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Old 02-03-2011, 02:55 PM  
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Whitlock Unloads on HoF process (Whitlock Vs. Peter King)

"Iím going to cry Saturday when Roaf isnít a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Iím not joking. Iím going to cry"



"Sharpe deserved to be a first-ballot inductee. Iíd take Sharpe over Tony Gonzalez."





http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/w...-me-cry-020311



Willie Roaf is the reason I used to dream of being a Pro Football Hall of Fame voter.

I wanted to be in the room and make an effort to stop the injustice that is likely to transpire Saturday.

Roaf, the former Saints and Chiefs left tackle, is one of 15 modern-day finalists for this yearís Hall of Fame. Heís the second-best player on the ballot, behind only cornerback Deion Sanders. More than that, Roaf is the second-best offensive tackle of the modern era, finishing just behind Cincinnati left tackle Anthony Munoz.

Willie Roaf is one of the five best offensive linemen of all time ó Dwight Stephenson, Munoz, John Hannah, Larry Allen and Roaf.

Iím going to cry Saturday when Roaf isnít a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Iím not joking. Iím going to cry.

I donít respect the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process. Itís rife with politics and cronyism. Itís not remotely transparent. The half-dozen selectors who have all the real power and influence have no interest in overhauling a system they know needs to be changed. They want to hold onto their power because it ensures their phone calls to NFL newsmakers get returned. The other selectors are just happy to be part of the fraternity and hope their prominent position protects them from a newspaper layoff.

I realize my criticism of the process sounds self-serving and jealous. I used to dream of being a Pro Football Hall of Fame voter.

Iím hoping youíve read enough of my columns and followed my career long enough to know that Iíd say and write these very same things (and much more) if I were a voter.

My outspokenness and aversion to politics are the primary reasons Iíd never be invited into the fraternity. Iím not, nor have I ever been, a frat boy. I like my independence. I prefer the freedom to choose to do whatís right over the sneaky, underhanded thing thatís best for the group.

Willie Roaf would be my tipping point. I suspect that on Saturday ó when Roaf is passed over for inferior candidates ó Iíd leave the voting room determined to expose every secret voting deal and every unqualified voter.

Donít get me wrong. I know the selectors have a difficult job. Many of them never played a meaningful game of football after junior high. It takes a special level of courage to brush off the pleadings of former pros who believe they belong in the Hall of Fame.



Itís no fun telling Harry Carson he doesnít belong in the same room with Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary and Willie Lanier. But thatís the job, and every time a Harry Carson whines, begs and bullies his way into the Hall of Fame, it diminishes sportsí most sacred shrine.

I love football. I worship it. I donít mind being the bad guy.

Iím tired of watching former players and sportswriters talk about every candidate like heís Willie Roaf, a deserving Hall of Famer. Itís not true. Itís not the Hall of Good.

With that in mind, each year Iím going to tell you who is and isnít worthy of enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Iím not going to be politically correct about it.

1. Deion Sanders: A no-brainer. Heís one of the 20 greatest players of all time. Heís the best cover corner ever. It doesnít matter he avoided tackling.

2. Willie Roaf: Iíll give Munoz the edge as a pass blocker and Big Willie the edge as a run blocker. When Willie retired, the Kansas City offense completely fell apart. Idiots believe Jonathan Ogden was a better player. Willie didnít make the NFL Networkís Top 100 players. Clueless. Put the (bleeping) film on! Iím tearing up as I write this thinking about how pissed Iím going to be Saturday.

3. Marshall Faulk: A no-brainer. First three years in St. Louis, Faulk couldíve won the leagueís MVP award. During that stretch, Faulk was the most complete running back ó runner and pass catcher ó weíve ever seen.

4. Shannon Sharpe: Was the lone receiving threat on the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl team. Was a key contributor on three Super Bowl teams. Sharpe deserved to be a first-ballot inductee. Iíd take Sharpe over Tony Gonzalez.

5. Cris Carter: Thereís a myth that Carter wasnít really a star until he lined up opposite Randy Moss. Well, Carter had back-to-back 122-catch seasons long before Moss hit Minnesota. In fact, in the five seasons before Moss, Carter grabbed 56 touchdowns and 515 receptions. No, Cris Carter was not Wes Welker. Cris Carter was Cris Carter, a Hall of Famer.

