The moment Jim Trotter tweeted that former NFL GM Bobby Beathard was the Contributors Committee’s nominee for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018, the livid reactions came flying.
Congrats to Bobby Beathard, who today was selected the Contributor candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2018.— Jim Trotter (@JimTrotter_NFL) August 25, 2017
And deservedly so.
Ian St. Clair already highlighted the egregious error that Broncos fans realized instantly.
It’s unfathomable the best owner in sports - much less football - would be slighted two years in a row after how much he has meant to not just one very successful team for decades but the entire freaking NFL.
But when the committee allowed Charley Casserly, an assistant to Beathard, to lobby for his mentor, it was obvious the corruption that was unfolding.
And Pat Bowlen has to wait at least one more year. Beathard's lieutenant, Charley Casserly, was pictured IN THE SELECTION ROOM this morning. https://t.co/rYMvHuo205— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 25, 2017
Jeff Legwold, the ESPN reporter who represents the Denver market, somehow defended the decision.
But Andrew Mason shot him down fast.
I understand your point, but HoF should seek consultants w/o such an obvious connection to one candidate to prevent image of impropriety.— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) August 25, 2017
It’s true what they say.
You can’t fix stupid.
So for another year - in a long line of years, except for one small blip in 2017), the Hall of Fame is dead to us.
Misery loves company, so console yourselves with other fans who took their outrage to Twitter.
Pat Bowlen deserves to be in the NFL HOF! Without question! pic.twitter.com/hRNnREozfK— Ed McCaffrey (@87ed) August 25, 2017
A whopping 180-164 career record. Including a 1-15 final season. Pat Bowlen made the modern NFL. Shame on the HOF and the Selectors!!!— Nigel St. Hubbins (@Nigel_StHubbins) August 25, 2017
The "he'll get in next year!" comments for Pat Bowlen's HoF case feel crappy given how long he's been battling Alzheimer's disease.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) August 25, 2017
Absolutely disgusting that Pat Bowlen got snubbed for the HOF. Not only has he done amazing things for the Broncos, but for the NFL as well.— Courtney Finnicum (@courtney883) August 25, 2017
Wow. Bobby Beathard over Pat Bowlen? The HOF selection crew should be put out to pasture. So inept and clueless!— James Merilatt (@jamesmerilatt) August 25, 2017
You should be embarrassed. Each of you. For 4 straight years you should be embarrassed.— ALLTHINGS18 (@ALLTHINGS18) August 25, 2017
You should be ashamed of yourselves for such an obvious farce. Beathard doesn't mean anything to this league long term unlike Pat Bowlen— ((( Creepy Craig ))) (@ralphiehaber) August 25, 2017
Wow. What a joke. Bowlen deserves to be in there ahead of Jerry or anyone you voted thru this year. Shame shame shame.— AK (@AKx1K) August 25, 2017
TOTAL BULLSHIT— Justin (@jles1104) August 25, 2017
Bullshit. It's embarrassing how the HOF treats one of the greatest franchises in sports— TheBulgarian (@Bulgarian279) August 25, 2017
Wait this is Fake News right? Over Pat Bowlen?— Jeff Vickers (@gopherkiller2) August 25, 2017
Objectively, please tell everyone how he is deserving over Bowlen?— Ryan Fauvell (@pokesroxbroncs) August 25, 2017
Pat Bowlen WILL get in next year as competition committee submits 2 nominations. But its disgusting he got snubbed this time. #9sports— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) August 25, 2017
For once I am in total agreement with Mike Klis here.
This outcome is totally “disgusting.”