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    Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    Interesting question. I can see merits in arguments on either side of the issue.

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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    I don't think he should be voted in.

    But it would be a good move to honor him there in some way. Similar to those "lifetime achievement" awards at the Oscars.

    The NFL got plenty of publicity and mileage from what Tillman did. Stands to reason they should do something....



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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    No, not by a long shot. He was a great guy, obviously gave everything for his country, but the NFL HOF is given as recognition for exceptional football careers, he did not have one.



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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I don't think he should be voted in.

    But it would be a good move to honor him there in some way. Similar to those "lifetime achievement" awards at the Oscars.

    The NFL got plenty of publicity and mileage from what Tillman did. Stands to reason they should do something....
    I like this idea. I know the baseball HOF has a ton of stuff in there from people who aren't in the HOF (Pete Rose has a lot of stuff in there)

    But no he shouldn't be voted in as a player.



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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    Maybe the HOF should have a "veterans" section, something to denote special service to country, but not as an athlete.


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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    Quote Originally Posted by CycoCyclone View Post
    Maybe the HOF should have a "veterans" section, something to denote special service to country, but not as an athlete.
    why? there is plenty of places where veterans are honored and remembered for their service. the NFL HOF is to recognize achievements on the football field, period. I don't mean to take away from the choice he made, which was one of the more selfless and commendable acts you will ever see from a pro athlete, but I don't think you should give HOF recognition for things off the field.



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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    I say no. The HOF is obviously about greatness in the game of football and not character. Lawrence Taylor is in.



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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    Quote Originally Posted by 3TrueFans View Post
    No, not by a long shot. He was a great guy, obviously gave everything for his country, but the NFL HOF is given as recognition for exceptional football careers, he did not have one.
    Exactly.



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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    I don't think he should be voted in.

    But it would be a good move to honor him there in some way. Similar to those "lifetime achievement" awards at the Oscars.

    The NFL got plenty of publicity and mileage from what Tillman did. Stands to reason they should do something....
    Agree 100%.


    Since most professional sports players don't spend any time serving their country, I think a committee for professional sports should join together and create a memorial with a board to elect in players to honor those who walked away and served their country, be it Nascar, cricket, or baseball.


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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    Honored, yes. HOF, no. Two different reasons for each.


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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    I say yes. It's not the Hall of Great Players, it's the Hall of FAME. It's about the overall contribution to the game. (John Madden anyone?)


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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    Quote Originally Posted by HiltonMagic View Post
    I say yes. It's not the Hall of Great Players, it's the Hall of FAME. It's about the overall contribution to the game. (John Madden anyone?)
    Yeah - but how much did he contribute to the the game? He clearly gave everything to his country.

    Where I'm going is ... how many other fb players were called into service for WWII, Korea, Vietnam?

    Certainly there were some, probably just as likely some died in doing so. Are they being recognized also? Perhaps they should.

    I've never been to Canton, so I don't know what it's like, how it's laid out and such. But I'm thinking they should name a wing after him, or a courtyard or something. "Pat Tillman Memorial Gardens". Or have a special wing for players who've done great things outside the sport.

    But I don't know that he should really be called a "Hall of Famer"



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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyMac View Post
    Yeah - but how much did he contribute to the the game? He clearly gave everything to his country.

    Where I'm going is ... how many other fb players were called into service for WWII, Korea, Vietnam?

    Certainly there were some, probably just as likely some died in doing so. Are they being recognized also? Perhaps they should.

    I've never been to Canton, so I don't know what it's like, how it's laid out and such. But I'm thinking they should name a wing after him, or a courtyard or something. "Pat Tillman Memorial Gardens". Or have a special wing for players who've done great things outside the sport.

    But I don't know that he should really be called a "Hall of Famer"
    I could see that. He definitely needs to be recognized in some way or another.


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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?







    Both of those items are from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I visited there three summers ago and last summer and they were both up each trip.



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    Re: Does Pat Tillman Deserve Hall of Fame?

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    Both of those items are from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I visited there three summers ago and last summer and they were both up each trip.
    Good enough for me, let's move on.



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