By John Turney
Earlier today the Hall of Fame released its list of finalists for the 2020 Centennial Class and it was a very exciting list.
Certainly, no one can agree fully with all of the choices, I even might have a quibble or two, but they are just that-quibbles—the work-product by the Blue Ribbon committee is excellent.
Reading the 'Twitter tea leaves' suggests Browns fans are not pleased with Art Modell being listed and the Bengals fans are upset no one from their favorite team is listed. And there are likely others disgruntled but much of that is partisan, people not liking "their guys" being snubbed.
But to me, the inclusion of six players who played their careers prior to 1950 was epically well done. In addition, there are three more players who finished their careers prior to 1960 for a total of nine "super seniors" if you will.
With only ten slots available all of them will not get in, nor should they. But in my view, there is a handful from the (call it 1951 and prior group) of "musts" or "essential to be included". And even then not all will get in, but it does open the door.
So, before I count the chickens before they hatch, let's just celebrate that there a lot fo the right eggs around so there is potential for celebration in Football Heaven (right net door to Rock and Roll Heaven) next summer because of today's announcement.
Well done, Hall of Fame Blue Ribbon Committee, well done. You deserve high praise in my opinion.