Hanburger, Richter are seniors for Class of 2011

08/25/2010

Updated 4:12 p.m. EDT

Just weeks after the Class of 2010 enshrinement, the selection process for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2011 began today with the naming of linebackers Chris Hanburger and Les Richter as the senior nominees. The players were chosen by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Seniors Committee. To be considered as a senior nominee, an individual must have completed his active career by at least 25 years.

Chris Hanburger
Hanburger and Richter will join 15 still-to-be-named modern-era candidates on the list of finalists from which the Class of 2011 will be selected. The Hall of Fame selection meeting will be held on February 5, 2011, the day before Super Bowl XLV in North Texas. To be elected, the former linebackers must each receive the same 80 percent voting support that is required of all finalists. The Hall's Selection Committee can elect a maximum of two senior candidates and five modern-era candidates for a class no smaller than four or larger than seven during next February's meeting.

The Seniors Committee is comprised of nine members of the overall selection committee. Through mail vote, the 2011 senior nominees were reduced to a final list of candidates that included 16 nominees. Today, five members of the Seniors committee met in Canton to discuss the merits of the finalists. The group was joined by two Hall of Fame members, linebacker Jack Ham and tight end Charlie Sanders, who served as consultants to the process. Neither Ham nor Sanders voted on today's nominees.


"I'm thrilled to death and I appreciate it very, very much," commented Hanburger when contacted by Hall of Fame officials following the meeting.

Hanburger played 14 seasons with the Washington Redskins who drafted him the 18th round of the 1965 NFL Draft. An integral part of the dominant Redskins team of the 1970s, Hanburger earned first-team All-NFL acclaim four times in a five-year period from 1972 to 1976. He was also named All-Eastern Conference in 1968 and 1969 and All-NFC six times in seven seasons from 1970 to 1976.

Les Richter
The nine-time Pro Bowler played 187 career games and intercepted 19 passes, two of which he returned two for touchdowns. In addition, Hanburger also scored three touchdowns on fumble returns.

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Les Richter: Stats | Photos

In 1952, the Los Angeles Rams dealt 11 players to the Dallas Texans in exchange for the rights to Richter who had been was selected as the second player overall in that year's draft by the New York Yanks. Two days after the draft, the Yanks franchise folded and was sold back to the NFL. The assets of the club were granted to the new Dallas club shortly thereafter. After serving two years in the military, Richter joined the Rams in 1954 and quickly turned into one of the most dominant linebackers of his era. He was voted to eight Pro Bowls during his nine-year career. He also earned first- or second-team All-NFL honors every season from 1955 to 1960.


In all, he recorded 16 interceptions in his 112-game career that ended with his retirement after the 1962 season. Richter, who also handled the placekicking duties for Los Angeles early in his career totaled 193 points on 106 extra points and 29 field goals.

Richter passed away on June 12, 2010 at age 79.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2011 will be formally inducted during the enshrinement ceremony at Canton's Pro Football Hall of Fame Field at Fawcett Stadium next August.

 Senior Nominees, 1972-2011

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  • Maurice H - October 19 2013 12:29 PM

    I still don't know how Jerry Kramer and Eddie Meador are not in, except for the fact that like the Rock N Roll HOF they seem to be going towards blacks only. That is ridiculous to try and make up for something that happened 400 years ago. It is the truth. Eddie Meador was one of the three safety's for the All 60's Team. Larry Wilson and Willie Wood were the other two, and they are in the HOF. Meador was a great ball interceptor and one of the best tacklers in the league. It is an abomination that a guy who makes the decade team is not in the HOF. Kramer is one of the all time pulling guards, so his absence is also a mind boggler. Remember though, Goodell likes his darkies and ignores their transgressions on and off the field. That is it, plain and simple, and he has a lot to do with the entries. As for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame, one just has to look at Sam and Dave with their one hit, and they are in there!

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  • kc beal - November 27 2011 09:31 PM

    Claude Humphrey again you overlook this man.The bright spot on a up and coming Atlanta franchise in the early 70's

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  • RoyP - September 30 2011 07:41 AM

    Their are many stars of the 50s, 60s, and 70s that are ignored. Some because they played mostly in the AFL, or their team didn't win a SB, or because of the team they played on. John Robinson the Safety for the KC Chiefs was the #2 interceptor lifetime when he retired and he played RB/FL the first two years in the league. His teams won the AFL Championship in 62-66-69 and won the SB in 69. Was voted to All-Pro 4 times in AFL and 1 time in NFL. The problem is the NFL hates to give credit for players who played most of their years in the old AFL. Mick Tinglehof was the center for the Minnesota Vikings. He was the starting center on 4 SB teams, the porblem is that hey didn't win any of them. Was voted to 6 Pro-bowls and was voted 1st team All-Pro 5 times. Played 17 years and started every game from rookie year to retirement (240) which places him 11th all time in the NFL. That count would be 32 games more except teh NFL had 14 game regular season for 16 of 17 years. Be in HoF today of Vikings had won 1 SB, but is overlooked because of that. Jerry Kramer was on the All-NFL 50 year team and is only player on that list not in HoF. Why? because he would be the 11th player selected from the 60s Packer teams that won 5 NFL Championships and 2 SBs. He is forgotten because they feel too many players from that team have been enshrined. He was voted All-Pro 5 times, he scored 10 (3 FG + 1XP) of the 16 points that allowed GB to beat the NY Giants 16-7 in the NFL Championship in 1962. He is one of the lead blockers in GBs famous "Packer Sweep" of the 60s which put RBs Taylor and Hornung into the HoF. There are others that fall into each of these three category's, but todays reporters do not know the legacy of the game. They are enamored with overblown stats. They look at total yards and feel they don't rate to be in the HoF. The players mentioned above played outside all the time, no matter what the conditions. Head slaps, close-lines, and spearing were not illegal. OL had to keep their hands in or get called for holding, no gloves bare fingers in the winter. Some so-called journalist feel these players would not be able to play in todays game, instead I feel the players of today would not be able to play in thier day. No Million dollar contracts, had to work in off-season to make money NFL did not pay enough. No arthroscopic surgury, no year round training sites. PLaying multiple positions, being a starter and still covering kick-offs and punts. These three should be in the HoF, but more than likely they'll place another player with big stats ahead of the players who deserve it.

