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Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
Kraft Needs to Waive 5-Year Rule, Put Edelman In the Hall This Summer
Steve Balestrieri
While NFL writers are falling all over themselves to rush to proclaim why Julian Edelman isn’t a Hall of Fame WR, which is way too soon for t

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Mainefan

Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
The football Hall of Fame doesn't just measure tangible, on-the-field accomplishments. If it did, it would select members with established metrics. If you achieved them, you're in, if you haven't, you're not. We all know there are plenty of "deserving" players who've achieved every imaginable metric, but still aren't in the HOF. Why? Because the HOF doesn't work by tangible metrics alone. Intangibles play a major role. Accomplished players who weren't popular, who weren't generally admired or who were disliked have a hard time getting in. And this is where the case for Edelman resides: He was an almost universally admired player, by teammates or opponents, and few have been better liked during their careers. He deserves to be in the HOF not just for his on-the-field achievements, which were significant, especially succeeding in a position he didn't play in college, but for who he was as a player, how he was viewed by fans and sports writers, the impact he made on the game and on his team's fortunes. Julian Edelman deserves to be in the HOF because few players, if any, had a bigger heart than he did. And if you look at who's in the HOF, you'll see that metric means a great deal.
 

everlong

Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
I don't think you can waive the 5 year rule but if you're going to do it then make the Bucs game Julian Edelman night so you have Brady and Gronk there for it.
 

oldrover

"You're gonna have to serve somebody..."
Kraft Needs to Waive 5-Year Rule, Put Edelman In the Hall This Summer
"Hey, that's a greaaaaaaaaaat idea... talk to you later..."

 

Sicilian

Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal
The only player who should get the 5 year rule waived is Brady.

And even then I would wait at least 1 year, because with his mentality there's no guarantee he doesn't just unretire after a year off and play again. You want these to be celebrations of a complete career, which is why the five year period is there for most HoF's to begin with. It gives you a chance to step back and not react emotionally to the retirement, but also all but guarantees that this IS actually the end.
 

50-yard-line

Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract
The only player who should get the 5 year rule waived is Brady.
Maybe, had he retired a Patriot.

So put him in! Ticker-tape parade...and then he pulls a Manning and shows up at the SB five years after retirement in a Bucs jersey.
 

Boomer B

In the Starting Line-Up
Maybe, had he retired a Patriot.

So put him in! Ticker-tape parade...and then he pulls a Manning and shows up at the SB five years after retirement in a Bucs jersey.
I think Brady’s a lot closer to the Krafts then Manning was to Jim Irsay.

Really the main reason I say waive the 5 years for Brady is if he retires from football after the 2022 season, that would mean it’s 2027 before he gets his red jacket. Bob Kraft, who loves Brady and would likely want to see his red jacket ceremony will be about 87 years old by then. He may not have that long. For Brady skip the 5 years and ensure Kraft is there for his induction.
 

UGAPatsfan

Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job
Brady can wait. Honestly...I won’t even lie. Any celebrations with him and the Pats will ring hollow to me forever. Yeah...I’m salty.
 

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