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2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

Posted on: February 5, 2011 9:15 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Invariably, whenever there's a group of people inducted into a professional sports league's Hall of Fame, there's a group of people who got snubbed. And that's the case with the 2011 NFL Hall of Fame class.

That's not to take away from the group of men that got inducted: Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe, Ed Sabol, Chris Hanburger and Les Richer comprise a pretty tremendous class.

But there are still some pretty big names who didn't make the cut and probably deserved better. (Quickly: the good news is that next year's Hall class is substantially less qualified than this year, making things easier on nominees.)

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Curtis Martin, RB, NE/NYJ: Martin fell victim to the the positional abundance that Andy mentioned earlier -- he, Jerome Bettis and Marshall Faulk comprise a ridiculous group of running backs for one Hall class, particularly when it comes to first-time nominees.

Martin's the fourth all-time leading rusher in NFL history, ranks 12th in rushing touchdowns, third in total touches, 11th in all-purpose yards, eighth in yards from scrimmage, 19th in total touchdowns, third in rushing attempts, 11th in rushing yards per game, went to five Pro Bowls, was an All-Pro in 2004 and by all accounts is a hell of a nice guy. Maybe even too nice -- it's often believed that Martin's quiet personality cost him some fame as well as cache with non-regional voters. The good news is that he made the cut to the final 10 this year, and appears to be receiving a surprisingly strong groundswell of support from voters.

Willie Roaf, OT, NO/KC: Roaf might have been the biggest snub of the entire year, if only because he didn't make the cut from 15 to 10. It's not like he was an 11-time Pro Bowler, a six-time first-team All Pro, a three-time second-time All Pro and a member of BOTH the 1990's All-Decade Team and the 2000's All-Decade Team or anything. Oh, and that was in only 13 years, so there's that. Look, it's tough to make a cut from 15 to 10 (and even tougher from 10 to five, of course), and it's really difficult to gauge an offensive lineman's value, especially in this class. But it's just kind of tough to find a reason why Roaf wouldn't make it further.

Cris Carter, WR, MIN: You could probably make a case for including all of Carter, Tim Brown and Andre Reed here. They were all dominant receivers, but that turned out to be problematic, because the three candidates split the vote amongst themselves according to numerous voters.

Carter's rankings are pretty solid though: he ranks fourth in NFL history in receiving touchdowns, third in receptions, eighth in receiving yards, he made eight Pro Bowls and and was a two-time All Pro. But so are Reed's (he ranks 10th in total receptions, 11th in receiving yards and 12th in receiving TDs) and Brown's (fourth in receptions, sixth in receiving TDs, fourth in receiving yards, fifth in punt return yards and fourth in punt return yards). Setting a standard by which we can measure Hall of Fame receivers is only becoming tougher as the NFL becomes more and more tilted towards a passing league. The lack of Hall votes for these guys emphasizes that.

Jerome Bettis, RB, PIT: The Bus also falls into the positional disparity problem, because, well his stats don't lie: fifth all-time in touches, fourth all-time in rushing attempts, fifth all-time in rushing yards, 10th all-time in rushing yards, six Pro Bowls, two All Pro teams and a Super Bowl in his hometown. (Which counts for something, I think.)

But Bettis didn't even make it to the final cut, and that's a shame. Even if he's going to "get in at some point" or if he's "part of a tough RB class," he and Martin are pretty clearly two of the all-time greats when it comes to running backs in NFL history.

They just happened to be entering the Hall of Fame with a guy who was more dominant in Faulk. And even though there's no crime in getting the current class of guys in now, it's still tough to fathom how some of the guys listed above piled up the numbers they did without the recognition.

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Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2011 5:03 pm

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

you forgot to mention Greene is also the linebackers coach of the world champion Green Bay Packers - who IMO have the best overall LB group in the NFL

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:28 am

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

I actually think that the list of 2011 inductees is excellent. The list of snubs is also excellent. T. Brown and C.Carter certainly belong in the HOF hands down at WR. So does Martin and Bettis at RB. Roaf should be a no-brainer at OL. I propose Kevin Greene at LB needs to be in as well. The feats of the before mentioned have already been presented other than Greene. If I remember correctly he is the all-time sack leader at LB, made all-pro with 3 separate teams and has multiple pro
-bowl appearances. I am sure that there are some others, but they just do not come to mind right now. 

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 1:04 pm

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

some guys make it in on stats (Marino), some guys make it in for super bowl victories (Montana).
Jim Plunkett - 2 SB wins and a SB MVP, Rookie of the year, and comeback player of the year - nice NFL resume
yet he remains the only multiple SB winner as a QB and is not in the HOF.
so until he's in, the HOF is nothing but a popularity contest and it diminshes some of the greats who are in and other greats who are left out - ala Cris Carter.

Since: Jan 6, 2010
Posted on: February 7, 2011 11:56 am

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

Once again Cris Carter is the man who is snubbed!  Sure his career started out rocky, but the man changed his life and became one of the top five receivers of all time!  Tim Brown should be in and so should Bettis!  But the biggest snub of all time goes to Paul Krause!! He is the all time leader in interception still!!!  He deserves it too! 

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 11:32 am

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

Until Randy Gradishar is elected to the HOF, the whole thing is a waste of space and I won't pay attention.

Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:28 am

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

Sabol, Sharpe, Richter out

Martin, Roaf, Carter in
in that order

Next year Bettis and Brown

Not soi sure Reed gets in ever. not saying if he did it would be a big deal, but he is borderline.

Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 8:45 am

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

MORONS!!!! It's a disgrace that Martin did not make it on the first ballot!!!!!! This is what this world has come to. You have to have a big mouth and dance around to make the hall, granted he was a great corner but that's all he was..... THE MAN DID NOT TACKLE ANYONE!!!!!! IT"S FOOTBALL!!!!!
Martin was a NO DOUBT first ballot but he has to wait until these idiots make it. Some day the world will wake up and see the ridiculous way we view things..

Since: Jan 23, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:29 am

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

Not sure exactly what the standards are for getting into the HOF anymore.  More than anything it comes down to who is campaigned for the most and who works in broadcasting.  This latest class is truly a travesty for the NFL and may be on of the bigger bust years for players going into the HOF.  Roaf obviously should have been a first ballot member as one of the most dominant offensive linemen to offer play the game.  Tim Brown was obviously not getting in ahead of Jerry Rice last year but should have been a lock this year.  Reed may make it a couple of ballots down the road but not ahead of Tim Brown.  As for Chris Carter I doubt if he ever gets in, unfortunately the suspension and being cut by the Eagles due to drug related problems early in his career will probably keep him out.

Running back wise Faulk had to get in first time after all he changed the game, wait, that was Roger Craig the first 1000/1000 guy.  If you go with straight dominance the Bus was the third string running back his final season and at one point had 5 TD's with a total of -3 yards rushing.  Not to mention went on to pretty much carry the Steelers on his back, after taking over as the starter due to injuries, to the Super Bowl and to a win. But hey, Marshall Faulk is a commentator on the NFL network so he must have been better. 

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