MMQB Mail: Why Tillman shouldn't be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
So one of the controversies of the day Monday, via e-mails and Twitter, centered on
I'd say 30 to 40 percent of those who responded to my Twitter flurry about Tillman and Canton on Memorial Day were in favor of enshrinement. I'm not. Here's why.
• The Pro Football Hall of Fame is for what men do on the football field.
• In the 90-year history of the NFL, 24 young men who played in the league died serving the U.S. Google
• Why should only veterans who died be admitted to Canton? What about those who may have served valiantly as fighter pilots in World War II and came home, or infantrymen who fought in Vietnam, or ... you get the picture.
• Do selectors (I'm one of the 44 with a Hall of Fame vote) stop at only military heroes, or do we enshrine other footballers who go on to do great things in life?
The slope is slippery. I got three or four Tweets last night from people who said -- and I agree -- that Tillman would never, ever want to get into the Hall of Fame because of what he did as a soldier.
Here's an e-mail I received on the topic:
I hope that's the last word on this, but I doubt it is.
Now for your other e-mail:
• MOSS WILL BE MOSS.
Moss has said publicly he feels this is his last year in New England. He thinks the Patriots don't want to spend big money on a receiver who will be 34 in 2011, and my guess is he's probably right. But who knows? If the Patriots don't see great progress out of
• YOU'RE NOT ALONE, BRAD.
I got your point loud and clear. But the one thing you must remember is the coat-and-tie set will be coming to this game -- or scalping their seats for $5,000 or $6,000 apiece. Will you pay that? Will the average Joe pay that much to see a football game, albeit a historic one? I doubt it.
• SIMPLY AN OVERSIGHT.
I blew it. There were about 30 receivers whose stats I was looking at and I simply forgot to include him. He certainly is among those who has a chance to catch 1,000 balls and have his his case heard for Canton one day. I apologize for the oversight.
• I CAN'T HELP MYSELF.
Why is it that if a politician speaks out against funding a war that he is anti-soldier automatically? So Goodell was clearly tormented by this decision from everything I've read. His press secretary told me Saturday that when Goodell was informed about the Kent State shootings, he cried in his office. I think one of the things Vietnam taught us is it wasn't necessarily patriotic to back up what the president wanted.