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Hall of Fame should call Foreman, too

Posted by ForPete'sSake , 20 August 2014 · 399 views

The news that Mick Tingelhoff, long-time center for the Minnesota Vikings during the Super Bowl years, has been selected as the lone senior nominee for the 2015 Hall of Fame class is GREAT NEWS for Vikings fans. I think he will easily receive the 80% vote that is needed for him to receive induction.

Which brings Vikings fans to discuss other worthy former players who have yet to make the Hall of Fame, namely Jim Marshall and Chuck Foreman.

Social media posts many times point to Marshall as the next Viking to receive serious consideration. Certainly, Marshall was one of the great leaders of the legendary Vikings teams of the late 60s and 70s, and his record for having played most consecutive games stood for a very long time.

I'm not, however, sold on his play at his defensive end position to warrant such consideration. I believe the success of the Purple People Eaters started and most of the time stopped with Page and Eller, in that order. I think Marshall's membership in the Ring of Honor is a great career accolade for him. Not entirely sold on his Canton membership.

Chuck Foreman is a different story.

Foreman was the league’s Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1973. He was selected to five straight Pro Bowls – 1973-77. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 1975 and was a two-time second-team All-Pro selection in both 1974 and 1976. He finished in the top 10 in pretty much every category noteworthy for a running back from 1973-1977, finishing first in receptions in 1975 and most touchdowns in 1975 and 1977. He scored a total of 76 touchdowns, 53 of them rushing touchdowns. He gained 9,106 yards from scrimmage with 5,950 coming on the ground.

In today’s NFL, these stats may seem a bit paltry compared to what the great running backs currently rack up for their stats. However, Foreman mainly played in 14-game seasons compared to the 16 games that have been played for many years. He was, by far, the best receiving running back in his era, and the Vikings would not have gone to 3 Super Bowls in a span of four years without Chuck as their main running back.

Compare his stats to Floyd Little who went into the Hall of Fame in 2010 as a running back for the Denver Broncos and the comparisons are very similar.

They both wore #44. Little finished with 6,323 rushing yards, having played from 1967 to 1975 for Denver. His receiving yards were 2,418 on 215 receptions and 9 touchdowns. He rushed for 43 touchdowns for a total of 52 touchdowns in his career. Yes, he also returned kicks and punts, amassing additional yardage, but he never scored a touchdown that way. He played in three Pro Bowls and two AFL All-Star games. He was never named as an All-Pro selection. He did not play in any championship-level games.

If Little can make the Hall of Fame with the career stats he had, then Foreman should be a shoe-in. They both played in relatively the same era. If Foreman does not make it on a senior committee ballot whenever he is eligible, then something is wrong with the Hall of Fame selection system.




He joined the league when I was 9 years old and instantly became my favorite player. I loved to watch him run with the ball, holding the ball out and spinning out of a possible tackle. I believe he was the best Vikings back until Mr. Peterson joined the team. He was a great reciever out of the backfield but Lydell Mitchell was his equal in catching the ball out of the backfield. He led the league in receptions in '74 and '77.

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