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Rodgers arrives, Roethlisberger stumbles, and in the end defense wins championships; Woodson adds to Hall of Fame resume; 2011 Hall of Fame inductees announced, not fair to some players By Jason LewisSentinel Sports Editor
Super Bowl XLV
Look past the poor television production that the Super Bowl was (mostly bad commercials, Christina Aguilera flubbing the National Anthem, and the Black Eyed Peas delivering a horrible half time show), and there was a decent football game. Super Bowl XLV was not a great game because of the lack of big plays, but in the fourth quarter it was a three-point game, so the game became very intense. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers took the leap from being a good quarterback to elite by throwing for three touchdowns with no interceptions and 308 yards. If his wide receivers had not dropped so many passes he would have thrown for around 400 yards and a couple more touchdowns. Rodgers was nearly flawless, while Roethlisberger was just bad. There was a lot of talk that if the Steelers won the game that Roethlisberger would be a lock for the Hall of Fame. Well forget about that for the moment, because the Steelers coaching staff put the game in his hands, and he was intercepted twice, both leading to touchdowns, and with the game on the line in the fourth quarter, he could not drive the Steelers down the field for the win. People say that Roethlisberger makes timely plays, and that he comes through in the clutch. But with the game on the line he could not move the ball at all. Part of the blame goes on the Steelers play calling, because they abandoned their running game for most of the game, even though it was effective for one stretch during the third quarter. Roethlisberger just is not the quarterback that a team should rely on to carry them to victory. Give him a good running game and defense and he will come through, but put the game on his shoulders and he struggles. But like most championships, it all comes down to defense. Rodgers is getting all the glory, but the Packers defense really won that game for them. Three turnovers caused by the Packers defense led to 21 of their 31 points. Rodgers drove the Packers the bulk of the field only twice all game, scoring a touchdown and a field goal. Without the Packers defense forcing two interceptions and a fumble, the Steelers would have won that game. Charles Woodson adds to resume Green Bay cornerback Charles Woodson won a college football national championship while at Michigan, a Heisman trophy, and now the Super Bowl. There are only two other players with that distinction. Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorset and New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush are the only two other players who can say that, and since Bush gave back his Heisman trophy, Dorset and Woodson are the only ones who can say that they still have all three. The rest of Woodson’s resume is extremely impressive. Three time NFL First Team All Pro, three time NFL Second Team All Pro, seven time Pro Bowl selection, NFL Defensive Player of the Year, NFL Rookie of the Year, and 2000s All Decade Team. Woodson will one day be in the Hall of Fame.Hall of Fame selection not fair to some players Headlining the Hall of Fame class of 2011 are Marshall Faulk, Richard Dent, Shannon Sharpe, and Deion Sanders. That’s a very good group of deserving players, but it is hard to understand why some players are still left out. Tim Brown was left off, but that’s not an issue. But players such as offensive tackle Willie Roaf and center Dermontti Dawson being left off is absurd! Faulk made the Hall of Fame on his first time being on the ballot. He was a 3-time All Pro, but he was not selected to an All Decade team. Roaf on the other hand has been passed over twice for the Hall of Fame, even though he is a 6-time All Pro and was on two All Decade teams. Dawson is also a 6-time All Pro and was on one All Decade team and he has been eligible for the Hall of Fame since 2005. The Hall of Fame has become similar to the Heisman and the NFL MVP award. Quarterbacks and running backs are moved to the front of the line. Those are pretty much the only two positions that are up for the Heisman and the NFL MVP. When it comes to the Hall of Fame, the glamour positions are usually selected. Wide receivers, defensive ends, and linebackers, along with quarterbacks and running backs, will always get in before offensive linemen and defensive tackles. Positions that do not accumulate stats are overlooked even though players like Roaf and Dawson had better careers than Faulk. As far as Brown goes, who most fans say is a future Hall of Famer, he was never first team All Pro, and he was second team All Pro once. Sure, he has a bunch of Pro Bowls, but those do not mean as much as people think. Many players make the Pro Bowl when other players drop out of the game.
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