Former New York Jets great Joe Klecko was snubbed again by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
On Monday, the Hall of Fame announced its only senior finalist for 2017, former Seattle Seahawks safety Kenny Easley, a member of the NFL's all-decade team for the 1980s. Players such as Easley and Klecko fall into the senior category because they're at least 25 years removed from their last season. By rule, the committee was limited to only one senior finalist this year. Next year, it'll be two.
Klecko -- 0-for-3 as a senior candidate -- belongs in Canton. He was one of the NFL's top defensive linemen in the 1980s, making the Pro Bowl at three different positions along the line. He has received public endorsements from several Hall of Famers, most recently John Hannah, who gave Klecko a nice plug on Hall of Fame Radio. But where's the support from the nine-member senior committee?
"It's always a hope,” Klecko told me about a year ago. “Being elected to the Hall of Fame would be such a special thing -- outrageous. People talk about it, which flatters me. I don't have overwhelming credentials and I never played in a Super Bowl, and that seems to be a big catalyst."
Not always, though. Easley never played in a Super Bowl; his postseason resume consists of six AFC playoff games in a seven-year career. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time All Pro. Klecko had four Pro Bowls, two All-Pros and five playoff games. He played in 155 games to Easley's 89.
One of these day, hopefully, the Hall of Fame will get it right.