NFL legend Bruce Smith wonders if Tony Boselli belongs in HOF

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Bruce Smith is considered one of the greatest defensive linemen In the history of the NFL.

Smith is the only player to have 200 bags – whether it’s on the official or unofficial list. was smith 11 times Pro Bowler and 8 times First Choice First Team Pro. He was awarded Defensive Player of the Year multiple times – four times for the UPI and two times for the AP.

Using his bonafide moves, the former Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins spoke out against the agitation of former Jacksonville Jaguars offensive team Tony Boselli’s Pro Football Hall of Fame. Smith fired a big one Message on his InstagramBoselli’s arrival in Canton “sets an appalling precedent,” he said.

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Offensive Intervention 71st Jacksonville Jaguars Tony Boselli was instructed by the sideline before coming into position on the melee line in an NFL game with the Baltimore Ravens at PSINet Stadium on September 10, 2000 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Offensive Intervention 71st Jacksonville Jaguars Tony Boselli was instructed by the sideline before coming into position on the melee line in an NFL game with the Baltimore Ravens at PSINet Stadium on September 10, 2000 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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“A large part of the campaign to promote Tony Boselli into the Hall of Fame appears to focus largely on one successful performance he had against me in a playoff in 1996. On the one hand, I am very flattered that I consider the gold medal the standard by which another player’s game can be measured to determine His qualifications are in the HOF. But on a more serious level, I and the other HOF players think it sets an appalling precedent for negatively focusing on a permanent member of the Hall of Fame in order to validate a nominee candidacy,” Smith began.

“The HOF is an exclusive fraternity that follows an implicit code of conduct that promotes respect and fraternity among its members. If given the opportunity, any Hall of Famer could use his credentials to brag about his dominance over another member, but such behavior is deemed inappropriate due to the friction and discord it can create within the group.” Maintaining harmony and goodwill in HOF is paramount, which is why players’ campaigns have historically been presented with respect and thought, allowing candidate stats and the entire workgroup to speak for itself.

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Offensive Tony Boselli #71 of the Jacksonville Jaguars interferes against defensive end Bruce Smith #78 of the Buffalo Bills during the game at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.  Bills defeated Jaguar 17-16.

Offensive Tony Boselli #71 of the Jacksonville Jaguars interferes against defensive end Bruce Smith #78 of the Buffalo Bills during the game at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. Bills defeated Jaguar 17-16.
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“Recourse to disingenuous tactics, such as targeting the HOFer team and single-match inflation to enhance a candidate’s merit as some Tony supporters have done, undermines the integrity of the Hall’s election process. It also invites unnecessary comment and scrutiny about that candidate’s merit. To become a member of the HOF. Given Because Tony’s advocates slipped down this slippery slope and inadvertently dragged me, I have a few ideas to share.”

Smith said Boselli benefited from the protection of left midfielder Marc Brunel while Leon Cersei guarded the blind side.

“Tony has been a formidable opponent during his short career, but I find it difficult to compare his entirety to those of the NFL’s greatest left tackle. Except for the legendary Anthony Munoz; Jonathan Ogden, Willie Roaf, and Walter Jones protecting the blind side of the quarterback for 12 A season or more. In Jacksonville, Leon Cersei has taken on the daunting task of protecting the blind side of Mark Brunel, while Tony has benefited from the protection of a highly talented and mobile quarterback,” Smith added.

“During my nineteen years in the NFL, many outstanding players, such as Bruce Armstrong, Richmond Webb and Will Welford, have made great matches against me. Perhaps they would also be wise to build HOF campaigns that highlight this fact.”

Linebacker Bruce Smith #78 of the Buffalo Bills looks on from the sideline during a game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on October 24, 1993 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Linebacker Bruce Smith #78 of the Buffalo Bills looks on from the sideline during a game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium on October 24, 1993 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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play boselli For Jacksonville Jaguars 1995 to 2001. He played three games in 2001 before being selected by the Houston Texans in their expansion draft in 2002 and later retired due to injury. He was a three-time All-Pro First Team pick and five-time Pro Bowler. He was named to the Hall of Fame’s All-1990s squad.