Archive for 'Duke Slater'

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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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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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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