Originally Posted by BowlenBall
Chicago population: 9,461,000
Denver population: 619,968
Denver has historically had a rough time of it with pro bowls and the hall of fame, mostly because the smaller population base means we're on TV a whole lot less, particularly on the East coast.
For example, which player is in the Hall of Fame?
Lynn Swann: 336 receptions, 5462 yards, 51 touchdowns, 3 pro bowls
Rod Smith: 849 receptions, 11389 yards, 68 touchdowns, 3 pro bowls
Rod Smith had to more than double Lynn Swann's production to make the same number of pro bowls, and after they retired, Swann gets inducted while Rod Smith doesn't even make the semi-final cut.
Had Rod Smith, Randy Gradishar, Steve Atwater, or Karl Mecklenberg played for the NY Giants (for example), they'd all be in the HOF right now.
If you look at those inducted typically they are east/west coast teams. Where the voters are they see these teams a lot either in person or on TV.
Most voters are lazy and go with the flow.
I do like our chances now to get a guy in over Mannings tenure since more of our games are national ones than before. Just more exposure.