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Do Cowboys suffer Hall of Fame bias?

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10:16 AM ET 08.07 | The Cowboys faithful believe Drew Pearson belongs in the Hall of Fame. I wouldn't argue against that point. He was named to the NFL all-decade team for the 1970s as Roger Staubach's go-to guy on a three-time NFC champion. The Cowboys faithful believe Cliff Harris and Harvey Martin also belong in the Hall of Fame. Again, I wouldn't argue against those points. Harris and Martin also were all-decade selections in the 1970s, and Martin is the franchise's sack leader. But the Packers believe Jerry Kramer, Dave Robinson and Bobby Dillon all belong. I also wouldn't argue against those points. Kramer was the only guard selected to the NFL's 50th anniversary team, Robinson was an all-decade linebacker in the 1960s and Dillon intercepted 52 passes during an eight-year career in the 1950s. The Steelers believe L.C. Greenwood, Andy Russell and Jack Butler all belong. The Raiders believe Ken Stabler, Ray Guy and Cliff Branch all belong. The Chiefs believe Johnny Robinson, Otis Taylor and Ed Budde all belong.

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August 7, 2010  10:26 AM ET

There are some marginal players out there...but, Harvey Martin and Jerry Kramer should be in the HOF....SERIOUSLY.

August 7, 2010  10:30 AM ET

What is the point of this article?

August 7, 2010  10:34 AM ET

Yes there is a bias in the Hall of Fame. Been to Canton many times and you can see it, but it is not just the Cowboys there are a lot of other franchises as well. There is a bias for and against many franchises. You look at the records of their era and you see people like Floyd Little, who was not in the HOF until recently, of the Denver Broncos. Ask yourself why someone as great as Karl Mecklenburg is not in the Hall of Fame, who many believe should be in there already. I understand that they have a limited amount of slots but come on Art Monk? Chris Carter? etc are waiting?
The NFL Hall of Fame does have a bias it just goes both ways.

August 7, 2010  10:46 AM ET

Yet Lynn Sawnn is in. Sad.

August 7, 2010  10:53 AM ET

So. Let me get this straight. Fans and teammates of said team think their players should be in the hall of fame. Wow. Unbelieveable. I have never in my life read such bias, fans of a team wanting their team members in the Hall of Fame.

What's next? Fans voting for the All Star game to ensure that only THEIR team memeber go to the game, regardless of who deserves to be there or not?

August 7, 2010  11:01 AM ET

Brave New World, Art Monk got inducted last year.

I agree that there is bias in HOF voting. I also agree it affects more than just the Cowboys.

August 7, 2010  11:04 AM ET

Build you own tributes to local players and thereby help build a legacy of team and market. Let the Hall promote the league and let the teams promote the local legends.

August 7, 2010  11:05 AM ET

There are too many players in the Hall of Fame to begin with....it's become the Hall of Very Good

August 7, 2010  11:09 AM ET
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There are too many players in the Hall of Fame to begin with....it's become the Hall of Very Good

It's not the Hall of Excellence, it's the Hall of Fame. Being famous doesn't mean that you're actually good at what you do. Just ask Lindsey Lohan.

August 7, 2010  11:16 AM ET

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August 7, 2010  11:18 AM ET
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Build you own tributes to local players and thereby help build a legacy of team and market. Let the Hall promote the league and let the teams promote the local legends.

You're making too much sense for this thread. The whole point is to let us all bash each other over the head with the Hall's supposed slights, not make logical decisions.

Now onto the important point: Floyd IS IN THE HALL!!!! I've set the DVR up for today's ceremony.

August 7, 2010  11:21 AM ET

I would like to see a breakdown per team. I might just google that. :-)

August 7, 2010  11:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

There are too many players in the Hall of Fame to begin with....it's become the Hall of Very Good

Its all political bro....Namath is not a HOFer...but, because he was a NY darling and made the "GURANTEE" there you have it.

August 7, 2010  11:28 AM ET
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Its all political bro....Namath is not a HOFer...but, because he was a NY darling and made the "GURANTEE" there you have it.

Based on the standards in place today, many existing Hall of Famers wouldn't make the cut. Most notably Namath, Swann and Sayers probably wouldn't have an ugly mustard-colored sports coat hanging in their closets.

August 7, 2010  11:34 AM ET

How about 26 from the Bears and 21 from Green Bay and no other teams even close. Then there are teams like Atlanta with none, and others like the Saints with one, Jim Fink.

August 7, 2010  11:37 AM ET
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How about 26 from the Bears and 21 from Green Bay and no other teams even close. Then there are teams like Atlanta with none, and others like the Saints with one, Jim Fink.

Just looking at the total numbers doesn't tell the whole story. The Bears and Packers have been around a lot longer than the Falcons and Saints. They have also had a lot more good players.

August 7, 2010  11:40 AM ET

I think the modern era with all the coverage has thrown a bias to the more modern players. As a kid growing up I struggled to find tidbits of news on my team just 200 miles away. It was all local coverage. Now with a few clicks and fantasy you can get all the coverage you want on any player. Great linebackers for example would go unsung except in their local area now everyone knows what is going on in every camp/team. It will be harder and harder to recognize players from the older eras

August 7, 2010  11:45 AM ET

And some players should be in the Hall of Shame. That goes for all sports not just the NFL.

 
August 7, 2010  11:55 AM ET
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Based on the standards in place today, many existing Hall of Famers wouldn't make the cut. Most notably Namath, Swann and Sayers probably wouldn't have an ugly mustard-colored sports coat hanging in their closets.

Sayers belongs...the other two...Namath not even close...Swann was a freak in the postseason with 4 rings...he belongs.

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