As a big fan of both of these sites, I hope in the future the voters of the various committees on the PFHOF can read the various suggestions and improvements from these sites including Pro Football Journal and help make the research and voting more fair and transparent concerning deserving candidates.
At this time last year in an article by the writers of Pro Football Journal, including John Turney, TJ Troup, Nick Webster, Jeffrey Miller and others, they did critiques and reevaluations of the various All-Decade teams, voted previously by the various, HOF voters, some spanning decades.
Since this Centennial Class of 2020 was obviously influenced by these various All-Decade selections, with as many as six of the seven first-team selections making the semifinals amongst seniors, including other All-Decade choices, for the overall class, its makes sense that these All-Decade choices should be reevaluated and recategorized for better, more logical
future consideration for deserving players and historical documentation, that's official.
Last year, and other years, Pro Football Journal has reevaluated these selections and even created the Mid Decade Team selections, that many players over the course of their careers fall under.
Why hasn't the Pro Football Hall Of Fame taken their lead and reevaluated these All Decades teams as well ?
What's wrong with having OFFICIAL All Decade and Mid Decade Teams ?
I am not advocating deletion or accepting of more or less players to these teams but reevaluation and recategorization of these teams, that makes better sense.
Chuck Howley of Dallas had many All Pro designations during the sixties but gets left off the 60s All Decade team, while Tommy Nobis of Atlanta, who played only three full seasons in the 60s, gets put on this team ?
Like Pro Football Journal suggested, just take Nobis off the 60s team and put him on a recategorized 1965 - 75 team, which makes more sense.
Does that mean put Howley on the 60s team or 65-75 team ?
That's for the voters to decide during REEVALUATION of these teams, but it would be more just, especially in his quest to finally make the Hall.
If a player played at least six years of a decade, fine. Even five years is good, if the player was great/dominate. Four years or less, should not make an All Decade Team, with reevaluation or categorzation needed ...
Reevaluating The All Decades Teams
1920s All Decade Team Players
Lavvie Dilweg ... played only four years/seasons in the decade. Should be recategorized on the Mid Decade Team from 25-35
Cal Hubbard ... played only three years ... 25-35 team
Hunk Anderson ... played only four years
Walt Kiesling ... played only four years ... 25-35 team
Mike Michalske ... played only four years ... 25-35 team
Red Grange ... played only four years ... 25-35 team
Yes, I know he was great and essential, but Tony Latone was better for the decade, running for more yardage and TDs in fewer games ...
Ernie Nevers ... played only four years
Vern Lewellen ... could also qualify for 25-35 team
The 1930s All-Decade Team
Don Hutson could also qualify for the 35 - 45 team
Wayne Millner ... played only four years
Gaynell Tinsley ... played only TWO years, are you kidding me ?
Frank Cope ... played only two years ... 35-45 team
Joe Stydahar ... played only four years ... 35-45 team
Dan Fortmann ... though dominant, played only four years ... 35-45 team
Russ Letlow ... played only four years
George Svendsen ... played only three years
Cecil Isbell ... Best example of a player who needs reevaluation ... played only TWO years ... and five overrall, despite HOF semifinals
Alphonse Leemans ... played only four years
Vern Lewellen ... could also qualify for 30s team ?
1940s All Decade Team including the AAFC
Dante Lavelli ... though dominant, played only four years ... 45-55 team
Mac Speedie ... though dominant, played only four years ... 45-55 team
Bill Willis ... though dominant, played only four years ... 45-55 team
Marion Motley ... though dominant, played only four years ... 45-55 team
Pete Pihos ... played only three years ... 45-55 team
Ed Sprinkle ... could also be considered for 45-55 team
Al Blozis ... played only three years
George Conner ... played only two years ... 45-55 or 50s team
Bill Edwards ... played only four years
Garrard Ramsey ... played only four years
Charlie Trippi ... played only three years ... 45-55 team
Byron "Whizzer" White ... played only two years, are you kidding ?
Pat Harder ... played only four years ... 45-55 team
Frankie Albert ... could also qualify for 45-55 team ?
1950s All Decade Team
Raymond Berry ... tough choice with four good out of five years ... could also qualify for 55-65 team
Jim Parker ... only played three years ... 55-65 team
Lenny Moore ... though dominant, played only four years ... 55-65 team
Joe Fortunato ... also qualifies for 55-65 team
Bill George ... also qualifies for 55-65 team
Sam Huff ... played only four years ... 55-65 team
Larry Morris ... Also qualifies for 55-65 team
Gene Brito ... could also qualify for 50s team ?
1960s All Decade Team with AFL SEPARATE
Tommy Nobis ... played only three full years ... 65-75
Lem Barney ... played only three years ... 65-75 team
Chuck Howley ... could also qualify for 60s or 65-75 team
1970s All Decade Team
Earl Campbell ... played only two years ... 75-85 team
Dick Butkus ... played only four years ... 60s or 65-75 team
Larry Wilson ... played only three years ... 60s team
Cliff Branch ... could have qualified for 70s or 75-85 team ?
1980s All Decade Team
Gary Zimmerman ... played only four seasons ... 85-95 team
Ted Hendricks ... played only four seasons ... 70s or 75-85 team
Jack Lambert ... played only four quality years ... 75-85 team
Mel Blount ... played only four years ... 70s or 75-85 team
1990s All Decade Team
Ronnie Lott ... played only four good seasons out of five ... 80s and 85-95 team
From the 90s till now, the HOF voters have done a much better job of picking the All Decade teams, but by officially allowing Mid Decade teams as well, more reevaluations and qualifications could allow more deserving candidates to have a better chance at making the Hall Of Fame.
Please Voters, reconsider these teams for the players, their families and for the fans, journalists, and readers who follow their careers and these sites.
Forgot to add the 60s All Decade AFL Team
Rich Jackson ... played only four years in the decade ... possible 65-75 team
George Webster ... played only three years possibly 65-75 team but was injury plagued after 71 ...
Most of the other picks were solid years in the decade.
Another Note ... With Reevaluation and Recategorization of these teams, like Pro Football Journal already did in their great articles, The NFL Selection Committee Voters can reconstitute PROPER Teams, and proper designations of players in first or second team categorization ...
If they decide to do this, make it official so more deserving players could possibly make these teams ...
Okay, really ... I will stop.