18. Robert Brazile

18.  Robert Brazile
Robert Brazile
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:

Right Outside Linebacker

Played for:
Houston Oilers

Jackson State

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

Other Points of Note:

Notable All Time Rankings:

Years Nominated for the Hall of Fame:

Should Robert Brazile be in the Hall of Fame?

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Definitely put him in! - 62.5%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 25%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 12.5%
Last modified on Sunday, 08 March 2015 02:49


0 #3 cka2nd . 2015-08-09 17:46
Another example of guys on very good but not great teams getting the shaft. Brazile definitely deserves in, along with Gradishar and maybe Bill Bergey. On the other hand, I have to disagree with DC about Russell, though. Perennial Pro Bowlers like him, Matt Blair and Brad Van Pelt are great, but Blair is the only one of the three ever named to even a single First Team All-Pro list.
0 #2 DC 2015-02-20 17:15
Brazile was an incredible player. The sad part is that the HOF selection committee doesn't have enough real historians and students of the game. There are far too many youngsters who just weren't around when these guys were playing. That's why it's going to be rough for Howley and Brazile to get in. Tough for Andy Russell too, because of Ham and Lambert. The HOF selection committee doesn't like to send too many guys from a single team.This is the sole reason why L.C. Greenwood is not in.
+1 #1 Lance 2014-02-17 21:55
Dr Doom deserves induction. 8)

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