Former linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher were elected to the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame’s Class of 2018 as first-ballot candidates, and understandably so. They were first-team all-decade choices who dominated the game while they played. But what about Miami’s Zach Thomas? He was an all-decade choice, too, and the only reason he wasn’t on the first team is because he played when Lewis and Urlacher did.
Like others, I am concerned about the long line of deserving senior candidates who have such a difficult time reaching the Pro Football Hall of Fame. So I would like to suggest some improvements and suggestions to give them a fairer shot. The pool would be completely reworked and the players divided into four different sections, each section involving the eras that marked most of the player’s career — or, in some instances, his best seasons, similar to how it’s done now in baseball’s Hall.
Hall of Fame linebacker Jack Ham recalls his glimpse into the NFL’s future in the 1979 Super Bowl against the Dallas Cowboys. With the additions of Tony Dorsett and Tony Hill since their last Super Bowl game against the Steelers in 1976, the Cowboys became the forerunner for the Greatest Show on Turf with empty passing sets. Forty years later, all the NFL teams are doing on offense what the Cowboys did back in 1978.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
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Exact case matching or punctuation
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