The NFL Hall of Fame results are in. Curtis Martin, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Willie Roaf, Dermontti Dawson, and Jack Butler made it.
Bill Parcells, Cris Carter, and Jerome Bettis got stiff-armed! Thoughts?
I wholeheartedly agree with everything that CBS Sports blogger Mike Freeman, a New York Times football writer when I knew him years ago, says here:
The two greatest motivators in NFL history, the coaches who got players to do things and go places in their careers they thought they never could, were Don Shula and Parcells. The best pure motivators ever. Period. That is a coach's primary job. Nothing happens before that -- not the Xs and Os, nothing -- before getting a player mentally ready. Shula was the best at that (what he did in Miami with the then expansion Dolphins is borderline miraculous) and Parcells was second.
He turned around the Giants, the Patriots, and Jets when those latter two organizations were absolutely awful.
Freeman wonders if a writers' vendetta may be at work. (Parcells wasn't too warm and fuzzy with the scribes.) Others, Freeman says, claim that Parcells was nuthin' without Belichick by his side. I stand with Freeman, who says he's "stunned."
I am thrilled for Curtis Martin. A first class fellow. This story, about his relationship with his father, proves it.