Today, Dr. Z wrote on something that this website has known for a few months now: The Hall of Fame Class of 2007 is wide open, and it should be Art Monk’s best chance yet to get in…
Sports Illustrated SI.com
June 28, 2006
Who should Canton call? Weak ’07 class could open door for recent also-rans
The Hall of Fame class of 2007 will be the Year of the Rehash.
Of the first-time eligibles coming up, only Bruce Matthews, who put in 19 seasons with the Houston Oilers and the Tennessee Titans, would be considered a strong candidate, and even he isn’t what you’d call a shoo-in. I mean, I’ll probably wind up voting for him, but if it comes down to Matthews against another guard, holdover Bob Kuechenberg, my vote goes to Kooch, for whom I’ve been pushing as long as I can remember.
Not that the class of ’07 is composed of stiffs. They’re good players, but going down the list, the strongest candidates I can find — Matthews, QB Randall Cunningham, guards Randall McDaniel and Steve Wisniewski, safety LeRoy Butler, tackle Erik Williams — are not, to my mind, Hall of Famers, at least compared with the people who have lost out in recent years.
So for two hours or so we will rehash the same names that have been floating around for the last two or three years and have gotten bumped in the final round. You know who they are — L.C. Greenwood, Claude Humphrey, Russ Grimm, Art Monk, my man Kuechenberg, Derrick Thomas, Michael Irvin, Thurman Thomas, Gary Zimmerman. A lot of strong names there; I’m not sure that Matthews will even make it to the final round of 15 and get his name entered in the debate.