Originally posted on Denver Post  |  Last updated 2/5/12
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INDIANAPOLIS _ I’m tired of all this crying for Cris Carter.

There were three other players who didn’t make it into the Hall of Fame on Saturday and were way more deserving than Carter: Charles Haley, Dick Stanfel and Will Shields. Haley was a dominant defensive player with the 49ers and Cowboys and is the only player who has 5 Super Bowl rings. He also has 100 sacks. SLAM DUNK!

Stanfel was one of only two players pushed forward by the senior writers, who are the only people around who can speak intelligently about the old days. I’m not saying the senior committee shouldn’t be questioned. I didn’t like Charlie Sanders inclusion a few years back. But I saw Sanders play. I didn’t see Stanfel, an NFL guard for only seven years and the Bears’ offensive line during much of their heyday from 1981-92. If the senior committee’s research says Stanfel is worthy, he’s worthy.

Shields went to 12 Pro Bowls. ‘Nuff said.

Don’t misunderstand: The 5 modern-era Hall of Famers for the class of 2012 were all deserving. But Stanfel was the greatest snub, followed by Haley.

I do think the Hall of Fame voting committee got it right by rejecting Bill Parcells: He only won two Super Bowls. Mike Shanahan did that. And Parcells suffered too long from Larry Brown disease to be considered great.

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