Deion Sanders: They’re letting too many players into the Hall of Fame

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Deion Sanders is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he thinks that club is adding too many members.

Sanders said on the Dan Patrick Show that he believes there are too many players being allowed into the Hall of Fame, even if they weren’t truly great players, and it’s watering down the honor.

“What is a Hall of Famer now? Is it a guy who played a long time?” Sanders said. “It’s so skewed now. Once upon a time, a Hall of Famer was a player who changed the darn game, who made you want to reach in your pocket and pay your admission to see that guy play. That’s not a Hall of Famer anymore. Every Tom, Dick and Harry, you’re a Hall of Famer, you’re a Hall of Famer, you’re a Hall of Famer. They let everybody in this thing. It’s not exclusive anymore. And I don’t like it.”

Although Sanders didn’t want to name any specific players who he thinks have watered down the Hall of Fame, when Patrick asked him about Eli Manning, Sanders answered, “You get the point.”

Sanders added that he doesn’t think there should be a minimum number of new Hall of Famers each year. The Hall has enshrined at least six new members in every class since 2006, and Sanders thinks that’s too many.

“It should be based on, ‘Are you that guy?’ Not just because we have to meet a quota,” Sanders said.

Sanders’ comments may not make him popular among some of the Hall of Fame finalists hoping to get voted in on Saturday, but he sees the Hall of Fame as a club that ought to be more exclusive than it is.

213 responses to “Deion Sanders: They’re letting too many players into the Hall of Fame

  1. You can argue with a few of their selections in recent years but in general this is far and away the most exclusive club in sports. I think there’s only about 300 people in the Hall of Fame. I also disagree with Deions criteria. A player should be excellent but longevity is a factor. If you’re Terrell Davis you may have helped propel your team to excellence for a couple of years but a guy like Ladainian Tomlinson or Curtis Martin kept their teams relevant and in the playoffs for over a decade.

  2. No kidding. Eli Manning is not a hall of famer. If they put him in there for beating Brady and the Patriots, they might as well induct Nick Foles and Joe Flacco. It makes about as much sense. Jim Plunkett is the only quarterback with two super bowl wins to not be inducted.

  3. This has been apparent for years. It really helps if the former player is working in the media.

  4. He’s right. I made the same case with Frank Gore. The dude had played forever. Credit to him. He’s been good a long time. Was he ever the best in the league? I can’t even recall 1 season where he was the best at his position. I’d rather see someone like Bo Jackson in. Short awesomeness and domination to me means more than longevity of good. Is anyone really gonna say, “Man you should have seen Gore play!” Not likely.

  5. He is 100% correct, and not just because he is a legitimate HOFer.

    And it is not just the HOF voters who are clueless, there are even people on this site who believe Polamalu belongs in the HOF. Laughable and ridiculous.

  6. Longevity is a factor if you were also among the best at your position. Curtis Martin may have been a blue collar, no-frills back, but he also made 1st team all pro twice and has a rushing title. That’s in addition to being number 6 on the all time yards list. You can’t say the same about Frank Gore, whose best qualities are merely consistency and durability. Being a great player and being a hall of gamer are not the same thing.

  7. He’s VERY wrong. Name ONE guy in this class who DOESNT belong in the Hall.

    The average NFL career last 2 YEARS. If a player was DOMINANT at their position for 6-7 years or more I think they absolutley belong.

    Alot of these guys won’t be able to walk or think straight by the time their 50. A gold jacket for guys who might wind up living in their truck and pulling their own teeth out is the LEAST the NFL can do.

  8. He’s not wrong. Having a quota each year is ridiculous. Eli Manning was an average QB who made a couple clutch plays….is that HOF material? Also, two of his biggest plays were the result of amazing catches by his receivers.

  9. I hate to name names, but there have been several in the last 10 years that seemed iffy at best, but I’m just a fan. I would feel better about it if the voters rotated — you’ve got people like Peter King, who admittedly has been on the voter roster for 28 years — that need to step aside. I think that’s how the logjam happens.

    I would also like to see more former players on the list. I know Dan Fouts is on there. I’d like to see people who actually played the game get a vote. I’m sure King and John McClain (of the Houston Chronicle) and some of those folks know what they’re talking about, but to me, it just seems like there’s some pre-ordained bias there, both for and against potential inductees.

  10. I hate to agree with him but he’s right and as for those saying he shouldn’t be in because he didn’t tackle, they need to see tape of him covering WR’s.

    Players like Bettis and Lynch were very good but definitely NOT HOF worthy.

  11. Quick way to address this would be to do away with the yearly quota. Have a yearly limit instead, and if the voters only agree on one guy getting in in a given year, then so be it.

