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.comHaving 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.