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John Hadl Gets Screwed - Again

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Trumpet_Man, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. Trumpet_Man

    Trumpet_Man Well-Known Member

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    http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2007/aug/24/hadl_left_ballot_hall/?sports

    Hadl left off ballot for Hall
    Ex-LHS, KU, Charger great ‘disappointed’


    By Tom Keegan

    August 24, 2007

    The Pro Football Hall of Fame seniors selection committee revealed its two candidates to be included on the ballot for the next class, and former Lawrence High, Kansas University and San Diego Chargers great John Hadl did not make the cut.

    “I’m obviously very disappointed, and the reason is all my friends took a lot of their time to try to make it happen, obviously it didn’t happen,” Hadl said.

    Hall of Fame wide receiver Lance Alworth, Hadl’s touchdown partner with the Chargers, and longtime friend Tom Black, a Lawrence native and a business partner of Alworth’s, have done a great deal of lobbying on Hadl’s behalf in recent years, and Hadl’s first reaction was disappointment for them.

    The seniors committee again bypassed Hadl, this time in favor of Emmitt Thomas, who had 58 interceptions for the Kansas City Chiefs, and the late Marshall Goldberg, a two-way player for the Chicago Cardinals in the 1940s.

    Thomas and Goldberg will be among 17 names on the ballot when votes are cast on Super Bowl eve, Feb. 2. A change in bylaws this year increases from six to seven the maximum number of candidates who can be elected. Thomas and Goldberg are not ensured election, but in the four years since two senior candidates have been nominated, seven of the eight players gained election. Late, great Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Bob Hayes was the only exception.

    Hadl, an All-American at halfback and quarterback for KU, threw 244 touchdown passes in his NFL career, more than 13 modern-era Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Just five modern-era Hall of Fame quarterbacks threw more than Hadl’s 33,503 passing yards.

    Hadl’s failure to get to a Super Bowl, coupled with the selection committee’s efforts to elect more candidates from non-glamour positions again worked against Hadl’s chances.

    “Everybody who gets in there is lucky to be there,” Hadl said. “They’re all great players.”

    Hadl sounded deflated, but not defeated.

    “It’s not over yet,” Hadl said. “Who knows? I can’t say I’m not disappointed.”

    For Thomas, the coming months will be packed with suspension until he learns his fate.

    “I thought there was no way I’d ever get a chance,” Thomas told the Associated Press. “Just to be mentioned with these guys who are already in is a great honor. Whatever comes from it, it’s still a great honor.”....

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  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

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    Sucks :icon_sad: :tdown: :icon_evil:
     
  3. WonderSlug

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    I can see Emmitt Thomas getting in.

    But, Marshall Goldberg?!?!? Instead of Hadl who is a 6-time Pro Bowler and guided the Chargers to an AFL Championship title and one of the best offenses in the 1960s?

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  4. Charger Dave

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    Sorry Slug, I don't know where that stuff comes from but our starting QB for 1963 and for the AFL Championship game was Tobin Rote who scored a rushing touchdown and passed for three more as he led the San Diego Chargers to a 51-10 defeat of the Boston Patriots. He was the AFL MVP for the 1963 season. The MVP for that Championship game was Keith Lincoln who only accounted for 349 yards total "contribution" in that game. :) John Hadl was "on" the team, yes, but there was no question that it was Tobin Rote's team. Hadl didn't become the starting QB until about 1966.

    OBTW, that Championship game was delayed that year due to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It was actually played on January 5th, 1964 at Balboa Stadium. I was a 19 year old 3rd Class Petty Officer in the Navy that year.

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  5. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Yes, you are right, good old Tobin led that team and hadl was his backup.:bolt: :icon_toast:
     
  6. OverVolt

    OverVolt BoltTalker

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    Hadl was the first QB I ever watched, he Alworth and Garrison are what hooked me on the Chargers at a young age.
    Hadl should be in the HOF, and I'm sure it's not over yet.
     
  7. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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  8. reddenedbeard

    reddenedbeard Well-Known Member

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    It's just wrong.
     

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