Originally Posted by That One Guy
I don't argue a thing you say. I'm merely commenting on the perception. Guards don't have a lot of individual duties and they have guys there to help if anything goes awry. Tackles take much more responsibility and get more notoriety in the process. It just comes with the territory.
I have no issues with Shields getting into the HOF but the fact is that if QBs, RBs, etc are the main course, guards are a throw in appetizer that noone's gonna remember afterward.
I know what you are trying to say and I've already said that the more glamorous positions will always be acknowledged first and rightly so. My point still stands--its a team sport and no team wins without guards and because it's a team sport you can't ignore guards simply because they aren't glamorous, especially when a guy goes to the probowl 12 times and is elected to an all decade team.
Furthermore you shouldn't put mediocre players in the HoF, at the expense of players like Shields, simply because they did NOT play the guard position. Because that's really what you are saying.