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01 Dec 2006

The Fantasy Football Hall of Fame Returns

by Mike Tanier

The Fantasy Football Hall of Fame took a small step toward becoming a reality after last year's feature in Too Deep Zone.

Sadly, it also took three leaps backwards. That will happen when a visionary like Virgil Parks pursues his dream. Parks wanted to create a museum where marginal football fans could honor the legacy left by marginal football players. But scandals and corruption threatened to sabotage his effort long before the first shovelful of dirt was thrown into a wheelbarrow. Luckily for Parks and his legions of followers, an unlikely savior emerged to engineer a Frank Reich-like comeback to rescue the Hall.

From Gala to Rock Bottom

For readers who missed last year's article, the FFHoF is the brainchild of Parks, serial litigant and drummer for Not Fragile, the third-most successful Bachman Turner Overdrive cover band on the East Coast. Parks was never a big football fan, but he played a lot of fantasy football, and he grew to admire players who did far more for his fantasy team that they did for their actual teams: run 'n' shoot receivers, goal line running backs, and one-year wonder tight ends. Eventually, Parks prevailed on the government of Pennsauken, New Jersey (birthplace of John Taylor) to provide a plot of land for a museum and multi-media showplace. The difference between Parks' Hall and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton is simple. For a Canton HoFer, stats only tell part of the story. For a Pennsauken HoFer, stats are the whole story, or they tell more story than there actually should be.

Parks got a boost when a semi-prominent sportswriter profiled his effort last December. (Author bows regally.) The article piqued fan and player interest, allowing Parks to host a gala dinner at a landmark steakhouse in Pennsauken. Over 500 former players, journalists, and gate-crashers packed the cavernous dining room in early February. Darnay Scott gave a rousing speech about his commitment to great fantasy stats. Barry Foster pigged out on zucchini bread. Rebecca Wells read an excerpt from her latest book, The Fantasy Draft of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. Parks was the toast of the town.

At the gala, Parks and the Hall Board of Trustees made an astonishing announcement: the selection committee was waiving the retirement rule and inducting Aaron Brooks before his playing career was over. Committee chairman Olaf Saaksgaard cited Brooks' fantasy accomplishments -- four 3,000-yard, 20-touchdown seasons, one measly playoff win -- and the extreme unlikelihood that Brooks' actual ability will ever exceed his fantasy value as the reason for skipping the normal selection process. "Brooks is exactly like Roberto Clemente would have been if Clemente never did anything heroic and spent his entire career padding his stats," explained Saaksgaard.

The decision created a stir among the few sober writers at the event, but "stir" was what a radical idea like the FFHoF needed (in addition to "buzz," of course). With a star-studded cast led by Eddie George likely to join Brooks in the Hall in 2007, the road to reality seemed smooth. Parks had read his blocks, hit the hole, and had plenty of open field in front of him. Groundbreaking was scheduled for April of 2006.

But by questing for the Golden Fleece, Parks had opened Pandora's Box, and closing it was a Herculean task (gratuitous mythology references courtesy Bulfinch.org). He and the selection committee (which includes the author) weren't ready for the flood of suggestions, requests, and bribes. Well, we were ready for the bribes, but you get my drift. Parks soon became the target of several unseemly lobbying efforts. The first was benign enough: the Society to Induct Ferrell Edmunds into Pennsauken bombarded the committee with hundreds of letters, phone calls, e-mails, 8-by-10 glossies, impassioned pleas, and tchotchke (including Ferrell Edmunds key chains, mud flaps, and tea cozies). "It looked like a mediocre Dolphins tight end exploded in here" Saaksgaard said of the FFHoF offices. At least the Edmunds people didn't resort to violence; when Parks hung up on the representative of a group calling itself the Nick Lowery Legion, he found the tires of his Kia slashed. (Lowery has thoroughly denounced the group. A DHS case is pending.)

While dealing with the lobbyists, Parks faced a financial crisis. A higher public profile meant fewer slip-and-fall opportunities, forcing Parks to find new revenue streams. Disastrously, Parks decided to become a regional distributor for Intelli-Scam, a direct sales pyramid scheme endorsed by his church (Parks is a druid). When money got tight, he invested FFHoF funds in Intelli-Scam. Soon, the FFHoF was bankrupt, its initial investment fees converted into 275 warehouse palettes of cat grooming supplies.

Things went from bad to worse. The FFHoF was mocked as "not real" by Deadspin.com. Selection committee president Saaksgaard's Fantasy Football and Call of Cthulhu blog went bankrupt when many of his readers failed sanity checks. Saaksgaard quickly rebounded with a Fantasy Football and Babylon 5 blog, but even with weekly articles by Edgar Bennett and Peter Jurasik, he lost a large percentage of his audience.

Rock bottom was discovered in mid-May. Parks scheduled a press conference to display what he planned would be one of the Hall's major exhibits -- a triptych illustrating Rob Johnson's exceptional game for the Jaguars against the Ravens in 1997, his signing by the Bills, and the overreaction of fantasy owners everywhere. The center panel, loosely based on The Last Supper, was to feature 12 fantasy owners seated on one side of a table, cheat sheets in hand, expressing shock over Johnson's third-round selection.

But in a fit of Dan Brown fever, artist Claude Lasgoux replaced one of the owners in the picture with an image of Georgia Frontiere. Journalists scoffed. Parks panicked. Saaksgaard threw a bottle of Kettel One at Lasgoux's head. Media attention quickly dried up.

Parks and the committee were downtrodden. Little did we know that our savior was sitting in his basement half a continent away, sorting out kicking tees.

A Special Teams Obsession

Wyoming native Willy Boland loves special teams more than any other element of football. Some would say he loves special teams more than his own wife. His wife, for instance. "He's always in that damn basement with the damn kicking stuff," she told me when I visited the Boland homestead. "I'm sick of it. Can I, you know, fix you a drink or something?"

I declined the drink and instead visited Boland in his basement, which contains the largest collection of special teams memorabilia in the world. The retired astrophysicist started collecting when he was 16. "It started as a hobby," Boland explained. "Then it became a passion, then an obsession. Then, back to passion for a while, then a compulsion. Now, it's somewhere between a hobby and a pastime."

