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Old 04-24-2012, 12:52 AM   #1
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Oakland Raiders Quarterback Jim Plunkett vs. Denver Broncos Quarterback John Elway: Fan Take



By K.C. Dermody | Yahoo! Contributor Network 13 hours ago



One of the biggest injustices in the history of the NFL, in my opinion, is the fact that the Oakland Raiders' former great quarterback, Jim Plunkett, has not been inducted into the Hall of Fame. When speaking with Raider fans, Plunkett is one of the names that comes up the most as deserving of the honor, despite the fact that there is a glaring gap in the Hall of Fame where the silver and black #16 jersey should be.



With the NFL Draft this week, I was reminded of both Plunkett and another famous quarterback, John Elway, who both were drafted out of Stanford University. Both players won two Super Bowls and were named Super Bowl MVP, yet Elway has been inducted into the Hall of Fame and Plunkett has not.



Plunkett's rise to fame was a much more difficult one than that of Elway's, and the fact that he achieved so much in spite of what he faced signals a much greater strength than the former Bronco ever had.



As many Raider fans know, Plunkett's parents were both legally blind. The family struggled to make ends meet and Plunkett delivered newspapers to earn money while he still found time to achieve success both at school and in football. In his freshman year at Stanford, he had to have surgery to remove a benign tumor on his neck, slowing his progress. By his junior year, however, Stanford coach Jim Sweeney proclaimed him, "The best college football player I've ever seen."



John Elway, on the other hand, grew up with father Jack Elway, a successful football player and head football coach at both Stanford and San Jose State. Although it may have been difficult to live up to Dad's expectations, he certainly didn't have the financial struggles that Plunkett had to face in childhood and his father also came with a lot of connections.



Plunkett was eligible to enter the NFL Draft after his junior year but turned down the opportunity to set a good example to the Chicano youth he had tutored, passing up the huge paycheck. In his senior year in 1970 he led his team to their first Rose Bowl since 1952 and was drafted with the first overall pick with the New England Patriots in 1971.



Elway did not take the Cardinal to a bowl game but was selected as the first overall pick in 1983 by the Baltimore Colts. In addition to his success in college football, he'd spent some time playing in the minor leagues for the New York Yankees, and because he didn't want to be a part of the Baltimore team he threatened to join the Yankees full time unless the Colts traded him and he became a member of the Denver Broncos.



Elway, of course, went on to lead Denver to two Super Bowl titles and was named to the Pro Bowl nine times, with a rather smooth ride to his induction into the Hall of Fame in the class of 2004.



Plunkett had a much bumpier ride on the way to his great achievements. His first year with the Patriots was fairly successful and he was named the AFC Rookie of the Year. In subsequent years, the Patriots' weak offensive line resulted in Plunkett taking a beating and he quickly faded suffering from a number of injuries.



In 1978, Plunkett joined the Raiders after a short failed stint with the San Francisco 49ers. With Oakland, he became what he should have been all along, and what the Silver and Black allowed him to be, becoming a Super Bowl champion twice and a Super Bowl MVP.



The Raiders' late owner Al Davis remarked, "He has to be one of the great comeback stories of our time."



Yet, Elway is in the NFL Hall of Fame and Plunkett is not. To me, Plunkett deserves the honor far more than the man who whined his way to Denver. When I asked Plunkett last month his thoughts on being excluded, as I wrote following our conversation on March 12, he answered, "It's up to the voters. I had a great career and two Super Bowl wins. If I don't get in, I don't get in."



Of course, Raider Nation knows who the true champ is in our hearts, and that will always be Plunkett. One of the best men, and best players to ever step foot onto a football field.




http://sports.yahoo.com/news/oakland...0988--nfl.html

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Old 04-24-2012, 12:57 AM   #2
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With the amount of Broncos consistently snubbed for the HoF, the Raiders get ZERO sympathy from me.

Oh and taking a dump on Elway is a classy way to try to convince someone that Plunkett is HoF worthy.

****ty journalism.
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Old 04-24-2012, 01:13 AM   #3
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No "all of the above" option?


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Old 04-24-2012, 01:29 AM   #4
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Give me a break. Comparing college records is idiotic. Plunket won when surrounded by talent, Elway carried teams. Also look at the pro stats. Plunket couldnt lift Elway's jock
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Old 04-24-2012, 03:01 AM   #5
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John Elway Pro Bowl Selections: 9
Jim Plunkett Pro Bowl Selections: 0

John Elway TD:INT ratio: 300:226
Jim Plunkett TD:INT ratio: 164:198

John Elway total passing yards: 51475
Jim Plunkett total passing yards: 25882

John Elway career QB rating: 79.9
Jim Plunket career QB rating: 67.5

Yep. Very comparable careers.
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The omission of the number of total super bowls for each tells me Plunkett probably didn't have many.
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Drek made a great statistical argument, but the HOF comes down to the BEST player and playmaker at his position for a number of years. Plunkett will forever fall short of that standard. Elway helped define playmaker during his tenure.

It's nothing but an emotional plea of the Raiders glory years where everyone looks better in hindsight. Plunkett's teams where also much more talented and balanced than during Elway's early years as well. He was much more of a cog, than a playmaker.
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Why should Elway's upbringing and college career matter? It's about what he did in the pros, as pointed out by Drek. Plunkett should get in because he has a better sob story? Please.
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damn you guys are missing the point! Plunkett had the hard life and Elway was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. A silver spoon that he traded in at the HOF in order be inducted. Don't you get it numbers don't mean squat it is all about how hard your life was before you were in the NFL.

