Seriously, how can you not want a football player whose nickname was Dr. Doom in the Hall of Fame? For just that moniker alone we want to build a statue in his honor. Seriously though, nickname or not, Robert Brazile was one hell of a linebacker.
Almost immediately as a pro, Brazille was used as the anchor of the 3-4 defense. He was used to rush the Quarterback from the outside, much like Lawrence Taylor did years later. He was a sure tackler and considered one of the best Linebackers of his era as evidenced by his seven consecutive Pro Bowls and selection to the NFL 1970’s All Decade Team.
Brazile remains the only Linebacker named to the 1970’s All Decade Team that is not in the Hall of Fame. Not only that, Brazille has never been a Hall of Fame finalist. For whatever reason, the Hall is showing no love towards Dr. Doom.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin: Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.
Eligible Since: 1990
Position: Right Outside Linebacker
Played for: Houston Oilers
College: Jackson State
Drafted: 1st Round, 6th Overall in 1975
Major Accolades and Awards: NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year (1975) Pro Bowl Selections (7) (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981 & 1982) First Team All Pro Selection (2) (1978 & 1979) Second Team All Pro Selection (3) (1976, 1977 & 1980) NFL 1970’s All Decade Team