I've heard it all, "They're not on the field as much as offense and defense.", "They make the NFL look wimpy.", "It's like putting the best pinch hitter in the Baseball Hall of Fame.", etc. I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!
I saw the clip on NFL Network of the reasons why Steve Tasker is not in the Hall of Fame. The arguments against him really hit me hard. They suit up, they make plays, and they add points to the board, and they still don't get love from voters.
They ask a kicker to make game-winning field goals, they do that, and come on the field celebrating and saying, "You've won us Super Bowls." The kicker will say, "Does that mean I'm going to the Hall of Fame?" They'll say, "Nope".
The only pure special teams player to get into the Hall of Fame was Jan Stenerud, and he was selected on his first ballot. How is it that after that, nobody else gets in?
Ray Guy helped the Raiders win games and has been highly recommended for the Hall of Fame. That's been the case for many years.
If I were them, I'd go on strike, refuse to play any more NFL games until more special teams players get into the Hall of Fame. If special teams players aren't as special as offensive and defensive players, then let's see teams win without them. Let's see the Bears win without Robbie Gould! Let's see the Browns win without Joshua Cribbs! Let's look at the Patriots of this decade and see if they could've won without Adam Vinatieri!
I have one more question. If special teams players aren't important, then why do they have those positions in football? That's because they help score points. Isn't that the whole point of football?
Get your picket signs and pitch out your tents, IT'S TIME TO PROTEST!!!!!!
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