Interceptions Mark 'Very Good' List

The latest Packers up for selection to the Hall of Very Good are Bobby Dillon and Charley Brock. We have the scoop from the Pro Football Researchers Association's executive director.

The Professional Football Researchers Association has nominated Green Bay Packers Hall of Famers Charley Brock and Bobby Dillon for selection to its Hall of Very Good.

The Hall of Very Good, which was started in 2003, honors outstanding players and coaches who are not in the Hall of Fame and are not likely to ever make it. The PFRA does not promote any of the electees for the Hall of Fame nor does it view the Hall of Very Good as a springboard for the Hall of Fame, though several of its inductees ultimately wound up in Canton.

"I think it's really turned out well and we're acknowledging a lot of other players who may not see the light of day if it wasn't for the stuff that our researchers have been doing," PFRA executive director Ken Crippen told Packer Report on Monday.

Dillon played defensive back for the Packers from 1952 through 1959, famously starring despite having sight in just one eye. Dillon, who was selected to the Packers Hall of Fame in 1974, is the team's career leader with 52 interceptions. Incredibly, he picked off nine passes in 1953, 1955 and 1957. Only Irv Comp's 10 interceptions in 1943 are more in franchise history.

"He was a very instinctive player," Crippen said. "He was pretty quick. He really didn't have a whole lot of help on defense at all, so he was pretty much doing it by himself. He was a decent tackler; not a great tackler. But what really stood out was just the number of interceptions that he had. He intercepted 29 passes over a span of 39 games, and even today, that would be amazing. Back then, when you're not throwing it as much as you are today, that's just incredible."

Brock was a center and linebacker for the Packers from 1939 through 1947. Brock, who was enshrined in the Packers Hall of Fame in 1973, interecepted 20 passes during his career.

"He was a pretty decent center — a lot of people compare him to the same level of play as a Bulldog Turner (a Pro Football Hall of Famer who starred for the Bears)," Crippen said. "He was another person that really developed his skill of intercepting passes. You had even less passes thrown back in Charley Brock's day (compared to when Dillon played), so for him to be able to develop that skill of being able to really hone in on the ball, I think that was pretty special."

A third player with Packers ties is guard Ray Bray. Bray ended his NFL career in Green Bay in 1952 after playing for the Bears from 1939 through 1951.

The other finalists are quarterback Ken Anderson, linebacker Bill Bergey, receiver Cliff Branch, guard Ken Gray, safety Cliff Harris, receiver Harold Jackson, tackle George Kunz, halfback Paul Lowe, defensive end Harvey martin, defensive back Eddie Meador, running back Lydell Mitchell, tackle-center-coach Ted Nesser, linebacker Andy Russell, coach Lou Saban, defensive tackle Tom Sestak, tight end Jerry Smith and running back-defensive back Buddy Young.

The Class of 2011, which will include between eight and 10 players, will be announced by the end of the year.


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