The Pro Football Hall of Fame preliminary nominees list was released today and once again retired Redskins Russ Grimm (G) and Joe Jacoby (OT) were on the list. Grimm and Jacoby, along with Mark May, Jeff Bostic and George Starke, made up one of the most dominant offensive lines in NFL history also known as the "Hogs". The Hogs were an intricate part of the Redskins 3 Super Bowl wins. Jacoby has yet to make the finalist cut for the Hall, however, Grimm has been a finalist four times, I think 2010 is his year to finally cross the goal line.
Not to take anything away from Jacoby, but most likely two offensive line players won't be enshrined at the same time. Especially when you have names like Rice, Smith and Haley up for enshrinement. Grimm and Jacoby made multiple Pro Bowl appearances and they were members of the NFL 1980's All-Decade Team.
I know you're reading this and saying a lot of players possess the same accolades, but are they Hall of Famers? I say yes, if you put Russ Grimm's numbers against Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf; they are almost identical (excluding Grimm's Super Bowl rings). Am I a little biased? Of course, I'm a Redskins Fan, which is probably why they don't allow "fans" on the selection committee.
I do believe both Russ Grimm and Joe Jacoby both had Hall of Fame caliber careers. I'm sure there will be a lot of people who would beg to differ, this is my opinion. 2010 is a tough year to be a nominee for the Hall of Fame, but can they let a "HOG" in?