The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pre-War Snubs

I feel these next few posts are the culmination of a conversation we’ve had for the past few weeks about the Pro Football Hall of Fame and players from the pre-war era. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Seniors Committee has turned its back on nominating players from the pre-war era, having nominated pre-war players only twice since 1982. I’ve identified two possible causes for this. One may be the mistaken belief of these selectors that there are no deserving pre-war players left who aren’t already in the Hall of Fame. The other may be that even if there are…

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The three men who host the Talk of Fame radio show, who are also voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, often try to enlighten listeners about how difficult their job truly is. In particular, members of the Seniors Committee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame have an overwhelmingly large number of candidates to consider. Seniors Committee members are tasked with nominating one or two candidates per year for the Hall of Fame from a seniors pool that consists of every pro football player who retired from 1920 through the late-1980s! That’s truly a large pool of possible…

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I’ve mentioned before that I’m a fan of the Talk of Fame show, a radio show that discusses pro football history as well as the current NFL, with a focus on potential and future Hall of Fame players. One of my favorite segments on the show is the “State Your Case” segment, where one member of the show makes the Hall of Fame case for a deserving player. That segment of the show inspired me to write up a succinct Pro Football Hall of Fame case for Duke Slater, a man who should have been inducted decades ago. Fans can…

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