  12. SO ,all the players/coachs who made this game what it is today should not be remembered and shouldn’t be in a museum?
    Why are you still in Deion / you already ben passed a few times by “better players than you ever where”

  13. vancouversportsbro says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:10 pm

    It should be like baseball where cheaters do not get in. Therefore you can cross off Brady and Belichick on the list along with other Patriots (can’t recall any great ones).

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    Well, that would eliminate various former Steelers, Broncos, Cowboys, 49ers, and Seahawks players. Can it be on the basis of more probable than not, too?

  14. Ponto60 says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:05 pm
    He must have saying this when he was looking in the mirror.

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    Deion is quite possibly the greatest cover guy of all time. If he doesn’t belong in the HoF then nobody does

  15. I don’t know if I would say there are too many players in the hall. But I would say there are some “wrong” players in the hall. Heck of a lot of players who have been looked over (Jim Marshall for example) while others that are really questionable that have gotten in.

  16. whywerule says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:07 pm

    And it is not just the HOF voters who are clueless, there are even people on this site who believe Polamalu belongs in the HOF. Laughable and ridiculous.

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    Tom Brady thinks he should be in. But whywerule from PFT disagrees, so he must know more.

  17. I can’t believe it but I actually agree with Deion. Eli Manning doesn’t belong but Archie will get him in the Hall. It should be for the game changers and truly standout players.

  18. The point is legitimate and it goes beyond football to many other Halls of Fame. When you have a required minimum amount of entrants for any hall of fame it can get watered down. The rock and roll hall of fame now lets in bands that have 2 hit songs. And when you compare today’s players to the ones from 40 years ago the stats say to let everyone in. But it should come down to how good they were against their peers

  19. The Bus, Curtis Martin, Warren Moon, Bill Cowher, Kevin Greene, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Polian, Curt Warner, Floyd Little all part of the dilution thanks to charter Membership in the NFL establishment. Eli Manning was great in some playoffs but others wise mediocre no to HOF!

  20. Deion is 100% right. Adrian Peterson, hall of famer. Absolutely dominant in some years. Frank Gore, not hall of famer. Super good in some years, played a dang long time.
    Jerry Rice, yes. Andre Reed, no.

  21. SWFLPC.INC says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:29 pm
    Ponto60 says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:05 pm
    He must have saying this when he was looking in the mirror.

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    Deion is quite possibly the greatest cover guy of all time. If he doesn’t belong in the HoF then nobody does
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    Last time I checked players on defense have to tackle also. Trent Dilfer I guess should be in the HOF because he was great at handing off the ball. Doesn’t matter he couldn’t throw, just he was probably the best at handing off the ball.

  22. Deion Sanders is 24th in career interceptions. He doesn’t hold the INT return yardage or scoring mark. Same with punt and kickoff return yards and TDs. The man was exciting, and he managed to slide his way onto good teams in his heyday. So a case could be made that a player that holds zero top statistical records but helped two teams win a SB, shouldn’t be in the Hall…wait, sounds like Eli but no that’s Prime himself.

  23. millardfillmore1983 says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:00 pm
    He’s right.

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    My man Millard!

  24. The Bus, Curtis Martin, Warren Moon, Bill Cowher, Kevin Greene, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Polian, Curt Warner, Floyd Little, Tim Brown, Dan Fouts all good or better but still part of the dilution thanks to charter membership in the NFL establishment. Eli Manning was great in some playoffs but others wise mediocre no to HOF!

  25. He’s right, for once. FYI NFL channel, when “Prime” comes on… I change the channel. Every thing he says has “I”, “Me” or “My” in it. I can not watch him, can not listen to him, can not support him, can’t do it.

  26. I agree. Its not the hall of fame any more its the hall of good players with some nice records. These guys are not “great players” but players who stayed long enough to build statistics and records.
    When I was a kid there was a 12 game schedule. No real playoffs. Now, these guys play 16 games plus playoffs and stay more then a few years but go into their mid thirties. un heard of for most NFL greats.

  27. WoW! I’m shocked! I am actually in agreement with Dion… It’s become the Hall of Pretty Good.

    Tony Dungy, Terrell Davis, Champ Bailey Jerome Bettis, Kenny Easley, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis Kurt Warner, Brian Urlacher, Marvin Harrison, Andre Reed. etc…

    I mean these guys were good, but Fame….. NA!

    Eli and Rivers shouldn’t even be considered.

  28. terripet says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:13 pm
    Says the guy who couldn’t tackle

    I think you meant to say “wouldn’t” tackle. It was a business decision.

  29. Think of all those players who will feel disrespected for not having admission into the HOF.

    Should we have a Rooney rule for those getting into the HOF to make sure the racial balance matches the current accepted level of players; and then we can all whine not enough of another gets admitted for coaching. When will Baby Huey get his HOF jacket for the wonderful career he’s had?

  30. A wise old sage named Vic Ketchman used to say the role of the selection committee is to keep guys out, not let them in. He’s right.

