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sumo
10-05-2006, 02:44 PM
I will acknowledge up front my bias -- but I cannot figure out why Donnie Shell is not in the HOF -- he has only made it as a finalist a couple of times -- but this guy was outstanding - speed, hit like a mack truck, excellent coverage guy - I forget his exact stats but I know he had something like 50 pics in his career -definetly one of the the top 5 safeties to ever play the game - his famous goal line hit against Earl Campbell played at the beginning of NFL Live for years back in the 80s -- I'm starting to hear the debates again for next year's candidates and his name isn't coming up-the only thing I can think of is that the voters feel they have elected enough Steelers from that era... what a shame.. this guy deserves it as much as the other Steelers already in...

PisnNapalm
10-05-2006, 03:23 PM
51 career interceptions, 5 Pro Bowls, 4 Super Bowl rings....

sumo
10-05-2006, 03:46 PM
51 career interceptions, 5 Pro Bowls, 4 Super Bowl rings....

thanks for the stats -- Wish there was some way to start a rally..this guy needs to be in the HOF -- you always hear the Cowboys fans crying for Cliff Harris -- Harris is a chump compared to Shell -- I think the voters have made up their minds -- no more Steelers from that era...

Jeremy
10-05-2006, 03:50 PM
You can thank Peter King for that. King is about as anti-Steelers as you can get, and you can bet your bottom dollar that when the time comes he'll be leading the Troy Brown cheering section for him to get into the HOF.

PisnNapalm
10-05-2006, 03:53 PM
Cliff Harris
29 interceptions, 18 fumble recoveries, punt/kick returner, 5 Pro Bowls, 5 Super bowl appearances,

Jeremy
10-05-2006, 03:58 PM
Man I can't stand Cowboy fans! All they do is whine about their lack of respect and talk about how TO will lead them to the promised land. They are the most delusional fans in America!

sumo
10-05-2006, 04:19 PM
You can thank Peter King for that. King is about as anti-Steelers as you can get, and you can bet your bottom dollar that when the time comes he'll be leading the Troy Brown cheering section for him to get into the HOF.

No kidding! -- what is it with this guy? -- you know, several years back somebody accused him of this very thing and he wrote an article about how Carnell Lake should be the NFL MVP to try and cover his huge a--.

Jeremy
10-05-2006, 04:36 PM
His in-laws are huge Steeler fans and he's a New Yorker. That's just not a good combination.

Stlrs4Life
10-05-2006, 04:45 PM
I will acknowledge up front my bias -- but I cannot figure out why Donnie Shell is not in the HOF -- he has only made it as a finalist a couple of times -- but this guy was outstanding - speed, hit like a mack truck, excellent coverage guy - I forget his exact stats but I know he had something like 50 pics in his career -definetly one of the the top 5 safeties to ever play the game - his famous goal line hit against Earl Campbell played at the beginning of NFL Live for years back in the 80s -- I'm starting to hear the debates again for next year's candidates and his name isn't coming up-the only thing I can think of is that the voters feel they have elected enough Steelers from that era... what a shame.. this guy deserves it as much as the other Steelers already in...


Toatally agree wth you. If it wasn't for Jack Lambert, Donnie would be my favorite all time Steeler.

sumo
10-05-2006, 05:24 PM
Toatally agree wth you. If it wasn't for Jack Lambert, Donnie would be my favorite all time Steeler.

Let me ask you something else -- do you think he was the forgotten one because he was the last one of that great defense to retire? -- by the time he came up for consideration, they had already handed out so many to that defense, that he gets overlooked...

wadester47
10-05-2006, 08:42 PM
Donnie shell, owned the Cowboys . He did his job he was a nice human being, he was a steeler. He will get in.

MattsMe
10-05-2006, 09:33 PM
Let me ask you something else -- do you think he was the forgotten one because he was the last one of that great defense to retire? -- by the time he came up for consideration, they had already handed out so many to that defense, that he gets overlooked...

That would be my guess. Also, the HOF is very biased, it's much easier for an offensive player to get in.

Indy_Steelers
10-06-2006, 08:02 AM
A friend showed me an article when the last HOF vote went around and and the article quotes some one as saying there are too many Steelers from that team already so that writer was not going to vote for any more. The context was, why was L.C. Greenwood overlooked again? If that is somone's criteria for voting they sould lose their vote and be fired! If a player is good enough to be in, PUT THEM IN!!!!!! There sould be alot of players from the Steeler's '70s team. The core of that team won 4 SUPER BOWLS!!! My perhaps bias opinion is that there is not enough. Lastly, why isn't Rod Woodson in the HOF?

