In a month that featured one of the best finishes in Super Bowl history, Roger Federer handed the title of best tennis player in the world over to Rafael Nadal during the Australian Open, Kobe Bryant set a record for points scored in the hallowed grounds of Madison Square Garden, and now March Madness is in full-swing. One sports story however, was put on the back-burner.
After retiring the 71-year old has spent the last 36 years coaching. During this time LeBeau has mastered the 3-4 defense and has won two Super Bowls as a defensive coordinator.
Riley still holds numerous team records in Cincinnati, but because he was never voted to play in the Pro Bowl the committee seems to have forgotten his contribution to the league.
Others say poor showings by his teams in those games are what are keeping him out of the Hall of Fame. The committee seems to not even acknowledge his teams’ six division titles.
Kevin Greene is third all-time in career sacks with 160, but nobody mentions him for consideration into the Hall of Fame.
All of these people deserve to be enshrined in Canton, Ohio. With each passing year the chances of that happening dwindles.
The 2010 class will most certainly include Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Tim Brown; thus decreasing the chances of the people mentioned that much more.
In a society that thrives on the question what have you done for me lately? These six players and coaches may not ever get his moment in the sun.
The selection committee is doing a disservice to the NFL by not giving these six people the most honored award in their profession.
It is injustice that these men are not enshrined in Canton because they are Hall of Famers in every sense of the word.