  31. Eli belongs in the hall based on those two Superbowl runs alone. Eli has one of the top 3 plays in NFL history, beat a Goliath 18-0 team and has Two Super bowl MVPs. How many players have multiple Superbowl MVPs? The play to Manningham should have been top 10 as well.

    One guy asked “Can you tell the story of the NFL without naming the individual?”, You cant tell the complete story of the NFL without talking about Eli and the Giants stopping the unstoppable.

  32. bestinafcnorth says:
    “Sanders was a crappy tackler. Soft.”

    I disagree. He wouldn’t tackle. And Shannon Sharpe wouldn’t block. SMH

  33. My own criteria for HoF. Do you have to think about it. If the answer is yes, then they probably aren’t Hof.

    You say names like Peyton, Brady, Unitas, Emmitt, Payton, Sanders etc you don’t think you just say Yeah HoF.

    When you see guys like Eli, Namath, Terrell Davis etc if you pause and are like well let me check the stats and think about it…No they aren’t HoF.

  34. “What is a Hall of Famer now? Is it a guy who played a long time?” Sanders said.

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    It’s like he’s talking directly to Frank Gore

  35. He’s not wrong. Having a quota each year is ridiculous. Eli Manning was an average QB who made a couple clutch plays….is that HOF material? Also, two of his biggest plays were the result of amazing catches by his receivers.

    That’s how football works. Players step up when needed. Qbs get tagged for int’s when the wr let’s the ball bounce of them. That’s how it works. If you don’t believe he should be in the HoF? I get that… but to undermine his super bowl wins based ion two amazing catches?
    Check out the pass to Manningham. That was as good a throw as a catch. Your point is ridiculous. Should be discredit Tb12 Super Bowls that were won by field goals? No, that’s now how football works

  36. Yes, your right. And the guys who went in before you said the same exact thing. And the guys that are in 100 years from now will say the same exact thing. This is not any new revelation. There are also some players that get snubbed that should be in as well. Like Brett Favre, Tim Brown, Chris Carter.. The list goes on. So to me, his comments come across as arrogant.

  37. The Bus, Curtis Martin, Warren Moon, Bill Cowher, Kevin Greene, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Polian, Curt Warner, Floyd Little, Tim Brown, Dan Fouts all good or better but still part of the dilution thanks to charter membership in the NFL establishment. Eli Manning was great in some playoffs but others wise mediocre no to HOF!

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    You can take out a few of the names you listed as well. You say mediocre for Eli…that’s to high praise. Take away those 2 Super Bowl runs and he’s a below .500 QB with a negative TD to INT ratio I believe. It’s kind of the same feeling I have with Joe Namath. Take away the guarantee and no way he’s in the Hall. If Namath is in cause he won a Super Bowl then Dilfer should be as well.

  38. He got in so the bar must be pretty low

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    I didn’t like him at all, but the guy was the best lock down corner I’ve ever seen

  39. I agree, it should be more perfect. At the end of the day though its a museum. There really aren’t too many game changer generational types. Luke Kuechly probably deserves to get in but he certainly didn’t set a new standard or illicit any irrational fear to offenses. Lots of guys like that, tons that are already in. I think if you’ve left a footnote on the game its good enough, sometimes more than stats.

  40. Terrell Davis was the player that tipped the scales in my opinion. He had a great few years but not enough to be in the HOF. Deion is right.

  41. I agree. The voters should’t be there to try to get people in but to keep the group exclusive. This isn’t new however, especially at certain positions. You should be either one of two things. 1) Clearly one of the best of your generation or 2) done something that changed the game or is inherently part of the league’s history (this is for you Joe Namath).

    It now has become the Hall of Good.

  42. The next logical step if things continue this way is to have a multi-tiered system.
    Start with a Platinum level, then Gold, Silver, and Bronze.
    Next, section off the Hall into different levels.
    Now you have exclusivity again and you still get to recognize the very good players who are a notch below the once in a generation player.

  43. You can take out a few of the names you listed as well. You say mediocre for Eli…that’s to high praise. Take away those 2 Super Bowl runs and he’s a below .500 QB with a negative TD to INT ratio I believe. It’s kind of the same feeling I have with Joe Namath. Take away the guarantee and no way he’s in the Hall. If Namath is in cause he won a Super Bowl then Dilfer should be as well.
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    But Eli won the Super Bowls, so you can’t take them away or the playoff dominating performances on the road beating Favre and Rogers. That’s what Football is about, not statistics. Every year teams are trying to get into the playoffs.Not put up the most yardage and TD’s. Not a fan of Dion but he was game changer. Not stat machine. Dilfer didn’t do anything, his defense did. Eli won twice by making big throws. Based on who is in he should be in. If Rodgers never wins another SB or gets to one, should he be in the HOF? He’s choked several times in the playoffs when it COUNTS!!!!

