When a debate over whether or not an accomplished player belongs in the Hall of Fame ensues, the cynic almost inevitably will say something along the lines of "Well, if there was a such thing as a Hall of Very Good, he'd be in it. But not the Hall of Fame."
Eight years ago, the Pro Football Researchers Association formed a Hall of Very Good.
The Hall's mission statement is "to honor outstanding players and coaches who are not in the Hall of Fame and are not likely to ever make it." A handful of players have made the Hall of Very Good and later been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton.
The PFRA has announced its 20 nominees for this year's class. Prototypical examples include Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Ken Anderson, Oakland Raiders receiver Cliff Branch and Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Andy Russell.
Three AFC East names also are in this year's group: Buffalo Bills head coach Lou Saban, Bills defensive tackle Tom Sestak and New England Patriots receiver Harold Jackson.
You can see the list of inductees by visiting ProFootballResearchers.org. Honorees with AFC East ties are Dolphins safety Jake Scott, Patriots receiver and kicker Gino Cappelletti and Patriots running back Chuck Foreman.