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  • bachslunch - August 14 2011 02:48 PM

    Agreed with many of the names being brought up in recent posts as being HoF-worthy: definitely Ken Anderson, L.C. Greenwood, Claude Humphrey, Abe Woodson, Jack Butler, Mick Tingelhoff, Johnny Robinson, and Cliff Harris. It's tough to make a HoF case for Forrest Blue with postseason honors of 3 all pro and 4 pro bowl choices over Mick Tingelhoff who had 7 1st team all pro selections and 6 pro bowls and a longer career. Blue's got plenty of company in this territory with guys like Len Hauss and Bob DeMarco and Jay Hilgenberg -- all very good but at a level down given how strict the voters are with this position. Very much agree that Ken Anderson has a better HoF case than Ken Stabler. Also, the problem with Dick Anderson's and Jake Scott's HoF arguments is that they have short careers and fewer postseason honors (Anderson at 3/3/70s and Scott at 3/5/none) than several other Senior safety candidates such as Harris at 4/6/70s, Robinson at 6/7/allAFL, Jimmy Patton at 5/5/none, Bobby Dillon at 5/4/none, and Eddie Meador at 3/6/60s. And that doesn't count the large number of regular candidate safeties, a position the HoF voters don't seem to like very much. One issue Rick Casares unfortunately has is that there are questions about his close association with gamblers, to the point where he took two lie detector tests in connection with this -- Casares said he was cleared, but I haven't found independent corroboration of this. Also, it's not clear why Curley Culp belongs in the HoF ahead of linemen like Humphrey and Greenwood.

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  • footballhistorian - August 08 2011 12:10 PM

    RE:mgoss comments I agree with you about Johnny Robinson, although I only saw him play 69,70,71, he was very impressive. I am too young to have seen Mick Tingelhoff in his prime. He played well 69 and 70, but in the early '70s Forrest Blue was the best center. I can't believe how long it took Roger Wehrli and Paul Krause to get in. I also find it hard to believe that Dick Anderson, Jake Scott and Cliff Harris are not in the HOF. Seems likes defensive backs get short changed by the HOF selection committee. I have no gripes about Dick LeBeau getting in with his contributions as a coach and player, it just seems to me some great defensive players from the '70s should be in. Curley Culp, L.C. Greenwood and Claude Humphrey probably should be in.

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  • mgoss - August 08 2011 09:25 AM

    Everybody has there own list of worthy candidates that they feel have somehow been overlooked. I have championed Rick Casares at many of these sites for over 15 years. I won't use this space to list his qualifications, they are certainly Hall deserving when you check. In addition, my list includes Jack Butler, Mick Tingelhoff, Johnny Robinson and Abe Woodson. Until the NFL allows more than 2 seniors a year to get in, everyone's list will remain. Consider this proposal: Elect six seniors and six regular nominees each year. Have the senior inductions on Saturday and the regular inductions on Sunday, or vice-versa. This would allow more deserving seniors to get in, and would eliminate the regular voters from having to consider two senior candidates.

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  • footballhistorian - August 07 2011 04:26 PM

    RE: Roy Puper's comment. Ken Stabler was good but Ken Anderson was better and more deserving to be in the HOF than Stabler any day of the week.

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  • Roy Piper - August 07 2011 05:37 AM

    Ken Stabler. The Snake not being in is the most ridiculous thing I can imagine. He was on the 70s All-Decade Team. MVP in 1974 and second in 1976. Won the passing title in 1976 and 1973, second in 1974 and 1979. Super Bowl winner in 1976. AFC Championship Game in 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, losing to the eventual Super Bowl winner 4 times. QB of four of the most epic finishes in football history; Immaculate Reception Game (his 30 yard TD run set up the final play), The "Ghost to the Post" game, The "Holy Roller" finish against the Chargers that changed the rules of football, and the "Sea of Hands" against the Dolphins that ended their run of 3 straight Super Bowls. How can 5 players on his offense (Otto, Upshaw, Shell, Casper, Bilitnikoff) be in the HOF but not the guy who led the offense!!! Ask any Steeler what player they feared most and it was Kenny. The most accurate passer in NFL history until Montana eclipsed him. One of the great clutch players in history, up there or exceeding Elway, Montana and Staubach. Seriously, it is beyond ridiculous.

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  • Mickey Meador - June 24 2011 02:12 PM

    When you look at all the talent in the hall,and those that haven't been selected as of yet. Where is ED MEADOR whos stats are as good or better than some that have been selected.Just thought I would remind you that great talent is still waiting.

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  • Mike - March 13 2011 10:45 PM

    Just reading all the names of players not enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Y'all named a lot of greats! However not once did I see the name Otis Taylor. Len Dawson is in the HOF, ask yourself this. Who did he throw the ball to? Otis Taylor.

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  • bachslunch - February 15 2011 11:49 AM

    Gary V., Lamar Lundy, Rosey Grier, and Dave Butz all have very weak postseason honors stats. None of them belong in as long as DL such as Claude Humphrey, L.C. Greenwood, and Gene Brito remain outside. Donn A., much as I agree with most everything else you said, I'm not sold on the idea that every player ever named to an all-decade team deserves enshrinement (can't see any good argument for LBs John Anderson, Larry Morris, or Carl Banks) -- but agree that Lavvie Dilweg is indeed deserving.