  44. Lynn Swann out, Cliff Branch in. 501 rec, 8685 yards, 67 td. 165 more rec, 3223 more yards and 16 more tds. Swann has 4 super bowl rings to Branchs 3. You make the call.

  45. He’s not wrong. Most of these fringe guys will still be recognized by their teams in their ring of honor or team hall of fame but the league wide HoF should be exclusive.

  46. They need to stop the “he won a Super Bowl, so he’s a Hall of Famer” thing and look at guys that may have not been on the greatest teams and were still great players. That would put more players from less represented teams and not so many players from the same teams in.

  47. Watching the Enshrinement on TV was something I used to look forward to as well. It was inspirational to hear the players tell their stories. Now it’s a political rally half the time. Guys either talking about politics, or politicking for their buddy to get in. No thanks

  48. I wouldn’t walk across the street, to visit a hall of fame. Statues are a waste of money too.

  49. For one of the few times, I like what Deion is saying. IN ALL MAJOR SPORTS, the Hall of Fame is being watered down. Now, very good is good enough. Like I said. If Eli gets in, Edelman better make it. I don’t think either one deserves it. YOU NEED TO BE A VERY SPECIAL PLAYER. My fear is Phillip Rivers gets in. THAT WOULD BE A TRAVESTY. And inflated offensive numbers are not helping.

  50. “a Hall of Famer was a player who … who made you want to reach in your pocket and pay your admission to see that guy play.”

    That was definitely NOT Part-Time in my case. He’s in, and now he wants to keep others out. Typical.

  51. I think the Dion argument problem is flash wins in his world view. His value system.

    I love it too. We all do. But it is not the hall of flash.

    If the criteria is football play not “football brand” then a lot of guys that pkay on the o line or defensive tackle for instance get consideration. Faneca this year.

    I am a huge Hines Ward fan. If he ever makes it, it will be because the HOF voters decide blocking, being the best blocking receiver in football, is important .. a hall of fame worthy accomplishment. The game is more than yards, receptions, sacks and interceptions. It is about Blocking and Tackling.

  52. “If Namath is in cause he won a Super Bowl then Dilfer should be as well.”

    When exactly did Trent Dilfer win two league MVP awards? Or lead the league in yards, yards per attempt, or TDs?

  53. superfanentertainment says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:15 pm
    He’s VERY wrong. Name ONE guy in this class who DOESNT belong in the Hall.

    Ok

    Steve Sabol, Harold Carmichael (only 4 pro bowls and 0 first team all pros), Jim Covert (Very good, possibly great, for only 2 years), and Duke Slater (He was great unarguably but if he didn’t get in 70 years ago, why should he get in now).

  54. vancouversportsbro says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:10 pm
    It should be like baseball where cheaters do not get in. Therefore you can cross off Brady and Belichick on the list along with other Patriots (can’t recall any great ones).
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    Q4 – (:26) (Shotgun) R.Wilson pass short right intended for R.Lockette INTERCEPTED by M.Butler at NE -1. M.Butler to NE 2 for 3 yards (R.Lockette).

    😱

  55. Even though I can’t stand the act he puts on of trying to be cool when it just looks really stupid he’s right
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    Act? Deion is same as when he was at FSU. And be cool comes natural to him. What’s up with you dry people? Can’t anyone be their own individual? No wonder their is so much hate in the world.

  56. I agree, I also believe the early players up until the late 1950’s should have more in the hall. Especially some of the Offensive linemen! Those guys used to get Casts to the head, kicked, BIT, spit on, cleated. No “Cotton Candy” Players like today. QB’s of old used to get pounded every game, they didn’t come out for something pansy like a broken non-throwing hand. HAHA
    The only time I have agreed with Deion

  57. Rectify the problem by tweaking the process. Keep the normal process for now (with the members’ votes known) but those selected by the committee are merely recommendations. The recommendations go to a panel of 50 HoFers. They each get an up or down vote (anonymous) and the player must get a significant percent of up votes (80-90%) in order to become members of the HoF. Committee members who voted FOR a player that was recommended but failed to be selected by the HoF players will be replaced by a new voter after the 5th occurrence. If 5 players are recommended by the committee and none are selected, the voters that voted for all 5 would be replaced next year. If they miss once a year they would be replaced after their 5th miss. That allows the actual HoFers to control the door to their club and forces the committee members to make darn sure the people they recommend are no kidding HoFers and not just guys that answered their questions in the locker room after games.

  58. I don’t disagree with him. I’ve often thought the same thing. But only to an extent. I don’t think someone needs to be a generational type player to get in. There are a lot of players who accomplish a lot. From breaking franchise records, or league records or that one guy who isn’t the best, maybe not even be a starter, but you can’t win without him. Plus what people do for the community. IMO, Eli does belong in the HOF. I’m not from NY or NJ or even a Giants fan. Eli wasn’t one of the best QB’s of all time so I understand the argument. But the guy did enough to earn his spot.

