Link: Klecko’s “best chance yet” to become Hall of Famer?

From the Jets’ official site, Randy Lange writes about Joe Klecko, who is now eligible to be recommended for enshrinement by the Seniors Committee:

[The] folks who matter most this year are the media members who comprise the 46-member Hall of Fame Selection Committee. Nine of those members are on the Seniors Committee and in June they will reduce this year’s seniors ballot to 15 names. Then five of those nine members will convene in Canton in late August to select this year’s two Seniors Committee candidates … If Klecko, in his first year on the Seniors ballot, is one of those two, he stands an excellent shot at finally being inducted.

In a separate link, Lange lays out the timeline for Klecko’s candidacy, also revealing that 86.4% of the Seniors Committee nominees over the last 11 years have been voted into the Hall of Fame.

Bent, TheJetsBlog.com

Having been eligible for 20 years and never reached the finalist stage, nomination by the Seniors Committee could offer an ideal opportunity for a player like Klecko to get the recognition he deserves. Some Jets fans believe the system is flawed and that inferior candidates are enshrined every year while Klecko barely receives any consideration. The 46 writers who make up the Selection Committee include one representative from each team and 14 “at-large” representatives. The Jets’ representative is Gary Myers of the New York Daily News while Bob Glauber of Newsday is also on the committee, as the representative for the Giants.

Klecko played 11 of his 12 seasons as a Jet and was a four-time pro bowler and two time all-pro. He was a pro bowler at three different positions and led the league with 20.5 sacks in 1981, as he was named the defensive player of the year by the Pro Football Writers Association.

Paul “Dr. Z” Zimmerman has been one of the most outspoken proponents for Klecko’s enshrinement, but he sadly had to step down from the Selection Committee following a stroke in 2008. As Lange notes, Klecko’s peers also spoke very highly of him with the likes of Dwight Stephenson, Joe DeLamielleure and Anthony Munoz speaking out on his behalf.

You can read Bassett’s TJB Hall of Fame tribute to Klecko here.




76 comments
Steven Windeler
Steven Windeler

Gary Meyers doesn't know as much as my girl about football. I don't think he watches any football. I'm sure he doesn't watch Jet games.

Ryan Grote
Ryan Grote

All in on Klecko. Great to watch play as a kid. And also in Cannonball Run cameo. Took my 7 year old son to meet him at small,event last Sunday, genuine guy. Will drive to enshrinement in Canton when he gets in. That said, can not do the Jordan-Pippen comparison given the 6 titles. AJ Duhe in 83 aside, still not close. And I'm a Knicks fan, took son to first MSG ga,e victory over Bulls last night. Anyway, hope to hear good news on this in coming year. Looking into future, I feel there should be some way to employ technology to further the cause from fans side for guys like Klecko. I mean, I would think even Miami, Buffalo, and NE fans would agree on his inclusion.

harvlis
harvlis

Klecko was one of the most inspiring football players of my lifetime.  From truck driver to four time all-pro.  Not sure what they are looking for, in a hall of famer, if they don't think Klecko belongs.  The man was unstoppable and a key part of the Sack Exchange, which was devastating in its time. 

marcus81
marcus81

Klecko may not have the numbers of other players, but at the time he played he was like the Jets version of John Hannah on defense, he should be the HOF'r

bradysucks
bradysucks

Gastineau should be in the hall of fame also. In his prime he was the most dominant pass rusher I've ever seen.....He is a controversial player but boy could he terrorize Quarterbacks.....

Klecko & Gastineau together were amazing.They complimented each other like Pippen & Jordan.....They were great separately but together they were even better

juunit
juunit

Meanwhile, Clowney has cancelled all of his private workouts with teams. 


The most hilarious part though? All the articles I'm seeing about it are defending Clowney. "He's already proven himself." "That anonymous NFL executive who called him spoiled and lazy has ulterior motives."

frustjetfn
frustjetfn

Although no longer a VickJets fan (formally known as just Jets), I couldn't resist commenting once I saw a Klecko HOF article come up.

For those who never saw him play, he was a dominant, monster force on the DL. ALL OC's had to game plan around him and all opposing OL knew they couldn't begin to handle him alone. He was the equivalent bull rusher, super strong athlete that Rocky Marciano was in boxing. It's always been a disgrace that anti-Jets sentiment kept him out of the HOF and it's about time that this was corrected. Still rooting for you Joe. Go Klecko!

williamg1
williamg1

I miss Dr Z. He used to live-blog the games on the NYTimes and was quite good at it. 

MeAtBaLLPaRmX
MeAtBaLLPaRmX

3 weeks away! I don't think I've been this excited about anything in a long time. Sad, but true. I'm not only excited for the Jets pick, but for the draft as a whole. Months of mock drafts and speculation finally get settled. I'm hoping we get what we want!

gbrownn
gbrownn

Never saw this guy play, was before my time. I wish I could see someone in a Jets uniform dominate the way he did though.

boomer
boomer

This is why I don't get real worked up about things like the HOF or Pro Bowl selections.  In many cases they are so subjective and become beauty contests.


For a few years Klecko was one of the most dominant players in the NFL, at times he was flat out unblockable. It would be nice for him to be enshrined in the HOF but as far as I'm concerned he's already one of the all time greats.

kniff
kniff

Joe Klecko has been enshrined in my hall of fame (also know as the kniffcave) for a quarter century.

