By John Turney
Recently, the Talk of Fame Network has been interviewing and writing posts on Hall of Fame candidates who are worthy in many ways, but
We decided to put up some numbers of the Hall of Fame tackles and compare them to those who are waiting for their chance to perhaps be inducted.
On this list we show the tackles who have been
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Note: Jim Parker split his career between tackle and guard, we put him with guards. He was a guard on the NFL 75th Anniversary team, so we let him there, though he could also be on this list as it is a close call.
Tony Boselli had career ending injuries and as a result, ranks very low in the longevity part of this table. However, he was a consensus All-Pro three times and was an NFL/AFC Lineman of the Year those same three seasons.
Mike Kenn ranks highest in the longevity portion and in the All-pro portion. His Pro Bowls are five, but in one of those oddities that sometimes occur, in 1991 he was a consensus All-Pro but was only a first alternate to the Pro Bowl, so his Pro Bowl number would be higher if not for that.
George Kunz, Lomas Brown and Chris Hinton ranked high in Pro Bowls but were not
We do not envy the position the Hall of Fame voters are in, they have piles of excellent players and when they are compared to those in the Hall they see that sometimes the separation between those in and some of those out is very small.
This chart it shows that the average HOF tackle played 13 years and started 86% of the games they could have in their career. The averaged four consensus All-Pros and six First-team All-Pro selections to go with an average of 8 Pro Bowls. Those not in do have lower numbers, albeit it's a matter of opinion how great the separations.
We fully understand there is more to selecting Hall of Famer than numbers, there are
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