A BASN BLACK PAPER: THE BACKLOG, PART II

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Updated: August 9, 2016
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THE BACKLOG, PART II – A BASN BLACK PAPER

By Michael-Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief

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Editor’s Note: (In a continuing series, BASN staffers will give their take on how the process in determining who gets into certain sports Halls of Fame is extremely flawed. We begin with the National Football League…)

 

PHILADELPHIA (BASN): We now continue with the NFC North:

 

 

NFC NORTH

 

CHICAGO BEARS: LB Wilber Marshall, T Jimbo Covert, S Doug Plank

 

 

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James “Jimbo” Covert was an exceptional offensive tackle who is a member of the NFL’s All-1980s team. At 275 pounds playing weight, Covert would be considered a runt along the o-line now; his footwork and ability to drive block and pass protect was crucial to the Bears’ success, culminating in the 1985 Super Bowl run. Wilber Marshall, like Carl Banks was to Lawrence Taylor, worked in a similar vein with Mike Singletary. Like his teammate Covert, Marshall’s overall game of speed, power and tenacity made him a consistent Pro Bowl quality performer, and he deserves far greater consideration. Doug Plank did not rack up a bunch of interceptions; all he did was clock the shit outta anything in his area; when they name a defense for you, you have to be putting in work.

 

 

 

 

DETROIT LIONS: WR Herman Moore, G Kevin Glover, WR Gail Cogdill, DE Robert Porcher, DL Roger Brown

 

 

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The Lions spent a chunk of their recent history drafting wide receivers, hoping to gain a spark of greatness; but in their championship years, they had one of the best long threats in the 1960s in Gail Cogdill. Deceptively quick, Cogdill could be was adept at running middle – distance and deep patterns, averaging 16 yards a catch over a dozen seasons, with more yards on receptions than Hall of Fame wideout Lynn Swann. Herman Moore did much more in his career than one would imagine considering that in the era of Barry Sanders, all other options were secondary. Kevin Glover was the rock on those o-lines that gave Sanders the crack of daylight he needed to be The Creator – earning almost as many yards escaping potential big losses (wonder if the NFL stat fiends ever considered keeping a statistic on that?) Glover always knew by staying alert Barry was one shake away from rattling and rolling…and his persistence in playing until the whistle blew shouldn’t be ignored…

 

Back in the Day the Lions did have some ferocious defenses, and DL Roger Brown was on a few of them – Robert Porcher soldiered through some bad years in the Motor City on some bad to awful teams, but he always played his ass off regardless of the score and opposing did game plans to specifically stop him as being the main threat on defense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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GREEN BAY PACKERS: WR Donald Driver, G Jerry Kramer, DE Sean Jones, WR Antonio Freeman

 

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We made reference to the wedge block thrown by Packers’ guard Jerry Kramer that won the Ice Bowl in our first column, but the question that lingers most is why the hell is Kramer not in the Hall of Fame? It’s one thing to block for Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung, Elijah Pitts and Donny Anderson; but another to give proper due to one of the most high profile linemen in all of football.

 

What other kind of evidence do you need to be convinced that the lead blocker in one of the most predictable offenses in NFL history should have long earned a bust in Canton? When everyone knows what you’re going to run with the attitude that they dare you to stop it – and you’re still successful, it ain’t just the dudes toting the piggy! Kramer must have pissed off the right people in having to be screwed to such a degree over getting into Canton! Donald Driver may ride enough favor to get to Canton – they did name a street for him in Green Bay – but if he or any other Packer gets in before Kramer, it would be blasphemous…

 

 

MINNESOTA VIKINGS: WR Sammie White, DE Jim Marshall, RB Chuck Foreman

 

 

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The success and failure of the great Minnesota Viking teams of the 1970s can be capsulated in the crossing pattern run by Sammie White, where he fumbles after getting clocked by the combination of Jack “The Assassin” Tatum and Skip ”Dr. Death” Thomas. We forget White held onto 389 others and was a legitimate deep threat for Fran Tarkenton; but the best weapon on those Viking teams without a doubt was Chuck Foreman. Long before the University of Miami became “The U”, Foreman was their greatest representative in the pro leagues. Ran well, caught even better and did most of his best work in the inclement North before domes and artificial surfaces dominated football.

 

That said, one of the greatest injustices in League history has to be the deliberate ignoring of Jim Marshall to the Hall. With 270 starts and 19 playoff games over 19 distinguished seasons, no one had shit to say about how great Marshall’s feat even as Brett Favre was closing in and then surpassing – no one said BOO! about Marshall. Part of one of the greatest (and smallest) defensive fronts of all time – “The Purple People Eaters”, Marshall was a four-time All – Pro when the status ‘All-Pro’ had some true legitimacy about it. He wasn’t the fastest but his motor was all day and he wore down opponents in an era where conditioning wasn’t given as much priority.

 

 

 

 

next time – The NFC South.

 

always outnumbered – never outgunned.

 

michaelingram@blackathlete.com

 

Copyright (C)2016 Michael – Louis Ingram all rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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