What are the requirements for players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame to be recognized by the Packers and have their name in the “ring of honor” at Lambeau Field? One player I think should be in the “ring of honor” is Emlen Tunnel. Although he didn’t play most of his career in Green Bay, he was a big part of Lombardi’s success and particularly helped induct African-American players into Lombardi’s squads, which have largely contributed to his success as a coach.
I don’t know if the Packers have a specific time-in-service requirement for HOFers whose names appear on the facade, or if it’s more about their accomplishments in Green Bay, or some combination of the two. But there’s also something to be said for respecting another team’s much stronger claim to a HOFer. Although I understand what you’re saying about Tunnel, he played three years for the Packers after 11 years with the Giants. What he did in Green Bay didn’t get him to Canton, it’s what he did in New York. Jan Stenerud played four seasons with the Packers, who aren’t claiming him, and as I noted earlier this week, I also don’t expect the Packers to claim Julius Peppers (three seasons).
A Super Bowl doesn’t make a Hall of Famer unless you’re Joe Namath. He has lived from this game for more than 50 years.
It’s a common line of thought, but it’s a bit unfair, even if you mistakenly ignore the importance of Super Bowl III in football history. Namath’s resume includes five Pro Bowls, four All-Pro nods (one first team, three seconds), third in MVP voting three years after winning SBIII and three times leads the league in passing yards . He was little more than just a regular Joe who won a big game.
Jeb from Sault Ste. Mary, Michigan
I feel like it’s time for reflection and gratitude, and I’m leaving! How lucky are we to be in a division where we could have seen Walter Payton (the most determined), Barry Sanders (the most exciting) and Adrian Peterson (the most talented)? Three historic running backs. And having two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in the first round in a row on our team? Sheesh, it’s priceless!
There have only been four players among the Packers’ NFC North enemies to win Associated Press MVPs in the award’s 65-year history, and you just named three.
In response to Matt from Fort Worth. Clay Matthews should go in the HOF for snatching the ball out of Adrian Peterson’s hands and throwing it (I think), just as announcers rave about AP’s extreme grip. I jumped out of my seat that day, I can tell you that.
It might be the best defensive touchdown I’ve ever seen.
Giorgio from Monza, Italy
Spoff, on your response to Mike from Toronto about the bags: Do they also keep track of the downs they happened on? Like you said, a bag on the first try is good, but on the third try, it’s huge.
I’ve never seen this tracked in an official capacity, but I think it would be significant to know with any player’s sack total how many happened on third down.
How does the league determine Super Bowl uniforms? Would the NFL ever allow rollbacks for the big game?
They haven’t, but maybe for Super Bowl LXXV (I think it’s 75), if it’s two clubs that have been around for the entire Super Bowl era, they would both bring throwbacks. Again, maybe not.
Spof – what is your most treasured piece of Packers memorabilia that you currently own and what is on your wish list?
I’ve never considered a wish list appropriate since I put a certain piece of jewelry in a safe about a decade ago. I am eternally grateful for what I have. But something else I’m more proud of is the Super Bowl “One” book, for which I wrote much of the text and also worked with Charles Woodson to write its foreword. I had to personally deliver his copy to Woodson and have him autograph the foreword page of mine.
Justin from Los Angeles, California
I know a lot of things change from year to year, but one thing that doesn’t seem more difficult next year is the schedule. The Packers in 2021 faced the AFC North and the NFC West, two very tough divisions (which provided the teams for the Super Bowl). Next year they will face the AFC East and the NFC East, as well as Tampa without Tom Brady. Still a few good teams, but not as scary from top to bottom. Would that ever influence the choice to take another hit with the No.12 against the Rebuild?