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  • JD - February 09 2011 11:15 AM

    I'm glad to see Chris Hanburger finally being nominated, and hopefully enshrined. Not only was he one of the best linebackerss of all time, he is a true gentleman.I had the honor of meeting him when I was about 9 years old when he came hunting on our farm. I was in awe and my mther said it was the first time I was ever speechless. I instantly became a Redskins fan. Unfortunately for me, I was too young to hunt at the time, so he went hunting with my older brother. I know he came more than once and one of the times it was extremely cold. Afterwards he mailed my brother an autographed picture on which he wrote a real nice note thanking him for the outings. Later on, I got to meet him again in a department store and got my own autographed picture, talk about a thrill. Needless to say that Christmas I got a Redskins uniform with, you guessed it, a #55 jersey. Fast forward about 35 years. After doing some research, I found out that Chris was working at a Ford dealership that my father and I passed several times on business. I decided to stop there and see if Chris would remember us. He didn't immediately recognize us or our names, but after a minute he remarked"we didn't kill many geese, but we sure got cold".After that he talked to us for probably an hour and a half, like we were old friends. I'll never forget that. I was almost speechless again. This man is an example of what a pro athlete should be. He's all class.

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  • mickey - February 08 2011 10:05 AM

    I am not a Steeler fan but Jack Butler of the Steelers is an overlooked HOFer, he was a member of the All 1950's squad as a defensive back playing for a string of terrible Steeler teams.

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  • Mary Perkins - January 31 2011 12:03 AM

    Please consider one of the all time great receivers, Mac SPEEDIE for next years seniors as a candidate. He has been overlooked much too long, and was on one of the greatest teams the 1946-1950 Cleveland Browns, many of whom are already in the Hall. Mac was an all around athlete at University of Utah setting track records etc.

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  • bob greenberg - January 30 2011 03:50 PM

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  • B. E. - January 29 2011 01:32 PM

    As a Cowboy fan, even I can't understand how Mick Tinglehoff of the Vikings is not in the HOF yet. Also, the committee again needs to get Chuck Howley nominated. Here you go: 6 Pro Bowls 5 First Team All-NFL selctions Super Bowl V MVP Super Bowl VI Champion What more did he have to do in order to get in?

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  • Dave Meyer - January 23 2011 11:25 AM

    Can anyone justify to me why Jerry Kramer is not in the Hall of Fame please?

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  • Gary Veach - January 21 2011 12:29 AM

    How bout putting in the other 2 members of the Fearsome Foursome..Lamar Lundy and Rosey Grier...Dave Butz of the Redskins would be a good choice as well!

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  • 12xChamps - January 16 2011 07:11 PM

    WHERE IS JERRY KRAMER???? Was on the All-50 Year team as a STARTER. Who's Cheerios did he urinate in?

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  • Donn Ahearn - January 11 2011 03:48 PM

    baystate cowboy says: "the most overlooked player not in is Lavern "Lavvie" Dilweg who played on the Packers 1st 3 Championship teams 1929-31. Dilweg is also the only member of the team of the twenties not yet enshrined in Canton." There are no automatic-qualifier criteria for Canton. But one should be. If you were selected to a decade's All-Pro Team, YOU ARE IN. Hanburger and Richter appear to correct unfair slights (it is a true shame that the latter died this year and won't be there to celebrate his induction). The Seniors did a FANTASTIC JOB here, as I never thought Hanburger would EVER be nominated. It's time to get cracking on at least one more old-timer. Put Dilweg in the Hall.

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  • Donn Ahearn - January 11 2011 09:38 AM

    As a Redskins fan, I sure won't complain about Hanburger, in my opinion the most deserving Skin who's not in. Richter also sounds overdue. But I feel the pain of the Jerry Kramer supporters (we Skins fans think Russ Grimm should have been preceded not only by Hanburger but also by teammate Joe Jacoby). If Russ is the bar, Kramer should be in.

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  • Carolyn Harty - January 11 2011 05:05 AM

    How do you vote for a senior nominee? Not at all clear thank you

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  • bachslunch - January 02 2011 04:45 PM

    michael, there are in fact several punters in the HoF, though all played another position (Yale Lary, Norm Van Brocklin, Sammy Baugh, etc.). Pure punters are another issue, and some HoF voters are on record as saying they won't vote for any pure punter because they appear in only 6-8 plays per game at most. It's not clear what the case would be for Ray Guy vs. other pure punters, either -- and if you care to make the case, please do so with meaningful stats, not anecdotes or arguments to authority. Besides, Guy isn't eligible as a Senior yet, though if he doesn't get elected this year, he will indeed drop into that pool of candidates.

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  • michael classens - December 22 2010 03:49 PM

    many worthy candidates have somehow been overlooked, and their names are well-represented in the various comments. however, until the nfl hall inducts RAY GUY there will be a serious credibility problem. i won't use this space to list his qualifications, they are thoroughly set out elsewhere. this failure is inexplicable, except perhaps by analogy to baseball's stubborn refusal to recognize relief pitchers for their similar honor. baseball has finally begun to come around, and perhaps football will, too, even if a little late. RAY GUY is as singular in his position group as any trailblazer at qb, rb, etc. either GUY should be in the hall, or the nfl should acknowledge that punters are not eligible. shame on the hall of fame, so far!!!

