Let’s put the ‘pro’ in Pro Football Hall of Fame

Canton, Ohio — The Pro Football Hall of Fame is one the biggest must-do events for any football fan, and it is amazing how the hard-working folks at the Hall manage to outdo themselves every year.

But there is just one thing that the Pro Football Hall of Fame can do better — and that is recognize the “pro” in the title. As Hall of Fame manager of digital media Pete Fierle pointed out Dave Dameshek, guest-producer Chris Law and myself during our tour of the Hall on Thursday, this is a Pro Football Hall of Fame. Not an NFL Hall of Fame.

Which is great in theory, but this will certainly be put to the test next season when Canadian Football League star Damon Allen is eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Allen is the younger brother of Pro Football Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, and Damon Allen had a rather impressive run in the Canadian Football League. He’s tops on the all-time pro football passing chart with 72,381 passing yards, more than Warren Moon‘s total of 70,553 yards in the CFL and NFL.

And by “rather impressive,” what I really mean is that it’s the most prolific passing career in professional football history. Damon Allen, 48, retired in 2007, meaning that he will be eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year. So when I had the chance to ask Marcus Allen about it on Friday, he opened up about his brother joining him in the Hall.

“That is something I have given a great deal of thought about,” Marcus Allen said. “It’s not the NFL Hall of Fame, but the Pro Football Hall of Fame, rather. He played professional football and he played it better than anybody else.”

But will that be enough to impress the Peter King, John Clayton and the rest of the selection committee? I am not hopeful, when you consider that most of the selection committee likely does not watch a lot of Canadian football. But to truly be considered a professional football Hall of Fame, Damon Allen needs to be in there.

You can listen to the entire Marcus Allen interview here.

Adam Rank has finally made Cal State Fullerton proud, by referencing the greatest all-time Titan. Congratulate him via Twitter or via Facebook. Oh, and be sure to catch the latest on the Dave Dameshek Football Program.

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