Why Eddie DeBartolo Jr. didn’t get voted into the Hall of Fame

Eddie DeBartolo Jr. did not get voted into the NFL Hall of Fame last weekend.

Here’s why:

There are many more deserving former players who need to be inducted first. Like Tim Brown and Cris Carter. And Charles Haley, who won five Super Bowls. None of those players were inducted this season. If they didn’t get in, DeBartolo had no chance.

Bill Parcells – a former Super Bowl winning coach who is also on the Hall of Fame bubble – should also get in before DeBartolo.

The Hall of Fame should honor players first, coaches second, owners last. That’s what’s fair. Debartolo never blocked or tackled or game planned or called plays or scouted players or made trades. No, he hired Bill Walsh and got out of the way.

 

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