Friday, August 6, 2010
Allen's the next HOF'er for Cowboys
By Dan Graziano
ASHBURN, Va. -- I'll be returning to Redskins practice in a bit, but I couldn't help but notice that ESPNDallas.com's Calvin Watkins blogged about who would be the next Cowboys player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He mentions Charles Haley and Darren Woodson right out of the box, but I think there's a player who will beat both of them into the Hall.
In my mind, guard Larry Allen will be a first-ballot guy. He played the '07 season for the 49ers, so he's a few years away. But Allen's status as one of the greatest offensive lineman to ever play the game will make him a no-brainer. The painfully shy Allen is probably already nervous about his speech. I'll visit with Calvin here in a few minutes via phone to determine why he failed to mention such a remarkable player.
After Allen, I'd like to see Cliff Harris go in the Hall. He was an All-Decade player from the '70s and his contemporaries thought he was perhaps the best safety of his generation. The late defensive end Harvey Martin isn't mentioned enough, either. Either Deion Sanders or Allen will be the next Cowboy to go in. Sanders was somewhat of a mercenary, but he certainly made his time with the Cowboys count.
And I can't have this argument without at least mentioning how shameful it is that wide receiver Drew Pearson's not in the Ring of Honor. Jerry Jones' hesitancy to put him in is among the most curious things he's done as owner.
Who do you guys think will be the next Cowboys player in the Hall of Fame? Is there a former Redskins player who belongs in the Hall?