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- Aug 1, 2009
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I'm not the one voting, but the standard that appears to be in place supports what I am saying...special teams aces don't get into the Hall of Fame because they spent their careers as backups.2nd most in all purpose yards in NFL history but because a lot of them were on Special Teams plays that doesn’t count? That’s just a bad take man. I don’t disagree that the vast majority of honorees should come from offensive and defensive stars. But there are exceptions. You’re being stubborn in not admitting it.
Of course Extreme wants to introduce a straw man by saying Gayle Sayers. OK, what is the difference between Gayle Sayers and Brian Mitchell? Brian Mitchel was never a full time starter at tailback...and he fumbled a lot. That's the difference. But yeah, Gayle Sayers.
Bottom line? As Henry pointed out, it may not be a valid excuse for excluding certain players from the HoF. However, if they were the type of player who deserves a bronze statue, they'd have been full time starter on offense or defense. They were good, some great as a special teams player...but they couldn't become full time starters so why should they get in?
One of the other things about Mitchell, and something I will credit him for...he was tough son of a bitch. He would catch the ball on the 5 and get it to the 35 out of sheer toughness just about every kickoff...that is where the bulk of those yards came. He was not the type to break it to the EZ frequently like Devon Hester, but would definitely get good field position. Hall of Fame worthy? Nah...just tough.