How does Washington legend Joe Jacoby continue to get snubbed from Hall of Fame?
By Jerry Trotta
The 2022 NFL Honors took place on Thursday evening, and it was objectively a perfect segue into Super Bowl weekend.
It pains us to pass along that the Washington Commanders left without any silverware. In fairness, though, Jonathan Allen was the only nominated player and the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award is decided between 31 other contestants.
If we’re being frank, it’s tough to have any qualms with the results after Andrew Whitworth’s powerful acceptance speech. For all the great work Allen continues to contribute in the fight against youth homelessness, all 32 candidates were deserving of the award and Whitworth was clearly a worthy choice.
But enough about the 2022 awards. Let’s transition to this year’s heavily-debated Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.
The class included Sam Mills, the father of Commanders defensive line coach Sam Mills III, Richard Seymour, LeRoy Butler, Cliff Branch, Tony Boselli, Art McNally and Dick Vermeil.
The most notable omissions included Reggie Wayne, DeMarcus Ware, Andre Johnson and Washington legend Joe Jacoby.
Truth be told, Jacoby doesn’t even belong on that list. Not because he’s not worthy of the Hall, but because his modern eligibility was exhausted back in 2018, making him no longer eligible to appear on the ballot. He continues needing induction from the veterans committee.
That alone is insulting given the career he put together with the then-Redskins.
How does Washington legend Joe Jacoby continue to get snubbed from the Pro Football Hall of Fame?
On its surface, Jacoby’s resume is Canton-worthy. A three-time Super Bowl champion, four-straight Pro Bowl appearances, three All-Pro nods and a spot on the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade Team. Like we said, it speaks for itself.
Beyond the accolades, though, Jacoby was simply a vital member of arguably the most dominant line in league history. As a former “Hog,” he helped lead Washington to three Super Bowls (still the only three in franchise history).
During his tenure, Washington boasted 10 different top-10 ranked offenses and six top-five offenses. Additionally, the Redskins produced seven (!) 1,000-yard rushers and seven 3,000-yard passers over Jacoby’s career.
The former undrafted linchpin out of Louisville had tremendous versatility and played multiple positions along the OL during his career, but he made a name for himself at left tackle, which might be the second- or third-most important position on the offense behind quarterback and maybe wide receiver.
It’s no coincidence Washington enjoyed so much success with Jacoby anchoring their offensive line. During his 13-year run, the team won double-digit games eight times in a year span and won four NFC East titles. More impressive, though, is that he was the team’s starting left tackle in four conference championship games (including one at right tackle) and three Super Bowls.
We’re not going to say any one member of the 2022 class should be removed to make room for Jacoby. They are seven deserving inductees. However, his resume stacks up against anyone’s and it’s ridiculous he’s not in yet.
Fans have been patiently waiting for Jacoby to get his Hall of Fame dues, but that patience is starting to wear thin.
Good thing it’s a virtue.