In recent decades, several quarterbacks have been successful, productive players combining passing and rushing ability. Still, when some of those quarterbacks come up for Hall of Fame consideration, commentators tend to focus on the passing yards and ignore the rushing yards.
Today Peter King discusses Steve McNair's Hall of Fame case. He provides a lot of numbers, and shows that as a passer, McNair's numbers are relatively modest and are similar to Mark Brunell's numbers (and Brunell's not going to be a HOFer).
Peter King writes NOT ONE SINGLE WORD about Steve McNair's rushing. Steve McNair rushed for 3,590 yards (5.4 ypa) and 37 touchdowns. Can one discuss McNair's HOF resume without even mentioning his contributions as a runner? To talk soley about his passing numbers entirely INGORES a major area in which McNair impacted the game. The rushing numbers are also relevant to a comparision with Mark Brunell, a decent rushing QB that lags behind McNair with 2,433 (4.8 ypa) and 15 TDs.
I'm not sure whether or not Steve McNair should be a Hall of Famer. But I worry that HOF selectors have a limited approach when they consider the QBs that utilized passing and running to gain yards, pick up first downs, score touchdowns, and win games. If we are going to have a discussion about McNair as a potential Hall of Famer, we cannot entirely ignore one of his major assets: he helped his team by rushing as well as throwing.