Dick Stanfel a senior nominee for Hall of Fame for third time

Dick Stanfel played in an era before linemen were graded by advanced metrics and had a relatively short playing career. But he also was a successful offensive line coach for decades. Courtesy of Detroit Lions

This isn’t Dick Stanfel’s first time as a seniors committee candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The five-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, according to Pro Football Reference, will be a seniors candidate for the third time when the Hall of Fame committee makes its annual selections this weekend. Stanfel and quarterback Ken Stabler will be considered to be part of the 2016 class in Canton, Ohio.

Stanfel’s candidacy is tougher to quantify than most others because of his position – he was a right guard for Detroit and Washington – and because of when he played. Advanced statistics and a more intricate grading process for linemen didn’t exist in the 1950s, so measuring his level of dominance will be difficult.

His honors suggest a level of dominance in the seven seasons he played in the NFL after being drafted in the second round in 1951 by the Lions. He won two titles with Detroit and was named the Lions’ Most Valuable Player during the 1953 season, something almost unheard of for an offensive lineman.

His dominance in his era was proven by the Hall of Fame naming him to the all-1950s team as a guard.

Stanfel was traded by Detroit after four seasons to Washington, where he was named one of the 70 Greatest Redskins. He played three seasons with Washington before retiring at age 31.

While Stanfel had a short playing career and retired with good years left, he might have made more of a mark as an offensive line coach.

He helped construct the Chicago Bears offensive line that blocked for Hall of Fame running back Walter Payton and won Super Bowl XX. He coached in the NFL from 1964 to 1992 for Philadelphia, San Francisco, New Orleans and Chicago.

He coached Hall of Famer Bob Brown (Philadelphia) and All-Pros Forrest Blue (San Francisco), Jimbo Covert (Chicago) and Jay Hilgenberg (Chicago).