That, of course, was one of the things my friend Drew Magary made fun of Snyder for boasting about in his official team bio, like so:
This is where Snyder takes the truth, stretches it, builds a parking lot nearby, overcharges for that parking lot, finds a sponsor, then sells tickets to Truth, brought to you by Taco Bell, at a 10 percent markup. Hanburger, Monk, and Allen didn’t play or coach a single game during Snyder’s ownership; Grimm, one of Joe Gibbs’s Hogs, was an offensive line coach under Snyder in 1999 and 2000, but he was inducted as a player. They are not “from” Snyder’s tenure. They may have been inducted while Snyder was the owner, but that doesn’t mean Snyder had anything to do with it.
I honestly don’t know whether or not he did, since the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction process is silly and secret and overly precious.
But I do know this: in the summer of 2010, I briefly talked to Snyder during Grimm’s Hall of Fame party.
“It’s just the beginning,” Snyder said then. “We expect more. We’re excited. We need Chris Hanburger in the Hall of Fame. Nine Pro Bowls, defensive MVP of the NFL.”
By the next winter, Hanburger was in.
Anyhow, the Redskins’ front office isn’t done pushing. GM Bruce Allen filled in for Peter King in his weekly SI.com Monday Morning Quarterback column this week, and one of his items concerned future HOF’ers.
Of the 11 names he pushed — all associated with teams he’s worked with — six are famous as Redskins: Bobby Beathard, Larry Brown, Pat Fischer, Joe Jacoby, Joe Theismann and Doug Williams.
Snyder also mentioned Jacoby and Theismann to me. That push is coming.
The other highlight of Allen’s lengthy work, which should be read in full, was his “5 Things I Don’t Like” item. Went like this:
1. I don’t like $36 million of our salary cap room going to our competitors.
2. I don’t like political correctness in a locker room.
3. I don’t like “anonymous sources.”
4. I don’t like injuries.
5. I don’t like pessimists.
If he doesn’t like political correctness, anonymous sources or pessimists, he probably wouldn’t like me very much. We both do like beer, though.
(Oh, and he also wrote that he’s “constantly impressed by the active, non-stop, brilliantly quick and witty mind of Dan Snyder.”)