Why was Jim Tyrer not included?
By now, you’ve probably read this list and asked, “Why wasn’t Jim Tyrer mentioned?” That is a valid question.
Tyrer was a shield up front for the Chiefs in the 1960s and early ’70s. Out of the 180 games he appeared in for the Chiefs, he only missed two starts, which came in 1973, being the final year with the Chiefs.
To give fans an understanding of what kind of offensive tackle Tyrer was, he was essentially the Willie Roaf of the ’60s. He was a seven-time AFL All-Star and a two-time Pro Bowler. He was named to eight All-AFL and two All-Pro teams while also being a part of the AFL All-Time Team.
Here is the tough part: Tyrer was part of a murder-suicide where he killed his wife before killing himself in 1980. It may be very likely that the Pro Football Hall of Fame and its voters do not want to vote in a player who committed such act. Maybe the discussion of the omission is even easier to avoid since he was an offensive lineman who played more than four decades ago.
Tyrer was inducted to the Chiefs Hall of Fame in 1977, three years before his death.