09 Jul 2011
In an early appeal for Olin Kreutz's Hall of Fame consideration, Steven Schweikert at Windy City Gridiron makes the following case:
Which of these will be more remembered: that Receiver A retires with 12,950 yards and 140 touchdowns, and maybe two Super Bowl Rings, or Offensive Lineman A retires after starting at his position for twelve consecutive years, misses only one start, and while playing develops a reputation for being one of the best blockers of his time. Pretty sure, you'll be zeroing in towards the receiver's numbers ... The biggest reason why there aren't more linemen in the Hall of Fame is because there's no mainstream individual metric for offensive linemen to put them in any kind of perspective [sic] order.
Two thoughts here. First, it's an open question as to whether or not there are too few offensive linemen in the Hall of Fame. A cursory glance at the Hall's website reveals that, limited to the modern era, there are 35 Hall of Fame offensive linemen and 21 wide receivers. Granted, if we account for the fact that there are usually 2.5 times as many starting offensive linemen on a team as there are starting wide receivers, then there should theoretically be somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 offensive linemen currently enshrined. However, I'm guessing one is not exactly arguing from a position of strength when the totals favor offensive linemen. After all, I dare anyone to engage a Hall of Fame voter in a discussion of actual versus expected values.
Second, although yours truly will probably zero in on the receiver's stats more than the offensive linemen's reputation, I (as of this writing) am not a Hall of Fame voter. Based on what Peter King has told us about the election process, I'm confident that the esteemed individuals who do decide whether or not a player gets into the Hall indeed have intimate knowledge of a player's career irrespective of his stats.
What do you think? Are there too few offensive lineman in the Hall of Fame? If so, is it because of a deficiency in statistical measurement?
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