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  • bachslunch - December 12 2010 03:08 PM

    Fran H., I don't think Dick LeBeau should be in the HoF at all, unless you want to make the argument that he belongs in as an innovator for inventing the zone blitz defense -- in which case, LeBeau should have been elected as a Contributor, not as a DB. His career as a DB was long but not especially distinguished -- note that he was never once named a 1st team all pro by any organization, plus he went to only 3 pro bowls and was not named to an all-decade team. There are plenty of other Senior-eligible DBs not in with much better postseason profile numbers, including Johnny Robinson, Dave Grayson, Jack Butler, Lemar Parrish, Abe Woodson, Bobby Dillon, Jimmy Patton, Cliff Harris, Bobby Boyd, Cornell Green, and Eddie Meador. LeBeau had a lot of lifetime INTs, but that's as much because he played for a long time and was the preferred target over CB teammates Dick Lane and Lem Barney. And any thoughts that his coaching record may be exemplary from start to finish ignores that LeBeau was decidedly unsuccessful during his assistant coaching and head coaching stints with the Cincinnati Bengals -- he didn't just spend his whole coaching career with the Steelers, where he indeed was good.

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  • Fran Haefner - December 03 2010 12:18 PM

    Three for the HOF....suggestion to HOF for future Senior Nominees 1) Jerry Kramer - Packers Guard - MFL 50th anniversay team, 1960s all NFL team of the decade, top player cot currently in who should be in (NFL network) 2) Johnny Robinson - KC Chiefs Safety - 1960 all AFL team, two super bowls, one RING, played key role in that win too...50+ ints...numerous all star, all pro, etc. (I always thought he would be voted in long before this) 3. Mick Tnglehoff - C for Vikings (seems like for "foever"), multiple all star in the 60s, multiple super bowl appearance (yes the lost but they did get there year after year and Mick was a key man on a great team). [Tough for centers and guards to get elected...ask Dermonit Dawson who will eventually be in there, or Russ Grimm who took a long time to get elected) Let's hope that selectors' committee gets it right in the next couple of years...also thanks to them for correcting the Dick leBeau oversight!)

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  • marco - October 28 2010 03:12 PM

    Redskin fans have waited a long time to have Hanburger enter the Hall of Fame. While Sonny Jurgensen was the leader on offense the leader on defense was always Hanburger. He played hard but fair-never illegal hits. He made the Pro Bowl nine times. His peers respect him and the fans from the George Allen era will never forget him. I grew up watching this guy and he was our "Sam Huff". He was awesome at blitzing too. So happy for this guy who always played his butt off every game. Never took a snap off during the 14 years he delivered great plays on defense for us. Thanks for this awesome news!!

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  • Robb - October 01 2010 09:49 PM

    The Hall of Fame is still a joke. They refuse to acknowledge that the Atlanta Falcons are even an NFL franchise. Tommy Nobis is much more deserving of enshrinement in the Hall than many of those who have been given the honor just because they were drafted by, and played for one of the "popular" teams. Nobis - NFL Rookie of the Year 1966 - 5 time Pro Bowl selectee - Voted 2nd best athlete of the 1960's only behind OJ Simpson - Dolphins running back Larry Csonka: "I'd rather play against Dick Butkus than Nobis." - Cowboys legendary coach Tom Landry: "Nobis was as fast as most backs. In my opinion, he was a super player." - Bears tight end Mike Ditka: "It was not one thing he did, it was everything he did. He was an old-fashioned linebacker. He didn't call attention to himself. He went out and played it." It's a shame that Tommy Nobis is not a member of the Hall of Fame and the "institution" will forever be a joke until they start considering players from every NFL team and stop blackballing teams like the Falcons.

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  • bachslunch - September 14 2010 05:29 PM

    Hi MattSandler-- No, I'm not based in Memphis, but have visited this city in past -- some fine attractions there (Graceland, Sun Studio, Civil Rights Museum, Belz Museum) and great BBQ (Neely's on Jefferson, BBQ Shop on Madison, A&R BBQ downtown), not to mention Gus's Fried Chicken. Yes, agreed that the backlog is piling up for Seniors, and am thinking that's only going to get worse. And having two nominees helps, but only a little. It would especially help if they stop putting up the Marshall Goldbergs of the NFL for nomination -- why waste space like this, I say?

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  • MattSandler - September 13 2010 11:49 PM

    BachsLunch... are you in Memphis? Friends of the Ostrows. With all the great players and the difficulty in statistical analysis by comparison, selecting each year only gets tougher. The Vets committee may have to increase from 2 to 4 as more former players become eligible after careers with bigger numbers played in longer seasons.

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  • mark duncan - September 13 2010 03:04 PM

    i attended the ceremony this year wearing my nobis jersey and got so many comments about him and then people were stunned to learned that he wasn't in the HOF already. i know there are a lot of deserving players out there but just give us falcon fans one.

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  • bachslunch - September 07 2010 10:23 PM

