Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but if what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, then if an opinion is faulty others have every right counter those views. What would be nice is that folks were respectful when they do it. I've read a few fan forums where Rams fans were upset with the "snubs" of Orlando Pace and Warner. Pace's case reminded me of a squabble over another great left tackle a few years ago.
To what or whom do I refer? In 2011 Fox columnist Jason Whitlock was "irate" when Willie
Whitlock went on a tear, ripping into the Hall of Fame voters, criticizing the process and even going so far to accuse the voters of "deal-making" and hinting at racism. But Whitlock didn't stop there. In another column he singled out players he deems less than worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Wrote Whitlock, "Chris Doleman? Child, please. Same for Dermontti Dawson, Cortez Kennedy, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, and Andre Reed. They’re very good players. Men who should be proud of their careers. But in the same Hall with Jim Brown, John Elway, Reggie White and Joe Montana? Come on, man. I love the Charles Haley debate. He was a specialist who played on third downs. Ray Guy was a specialist who played on fourth downs.
Does Whitlock really think that African-American voters wouldn't read Irvin's bio and see his lone First-team All-Pro selection? Or his 65 career touchdowns, which was on the very low end
Some of the Hall of Fame voters shot back, as well they should have. Len Pasquarelli and Bob Gretz
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Some of the statistical evidence that buttresses that point is that left tackles Orlando Pace, Jones, and Ogden averaged 1.9, 0.8, and 1.2, respectively, holding calls against them per sixteen games.
Lastly, for some reason, Roaf, every couple or few seasons, had a big breakdown game where he just seemed to lose it for the day. In 1997 Chuck "Rooster" Smith lit
This past Hall of Fame voting session left Pace out as a first-ballot player. However, in his case, as it was with
One of Pace's was, according to STATS, LLC., he averaged 5.8 false starts per sixteen games. For comparison, Roaf averaged 2.5 and Jones and Ogden were between 1.0 and 1.5, Additionally, Pace got injured late in his career and had a few so-so seasons before he hung them up. He also seemed to hold out a quote often and got off to slow starts a couple of those seasons. Some Rams fans were upset, comparing Pace's peak seasons with those of Jones and Ogden, but perhaps not seeing the entire career.