    I agree that the HOF needs to tone it down, but a lot of players still deserve to be there.

  59. He is right. Len Dawson, Hank Stram and Lamar Hunt have no business being in the HOF. Don’t get me started with Jan Stenerud. We need great players in the HOF, not these mediocre guys from a mediocre franchise. Look at the numbers…

  60. Kinda like minority coaches. They shouldn’t be hired on a quota. They should be hired because they’re “the guy”. And where are the Fritz Pollard folks now that the Browns just hired a 32 year old black GM? Why is no one writing about that? I guess we only get headlines when a white guy is hired these days.

  61. gr8ful24 says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    I agree, a certain defensive back who could not tackle should not have made the HOF either.
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    Another dumb fallacy that floats around about an NFL player. Name one play where a receiver broke a tackle from Deion and scored a TD. There should be tons right? Stupid folks, probably never watched him play a down of football.

  62. He’s right, but he’s an Ahole for saying it out loud in public.

    Eli Manning doesn’t belong in the hall of fame.

    But it’s also not that big of a deal when you consider he won 2 titles for the NYG.

  63. in idea I would like to agree with him.. but looking at recent inductees I want to know who he is refferring to. Even those that off the top of head seem questionable, when I look into them they really had great careers.Going back the last decade I think an eventual Eli inducting would be worse then them all.

  64. Lmao ELI is far better than sanders. 300+ Tds 57K yds, and thats with hardly any good players over the years to help him. Oh 2 super bowls and 2 super bowl MVP’s. Sanders was a great player, but he has a horrible football mind, this is the guy that said AB was full of class and needed out of Pittsburgh so he could prove to everyone the kind of man he is. And he also said Johnny Manziel was gonna be a multi time MVP.

  65. onebuffalove716 says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:58 pm
    Definitely no need to add Julian Edelman.

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    Dion would disagree with you. You have to ask if a player made memorable plays and has memorable achievements.

    Frank Gore? Nope.

    Julian Edelman? Absolutely.

  66. Can we retire the stupid quote below? I heard someone on TV the other day mention this the other day when talking about the “Tyree catch”. If the “Tyree catch” has to be mentioned doesn’t that mean he, along with Eli, should be a Hall of Famer?

    “Can you tell the story of the NFL without naming the individual?”

  67. you have to have been top 3 at your position for at least 5 years for starters, plus memorable moments for skill players…no Eli, no Moon, no Plunkett, no Gore, no Holt…no minimums

  68. What is, if there is, criteria to be a HOFer??? Sports Writers deciding if your a HOFer? Every living member of the HOF should be allowed to vote. They played the game against most of the men being considered. Did a Sports Writer play the game? Example: TO, like him or not, dude was a 1st Ballot HOFer! Yet some writers didn’t like him? So What! It’s not a popularity contest. Did TO dominate in games he played? The majority, yes he did.

    The issue, Deion didn’t play against some of the greats that came before him that are STILL NOT IN. Roger Craig, Randy Gradishar, they are not HOFers? Do your homework, these 2 dominated in their respective era.

    Again, what is the criteria?

  69. He’s right. And he’s a 6 time all-pro and 8 time pro-bowler. That gets you in. Meanwhile Eli led the league in picks 3 times. I guess nowadays that gets you in.

  70. Sanders has a point for example Eli Manning has 2 Great Games (Superbowl) and that’s what will get him in the Hall of Fame seriously.His career has been decent nothing wow factor.I agree with Sanders think they need do be more strict on who gets into the Hall of Fame

  71. howboutthosechiefs says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:54 pm

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    Kind of obvious you never watched Kenny Easley and Andre Reed play. Two of the best I’ve ever seen play. I can also add the wrong Sharpe is in the HOF. Sterling was unreal. Even Shannon says it.

  72. You guys that agree with Deion, also think Edelman should be in the hall. Both cannot be true together.

  73. The people who are saying that Sanders doesn’t belong in the HOF should just stop before they embarrass themselves any further. The dude would just completely nullify the other team’s best receiver week after week. He was also deadly on returns, both after kicks and after interceptions. And he’s right about the HOF not being selective enough.

  74. Kurt Warner belongs in the HOF. Some of the most exciting games I ever saw was with him playing for the Rams and Cardinals. Can’t think of another QB off hand that QBed 2 different teams to the Super Bowl. He captained 3 SB teams, winning one. Heck of a lot more valuable than Deion Sanders.

