Jack, he'll get in. But they'll make him sweat first...I saw his lengthy comments on the rejection, the "I have to try to put it in my head that I just wasn't good enough" BS.
But that is exactly what his detractors want, to see him humbled. Irvin seems to know that because he is "playing the game". Sure, he really believes he wasn't good enough, lol.
I have a generally low opinion of sports writers, but some of them DO get it. I am sure there are those who see the HOF as some kind of wax museum, some nostalgia dungeon with cardboard characters, all of them "perfect", from the past. But comments others have made indicate they understand that tho the Hall is comprised OF individual players and coaches, it is not ABOUT individuals, but the movement of NFL history.
I think a lot of them know the HOF is really about history, about how the game developed, progressed, adapted, transitioned. You should be able to take or lead a tour there and move from era to era, understanding the evolution of the game..step by step, year by year, decade to decade. A who begat whom type journey.
Irvin is the historically significant player of the Cowboys SB teams of his era, not Aikman, and not even the record holding Emmit, who will be a shoe-in.
Irvin and Jimmy Johnson.
My guess is next time he gets in.