Why doesn't the NFL induct officials into the Hall of Fame?

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<p> <b>Why is it that the NFL is the only major sport that does not induct game officials into its Hall of Fame?&nbsp;</b></p>

Why is it that the NFL is the only major sport that does not induct game officials into its Hall of Fame? 

— Dr. Norman Jones, Crystal Lake, Ill.

 

We kicked this one over to veteran NFL writer Gordon Forbes, who had this to say: “A number of officials have been nominated over the years, but none has made it to the final 25 cut. Dr. Jones should know that fans can nominate players, coaches, contributors, etc., by simply sending a letter to the Hall of Fame, which is why there are usually 100 or more individuals nominated each year. Among today’s officials, the best-known and one of the most respected is Ed Hochuli, but the first official I would name to the Hall of Fame would be former referee Jim Tunney.” 

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