Posted by Neil Paine on February 3, 2011
Moving on with our 2011 Hall of Fame finalist polls, here's Les Richter, a linebacker from the 1950s/60s who was nominated as a senior candidate in this year's class. The rundown on Richter's career:
- Involved in the 2nd-largest trade in NFL history in 1952, when the L.A. Rams traded eleven (!) players to the New York Yanks/Dallas Texans for his rights
- 8x Pro Bowler, 1x 1st Team All-Pro
- 34th-most games played by a linebacker in the 1950s/60s
- Tied for the 3rd-most Pro Bowl selections by a LB in the 50s/60s, and the 13th-most all-time. Every other eligible LB with at least 8 Pro Bowls is in the HoF, except for Maxie Baughan & fellow 2011 finalist Chris Hanburger (more on him tomorrow).
- 679th overall in career weighted Approximate Value (67)
- 125th among LB in raw career AV (79)
- 20th-best defensive player of his era (1954-62) by AV
- Also an offensive guard and placekicker for the Rams; still in the NFL's all-time top 200 in XPM, XPA, FGM, and FGA
What do you think? Is Les Richter worthy of HoF induction?