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A look at Dick Stanfel's PFHOF induction

Last month, regular contributor, Spheniscus and I debated the Hall of Fame merits of those who were on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot.

Now that the Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 has announced their class has done the same.  We were hopeful to do this prior to the announcement of the actual inductees, but life, as it often does simply got in the way!

Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel named 2016 Senior Nominees for the PFHOF

Only a couple of weeks ago, the Football Hall of Fame officially inducted last year’s Senior Nominee, Mick Tingelhoff.  This year, the Hall returns to two Senior Nominees, and while we are upset that former Green Bay Packer, Jerry Kramer is not one of them, we can’t say that we have a lot of issues with the two they did select.

Former Oakland Raiders Quarterback, Ken Stabler, who died earlier this year has been named as a Senior Finalist.  “The Snake” had been a popular choice for many in terms of long time omissions for the Hall, and was himself a Finalist three times (1990, 1991 & 1993).  Stabler is ranked at #6 on the Football countdown for 2016.

The other Senior Nominee is Dick Stanfel, who also died this year.  The Offensive Lineman split his playing career in the 1950’s with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins and was named a First Team All Pro five times.  Stanfel would go on to have a successful offensive line coaching career, most notably earning a Super Bowl Ring with the Chicago Bears in 1986.  He is ranked at #30 on the Football countdown for 2016.

It should be noted that roughly two thirds of Senior Nominees make the Pro Football Hall of Fame and that the Senior Nominees automatically are Finalists for this year’s Hall of Fame.

We here at only wish that both Stanfel and Stabler were still alive to enjoy this day.

RIP: Dick Stanfel

Sometimes news gets by us.  Thankfully, we were reminded by one of our bloggers, D.K., that a major figure in Pro Football Folklore passed away, and is worth a few words from us.

Last week,
Dick Stanfel, a man who is ranked at #30 by us on our Football list passed away at the age of 87.  Stanfel was a two time NFL Champion (1952 & 1953) with the Detroit Lions and was a member of the 1950’s All-Decade Team.  The Offensive Guard would also be chosen for five Pro Bowls.

Following his playing career, Stanfel would enjoy a long tenure as an Offensive Line Coach, most notably a decade with the Chicago Bears, where he was a coach on the 1985 Bears Super Bowl winning team. 

Stanfel would twice be named as a Senior Nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but would not be selected. 

We here at would like to extend our condolences to the friends and family of Dick Stanfel at this time. 

A quick look at the Pro Football HOF ceremony

We love this weekend here at!

Today is the official induction of the 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame Class leading to tomorrow’s first pre-season game, the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio.

This year’s class sees eight new busts to be included into the Hall, which is quickly becoming the go-to Hall of Fame for all American professional sports.

Former Wide Receiver Marvin Harrison was inducted first by Colts’ owner, Jim Irsay.  Harrison enters on his third ballot, though many (including us) have stated that he should have been chosen in his first year of eligibility.  Harrison caught 1,102 passes for 14,580 Yards and 128 Touchdowns; all of which place him in the top ten all-time.

He is also a three time Pro Bowl Selection and in 2002 he set the single season record for Receptions (143), which still stands.

In his speech, Harrison thanks the Colts fans, calling them the best in the world and notably thanked Quarterback, Peyton Manning and Genera Manager, Bill Polian.

Fittingly, Harrison’s longtime teammate, Offensive Lineman, Orlando Pace was enshrined next by his son, Justin.  Pace anchored the line that protected “The Greatest Show on Turf” and was a huge part of their win in Super Bowl XXXVI.  Pace went to seven straight Pro Bowls.

Up next, Marv Levy had the pleasure of inducting Senior Inductee and five time Pro Bowler, Dick Stanfel.  The Offensive Guard was a two time NFL Champion and has a Super Bowl Ring with the Chicago Bears as he was their Offensive Line Coach during the “Super Bowl Shuffle” run.  This is a posthumous induction as Stanfel passed away last year.

Tony Dungy was inducted next by his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate, Donnie Shell.  The current Sunday Night Football analyst was an NFL Coach for 13 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Indianapolis Colts.  It was with the latter where he won the Super Bowl and made history as the first African-American Head Coach in NFL history.

Kevin Greene was then up and was inducted by his longtime coach, Dom Capers.  Greene was a five time Pro Bowler and recorded a whopping 160 Quarterback Sacks, making him third all-time.

The second of two Senior and posthumous inductees, Quarterback, Ken Stabler was inducted next by his former Head Coach, John Madden.  “The Snake” helmed Oakland to four straight AFC Title Games and was the winning Quarterback in Super Bowl XI.  Stabler died last year and many have felt that this was a snub for far too long and is something that he should have lived to see.

His daughter, Lisa, inducted former San Francisco 49ers owner, Eddie DeBartolo Jr.  Under DeBartolo Jr.’s watch, the Niners won five Super Bowls.  How badly do San Francisco fans want him still running the team!

The unquestionable headliner was up last in Quarterback, Brett Farve, who was inducted by his wife Deanna.  Favre was a Pro Bowler in 11 of his 16 seasons and too Green Bay to a win in Super Bowl XXXI.  In a sport known for grit and determination, Favre took those attributes to another level.  Constantly playing through pain and never throwing a ball that he thought couldn’t be caught, Favre set a myriad of records and gave us a litany of memories.

How perfect was it when Favre said he was going to wing his speech and than insinuated that he would ask Packers’ coach, Mike McCarthy (during the speech that he winged) if he could throw the first series in tomorrow’s Hall of Fame Game?

Typical Favre, and we hope he never changes!

We here at would like to congratulate this latest group of Hall of Famers and encourage you all to tell us who should get in next.

Our 2017 List is here, and ready for your votes and opinions!
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