Ignorance Is Bliss And Then There’s Sheer And Utter Stupidity ……….. !
While I admire what it is in essence that each of the various Hall of Fames stands for. I sometimes question the legitimacy of the adjudicators who preside over the process. Not a season goes by when there isn’t some sort of controversy as to who’s enshrined in Cooperstown ,New York – when it comes to Major League Baseball (MLB). And it’s certainly beginning to look that way even more so within the NFL with the nomination process and then enshrinement of the nominated candidates for the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton , Ohio.
Courtesy of USA Today
By Skip Wood, USA Today
Fort Lauderdale – The tracks of their tears traced careers of unparalleled excellence for wide receiver Jerry Rice and running back Emmitt Smith.
The two former players were the unquestioned headliners for the NFL Hall of Fame’s 2010 class, which was introduced Saturday.
Rice, the league’s all-time leading receiver, wasn’t able to keep his emotions in check after the announcement.
Shortly thereafter, neither was Smith, the league’s all-time leading rusher.
Both men had arrived for the announcement early, and joked with each other in a holding room, knowing full well they would be chosen.
But once it was official, they were individually summoned onto a stage to discuss their Hall of Fame inclusion, they both had to stop in mid-sentence on several occasions in an attempt to quell the tear drops.
“You just don’t know exactly how you will feel until that moment,” Smith said. “Although you try to take in every second and every minute, every hour up to this time, when that opportunity comes and they call your name, you start reflecting over the people who have helped shape the foundation of who you are as a football player, who you are as a human being.
“And the people who have given you the opportunity to even do some of the things that you’ve been able to do and provided you an opportunity to play in a sport at this level that you’ve played your entire life for. It’s just an honor that I am able to be a blessing because people have blessed me.”
Rice put it more succinctly.
“I’m just honored to stand up here with greatness.”
They were joined in the latest class with five others:
•Offensive lineman Russ Grimm, part of the famed ‘Hogs’ unit of the Washington Redskins.
•Linebacker Rickey Jackson, who played 15 seasons and had 128 career sacks for the New Orleans Saints and the San Francisco 49ers.
•Cornerback Dick LeBeau, better known these days as a coach but a master of interceptions in the 1960s with the Detroit Lions.
•Defensive tackle John Randle, a longtime sack master with the Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks.
•Running back Floyd Little, a bruising but elusive rusher for the Denver Broncos who also excelled at kick returns.
Little and LeBeau were elected through the senior process, which looks at great players of yore who slipped through the regular Hall of Fame screening.
Among those who missed the cut were pass-rushing specialist Charles Haley, receiver Tim Brown, receiver Chris Carter and tight end Shannon Sharpe.
Rice had a 20-year career, the majority of which was spent with the San Francisco 49ers and coach Bill Walsh and quarterback Joe Montana. He caught 1,549 passes for 22,895 yards and had 208 touchdowns. He played in four Super Bowls, three with the 49ers, and was voted the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXIII. For 11 consecutive seasons, he had at least 1,000 receiving yards.
Smith was a mainstay of the Dallas Cowboys, along with quarterback Troy Aikman and wide receiver Michael Irvin, before finishing his career with the Arizona Cardinals. He helped lead the Cowboys to three Super Bowl wins and finished his career with 18,355 rushing yards and 164 touchdowns, as well as 515 catches for 3,224 yards. He was voted the most valuable player of Super Bowl XXVII, which capped the 1993 season when he was also named league MVP.
Both Rice and Smith won three Super Bowl rings. It was their first year of eligibility after five seasons of retirement.
The players’ official induction will be Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio.
In order to read this article in its entirety just click unto the
link provided .