    Sure, I'll play along. Senior eligible only players who belong in the HoF (besides Hanburger and Richter): Duke Slater (L), Lavvie Dilweg (E), Verne Lewellen (B), Riley Matheson (L), Al Wistert (L), Mac Speedie (WR), Billy Howton (WR), Billy Wilson (WR), Dick Stanfel (G), Duane Putnam (G), Gene Brito (DE), Jimmy Patton (DB), Bobby Dillon (DB), Abe Woodson (DB-KR), Jack Butler (DB), Pete Retzlaff (TE-WR), Del Shofner (WR), Lionel Taylor (WR), Mick Tingelhoff (C), Jerry Kramer (G), Ed Budde (G), Walt Sweeney (G), Jim Tyrer (OT), Dick Schafrath (OT), Maxie Baughan (LB), Joe Fortunato (LB), Chuck Howley (LB), Larry Grantham (LB), Johnny Robinson (DB), Dave Grayson (DB), Tommy Davis (P-PK), Harold Carmichael (WR), Cliff Branch (WR), Drew Pearson (WR), Claude Humphrey (DE), L.C. Greenwood (DE), Robert Brazile (LB), Randy Gradishar (LB), Lemar Parrish (DB-KR), and Cliff Harris (DB). By rights, Harold Jackson (WR) should still be eligible as a regular candidate (he was on a strike season roster in 1987), but there doesn't seem to be any recognition of that by the HoF, so if not, he belongs on this list as well. My list is heavy on OLBs, WRs, o-linemen, and DBs (especially safeties) because they're badly under-represented positions in the HoF at present. QB and RB are the most over-represented. I do not think Jim Marshall belongs in the HoF at all. Eddie Meador wouldn't be a bad choice, though I'm finding it hard to push him ahead of Patton and Robinson, for two. And if there weren't so many MLBs from the 60s already in the HoF, I'd be more heavily behind Tommy Nobis -- though he's probably the best MLB of the era not in; and for people who think it's high time a Falcon got in the HoF, I agree -- but the committee blew their chance big-time when they didn't vote in Claude Humphrey. Regarding Ken Stabler, I say let's get Ken Anderson (still eligible as a regular candidate) in the HoF first and then talk about The Snake.

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  • bachslunch - September 07 2010 07:34 PM

    Excellent Senior nominees for a change. Both are very deserving. After suffering through such poor nominees in recent past, like Dick LeBeau, Marshall Goldberg, Emmitt Thomas, and Floyd Little, this is great news. Now let's hope the final committee doesn't stupidly deep-six either of them the way they wrongly did to Claude Humphrey and all will be well.

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  • Ken - September 05 2010 10:59 AM

    Roger Craig belongs in the Hall Of Fame Rushing Yards 8,189 ON only 1997 which is a avg of 197 a year for carries Average 4.1 Touchdowns 56 REC 566 catches 4,911 yeards 8.7 per catch avg 17 TD If not asked to do both he would have done no less than 12k-13k 90+TD First ever and only 2 ever 1000yds in both catching and rushing lead all WR in catches as a RB with 92 and 5x 60+ catches as a season. Belongs

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  • Cosme Ripol - September 04 2010 03:27 PM

    The following 1960's and 1970's era players should be in the Hall of Fame: Kansas City Chiefs: Oakland Raiders: Minnesota Vikings: Ken Stabler Mick Tingelhoff Otis Taylor George Atkinson Jim Marshall Ed Budde Jack Tatum Ed White Jim Tyrer Cliff Branch Los Angeles Rams Curley Culp Dave Grayson Eddie Meador Richie Petibon Johnny Robinson Maxie Baughn Jerry Mays Roger Brown Jack Pardee Atlanta Falcons: Dallas Cowboys Harold Jackson Jeff van Note Drew Pearson John Niland Gil Brandt Claude Humphrey Harvey Martin Ralph Neeley Lee Roy Jordan Mike Kenn Cornell Green Cliff Harris Tommy Nobis Baltimore Colts: Green Bay Packers Miami Dolphins: Mike Curtis Dan Currie Jerry Kramer Dick Anderson Dave Robinson Jake Scott Boyd Dowler Bob Kuechenberg Denver Broncos Detroit Lions: Philadelphia Eagles Randy Gradishar Alex Karras Harold Carmichael Tom Jackson Roger Brown Bill Bergey Louie Wright Lyle Alzado Rich Jackson Ny Giants Cleveland Browns" Del Shofner Dick Schafrath Gary Collins Cincinnati Bengals: Pittsburg Steelers: Washington Redskins L.C. Greenwood Pat Fisher Ken Anderson Chris Hanburger Ken Riley Len Hauss Houston Oilers: Robert Brazile George Webster ALL these players deserve to be in the Hall of Famee.

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  • John - September 04 2010 10:41 AM

    Good choices for seniors this coming year. But I agree with previous comments regarding the fact that Gradishar should be there along with Kramer and Nobis. As far as regular nominees don't forget Kevin Greene, 165 sacks coming off the strong side is very hard to overlook. Ditka is also right about teams like the Atlanta Falcons being overlooked. Nobis, Van Note, Kenn, Humphrey, Mitchell and the latest that should get consideration very soon is Jessie "the hammer" Tuggle

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  • Cosme Ripol - September 03 2010 05:36 AM

    I need to add that it is an absolute shame and disgrace that Jerry Kramer is not in the Hall of Fame. The 1960's Packers entire backfield is in the Hall. How does one think Starr, Hornung and Taylor got there? How did they win Five NFL titles in seven years? Just by Gregg's blocking? Jim Ringo, the Packer Hall of Fame center, was gone after the 1962 season. Kramer kicked the field goals that won the 1962 NFL championship game against the Giants AND he is the guard selected as the all-time best during the NFL's first 50 seasons. Kramer is a member of the all 1960's team. Finally, he wrote "Instant Replay," a sports classic that increased the popularity of the NFL. Come on, Hall of Fame Committee! Jerry Kramer MUST be in the Hall! Finally, how can anyone discuss professional football during the 1970's and not mention Ken Stabler? Stabler was a dominating presence at quarterback, as much so as Staubach, Trakenton, Griese or Bradshaw were - and they are all in the Hall. Granted, Stabler's final years in Houston were not like his Raider seasons, but Bradshaw played poorly during his first four or five years for the Steelers. The Steeler defense - and one spectacular game by Lynn Swann won them their first two Super Bowls. Bradshaw's role was to hand off to Blier and Harris.

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  • Cosme Ripol - September 02 2010 10:29 PM

    Hanburger and Richter are worthy choices; nevertheless, Chuck Howley, of the Dallas Cowboys, was superior to Hanburger. I have a feeling the nominating committee wants a member of Allen's "Over-the-Hiil-Gang" in the Hall. Howley was better than Hanburger AND Dave Wilcox - and Wilcox is in the Hall of Fame; and what about Lee Roy Jordan? Or Cliff Harris at safety? Or Drew Pearson at wide receiver, infinitely superior to Lynn Swann.

