LAS VEGAS, NV-Granted next Year Emmitt Smith will be in the HOF but the rest of the field is wide open. Each year I am fortunate to get to submit 3 names for the Hall of Fame voting. Joey Browner, Jim Marshall. Kenny Stabler are the three gentleman I have been concentrating on for 2010 enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. All three are deserving beyond reproach in their career numbers and all three have been forgotten by the NFL voters.
Lets take a look at all three candidates and why they belong in the Hall of Fame;
JOEY BROWNER-I already hear you all griping because Browner is my radio partner, so lets not go there...Look at the facts and what others say. Without a doubt, had more tackles than any other Safety the game has ever seen amassing over 1100 tackles, 40 picks, 37 interceptions in the regular season, 3 in the post season and one of the games top 3 in hardest hitters ever along with his USC partner Ronnie Lott and Bears Dick Butkus. I spoke to many athletes about Joey Browner, here's what some NFL Players said about Joey Browner.
Ronnie Lott-"I dont understand why Joey is not in the Hall by now, he could compete with any NFL player past or present who is in the Hall now..."
Merton Hanks-"Joey was the toughest player ever at Safety, he was the man and should be in HOF already." "Joey was 24/7 in practice and in games, he was even racking guys up in the Pro Bowl and practices..."
Benny Ricardo-"Those hands Joey had the strongest hands in the NFL no one could get by him...Joey really should be in the Hall of Fame" "Hey in practice the guys were scared of Joey...I remember one incident where he just crushed Cris Carter in practice the guy was unstoppable practice and gameday."
Ted Hendricks-"Unfortunately for Joey the Vikings never won a Superbowl and didnt get the media attention the 49ers got, but they did lead the league in Defense, led by Joey Browner!!! He changed the position as a big man who would hit, thats why the Hall should get him in he is the all 80's Safety and overdue."
Barry Sanders-"The only guy I always avoided was Joey Browner."
That leads us to my second candidate.
JIM MARSHALL-OK so he ran one time the wrong way...BIG DEAL one mistake does not make a career. We have all made one mistake at one time or another at work or in competing. Jim Marshall is a legitimate Hall of Fame player. Ironman Jim Marshall played in more games consecutively than ony other player at the time.
Lastly my third candidate.
KENNY STABLER-Need I say more, as his numbers compare with Terry Bradshaw's in all categories and are better than Cowboy's great Roger Staubach.
Those are my selections I dont know if I will get any disagreements but the careers are set in stone and are way overdue for HOF entry.