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The Daily Norseman is loading up the longboats and setting off on a crusade to get Mick Tingelhoff into the Hall of Fame.

Mick Tinglehoff, courtesy of vikings.com
Mick Tinglehoff, courtesy of vikings.com

Today it was announced that Mick Tingelhoff was the lone "Seniors Nominee" for the 2015 Hall of Fame candidates.

There are two older era Vikings players that are deserving of being in the Hall of Fame, but are currently not there yet.  One is Jim Marshall, but the other is Mick Tingeloff.  If you're unaware of who Mick Tingelhoff is, let me take this moment to shed some light on him as a player.

After attending the University of Nebraska, and starting for his final senior year, Tingelhoff found his way to the Vikings in 1962 as an undrafted free agent.  This was the Vikings second year of existence, and Tingelhoff was able to earn the starting center position during training camp that year; a spot he would continue to hold until his retirement in 1978 (17 years later!).  Over the course of a very long and productive career for the Vikings in which he started 240 consecutive games, he was named to the Pro Bowl six times and was voted on by the Associated Press as a first team All-Pro five times.  There are only five centers in the history of the NFL with more All-Pro selections than Tingelhoff, and all five of them are in the Hall of Fame already.  He appeared in all four of the Vikings Super Bowl appearances, and is a member of the Vikings "Ring of Honor" and is also one of only six players to have his number retired by the team.  He is a member of the University of Nebraska's Hall of Fame, and recently was given the Gerald R. Ford Legends Award

Of all of the major accomplishments the 46-member Hall of Fame committee would consider, Tingelhoff has managed to achieve greatness in all of them.  Let's consider:

1.       Length of Career and Consecutive Starts?
-Check, played 348 Preseason, Regular Season and Post-season games...in a row.

2.       Recognition of the Press in his own era?
-Check, 5-time, first team all-pro

3.       Pro-Bowl appearances?
-Check, 6-time Pro-Bowler

4.       Part of a successful and dominant team?
-Check, 4-time NFC Champion, four Super Bowl appearances

5.       Considered to be among the best at his position in his era?
-Check, only Jim Otto was better (and he's already in the Hall).

6.       Received other significant recognition?
-Check (Nebraska Hall of Fame, Gerald R. Ford Legends Award)

Pro Football Reference gives Tingelhoff a career AV rating of 102, which puts him 99th overall among players since 1950, and is ranked 136th overall in that sites "Fan ELO" rating, just behind Bart Starr and George Blanda, but ahead of Marvin Harrison (all players either in the Hall of Fame or past finalists).  There's no good reason that Mick Tingelhoff shouldn't be in the Hall of Fame, or at the very least, not even been a finalist yet.  So, it is up to fans like us at the Daily Norseman to sway the 46-member committee to vote "yes" on Tingelhoff's recent Seniors Nomination.  Tingelhoff must receive an 80% yes vote from this committee in order to be selected into the Hall (37 yes votes).  Although if past history is any indication, a Seniors Nomination is nearly as good as an 80% yes vote.  Still, I've included a table below (because how could I not include a table?) that has the name, association and contact information for all 46-members of the Hall of Fame committee, pulled directly from the Hall of Fame website.  I implore you to contact these voters by any means necessary to voice your support for getting Mick Tingelhoff into the Hall of Fame.

