I’ve never been a fan of Hall of Fames in general because I find the process subjective and heavily biased. This year is no different as both Alan Faneca and Hines Ward were left out while some questionable players (just my opinion) got in.
For the record, this year’s class includes LaDanian Tomlinson, Kurt Warner, Terrell Davis, Jason Taylor and Morten Andersen. Also going in will be Jerry Jones and Kenny Easley.
The selection of Tomlinson was an easy one despite never playing in a Super Bowl. Kurt Warner’s case was largely cemented by three Super Bowl appearances which included an MVP and a season MVP as well. Andersen’s entry was also fine with me simply because of his overall performance especially from long distances.
One could easily argue that politics plays a huge part in this process. You’ll note that three of the main five players are all part of the NFL Network but since I believe two were worthy I’ll let it be.
Terrell Davis played a total of seven seasons and he likely owes his entry to the great Gayle Sayers who earned a Hall nod after the same amount of seasons. To me, longevity has to be part of the equation especially in football but voters felt otherwise.
The selection of Taylor strikes me as odd. He was a defensive player of the year once but he never struck me as a guy you “feared” if you were an opposing offense. He was a great player but I’m not sure he was Hall of Fame worthy.
I won’t even bother going into the choice to put Jerry Jones in the Hall of Fame. What has he done to make the league better?
Hines Ward will get the nod in time and I believe Alan Faneca will see enshrinement even sooner. The long-held belief that some Steelers don’t get in because so many Steelers already are in the Hall has merit in my opinion. This is yet another reason I’m not crazy about Hall of Fames in general.