Mark Madden

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Ex-Steelers Hines Ward and James Harrison got knocked out of the running for the Pro Football Hall of Fame at the semifinal level. Ward was in his eighth year of eligibility, Harrison his second. 

There’s more outrage about Ward’s exclusion. But Harrison might have better credentials. 

Here’s an excerpt from my Trib column: 

The argument for Harrison might be better than the one for Ward. 

Harrison had a short prime but was football’s best defensive player for a spell. He was Defensive Player of the Year once, first-team All-Pro twice. His 100-yard interception return in Super Bowl XLIII might be the greatest play in NFL history. Like Ward, he won two rings. 

But, also like Ward, Harrison is borderline. Those who are borderline have no real gripe. 

To read the entire column, click HERE

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