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The former Vikings star will find out today if he is a veterans candidate for the hall of fame.
It's a complete travesty and joke that Mr. Tingelhoff isn't in the HOF. He was the best center of his era and gave Mr. Butkus, the best MLB of the same era, fits twice a year. It's always seemed to this Vikings fan that our four Super Bowl losses weighed more heavily against Mick (and Jim Marshall, too) than they should have. If Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith from the four-time SB loser Buffalo Bills deserve to be enshrined, then so do #53 and #70. Enough said!
If there is any football justice Mick will finally get in. To have the stats he has in comparrison to players already in the hall, and not be included, smells of either outright ignorance or blatant bias. I hope the hall of fame is still for outstanding players and not for just players popular with media.
Long time Viking fan since the 70's, but sorry Mr. Tinglehoff is not Hall of Fame worthy. He played in a "weak" NFC Central division his whole career. In the Super Bowls he was "manhandled" by the Chiefs, Dolphins, Steelers and Raiders. Anyone who watches film of those games will not be voting for him. He was very good but not Hall of Fame worthy.
I would argue rhat guys like Jim Marshall, or Jerry Kramer should get mention from the selection committee long before Tingelhoffs name is considered for the HOF.
If Sid's arguments can't get Mick into the HOF then he does not belong
columbus11 I think quite a few hall-of-fame middle linebackers would disagree with you. You can start with Dick Butkus and the late Ray Nitschke of the "weak" NFC Central division. Six Pro Bowls, five time All-Pro helped a Viking team from a "weak division" make it to four Super Bowls. They beat as I recall some dominant defensive teams on the way to the games like Doomsday and Fearsome Foursome. You may not be sorry but your "analysis" of Mr Tingelhoff is. Should have gone YEARS AGO.
schaede, I respectfully disagree. As I said he was very good, but not hall of fame worthy. Lineman are valued by who the block on the defensive line not linbackers. He was overmatched by the likes of Curley Culp and Mean Joe Greene in the Super Bowls to name a few examples. In fact the Vikings were held to emabrassing low offensive numbers in all of their super Bowls which is a direct refletion on the line play. As they say "To be the best, you have to beat the best".
Okay, it is finally time for him to get in. I still wonder why he hasn't been voted in earlier (those darn 4 Super Bowl loses don't help). But anyhow, I hope that he get's in. They better hurry before Matt Birk is eligible, he also should be voted in.
C11, are you seriously basing HOF worthiness on your perceptions of 4 games? I also saw Tinglehoff manhandle Mr. Culp and friends from KC a few months later when they came up here to open the regular season at the Met. We smoked 'em, up and down the field. Here's the deal: you don't get named first team All-Pro 5 times without being dominant. And he proved it for 17 years--the longest tenure of any of the HOF incumbents, including Otto. Stats like that should carry the day. Finally, he never missed a GAME! There was no better center in his era, and everyone knew it then. #53 deserves induction, has for decades now.
He belongs in the hall alongside Yary, Zimmerman and McDaniel.
His career was the equal of theirs.
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