By John Turney
This year there are two slots available and as per
He was a 5-time NFL
And his leadership of the New York Giants from 1979 to 1997 led to two Super Bowl wins.
His NFL executive career began when the Colts hired him as an aide to Coach Don Shula and assistant coach. Shula later hired Young as the director of pro scouting for the Dolphins, a position he held from 1975-79.
He had a hand in rebuilding the Colts with a good choice of a franchise quarterback in Bert Jones and good defensive linemen Joe Ehrmann and Mike Barnes (Jones and Ehrmann were First-round picks and Barnes was a Second-rounder). The next year he helped in the process of taking John Dutton and Fred Cook. Those two took over at DE and the Sack Pack was born.
Young left before the success of those Colts began, but helped in building the Dolphins defense with players like Kim Bokamper, Larry Gordon, A.J. Duhe, Bob Baumhower, Doug Betters and others.
Of course with the Giants, his track record of taking Phil Simms, Lawrence Taylor, Leonard Marshall, Carl Banks, et al, is well known as the Giants era is the reason he's known as one of
So, we will know in mid-August who the two nominees are, but it is our view that Young should be nominated
As for the other, there are names that would fit very well. Bobby Beathard is one. Paul Tagliabue is another. At some point Steve Sabol should emerge, we hope sooner rather than later.
Originally, in the Pro Football Hall of Fame mandate, game officials were to be included in the Hall of Fame. However, few have ever even been nominated, but after some of the GM-types are
Also, we hope that some names of the past will also pop up like Don Klosterman or Bucko Kilroy. And, and we are not kidding, we would love to see Joe Thomas debated. It would beg the question of if ending your career on a down note spoils the good you did. Thomas was credited with a disaster of a job with
Thomas was the first person the expansion Miami Dolphins hired in 1965 and he picked and traded for the players and
With the Colts, along with George Young, he drafted Lydell Mitchell, Bert Jones, the Sack Pack players, and so on.
Prior to both he was
We are not advocating one way or the other, but if, for example Beathard's Ryan Leaf fiasco doesn't affect what he did with the Redskins, why should the Jim Plunkett and O.J. Simpson trade disasters destroy
Thomas was known to be difficult to get along with, and was not a warm and fuzzy guy, so we wonder out loud if that's the deciding factor so far.
As for owners, Art Modell has been mentioned quite often, but why does Carroll Rosenbloom's name never appear in the many articles on this subject you can find on the Internet? He was the owner of a team (Baltimore Colts)
It has been reported that he was a major part of the AFL-NFL merger and had lots to do with the negotiations with the
Rosenbloom even traded a team
So, as we've said our preference is for George Young, but realize if it does not happen this year, it will most certainly happen soon.