It seems that some of Raider Nation disagrees with some of the content in my last article, Top 5 Raiders that should be in the NFL Hall of Fame. Apparently I left off a very important person in Raider history, former Raiders quarterback, Jim Plunkett.
So why did I leave Plunkett off of my list? Why not at least give him honorable mention? It was for the same reason that he hasn’t been considered for induction into the Halls of Canton.
The argument is that he is a two-time Super Bowl champion and the MVP for one of those Super Bowls. He is also the first minority QB to win the Super Bowl as well as the first and only Latino ever named MVP. That is all very impressive and deserves a lot of respect, but it is not enough to get the attention of the selection committee.
This is what the committee and most experts see:
Plunkett’s stats as a QB are not the greatest nor are they hall of fame caliber. He had 25,882 yards with a completion percentage of 52.5%. He threw 164 touchdowns and 198 interceptions. As you can see, he has some mediocrity there.
Plunkett is the second player in NFL history to win both the Heisman and Super Bowl MVP. He is currently tied for the longest touchdown pass play in franchise and NFL History (99 yards). He is the fourth leading passer in Raiders franchise history.
Below is a list of his accomplishments. When you look at them, what do you see missing?
UPI AFC Rookie of the year (1971).
PFW NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1980).
Two-time Super Bowl Champion (XV and XVIII).
Super Bowl MVP (XV).
So what is missing? Plunkett was never named to the Pro-Bowl. He was never selected as an All-Pro first or second team. He never won league MVP and never made an All-Decade team. If you look at every player in the Hall of Fame, you will see one or more of those accolades on their résumé.
As much as it bothers Raiders fans, Plunkett may never be considered for enshrinement, at least not any time soon. As I stated before, his accomplishments in the Super Bowl are very impressive. It is his lack of Pro-Bowls, All-Pro and All-Decade Teams that has been keeping him on the outs and will likely continue to do so.
One can never tell, though. Maybe the Senior’s Committee will recognize his Super Bowl accomplishments someday and perhaps he will get enshrined through them.