Stop Nominating Serial Rapist for Football Hall of Fame

Target: National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell

Goal: Remove convicted serial rapist’s eligibility to be nominated for placement in the NFL Hall of Fame.

A convicted serial rapist serving 18 years in prison for drugging and raping multiple women has been nominated for a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame. The same thing happened last year, and though he received zero votes, the fact that Darren Sharper keeps getting nominated is completely disrespectful to his victims and offensive to humanity.

People have defended the nomination of Sharper by saying that the only restriction for football Hall of Fame nomination is “a player and coach must have been retired at least five years before he can be considered.” However, it can’t be a difficult process to change these rules to exempt former players who have been convicted of a violent crime, particularly one as heinous as rape.

NFL players seem to be particularly prone to committing violence against women, and it’s rare for any of them to be punished for it at all, let alone given prison time. The nomination of this serial rapist only furthers the appearance that the NFL doesn’t care about women or victims of rape and domestic violence. Sign our petition to demand that the organizations sees to it that Darren Sharper is never nominated for the Hall of Fame again.


Dear Commissioner Goodell,

For the second year in a row, Darren Sharper has been nominated to be given a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame. He didn’t get any votes last year, likely because he’s currently serving 18 years in prison after being convicted of drugging and raping multiple women. Somehow, despite the fact that last year’s nomination sparked outrage, he has been nominated once again.

I understand that the only restriction keeping former players from being nominated is that they have to have been in retirement for at least five years, but I’m assuming there’s nothing keeping the NFL from changing the Hall of Fame nomination regulations. If you don’t want people across the country to think you don’t care about women or rape victims, it’s time to make it so former players convicted of violent crimes are not eligible.

The fact that Sharper has once again been nominated is a slap in the face to his victims. Your organization already has a problem with violent football players not being punished for attacking women, and this only makes your bad reputation worse. I demand that you change the Hall of Fame eligibility regulations to make sure that Sharper and other violent players are never nominated again.


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  1. Rapists belong behind bars and not be honored in a Hall of Fame!!!

  2. Joanne Folkins says:

    Any, and I mean ANY, candidate for any “honour” must be beyond reproach in order for that award to be widely considered worthy of acceptance. If any candidate is not, that honour’s reputation is besmirched, making it less and less desirable.

    Look at what has happened with the Catholic Church and its defence of its pedophiles.

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