Boland displays his treasures with the skill of a museum curator. On his south wall hangs a collection of neckties made by Garo Yepremian. A set of snowplow keys, autographed by Mark Henderson, rests under glass next to his hot-water heater. Reggie Roby's wristwatch is displayed next to Boland's Sump Pump. Game-worn jerseys -- Ricky Upchurch, Obed Ariri, Mike Bartrum -- line the walls. "Some people watch football to see touchdowns," Boland explained. "For me, the touchdown is just an appetizer. The extra point and the next kickoff are the main course."

In the middle of the room, lit by two strobe lights and a disco ball, sit a pair of glittering white cleats. I don't need to be told who they belonged to. But Boland told me anyway. "William Arthur Johnson wore those in 1975, the year he returned four kicks for touchdowns. I paid $9,000 for them on E-Bay."

Boland was quite clearly insane. But he was a big football fan with a large memorabilia collection and a little money to invest. I arranged to have Parks meet Boland, and before long, they agreed to a merger -- The Fantasy Football and Special Teams Hall of Fame (FFaSTHoF).

The FFaSTHoF doesn't have a home (except at Football Outsiders), but it does have lots of junk to put in whatever home it finds, plus the worst acronym on earth. And fans now have two types of players to argue over.

It's Voting Time

If you have been paging down through all of the gags to get to the nominees, it's time to start reading again. First, here are the current members of the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame:

Quarterbacks: Randall Cunningham, Don Majkowski (Charter Members), Aaron Brooks (Class of 2007)

Running backs: Natrone Means, Christian Okoye, Chris Warren (Charter Members), Terry Allen (Class of 2006)

Wide Receivers: Andre Rison, Rob Moore (Charter Members), Terrance Mathis, Ed McCaffrey, Carl Pickens (Class of 2006)

Tight Ends: Ben Coates (Charter Member)

Kicker: Al Del Greco (Charter Member; kickers will remain in the fantasy wing of the Hall).

Coaches/Innovators: Mouse Davis (Charter Member), Buddy Ryan (Class of 2006).

Next, it's time to introduce the inaugural class of special teamers:

Punters: Ray Guy, Reggie Roby

Kick Returners: Billy White Shoes Johnson, Dave Meggett, Brian Mitchell

Gunners: Bill Bates, Vince Papale, Steve Tasker (note: Tasker and Guy aren't getting into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The voters are just futzing with them).

Now, let's review this year's semi-finalists, with brief profiles for prominent players in their first year of eligibility.

Quarterback: Doug Flutie. Fantasy accomplishments: Minimal, but the guy spent a decade as a media darling despite the fact that he was a glorified bonsai Don Strock. Bonus points for executing the only dropkick ever seen by a living person. Negatives: He apparently was a very good player in some other country.

Quarterback: Rich Gannon. Fantasy accomplishments: Outstanding fantasy seasons from 1999-2002. Scrambling quarterback who ran for 21 career touchdowns. Five interceptions in the Super Bowl. Spent a decade on the bench behind guys like Wade Wilson and Steve Bono. Made throwing sidearm cool.

Quarterback: Jim Everett, Jeff George, Jeff Hostetler, Erik Kramer, Ken O'Brien, Mark Rypien.

Running Back: Charlie Garner: Fantasy accomplishments: Outstanding fantasy seasons in 2000 and 2002. One of the great yardage league players. Was somehow misused by the Eagles for five seasons. Negatives: Never an outstanding player in touchdown leagues. Had seven catches in the Super Bowl and was pretty good in other postseason appearances.

Running Back: Eddie George. Fantasy accomplishments: Seven 1,000-yard seasons. Outstanding fantasy seasons in 1999, 2000 and 2002. Was a better fantasy player than real player for most of his career. Enormous biceps. Completely pointless final season with the Cowboys. Negatives: Was an excellent player in the 1999 postseason and scored two Super Bowl touchdowns.

Running Back: Garrison Hearst. Fantasy accomplishments: Outstanding fantasy season in 1998, with several other good seasons. Constantly injured. Had one of the most unlikely comebacks in history after missing two seasons with a severe leg injury. Delightfully pointless end-of-career stint in Denver tricked many fantasy owners into drafting him in 2004.

Running Back: Moe Williams. Fantasy accomplishments: All-time great leechback season in 2002. Ruined Michael Bennett as a fantasy player. Bonus points for only carrying the ball nine times in the playoffs over a ten-year career.

Running Back: Jamal Anderson, Ernest Byner, Barry Foster, Rodney Hampton, Robert Smith, James Stewart, Ricky Watters.

Wide Receiver: Jimmy Smith. Fantasy accomplishments: Seven 1,000-yard seasons. Was the consummate stat compiler. Seriously, he was a very good player, and we all like him, but what memories do you have of Smith besides the fact that he caught six passes for 75 yards every week for 10 years? Negatives: He had some great postseason games.

Wide Receiver: Antonio Freeman, Michael Jackson, Herman Moore, Brett Perriman, Webster Slaughter.

Tight End: Chad Lewis. Fantasy accomplishments: Pretty good fantasy seasons in 2000 and 2001. Donovan McNabb's favorite target. Had a ridiculous 12-catch, four-touchdown season in 1997. Was over-drafted in fantasy leagues for years based on his relationship with McNabb and two Pro Bowl appearances. Negatives: Not a great fantasy player. Like many of our finalists, he did actually play well in the postseason.

Tight End: Freddie Jones. Fantasy accomplishments: Outstanding fantasy season in 2000, with good seasons in 1998 and 1999. Spent four years as the tight end you drafted after all of the good tight ends were taken. Grand imperial sensei of the two-catch, five-yard stat line.

Tight End: Mark Chmura, Eric Green, Alfred Pupunu, Wesley Walls.

Kickers: Steve Christie, Mike Hollis, Norm Johnson, Chip Lohmiller, Nick Lowery, Eddie Murray, Pete Stoyanovich.

Finally, here are the semi-finalists for the Special Teams wing:

Kick Returners:

Desmond Howard: Won a Super Bowl MVP award. Was overrated and overpaid by the Redskins long before that became their modus operandi.

Eric Metcalf: Fourth on the all-time punt return yardage list. Dad kicked butt too.

Vai Sikahema: Great all-purpose return man who used to box the uprights after a touchdown.

