The thing speaks for itself


Editor, The Commercial:

For many years the late Jim Benton of Fordyce has been omitted from placement in the NFL Hall of Fame. Jim played for the Cleveland Rams during the 1940’s, and then the Rams later moved its franchise to Los Angeles and then to St. Louis.

To his credit Jim Benton was named the Best NFL Receiver by ESPN in 2010. He set a record with most yards gained in a single game that stood in the NFL for 40 years. The Football Sports Writers of his era chose him as one of the best players in the NFL.

Jim’s predecessor, Don Hutson, set NFL pass receiving records, which gained Hutson entry into the NFL Hall of Fame. Jim Benton broke several of Hutson’s records. Jim was named to the Ram’s All Time Team. He played on two NFL World Championship Teams. He gained over 200 yards pass receiving in two games with one game gaining over 300 yards against the Detroit Lions. He is a member of the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Attorneys use a Latin phrase: “Res Ipsa Loquitor.” Translated it means “the thing speaks for itself.” Why the voting members of Canton, Ohio have not recognized the loud speaking records of Jim Benton for almost 70 years is a mystery to me.

There is shame in not giving this man the recognition he deserved during his lifetime. Jim died several years ago. The shame increased when the greatest authority on sports, ESPN, named him as NFL’s Greatest All-Time Receiver with his notable absence from the NFL Hall of Fame. “Res Ipsa Loquitor.”

Can I get an Amen?

Bob Smithey

Pine Bluff