(La' Roi Glover photo courtesy of the New Orleans Saints)
Talk of Fame Network
It's hard to figure how the Hall of Fame forgot about former defensive tackle La'Roi Glover.
He was a six-time Pro Bowl choice, a four-time All-Pro, a member of the 2000s' all-decade team and the NFL sack leader in 2000 … as a defensive tackle. Yet he not only isn’t on the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame's short list; hes not on any list out of Canton.
You heard me. La'Roi Glover is not among the 94 modern-era candidates on the list for the Class of 2017, and that’s hard to fathom. It's one thing not to make it as a finalist or semifinalist – neither of which Glover has achieved since retiring in 2009. But it's another to be left off the list altogether.
Yet that is what has happened. And while Glover -- who is in the New Orleans Saints' Hall -- doesn’t understand it, he does believe he's Hall-of-Fame worthy.
"I think I (am)," he said. "That's not being braggadocious or arrogant or anything like that. It's just based on the body of work. 13 NFL seasons. Played at a high level. Never missed a game up until … when I did start playing my second year in the league I played in 192 straight games. For the position being able to put up those types of numbers and rushing the quarterback and putting the quarterback on the ground ...
"Then from a team standpoint, as well, effectively playing good team defense, either in New Orleans or with the Dallas Cowboys as well. So, based upon those measurements, I think I do stand right there, toe-to-toe with some of those phenomenal football players who have been blessed to have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame."
It's hard to argue that he doesn’t at least deserve consideration. Glover led the league in sacks with 17 in 2000, more than any defensive tackle ever, outside of Minnesota's Keith Millard (18) in 1989. And, as he said, he was an iron man, never sitting down after he once he joined the starting lineup in his third year in the NFL.
That is rare. But is rarer still for a defensive tackle. So the obvious question: How did he survive?
"There's no real one reason why," he said. "You're blessed, and you're lucky just to be able to come back day after day, week after week and year after year. I think a lot of that goes into how you take care of your body.
"Because of the fact that I was released after my rookie season, that kind of triggered a different sort of motivation where, number one, I didn’t want that to happen again. And, two, I didn’t want to come off the field again. I wanted to try to maximize each and every opportunity I was given throughout my NFL career."