With the Pro Football Hall of Fame planning to include 10 seniors in its expanded Centennial Class of 2020, people want to know just who those candidates might be.
And I don’t blame them. I do, too.
Which is why I polled the nine members of the Hall’s seniors committee this week to get their takes on the subject, even though I’m uncertain how involved they’ll be in the selection of the candidates. And what I learned is that Duke Slater and Maxie Baughan should be two of the favorites, with Alex Karras, Cliff Branch and Ken Riley not far behind.
But others were mentioned, including former Jets’ star Joe Klecko, and his name always raises the same question with me: Who’s more deserving of the Hall -- Klecko or Mark Gastineau? Both are worthy candidates, but neither has been a finalist or semifinalist.
Don’t ask me why, but both deserve to be discussed … which is precisely what NFL historian John Turney of Pro Football Journal does this week with his look at the two most prominent members of the New York Sack Exchange.
Should they be in Canton? Should one of them? Turney covers the bases, and you’ll find the answers by reading what follows: