Tonight I see where Bill Williamson of the Denver Post and MSNBC thinks Michael Irvin was lucky to make the Professional Football Hall of Fame in 2007.
This is a new age in the NFL. The league is all about good citizens. Burp in public and you get warned. Have the cops called to your house and start sending out a résumé. This is Goodell’s new world. And he needs to be applauded for taking control of a sometimes out of control player population. Yet, in his first Hall of Fame weekend as the NFL’s commissioner, Goodell will watch “The Playmaker” receive his bronzed grill.
He goes on to say:
If Irvin were playing these days and he had the same misadventures he enjoyed during the “White House” days of the Dallas Cowboys reign of horror on the NFL, he would have likely been suspended for several seasons. He probably would have never made it long enough to get consideration for the Hall of Fame had Goodell been in the warden’s office.
The truth is that these very unique qualities of Irvin’s were brought up last year during the selection process. The HOF went on to choose Irvin over Art Monk, a player who had sterling statistics in his career and a much higher respect level both on the field and off.
Art Monk, who should have been in the HOF long ago, instead has been denied seven times while players who would be quite at home in the company of Michael Vick have been admitted. Recent classes have included wife beaters and drug abusers. Their admission is always justified as the bad stuff happened off the field.
Well, if the NFL is suspending players for their off the field acts, why shouldn’t the same be taken into consideration for admission to the Hall of Fame?
If Goodell wants to send a message about the kind of NFL he wants to preside over, he should move heaven and earth to get Art Monk into Canton as soon as possible.
Let’s hope the Williamson logic holds up.