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Samsonite Make Your Case: Super Bowl or Bust?
Now he's drawn the ire of Patriots fans once again. After signing a ceremonial contract to finish his career with the Chargers, Tomlinson conducted a radio interview in which he claimed he'd rather wind up in the Pro Football Hall of Fame than have won a Super Bowl championship.
Initially the comment was met with cynicism and ridicule. Many fans – especially Patriots fans – felt Tomlinson was a selfish player and the idea that he would be more concerned with individual accolades than team accomplishments wasn't hard to imagine.
But after giving it some thought the premise didn't seem to far-fetched – or limited to Tomlinson. Many players started checking in and the results seemed to be split pretty evenly. Trent Dilfer, who won a title as Baltimore's quarterback, said he agreed with Tomlinson. Buffalo's Jim Kelly has said the same in the past. Former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who obviously has three shiny rings in his jewelry case, said team accomplishments trump all.
While there is no definitive right or wrong answer, we thought it made for a great Samsonite Make Your Case. It also worked out that Team PFW wound up split down the middle with Andy Hart and Paul Perillo siding with the Hall of Fame while Fred Kirsch and Erik Scalavino chose the trophy.
PFW's Andy Hart says ...
Hall of Fame
Endless people in all team sports have won world titles despite, as Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine describes them, being "useless." But there are no useless players in Halls of Fame. It's the highest honor a person can achieve in sports. On a practical and selfish level, it's also an honor that opens so many doors after a career is over. Having HOF next to your name opens up revenue streams and opportunities that are only available to the truly elite.
Winning is great. Ideally you get the best of both worlds. And from a franchise perspective winning a title is far more valuable than having a Hall of Fame player. But on a personal level I think it's a far greater, more fulfilling and proud accomplishment to be elected to the Hall of Fame.
PFW's Fred Kirsch says ...
Now it's the fans turn to cast their vote in this week's Samsonite Make Your Case Poll question.