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Report: Several Hall of Fame voters wouldn’t hold Deflategate against Tom Brady

06.28.15 at 10:43 pm ET

A handful of voters for the Pro Football Hall of Fame say that Tom Brady‘s potential involvement in the Deflategate scandal won’t impact his chances to get to Canton.

In this story from, Richard Deitsch spoke with eight current voters, and all of them pretty much say the same thing — unless new evidence comes to light that might directly implicate Brady in the scandal, the quarterback will have little trouble getting into the Hall of Fame, likely on the first ballot.

Voters polled by Deitsch include Bob Glauber of Newday, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report, and Mike Sando and Jim Trotter of ESPN. Trotter perhaps offered the strongest endorsement of Brady, saying that “Brady’s greatness isn’t about the air pressure in a football; it’s about the competitive drive in his heart.”

He added: “My evaluation of Brady for the Hall of Fame hasn’t changed at all. If he were listed on the ballot today, he’d get my vote without hesitation. It’s arguable whether any quarterback has consistently done more with less than Brady.”

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