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 Notinhalloffame.com 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 Notinhalloffame.com 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 Notinhalloffame.com only wish that both Stanfel and Stabler were still alive to enjoy this day.