Originally Posted by Diogenes
Funny also that it didn't stop borderline guys from the 70's Vikings and 90's Bills teams from getting in.
Who were the borderline guys from the 70's Vikings? You have Alan Page, Carl Eller, Paul Krause and Fran Tarkenton I don't see any borderline Hall of Famers amongst that group. As for the 90's Bills you have Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, James Lofton and Thurman Thomas. Kelly and Thomas are borderline in my opinion. Thomas ranks 14th all time in career rushing yards.
He was a good all around back who produced on the ground and in the passing game but I don't think he had a Hall of Fame career in my opinion. He doesn't rank high enough in career rushing yards to be a Hall of Fame back. Edgerrin James had more career rushing yards than Thomas plus Thomas didn't produce hardly at all in 3 of his 4 SB appearances.
He had a great SB vs the Giants in 90 rushing for 138 yards and probably would have been the MVP had Buffalo won but he only produced 48 yards rushing in his next 3 SB appearances. Jim Kelly is also borderline he ranks 18th in career passing yards and his induction would have to be based on the fact he's the only QB to ever lead a team to 4 straight SB's.
Even though Buffalo lost them all the 90's Bills do have the distinction of being the only team in NFL history to ever reach 4 straight SB's so the Hall of Fame voters obviously felt that warranted Kelly's induction as well as Thurman Thomas. Bruce Smith was obviously a clear cut Hall of Fame player and James Lofton ranks 8th all time in receiving yards. His prime years were spent in Green Bay.