Ricky Upchurch: Eight punt return touchdowns, baby!

Long Snappers:

Steve DeOssie: Followed Bill Parcells all around the league. Actually started a Super Bowl at linebacker for the Giants. Somehow parlayed long-snapping success into a broadcast career.

Jeff Robinson: Impressive 12-year career as a snapper. Was one of those jerks who caught two passes per year, both for touchdowns at the goal line.

Trey Junkin: That dude who was called out of retirement by the Giants when he was about 52 years old and blew that snap. But, like, he was good before that.

Punters:

Sean Landeta: Dude kicked forever, man.

Rohn Stark: Led the league in punting average three times and used to punt 90 times per year for those awful Colts teams of the Mayflower era.

Tom Tupa: Gotta love emergency quarterbacks

Rick Tuten: Bonus points for nickname "Bootin' Tuten."

How to Vote: Post your choices (and any write-in candidates) on the message board. Vote for as many candidates as you wish. We'll have some poor intern go through the choices and pick a group of finalists. Then, you can vote for the inductees as part of our annual Football Outsiders Awards in January. Your votes will be factored in with those of the selection committee to choose the Class of 2007!

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 01 Dec 2006

100 comments, Last at 08 Dec 2006, 11:12am by S

Comments

1
by Bill Barnwell :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 2:56pm

First!!

Oh wait, I'm not supposed to do that.

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by ToxikFetus (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:02pm

Vai Sikahema! His boxing of the goalpost in the Meadowlands was one of the few bright spots in the mid-90s Eagles wasteland. Plus, he was(is?) a good sports anchor for the local NBC affiliate.

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by wrmjr (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:02pm

Rypien and Everett

Hearst and George

Smith and Moore

Jeff Robinson--I remember getting mad at one or two of those td receptions!

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by Bill Barnwell :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:03pm

I should also note that Doug Flutie is the only backup QB I know who ever got a retirement concert at the Boston Symphony Hall with performances by Boston the band. And how did I know this? There were ADS ON THE SUBWAY FOR IT.

5
by Charles (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:05pm

Can we have Doug Flutie elected by acclamation?

6
by Lincoln (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:06pm

Second! Nothing much else to say, but I would go to this if it was real

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by Mike (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:14pm

QB: Gannon, George
RB: Ricky Watters, Robert Smith, Moe Williams.
WR: Jimmy Smith, Webster Slaughter
TE: Mark Chmura
K: Stoyanivich
KR: Eric Metcalf (He should get additional credit for having likely WR and RB eligibility)
LS: John Dorenbos (Played one year for the bills, was also a magician)
P: Sean Landeta
Gunner: Mark Pike.

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by mactbone (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:19pm

Eric Metcalf gets my vote. I don't know how FF leagues listed him, but I know he was switched around multiple times in football video games - he was the original Michael Robinson/Reggie Bush.

9
by GBS (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:25pm

Will the All-Element team get a wing too?

10
by Brian (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:30pm

So when do you become eligible? Can I officially start campaigning for Priest Holmes yet?

11
by dbt (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:36pm

Did Flutie ever actually have good fantasy seasons? Isn't that a requirement?

Also, without going back to last year's discussion (I don't mean to get into excuses here, but I definitely picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue).. can't we do something about Randall Cunningham? His being in the regular HOF and the FFHOF is going to bring all sorts of riff-raff over from that other place

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by Independent George (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:40pm

Don't special teams gunners/punters kind of violate the spirit of the FFHoF? I don't know of any FF leagues where these guys count for anything.

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by Don (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:42pm

My finalists:

Rich Gannon, Jim Everett, Charlie Garner, Garrison Hearst, Ricky Watters, Herman Moore, Mark Chmura, Eddie Murray, Eric Metcalf, Rick Upchurch, Trey Junkin, Tom Tupa

14
by Podge (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:43pm

QB - Gannon
RB - George (gotta give him props for longevity - he was good in fantasy long after he sucked in reality)
WR - Smith, because he deserves to be in a HoF.
TE - Freddie Jones, because he hardly helped his team, but was a decent fantasy guy.

15
by GBS (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:44pm

No matter what happens for the rest of his career, Marques Colston should get in for completely dominating this year's TE field.

Well, at least for part of the season.

16
by Podge (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:44pm

#12 - which would be why its the FFaSTHoF (or Fuhfastof.)

17
by Randy S (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:51pm

Jeff George
Moe Williams
Robert Smith
Michael Jackson
Freddie Jones

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by David Lewin (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:52pm

Flutie is the opposite of the type of player who belongs in the FFHOF. He was always much better than his fantasy stats. Also, and I am certainly in the minority, if not the only person in the world of this opinion, but I would support Flutie for the real HOF on the strength of his CFL accomplishments.

19
by BlueStarDude (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:58pm

Vai Sikahema! Awesome - I haven't thought of him years! Put him in!

How about Charles White? The worst back to ever lead the league in rushing, back in 87 with the Rams, and he lead the league in rushing TDs to boot!

On the subjet of one-year wonders: how about Ickey Woods?

Bucs RB James Wilder is worthy of at least a nomination. And Seahawk RB the original Curt Warner as well.

Oiler WR Ernest Givins - king of the 900-yard season.

In addition to those, I vote for the following:

Jim Everett
Garrison Hearst
Eric Metcalf
Rick Upchurch

20
by kevinNYC (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 3:59pm

Trey Junkin - Blew that snap...

That wasn't the only one he blew in that game! The snap before that was bad and the Giants consequently missed that FG attempt too. Junkin played one game, yet holds the Giants career record for being thrown under the bus. Toomer, Barber, Strahan, and Fassel all took turns throwing him under. His record is quite an accomplishment considering this organization was once coached by Ray Handley and had a certain QB named joe Pisarcik.

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by the K (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:04pm

GANNON, GANNON, GANNON.

Eddie George. I'd vote for Ricky Watters, but the year I rode him to the fantasy playoffs, I had to use some young upstart RB who took his place naemd Shaun Alexander for the playoffs themselves.

Herman's Moore. He had some huge freaking numbers for me, plus his nickname is "Herman's Moore."

Mark Chmura. I need no further elaboration. This voting is a sham if he is not inducted immediately.

