NFL Hall of Fame Class of 2012; Six Make it Up

February 5, 2012 at 2:31 am 1 comment

Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Curtis Martin and Willie Roaf are the members of the 2012 NFL Hall of Fame Class. All of these candidates are worthy, and definitely deserve to be inducted.

Curtis Martin would have made it last year if Marhshall Faulk had not been on the ballot. He is 4th in all time rushing yards, and 7th in all time yards from scrimmage. Martin was also the anchor for the Jets offense through many years of pedestrian to bad quarterbacks. Demomtti Dawson helped anchor the Steelers offensive line for years, making 7 pro bowls, and being selected to 6 all pro teams by the Associated Press. Chris Doleman was a hybrid OLB/DE, who played for the a number of teams. He accumulated 150.5 sacks, and by many O-linemen testimonies, was nearly impossible to block.

Willie Roaf anchored the New Orlean Saints and Kansas City Chiefs offensive lines, and was an 11 time pro-bowler, and a 9 time all pro, and one of the best of his era. Cortez Kennedy recorded 58 sacks, and was a massive force as an interior d-lineman for the Seattle Seahawks. Jack Butler played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was this years veteran committee entrant.

There are two receivers amongst the finalists who should have been selected over Cortez Kennedy, Tim Brown and Cris Carter. I understand that the number of Raiders in the Hall of Fame may have worked against Brown, but his body of work speaks for itself. I am still somewhat perplexed as to why Carter has not made the Hall of Fame yet, but he will in the near future.

The real snub of this draft however is Bill Parcells. Parcells’ resume speaks for itself. 2 Super Bowl wins with the Giants, a Super Bowl appearance with the Patriots, and making both the Jets and Cowboys into winning franchises. I suppose it is possible The Big Tuna is looked upon unfavorably by certain media members, and it is plausible that certain voters feel his retirement is disingenuous. He has announced “retirement” before, only to return to a different organization, in either a coaching or executive capacity.

Parcells’ penchant to turn a franchise from nothing, into something deserves admiration. This, along with the number of successful head coaches who began under him, Parcells arguably is the greatest coach/football mind of all-time. Simply put, it is inexcusable to keep him out of the Hall of Fame.


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