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  • kirk cagle - September 01 2010 09:10 AM

    What about Ken Stabler???? If Bob Griese, Troy Aikman, Joe Namath, and Roger Staubach are in, then so too should Snake! Wake up people!!!!

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  • Raiderfan - August 29 2010 03:14 PM

    Finally Les Richter!!!

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  • Mike - August 29 2010 07:19 AM

    YES!!! Chris Hanburger !!!! Finally the HOF Veterans Committee has taken a step to make this right!!! Chris Hanburger was a HOF player who dominated his position in the mid to late sixties and seventies. You talk to any NFL head Coach , current or former, that rememebers watching Chris Hanburger play will attest to his dominating play, intelligence, lightening quickness, and crushing " clothlesline tackles"... Teams realized he was the heart and sole of the redskins defense, and he had to be addressed in their offensive game plan or he would change the outcome of the game. Chris was constantly covered by a tight end, and often times doubled teamed. Chris called all the defensive signals for George Allens redskins teams, at one time numbering over 250 audibles. One of the things that made Hanburger so great, which often goes unappreciated and unnoticed to the average football fan, is the attention the opposing teams offense were forced pay to Hanburger freed up players to make spectacular plays. You look up the films , Chris Hanburger's was awesome when he blitzed! Although a little light, about 210 pounds, he was in fantastic physical condition, his military discipline for physical fitness stayed with him throughout his career, he was extremely strong and , he could over power you, run by you, or use his tremendous quickness and agility and leave you flatfooted, as he would make the sack or the tackle. His tremendous arm hand and forearm strength was legendary, he could take the largest tightends, fullbacks,and OL lineman and throw them to the ground or knock them back with a powerful forearm shiver. I have films of him decking Robert Newhouse of the Cowboys when he attempted to block him and the Cowboys fb fell like a deck of cards. It was Hanburger's tackling style which evoked fear in quarterbacks, and the running backs, receivers of his day. Chris liked to hit you high, slamming into you, driving his powerful fists into you, all while holding you up, and going for the ball. Chris had unbelievable strength, especially his hands and grip. He threw ball carriers to the turf like they were rag dolls, it was awesome. He was a master at stripping and punching the ball away. He caused so many fumbles, because of his tackling style. Most of his tackles which caused fumbles obviously were recovered by other defensive teammates , and their statistics are a direct result of Hanburgers performance. The screen pass he defended better than any linebacker in the NFL. he was uncanny at this, and his intellignece, lightening fast reflexes and quickness was never more evident than in this area. He got into the screen pass so quick, the play was doomed from the start. It's funny how teams would try him once a game every year, only to be lucky he didn't intercept the pass. Big games... Hanburger always excelled in the big games. Dallas, Giants, St Louis, Rams ..the playoffs he always played his consistent outstanding All Pro caliber play. In the playoffs teams always had the tight end on him, trying to neutralize him as best they could. Clearly the mark of a Hall of Famer. One of the most Hall of Fame aspect of Chris Hanburger's playing career was how he carried himself as a professional football player. He had class. He was very good to the fans, but in a very humble, private way. On the football field, he had tremendous professionalism, and class. Time after time following his game changing spectacular plays he simply got up and walked back to the huddle. No celebrating, no " hey look at me" that is the norm in todays game. BUT, if there was the multi media in Chris Hanburger's day like there is today, with ESPN sports center, the internet, the blogs, facebook, twitter, ect... his popularity would have soared and he would have been in the Hall of Fame long ago. Chris Hanburger is without a doubt a HALL OF FAME FOOTBALL PLAYER, one of the best linebackers to have ever played the game, and he dominated in his era. It is great news that the Sportwriters who make of the veterans senior committee have taken the first step into correcting this long overdue honor, and hopefully, when he is voted in in February 2011, the Pro Football hall of Fame in canton Ohio will shine that much brighter for finally welcoming Chris Hanburger home where he belongs, in Canton Thankyou Senior Committee! Great Job... Hall voters Lets make it happen !!

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  • Patrick Scoggin - August 28 2010 08:10 AM

    Congrats to both senior's candidates and we wish them the best of luck. As the 9-member Senior's Committee is the HOF's mechanism for correcting past injustices, here's hoping that they do not continue to overlook Broncos LB Randy Gradishar in the way he was overlooked as a modern-era candidate. www.Gradishar4HOF.com

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  • Raiderfan - August 27 2010 11:20 PM

    am pulling for both linebackers Hanburger and Richter in 2011

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  • Raiderfan - August 27 2010 11:16 PM

    Two overlooked players are Center Dave Dalby and Tackle Henry Lawrence. Dalby started at center in all 3 of the Raiders Super Bowl Wins. Lawrence started at tackle in all 3 super bowl wins. Both were very good linemen.

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  • Raiderfan - August 27 2010 11:06 PM

    I also see Dermontti Dawson getting in either this year or the following. A potential class of 2011. 1.Chris Hanburger 2.Les Richter(I see both senior nominees as deserving to get in) 3.Deion Sanders 4.Marshall Faulk 5.Chris Carter(This might be the year to end the wait) 6.Shannon Sharpe 7.Dermontti Dawson

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  • Raiderfan - August 27 2010 10:57 PM

    I see Chris Carter, Shannon Sharpe, Andre Reed, Richard Dent, and Tim Brown all getting in in the next 2-3 years. Thers a jam in Canton at the running back position. You have Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Roger Craig, Terrell Davis and Ricky Watters all battling to get in in the upcoming years.

