Between his statistics, accolades, impact on the game, and the way he’s revered, Dawkins deserved to be a first-ballot, no-doubt-about-it selection. But as we all know, Dawkins was egregiously passed over.
Eliot Harrison from NFL.com unveiled his ballot of favorites to land in Canton over the next five years. Dawkins was No. 1 on his list.
“Putting Dawkins first on my faux ballot is intentional – he’s the most deserving,” Harrison wrote. “Dawkins has already waited one year. Given that he is a safety, a position to which the voters have demonstrated a decades-long aversion, he might have to sit next to the phone a bit longer in reality. But that’s bunk. All of it, man.
“Forget that Dawkins was a four-time first-team All-Pro, the best player at his position in the early 2000s, or on the All-Decade Team for the 2000s, and remember what he wasn’t: a distraction. Remarkably, Dawkins isn’t considered a shoo-in for the Hall despite compiling 91 impact plays over his career (37 interceptions, 28 forced fumbles, and 26 sacks).”
Too bad Harrison isn’t a voter.
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