HometownGal
10-06-2006, 08:30 AM
Personally, I feel the entire starting Steelers D from that era should be inducted. I don't give a rat's schmoo what the sports media thinks as far as the Cryboys or the 85 Bears having the best defense ever - none of those players could make a hair on Shell's, LC's (or any of their teammates) behinds. HOF nominations in the last 15 years or so have turned into a gigantic suckfest instead of what getting into the Hall was intended to represent.

sumo
10-06-2006, 11:03 AM
Personally, I feel the entire starting Steelers D from that era should be inducted. I don't give a rat's schmoo what the sports media thinks as far as the Cryboys or the 85 Bears having the best defense ever - none of those players could make a hair on Shell's, LC's (or any of their teammates) behinds. HOF nominations in the last 15 years or so have turned into a gigantic suckfest instead of what getting into the Hall was intended to represent.

In '84 I was living in LA and I went to see the Steelers play the Raiders at the Coliseum Donnie Shell -- even though he was at the end of his career, he was still playing at a high level - the Raiders were favored in that game, but the Steelers needed the win to get into the playoffs -- Shell was hitting everything that moved and had a key ineterception in the end zone that sealed the win ... I remember thinking at that game that he would be the last one from the deffense to make it to the HOF -- here we are 20 years later and he's still not in....:banging: -- makes no sense -- all the debates are over the poor little Cowboys, Art Monk, etc -- shut up and put Donnie in this year!! -- and LC the following year -I think all the Steelers that are in should do the same thing for Donnie and LC that Swann did for Stallworth

Indy_Steelers
10-06-2006, 11:20 AM
It makes me wonder if they will keep The Bus out.

HometownGal
10-06-2006, 11:26 AM
It makes me wonder if they will keep The Bus out.

No way, no how. I really do believe the rumors sometimes that a few of the Steel Curtain defense players weren't nominated or inducted because there are "too many Steelers" already there, which I think is a total crock of shart. This is a new Steelers era and I think The Bus will be inducted the first time around - he's literally a shoe in. :thumbsup:

LambertLunatic
10-06-2006, 11:43 AM
Lastly, why isn't Rod Woodson in the HOF?

I'm not sure if he's eligable yet, is he? There's no way that Woodson will be left out.

Although I agree that Shell deserves to be in the HOF, the biggest oversight so far (in my always correct opinion) is Dermonti Dawson. He's even more deserving than Shell, which is saying a lot.

sumo
10-06-2006, 12:02 PM
I'm not sure if he's eligable yet, is he? There's no way that Woodson will be left out.

Although I agree that Shell deserves to be in the HOF, the biggest oversight so far (in my always correct opinion) is Dermonti Dawson. He's even more deserving than Shell, which is saying a lot.

Dawson is definetly up there too... I think that he and Woodson will probably get in - just because they are more recent and still fresh in the voters' minds

PisnNapalm
10-06-2006, 02:16 PM
Lastly, why isn't Rod Woodson in the HOF?

Woodson retired after the 2003 season. He won't be eligible until 2008.

Indy_Steelers
10-06-2006, 10:36 PM
Woodson retired after the 2003 season. He won't be eligible until 2008.

Thanks for the info. I was not sure when he retired.
I just did a search in Wikipedia and found this.

Retirement
Woodson was released by the Oakland Raiders on July 27, 2004 after failing his team physical. He has since officially retired, and has stated to the press that he has no desire to resume his career. His replacement at free safety for the Raiders was Stuart Schweigert, who coincidentally, broke Woodson's career interception record at Purdue.

LambertIsGod58
10-07-2006, 09:41 AM
The only reason that L.C. and Donnie are not in is because they are Steelers. Hell, Greenwood was the Steelers all time sack leader until Gildon. But if you really think about it, the Hall of Fame is a money maker. Nothing else. I've seen good players get elected...not great players. It's the Hall of Fame...not the Hall of Good.

Elvis
10-07-2006, 03:56 PM
well... not all the great Steelers are not going to be there unfortunately.. Shell was a pretty good player and he had alot of Int's but it is tough to get in the HOF... I hope that he gets in though..