  75. I agree TD should not be a HoF’r. If so Ricky Williams deserves it more. Believe it or not I also think Chad “Ochocinco” should be in the hall, the dude is responsible for making the Bengals any darn competitive on Sunday’s. Anyways, I agree too many people are being let in. I also believe Bill Cowher, the coach, is super overrated and shouldn’t have made it. Man, I freaking loved Kurt Warner, since the “Greatest Show on Turf” era. Rooted for him till his last game because boy he was good and took the Cardinals to the big game with the help of Larry Fitzgerald, but Kurt made that offense blossom, something Matt Leinart would’ve never done. But I’m not sure Kurt is a HoF. He’s an All time great yes, but I’m trying keeping it real here. Like Deion said playing time or because your on a talk show now shouldn’t boost their chances to Canton. However Deion is wrong on Eli. Eli is a HoF for sure, it’s the QB you want in the big game and comes in the clutch and orchestrated two victories over the Big Bad Wolf, Brady & Co. He came a big time QB when the game was on the edge during the big game! regardless of how “mediocre” his regular season stats are.

    Also, in my honest opinion this list with these All-Time best/Greats listed below don’t deserve a bust in Canton, Ohio;

    -TD
    -.K.Warner
    -Bill Polian (GM)
    -Jerrome Bettis
    -Ty Law

  76. Eli did not have a HOF career….for one Ahmad Bradshaw fumbled in the last minute of the nfc championship and they did not win that game and go to the super bowl that year.

  77. danvilledan says:
    January 28, 2020 at 7:14 pm

    On the other hand Roger Craig should be in and he is not. East coast voters
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    Agreed. Simms, Cunningham, Coryell also.

  78. Only truly elite players should be in… What it’s becoming is a “Hall of very good players already in, not elite.

  79. One of the biggest problems is how much the media has on the HOF vote. Notice how all former players and coaches who are prominant on nfl tv get voted in despite questionable merit?

    Dan fouts was mediocure, warner had only 4 good seasons, bettis was good but not hof level. Than you have jimmy johnson and cowher…

  80. It’s called the HALL OF FAME.
    FAME.
    Football is an entertainment business and FAME is objective. It’s not the Hall of Stats. I agree with Prime about having a quota to meet every year, but this whole thing is about making money. If nobody recent or relevant gets in, it’s just going to be the busts of a bunch of has-been’s from 40 years ago.

  81. Dion was all flash. All he looked for was interceptions, then look pretty on the return. A great talent but, not a HOF player.

    I’ve made more tackles than Sanders but, I didn’t play since I graduated high school in 1985.

    Plus, his commentary is ear deafening.

  82. instead of enshrining a player that made one or two big plays – enshrine the moments. Eli doesnt belong in the HOF – but his two clutch throw/catches should at least be remembered in there.

  83. Cowher isn’t a HOFer in my opinion. If he coached for anyone other than the Rooney’s he’d been fired within 5-6 years. He was a mediocre coach who got lucky with Ben’s improvisation skills to win his only Superbowl.

    Deion is spot on.

  84. Coaches too!!!!!!!!

    Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy?? Are you kidding me??
    Why?

    they were mediocre coaches AT BEST!

    Its a damn popularity contest and a politcal game.

  85. LOL at a handful of people in this thread questioning whether or not Deion Sanders was a worthy HOF inductee. Sanders is arguably one of the two or three greatest cover corners of all-time, and among the greatest NFL punt returners of all-time. He was, justifiably, a slam dunk first ballot HOFer.

  86. I got voted “Employee of the Year” once.
    That was the last year it was done.
    Not because I was the greatest employee ever and couldn’t be topped.
    But because when I won, it was obvious that the whole thing had become a mockery.

  87. Eli’s career > Rodgers career. Two Superbowl MVPs, two of the greatest moments in Superbowl history.

  88. They let too many in too soon. Guys are getting in over players who did more than they did because everyone remembers them more since they were recent.

    Increase the time frame from 5 to 10 years. You won’t see guys getting in just because they were good in a popular era.

  89. Sounds like sour grapes from someone who doesn’t want to share any limelight. He was a very good cover corner, one of the best ever. But, he shouldn’t cry just because he doesn’t think someone that is enshrined doesn’t meet his level. Besides, they need to let in a lot of guys, or the linemen would NEVER have a shot of getting in.

  90. davebarnes21 says:
    January 29, 2020 at 7:46 am
    Coaches too!!!!!!!!

    Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy?? Are you kidding me??
    Why?

    they were mediocre coaches AT BEST!

    ——–

    I get a kick out of the people clamoring for Tom Flores to get in. He is the very definition of mediocre

  91. That sort of started back with Namath. Yes he guaranteed the Jets would beat the Colts etc but look at his win/loss record, career stats, etc. He had that one epic career but was medicore for most of the rest. He got in due to one big victory.

  92. 1000% agree with Deion. I am not really a baseball fan but I love the way they do their hall of fame. The NFL is about the hall of good players. It should be better

  93. xiiprestige says:
    January 28, 2020 at 8:40 pm
    Lmao ELI is far better than sanders. 300+ Tds 57K yds, and thats with hardly any good players over the years to help him. Oh 2 super bowls and 2 super bowl MVP’s.

