Deion Sanders thinks the Hall of Fame is being watered down with too many players

2011 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
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Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders thinks the Hall of Fame is getting too crowded.

Sanders told Well Off Media that “The Hall of Fame ain’t the Hall of Fame anymore” and that he thinks the truly great players like himself need to be separated from the second-tier Hall of Famers.

“My jacket got to be a different color,” Sanders said. “There needs to be a starting 11, there needs to be an upper room. My head doesn’t belong with some of these other heads that’s in the Hall of Fame. What do they call it, the bust? I call it the head. Put my head up where it’s supposed to be. I’m sorry, I’m saying what you’re all thinking, and a lot of Hall of Famers are thinking the same thing. This is becoming a free for all now.”

Sanders said the only people who should be in the Hall of Fame are the ones who truly changed football.

“It’s people who changed the game. That’s what the Hall of Fame is, a game changer. Not, ‘I played good, I had a good run, I gave you 3-4 good years.’ No, dog. Game changers,” Sanders said.

The Hall of Fame has inducted more players in recent years, and Sanders thinks the pool of Hall of Famers has been diluted.

62 responses to “Deion Sanders thinks the Hall of Fame is being watered down with too many players

  1. I agree. There should be no specific number each year. If meh players are the only ones, don’t let em in. If there are a plethora, let em in. Are they truly famous and supremely talented or not??

  2. It always seems that once someone makes it in the club they want to make it harder for the next guy to get in.

  3. As much as I don’t like Deion and his arrogance here, I kind of agree with him. There are different levels of greatness within the hall of fame itself. It would be pretty cool to make some type of distinction between them all.

  4. Amen to that. Nailed it!!!! There’s many who don’t belong. The Hall is for guys who made the other team change their game plan on account of them roaming the field.

  5. Hes 100% correct the HOF has been the hall of mediocre for years and all the fans know it. Plenty of players should not be in, the list is really pretty long. Joe Namath and Lynn Swann are just 2 I can think of.

  6. If Barry Sanders said this, it would be a big deal. But since its the Sanders that never stops talking, meh.

    Is Deion the greatest at corner? Maybe, but what did he change exactly?

  7. I agree. It is now the Hall of the Very Good. If you weren’t one of the greatest you better have done something that makes it impossible to tell the story of football without you, aka Joe Namath.

  8. Me thinks the Hall isn’t big enough for Deion’s ego, never a big fan of anyone who thinks they are amazing!! Go away Deion!!

  9. I’d be inclined to agree if it didn’t come from Deion. Mainly because Deion is only saying it because he wants more attention for himself.

  10. The media put too many of their own in. Kurt Warner, Steve Young Terrell Davis definitely do not belong!

  11. Yup, and they keep holding out guys that should be 1st ballot guys… Hall of Pretty Good on Average is what it has become.

  12. The only thing he ever changed was teams whenever somebody else offered more money. He was good in coverage and as a corner that’s what he was supposed to do. But he disappeared when it was time to defend against the run. Hardly a great defensive player. Hester was better on punt and kick returns too.

  13. For a know-it-all blowhard, the last few things out of his mouth recently have been pretty accurate. This is the latest example of that.

    Still a blowhard though.

  14. He’s right. The Football Hall is almost as pathetic as the baseball hall.
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    100% correct.
    No Bonds or Clemens.
    2 All-Time greats.
    Though the NFL is catching up with all the average players getting in.

  15. Is Deion the greatest at corner? Maybe, but what did he change exactly?
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    The Original shutdown corner. Every corner is measured against him.

    1994 may be the best season any corner has ever had… and Deion missed the first two games because of his baseball contract.

  16. I’m so glad somebody said this. the bar is definitely lower and it seems the only criteria now is to have name value from the 90s or 2000s and you’re in. and i’m guessing as the NFL puts more attention on the ceremony than the Hall itself, they want it filled with names viewers will recognize rather than the legends from yesteryear who were passed over.

  17. Hmm…so the NFL does seem to have made the HOF selection and induction process a bigger spectacle in the last several years. Maybe it has to do with the money generated from advertisements throughout the coverage of it all. The more people they induct the more time it takes to cover it all, thus more money. Sounds like they made a business decision. I wonder if Deion knows anything about business decisions???

  18. Some of these modern era “second tier” Hall of Famers would absolutely steamroll guys from the 70’s and earlier. Bigger, stronger, much faster.

