Who Should be in the NFL Hall of Fame Series “Safety”

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Who Should be in the NFL Hall of Fame Series “Safety”

Earlier this offseason, CowGirlCas and I posted our opinions and reasoning for who should next be enshrined in the Dallas Cowboys’ Ring of Honor. This was in our He Said (Darren Woodson); She Said (Harvey Martin) series. Afterwards, we had a lively discussion on which Cowboys players should be in the NFL Hall of Fame. That got me thinking. While that in itself is a dangerous thing, I was interested in looking at which players, by position, were the most deserving of getting a call from the Hall of Fame throughout the league. Over the next few days, we will do this by looking at the players I believe are the top 5 players who are not currently Hall of Famers at each position. This is not a ranking, but rather an alphabetical listing. For reference, the player must be eligible for the Hall of Fame. Here is the order of our journey through some of the NFL’s all-time greats.

Who Should be in the NFL Hall of Fame Series  “Safety”

Today we will take a look at the guys that gave nightmares to wide receivers coming across the middle of the field. Safety is one of the worst represented positions in the NFL Hall of Fame. This position has been, by far, the easiest to find five hall-worthy canidates since so many have been overlooked for years. Most of these safeties were asked to drop down in the box to help shut down the opponents running game. Many were also known as enforcers that made receivers and tight ends think twice about catching balls in their area. All of these safeties distinguished themselves over their careers and compare favorably to players already enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dick AndersonSafety Dick Anderson

Case for the Hall of Fame:

3 First-team All-Pro Selections; 1973 NFL Defensive Player of the Year; Voted member of National Football League 1970s All-Decade Team; Dick Anderson played his entire 9 year career with the Miami Dolphins. He was a 2-time Super Bowl champion including the 1972 perfect season. He had 34 career interceptoins, taking 3 of them back for touchdowns. He was a defensive leader for a Dolphins franchise that won 3 consecutive AFC Championships and is that team’s only defender that was voted to the1970s All-Decade Team.

Reasons he isn’t in the Hall of Fame:

Dick Anderson is like most of the players that were on those early 1970’s Dolphin championship defenses. They weren’t flashy, just effective. His candidacy for the Hall of Fame is hurt because he played only 9 seasons in the NFL. Other than these, the only reason is that safety is not a highly valued position by the Hall of Fame voters.

Kenny EasleySafety Kenny Easley

Case for the Hall of Fame:

4 First-team All-Pro Selection (1 additional 2nd team All-Pro selection); 1984 NFL Defensive Player of the Year; Voted 1st Team 1980’s All-Decade Team; 1981 Defensive Rookie of the Year; Kenny Easley is widely considered as one of the hardest hittng safeties of all time. So much so that he was known as “The Enforcer”. While Easley was known for his intimidation in the defensive backfield, he was also a ball hawking playmaker. He picked off 32 passes in his career and was elected to the Seahawks Ring of Honor

Reasons he isn’t in the Hall of Fame:

Kenny Easley’s HOF candidacy is hurt most by the fact that he only played 7 seasons (and missed most of one of those due to injury). There is also some feeling that his HOF chances suffer from his prominent involvement for the players in the 1987 strike. It didn’t help him that he played safety for the Seahawks up in the Pacific northwest: a team without a rich history and far away from the east coast media hub.

 

Cliff HarrisSafety Cliff Harris

Case for the Hall of Fame:

4 First-team All-Pro Selections (1 additional 2nd team All-Pro selection); Voted 1st Team 1970’s All-Decade Team; Member of the Dallas Cowboys Ring of Honor; He was the leader on a defense that was ranked in the top 10 for every one of his seasons in the lineup. He was nicknamed “Captain Crash” because of his punishing style of patrolling the deep centerfield. He played in all 5 Cowboys Super Bowls in the 1970’s and was a key member of the Doomsday Defense for America’s Team.

Reasons he isn’t in the Hall of Fame:

Part of the greatness of Cliff Harris is overlooked because he is often remembered as a part of one of the best safety tandems in NFL history along with Charlie Waters. Harris is also hurt by having only played 10 years. Especially since his retirement was very unexpected after the 1979 season. The biggest problem Harris has encountered is the two Super Bowl losses to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Losing those two games has seemed to hurt the HOF candidacy of several deserving Cowboys from the 1970’s

 Ed MeadorSafety Eddie Meador

Case for the Hall of Fame:

3 First-team All-Pro Selections (3 additional 2nd team All-Pro selections); Voted 1960’s All-Decade Team; Holds several Los Angeles Rams records including career interceptions (46), career fumble recoveries (18) and career blocked kicks; He was the leader on a defense that was ranked in the top 10 in every one of his seasons in the lineup. He was nicknamed the “Rams Little Assassin” because of his ferocity on the field.

Reasons he isn’t in the Hall of Fame:

Despite all of his great career numbers, Ed Meador played for a Rams team that was not very good. He is also hurt by the fact that safety is not a highly valued position by the Hall of Fame voters.

 Johnny RobinsonSafety Johnny Robinson

Case for the Hall of Fame:

Six1st team All-Pro Selections (3 additional 2nd team All-Pro selections); Voted 1st Team All-Time All-AFL Team; Johnny Robinson is a 6-time finalist for the Hall of Fame. He played 12 years for the Dallas Texans/Kansas City Chiefs. He was a true impact player. The Chiefs were 35-1-1 in games where Robinson made an interception. He was a leader on a defense that won three AFL Championships. He is one of only 20 players to play in the AFL in all 10 years of its existence and fittingly had an intercetion and a fumble recovery in the very last game in AFL history, Super Bowl IV, a game his Chiefs won 23-7 over the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings

Reasons he isn’t in the Hall of Fame:

The only reason I can see that Johnny Robinson is not in the Hall of Fame already is because he played 10 of his 12 years in the AFL. His numbers are hall-worthy as are his team accomplishments.

These are my five most worthy for induction. I’m interested in your opinion on where I got it right and who I may have missed. You can add your comments or suggestions below.

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  • frank

    captain crach should be in but without a doubt his running mate # 41 should be in Charlie Waters I have been saying that since you guys started this last season. Drew should be in also his numbers better than Swann. (def28)

    • Al

      I agree you can’t have Harris, without Waters just like Cornell Green should be in there too. The Bias against the Cowboys continues. The HOF has become more of a popularity contest than anything .

  • californy

    At The Picture—————I like the hit he put on that RB the separating of Player from the ball. Harriss also separated him from the ground with his bone crushing hit

  • californy

    Wow that a lot of old footage on player, I guess back then the Black and white was the only color available on a picture.. I dont think football has changed so much, Im sure in many ways it still clear who the better teams are. I just wished JG would develop a team that would be black and white better than the other team