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Pro Football Hall of Fame Coaches (Part 1)
Episode 5230th November 2021 • Yesterday's Sports • Sports History Network
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EPISODE SUMMARY

It must be noted that I wrote this article in March of 2018, before Coach Jimmy Johnson and Tom Flores were selected for the Hall of Fame.

I don’t normally get involved with debates over who should or shouldn’t be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. For one reason, I think we make the Hall of Fame more important than it is. I don’t mean the Hall of Fame itself. I’ve been to both the baseball and football halls of fame and I enjoyed them very much. They are great places to learn the history of the game and to re-live the memories.

The part we make too important is who’s in and who isn’t. You could spend all day debating over who’s in that shouldn’t be, and who’s not in that should be. In the end, it’s all a matter of someone’s opinion. It’s not a perfect system, and if the voting committee took every fans opinion seriously, half the league would be inducted by now.

I think it’s a lot more difficult on choosing which players get in because there are so many different factors to look at. Sure you can look at the stats, but stats can sometimes be misleading, and when it comes to lineman and linebackers, there aren’t that many stats to look at. But it doesn’t seem like it should be as complicated when it comes to voting on which head coaches get in. You can look at their career winning percentage, or how much improvement the team made once they took over as coach. Most importantly, you can look at how many times they led their team to a Championship game or to the Super Bowl. But I think the most important stat of all is how many times they actually won a Championship or Super Bowl.........

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