Today’s guest post comes from one of the longest followers of this blog (and its predecessor), Richie Wohlers. Richie is 44-year-old accountant from Southern California who is a Dolphins fan despite never being to Florida. As always, we thank our guest posters for contributing.
This is the first part in my series looking at the NFL Hall of Fame. I am going to take a look at which players are in the HOF, and look at some objective attributes of HOFers. I am only going to focus on players who played any part of their career after the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. While this will include many players who played in the pre-merger days, the bulk of the careers will have at least been played since 1960 with at least 21 combined teams. Before the AFL came along there were generally many fewer teams, so things like draft position and Pro Bowl/All Pro honors are more difficult to compare. Also, the game of pro football was much different before the 1950s. I am mostly going to stick with looking at the few statistics that can be compared across positions, such as All Pros, Approximate Value, etc.
I created a very quick and simple formula to give each player a career score based on the average of six statistical categories (All-Pros, Pro Bowls, Weighted AV, Total AV, Super Bowl Appearances, Super Bowl wins) at a position. Each category is weighted equally (though, the categories are related, and winning a Super Bowl essentially becomes worth 2 categories). The average HOF player at each position will have a score of 100. This makes an easy (though not exhaustive) way to rank careers, and to quickly see if anybody is missing from the HOF. I feel that using honors (Pro Bowl, All Pro) helps factor in peak value, AV factors in total value and Super Bowls helps factor in players on winning teams, who HOF voters seem to favor.
Today I am taking a look at linebackers. [click to continue…]