When I first became a writer, I believed that the greatest honor bestowed upon a player or coach was a diamond-studded ring to commemorate the season of hard work and triumph that led to a Super Bowl victory.
Then, I found out there was a Pro Football Hall of Fame located in Canton, Ohio. Very quickly did I realize that while a Super Bowl ring is a team's achievement, the Hall of Fame is a whole new level of athletic admiration.
Super Bowls don't make or break a person's Hall of Fame status. Give me 15-30 minutes, and I could make a whole team of guys who are Hall of Famers yet never were part of a championship team, and I'd stack that [...]
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| Hall of Fame, James Williamson, Jason Whitlock, Richard Dent, Willie Roaf
There is not a greater football honor than to be one of the selected few people to receive a phone call from Canton, Ohio and hear that you will have a bronze sculpture of your head put into the Hall of Fame to immortalize you forever in the annals of football history.
There is also the flip side of the same coin. There isn't a more difficult decision to make as a football writer than to choose who belongs in the Hall of Fame. I used to be naive and think that it is easy; either a man belongs or not right? Wrong. It is easy to think that, but the truth is far more distorted.
Over the past few years as my knowledge of the history of the game improved, so did my respect for these writers who are buckled with the arduous decision every year. A lot of these writers do not like how the [...]
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