Hall of Fame Voting Committee

Location

Name and Source

Contact Information

Twitter Handle

Arizona

Kent Somers, Arizona Republic

Azcentral Blog

@kentsomers

Atlanta

Len Pasquarelli, CBS-Atlanta

n/a

n/a

Baltimore

Scott Garceau, WMAR-TV

Scott@1057thefan.com

@ScottGShow

Buffalo

Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News

mgaughan@buffnews.com

@Mark Gaughan

Carolina

Darin Gantt, ProFootballTalk

n/a

@daringantt

Chicago

Dan Pompei, SportsOnEarth.com/Bleacher Report*

editors@sportsonearth.com

@danpompei

Cincinnati

Joe Reedy, Fox Sports Ohio

n/a

@joereedy

Cleveland

Tony Grossi, ESPNCleveland.com/WKNR Radio

tgrossi@goodkarmabrands.com

@tonygrossi

Dallas

Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News*

rgosselin@dallasnews.com

@RickGosselinDMN

Denver

Jeff Legwold, ESPN.com

jlegwold@denverpost.com

@Jeff_Legwold

Detroit

TBD

n/a

n/a

Green Bay

TBD

n/a

n/a

Houston

John McClain, Houston Chronicle*

Houston Chronicle

@McClain_on_NFL

Indianapolis

Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star

n/a

@mchappell51

Jacksonville

Sam Kouvaris, WJXT-TV

sam@wjxt.com

@samkouvaris

Kansas City

Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star

rcovitz@kcstar.com

@randycovtiz

Miami

Edwin Pope, Miami Herald

epope@miamiherald.com

n/a

Minnesota

Mark Craig, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune

mcraig@startribune.com

@markcraignfl

New England

Ron Borges, Boston Herald*

n/a

@RonBorges

New Orleans

Jeff Duncan, Times-Picayune

n/a

@JeffDuncan_

New York

Bob Glauber, Newsday

bob.glauber@newsday.com

@BobGlauber

New York

Gary Myers, New York Daily News

New York Daily News

@garymyersNYDN

Oakland

Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

FCooney@sportsxchange.com

n/a

Philadelphia

Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Daily News

pdomo@aol.com

@pdomo

Pittsburgh

Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

n/a

@EdBouchette

St. Louis

Bernie Miklasz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch*

n/a

@miklasz

San Diego

Nick Canepa, San Diego Union Tribune

sezme.godfather@gmail.com

@sdutCanepa

San Francisco

Nancy Gay, Comcast Sportsnet

n/a

@nancygay

Seattle

Mike Sando, ESPN.com

ESPN Mailbag

@SandoESPN

Tampa Bay

Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune

IKaufman@tampatrib.com

@IKaufmanTBO

Tennessee

David Climer, The Tennessean

dclimer@tennessean.com

@DavidClimer

Washington

David Elfin, 106.7 The Fan

n/a

@davidelfin

PFWA

Darryl Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dledbetter@ajc.com

@DOrlandoLED

At Large

Howard Balzer, The Sports Xchange

Hbalzer@aol.com

@HBalzer721

At Large

Jarrett Bell, USA Today

n/a

@JarrettBell

At Large

John Clayton, ESPN/ESPN Magazine

ESPN Mailbag

@ClaytonESPN

At Large

Jason Cole, Yahoo! Sports

Yahoo Mailbag

@JasonPhilCole

At Large

John Czarnecki, FOXSports.com*

Fox Sports Mailbag

n/a

At Large

Clark Judge, CBSSports.com

Talk of Fame Mailbag

@clarkjudgeTOF

At Large

Peter King, Sports Illustrated

sportsillustrated_contactus@timeinc.com

@SI_PeterKing

At Large

Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange*

Imiller@sportsxchange.com (guessing)

n/a

At Large

Sal Paolantonio, ESPN

n/a

n/a

At Large

Vito Stellino, Florida Times Union

phone: 904-359-4279

@vitostellino

At Large

Jim Trotter, ESPN

JimTrotterESPN@gmail.com

@JimTrotter_NFL

At Large

Charean Williams, Ft. Worth Star Telegram

cjwilliams@star-telegram.com

@NFLCharean

At Large

Barry Wilner, Associated Press

n/a

@wilner88

It's a very good sign that the news of Tingelhoff's inclusion as a Senior Nominee was included in the Talk of the Hall blog and podcast, which is run by three members of the voting committee.  I didn't have the pleasure of watching Tingelhoff play, as I still wasn't even born yet when he retired in 1978.  But, everything I have learned about Tingelhoff leads me to believe that him not being in the Hall of Fame is a major snub.  So, in closing, check out this short highlight video from Vikings.com and let's try to get Mick Tingelhoff trending on twitter: #GotMickTingelHOF? and get him in the Hall of Fame!