5 Pro Football Hall of Fame Members Who Don’t Belong
5 Pro Football Players Who Don't Belong in Hall of Fame
Six deserving ex-players will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
It's hard to argue with a group that includes Warren Sapp, Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen and Cris Carter. That's a great defensive tackle, a couple of great offensive linemen and a guy who “all he did was catch touchdowns,” according to former Philadelphia Eagles’ coach Buddy Ryan. You also have to give thumbs-up to linebacker Dave Robinson, defensive tackle Curley Culp and coach
Bill Parcells, who will be joining that group. To use a stock Parcells’ quote, “That’s a good thing, not a bad thing.”
Still, a look at who’s in and who’s out sometimes makes you shake your head. A lot of these guys, especially the “old-timers” that don’t have either the statistics or pass the eye test to be in there are already enshrined. And a lot of the old-timers and younger players who haven’t gotten in deserve to get into Canton someday. Some were great college players who really did not make the same kind on impact on the pro level.
The "hard-markers" among us have got to wonder who some of these guys are and why they are in there. To me, a guy like Joe Klecko of the New York Jets’ famed “Sack Exchange” should be in there and some of the guys he dominated on the other side of the ball don’t deserve to be in there. Klecko was, after all, the other guy in history to make the Pro Bowl playing three positions: nose guard, tackle and end.
Combing over the list from the first class to the last, at least five inductees fall well short of Hall of Fame standards.
5. Doak Walker
Walker was a Heisman Trophy winner (1948), but that should have no bearing on what he did in the pros. First strike against him was his short career with the Detroit Lions, six seasons. A running back, Walker only rushed for 1,520 yards and 12 touchdowns in his career. A lot of running backs do that in one season these days.
4. Dan Hampton
Hampton made his mark as a run-stopper with the Bears, but Hall of Fame defensive linemen should also have quarterback sacks. In the area of sacks, Hampton falls well short. His career-high for sacks was 11.5 set in both 1980 and 1984. Considering that Michael Strahan got 22 sacks in one year, that's not all that impressive.
3. Paul Hornung
Hornung played with the Packers and was called the Golden Boy presumably for his blond hair in those days, but there must have been some Golden dust sprinkled on his career because he won the Heisman Trophy (in a year Jim Brown was eligible) for a 2-8 Notre Dame team and was the second-leading rusher on his team during his pro career to Jim Taylor.
2. Bud Grant
Grant was the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings, leading them to four Super Bowls, winning exactly zero. It was probably easy to coach the Purple People Eaters. Sorry, if you are a head coach without bringing home the most important piece of hardware you don’t belong.
1. Mike Munchak
An offensive lineman with the Oilers who later became head coach of the Titans, Munchak was owned in the day by defensive linemen such as Joe Klecko of the Jets. It's hard to quantify due to the lack of available stats for offensive linemen, but Munchak being in while Klecko remains out is a travesty.