(Jim Plunkett photo courtesy of the Oakland Raiders)
(Ken Anderson photo courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals)
Talk of Fame Network
The Oakland Raiders will have another quarterback enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this August.
Listeners and readers of the Talk of Fame Network believe yet another Raider quarterback should be on the way as well.
In last week’s poll, we asked who the best quarterback not enshrined in Canton and offered six options. Jim Plunkett, who led the Raiders to a pair of Super Bowl victories in the 1980s, won in a landslide. Plunkett received 65.6 percent of the vote to easily outdistance Ken Anderson of the Bengals.
Talk of Fame Network host Ron Borges agreed with the voters.
“Obviously it's the guy in silver-and-black,” Borges said. “Plunkett was a two-time Super Bowl winner, a Super Bowl MVP and a great example of what happens if you get saddled on bad teams and have no way to get out.”
But Plunkett did get out. The first overall pick of the 1971 draft by the New England Patriots, Plunkett labored at quarterback with a bad team before being traded to San Francisco, another bad team. After two seasons, he was released and signed with the Raiders, where a quality supporting cast allowed him to achieve championship heights.
But not all of the Talk of Fame Network hosts sided with the voters and Plunkett. Clark Judge and Rick Gosselin both cast their ballots for Anderson.
“I'm not sure there was much difference between Ken Anderson and Ken Stabler -- and Stabler's already in the Hall, as he should be,” Judge said. “There were few quarterbacks I feared more with two minutes left than Stabler. But Anderson lifted the Bengals, put them in the Super Bowl, won four passing titles, was a three-time All-Pro, league MVP and, when he retired, the holder of several league passing records -- including highest percentage of completions in a season, in a game and in a Super Bowl game. In short, he was a load.
“I know we measure quarterbacks by rings, and Plunkett had two of them. But he had better players around him. That's what makes this such a close call. But I’ll take Anderson over Plunkett at the wire.”
Phil Simms came in third in the balloting with 8.4 percent of the vote, followed by John Brodie, John Hadl and Cecil Isbell.