    Yea. Tiki Barber, Amani Toomer, Plaxico, Jeremy Shockey, Mario Manningham, Victor Cruz, Martellus Bennet, Odell, Dwayne Harris, Shane Vereen, Brandon Marshall, Saquon, and Sterling Shepard are just TERRIBLE! (that’s only offensive players)

  94. Samders is 100% right about this. To earn the honor of being a Hall Of Famer, the only criteria should be were you the most dominate player at your position during your era? If you weren’t, you should not be put in the Hall Of Fame.

  95. “What is a Hall of Famer now? —-it’s now about a bunch of guys who are willing to work in the media after their football days are over. If not, good luck.

  96. GoodellMustGo says:
    January 28, 2020 at 6:13 pm
    It was obvious it was the Hall of Very Good now when the Bus got inducted,
    ——————————————–
    Top 10 leading rushers of all time

  97. David Muehlhausen says:
    January 28, 2020 at 7:08 pm
    The Bus, Curtis Martin, Warren Moon, Bill Cowher, Kevin Greene, Shannon Sharpe, Bill Polian, Curt Warner, Floyd Little, Tim Brown, Dan Fouts all good or better but still part of the dilution thanks to charter membership in the NFL establishment. Eli Manning was great in some playoffs but others wise mediocre no to HOF!

    ===
    You can take out a few of the names you listed as well. You say mediocre for Eli…that’s to high praise. Take away those 2 Super Bowl runs and he’s a below .500 QB with a negative TD to INT ratio I believe. It’s kind of the same feeling I have with Joe Namath. Take away the guarantee and no way he’s in the Hall. If Namath is in cause he won a Super Bowl then Dilfer should be as well.
    +++

    This is so far down, no one will ever read this far, but Namath is in because he was a cultural icon more than his football on-the-field. A lot of you guys are too young to understand what Namath meant to the game, his impact on bringing in viewers. Namath was Ric Flair before Ric Flair was.

  98. nyneal says:
    January 29, 2020 at 10:00 am
    Samders is 100% right about this. To earn the honor of being a Hall Of Famer, the only criteria should be were you the most dominate player at your position during your era? If you weren’t, you should not be put in the Hall Of Fame.

    ——-

    By your criteria Eli, Ben, Brees and Rivers…and possibly Rogers should never even sniff the HoF as Peyton and Brady were easily the most “dominant” players in their era. Right?

  99. howboutthosechiefs says:

    January 28, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    WoW! I’m shocked! I am actually in agreement with Dion… It’s become the Hall of Pretty Good.

    Tony Dungy, Terrell Davis, Champ Bailey Jerome Bettis, Kenny Easley, Ed Reed, Ray Lewis Kurt Warner, Brian Urlacher, Marvin Harrison, Andre Reed. etc…

    I mean these guys were good, but Fame….. NA!

    Eli and Rivers shouldn’t even be considered.

    *****

    I don’t disagree with a couple of these names but two on your list are arguably the best ever at their positions. I don’t need to name them because you know who they are.

  100. TyLawPick6 said it best: Brady & Belichick should have their own wing at Canton. Also, Troy Polamalu had 6 average to bad gms vs Brady, and his performance in the other 148 gms he played in should not be taken into consideration for the HOF. LOL

  101. By Deion standards, Troy Aikman should not be in the hall of fame. Put Eli Manning on that stacked cowboys team and put Troy Aikman on the giants especially from 2013 on wards. Eli would be a no brainer with possibly 4 or 5 rings and Aikman may very well have had no rings.

  102. The problem is that the HoF feels like they HAVE to fill every slot every year. They DON’T.

    Deion said it right earlier this week. “If a player changes the game, they should be in.” Deion, LT, Bruce Smith, Eric Dickerson, Larry Csonka to name a few, changed the game.

    Terrell Davis had magical playoff runs but is not HoF worthy IMHO. He did not change the game. Eli will probably get in but did not change the game. Rivers will probably get in…did not change the game.

  103. He is correct. Why do guys like Terrel Davis get in? And why does Jimmy Johnson and bill cowher get in before Tom flores? Its become a joke. If you want in just become a broadcaster and you are sure to get enough votes!

  104. I am a long time Giant fan.Although I will forever be grateful to Eli for the two Super Bowl wins,I do not think he should be in the Hall.During his 16 year career was there any year where people(fans,players and media)saw him as a top 5 or 6 QB that year.I just don’t think so.Manning will probably get in due to lobbying in the selection meetings.

    I,actually think Phil Simms was a better QB,and he will never get in.

  105. Brenda Jones says:
    January 29, 2020 at 9:25 am

    That sort of started back with Namath. Yes he guaranteed the Jets would beat the Colts etc but look at his win/loss record, career stats, etc. He had that one epic career but was medicore for most of the rest. He got in due to one big victory.

    ________________________

    If Namath got in due to only one game, how did he win league MVP twice?

