Vote: Maybe No (4/10)
January 31, 2004
Familiar Look to Hall of Fame
Many Chiefs fans want to know why Otis Taylor is not in the Hall of Fame. I can’t answer that question since I was not part of the process when Taylor was eligible for the first 20 years after the end of his career.
But one reason comes down to statistics. Here are the numbers of Taylor, Hayes and Monk just for one comparison:
Taylor: 130gms 410rec 7,306yds 17.8ypc 57tds 3ProBowls
Hayes: 132gms 371rec 7,414yds 20.0ypc 71tds 3ProBowls
Monk: 224gms 940rec 12,721yds 13.5ypc 68tds 3ProBowls
With 39 fewer catches and 14 more touchdowns, Hayes could not make the Hall this year. With more games, catches, yards and touchdowns, Monk could not make the Hall.
These decisions are not made simply on statistics. The player’s effect on the game must always be considered, or as one selector asks when voting: if I’m writing the history of the game, do I have to mention this player? If someone is writing the history of the American Football League, they would have to take into account Otis Taylor.
February 3, 2006
Step 2 for D.T.
I think D.T. deserves to be in that class certainly as much as names like Michael Irvin, Warren Moon and Thurman Thomas, who are also part of the 15 finalists. Others are Russ Grimm, Rayfield Wright, John Madden, Art Monk, L.C. Greenwood, Harry Carson, Bob Kuechenberg and Claude Humphrey.
Every one of the selectors seems to have a different method of deciding who is a Hall of Famer. Let me tell you mine.
It starts with a simple question: is this candidate among the best of his generation at his particular position or skill? For instance, was he the best quarterback at any point in his career? Was he the second best? Was he the third best? Do the statistics reflect this? Does the voting of his peers and coaches for the Pro Bowl reflect that? Does the voting of the media for All-Pro teams show that? Does his standing in history compared with others at the position indicate he belongs?
Then next question in my formula is: did he have an impact on the game? Was he a player that opponents had to account for? Did his ability force his team to become creative in how he was used, or were opponents forced to create new schemes and styles in an attempted to stop him? Was he so good at his skill or position that rules were created because of him?
The final question is this: did he have an impact on his team? Did he elevate the play of those around him? Did he push the entire franchise to the heights of professional football? Did he perform in big games? Was he part of a championship team?