IS FELONIOUS OWNER HALL OF FAME MATERIAL?

EDDIE DEBARTOLO

Eddie DeBartolo was one of the most successful owners in NFL history. As head of the San Francisco 49ers, his teams won five Super Bowls. DeBartolo was also the guy who hired Bill Walsh to coach the 49ers. Under his stewardship the 49ers drafted and kept players like Joe Montana and Jerry Rice.

Unfortunately, DeBartolo is also the only man convicted of a felony while owning an NFL franchise. In 1996,  DeBartolo bribed then Louisiana governor Edwin Edwards by paying him $400,000 in order to obtain a casino license. DeBartolo pleaded guilty to a single felony count and testified against Edwards who ended up going to jail. After the scandal DeBartolo was forced to sell the Niners to his sister.

Now, DeBartolo is reportedly being considered for induction in the NFL Hall of Fame. The only question is whether the NFL would induct a convicted felon into the Hall of Fame.

 

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