SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 18: Ric Flair addresses the audience during a press conference for ‘Hulkamania – Let The Battle Begin’ at Star City on November 18, 2009 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Ric “The Nature Boy” Flair is one of the most iconic professional wrestlers in the history of sports entertainment. Even outside of his work with WWE, Flair is about as outspoken as any man of his stature can be.

Flair is a big-time sports fan. He’s also close with a former NFL player that is among a semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2024. And while Steve McMichael is among 60 names in the senior and coach/contributor category, Flair can’t seem to understand why the former Chicago Bears legend isn’t already enriched in Canton.

McMichael, a two-time first-team All-Pro and two-time Pro Bowler helped the ‘85 Bears capture Super Bowl XX. Following a storied NFL career, McMichael entered the professional wrestling ring, which is where he met Flair. The two remain close.

Unfortunately, McMichael was diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) which is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacts physical function. McMichael is fully paralyzed, has lost his voice and requires round-the-clock care.

“July 27 is the last day. If he don’t get into the Hall of Fame – He’s got better numbers than Warren Sapp. I don’t get it,” Flair recently told Fox News Digital.

“He’s laying there with ALS. What the [heck] is wrong with these guys?”

Flair has a fair point. Obviously, it’s up to the voters, but if McMichael is deserving of an induction, the Hall should not wait until after he has passed to make things right. Hopefully, McMichael is able to see his day in Canton and Flair’s strongly worded argument is enough to convince voters.

[Fox News]

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