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Anyone who had played five years ago would now be a candidate for the Hall of Fame. That doesn’t mean they’re gonna come close to getting in. I fully expect him to be ignored by the HOF voters . Who in history has ever made the Hall of Fame purely as a kick returner

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1 hour ago, The Gipper said:

Anyone who had played five years ago would now be a candidate for the Hall of Fame. That doesn’t mean they’re gonna come close to getting in. I fully expect him to be ignored by the HOF voters . Who in history has ever made the Hall of Fame purely as a kick returner

Wow .. Such a crusty old fucker , aren't ya... I doubt he'll get in but hell.. shouldn't Devin Hester be considered too..?? I guess the HOF acknowledges all positions of the sport and that seems right to me... ...

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15 minutes ago, nickers said:

Wow .. Such a crusty old fucker , aren't ya... I doubt he'll get in but hell.. shouldn't Devin Hester be considered too..?? I guess the HOF acknowledges all positions of the sport and that seems right to me... ...

Ya- it took years for kickers and punters to  get  some  recognition.  It took  Ray Guy, the GOAT of punters  forever to get  in.

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14 minutes ago, hoorta said:

Ya- it took years for kickers and punters to  get  some  recognition.  It took  Ray Guy, the GOAT of punters  forever to get  in.

Yeah , I was watching the Red Zone last night.. And I believe Deik , Donovan and "Asshat" (Grossi)mentioned the possibility still of Clay Mathews (57) and Earnest Byner (44) of still having a plausible chance to getting into the HOF.

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I think special teams players should be looked at but realistically don't have much of a chance at the HOF.

One that should be considered first is former Bills player ST/WR Steve Tasker.

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2 hours ago, The Gipper said:

Anyone who had played five years ago would now be a candidate for the Hall of Fame. That doesn’t mean they’re gonna come close to getting in. I fully expect him to be ignored by the HOF voters . Who in history has ever made the Hall of Fame purely as a kick returner

If a Punter can get in why not a returner?

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21 minutes ago, hoorta said:

Ya- it took years for kickers and punters to  get  some  recognition.  It took  Ray Guy, the GOAT of punters  forever to get  in.

Yale Lary was a punter (44.3 y/p) for the Lions and he got in in 1979.....................................well there was also that little bit of having 50 career interceptions as a safety, but who's counting?😁

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Pretty decent resume.

3 All Pro Seasons, All Decade Team, All Time Kickoff TD leader.

Some of the best Punt and Kick return averages.  Was a superb all around special teams guy (gunner).  I think the Browns didn’t get him started enough early on offense 

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1 minute ago, SdBacker80 said:

If a Punter can get in why not a returner?

A PR/KR/position player with the right numbers and some longevity just might make it but the Hall would almost have to designate a category for it like coaches or contributors to the game.

Who knows someday it might happen?

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7 minutes ago, mjp28 said:

A PR/KR/position player with the right numbers and some longevity just might make it but the Hall would almost have to designate a category for it like coaches or contributors to the game.

Who knows someday it might happen?

Well it’s almost taken out of the game today (more touchbacks, punters getting direction and height more so than ever, holding penalties called every SP play) so given the current standard I agree.  BUT  Cribbs Hall and Hester were huge parts of their teams successes on specials team- you can’t discount those guys at the time they played.  Hester is in IMO, Cribbs and Hall should get some votes 

anyone remember the Steelers Browns game we almost single handedly pulled off on Josh Cribbs special teams play???

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Josh Cribbs, 3 pro bowls and...... enough? Probably not.

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  Games Punt Returns Kick Returns    
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd AV
Career       136 31 222 2375 3 84 10.7 426 11113 8 103 26.1 15453 24
8 yrs CLE     124 31 195 2154 3 84 11.0 387 10015 8 103 25.9 14065 24
1 yr IND     6 0 19 125 0 18 6.6 19 608 0 76 32.0 741 0
1 yr NYJ     6 0 8 96 0 21 12.0 20 490 0 42 24.5 647 0
2005 22 CLE   16 14 0 1 5 0 5 5.0 45 1094 1 90 24.3 1106 1
2006 23 CLE wr 16 16 1 6 51 0 34 8.5 61 1494 1 92 24.5 1647 2
2007* 24 CLE wr 16 16 2 30 405 1 76 13.5 59 1809 2 100 30.7 2312 4
2008 25 CLE wr 16 15 2 28 228 0 32 8.1 44 1110 1 92 25.2 1523 2
2009*+ 26 CLE WR 16 16 12 38 452 1 67 11.9 56 1542 3 103 27.5 2510 7
2010 27 CLE wr 16 15 5 20 168 0 17 8.4 40 814 0 37 20.4 1340 3
2011 28 CLE fb/wr 16 16 7 34 388 1 84 11.4 39 974 0 63 25.0 1905 4
2012* 29 CLE wr 16 16 2 38 457 0 60 12.0 43 1178 0 74 27.4 1722 1
2013 30 NYJ   16 6 0 8 96 0 21 12.0 20 490 0 42 24.5 647 0
2014 31 IND   16 6 0 19 125 0 18 6.6 19 608 0 76 32.0 741 0
  
