Chris Doleman Says Brady and Belichick Should Not Be First-Ballot Hall of Famers


Legendary Vikings pass rusher and NFL Hall of Famer Chris Doleman has a fitting punishment for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick after their multiple cheating scandals: Deny them entry to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

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Doleman says the Pats QB and coach definitely deserve to be enshrined in Canton but their tainted victories mean they should have to wait in order to take their place among the immortals (via The Post Game):

"“They’re Hall of Fame guys,” Doleman says. “They’ve had Hall of Fame careers. But do you just give it to them like that after they’ve been doing something like this? It’s the first time you’ve been caught doing this [deflating footballs], but it’s not the first time you’ve been caught cheating. It’s not the first time you’ve been caught breaking the rules. We’re not talking about something outside the game. You cheated inside the game. It’s not as bad as Pete Rose, but you didn’t honor the game. You tipped the scales to your advantage and I don’t think we should honor someone like that.”"

Between Deflategate and Spygate, there is good reason to believe that Belichick and Brady both got to where they are via systematic and not-very-well-disguised cheating.

Taking money or games away from the cheaters would only represent a slap on the wrist. To make a lasting statement, something more dramatic has to be done, something that would affect their legacy down the road.

It’s a simple formula for Chris Doleman: if your resume contains multiple -gates, the Hall of Fame should not open its gates. At least not right away.

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