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Can you help Bengals into Pro Football Hall of Fame?

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly column from former sports reporter and editor Mike Bass. Bass will be contributing to The Enquirer by offering advice for sports fans, athletes and youth sports parents and coaches through a weekly Q&A. You can reach him at [email protected] or on Twitter @SportsFanCoach1.

“What if a player you believe should be an obvious resident in the Hall hasn’t made it? What do you do? What can you do?”

— The Sporting News

I wrote that passage.

It was from my story spotlighting individual fans who campaign obsessively for their favorite long-retired-and-too-easily-forgotten players to make the Hall of Fame.

Oh, what these fans would go through to raise awareness.

There was the trip to President George H.W. Bush’s summer retreat to elicit his support for one Hall candidate.

Cincinnati Bengals fans cheer as Bengals Tony McGee heads into the end zone for a touchdown at Paul Brown Stadium in September 2001.

Or the petition listing ex-Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson among some 80,000 names endorsing another candidate. Or the plea to Anheuser-Busch to use another candidate as the symbol of a beer that shares his last name.

Back then, the stumping targeted the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Veterans Committee, for Smoky Joe Wood, Shoeless Joe Jackson and Lefty O’Doul, respectively.

In 2021, why not shift to the Pro Football Hall’s Senior Selection Committee, on behalf of Bengals alumni?


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