If it seemed like Jim Hart was the St. Louis Cardinals Quarterback forever it is because in football terms, he practically was. Hart started 180 games for them from 1967 to 1983, but for such a long tenure it went largely unnoticed. Playing for bad teams will generally do that.
It wasn’t that the Cardinals didn’t have any good seasons, as in the mid 70’s they rifled off three consecutive 10 win seasons. This coincided with Hart’s four straight Pro Bowl appearances. Jim Hart became one of the most durable and respected Quarterbacks in the NFL, and due to that durability, he was able to accumulate a very impressive career in terms of statistics.
Unfortunately, as the leader of bad teams for the majority of his career, Hart was considered a good player, who wasn’t good enough to take his team to the next level. This may explain why he never received any real look from the Hall.
Should Jim Hart be in the Hall of Fame?
Definitely put him in! - 70.4%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 10.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 13.6%