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Why '10 voting for Patriots HOF is big

Posted by Albert Breer  April 14, 2010 03:30 PM

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Shalise posted earlier on the Patriots' Hall of Fame finalists, and since my dad was a huge American Football League fan growing up in Detroit (it's a little complicated), and my family had connections, I had to selfishly ask the question for my own knowledge when we were on the conference call with Jon Morris ...

Do you feel, Jon Morris, it's tougher for American Football League players to get recognition? Seems I set him off a little:

"I had this conversation with someone the other day -- I think it's a disgrace that the all-time leading scorer in the American Football League is not in the NFL Hall of Fame," Morris said, referencing Gino Cappelletti. "And I just wonder if that has something to do with it."

And that led us down another road.

"I don't know if any politics are involved in terms of the old AFL-NFL rivalry. I think that's long gone, don't you?" Morris continued. "I just think the longer you're away from football, the easier it is to forget. It's like my situation with the Patriots Hall of Fame.

"In the next couple years, a lot of players from the Super Bowl teams are gonna become eligible for the Hall of the Fame, and there's not gonna be any room for a guy like me."

That leads to another point: Voting for the Patriots Hall of Fame is important this year because, as Morris said, these older guys' chances might be waning. In 2011, Drew Bledsoe will eligible for induction. In 2012, Troy Brown will be eligible. And then the floodgates open for Super Bowl Era guys. So vote, vote, vote ...
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