Joe Jacoby, one of the Redskins’ all-time greats, has been left out of the 2018 class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his 20th year of eligibility.
Jacoby, 58, is a three-time Super Bowl champion, four-time Pro Bowler, two-time first-team all-pro and a member of the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade team. He was an inaugural member of the Hogs and spent his entire NFL career in Washington, endearing himself to local fans forever.
Now those fans have bones to pick, 20 years worth, with the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.
“What else can he do to prove himself as a lineman?” asked Stephanie Crites, a lifelong Redskins fan and Manassas native who now lives in Panama City Beach, Fla.
“To play left tackle in the NFC East for 11 years [his entire career was 13 seasons], they were a continual playoff team, went to Super Bowls, won three, he’d be the most deserving lineman in there,” said her husband Rich Crites. “More than these younger guys.”
The Hall of Fame is “losing credibility” without Jacoby, Stephanie said.
“To all the Redskins fans, and to hopefully all football fans, it’s such a nonsensical decision,” said Rob Sievers, a lifelong Redskins fan from Richmond. “It almost seems arbitrary at this point.”
Sievers can’t understand how Jacoby could be one of the top players of the decade in the 1980s, but somehow not one of the best of all time, he said.
“What more do you want from him?” he said.
Hall of Fame players are selected by a 48-person committee comprised of members of Pro Football Writers of America. After players have exhausted 20 years of eligibility, nine veteran members of the selection committee can nominate a player as a “Senior” candidate.
That now represents Jacoby’s best option for Hall of Fame selection. He could also be chosen as a “contributor” to the game.
But for Redskins fans, making a Hog such as Jacoby wait this long is already an insult.
“Right now we’re all venting and angry and upset,” said Crites, who is already scheming with other fans to launch a Twitter campaign on Jacoby’s behalf for next year.
“My No. 1 priority is to own the Redskins and get some say with Dan Snyder,” Rich added. “My No. 2 priority is to get a vote for the Hall of Fame to get Joe Jacoby in.”
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