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Jacoby: HOF Voters ‘Can’t Take Away’ Memories, Rings or Accomplishments

by Chris Lingebach
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Offensive lineman Joe Jacoby of the Washington Redskins. (Credit: Mike Powell/Allsport)

Offensive lineman Joe Jacoby of the Washington Redskins. (Credit: Mike Powell/Allsport)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Perhaps Hog for life Joe Jacoby was just tired when he called into 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny on Tuesday, but he certainly sounded like a guy completely, and utterly dejected, after failing to be voted into the NFL Hall of Fame for the umpteenth consecutive year.

Asked how it’s possible such an integral piece to an offensive line which propelled the Redskins to three championships could be continually disrespected, and how he didn’t even make the list of Hall of Fame finalists this year, Jacoby — who retired after the 1992 season, making him HOF eligible for the last 16 years — simply responded, “Well, I have no idea, and I don’t consider it disrespect.”

“I still think it was a great honor to be down to the semi-finalists,” he said. “And I didn’t make it into the room this year. So I look at it, I had four Super Bowls, so I won three, I’ve made some great friends and played with some guys who are in the Hall of Fame, so if it never happens for me, my life is very content.”

Jacoby was then asked if it’s still painful each year that passes, and he still hasn’t been inducted into the Hall, or if he’s come to grips with the idea that it may never happen.

“I am human like everybody else, and yea, there is some emotions around all that,” he responded. “You do get, I would have to say dejected. But you move on, you look at your life, and my family, and my wife of almost 29 years this March, and two beautiful daughters. I’ve got an upcoming gain into the family, a new son-in-law this August, so yea, life is great. That’s just one facet of it, and we put that behind us and we move on, and there will be another year hopefully, if we come up in 2014.”

The next question was almost as telling as Jacoby’s response, when he was asked if he perceives his being slighted every year as proof that some sort of bias exists, with the Pro Football Writers of America — the voters who elect members into the HOF — against the Redskins golden era.

“No, I don’t know that. I think we get our respect,” Jacoby said. “And I think people who know the game of football understand what we did at that time frame, and especially with Coach Gibbs and winning those Super Bowls, and with three different quarterbacks, three different running backs; that speaks volumes for itself. For whatever reason, the media don’t seem to see it that way, and we gotta make adjustments. But that’s all behind us and we move on from that.

“One thing these guys can’t do: they can’t take away the memories, they can’t take away the rings we got, and they can’t take away the accomplishments that we all did, individually on that team, and together as a group.”

If you you’re a Redskins fan, nothing will make you feel hopeless quite like reading these quotes over and over again.

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