Plain and Simple, Joe Klecko Belongs in Canton

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IMarch 29, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 26: Former player Joe Klecko of the New York Jets speaks to the crowd as his jersey is retired during halftime against the New England Patriots on December 26, 2004 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Patriots won the game 23-7.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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I don't usually get involved with Hall-of-Fame campaigns, but recently I have become fed-up with the continual exclusion of Joe Klecko's name from the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame ballot.

I realize any campaign is political in nature. There's a lot of work to generate a buzz and a groundswell in order to launch it to the next level. You basically have to sell the candidate to the voters.

Klecko's candidacy should not require such arduous impetus. His record and his reputation should speak for itself.  He is the first player in NFL history to be elected to the Pro Bowl at three different positions.

Contemporaries such as Hall-of-Famers Joe DeLamielleure, Anthony Munoz,  and Dwight Stephenson all list Joe as one of the best players—if not THE best player—they've ever faced. 

This man was a great football player—one of the best I've ever seen and I've seen quite a few. But apparently not enough voters feel the way I do about Joe.

I am hereby summoning everyone to visit our Facebook page and tell us what you think. From there, I will serve as campaign manager and get this movement rolling!