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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Should the NFL Hall of Fame Selection Criteria Include a Character Clause?

The  NFL, as in other major league sports, has faced its share of scandals.  The Baseball Hall of Fame includes Rule 5, the character clause, in its eligibility for enshrinement.  The direction requires that "[v]oting shall be based upon the player's record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character and contribution to the team(s) on which the player played."  A discussion can be found here. Here is a dissent to the requirement.

The NFL selection process for the Hall of Fame focuses solely on a players contribution on the field.  The NFL Commissioner has previously expressed an opinion that some form of an ethics consideration should be included.  As the League has faced some notable problems with off the field behavior, it should include such a clause to reinforce to the participants and the public that violations of its rules and the law are not tolerated.

Posted by Scott Maravilla on December 31, 2015 at 11:11 AM in Sports | Permalink

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