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57.  Jim Hart
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%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.6%

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Evanston, Illinois, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 1990
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Played For: St. Louis Cardinals, Washington Redskins
  • College: Southern Illinois
  • Drafted: Undrafted in 1966
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Pro Bowl Selections (4) (1974, 1975, 1976, & 1977)
    Second Team All-Pro Selections (1) (1974)
    Most Passing Attempts (1) (1974)
  • Other Points of Note: Top Ten Finishes: Passes Completed (8) (1967, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 & 1978)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passes Attempted (9) (1967, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 & 1978)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (9) (1967, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 & 1978)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (8) (1967, 1968, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 & 1978)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passer Rating (5) (1967, 1973, 1974, 1975 & 1976)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards per Game (9) (1967, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 & 1978)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Attempt (7) (1967, 1968, 1970, 1973, 1975, 1976 & 1977)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Completion (8) (1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1975, 1976 & 1977)
    Top Ten Finishes: Completions per Game (7) (1967, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977 & 1978)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (2) (1973 & 1976)
  • Notable All Time Rankings: 27.  Passes Attempted: 5,076
    30.  Passing Yards: 34,655
    34.  Yards per Completion: 13.4
    39.  Passing Touchdowns: 209
    43.  Passes Completed: 2,598

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%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 5.6%
Last modified on Monday, 02 March 2020 17:08

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+3 #9 Bill Mason 2014-08-03 00:57
As a boy growing up in Southern Illinois in the 70's, I have very fond memories of watching my hero, Jim Hart, battle the Cowboys and the Redskins. I was shocked when I learned he was not in the HOF. During the time, there was not a better QB in the league! Fix this while he's still with us!.
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+2 #8 Bill Graham 2013-09-09 03:54
He belongs in the Hall. When he retired he was top 5 in a host of categories. Played most of his career in an era where receivers could be touched. Career closely mirrors Dan Fouts who made both guys undisputed starters at age 29. Even good teams he was on had mediocre defenses. Record from Opening Day 1974 to Thanksgiving , 1977: 38-14. Just as many Super Bowl appearances as Fouts and Warren Moon.
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+1 #7 Committee Chairman 2013-07-25 02:11
Gang...... let's just stick to the topic of Jim Hart on the field. No need to get personal here. This site is supposed to be all about fun debate.
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-1 #6 The Truth 2013-07-23 21:55
Moderator:

Clearly "Dr." Harry Maue and Wyatt Earp are the same poster. They have the same poor grammar and vocabulary; and, incoherent logic. What a gob - `The good doctor' HAHA! Can we remove his drivel?

Why don't you just admit it Harry?

The Truth
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-3 #5 WyattEarp 2013-07-23 01:31
Hey butt head can't you read the good Dr. Is defending Jim are you an idiot or just lack an education your probably one of these fat ass arm chair athletes. So take a deep breath and put down your beer or dope and wake up and get back n school obviously your GED is not working.
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0 #4 The Truth 2013-07-22 02:25
Harry Maue:

Whoever you are, you are picking fights with a woman, who defends her father? 'If you came over to my house, etc.' You are not much of a man, are you? You probably are a nerd who never had any friends and tells tall tales. You say you are a Dr.? You write like you are learning disabled. If you are a Dr. then I have some swampland in Florida ...

Kattie- don't respond to guys like this - they are not worth your time.

The Truth!
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-3 #3 Dr Harry J Maue 2013-04-04 19:50
Kattie, lighten up I am a huge fan of our dad's I went t all the games he played in my son Brad probably knows you if your one of the twins. That is way too much anger and complete misinterpret ation of my comment. If I was not such a big an of your dad's and you probably came over to our home my reponse would not be so polite. Maybe you were just having a bad day...Dr. Maue
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+4 #2 Kattie hart 2013-02-21 00:20
What u think u know you don't know because my dad Jim hart was an announcer for one year in radio for the Chicago bears and dam happend to be my fathers business partner for years.I talk to my dad daily y'all talk all the crap u want but u don't know jack about my dad obviously you need to get the story straight before u start talking crap
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-1 #1 Dr. Harry J Maue 2012-11-27 14:59
being on bad teams owned by an idiot should not affecr Hart's induction. Dan Dierdorf got in and they played on the sme bsd teams but Jim was not n announcer and no need to say more. he belongs in the Hall of Fame. Dr. Maue
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