Sunday, August 03, 2008
Where is the sense of proportion, NFL Hall of Fame?
I just realized that Andre Tippett was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame yesterday.
I congratulate him.
However, to be honest, I had to pick my brain to remember exactly who he is and what his accomplishments were. They are impressive, to be sure. 100 sacks and five Pro Bowls. And so on.
However, consider Mister Jackson (pictured above, being held by a Caaardinal, the Saints' first opponent this year). Number 57. In Mister Jackson's 15th and final year, he had more sacks than Andre Tippett did in all but four of Tippett's 11 seasons.
Mister Jackson had 128 sacks. Mister Jackson was a run-stuffer par excellence. Mister Jackson missed only two games and played with a broken cheekbone after a horrible high-speed car accident. Mister Jackson changed games in the NFL. Mister Jackson's play allowed Hugh Green, an NFL failure, to be considered for the Heisman while both were at the University of Pittsburgh.
When Mister Jackson finally gets into the NFL Hall of Fame, Andre Tippett should offer to launder Mister Jackson's Saints jersey so that it will be nice and clean for the enshrinement.
As long as we are enshrining Andre Tippett before Mister Jackson, I believe it would also be fitting to enshrine the following so-so New England Patriots (as I indicated to Steve Korte of WWL when I called in today--he belly-laughed):
Steve Grogan (QB)
Tony Eason (QB)
Reggie Dupard (RB, a Louisiana guy)
Rich Camarillo (P)
Mosi Tatupu (RB)
Irving Fryar (WR)
Kenneth Sims (DE)
Come to think of it, if Andre Tippett gets into the Hall of Fame ahead of Mister Jackson, perhaps Steve Korte should be enshrined too.
Clio III's middle name is Jackson. Clio III was born in the year Mister Jackon retired. Coincidence? I wonder . . .