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  Games Rushing Receiving Total Yds    
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rush Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt Touch Y/Tch YScm RRTD Fmb
Career       136 31 141 808 2 37 5.7 5.9 1.0 185 110 1175 10.7 7 65 0.8 8.6 59.5%   251 7.9 1983 9 37
8 yrs CLE     124 31 128 753 2 37 5.9 6.1 1.0 182 107 1161 10.9 7 65 0.9 9.4 58.8%   235 8.1 1914 9 34
1 yr IND     6 0 0 0 0 0   0.0 0.0 1 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.2 1.3 100.0%   1 8.0 8 0 3
1 yr NYJ     6 0 13 55 0 9 4.2 9.2 2.2 2 2 6 3.0 0 5 0.3 1.0 100.0%   15 4.1 61 0 0
2005 22 CLE   16 14 0 0 0 0 0   0.0 0.0 1 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.5 100.0% 7.0 1 7.0 7 0 4
2006 23 CLE wr 16 16 1 2 11 0 9 5.5 0.7 0.1 15 10 91 9.1 0 14 0.6 5.7 66.7% 6.1 12 8.5 102 0 3
2007* 24 CLE wr 16 16 2 9 61 0 18 6.8 3.8 0.6 5 3 37 12.3 0 18 0.2 2.3 60.0% 7.4 12 8.2 98 0 5
2008 25 CLE wr 16 15 2 29 167 1 27 5.8 11.1 1.9 7 2 18 9.0 1 17 0.1 1.2 28.6% 2.6 31 6.0 185 2 0
2009*+ 26 CLE WR 16 16 12 55 381 1 37 6.9 23.8 3.4 37 20 135 6.8 1 35 1.3 8.4 54.1% 3.6 75 6.9 516 2 6
2010 27 CLE wr 16 15 5 20 66 0 19 3.3 4.4 1.3 39 23 292 12.7 1 65 1.5 19.5 59.0% 7.5 43 8.3 358 1 7
2011 28 CLE fb/wr 16 16 7 7 25 0 15 3.6 1.6 0.4 67 41 518 12.6 4 45 2.6 32.4 61.2% 7.7 48 11.3 543 4 3
2012* 29 CLE wr 16 16 2 6 42 0 16 7.0 2.6 0.4 11 7 63 9.0 0 24 0.4 3.9 63.6% 5.7 13 8.1 105 0 6
2013 30 NYJ   16 6 0 13 55 0 9 4.2 9.2 2.2 2 2 6 3.0 0 5 0.3 1.0 100.0% 3.0 15 4.1 61 0 0
2014 31 IND   16 6 0 0 0 0 0   0.0 0.0 1 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.2 1.3 100.0% 8.0 1 8.0 8 0 3

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Awards
Pro Football Hall of Fame 1st team All-2000s Team
2011 NFL Top 100 (#84)
#84 enough for writers across the country to vote him in?  
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7 hours ago, The Gipper said:

Anyone who had played five years ago would now be a candidate for the Hall of Fame. That doesn’t mean they’re gonna come close to getting in. I fully expect him to be ignored by the HOF voters . Who in history has ever made the Hall of Fame purely as a kick returner

Not only that, he was a good K/P returner, but not one of the best ever. No way he even sniffs the HOF.

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I will NEVER forget that frigid Thursday night when he single handedly beat the Steelers. 

That puts him in MY HOF.

 

And the there's Hue Jackson.  In OT against the Steelers...1st and goal from the 1 yard line...and he calls a WR bubble screen pass....and we lose.  He's damned to the Hall Of Shame for eternity!

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Loved Cribbs, but agree he has no chance at the HOF......

I think that a HOFer should at least be considered a full time player and starter....exceptions, maybe, being kickers......But Id be agreeable to creating a HOF category that includes specialists(elect 1 per years)....kickers, punters, returners, 3rd down backs, gunners, etc.....

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40 minutes ago, DieHardBrownsFan said:

Dude, quit posting your pictures.

I think he wants you to "FLUFF" it for him lol

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1 hour ago, Icecube said:

Not only that, he was a good K/P returner, but not one of the best ever. No way he even sniffs the HOF.

I disagree I think he was one of the best ever but still again name me any Hall of Famer his primary job was to return kicks

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 Shows them all..The spin out in KC & the sideline dash in Pittsburgh still ties as my fave "take it to the Cribb" moments..how bout yours? but while were at it..man, i miss those sweet jerseys..     

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I've always been more partial to Eric Metcalf who could do it all and had 12 total punt/KO returns for TDs.

 

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14 hours ago, nickers said:

I think he wants you to "FLUFF" it for him lol

Considering how often you seem to be coming to DieHard's rescue lately, I think he'd have to get in line behind you. 

Not that there is anything wrong with that, of course. 

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My first take was I'd agree... except have you looked at this year's nominees?

Time for a new thread...

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On 9/13/2019 at 10:14 AM, The Gipper said:

Anyone who had played five years ago would now be a candidate for the Hall of Fame. That doesn’t mean they’re gonna come close to getting in. I fully expect him to be ignored by the HOF voters . Who in history has ever made the Hall of Fame purely as a kick returner

I’m with you. Besides I think Metcalf should be considered before Josh. Josh was awesome but Metcalf did more as a runner and receiver.

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10 minutes ago, marcus said:

I’m with you. Besides I think Metcalf should be considered before Josh. Josh was awesome but Metcalf did more as a runner and receiver.

No doubt. And his daddy Terry was a great football player.

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Many seem to forget that Cribbs was pretty damn good on coverage too and made many tackles. Hell, his jersey is already there. 

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2 hours ago, flyingfooldoug said:

Many seem to forget that Cribbs was pretty damn good on coverage too and made many tackles. Hell, his jersey is already there. 

Close maybe but I would give the edge to Metcalf......but enjoyed watching them both.   Steve Tasker is still my #1 on the most deserving ST list.

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