Should Off-Field Actions Dictate Who Enters The Hall of Fame?

Mike Florio had a nice piece this morning on whether or not one’s character and off the field actions should have weight on whether or not you get into the hall of fame. The current system was outlined toward the end of the article, so let’s begin there.

Pete Fierle from the Pro Football Hall of Fame said the current framework is as follows:

“The only criteria for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame are a nominee’s achievements and contributions as a player, coach, or contributor in professional football in the United States of America.”

Now that means your character issues and off the field behavior has no bearing on your admission to the hall of fame. The questions posed today, however, is:  Should it? Commissioner Goodell and Peter King were the notable opinions that weighed in on this one. Here are the highlights.

Peter King said:

“I think it’s a very slippery slope to judge character along with football. I think it’s certainly a bad idea to remove someone from the Hall for something he does after his career.  You’ll never convince me O.J. Simpson is not a Hall of Famer, for instance.  As for judging players who screw up off the field during their careers, what’s a serious offense and what’s not?  I see no reason to change the rules.”

Goodell’s opinion differed.

“I do believe that it’s more than just how you conduct yourself on the field. I believe very firmly that it’s how you conduct yourself on and off the field as a member of the National Football League.  That’s part of your contribution to the game.”

“These are decisions the Hall of Fame is going to have to make, not me But if you ask me a specific question, ‘Is it just their contributions on the field and their statistics?’  I don’t think that’s the case.  I think it’s about what you contribute to the game of football.”

One thing is for certain, this should continue to be one of the great debates in the NFL’s file on character issues as it relates to the behavior of athletes that want to participate in the league, the continued nature of Goodell’s tenure as Commissioner, and future of the sport/league in general.

[via PFT]


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5 Responses to “Should Off-Field Actions Dictate Who Enters The Hall of Fame?”

  1. SoDev says:

    F#&^ no!

    That is all.

    -Sodev

  2. Chris says:

    On-field accomplishments only. A person’s private life should not factor in.

  3. Jesse Cassel says:

    Its the national FOOTBALL hall of fame not the national football and human ethics hall of fame, the player should only be evaluated on his stats

  4. Jeremy says:

    A persons private life should never affect a person’s professional life and vice versa. Unless of course that person is a convicted child abuser.

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