Mike Hollis and Steve Christie both. Christie made most of his kicks yet thanks to things like the "Music City (forward lateral)" he never had a reputation as a clutch kicker. Hollis is just great because he was so overrated in Madden.

Ricky Upchurch. We don't need the high road here, we can call him Upchuck.

Trey Junkin. There's probably not going to be a Keep Choppin' Wood Hall of Fame so we must give him his due.

Tom Tupa, for being a better pro quarterback than Todd Blackledge.

22
by JonL (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:05pm

QB - Gannon
RB - Moe Williams, Hearst, Stewart, Watters
WR - Jackson, Moore
TE - Freddie Jones, Walls
ST - Howard, Tupa

23
by Devin McCullen (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:15pm

QB: Rich Gannon, Jim Everett
RB: Charlie Garner, Garrison Hearst, Robert Smith
WR: Antonio Freeman, Jimmy Smith, (write-in) Wayne Chrebet (I've still got an unopened box of Chrebet Crunch lying around.)
TE: Mark Chmura, Chad Lewis
K: Steve Christie, Nick Lowrey

KR: Vai Sikahema
LS: Steve DeOssie
P: Sean Landeta, Tom Tupa

Oh, Marv Levy should be in the special teams wing under coaches/innovators. I am reasonably sure he was the first NFL special teams coach. (I know he's actually in the Hall of Fame, but this would be to recognize him just for his special teams work.)

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by theory (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:15pm

If Aaron Brooks gets in early, can Travis Henry get in too?

Gotta vote for Eddie George and his career 3.6 ypc!

No Curtis Conway on the list? Three 1000-yard seasons in a 12 year career, plus a guest appearance on Married With Children... how could he not get in?

And since I don't get to say it very often anymore... Natrone Means rules!!!

25
by Doug (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:29pm

Haywood Jeffires for wide receiver!

26
by Tighthead (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:29pm

Does Gaston Green predate Fantasy Football?

Olandis Gary awaits his day...

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by Tighthead (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:33pm

Gary Brown...Natrone Means...Marion Butts

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by JasonK (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:35pm

#18:

I'm with you on Flutie with regard to his induction based on Fantasy achievements. However, I think that his drop-kick alone makes him eligible for the ST wing.

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by Jeremy Billones (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:36pm

Re: 18. I wouldn't put him in if he only ever played in the CFL.

But his CFL stats, plus playing enough in the NFL to 'qualify', should make him a no-brainer HoFer.

30
by NewsToTom (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:38pm

QB: Rich Gannon
RB: Eddie George
WR: Jimmy Smith
LS: Trey Junkin
P: Sean Landeta

Write-in: Mel Gray, KR/PR; Drew Hill, WR

31
by Kalyan (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:44pm

doug flutie, rich gannon, desmond clarke, charlie garner and Daniel Snyder.

Daniel Synder for contribution (dollars and employment to washed-out stars and coaches!) to NFL ...

32
by Evan D. (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:45pm

QB: Gannon

RB: George, Hearst

WR: Jimmy Smith, Freeman

TE: Walls

Write-in: Detroit Lions Defense. They actually have been surprisingly good and consistent fantasy point-wise.

33
by Gary (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:47pm

I can't wait for Chris Chambers's eligibility. He's the king of the fantasy-playoff-deciding Week 15 200-yard, 2 TD game. He might be the greatest Fantasy WR of all time, simply because of the importance of his performances. The 2000 Wisconsin Badgers season was really an amazing confluence of future Fantasy talent.

But I'll vote for:

QB: Gannon, for the enormous difference between his Fantasy value and his Super Bowl value; Jeff George, for always being that guy on the waiver wire you stared at for 15 minutes every Monday night (before waivers were run).
RB: Moe Williams, for the "leechback" effect the author described.
WR: Herman Moore, for being in the actual NFL record books for a while.
TE: Chad Lewis, for the "he's D-Mac's favorite target, so I'll draft him" effect the author described.
K: I have no opinion, and feel it would be inappropriate to vote for something I don't know enough about.

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by J.D. (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:48pm

QB: Rich Gannon, Jeff George. (How is George not a charter member for his days in the Red Gun?)
RB: Eddie George, Ernest Byner. Did anyone ever game plan for Byner?
WR: Jimmy Smith, Brett Perriman.
TE: Wesley Walls. You can put up some ridiculous numbers as the only option on a bad team that passes constantly.
K: Chip Lohmiller, Doug Brien (write-in)

A team of these guys would go 6-10 in the NFL while winning your fantasy league every year.

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by Evan D. (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:48pm

I'll also write in to support WR Chris Conway. The very definition of FFHoF.

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by B (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 4:56pm

Does Daunte Culpepper get some sort of special award for destroying so many fantasy teams two years in a row?

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by Reinhard (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:02pm

Pick three running backs to start:
Frank Gore @ NO
Willis McGahee @ NE
Kevin Jones SD
Reggie Bush SF
Wali Lundy @ OAK

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by Basilicus (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:36pm

QB: Rich Gannon, Jim Everett
RB: Eddie George, Rodney Hampton, Ricky Watters
WR: Jimmy Smith, Herman Moore
TE: Wesley Walls
K: Steve Christie, Pete Stoyanovich

KR: Vai Sikahema
LS: Steve DeOssie
P: Sean Landeta

It's hard to not vote for almost all the running backs and kickers here, but I want to be selective. And how the hell did Alfred Pupunu get on the TE list? He never had anything remotely close to a good fantasy season.

39
by Kaetab (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:40pm

Tommy "two-point" Tupa, First NFL player of the modern era to score a two-point conversion. And the celebration afterward was the coolest I have ever seen. Easy $10,000 fine by today's standards.

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by JonL (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:40pm

I also wanted to add that this was a great piece of writing. Kudos.

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by TBW (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:46pm

I for one am appalled that Christian Okoye is in the Hall, and Barry Word isn't even nominated.

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by NF (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:54pm

Rich Gannon, Chad Lewis, Eddie George, Garrison Hearst, Ricky Watters, Moe Williams. For special teams, the guy who ran back the Music City Miracle, and Sean Landeta.

43
by adwred (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:55pm

Mushin Muhammad? A Fantasy god in 2004.

44
by Joe (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:56pm

#24- I think you meant:

Natrone Means...business!

