Saturday night saw the 2013 class for the National Football League Hall of Fame announced. While the seven players who made the Hall all have the statistics to be inducted, there are some players who should be upset about being not being inducted this season. There are three in particular who probably have a major gripe right now.
The first one is Michael Strahan who holds the single-season records for sacks in a season. Strahan did everything you could ask from him on and off the field, helping the New York Giants win two Super Bowls. You can also look at Charles Haley, who won five Super Bowl titles while playing for the San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys. How on earth does Warren Sapp get in before either of those two? It’s a really bad choice by the Hall of Fame on that one because I would have put either Strahan or Haley in well before Sapp got in. Sapp makes it in his first year when I think he could have waited for probably two or three years but now shouldn’t have been the time for him.
The other one in my opinion is Jerome Bettis. Bettis finished sixth on the all-time rushing yards list in the NFL and while he only won a single Super Bowl, the body of work is just overwhelming to me. His number has been retired by the Pittsburgh Steelers and after 13,662 yards and 94 touchdowns, he should have got in but was denied for the third straight year. There will always be complaints from people about who got in and who didn’t but those three probably have the biggest complaints on this day.