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HOF voters spent a long time on Deion

Posted on: February 8, 2011 2:07 pm
Sanders Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In an interesting nugget in the middle of his column today,’s Vic Carucci wrote about how the Hall of Fame voters discussed and debated Deion Sanders’ candidacy and whether WR Andre Reed ever will be inducted.

The selection meeting lasted almost a full day’s work (7 ½ hours), and much of that time was taken up by the Sanders discussion. Which was a tad shocking.

Here’s an explanation on what happened:

The biggest surprise is that Deion Sanders wound up being the topic of one of the longest conversations. He was, by far, the one player who should have been viewed as an automatic first-ballot choice. The NFL has never had a better cover cornerback or returner, for that matter.

The three wide receivers on the list – Andre Reed, Cris Carter and Tim Brown – also took up a significant chunk of the meeting. Unfortunately, none got in. Reed did make it to the final 10 for the second year in a row, but I honestly don't know what can ultimately get him over the hump.

My sense is that Reed, Carter and Brown simply are facing too much opposition from Hall voters who simply don't believe that receivers in the era the three played are deserving because their great statistics were achieved after NFL rules were altered to allow teams to more easily produce passing yards and, therefore, points.

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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:12 pm

HOF voters spent a long time on Deion

thurman thomas, jim kelly, bruce smith...that's three from a team that LOST 4 super bowls.  Reed will never get in and definitely not before Chris Carter...

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 18, 2011 12:08 pm

HOF voters spent a long time on Deion

haha, leave it to killacam to bring in the race card.  Yeah, that's what the HOF panel does.  First they look at the color of the players' skin and then see if he was a jerk or butt kisser toward the media and that's it.  People like you should not be posting.  Anyways, I think Chris Carter should have gotten in before Deion.  Sanders was one of the first "look-at-me" player and while was one of the best for 4-5 years, he was also the biggest p*ssy ever on the football field. 

Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: February 10, 2011 2:23 pm

HOF voters spent a long time on Deion

How many TD's did Green give up compared to Deion? How many returns ( punt, kick or Int )for TD's does Green have? Im just asking

Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: February 10, 2011 11:10 am

HOF voters spent a long time on Deion

Deion getting in should have been a no brainer.  Any true fan of football knows that.  The problem is that Deion wasn't the type of player that kissed the media's butt (Peter King).  Deion knew he was a superior athlete and didn't mind letting you know that.  The media is made up mostly of white men that possess a genuine, deep-seeded, dislike of the "in your face" black athlete.  And Deion personified that.  He's won Super Bowls, NFL Defensive MVP awards, and made multiple Pro Bowl trips.  The only crutch that the try to lean on is this mythical assumption that he couldn't tackle or was afraid of contact.  First off, returning kickoffs and punts are the most dangerous jobs in the NFL and he excelled at both.  Second of all, I haven't seen any clips of Deion getting run over or running away from a tackle.  Maybe if there were more black sports writers on the HOF committee, idiotic debates like this would not even occur.   In addition, these sports writers are laying the ground work/built in excuse for not letting T.O. and Randy Moss in once their time comes. You can hear some of the whispers already.   Some of these so-called experts are a joke.

Since: Jul 11, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2011 7:49 pm

HOF voters spent a long time on Deion

Deion's unwillingness to tackle hurt him, definitely

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:11 pm

HOF voters spent a long time on Deion

Why don't they just state the truth?  Super Bowl rings is what matters to the voters
You're missing it. There's dozens of HOF voters. They don't all think the same. A limited number get in each year. There's a huge backlog of eligible players. Hence the the lengthy discussions and process.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:09 pm

HOF voters spent a long time on Deion

Devin Hester and Brian Mitchell are not better returners that Deion Sanders? OK. Whatever. Maybe the debate was over rushing in a defensive player that was afraid to tackle (meaning he only really played defense on passing plays).

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2011 4:06 pm

HOF voters spent a long time on Deion

It is still unbelievalbe that Cris Carter is not in. When you are 2nd an every catagory (when you retire) at your position, you should be first ballot. I honestly can not figure this one. He has the pro bowls, All Pro's and the numbers. The Hall is an INDIVIDUAL recognition of your greatness, in a team sport. The fact that the team did not win the Superbowl means little as it relates to your accomplishments

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