70. It’s not unreasonable, nor is it a slippery slope, to make a rule that to be enshrined one must attend the enshrinement ceremony.

    All of us regular, non-rich people, have to follow rules like that every day.

  71. I watch sports on TV and in person as an small degree of escapism from my daily life. I agree that everyone has the right to voice an opinion/protest.
    But … not on my dime. If a sporting event turns political, I turn it off.

  72. Here’s an idea. Televise the HOF meeting. Hold the voters accountable for who they vote for and who they snub for petty reasons. If you televise it, people will actually have to explain why they didn’t vote for someone who clearly should have gotten in.

    In baseball the HOF ballots are made public. In the NFL, 70-year-old writers can snub a guy who wouldn’t give them a one-on-one in 2003 and if they can convince a few of their buddies to vote with them, that’s enough to keep a guy out.

    It’s not absurd to ask for accountability.

  73. aaronrodgers618 says:
    August 6, 2018 at 11:31 am
    T.O. acts like his was entitled to first ballot enshrinement.

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    Statistically speaking…he was. And that is what it is supposed to be all about is it not?

  74. Kevin Briggs says:
    August 6, 2018 at 7:42 am

    TO is arguably the very best WR to ever play in the NFL.
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    It’s not arguable. He’s not. Moss was better. Rice was better. Megatron was better.

  75. Except for that one game winning catch against the Packers in one playoff game, TO stunk when it counted the most. Rice OTOH, was MVP in one Super Bowl, and I guess that really chapped Joe Montana’s hide, because Rice and Montana did not seem to get along well since then.

  76. “Now, T.O.’s childish, immature reaction to his induction could force a change to the rules of the HOF.”

    There. Fixed it for you.

    And I’m sorry – but too much emphasis is place on “first ballot” HOF’ers. You were either a Hall of Fame player or you were not. Period.

  77. Typical media and their god complex. If you don’t fall in line, they’ll tear you apart. So easy to see through the shenanigans. Moss and TO were always considered equals on and off the field. One was ripped to shreds for 2 years, the other wasn’t. Hmmm…

  78. The HOF is supposed to be about great players, players who elevated the game of Football. T.O.’s stats make him the number 2 receiver all time BUT his antics and attitude ended up hurting every team he played for. Great players make their teams better, not worse. Great players elevate the play of the players around them. Great players are coveted by every team! T.O. played great, but he was NOT a great player

  79. I wonder if anyone at the HOF has considered they are opening themselves up for a scenario where a player is going to be on stage in Canton ripping them like TO was ripping them.

    People might accept the ‘TO Rule’ but they wouldn’t accept the next step after where they’re looking over and editing candidates speeches before they’re allowed to be a Hall of Famer.

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