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by steve hasegawa (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 5:57pm

Vai Sikahema! Our league has been named after him since 1999. And there should be an exhibit in the Hall about Patrick Jeffers's glorious half-season.

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by D (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 6:44pm

Is it too early to write in Ricky Williams?

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by D (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 6:48pm

I think it should also be mentioned under negatives that Rich Gannon has a league MVP award which definently counts against him in the "good in fantasy bad in real life" criteria.

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by ZS (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 7:06pm

David Tyree is a retirement away from the Special Teams hall. Anyway, here's my ballot.

QB: Jeff George, Ken O'Brien
RB: Eddie George, Ricky Watters
WR: Jimmy Smith, Webster Slaughter
TE: None
K: Stoyanovich

KR: Desmond Howard, Richy Upchurch
LS: DeOssie
P: Landeta, Tupa

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by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 7:22pm

I think if Terrel Davis has a chance in the real HOF, Marques Colston has already got himself in for his performance 'at' Tight End.

Devery Henderson's performance the last couple of weeks has proved to me that Colston isnt all that important, but he sure puts up pretty numbers

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by compucrazy (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 7:26pm

QB: Rich Gannon, 2002 was just insanely good and out of nowhere.

Rb:Hearst, had some amazing yardage days, but no team or fan ever saw garrison hearst
Against them and were remotely afraid.

Wr: Freeman for leechong of vintage Brett Favre despite no exceptional ability

TE: Wesley Walls like someone else said, only option on a crummy team

K: Can we wave the Ballot for Neil Rackers? Had an outstanding year in 05 causing tons of drafters grabbing him way too early. Combined with the abilty to shank important kicks, yet be machine on routine ones. Plus he's in Arizona so he'll never sniff a playoff game.

KR: Ricky Upchurch 8 td's sounds good

LS: Steve DeOssie

P: Ray Guy almost a real HOF'er

51
by Rich Conley (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 7:37pm

Shannon Sharp's best fantasy season he put up 166 points.

Colston put up 124 in 10 games.

52
by James G (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 7:37pm

Rodney Hampton

He led me to my title the first year I played fantasy football - '92. 3 TDs in that fantasy bowl. I refuse to vote for anybody else until Hampton gets enshrined!

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by Adam B. (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 7:46pm

Without hesitation I second Mr. Hasegawa's nomination of Patrick Jeffers. He's the epitome of what this Hall is all about.

Also, James Stewart, for that 5-td game against the Eagles in 1997.

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by andrew apold (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 7:47pm

Leeroy Hoard! What Moe WIlliams did to Michael Bennet, he learned watching Hoard do that to Robert Smith. Only moreso.

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by the K (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 8:36pm

I need to agree with #31 on Snyder's enshrinement. In addition to the "contributions" to the NFL that were mentioned, he also deserves a spot for running the Redskins like a fantasy team.

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by KillerB (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 8:42pm

So what did Tupa do to celebrate the 2-pt conversion?

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by joshreflection (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 9:26pm

Having actually watched Colston, I have to disagree about him not being important. He frequently makes plays on his own, independent of the system.

Devery Henderson is either one of two things:

1. A total fluke.

2. Further evidence in favor of the 3rd-year WR breakout theory.

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by Duff Soviet Union (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 9:30pm

QB: Rich Gannon is a lock. Every year from 00-02 I'd get this guy way too late because everyone was terrified he was suddenly going to lose it. The difference between fantasy and reality is that in fantasy you actually want Jeff George on your team. He's in. Jim Everett came this close to beating up Jim Rome. That deservers a spot in some sort of hall of fame. I am counting down the days until Drew Bledsoe and Daunte Culpepper are eligible.

RB: Rodney Hampton and Barry Foster were kings of the "much better in fantasy than real life" hill. James Stewart put up about 45 TD's in 5 years as a total non-entity. Eddie George for reasons that others have stated. Can I request a write in ballot for Napoleon Kaufman? Not only was he my second favourite player ever, he was also the preeminent "I'll put up decent seasonal numbers, but about 75% of them will come in 2 games" guys. See also: Chambers, Chris. I'll probably get ripped for this, but I think Ricky Watters is too good for the FFHOF. If you can waive the retirement rule for Aaron Brooks, what about Fred Taylor?

WR: Jimmy Smith. As MikeT said, he had a very very good, very very forgettable career. An excellent player who deserves induction somewhere. Herman Moore was kind of the Jimmy Smith of his day. Am I the only one who thinks this guy would be a lock hall of famer if he'd played on a good team with a good QB?

VAI SIKAHEMA!

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by theory (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 9:38pm

Leroy Hoard: "If you need 2 yards, I'll get you 3. If you need 5 yards, I'll get you 3."

Seconded.

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by RichConley (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 9:40pm

57

Colston is good, I agree. Hes not typical 1600yd season pace good though. Hes putting up great fantasy numbers on good performance.

Some of its the fact that the saints seem to have a bunch of recieving threats, so it seems like Colston ends up covered by linebackers.

Anyone know what the highest point totals ever put up by a tight end were? Shannon sharp was 166. Gonzo was 174, Antonio Gates put up 187. Colston (as a TE) was putting up 124 points in 9 games, or on pace for 220 points.

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by DW (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 9:41pm

#50 - "QB: Rich Gannon, 2002 was just insanely good and out of nowhere"

Gannon was the starting QB (and MVP FWIW) in the February 2001 and 2002 Pro Bowls. He also backed-up Peyton Manning in the February 2000 Pro Bowl.

Maybe we should nominate Jerry Rice for that 1995 season that came out of nowhere.

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by Basilicus (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 9:48pm

57: Keep in mind that Henderson was injured and never played his first year. Last year was basically his first and he was solid and showed promise, but he was just starting out and coming back from injury so we never got a good gauge of him. I think now we are.

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by Basilicus (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 10:05pm

And Marques Colston sucks! In ten games, he only recorded one tackle. Sure it was solo and he was a developmental pick, but I really expected more from him.

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by B (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 10:16pm

Isn't Rich Gannon disqualified from the FFaSTHoF because of his MVP in 2002?

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by calig23 (not verified) :: Fri, 12/01/2006 - 11:05pm

QB: Jeff George, Erik Kramer

I wonder if Jeff George's 1997 season was the best QB season for a team that won only 4 games.

