I know this is a bigger problem in baseball, but you would think that after all these years we might have voted some undeserving players into Canton?
I am not suggesting we take these players out. I believe that once you are in you are in, but I feel that I must clear up the misconceptions about players that are enshrined as some of the best ever, who were just average.
You will regonize most of these players and will possibly think I am crazy for thinking them overated.
I however stand by these choices and strongly believe they do not belong in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Wehrli was a good player. He was smart, and did not get burned by recievers.
He had a respectable 40 interceptions. He also made seven Pro Bowls.
All of this is great except for the fact that he only led his team in interceptions twice in 14 years and never the league or even his conference.
Wehrli also was not the shutdown corner everyone seems to think. In his entire career, his team ranked in the top 10 only twice in the league in pass defense. That's not very good.
He should be remembered as a solid player, instead he will be remembered as one of the best ever.
Lynn Swann made his career off a few key receptions. Without these eye-catching plays created, he is mediocre.
Swann never had 1,000 yards in a single season, and never even had 900.
He only had 50 or more catches twice. He had one All-Pro selection which is nowhere near what you would normally consider the benchmark for induction.
His overall stats are pretty attrocious too—336 catches 5462 yards 51 touchdowns. These are not Hall of Fame stats.
If Santonio Holmes has another season like his last, his career stats will be near equal to Swann.
Holmes, like Swann was a Superbowl MVP, and made an amazing catch or two. If he retired after next season, would you put him in the Hall? Just food for thought.
Larry Csonka never led the league in rushing or number of touchdowns.
Csonka also is well below with the usual bechmark in total rushing yards (10,000) with only 8,081 yards.
The argument that he is a fullback doesn't hold water either. Jim Brown was a fullback, and so was Ricky Watters, and they both earned 10,000 yards or more. I'm astounded that this guy stands as an All-time great.
Despite the years 1983, '84, aand '85 Howie Long was just average.
He was selected to eight Pro Bowls, but that was mostly on reputation rather than talent. In fact, in one Pro Bowl year, he had only accrued four sacks.
His overall sack totals are not that good either just 84, that is 34th all time. He is a good player but just not a Hall of Famer.
No, I am not kidding. Terry Bradshaw threw a lot of picks, in fact it took him almost half his career to throw more touchdowns than interceptions in a season.
Overall Bradshaw only threw two more touchdowns than interceptions.
I know he won four rings, but half his defense is in the Hall of Fame. So is his center his top two recievers and his runningback.
And trust me with a 70.9 quarterback rating and a 51 percent completion percentage he was not the reason they won those Superbowls. He was a servicable quarterback on the best team ever, nothing more.