Originally Posted by ThaVirus
I'm sorry, KnowMo, but you just can't make that claim. Whether you like it or not, longevity plays a huge role in HOF balloting. I know think you know that TD would have gone on to consistently put up those types of numbers but there's just no telling. RBs (as well as every other position on the field) have had their dominant years and then fizzled out.
Larry Johnson had two of the most dominant back-to-back seasons a RB's ever experienced; does he deserve mention as one of the best ever?
As others mentioned, if you look at Priest's stretch from 02-04 you'd think he'd be Hall-worthy but you have to look at the entire body of work.
And although he has an impressive postseason resume, he was lucky to be on such a great team to allow him the opportunities. Does Vernon Davis deserve mention over Tony Gonzalez because he's had a better playoff showing?
TD was the best player on those Super Bowl teams and that's saying a lot when you had Elway, Zimmerman, Atwater, Sharpe, Rod Smith, Nalen, Tony Jones, Romo, and Neil Smith on that team.