The hardest job I have these days is serving on the Canadian Football Hall of Fame’s selection committee.
When I hear this year’s inductees talking about the honour of joining the Hall today in Hamilton, I realize it might also be my most rewarding job. How can you quibble with anyone in this year’s class? Geroy Simon, Anthony Calvillo, Mike O’Shea, Kelvin Anderson, Stan Schwartz and Brian Towriss. During my journalism career I have watched and interviewed every one of this year’s inductees, so they’re in my ballpark when debating their merits.
But there are so many other names worthy of Hall consideration: Al Ford, Wayne Shaw, Leo Cahill, Joe Zuger, Dick Thornton and Mervyn Fernandez. Our committee has heated, heartfelt arguments about every successful candidate and our conversations are even more passionate when someone doesn’t get inducted.
And that’s what makes our duties so difficult.