Kramer had one fantastic season amidst a completely undistinguished career. And he played in the Potato Bowl- that's got to be worth something, right?

RB: Eddie George, Barry Foster

George has got to be one of the most overrated RBs in real-life in NFL history, but those numbers sure are good for fantasy purposes.

Foster, like Kramer, had one huge season and very little else.

WR: Jimmy Smith, Michael Jackson, Herman Moore

Smith needs no explanation. Of course, I'd probably give him strong consideration him for the real HoF.

Jackson had one huge year, plus several seasons with good TD totals. And, well, the name...

Herman Moore..... You got to love those mid-90's Lions (Hey, maybe Scott Mitchell deserves a vote, too...)

TE: Eric Green

Being the only TE to be used extensively on a Bill Cowher team has to be worth something, right?

K: Norm Johnson, Eddie Murray

Johnson had a great 1995 season, and kicked a successful onside kick in the Super Bowl.

Murray played forever, and just has a HoF-sounding name...

KR: Eric Metcalf

Come on, this guy just deserves it.

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by Darren Rasmussen (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 12:54am

-----How about Charles White? The worst back to ever lead the league in rushing, back in 87-----

Jim Otis (led NFC in rushing in 1975) & Earnest Jackson (led AFC in 1984) would like to have a word with you.
Also in 1975, Pete Banaszak had 16 rushing TD's (in 14 games) despite only having about 670 yards rushing; sort of a Jurassic Zack Crockett. Pro-football-reference.com rocks!

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by PMO (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 1:24am

I have to say the 2 Fantasy Football HOFs for the class of 2012 are Drew Bennett and Billy Volek for their insane last 5 weeks of 2004 that literally destroyed 3 different leagues I was in.

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by RecoveringPackerFan (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 2:35am

Mark Chmura, baby! Exhibit A for the Brett Favre (good version) effect! Also, notable for starting the trend of Packers doing stupid things around teenage girls (I'm looking at you, Najeh) after the "why is the new prison in Green Bay? So the Packers can walk to work" years.

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by NF (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 5:04am

65:

If somebody could convince me that Jimmy Smith had any major significance in NFL history outside the 20 fans of the Jacksonville Jaguars, then I would think that he should be in the the Hall of Fame. He did hang around for a long time and play at a high level, but I think Jerry Rice and a few others already set the gold standard for WR longevity. The way I see it, Jimmy Smith was a very good WR who had a long productive career entirely with one team after two other teams gave up on him, and that one team happened to be an expansion team that he has played for longer than any other player in that team's history. He is probably the most important player in the Jaguars history, but I don't think he was that important compared to NFL history.

If he had ended his career second only to Jerry Rice (whose career numbers I doubt will ever be topped) in a few of the major receiving stats, instead of very productive he'd be phenomenally productive, and that would be HoF-worthy. If he had at one time been a key part of one of the greatest pass offenses in the league, as Michael Irvin, Isaac Bruce, and Torry Holt were, that would also have helped his case. (Note: If any clinching argument is needed for Marshall Faulk's induction, it should be noted that no less-a-mind than Bill Belichick recognized him as the player that greased the wheels of The Greatest Show on Turf and made the whole thing roll, and Bill made taking him out of the game the major priority of the Patriots defense in the Super Bowl.)

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by sam_acw (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 5:11am

Rich Gannon and Jeff George at QB, Ricky Watters, Antonio Freeman,Mark Chmura. I'd also like to nominate Mike Martz as the coach or innovator this year. He is the offensive Buddy Ryan!

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by Duff Soviet Union (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 6:16am

I'll second the nomination for Mike Martz. He is the offensive Buddy Ryan and he MADE Kurt Warner.

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by Mnatr (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 6:18am

Why are people talking bad about Marques Colston? He carried my team for a few weeks. Now all we have to do is beat the one guy who's not paying attention and starting Daunte Culpepper and we'll be 9-4. Considering that my first two picks were Ronnie Brown and Reuben '3 ypc' Droughns, and my third pick was Matt Hasselbeck, I think this is exceptional.

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by Rick (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 10:46am

QB: Gannon is a lock
Jim Everett for throwing over a table when Jim Rome kept calling him "Chris".

Flutie was never a good fantasy QB. Except in the way that "Rudy" was a fantasy movie.

RB: Eddie George needs to be taken off the ballot. He really did carry the Titans to the Super Bowl.

I'll take Charles White and Rodney Hampton, though.

WR: Jimmy Smith by all means
add in Antonio Freeman

TE: in the spirit of all the baseball writers who are shocked, shocked to discover Mark McGwire was using steroids, I'm going to boycott Mark Chmura.
In his place, I'm writing in Bubba "TD or nothing" Franks

ST: Vai Sikahema!

Coach: I'll go with Mike Martz as the offensive coordinator.

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by Crabbie (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 11:55am

QB: Everett & George. How George wasn't a charter member, but Majikowski was, is beyond me, never mind George's not being voted in last year.

RB: Smith, Watters, and Hearst. The only strikes against them are that they were all very good players, and for some very good teams.

WR: Moore.

TE: Walls. This guy sucked so bad they threw his momma from the train, yet somehow kept putting up stats, and thus even some Pro Bowl appearances.

KR: Metcalf and Sikahema. Vai Sikahema! Seeing that name makes me want to read Bringing the Heat again (and how has that not gotten "Hall of Fame football book" attention?).

LS: DeOssie & Helestrae. Mostly because I remember him. I'm also voting for Dale Hellestrae, largely because I remember reading that he was good, and that he stuck around for so long seems to be evidence of this. Junkin is really the obvious choice, but that snap against the 49ers just kills his chances of getting a vote from me. I guess this means that I come from the Peter King school of voting.

P: Stark. This guy was just awesome, I'm glad to see him remembered. The king of Strat-O-Matic punters from my youth.

Gunner: Ken Rose. Early 90s/late 80s Eagles special teams in the house.

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by Crabbie (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 12:11pm

Upon further consideration, I'm also going to have to vote for:

KR: Mel Gray: proto-Dante Hall

&

gunner: Kenny Gant - not only was he actually a great gunner, he had a very cool tackle celebration that'd consistently cost his team 15 yards these days.

I like how everyone's felt the need to add an exclamation mark after Vai Sikahema!'s name.

