The San Francisco 49ers have a great history of Hall of Famers, and now the team and its original city are pushing to get a notable snub inducted. With the Bay Area set to host Super Bowl 50, the city of San Francisco is pushing to use this year to help get former quarterback John Brodie into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On Thursday, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce held an event at Kezar Stadium, in which they handed a letter supporting Brodie's candidacy to a representative from Canton.
The event was entirely ceremonial, but with the Super Bowl coming to town this year, it might be the best chance for the Veteran's Committee to give Brodie's candidacy a long look. He is no longer eligible for the regular vote, but the Veteran's Committee will be determining finalists next month. The 2015 class will be inducted next week, so this would be for the 2016 class.
Mindi Bach put together the video above showcasing the event, which featured numerous greats from the 49ers past. Brodie, a Bay Area native, played for the 49ers from 1957 to 1973. During that time, he surpassed 31,000 passing yards and had 214 passing touchdowns.
The numbers pale in comparison to the high flying offenses of today, but Brodie was a key piece to the 49ers. The team could never get over the hump against the Dallas Cowboys, but Brodie managed to earn the 1970 MVP trophy, to go along with two Pro Bowl appearances and an All-Pro nod. You can read a fantastic profile of Brodie HERE.
It remains to be seen if this will be enough to get Brodie into the Hall of Fame. He has been under consideration by the Veteran's Committee 30 times. But this would seemingly be the best year to make something happen. Super Bowl 50 is in the Bay Area, and the 49ers will be in the spotlight to some extent. Fingers crossed that this gets Brodie into the Hall.