One of the toughest parts of my job, but also one of the most enjoyable, is the winnowing process for selecting the Pro Football Hall of Fame class each year. This is a big month in the process. As one of 44 selectors for the Hall, I sat down last week, weighed the pluses and minuses of 131 candidates for the Hall, and submitted my ballot for the cut to 25. Later this year, we'll vote again, cutting the list from 25 semifinalists to 15. Then, on the day before the Super Bowl in south Florida, we'll gather to discuss the 15 modern-era candidates and the two Seniors nominees (
For three hours one recent night I puzzled. Some of the calls --
But Klecko's a guy I've gradually come to feel has been slighted by history, even though he played in New York. Here's a guy who made the Pro Bowl as a defensive end (1981), defensive tackle (1983) and nose tackle (1985). Everyone who played the Jets in those days will tell you he was the member of the Sack Exchange who gave them the most fits.
But I chose Wolf because he took over a Green Bay franchise that hadn't won a division title in 20 seasons, made a gutsy trade of a first-rounder for the unknown
I'd love to get your thoughts -- and you're never shy about giving them to me.
Now onto your e-mail. But before I get there, in response to about 100 queries, no, I didn't buy the $10 hot chocolate at Yankee Stadium. I do have a few bits of my sanity still about me.
As the Buccaneers GM,
I'm not sure about that. He might be the hot guy, but with
Denver at Indianapolis. They meet in Indy on Dec. 13, and that's the only reason I say "at Indy.''
Great point. I hope players and equipment men read this.
Hey, you Eagles fans can complain about