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by vijay (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 1:22pm

I am very concerned about the relevance of a potentially sacrosanct institution like this when people like Kenny Gant, Dale Hellestrae, and Pete Metzellars are excluded. Remember, Kenny Gant did the "shark" dance every time before a kickoff. And he was pretty good as a gunner as well. Dale Hellestrae was able to keep a pot-head like Mark Stepnoski at bay and continually hold the long-snapper job on those Cowboys. And Pete Metzellars, he of the 20 catch 6 TD seasons in the early 90s is as deserving in the FFaSTHoF.

From the nominee list, I select:
QB - Gannon and George
RB - Moe Williams and James Stewart
WR - Michael Jackson and Brett Perriman (although it must be asked where Webster Slaughter and Alvin Harper are and why they have not been included)
TE - Wesley Walls, Pete Metzellars and Alfred Pupunu
K - Eddie Murray
KR - Vai Sikahema
LS - Hellestrae, Jeff Robinson
P - Rohn Stark (mainly because of the spelling of his name)

I beg the committe to please consider my plea to include the great KEnny Gant, Dale Hellestrae and Pete Metzellars. The FFaSTHoF will be better for it.

Paid for by the Fans of great random players club.

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by Justin Zeth (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 6:49pm

It's okay for all of us to admit that we all love Vai Sikahema because of Tecmo Super Bowl. That's another thing we need: The Tecmo Hall of Fame.

Last I checked, Jerome Bettis is retired. So what exactly does Eddie George have that Bettis doesn't? Sub-4.0 YPC, more TDs than he deserved, never did anything especially great on the field... the whole package is there.

So I guess I'm going to have to take up the mantle of the Drew Bledsoe Memorial Hall of Fame for the guys who went too high in fantasy drafts year after year after year? You know, the guys that even YOU drafted too high at least once even though you knew better. I'm thinking of this as an inaugural class, but I'll take suggestions:

QB: Drew Bledsoe. The all-time record holder in getting drafted too high.
QB: Kordell Stewart 1997-2003. RIP.

RB: Robert Smith. Everyone kept telling themselves THIS year he'd score 12 touchdowns to go with the 1400 yards.
RB: Ricky Williams. Every league I was in, he was always about the 3rd or 4th RB off the board, and played up to that only once.
RB: Corey Dillon. Consistently good but always overdrafted.

WR: Randy Moss. If not for Drew Bledsoe this HoF would be named after Moss. He had a couple great seasons, but he went in the first round every year.
WR: Keyshawn Johnson. People forget how every year before 2003 someone always grabbed him in about the fourth round, expecting him to break out.
WR: Amani Toomer. He was never a second-round bust or anything, but after his semi-big 2000, every year for four years some sad sap in your league talked himself into ignoring WRs until the fifth round and then drafting Toomer.
WR: Chris Chambers. Every year it's the same story: Someone drafts Chambers too high; he's disappointing the first 1-2 months; he gets traded; the team that acquires him goes on to win the league championship. (Then, half the time, that same team drafts him too high the next year and the circle of WR life continues.)

TE: Freddie Jones. As noted in this article, Jones had a couple good years then a really big year, and for every year thereafter he was the 4th or 5th TE off the board, and did nothing.
TE: Bubba Franks. He's been going too high for years because the Yahoo! or CBS computers have a man-crush on him and some ninny trying to feed his baby and draft his fantasy team at the same time goes "oh, I need a TE... yeah, Franks is good."

D: Ravens. Their place here seems odd, but nevertheless it's well earned, because someone who doesn't understand how fantasy football works is always taking them in the second round.

K: Sebastian Janikowski. Yeah, THIS'll be his year.

Did I overlook anybody important here?

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by Not saying (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 8:39pm

Re: 77 "Did I overlook anybody important here?"

QB: Michael Vick

Yeah, maybe it's still early in his career, but you got Janikowski on there.

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by Justin Zeth (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 8:51pm

Yeah, Vick came to mind instantly too (he went #10 overall in my draft this past year), but I figured Stewart's an obvious choice for now and Vick can go in next year.

If I want a kicker whose career is over or real near over, I could've gone with Vanderjagt...

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by Mac (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 9:37pm

Landeta's back in the NFL, with the Giants. Does that affect his candidacy?

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by calig23 (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 10:24pm

Last I checked, Jerome Bettis is retired. So what exactly does Eddie George have that Bettis doesn’t?

I think you have the question backwards. Bettis should be a lock for the real HoF.

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by Andrew (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 11:14pm

did jeff george ever do anything more than whine? and get hurt. oh, and cost the colts some draft picks. what a crybaby.

my vote goes to rohn stark. and gary trudeau. er, jack. jack's my man.

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by Basilicus (not verified) :: Sat, 12/02/2006 - 11:59pm

80:

Even if he punts twice for two yards, I think this only helps Landeta's candidacy. We all love him, no?

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by Matt H (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 5:00am

QB: Gannon was too good to warrant consideration for the FFHoF, and the rest do nothing for me.

RB: Moe Williams is a lock. Eddie George is probably in based on consistency - it was never pretty and never huge, but you knew what you were getting week after week.

WR: Jimmy Smith. No question.

TE: Freddie Jones. Caused the birth of the "If it's time to draft Freddie Jones, it's time to break for pizza and beer" break in my fantasy league for years.

K: Pete Stoyanovich. Never as good as you wanted him to be, but nobody ever mocked you for picking him.

KR: Eric Metcalf. You had to see him to appreciate him, the man was magic waiting to happen on special teams. Using him as a Running Back, however, was total death. Vai has to make it not only in the FFHoF, but also in the "If I see that bastard's name lit up on the Tecmo Bowl scoreboard one more time, I'm killing you with my controller Hall of Fame (IISTBNLUOTTBSOMTIKYWMCHoF)".

Snappers: ugh.

Punters: Tupa. Without a question. Landetta can't make it yet, he's apparently still playing. (Yeah, the Giants are toast)

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by NYCowboy (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 2:33pm

QB: Gannon, an absolute force for a few years.

RB: Eddie George, although considering he won a Heisman he may be a little too good for this place.

WR: Jimmy Smith and one of the best mid-round picks year after year. Eric Moulds will meet him in here one day.

