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.
The reason “metrics” don’t determine the HOF is because metrics don’t effectively measure the quality of a player, including many positions that don’t have stats.
Intangibles like “big heart” are not HOF criteria and absolutely 100% of the equation is what you did on the field. Your mistake is thinking that statistics are the way to measure.
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