6. Jerome Bettis: Only five modern players can get in. The Bus needs to wait until next year. Heís worthy of induction, but not on the first ballot.

7. Curtis Martin: A very productive player who is a borderline Hall of Famer. Terrific stats.

8. Tim Brown: Another borderline Hall of Famer with terrific stats.

Iím sorry. None of the other candidates ó except NFL films guru Ed Sabol ó even belongs in a serious Hall of Fame discussion.

Chris Doleman? Child, please. Same for Dermontti Dawson, Cortez Kennedy, Richard Dent, Charles Haley and Andre Reed. Theyíre very good players. Men who should be proud of their careers. But in the same Hall with Jim Brown, John Elway, Reggie White and Joe Montana? Come on, man.

I love the Charles Haley debate. He was a specialist who played on third downs. Ray Guy was a specialist who played on fourth downs. Guy was a more dominant specialist than Haley. Guy belongs in the Hall well ahead of Haley.

OK, Iím done. Iím ready to ball up and cry.

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Old 02-03-2011, 03:00 PM   #2
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Absolutely 100 percent spot on.

Injustice is the right word.

We'll probably never see anyone own Dwight Freeney they way Roaf did every time the Chiefs played Indy.

Every. Time.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:03 PM   #3
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I agree with Jason. Anybody that doesn't think Roaf belongs in the HOF doesn't know shit about football
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:14 PM   #6
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Am I the only one who thinks Albert Lewis should be getting a lot more serious consideration? I mean the guy barely got thrown at for at least 5 years. And he has 11 blocked punts. I really think going to the Raiders is what's hurting him, as the Chiefs would normally be championing his cause right now.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:15 PM   #7
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It's a great article and I agree with every major point.

I think Munoz is one of those players who has ascended to mythical status and no one will ever be put on his level in the media. I think Willie Roaf is better, and I would've said that when he was a Saint. Willie Roaf and John Hannah are the two best offensive linemen ever, along with maybe Larry Allen.

I do want to reiterate that I absolutely despise Shannon Sharpe, though.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:16 PM   #8
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Am I the only one who thinks Albert Lewis should be getting a lot more serious consideration? I mean the guy barely got thrown at for at least 5 years. And he has 11 blocked punts. I really think going to the Raiders is what's hurting him, as the Chiefs would normally be championing his cause right now.
He was one of the finalists last year or the year before, and then didn't make it this year. Not sure why. Deron Cherry made half a dozen pro bowls and has 50+ interceptions on teams that never had a lead, and he can't even make the first cut. That's something I don't understand at all.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:19 PM   #9
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I gotta agree with him here.

Gimme his Top 5, plus Sabol on Saturday.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:20 PM   #10
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I agreee with this article 150%

I also Believe Ken Stabler deserves to be in there as well damnit!!
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:29 PM   #11
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He's 100% correct on Roaf.

I disagree with him on Charles Haley.

I love the people who open up and comment on Whitlock articles by saying they won't read the article. Get a life.
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overhead before plunkett really. Also i say roaf should be in the hall of fame but sorry sharpe not as good as tony g.
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Old 02-03-2011, 03:30 PM   #13
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The pain and ruined sticks that man played on for YEARS alone should earn him a probowl spot.

The fact that he played well beyond his prime, and then made probowl status (deservedly, and as a LT for ****'s sake) well beyond his prime.

Just CONTINUED TO PRODUCE.

Guy sometimes wobbled off the field. He was broken when he got here and just ground bone on bone hoping for a ring.

I know he won't go in as a Chief but he definitely deserves the HOF honor.

Thank YOU Meat Roaf...

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Old 02-03-2011, 03:39 PM   #14
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I would laugh out loud watching Roaf destroy people...and he destroyed everyone.


He clowned Freeney so bad it can't be described. Like some no name WWF guy bouncing off the ropes into Andre the Giant who barely notices the contact....
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Totally agree about Roaf.

I was thrilled when we got him, and he proved to be even better than I thought he'd be.
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