Brendan
Brendan

I've been off the grid for a while, did they fire Idzik for not signing CJ yet?/Anything of note happen lately? 

Bent
Bent moderator

@marcus81  


His numbers are only unimpressive because sacks didn't count until 1982.  He actually has approximately 75 career sacks despite spending much of his season at DT.


For context, Richard Seymour, who I think we can expect to go to the hall, had 57.5.

marcus81
marcus81

@bradysucks Gastineau was an admitted steroid user, that will probably be held against him, like Lyle Alzado

WW85
WW85

@bradysucks Micheal Irvin had a pretty colorful personality as well. Gastineau & Klecko should be in Canton.

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Welcome back ;). Don't worry we all will forgive u if you decide during the season to become a fan again.

Joan Israel
Joan Israel

@williamg1  

Peter King fancies himself the 'new' Paul Zimmerman. King couldn't hold Zimmerman's jock strap. Did you read his 'Monday Morning QB' this morning? 100% bullcrap. Plus, he's a National Football League suck-up. Paul would never have written such inane 'puff' pieces, like that one King wrote today -- utterly boring.

Jim Israel

boomer
boomer

@gbrownn  Best thing about watching Klecko play is when he hit someone it was for keeps.  He was as strong a guy as I ever saw and every play was like a seek and destroy mission.  And he inspired his teammates to play with the same intensity.  Get up, knock the snot out of 'em, lineup and do it again.


Hard to believe I'm sure for those who weren't fortunate enough to experience but that was a time when the Jets D was feared throughout the league.

Brendan
Brendan

@gbrownn  It's entirely possible there's already someone on the roster that will. Fingers crossed. 

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

@Brendan   Nope but he should be fired for not winning the offpreseason!!!!  

__fense
__fense

@Brendan  Anyway, I think CJ sailed his boat to Canada and became a lumberjack, because there has been no news about him at all. I'm half expecting him to just show up in Cortland for training camp, and the Jets just happened to forget to announce the signing, so no one in the media ever found out.

__fense
__fense

@Brendan  I had to stay up until 4am to see the end of Outcast's set, but that's more your grid than our grid anyway.

a57se
a57se

@Brendan  

The only thing of note is that you have been off the grid........:)

boomer
boomer

@Bent @marcus81  And its arguable that he is one of the guys responsible for the NFL even counting the sack as a legitimate statistic.  He helped change the game.


And whatever you think of the pro bowl, the fact that he was even in the conversation as a pro bowler at 3 separate positions let alone actually made it should tell people all they need to know about what a dominant football player he was.

williamg1
williamg1

@Joan Israel @williamg1  I stopped reading Peter King in 2010-2011. The guy is so full of himself. He dedicates 1/5 of his column to catty gripes of the travels that he doesn't pay a dime on. 

Bent
Bent moderator


@Joan Israel @williamg1 I'm sure the fact King has picked up the Klecko baton from Dr Z is going to hurt, not help, Joe's candidacy.


Then again, it's other writers he'll have to convince, not knowledgeable fans, so maybe...

Brendan
Brendan

@__fense I nearly broke my neck during Bombs Over Baghdad jumping off a crowd-separating guardrail. I'm hurting today though, good god. 

DrJonathanReefer
DrJonathanReefer

Lol well you and her can each believe what you like but at least I'll forgive yah big guy! Cuz All I know is you still care enough to check the blog.

You won't make it past game 2 of the preseason before they fully suck you back in.

Bent
Bent moderator

@jmactheman @Bent @Joan Israel @williamg1  King hasn't had an original thought about anything other than coffee since I've been reading him.  He's happy to take someone else's opinion and run with it.  In fact, he seems like he will go along with anything he's told by someone he respects, whether that's someone who deserves his respect, like Zimmerman, or not.

jmactheman
jmactheman

@Bent @Joan Israel @williamg1  In fairness to King, the selection committee voted Curtis Martin down in Martin's first year of eligibility, and King said in his column that it was "a travesty that the 4th leading rusher in NFL history was not elected to the hall of fame."


His column is usually pretty terrible, but I thought he was OK at Hall of Fame votes.


boomer
boomer

@DrJonathanReefer  Not to take anything away from Rex and the boys but before the Sack Exchange, the NFL didn't even keep sacks as a stat.  They changed that.  And they didn't do it with exotic blitzes.  For the most part the lined up four guys and said we are going to be in your backfield all day and they did it at a much more proficient rate than the Rex Jets ever have.

williamg1
williamg1

@Bent @williamg1 @Wilkershakes  Sheldon's attitude is what's going to do it for him. You would think he's been in the league for 10 years by the way he carries himself. 

Bent
Bent moderator

@williamg1 @Wilkershakes  


I find that hard to imagine (albeit not impossible given where they both were on the development curve after a year).


Given that sacks are the stat everyone takes notice of, it's not out of the question that Coples is the bigger star within three years.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Hm. That would be something now wouldn't it? 

Wilkershakes
Wilkershakes

@a57se @Brendan   Who could that be??  *looks to the left and nods*

Brian Serviss
Brian Serviss

@williamg1 @Wilkershakes  WR is a lot better now than it was last season. Pretty sure that would be called upgrading.... and the draft hasn't even started yet