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by Stevie (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 9:32pm

QB - Jeff George, end the injustice!
RB - Jamal Anderson
WR - Herman Moore
TE - Wes Walls
K - Chip Lohmiller

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by Basilicus (not verified) :: Sun, 12/03/2006 - 10:12pm

I think the nominations for Sebastian Janikowski are a bit misguided. I thought this hall was for players who wouldn't make the REAL Hall of Fame.

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by Xian (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 2:04am

Edgar Bennett and Peter Jurasik. That slays me. And combines two of my obsessions. Scary.

Voting later.

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by Kaetab (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 2:22pm

RE# 56
Tupa and his holder (Gardoki I believe)liined up to kick the extra point. As Tupa approached, he ran straight into the line as Gardoki flipped him the ball. Right up the gut for the 2 pt conversion. As everyone celebrates, Gardoki, the punter, runs over to Tupa in the endzone. Tupa flips the ball in the air (in a tight spiral)so it is suspened at waist level for a second, and without breaking stride Gardoki punts the ball out of the air into the upper deck of the stands. Perfectly timed and executed. $5000 for using the ball as a prop and $5000 for another player joining int he celebration.

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by Daniel (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 5:08pm

How about some love for Steve Beuerlein and Marcus Robinson's 1999 seasons? Those guys carried me toward the end of the year. Beuerlein threw 5 TD's in one of the final games, and Robinson caught 3 TD's.

Beuerlein: 4436 yds, 36 TD, 15 INT
Robinson, 84 rec, 1400 yds, 9 TD

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by Brian (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 6:12pm

What, no mention of Errict Rhett? Back in 1995 I rode him and charter inductee Chris Warren all the way to a title in a touchdown league. Great seasons in 94 and 95 on another couple of horrific Bucs squads and, as a bonus, never got even remotely close to the postseason.

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by S (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 6:46pm

QB: Gannon, really the top candiate of the group

RB: Garrison Hearst, Ernest Byner (fumble on 2 in AFC championship + several consistant 1000 yard seasons + way better in Techmo Super Bowl than in real life = shoo-in), Robert Smith; also I agree that Ediie George was too good (he doesn't meet the "zero chance of ever getting in the Canton HOF" requirement)

WR: This thing was made for Herman Moore. Also vote for Jimmy Smith and Webster Slaghter

TE:Wesley Walls. The embodiment of flukey good TE seasons

K: Nick Lowery

KR: Desmond Howard

P: Sean Landetta (bonus points for the dropped snap in the '85 playoffs) and Tom Tupa (bonus points for scoring the first successful 2-pt conversion in NFL history).

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by bmw1 (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 6:48pm

QB: Gannon, George, and Vick
RB: Garner, R. Smith, and Hearst (only because of the failed comeback, that put him over the top)
WR: J. Smith and Moore (Moore should be a lock, he was a talentless STUD for a while, I hope he's paying Barry Sanders something for making his career)
TE: Walls
K: I'd like to nominate Chris Jacke for the Kicker spot, for being decent, then getting booted off the team for hitting on Mike Holmgren's then underage daughter, then slowly vanishing
ST: Tupa, Landeta, Howard

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by Yaguar (not verified) :: Mon, 12/04/2006 - 10:45pm

Trent Green might eventually merit a spot in the Fantasy Football Hall of Fame. So many pretty statistical seasons leading his team to miss the final wildcard spot by a game.

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by sightsee MC (not verified) :: Tue, 12/05/2006 - 1:57am

You've got a great idea going...don't blow it by overkill. Keep it the FFHoF. Too much tangential masturbation (like the STHoF &, say, 3000 words before getting to the nominations) will suddenly render this officially Not Worth The Time.

Picks:
QB: Gannon
RB: Moe WIlliams (friggin' VAMPIRE), and Byner
WR: Mark Duper for being the ultra-tease 2nd "Marks Brother"...excellent yards, good TDs early in his career, then dropped. Returned with frustrating 1000 yd/5td career near the end...I still remember losing games by 2 or 3 points from that year.
TE: Chmurra
D/ST: maybe not just a team, but a team/year. Just a thought.

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by Syslak (not verified) :: Tue, 12/05/2006 - 3:02am

K- JOHN HALL!

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by Tighthead (not verified) :: Wed, 12/06/2006 - 3:54am

Rickey Dudley had a couple of decent seasons - 9 tds once - and he had dreadful hands.

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by zachary (not verified) :: Thu, 12/07/2006 - 11:49am

QB: Gannon should not qualify here. He went to 4 Pro Bowls, was league MVP once, led his team to three straight division titles and an AFC title, AND put up great fantasy numbers. Jeff George, Erik Kramer, and maybe Billy Volek fit the FFHoF mold better.
RB: Nobody mentioned John Stephens! One-year wonder for certain. Ickey Woods, too, and in the same season. Arlen Harris should get a mention, though. Three touchdowns in one game in '03, leading my fantasy team off the waiver wire, and three touchdowns in 3 years since.
WR: James Jett occupied a roster slot for years because Al Davis liked his 40 time and proceeded to pull in catches and TDs against weaker DBs when Tim Brown was covered. In '01 he had two regular-season catches followed by a Snow Bowl touchdown.
TE: I'll take early ballots on Courtney Anderson, whose stat lines spike just often enough to tantalize waiver watchers.
KR/PR: Dante Hall. Nuff said.
K: Vanderjagt. All-time leader in kicking accuracy, his misses seem to come at just the wrong time. He put up decent points for my fantasy team a couple days before being cut by Dallas. That says a lot.

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by Ryan C. (not verified) :: Thu, 12/07/2006 - 8:50pm

I'd like to throw in an absentee ballot for Mark Brunell. Numbers were always good, but did anyone ever actually watch him play? Every down you get settled into a consistently panicked state waiting for this guy to botch something in an awful manner. RB Eddie George WR Carl Pickens, TE Bubba Franks (another absentee)

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by S (not verified) :: Fri, 12/08/2006 - 11:12am

Late nominee for the special teams HOF: Ron Wolfley, wedge-buster for the Cardinals (St. Louis and Phoenix) during the late-80's. Four-time Pro-Bowler as a special teamer, where the NFC would often use him as a receiver out of the backfeild while the AFC defense keyed on other players. This is the place for him!