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  • Raiderfan - August 27 2010 06:20 PM

    i hope joe jacoby gets in soon

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  • baystatecowboy - August 27 2010 01:32 PM

    Hanburger & Richter both deserve to be in Hall...but the most overlooked player not in is Lavern "Lavvie" Dilweg who played on the Packers 1st 3 Championship teams 1929-31. Dilweg is also the only member of the team of the twenties not yet enshrined in Canton.

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  • Mike - August 27 2010 09:01 AM

    YES!!! Chris Hanburger !!!! Finally the HOF Veterans Committee has taken a step to make this right!!! Chris Hanburger was a HOF player who dominated his position in the mid to late sixties and seventies. You talk to any NFL head Coach , current or former, that rememebers watching Chris Hanburger play will attest to his dominating play, intelligence, lightening quickness, and crushing " clothlesline tackles"... Teams realized he was the heart and sole of the redskins defense, and he had to be addressed in their offensive game plan or he would change the outcome of the game. Chris was constantly covered by a tight end, and often times doubled teamed. Chris called all the defensive signals for George Allens redskins teams, at one time numbering over 250 audibles. One of the things that made Hanburger so great, which often goes unappreciated and unnoticed to the average football fan, is the attention the opposing teams offense were forced pay to Hanburger freed up players to make spectacular plays. You look up the films , Chris Hanburger's was awesome when he blitzed! Although a little light, about 210 pounds, he was in fantastic physical condition, his military discipline for physical fitness stayed with him throughout his career, he was extremely strong and , he could over power you, run by you, or use his tremendous quickness and agility and leave you flatfooted, as he would make the sack or the tackle. His tremendous arm hand and forearm strength was legendary, he could take the largest tightends, fullbacks,and OL lineman and throw them to the ground or knock them back with a powerful forearm shiver. I have films of him decking Robert Newhouse of the Cowboys when he attempted to block him and the Cowboys fb fell like a deck of cards. It was Hanburger's tackling style which evoked fear in quarterbacks, and the running backs, receivers of his day. Chris liked to hit you high, slamming into you, driving his powerful fists into you, all while holding you up, and going for the ball. Chris had unbelievable strength, especially his hands and grip. He threw ball carriers to the turf like they were rag dolls, it was awesome. He was a master at stripping and punching the ball away. He caused so many fumbles, because of his tackling style. Most of his tackles which caused fumbles obviously were recovered by other defensive teammates , and their statistics are a direct result of Hanburgers performance. The screen pass he defended better than any linebacker in the NFL. he was uncanny at this, and his intellignece, lightening fast reflexes and quickness was never more evident than in this area. He got into the screen pass so quick, the play was doomed from the start. It's funny how teams would try him once a game every year, only to be lucky he didn't intercept the pass. Big games... Hanburger always excelled in the big games. Dallas, Giants, St Louis, Rams ..the playoffs he always played his consistent outstanding All Pro caliber play. In the playoffs teams always had the tight end on him, trying to neutralize him as best they could. Clearly the mark of a Hall of Famer. One of the most Hall of Fame aspect of Chris Hanburger's playing career was how he carried himself as a professional football player. He had class. He was very good to the fans, but in a very humble, private way. On the football field, he had tremendous professionalism, and class. Time after time following his game changing spectacular plays he simply got up and walked back to the huddle. No celebrating, no " hey look at me" that is the norm in todays game. BUT, if there was the multi media in Chris Hanburger's day like there is today, with ESPN sports center, the internet, the blogs, facebook, twitter, ect... his popularity would have soared and he would have been in the Hall of Fame long ago. Chris Hanburger is without a doubt a HALL OF FAME FOOTBALL PLAYER, one of the best linebackers to have ever played the game, and he dominated in his era. It is great news that the Sportwriters who make of the veterans senior committee have taken the first step into correcting this long overdue honor, and hopefully, when he is voted in in February 2011, the Pro Football hall of Fame in canton Ohio will shine that much brighter for finally welcoming Chris Hanburger home where he belongs, in Canton Thankyou Senior Committee! Great Job... Hall voters Lets make it happen !!

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  • Raiderfan - August 26 2010 11:34 PM

    Richter class of 2011!

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  • Raiderfan - August 26 2010 11:32 PM

    Hope both guys get in...Ken Stabler 2012

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  • Raiderfan - August 26 2010 11:31 PM

    Ray Guy? Greatest punter of all time.

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  • Raiderfan - August 26 2010 11:26 PM

    Hope Les gets in...he deserves it

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  • Raiderfan - August 26 2010 11:25 PM

    Ken Stabler snubbed again

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  • Raiderfan - August 26 2010 11:19 PM

    I am pulling for Les Richter

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  • Davem - August 26 2010 10:44 PM

    Agreeing with McAlevy...Hanburger definitely has the credentials. I remember watching him fly all over the field making plays for HOF Coach George Allen. Prior to coaching the Redskins, Allen coached the L.A. Rams in the 60's---including the Fearsome Foursome. And like Hanburger, Rams' defensive back Eddie Meador was also chosen by George Allen as Captain of THAT famous defense. Meador, chosen by a Hall of Famer to lead Hall of Famers--- was All Decade Team, was Pres. of NFLPA, still has Rams Interception Record, 6 Pro Bowls,6 All-Pros, NFL Father of the Year ('67), Byron White Award (similar to Walter Payton Award), and numerous Ram Defensive MVP's and other accolades from his 12 seasons as a cornerback (5) and safety (7) as well as on most special teams. Am pulling for Meador for 2012.