  106. All you babies talking about prime dont know football he shut down half the field and he was a dangerous player with the ball in his hands! he could return kicks punts and play wr hes a hall of Famer!

  107. Terrelle Davis was good for 2 years. Sure he won a Superbowl but did he really deserve to get? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Yet, he gets in because of the “he’s a good guy and won a Superbowl”. The HOF in the NFL is really the Hall of pretty good. That’s fine but we need to acknowledge that.

  108. I mean if he thinks the NFL Hall of Fame is adding too many people every Hall of Fame is adding too many people.

    It’s just a symptom of not wanting to offend anyone anymore. Instead evaluating someone who deserves to be in the Hall of Very Good down to that level, and deciding sorry, this guy isn’t Hall of Fame worthy, that person is propped up to Hall of Fame level and eventually voted in.

  109. Deion is a blowhard, and very hard to listen to. but he is 100% correct on this matter. Great quote from Paul Harvey:
    ‘Why should anyone aspire to be a common man, an average man? Do you realize what it means to be average? That means you’re the best of the lousiest…and the lousiest of the best. Now, if we demand more and more for producing less and less, while the have-not nations encourage, and inspire, and indeed require hard work and maximum effort – if we deify the common man while they encourage and reward the uncommon ones – well, the end result of such a lopsided race as that is too obvious to require elaboration.” – Paul Harvey

    When everyone is super, no one will be.

  110. “It should be based on, ‘Are you that guy?’ Not just because we have to meet a quota,” Sanders said.

    —————–

    Words to live by….in every profession.

  111. It seems a bunch of people here didn’t watch Sanders play… He was by far the best CB in the NFL for years. A freak athlete. Unmatched speed and instincts. Truly a game-changer.
    QB’s were terrified to throw towards him. The definition of what a lock-down corner is. Every single team that ever played him had to specifically game plan for him.
    Add to that he was one of the best kick returners too. Teams flat out wouldn’t kick to him.
    Take away a few points for lackluster run support, but there may never have better a better cover-corner in the history of the game.
    Oh and having said all this, I couldn’t stand the guy or his persona “prime-time”. But the talent was undeniable and something special to see.

  112. Deion is right. The HOF is becomming a joke. Just more revenue for the league the more stiffs get in.

  113. Wow, people slamming Deion are just ridiculous. Must not have been around when he was playing because he was lights-out. The guy every corner is compared to.

    And he’s right about the Hall. It should be a club for game changers only.

  114. Lots of TD haters. Twelve players have won both Super Bowl MVP and regular season AP MVP awards in their careers. Only 7 Players have rushed for over 2000 yards in a season 4 are in the HOF, 5 when AD is eligible.

    During a 3 year period TD was the best player at his position and best player in the NFL in 1998. His career recap:

    2× Super Bowl champion (XXXII, XXXIII)
    Super Bowl MVP (XXXII)
    3× Pro Bowl (1996–1998)
    3× First-team All-Pro (1996–1998)
    NFL Most Valuable Player (1998)
    2× NFL Offensive Player of the Year (1996, 1998)
    AFC Player of the Year (1996)
    NFL rushing yards leader (1998)
    2× NFL rushing touchdowns leader (1996, 1998)
    NFL 1990s All-Decade Team

    I think he earned his gold jacket…

  115. If Namath is in cause he won a Super Bowl then Dilfer should be as well.

    =====

    Namath is in because he put the AFL on the map. Dilfer put Fresno State on the map. There’s a big difference, IMO.

  116. Hall of Fame Deion Sanders,Before talking look at your stats man. INTs not in top 10,Ints return yards not in top 3 .Punt return yards and Kickoff return yards,not ever close to top 10,Also lets not mention tackles,So you are the right spokeman to say The Nfl Hall of Fame is Watered down.You have 2 Rings only because you joined Teams that was going to Win it anyway.How about ATL the house you supposed to have builded wheres the Rings.

  117. Herschel Walker Put the USFL on the Map also.He couldn’t come to the NFL as a Underclassmen,So he had to go to the USFL.But now everybody can leave early when they want,So Why punish Him.Judge this guys career on his whole body of Work.2411 yards in 1985 so far nobody has come close to that record.Just saying its a Profootball record.

  118. The Eli haters here crack me up. The guy is 7th all time in passing yards, 7th all time in TD passes, two time SB MVP.

    Brees has just one title but a bunch of stats and he’s a lock, right?

    Don Shula had 300+ wins because he coached for 200 years. Mostly average teams.

    Gimme a break.

  119. “This is the only criteria which should be used when electing HOF members:

    Can you tell the story of the NFL without naming the individual?

    If the answer is yes. They are not in.”

    That criteria doesn’t make any sense. you can’t tell the story of the NFL without naming David Tyree. Doesn’t mean David Tyree should be in the Hall of Fame…

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