Packers Morning Buzz: Deion Sanders says Hall 'letting every Tom, Dick and Harry' get in
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com.
We'll start with Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders, in an appearance Monday on the Dan Patrick Show, declaring that "Every Tom, Dick and Harry" is being voted into Canton's hallowed hall.
"It’s so skewed now,'' Sanders said. "Once upon a time, a Hall-of-Famer was a player who changed the darn game, who made you want to reach in your pocket and pay your admission to see that guy play. That’s not a Hall-of-Famer anymore. Every Tom, Dick and Harry, you’re a Hall-of-Famer, you’re a Hall-of-Famer, you’re a Hall-of-Famer. They let everybody in this thing.''
Try telling that to former Packers safety LeRoy Butler, who didn't make the cut to 10 this past weekend after being named one of the 15 finalists for 2020 induction. Deion's rant also won't go over well in Dallas, where former Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson was recently voted in as part of a special centennial class while receiver Drew Pearson was bypassed again.
You can read more here:
Butler remains upbeat despite falling short this time around:
Peter King of NBC Sports is a Hall of Fame voter who apparently wasn't sold on Butler's qualifications for being inducted this year:
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The San Francisco 49ers followed up their 37-20 romp over the Packers in the NFC title game by blowing a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead and falling 31-20 to Kansas City in Super Bowl LIV. You knew that.
But do you know why 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan became so conservative in his play calling, especially near the end of the first half when San Francisco got the ball at its 20 with 59 seconds left and all three timeouts? Shanahan's explanation:
“They had three timeouts, and it was 10-10,” Shanahan explained. “The last thing we were going to do there is allow them to get the ball with three timeouts left, especially with their quarterback and offensive speed, and go down and score before half. Felt real good at 10-10, especially with us starting with the ball (in the second half). I thought it played out all right. I thought we should’ve got points, but they end up calling that (pass interference) on (George) Kittle.”
You can read in more detail about Shanahan and the 49ers' loss here:
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And finally: Green Bay's fireworks folks will have a tough act to follow if the Packers win the Super Bowl next year:
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