5 Pro Football Hall of Fame Snubs From 2013 Who Should Be Elected in 2014
Pro Football Hall of Fame Snubs From Who Should Be Elected in 2014
The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced a 2013 class of seven former NFL greats. Dallas Cowboys guard Larry Allen, the 11-time Pro Bowler, was a first-time ballot member who got in on the first vote, but is not even the clear headliner. 12-year wide out for the Minnesota Vikings, Cris Carter, and defensive tackle Warren Sapp, help Allen make up an incredibly strong draft class. Of course, we cannot forget Coach Bill Parcells, winner of two Super Bowls and known team rebuilder.
An honorable mention in the snubbed category is former defensive back Aeneas Williams whose 10-year career was extremely impressive. Williams’ outstanding play landed him in the Pro Bowl in eight out of his ten seasons. After retiring in 2004, Williams has been a Hall of Fame ballot finalist in both 2012 and 2013 and will hopefully be elected soon. His 55 career interceptions places Williams in the top 20 all time and his nine pick-sixes are the third most in NFL history, tied with Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
Williams will have more shots at election and with so many of the elite being elected in 2013, he has a much better chance of being selected in 2014. So let’s get down to business and talk about the five ballot members who got snubbed this year, but should be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
Edward DeBartolo, Jr. – Owner
Before 1977, the San Francisco 49ers had only reached the playoffs five times since the team’s conception in 1946. Between 1977 and 2000 – the years Edward DeBartolo, Jr. was the team owner – the 49ers went to the playoffs 16 times and won a then-NFL record five Super Bowls. DeBartolo helped turn the team around and into the perennial powerhouse of the 80s and 90s. While under the helm of DeBartolo, the team drafted Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott. DeBartolo’s leadership helped make a name out of the 49ers and he left the organization in much better order than he found it.
Morten Andersen – Kicker
Morten Andersen was a place kicker for an incredible 25 seasons. Even for a kicker, that is an absurd amount of time to be playing in the NFL. As such, Andersen holds the NFL record for the most games played with 382; for comparison’s sake, Adam Vinatieri is the leading active player with 259. Andersen’s career is not only impressive because of its longevity, but also because of his solid performance. Andersen made an impressive 79.7 percent of his field goals and converted all but 10 of his 859 extra point attempts.
He ranks second all-time in most extra points made and first all-time in field goals made, nailing 565 out of his 709 field goals. Another thing to note is Andersen’s accuracy from distance as the former kicker converted 40 out of his 84 field goal attempts from 50+ yards. The kicker position is not usually respected, but Andersen definitely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
Jerome Bettis – Running Back
The roller coaster career of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis is one of the more controversial ones on the Hall of Fame ballot. Although he was an outstanding running back in his hay day, rushing for over 1,000 yards in eight seasons, some critics believe Bettis’ legacy was tarnished by him sticking around too long. Bettis’ one and only Super Bowl win came in his 13th and final season. That year, he started zero games and amassed a measly 368 yards.
Alas, Bettis’ full career truly does merit him a spot in the Hall of Fame. “The Bus” ran over, not around, defensive backs, linebackers and sometimes even linemen with his 5-foot-11, 252 pound frame. In his 13 years, he gained over 13,000 rushing yards and 71 touchdowns. Bettis places in the top 10 of each of these categories all-time. All of this is clear evidence that he should and will be in the Hall of Fame.
Tim Brown – Wide Receiver
Tim Brown put together one of the best careers for any wide out and was a model of consistency for many of his 16 seasons. Even into his late 30s, Brown played all 16 regular season games in all but three of his seasons and he only ever played less than 15 games in one season. Finishing his career with just under 15,000 receiving yards and exactly 100 receiving touchdowns, Brown ranks in the top five of all-time receivers in yards and receptions and in the top 10 for touchdowns. Look for Brown to be in the Hall of Fame next time around.
Michael Strahan – Defensive End
I believe Michael Strahan is the most obvious Hall of Fame snub and will certainly be elected in 2014. Strahan’s defensive prowess in the NFL made his presence known by offensive coordinators across the league. Strahan broke and still holds the single-season record for most sacks with 22.5 in 2001. His 141.5 career sacks ranks him in the top five all time and his 15 recovered fumbles is not too shabby either. Expect Strahan to be enshrined in 2014.
So that does it for my list. Please leave a comment below with others who you think got snubbed or which of these you agree or disagree with.