The Pro Football Hall of Fame is considering expanding the number of enshrinees for one season. President David Baker said the Hall of Fame could potentially add 20 new members for the Class of 2020, both to deal with a backlog of deserving candidates and to honor the NFL’s centennial season.
Here is what Baker told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Monday:
“It is extremely elite company, and it’s not the Hall of very, very good. It’s the Hall of Fame, and so it should be difficult to make it. But there’s a lot of guys through the years, we’ve had several guys who are on All-Decade teams who aren’t in the Hall of Fame.”
Traditionally, the Hall of Fame elects between four and eight new members from a list of 15 modern-era finalists. This proposal for the 2020 class would feature more inductees from different eras and categories. Here’s what Baker said about the potential class:
“It would be the five normal modern-era players elected from 15 finalists, and then it’ll be 10 seniors, three contributors ... and two (coaches),” Baker said of the potential 20-member class. “But again, I want to stress that that’s got to be something that is passed by our board at its meeting on Friday, Aug. 2.”
This should have already happened, but it’s the perfect opportunity for former San Francisco 49ers star running back Roger Craig to get into the Hall of Fame. Craig deserves to be in the Hall of Fame based on his resume.
- In 1985 he became the first football player to have over 1,000 yards rushing and receiving
- 3x Super Bowl champion
- 4x Pro Bowler
- Offensive player of the year in, first-team All-Pro, most yards from scrimmage in 1988
- Led the league in receptions—as a running back—in 1985
- The All-decade team in the 1980s
The accolades for Craig go on and on. He finished top ten in receptions four times during the ‘80s. Five times during that decade he finished top ten in yards from scrimmage. When you are consistently among the best, you belong in the Hall of Fame. If 1,000 yards receiving and rushing was an easy accomplishment, more than two people would have achieved it in NFL history. This isn’t tough.
The additional slots could be what gets Craig in, but Uncle Rog should’ve been there a long time ago.