Saturday, February 03, 2007

Irvin in the Hall of Fame

2007 Hall of Fame Class ...

Michael Irvin was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday despite a troubled past, though voters denied entry to retired NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

The former Dallas Cowboys receiver, who won three Super Bowls in the 1990s, got in on his third try.

Irvin pleaded no contest in 1996 to felony cocaine possession. Four years later, he was arrested on drug possession charges, but they were later dropped.

The 40 Hall voters were criticized by two of Irvin's former teammates, Emmitt Smith and Troy Aikman, for previously bypassing the wideout, who retired in 1999.

They didn't ignore him this time.

Tagliabue was eliminated in the first round of voting.

Also voted in were running back Thurman Thomas, offensive lineman Bruce Matthews, defensive back Roger Wehrli and two nominees of the veterans' committee -- tight end Charlie Sanders and guard Gene Hickerson.

Good to see it. He deserves to be in.

In other News: If Norv isn't the coach, I am amazed. His presence in the green room at the HOF announcement spoke volumes.


Jay Clendenin said...

first the cowboys become the greatest football franchise ever, and now this!! it's a great time to be a cowboys fan!

BradMcCool said...

now what emmitt's a shoe in. what about hairdo jimmy, charles haley and big woody

Chris said...

I thought the same thing about Norv but then assumed he was there just because he was a major part of Irvin's success.

Jay Clendenin said...

#94 should have been a shoe in long ago. only player EVER to have 5 super bowl wins. it's insane that he's not in.

Andy Douthitt said...

Our generation of Cowboy HOF'ers is almost complete...

NExt: Smith, Allen

Haley will go in as a niner. Woody won't go in... only Ring of Honor for Woody. Jimmy's staying power will keep him out. He didn't work in the league long enough. Jerry Jones will go in when he retires and hands it to Stephen.

Irvin is a no question HOF'er.

Jay Clendenin said...

don't discount #28's chances. not only was he greatness on the field, he's also towed the "company" line with espn.

cracker1743 said...

Are you sure you want Rivera, Bob? His D has give up a jillion yards through 3 quarters of driving rain.

And this just in: Grossman su-su-su-su-sucks. That's right, he sucks! Judge Smails would've gladly sent him to the chair.

Congrats to Irvin. Hopefully, he won't have to get permission from a judge to go to Canton this summer.