Hall Of Fame Solution: Put Your Head in The Sand and Ignore Everyone

Raider Card AddictSenior Writer IFebruary 6, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 06:  Jerry Rice is overcome with emotion for a moment after he was announced as one of the newest enshrinees into the Hall of Fameduring the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2010 Press Conference held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 6, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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With almost as many opinions on the Hall of Fame voting system, you know someone was going to come away complaining.

Then the Hall of Fame voters truly turned the system on its ear.

The first two elected, by any stretch of the imagination were shoe-ins. You had Jerry Rice, one of the greatest wide receivers in the modern era. The GOAT, or Greatest Of All Time, in his opinion was an easy pick, as his stats set new standards in the game we know today.

Emmitt Smith, the third component of the Cowboys' resurgence in the '90s, thanks to the Vikings incredible blunder in the draft, also was an easy selection by owning the NFL career rushing title, among other accolades.

So, two players with a lot of clout. Who else would join this select group?

How about three defensive guys?

Um, no.

But, here is where the questions start to arise. How do you pick offense against defense? How do you weigh the efforts of Russ Grimm against say, Tim Brown? Or Cris Carter against Rickey Jackson?

For that matter, it also goes against the logic of Hall of Fame players being subjected to foolish logic, such as the belief that Rice was so superior, that no other wide receivers should enter the hall with him.


The problem that this style of thinking encourages is that you are going to have a logjam of quality wide receivers in the following seasons that have to be stalled due to this mindset. The argument, "oh, it's only for one year", has been heard time and time again, until the player is no longer even in the same decade.

The selection process also seems to be weighted by recent success, as clubs such as Oakland have a treasure trove of players that could qualify, are again denied multiple times.

Probably again, the biggest slap to the fans was made by the "fan's choice" website, where fans could voice their opinions on who should be elected. These fans are the same ones who put down the money to buy jerseys, buy tickets and heaven forbid, by newspapers to get information on their favorite teams.

If this is the sort of opinions that votes players into the Hall of Fame, maybe the NFL should have the vote be done in a more, Fan rated system.

Obviously, the Hall of Fame committee spoke well when it wanted to elect others to the Hall this year....they put their heads in the sand to avoid being questioned.