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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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Kenny Washington and the Pro Football Hall of Fame

In my review of the “Forgotten Four” documentary, one of the few things I credited the documentary for was that it, surprisingly, didn’t dwell on Kenny Washington’s weak credentials for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Folks who follow this site know how hard I’ve been campaigning to get Duke Slater (an early African-American pioneer who absolutely had a Hall of Fame career and who has been shockingly and disgracefully overlooked) into the Hall of Fame. So I think some people might expect that I’d be a big supporter of Kenny Washington for the Pro Football Hall of Fame as…

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