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Offline wpr  
#1 Posted : Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:21:45 PM(UTC)
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Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Dave Robinson might finally be getting the long overdue call for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Robinson was named one of two senior committee finalists on Wednesday.

Before we get to Robinson’s accomplishments, we should point out how this convoluted process works. Robinson had to be chosen as a finalist by the senior committee, which is made up of nine old timers from the 44-member Hall of Fame selection committee. The senior committee has to give the full committee two finalists each year from the pre-1988 era. The idea being, some of these clowns on the selection committee are too young to remember deserving guys from other eras who may otherwise have been overlooked. In the end, Robinson has to get approval from 80 percent of the full committee to gain induction into the Hall of Fame.


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#2 Posted : Wednesday, August 22, 2012 9:24:13 PM(UTC)
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“I’m on top of the world, riding that big wave,” said Robinson. “I just hope I don’t wipe out, that’s all.”

Robinson had pretty much given up hope that he would be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, but now as a veteran nominee, he will automatically be included in the final 17 players that are considered next February during Super Bowl week.

“From now till February I’m going to be on pins and needles hoping everything comes out,” said Robinson, who turned 71 in May. “I don’t dare assume that something happens.”

For years Robinson couldn’t understand why he would get passed over by the Hall of Fame.

Former Packers assistant coach Dave Hanner rated Robinson ahead of Ray Nitschke. And former Packers defensive coordinator Phil Bengtson rated Robinson as the second-best player he ever coached behind only Nitschke and ahead of Henry Jordan, Herb Adderley and Willie Davis.


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#3 Posted : Thursday, August 23, 2012 6:58:41 AM(UTC)
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I would like to see Robinson get in. But Jerry Kramer deserves it beyong the shadow of a doubt. Total injustice.
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#4 Posted : Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:42:31 AM(UTC)
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I hope Robinson gets in but I'm still stumped as to why Jerry Kramer is being shut out.
I think Kramer was a more valuable piece to the Packers championship puzzle than Robinson was.
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#5 Posted : Saturday, February 2, 2013 10:07:55 PM(UTC)
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Packers great Dave Robinson finally makes Hall of Fame
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#6 Posted : Monday, February 4, 2013 7:31:39 PM(UTC)
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glad to see he got in! a couple years ago I
and my wife got to spend several hours
with him and Ron Kramer, and he was so
nice and outgoing to us. he told us several
stories from the glory days, and lets us try on
his Super Bowl rings. another "Packer person".
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#7 Posted : Tuesday, February 5, 2013 10:05:27 AM(UTC)
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Somebody tell Jerry Kramer to join the Freemasons.
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#8 Posted : Saturday, February 9, 2013 9:55:46 AM(UTC)
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yooperfan said: Go to Quoted Post
I hope Robinson gets in but I'm still stumped as to why Jerry Kramer is being shut out.
I think Kramer was a more valuable piece to the Packers championship puzzle than Robinson was.


On the basis that OL matters more than LB, yes Kramer was more valuable. Especially given the Packer-sweep offense.

But, IMO, for what he did, Robinson was a much better player/performer than Kramer.

I think Kramer deserves to be in the HOF. But Robinson should have been in long ago, too. I think he was kept out because of the bright lights of Davis, Jordan, et al and especially Nitschke ("an average player could look HOFish if he'd had those playing inside him, Adderly playing outside him, and Wood playing behind him. But Robinson helped all those others around him look like HOFers just as much as they made him look like one.

I have no idea why he wasn't in earlier.

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