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Friday, December 31, 2004

Pat Tillman and the Hall of Fame

This week on Inside the NFL, Cris Collinsworth made the argument that the NFL Hall of Fame should induct Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman, who famously was killed this year fighting in Afghanistan. There's been a bit of a movement afoot to get this done, and I have to disagree strongly.

Peter King gave the counterargument on the show, saying Hall inductions need to be solely based on on-field performance. A column at a Kansas City Chiefs site says it well:

Many would have liked to have seen former Arizona Cardinals safety Pat Tillman made eligible for the Hall of Fame after he was killed by friendly fire last April while serving as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan. But in addition to the waiting period, Hall of Fame guidelines dictate that players be considered strictly upon their on-field abilities. While Tillman was a Hall of Fame human being, he was not a Hall of Fame player.

Perhaps there can be some sort of a compromise by putting up a memorial or display on Tillman in Canton without formally inducting him as a Hall of Fame player.