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Duke Slater Discussion on Talk of Fame Network

I’ve come out of my self-imposed website writing hibernation to mention that Duke Slater was recently mentioned prominently on the Talk of Fame Network!  Ron Borges did an excellent job of recapping Duke Slater’s case for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I’ll have more reaction soon, but for now, I wanted readers to head over to the Talk of Fame site and read the Borges’ State Your Case article on Slater.   You can also listen to the discussion midway through their recent radio show. And as always, for more info on Duke Slater, visit the Duke Slater section…

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The Biggest Pro Football Hall of Fame Snubs, 1920-1949

One final note on our discussion of Pro Football Hall of Fame snubs from the pre-war era. What if you expand the window just slightly to cover the entire “single-platoon era” from 1920-49? 1949-1950 is a major turning point in pro football history, as the advent of unlimited substitution led to the rise of offensive and defensive platoons and the end of the regular appearance of the two-way player. If we expand our analysis of Pro Football Hall of Fame snubs out four more years, looking at players who played primarily from 1920-1949 rather than 1920-1945, you can add the…

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This is it, folks…the end of a long conversation about which pre-war NFL players should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. From our last post, we have isolated 16 players who played from 1920-1945 who meet four minimum criteria for Hall of Fame consideration. Here they are, alphabetically: Ernie Caddel George Christensen Ed Danowski LaVern Dilweg Ox Emerson Joe Kopcha Russ Letlow Verne Lewellen Jack Manders Duke Osborn Bill Osmanski Glenn Presnell Vic Sears Duke Slater Len Younce Swede Youngstrom Please note, however, that while these 16 players met the minimum qualifications for consideration, they aren’t necessarily the…

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