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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: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2011 4:24 am

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

    I'm from Chicago and always a Bears fan, but I disagree on some of the nominees. For instance Dent was good, but did not impact the game like Cris Carter, and did not have the productivity of a Jerome Bettis or Curtis Martin.
    I'd leave out Hanburger and Richter, and put in Carter, Martin, and Bettis.
    I always felt Dent was over rated - and still do.

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2011 2:14 am

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

Dent with his freakishly long wingspan and his knack for anticipating could not be blocked just ask Madden his 138 career sax speaks for itself he also defended the run rather well.

Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:15 pm

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

I don't have a big problem with this years class, with the exception of Chris Carter.  He is deserving as any of the others, and should be in th HOF!  I do applaud the addition of Ed Sabol, NFL films have done alot for the game and good to see it recognized. I hope they don't get Christina Aguilara to sing at the induction. lol

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2011 9:22 pm

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

You guys need to read this article & also learn the Hall of Fame process. Its was an unusually difficult class. 
Its a matter of time for most of these guys. Also, & it has been mentioned, wr are not valued very highly at all.
Another mistake is stats, forget stat. 4th all time this, 5th all time that, thats a silly argument. The evolution of the game makes stats an uneductaed basis of evaluation. Stats are nice to look at, they are not a prerequiste ofgreatness. Richard Dent was a primary force of the most dominating defensive force of all time with the possible exception of the Steel Curtain, the Steel Curtain has four inductees, this is the Bears third (and final inductee) The wide recievers in question are cauing thier own log jam, next season you may very well see all three make it.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:45 pm

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

Dent not that good? wtf? Dent deserved to get in just as much as carter or brown.  WR are a dime a dozen but a dominate DE a hard to come bye.  And its not like dent got in on 1st ballot.  Carter and brown will get in.  just not now.  But to say they are more deserving than dent is just dumb

Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2011 3:24 pm

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

it's the same old with the hof, carter and brown are two of the absolute greatest recievers ever and just keep getting the shaft. if you were building a team would rather have one of these elite recievers on it or someone like dent? no offense to the other guys here but there are a lot of de's and lb's ahead of these guys, not as many ahead of brown or carter respectively.

Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2011 2:15 pm

What a joke!

William Roaf and Chris Carter not in, and Richard Dent and Chris Hanburger in? What a crock od sh!t. Dent and Hanburger were good players, but not that good.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:56 pm

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

Yeah, and Bettis is both fifth and tenth in all-time rushing yards. Truly impressive.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2011 1:33 pm

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

You snubbed Richard Dent in your mention of who did get in ...

Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:51 am

2011 NFL Hall of Fame class: Who got snubbed?

So Tim Brown is 5th AND 4th in punt return yards?  Now THAT is tough to do.  RE-VOTE!

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