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He may be a Jet but the guy should have been in the HOF a long time ago. 

 

(18) Rich Cimini on Twitter: "No Jets practice today, but it’s still a big day for the franchise. At 1 p.m., the @ProFootballHOF announces its three senior finalists for the Class of 2023. Is this Joe Klecko’s year? If he’s one of the three, he’s a virtual shoo-in for Canton. #Jets" / Twitter

 

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I hear Dion says he a watered down candidate, 

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2 minutes ago, Freddie's Dead said:

I'll always hate Joe Klecko for the cheap shot he laid on Kelly in Jim's first NFL game in 1987.  ***** Joe Klecko.

 

I remember that but it was the season/home opener in 1986. I also remember Jim fighting with Marty Lyons in a game at Giants Stadium as well. 

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3 minutes ago, Royale with Cheese said:

I think the Hall of Fame went to Hall of Very Good now to Hall of Good.  

 

I actually agree with Deion.  I don't think it was right to go public about it right after the new class, probably should have waited but it's definitely watered down.

I'm going to offer an egghead opinion that may seem risible in the context of a football discussion board. Nonetheless, Plato pointed out the way excellence tends to drift towards decadent imitation over time. It's sad that criteria lowers and becomes democratized when it comes to matters of elite excellence, but it's also nearly unavoidable as the testimony of millennia of generations and multiple civilizations attest.

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28 minutes ago, EasternOHBillsFan said:

 

Yeah F Joe Klecko... what a waste of a HOF spot if it happens

 

 Joe DeLamielleure says he should be in. He would know as he went up against him twice a year. 

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Looks like Klecko is getting a gold jacket.

 

 

(18) Mike Klis on Twitter: "Per source close to situation, 3 senior player nominations went to Ken Riley, Howley, Klecko. Riley was my No. 1 (65 INTs). But come on, Randy Gradishar arguably most decorated. And it's bigger than Gradishar. It's about great Orange Crush D having ZERO players in HOF. #9sports" / Twitter

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To me, the hall of fame should be a one and done type of thing. You get one shot, if you aren’t voted in, your done. If you weren’t good enough the first year, why are you suddenly good enough five years later? (Not in this particulate case, just in any case where someone doesn’t make it their first time). 

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I was not quite old enough to have watched and appreciated all of the football that was played in the 1980's

 

But I don't remember ever thinking that Joe Klecko was a dominating HOF type player.  Yes, he did a lot of the dirty work that helped free up Gastineau and got a lot of sacks in his own right, but Hall of Fame?  Nah.  Hall of Very Good - sure, why not

 

And just for S&G, I looked up career AV on Pro Football Reference just now:

 

Joe Klecko - 91

Fred Smerlas - 104

 

And no one's really ever been banging the drum for old Freddy to get in

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