Change to all-decade team eliminates virtual rubber stamp into Hall of Fame

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For position players, making the first team of an all-decade team virtually guaranteed entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Only six first-team players off the previous all-decade teams are not in the Hall of Fame, excluding specialists and those yet to become eligible, according to Rick Gosselin of Talk of Fame Network. (Tom Brady, Dwight Freeney and Charles Woodson have not become eligible yet.)

Sixty-five second-team all-decade position players are not in the Hall of Fame.

This year, though, the team was changed to one team, not broken down into first team and second team. The NFL, which oversaw the voting process using Hall of Fame selectors, had no comment.

The NFL always has listed the first and second teams together — not differentiating between them — in its Record & Fact Book. (It’s also the way the NFL listed the previous all-decade teams in its news release Monday.) The Pro Football Hall of Fame, though, breaks down the first 10 all-decade teams by first and second team on its website.

For instance, the all-decade team of the 2000s had 27 players on the first team. Tom Brady was the only quarterback. The same number of players made up the second team, including Peyton Manning at quarterback.

The all-decade team of the 2010s has 53 first-teamers and no second team. Drew Brees wasn’t one of the two quarterbacks on the all-decade team, while eight defensive backs and eight specialists did make it. (Brees’ former teammate, Darren Sproles, made the all-decade team at two positions.)

So all-decade no longer means what it once did: A foot in the door of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In fact, it seems likely that several players on the 2010s all-decade team will never even make the list of 15 finalists.

11 responses to “Change to all-decade team eliminates virtual rubber stamp into Hall of Fame

  1. It takes two teams to play a game so there’s no need to name it first or second. Just think of them as all decade Pro Bowl selections.

  2. I hope that the Hall of Fame inductee process is influenced by the selection, but just that. I like the combining of the first/second teams into one category. That minimizes the overall impact of influence, while still recognizing great players.

  3. Drew Brees should have been on the team, of course. Some NFL types must vote based on what Roger says to do.

  4. The Hof is a a popularity contest.

    All ways players are recognized are popularity contest.

    Just go thru the Hof and just how many great players make it from teams that were not great?

    Can Jordan is on that list and deserving to be on it but his game is complete. Not just sack numbers. He is great against the run and means nothing in the popularity contest normally.

    That complete game should help you be a hall lock but it doesn’t in this day and age. It is all about sacks for them.

  5. The HOF All Decade teams up until the 80s were very flawed … Since they have not created Mid Decade teams, great players are listed wrong or did not play enough for the decade teams they were listed … I counted at least 45 such players …
    The best All Decade and Mid Decade choices were selected by the Pro Football Journal website … True fans need to check this site out, as well as SI/Talkoffame/Maven site …

  6. blowncallssuck says:
    April 6, 2020 at 5:37 pm
    The Hof is a a popularity contest.

    All ways players are recognized are popularity contest.

    Just go thru the Hof and just how many great players make it from teams that were not great?

    Can Jordan is on that list and deserving to be on it but his game is complete. Not just sack numbers. He is great against the run and means nothing in the popularity contest normally.

    That complete game should help you be a hall lock but it doesn’t in this day and age. It is all about sacks for them.

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    There are also complete players on great teams that have been overshadowed by the team’s accomplishments. Matt Light for example does not get as much credit as he deserves given how well he protected Brady’s blindside early in his career.

  7. The first team All Pro selections isn’t perfect but it seems like the best overall way of grading Hall of Famers. More likely than not those are guys everyone agrees on. All decade teams have a lot to do with team success such as The Steelers in the 70s or the Patriots in the 2000’s which isn’t necessarily a bad thing but there are always guys like Larry Fitzgerald that play on bad teams and slip through the cracks. The Pro Bowl is the absolute worst way to pick candidates as it has pretty much become meaningless. Perhaps some combination of the three could determine the best candidates.

  8. Joe Jacoby, All Decade,1980’s, 3-time Super Bowl champion – not in the Hall. What a joke.

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