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    Deion Sanders Trashes Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Process

    Is the Pro Football no longer an elite club? One of its premier members thinks so; Deion Sanders made waves yesterday with harsh criticism of Canton's selection process and what he perceives as watering down the honor of being inducted.

    If anybody's qualified to start this discussion it is arguably the best in NFL . Deion was an eight-time All-Pro and Pro Bowler, two-time champion, and in 1994. He is generally considered one of the top game-changers in football history and as elite as anyone to ever play.

    While “Prime Time” has never questioned his own greatness, Sanders clearly doesn't believe that some who've joined him in the Hall of Fame were as deserving. Here are some samples of various comments he made:

    It's an interesting conversation. There are now 362 inductees in the Hall but there are definitely some with more legendary status than others. The likes of Sanders, Jerry Rice, Reggie White, , Lawrence Taylor, , , Ronnie Lott, and others are often considered the best to ever play their positions; the elite of the elite.

    The case could be made that the Hall of Fame needs to have a special wing for these true legends, or perhaps a “first-team” lineup for who it considers the best to play at each position. This might help rightfully distinguish certain talents while also allowing others to be recognized for their contributions.

    It seems that Tony Boselli, one of this year's inductees, has been at the of criticism of the selection process. While Boselli had a solid career, a three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowler, some feel his selection was more about giving their first player in Canton.

    This inclusionary attitude is what Sanders, and no doubt others less willing to make it public, is talking about. But while their point has merit, others view Canton as a museum for the history of professional football. Making sure players with different types of careers and the representation of various franchises becomes more logical then.

    Do you agree with Deion Sanders? Or do you think that the Hall of Fame has been too restrictive, such as in how it kept out for so many years?

    Sound off in the comments!

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    Richard

    How does Tony Boselli make the Hall of Fame before Erik Williams?

    3x Super Bowl champion
    3x First Team All Pro
    4x Pro Bowler

    Tony Boselli
    0x Super Bowl champion
    3x First All Pro
    5x Pro Bowler

    Guess Super Bowls don’t mean anything!!!

    lonewolfz28

    Yet, they’ll use the lack of Super Bowls to keep other deserving players out of the HoF and one or more Super Bowl wins to justify putting an undeserving player in. Terry Bradshaw was not a great QB. Only once connected at better than 60%, barely. Threw nearly as many INT’s as TD’s in most seasons (2 more TD’s than INT’s for his entire career). But, he’s got those SB’s. There’s even been talk of whether Eli Manning is worthy. Why? Because he’s got multiple Super Bowl rings. He has zero business being in the HoF based on his play as a QB. But, those rings put him in the discussion. Meanwhile, Romo was a much better QB, but won’t even get a sniff of it unless he goes in many, many years from now as an announcer.

    Anthony

    Leroy Butler before Darren Woodson? Just a complaint shame.

    TBeck

    I’ve only watched the HoF the last few years. Tom Flores, a local guy, was the first reason to watch. This year, one of the best wide receivers and all-around great guy, Cliff Branch. Cliff should’ve gone into the HoF far sooner so he could enjoy that gold jacket.

    There does need to be a better voting system.