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08:01 AM ET 02.05 | Paul Domowitch of the Philadelphia Daily News tweets that Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney is trying to block NFL Films founder Ed Sabol's bid for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. "A pox also on a man I used to admire, Dan Rooney, for also trying to block Ed Sabol's HOF entry. Talk about cutting off nose to spite face."

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February 5, 2011  08:41 AM ET

From an owner whose team has the most HOF'ers in it. Very spiteful and as Count has already said!

February 5, 2011  09:04 AM ET

John Magulicutty started the game of football in his backyard 150 years ago, how come he isn't in the hall of fame too. He took pictures.

February 5, 2011  09:08 AM ET

Don't get me wrong, Steve Sabol did a lot for those of us who sit on our butts and watch football, but I believe anyone in the Hall of Fame should be at least a player, coach or even an owner. Otherwise you open it up to anybody to include the guy that throws the hot dogs in the stands, how about the loyal fans???? Like me.

February 5, 2011  09:08 AM ET

Anybody know why he's trying to throw the block?

February 5, 2011  09:11 AM ET

Ha!...Fat Albert was involved in a road rage incident!

February 5, 2011  09:12 AM ET

Hes OLD! skp it, if he can remember

February 5, 2011  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ha!...Fat Albert was involved in a road rage incident!

here's a link.

http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/2011/2/4/1974862/albert-haynesworth-arrest-war rant-assault-washington-redskins

February 5, 2011  09:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Ha!...Fat Albert was involved in a road rage incident!

did someone cut him off at McD's drive thru window?

February 5, 2011  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Don't get me wrong, Steve Sabol did a lot for those of us who sit on our butts and watch football, but I believe anyone in the Hall of Fame should be at least a player, coach or even an owner. Otherwise you open it up to anybody to include the guy that throws the hot dogs in the stands, how about the loyal fans???? Like me.

These two are in the HOF: If Finks is HOF material, then Sabol should be seriously considered. Here is the breakdown of all in the NFL HOF for anyone interested.

Hugh "Shorty" Ray dealt with officiating, rules, officials and such technical aspects of the game.

Jim Finks 1964-1982, 1986-1992 -- Team Administrator - Minnesota Vikings, 1964-1973, Chicago Bears, 1974-1982,

http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/positions.aspx

February 5, 2011  09:29 AM ET

i agree with joe102

February 5, 2011  09:41 AM ET

These two are in the HOF: If Finks is HOF material, then Sabol should be seriously considered. Here is the breakdown of all in the NFL HOF for anyone interested.

Hugh "Shorty" Ray dealt with officiating, rules, officials and such technical aspects of the game.

Jim Finks 1964-1982, 1986-1992 -- Team Administrator - Minnesota Vikings, 1964-1973, Chicago Bears, 1974-1982,

At least these guys were on the football field taking part in some way with what was happening, not recording it. As far as their their deserving it...that's another matter...I remember Finks playing quarterback for the Steelers when we celebrated touchdowns like they won the Championship...don't think he deserved to be there either.

February 5, 2011  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

did someone cut him off at McD's drive thru window?

NICE!

February 5, 2011  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

These two are in the HOF: If Finks is HOF material, then Sabol should be seriously considered. Here is the breakdown of all in the NFL HOF for anyone interested.Hugh "Shorty" Ray dealt with officiating, rules, officials and such technical aspects of the game.Jim Finks 1964-1982, 1986-1992 -- Team Administrator - Minnesota Vikings, 1964-1973, Chicago Bears, 1974-1982,At least these guys were on the football field taking part in some way with what was happening, not recording it. As far as their their deserving it...that's another matter...I remember Finks playing quarterback for the Steelers when we celebrated touchdowns like they won the Championship...don't think he deserved to be there either.

No, wrong Finks. This Finks was an Administrator for 28 years for three teams. vikings, bears and saints.
A Team ADMINISTRATOR for petes sake. He must have been picking up bar tabs to get elected.

February 5, 2011  09:49 AM ET

As a kid I use to love to watch NFL films. it's what peaked my interest in the game.

so hell yeah, let Ed Sabol into the hall. what he did was good for the game of football.

February 5, 2011  10:03 AM ET

I don't see anything wrong with Sabol getting in. Before the internet, espn, nfl network there was NFL films. Before the hour long pre-game shows on the networks NFL films did it first. They were the ones that gave you player and coach interviews, highlights of players who you didn't see because they weren't in your conference or division. They've logged the entire history of the league and give a far more balanced and comparable look to all players across the different eras unlike many of the leagues other broadcasting partners.

February 5, 2011  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

As a kid I use to love to watch NFL films. it's what peaked my interest in the game. so hell yeah, let Ed Sabol into the hall. what he did was good for the game of football.

Those Saturday afternoon NFL shows in the early sixties is what made the NFL a major sport. He made them more money than any owner ever did.

February 5, 2011  10:05 AM ET

If this is true, that's a low blow fo' sho'.

I love the NFL Films media. It's great to watch and relive some of the best football memories.

Let
Him
In

"On a cold day in Lambeau field..."

February 5, 2011  10:06 AM ET

Ed Sabol was a MAJOR contributor. I would actually prefer a different category for his enshrinement but these are the rules and the guy belongs in the HOF.

 
February 5, 2011  10:07 AM ET

50 year fan: I just looked Jim Finks up on Wikipedia, he is one and the same. He was a 12th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1949 NFL Draft out of the University of Tulsa, he played for several years as defensive back and quarterback, he wore #7, retiring after the 1955 season. Even so, it doesn't take away the fact that they put him in the Hall for being an Administrator which is where I agree with you, they shouldn't be in the HOF. Dick LeBeau made it in for playing as a CB. Maybe "Contributors" should be left out.

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