An anchor on three Super Bowl champions for the Washington Redskins, Russ Grimm (left-foreground), one of the “Hogs,” was a four-time Pro Bowler at guard. A member of the 1980s all-decade team, Grimm was part of a unit that helped the Redskins average 152 rushing yards a game in the 1982 postseason en route to a win in Super Bowl XVII. photo appears courtesy of Getty Images/ Otto Greule Jr ………
This year without question the seven nominated candidates are an exemplary cast of characters and each epitomizes what the NFL stands for. They played the game with a passion and ‘each’ was very much respected by their peers, teammates, coaches, and fans alike . And if anything, that amongst the accolades garnered and success attained, is one the primary reasons that they’re attaining the game’s highest honor . Well, in most people’s eyes that would be a Superbowl ring ? But not everyone Superbowl winning player is worthy of enshrinement in the NFL’s (Pro Football) Hall of Fame. And that’s as it should be ! But then again, we have players who’ve failed to win a Superbowl but who end up being enshrined because of their body of work . Or in some cases through the Hall’s Veteran’s Committee. That being said the initial criteria to be met for a player’s enshrinement , is that upon five years after he’s played his last game and retired , they are then eligible to be nominated for enshrinement. The NFL’s Hall of Fame is presided over by Stephen A. Perry, the President & Executive Director of the establishment. Alongside him, there is an executive board . But inasmuch as Perry has his place within this esteemed establishment. He’s neither a participant or an adviser in the adjudication process. That’s left to the NFL writers who cover the NFL and its complement of 32 teams in each of of their respective markets.
For the nominees, Russ Grimm , Rickey Jackson , Dick LeBeau , Floyd Little , John Randle , Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, this has to be one the highlights of their esteemed careers. Their enshrinement will take place on the 7th August 2010, the date of the NFL’s Hall of Fame Game. The event itself will be televised by ESPN , as too will the game itself. The families and and invited friends will be there in accordance , to be part of the festivities. And as usual, there will be the press covering the event for their respective publications and broadcast news outlets across the country. The culmination of the event will be the acceptance speeches by each of the nominees due to be enshrined. It’s bound to be something of an emotional event for each the septuplets in question.
Raiders’ wide receiver , Tim Brown single handedly destroys the Denver Broncos.
The whole selection process for the initial group of 25 semi-finalists, as prospective nominees, has to be a long drawn out process. And no doubt the deliberations made by the empaneled body of writers who try to whittle down the candidates to that ‘final seven’. At one times, one has to view it that the scenes must be somewhat exasperating and contentious between all of those involved in the voting process. But at the same time, the secrecy involved and the oral arguments being made, if anything boils down to favoritism amongst the writers. Rather than quite possibly looking overall at that prospective candidate’s body of work over the course of their career. No don’t get me wrong given the fact the voting and ballots cast don’t have an effect on our day to day lives. Then as such , we shouldn’t really get caught up in the controversy that arises. But then again , when I look at how both former Oakland Raiders’ wide receiver , Tim Brown and his Vikings’ counterpart Cris Carter were once snubbed once again and then completely overlooked. I have to begin to question the veracity of the voting process and that of the credibility of the writers themselves ! Either , it’s ignorance on their part or just sheer and utter stupidity ? The ‘snub’ of ‘these two elite receivers’ whose stats speak for themselves, just goes to show me how strange and how idiotic humans are and can be !
Former Vikings’ receiver Cris Carter at this subliminally best. Need one say anymore on the subject ?
Now in light of this all and the continued snub of both players and the very fact that they’ve long reached the eligibility criteria some time ago. It could very well be another several years before they’re even seriously considered for enshrinement in Canton , Ohio. There seems to be no sadness for either Brown or Carter at this point but I can’t help but wonder if there’s not not profound disappointment once again at this slight on the part of the NFL writers ? It’s clear that while there task isn’t necessarily an easy one. Their continued faux-pas’ are becoming a sign of idiocy as to the veracity of their argument that they are indeed the rightful custodians, when it comes to the adjudication process for the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. I’d dare say that any sane individual , given the facts could make the case where both Tim Brown and Cris Carter should’ve been enshrined long ago. But with this bunch of ingrates, it’s like watching the whole Presidential election process of 2000 repeat itself, all over again. No hanging chads here, just utter stupidity, that’s all !
Alan Parkins aka tophatal……