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Patriots Hall of Fame process underway

Posted by Albert Breer  March 15, 2010 03:38 PM

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When a bunch of us media types met up with Patriots owner Robert Kraft in Indianapolis, one story he was sure to tell was of Cunningham helping push along the desegregation of college football in the South with his huge game for Southern California against Alabama. I've heard dozens of times of course, and there has, in fact, been a whole book written on the matter.

Now, I know that all of that happened with Cunningham a Trojan, and not a Patriot, and that these decisions should be made chiefly on on-field accomplishments, and not who is or isn't a prince of a guy.

But it's worth noting that perhaps the best defensive player on New England's championship teams was an African-American defensive lineman from the Univ. of Georgia. And one of their defensive cornerstones now is a African-American linebacker from the Univ. of Tennessee. You can also take in to account the pipeline New England had to LSU, and it's fair to say that the SEC has served the local team pretty well.

So I just think it'd be pretty cool to have a guy who provided such a watershed moment for that conference as part of a team's Hall of Fame, and his story as one to tell within its walls.

Feel free to debate his merits, or the merits of any of the other Hall of Famers, in the comments section, and I'll alert you guys as this process moves along.
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