John Madden thinks that Don Coryell should have a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. And he made that perfectly clear during his eulogy of Coryell on Monday at the memorial service to honor the former Chargers coach.
"You know, I'm sitting down there in front, and next to me is Joe Gibbs, and next to him is Dan Fouts, and the three of us are in the Hall of Fame because of Don Coryell," Madden said in quotes captured by the AP . "There's something missing."
Coryell was one of 15 finalists for the HOF this year, but he wasn’t selected. That’s a wrong that needs to be righted, said Fouts.
"I would not be standing here today if not for Don,” Fouts said. “But don't worry, he'll get in. The voters will get it right. Wouldn't it be great if we could have this type of celebration, this type of feeling, and move it to Canton, Ohio, one day?”
So, why isn’t Coryell in the HOF?
I talked last night to a HOF voter who told me that of all the finalists, the most letters of support came in Coryell’s name. But once the debate between the voters began, the road for Coryell to enshrinement grew more rocky. The reason: there’s still a big backlog of deserving players who are trying to get in, and the fact Coryell never won a Super Bowl is still a big sticking point.
“I think when you take a look at last year’s list, all 15 had a strong case to get in and no one would have asked why,” the voter said.
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