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Rubbish.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:20 AM   #12
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damn you guys are missing the point! Plunkett had the hard life and Elway was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. A silver spoon that he traded in at the HOF in order be inducted. Don't you get it numbers don't mean squat it is all about how hard your life was before you were in the NFL.

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Yep. You whine, b****, piss and moan about how hard someone had it, and then they get what they want when you give in and give it to them even though they dont deserve it.
Some moran writes up a big b**** festival of a paragraph, and were supposed to buy in and just give Plunkett a HOF spot?
I know! Why doesnt the writer ask Plunkett what he thinks of John Elway?
Ask Plunkett to compare his career to Elways, and see what he says.
What a stupid method of trying to convince folks Plunkett desreves something. Cause someone else didnt have the same life as Plunkett.
I bet if you asked Plunkett about his life he wouldnt trade it for anything else!.
Those difficulties built character in Plunkett which allowed him to accomplish what he has done.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:27 AM   #13
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Typical of most raider fans I know. (Especially my father-in-law) They seem to think that every player that ever wore the silver and black belongs in the HOF. Give them 20 years and that pack of idiots will be screaming the jamarcus russell belongs in the HOF and the only reason he isn't is the league wide hatred for the raiders.

BTW I heard al making some of the same comments at one of his last pressors. I think he was introducing the coach before dennis allen and al got to mumbling and bashing John for losing 3 SB's and taking 17 years to win a SB. Seriously it was embarrassing, that may be why they quit letting al near a microphone those last few months.
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I love that all he can say is "he won 2 Super Bowls too". No other mention or comparisons of their careers. This is as bad as sports writing gets.
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This is journalism these days? This is the **** that gets published?
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Wait, that was produced by somebody that is considered a writer? Is Yahoo publishing anybody's work now?

The guy didn't make any valid points about why Plunkett should be in the HOF. Sounds like a good story that he over came hardships growing up, but that doesn't have anything to do with making it to the HOF. Neither does the community service that he performed while in college. And how does this writer know that Elway didn't perform community service? Seems like he just tossed that in there.

Winning the Rose Bowl doesn't get a player in the NFL HOF. That was another useless point by the writer.

The writer failed to use any valid comparison's between the two players. No stats? Why, because the stats would make his argument look stupid. Pro Bowls was 9 to 0, and this guy thinks that Plunkett was more deserving?

I can't believe anybody wrote that, and I can't believe Yahoo published it.
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Most of Plunkett's career was before my time, but more deserving of the HOF than Elway who was one of the best ever even without the two rings?

Come on, man!
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:41 AM   #18
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John Elway Pro Bowl Selections: 9
Jim Plunkett Pro Bowl Selections: 0

John Elway TD:INT ratio: 300:226
Jim Plunkett TD:INT ratio: 164:198

John Elway total passing yards: 51475
Jim Plunkett total passing yards: 25882

John Elway career QB rating: 79.9
Jim Plunket career QB rating: 67.5

Yep. Very comparable careers.
A Raider fan would say "both were drafted out of Stanford University. Both players won two Super Bowls and were named Super Bowl MVP, both have eyes, both have two hands, both used their mouths to eat food, and yet one is in the hall of fame and the other is not!"
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Saying Elway "whined" his way to Denver is disingenuous. The whole ordeal was between a college coaching feud between his dad Jack and Frank Kush. They hated each other's guts and fortunately Elway had leverage (Yankees baseball career to fallback upon) and used it to his advantage. His situation is completely different from Eli Manning.


Plunkett was one hell of a player, but just think he never enjoyed enough sustained success to meet HOF standards. Even when Plunkett was still a disappointment, he got traded from New England to San Francisco for two 1st round picks in 1976, a 1st and a 2nd round pick in 1977 and quarterback Tom Owen. That's six years into his career and he is still getting traded for "franchise QB" value.
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The omission of the number of total super bowls for each tells me Plunkett probably didn't have many.
Plunkett was 2-0 in SB's....which is great. And he was a class act. Having said that, he never carried his teams (and he played for some crappy NE and SF teams) and threw more INT's than TD's (however alot of 70's era QB's did too) and his numbers pale in comparison to many of his contemporaries, let alone Elway.

you could make a better argument that craig morton deserves to be in the hall of fame before you could jim plunkett..... morton has more touchdown passes than joe namath (183-173)..... he also has more passing yards (27,908-27,663)..... hell, terry bradshaw (81) and ken stabler (30) barely have more passing yards than craig does... the only thing he doesn't have going for him is the fact that he did not win a superbowl as a starting quarterback. he also is the only quarterback to have ever taken team to the superbowl in both conferences. (Dallas-Denver)

jim plunkett's career and journey through adversity is a great feel good story.... but he does not belong in the hall of fame, and he certainly does not belong in it before john elway.
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is this an affirmative action argument this guy is making?
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This is every bit as crazy as trading a 2nd for Mallet.
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Sounds like the Raiders really did not lobby enough with journalists when they had the opportunity. May never happen.
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Saying Elway "whined" his way to Denver is disingenuous. The whole ordeal was between a college coaching feud between his dad Jack and Frank Kush. They hated each other's guts and fortunately Elway had leverage (Yankees baseball career to fallback upon) and used it to his advantage. His situation is completely different from Eli Manning.


Plunkett was one hell of a player, but just think he never enjoyed enough sustained success to meet HOF standards. Even when Plunkett was still a disappointment, he got traded from New England to San Francisco for two 1st round picks in 1976, a 1st and a 2nd round pick in 1977 and quarterback Tom Owen. That's six years into his career and he is still getting traded for "franchise QB" value.
The "whining" statement discredited the whole article, IMO. Until then, he was actually making a pretty good case for Plunkett to be in the HOF...
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