The Joe Klecko to the Hall of Fame argument has raged for many years, and it's always been a sore point for New York Jets fans.
A 4x Pro Bowler at three difference positions, 2x All Pro and 1x Defensive player of the year, many are astounded that Joe has never received the call to go to the hall. In fact, he hasn't really received the consideration his resume deserves.
As one of the most dominant defensive linemen in the history of pro football and arguably the best Jets defensive player in history, Klecko hounded and terrorized quarterbacks on a consistent basis.
Now with it being 25 years since his last NFL season, he is eligible to enter the hall as a Senior candidate. He was eligible for this in 2015, but with the committee only being able to induct one senior member, they elected for Minnesota Vikings center Mick Tingelhoff instead. This year they will be able to induct two, meaning Joe's chances are even higher.
Now an online petition has popped up, calling for the Hall's selection committee to induct Joe into his rightful place, bronzed among the best players in the history of the game. Sacks only became an official statistic in 1982, one year after Klecko recorded a mind-boggling 20.5 sacks in 1981.
Jets fan Jason Koeppel has founded the petition which you can sign here. I'm not sure how much notice the selection committee will take to an online petition, probably very little. However, if it raises the question and garners media attention (which it obviously has) then it's done it's job. With over 1,200 signatures at the time of publish, it's certainly ticking along quite nicely.
I believe Joe Klecko belongs in the Hall of Fame. Anthony Munoz, Dwight Stephenson and Joe DeLamielleure all think he belongs in the hall, and as Hall of Fame offensive linemen, they probably have a good idea how dominant he was,.