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  • charles - August 26 2010 08:09 PM

    johnny robinson looked over again. all 60's decade team top 5[or ten] in interceptions and like jerry kramer was a finalist for the hall a number of years. in my opinion, these are the guys that have paid their dues. how the hell did emmit thomas get in before johnny robinson. emmit had one more interception. johnny had more all pros, all decade team, pro bowls and hall finalist several times. HALL VOTING IS A JOKE. tinglehoff got screwed too!

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  • TomH - August 26 2010 05:59 PM

    The greatest lineman not in the Hall is Jim Tyrer of the Chiefs.

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  • kirk cagle - August 26 2010 04:40 PM

    What about Ken Stabler???? If Bob Griese, Troy Aikman, Joe Namath, and Roger Staubach are in, then so too should Snake! Wake up people!!!!

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  • Tim McAlevy - August 26 2010 11:32 AM

    This is hopefully the last time I will have to write this: Of ALL Hall-of-Fame eligible players (not just old-timers) who are not already in the Hall-of-Fame, the player most qualified for induction is Chris Hanburger. Nine-time Pro Bowler. Six-time All Pro. 1972 NFC Defensive Player of the Year with the Redskins first Super Bowl team. Handpicked by George Allen to call defensive signals for one of the best defenses in the NFL during the 1970's. People often mention the Pro Bowl number (9), but forget that he was once voted NFC Defensive Player of the year (an honor bestowed on very few players) and was entrusted by the great defensive mastermind George Allen to call plays for his defense for 5 years. As of right now, there is no Hall-of-Fame eligible player with 15 or more combined Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections who is not already enshrined in Canton… except Chris Hanburger! The biggest impediments to his induction appear to have been his past relationship with the media (certain reporters told people that he was "very media unfriendly" during his playing days) and the fact that younger fans don't know about him and older fans have to be reminded of him before their eyes light up and they remember how good he was. Another impediment was the timing of his career. Hanburger's best years were between 1966 and 1976. He was a dominant player during the last half of the 1960's and the first half of the 1970's, but did not dominate either decade from beginning to end. As a result, he was not named to the all-decade team for the 1960's or 1970's, but he had an 11 year run between those two decades that was as good as almost any linebacker in NFL history. Thank you to any and all who may have played a role in finally bringing this 25 year old injustice to an end. Hope to see all of you in Canton next August!

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  • L.M. Maness - August 26 2010 10:44 AM

    I am still amazed that NFL Giant great Charlie Conerly has been overlooked for so many years. He was voted MVP of the "Greatest Game Ever Played" and then the re-vote (after the sudden death playoff) gave it to Johnny Unitas. Does that not make him the #2 MVP of that game at least yet there are so many players that were on those two teams who are already in the HOF. Charlie's career was much more than that particular game...Rookie of the Year, Pro Bowler, led his team to a World Championship and MVP of the league in 1959. I hope that the voters reconsider him next time.

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  • 55FAN - August 26 2010 09:41 AM

    ABOUT TIME for Chris Hanburger!!!!

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  • Bryant C. Mitchell - August 25 2010 09:26 PM

    I think Roger Brown of "Fearsome Foursome" fame should have included in this year's class. He was one if not the most dominate defensive tackles in his era.

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  • ScottC - August 25 2010 07:45 PM

    I understand everyone's frustration with the voters but there are a lot of people overdue right now and the HOF is trying to level out the offensive bias over defense which was more than 2 to 1. Cris Carter is going to get in and so will Andre Reed and Shannon Sharpe. But fact is, they will not ALL get in next year as there is Marshall Faulk, Jerome Bettis and Curtis Martin all up now. Not to mention Deion Sanders. Fortunately, we saw some GREAT players in the 1980s and 1990s which has produced a log jam in Canton. Over the next 3-4 years they will ALL be in, or at least should be. Kramer and Marshall? I don't get it either. They both should have been in 15 years ago. But I didn't get the Bob Hayes thing either and then he finally goes in after his death. Very unfortunate.

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  • Davem - August 25 2010 06:52 PM

    The committee has a daunting task. While we all focus on one individual, they have to look at them all and weigh it out. Personally, I'm pulling for Eddie Meador--All-Decades Team('60s), star DB for the Rams, Byron White Award, etc. What would fix some of our problems is if the HOF would consider taking more seniors from the legendary eras each year, and reduce the number of newly-eligibles and let them wait awhile longer. Some of the seniors, unfortunately like Richter, will never know they made it at the current rate. How about 4 seniors and 3 newbies until the ship is righted?

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  • kyweaver - August 25 2010 06:11 PM

    but i also agree hanburger should get it but i als question richter

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  • kyweaver - August 25 2010 05:57 PM

    but i swear to god if cris carter isn't in this year i sm giving up on this institution and could care less about canton.

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  • NCSKINSFAN - August 25 2010 05:55 PM

    About time for Hanburger! He was a 9 time Pro Bowler who played on some bad teams early in his career. But the Redskins did have a lot of success when George Allen took over. Hanburger was one of the most feared tacklers of his era. I agree that Tommy Nobis, Jerry Kramer and Jim Marshall should get in. Hopefully the votes will do right by them.

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  • kyweaver - August 25 2010 05:50 PM

    i totally agree nobis should be in. atalanta should have at least SOMEONE from them after all these years.

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  • BrianK - August 25 2010 05:18 PM

    Why not Jerry Kramer? He was not only an all-pro guard for Lombardi's Packers, he also did the placekicking when Hornung was out (parts of two years). His 3FG's and extra point were the clinchers in the '62 championship (16-7).

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  • john haycraft - August 25 2010 04:45 PM

    I totaly agree with Hanburger but Ritcher? please your voters suck!!!! When are they gonna get smart and nominate Tingelhoff He deserves it more!

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  • kyweaver - August 25 2010 04:21 PM

    and yet another year jim marshall and jerry kramer get snubbed. way to fail again hall of fame commitee

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