  19. The league isn’t as good as it was from 1970-2000….the game isn’t as physical and it lacks personalities . And there’s too much emphasis placed on stats.

    The players being inducted today don’t measure up to the players of the past.

    That’s why it seems like it’s diluted.

  20. minime says:
    August 12, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    100% correct.
    No Bonds or Clemens.
    2 All-Time greats.
    Though the NFL is catching up with all the average players getting in.
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    Pete Rose should be in the HOF, period. So should Joe Jackson. Until that time, the MLB HOF is a joke.

  21. It’s more in the NBA, but I love hearing how every guy is a “future hall of famer”

  22. I sorta agree. I hate the PFT conversations about a QB “he won a Super Bowl so he’s a Hall of Famer”. NOOOO

  23. Couldn’t agree more. Peter King use to always talk about making sure players who were better fits for the “Hall of Very Good” shouldn’t get in.

    But ever since Terrell Davis got in, it’s become the Hall of Very Good.

  24. I liked pretty much everybody deducted this year but half of those players are very soft choices for the Hall of Fame.

  25. As far as I’m concerned he can go to the upper room any time and it won’t be soon enough of being done with him

  26. Maybe they should have a hall of fame for player that only go to Superbowl caliper teams to pad his career.

  27. The only special HOF Deion belongs in is one for self-promotion. A defensive player who was notoriously afraid to hit is special in all the wrong ways.

  28. Sterling Sharpe might be a top ten WR to ever play the game. Look at his stats and talk about a guy who changed the game and coaches had to scheme for, but he got hurt didn’t play long enough and doesn’t deserve to be in the HOF. I’m a Packers fan hurts me to say. But when they put Boseli and Davis in you kinda have to agree with Deon it’s let’s put anyone in.

  29. He is right, and one of those watered down players. Could he run? Yup, would he tackle, nope. Contact, nope. Out of bounds Sanders….

  30. This year’s class was monumentally uninteresting – I mean, a left tackle who blocked for a left-handed quarterback? I’ll be good, though, if a much more accomplished player, Joe Jacoby, finally gets his due. And if Tony Boselli and Terrell Davis, both of whom had short careers are in, then put in the most gifted, violent, exciting player I ever saw, Sean Taylor.

  31. The worst HOF is the Rock and Roll HOF in Cleveland. Sorry, but rap and hip hop (Tupac, NWA, Jay-Z, Eminen) doesn’t cut it.

  32. I would tend to agree if it wasn’t for all the supposedly legendary players already in there. Joe Namath, called a SB win and is suddenly a legend even though his career stats are terrible. 173 td’s to 220 int’s. How do we discredit some of the players getting in when there’s a plethora of players that have been in there for decades? Sanders imo, should be on the list of greatest players ever, but this whole “I’m so much better than these guys” nonsense, it’s really disrespectful. Should we remove every player worse than him? /just qb’s alone, there’s at least 10 that don’t belong if we’re only going by greatness. But we’re not, we’re choosing the best players of each generation,and much like he was one of the best of his, some of these players he don’t agree with were very good during their time. You don’t have to change the game to belong. How do you change the RB game, nobody will ever be better than Jim Brown. QB game, nobody will ever be better likely than Tom Brady. You can’t change the game if you’ll never be better than a small handful of all time players. With his mentality, only one player from each position should be in there, and when someone better comes along, the other guy gets removed.

  33. If the only people who should be in the Hall of Fame are the ones who truly changed the game, then Devin Hester should’ve gotten in over Tony Boselli. It seems like every year now there’s one that gets in over somebody else & leaves someone else waiting that should get in.

  34. Sterling Sharpe might be a top ten WR to ever play the game. Look at his stats and talk about a guy who changed the game and coaches had to scheme for, but he got hurt didn’t play long enough and doesn’t deserve to be in the HOF. I’m a Packers fan hurts me to say. But when they put Boseli and Davis in you kinda have to agree with Deon it’s let’s put anyone in.
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    They set this standard a long time ago when they inducted Gale Sayers.

    Sharpe will be in, sooner than later. He was routinely topping Jerry Rice, with Rice in his absolute prime.

  35. If the only people who should be in the Hall of Fame are the ones who truly changed the game, then Devin Hester should’ve gotten in over Tony Boselli.
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    How did Hester change the game?

    There have always been guys in this League that shouldn’t have been kicked to. Billy White Shoes, Brian Mitchell, Deion, Dante Hall

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