The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce nominated John Brodie, the San Francisco 49ers beloved ex-quarterback, as a candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.
Brodie was named MVP in 1970, ranked second in most yardage thrown at the time of his retirement and played 17 years as quarterback for the 49ers. Brodie has been out of the game for since 1973, his successful career and impressive statistics has fooled most into thinking that he was already inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Bob Linscheid, SF Chamber president and CEO, spearheaded the effort to nominate Brodie as a Hall of Famer after discovering that the local legend had yet to be enshrined. The Chamber held a press conference Thursday at Kezar Stadium, the 49ers old field, to announce the effort, with Brodie in attendance.
“We wanted to recognize one of our own and so we began some research and we were shocked that John Brodie was not in the Hall of Fame,“ Linscheid said. “I always thought he was in the Hall of Fame, so when we discovered that he wasn’t we decided to do something about it.”
Nominees must be elected by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The 2015 induction ceremony will be held Aug. 8, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Brodie suffered a stroke in 2000 and has received a number of successful stem cell treatments over the past decade. Former Mayor Willie Brown Jr. and former teammates Cedrick Hardman and Gene Washington were among Brodie’s supporters at the event.
Cedrick Hardman, a retired defensive end for the 49ers, spoke highly of Brodie as both a friend and a teammate. “He’s a great great leader and today we are here to right a wrong and let’s just get it done,” said Hardman, who joined the 49ers in 1970.
Brodie will join NFL legend John Madden at the Merlin Olsen Super Bowl Luncheon in Phoenix, Ariz. on Feb. 5, in which both will share stories.