Friday, January 9, 2015

Determining Who Really Belongs in the Pro Football HOF

I will link to a post I wrote on my LiveJournal several years ago about what I believe is a better method for determining who belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Thought it was worth revisiting now that the finalists have been named for the Class of 2015.

I won't re-post everything, but will direct you to that page, while listing the questions to consider, questions that I based off Bill James' criteria for the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here's the link to the full post. The questions I think should be considered:

1. Was the player ever regarded as the best player in football?
2. Was he regarded as the best player on his team? On his team’s offense? On his team’s defense?
3. Was he the best player at his position? Did he do anything that helped define the position?
4. Did he have an impact on a number of playoff runs?
5. Was he a good enough player that he could continue to play regularly after passing his prime?
6. Is he truly the best player in the history of football who is not in the Hall of Fame?
7. Is he truly the best player at his position who is eligible to be in the Hall of Fame but is not in?
8. Is there any evidence to suggest that the player was significantly better or worse than is suggested by his statistics?
9. How many MVP-type seasons did he have? Did he ever win an MVP award? If not, how many times was he close?
10. Did the player elevate the play of his teammates and make them better?
11. If this player were the best player on his team, would it be likely that his team could get to the playoffs and make a deep run?
12. What impact did the player have on football history? Did he change the game in any way?
13. Did the player uphold the standards of character and sportsmanship that should be considered for Hall of Fame conclusion?

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