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01/08/2010

15 modern-era nominees join senior candidates as finalists for Class of 2010
 

Three first-year eligible players, Tim Brown, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith, are among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets in South Florida on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010.


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Joining the three first-year eligible players, are 11 other modern-era players and a longtime head coach. The 15 modern-era finalists, along with the two senior nominees announced in August 2009 (former Detroit Lions cornerback Dick LeBeau and former Denver Broncos running back Floyd Little) will be the only candidates considered for Hall of Fame election when the 44-member Selection Committee meets. To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent.

The official Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s 17 finalists (15 Modern-Era and two Senior Nominees*) with their positions, teams, and years active follow:

Tim Brown – Wide Receiver/Kick Returner – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cris Carter – Wide Receiver – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins

Don Coryell – Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

Roger Craig – Running Back – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings

Dermontti Dawson – Center – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers

Richard Dent – Defensive End – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles

Russ Grimm – Guard – 1981-1991 Washington Redskins

Charles Haley – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

Rickey Jackson – Linebacker – 1981-1993 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers

Cortez Kennedy – Defensive Tackle – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks

Dick LeBeau* – Cornerback – 1959-1972 Detroit Lions

Floyd Little* – Running Back – 1967-1975 Denver Broncos

John Randle – Defensive Tackle – 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks

Andre Reed – Wide Receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

Jerry Rice – Wide Receiver – 1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks

Shannon Sharpe – Tight End – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens

Emmitt Smith – Running Back – 1990-2002 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-04 Arizona Cardinals

Carter, Dawson, Dent, Grimm, Kennedy, Randle, Reed, and Sharpe have all been finalists in previous years. Although they were eligible in previous years, this is the first time Coryell, Craig, Haley, Jackson, Little, and LeBeau have been finalists.

From this year’s list, five players – Dawson, Grimm, Kennedy, LeBeau, and Little – spent their entire NFL career with just one team.

LeBeau and Little were selected as senior candidates by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee at their August 2009 meeting. The Seniors Committee reviews the qualifications of those players whose careers took place more than 25 years ago. The remaining 15 modern-era finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall’s 44-member Selection Committee from a list of 131 preliminary nominees that earlier was reduced to a list of 25 semifinalists. To be eligible for election, modern-era players and coaches must be retired at least five years (prior to 2007 coaches were eligible immediately after retiring).

Since Coryell retired prior to the 2007 change in coach’s eligibility, he has been eligible the longest of the modern-era nominees, 23 years. Grimm has been eligible 14 years, while Craig has been eligible 12 years. Jackson has been eligible for 10 years, Dent eight years, Haley six years, Reed, Dawson and Kennedy five years, Carter three years, Randle and Sharpe two years. Brown, Rice and Smith are in their first year of eligibility. Senior nominees LeBeau and Little have been eligible 33 years and 30 years respectively.

The Selection Committee will meet in South Florida, on Saturday, February 6, 2010, to elect the Hall of Fame Class of 2010. The election results will be announced at 5 p.m. ET during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Broward County Convention Center.

At the 2010 selection meeting, the selectors will thoroughly discuss the careers of each finalist. Although there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of six or seven can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected. Representatives of the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche will tabulate all votes during the meeting.

At the announcement, Pro Football Hall of Fame President/Executive Director Steve Perry will be presented with an envelope containing the names of the nominees elected. Each newly elected member will be contacted immediately by the Hall of Fame. Members of the Class of 2010 in South Florida for the Super Bowl will be asked to join the live announcement show. Those not able to attend will be asked to join via teleconference.


Fans heard
Also, for the first time fans are invited to vote for their choice for the Pro Football Hall of Fame with the Van Heusen Pro Football Hall of Fame Fan’s Choice at www.fanschoice.com.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame, Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation and JC Penney Company have teamed to provide the first-ever dedicated forum for fans to debate, discuss and voice their choice by voting for the Hall of Fame Enshrinee Class of 2010. The robust forum also includes stats on all candidates and opinions from football experts, Hall of Fame players and fans around the country.

The Van Heusen Fan’s Choice campaign which launched in September, mirrors the Hall of Fame’s selection process and will name the first-ever Fan’s Choice Class live on NFL Network just prior to the official announcement from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The Van Heusen Fan’s Choice Top 15 list includes seven candidates who also appear on the official Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee list including: Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Richard Dent, Charles Haley, Jerry Rice, Shannon Sharpe and Emmitt Smith.

Others who made the Van Heusen Fan’s Choice Top 15 list who didn’t make the official Hall of Fame Selection Committee list include an athletic trainer, Otho Davis; a coach, Tom Flores; as well as former players, Cliff Branch, Todd Christensen, Ray Guy, Lester Hayes, Ed “Too Tall” Jones , and Jim Plunkett.

The Final Round of fan voting begins today and the top 15 Fan’s choices will be combined with the Hall of Fame Selection Committee choices for one powerhouse list of candidates looking for fans’ votes to become a part of the inaugural Fan’s Choice class.

Fans are encouraged to visit www.fanschoice.com to vote for their favorites before the Fan’s Choice Class is revealed on February 6.



 If Elected...Special Notes on 2010 Finalists: HOF roster could increase for 14 teams | Position roster will change after 2010 election
 Finalists, All-time

Selection Process
Class of 2010Senior nominees | Preliminary nominees | Semifinalists
Capsule bios for the Class of 2010 finalists
2010 Enshrinement Festival (Ticket info, fan & travel packages, schedule of events, more)
VOICE YOUR CHOICE – visit Fanschoice.com and register your vote for the Class of ’10


Recent Comments
  • ChiTownBillsFan - August 09 2010 11:25 AM

    This makes me sick! Richard Dent & Andre Reed were robbed. Since when is Dancing with the Stars a requirement for the HOF. I guess the bigger the camera hog......the better your chances. Dent was MVP of the '84 Super Bowl Bears and Reed went to 4 consecutive Super Bowls with the Bills had over 13,000 career yards over 950 receptions and 87 TDs. HOF committee, what are you thinking?

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  • Erik Rupp - July 04 2010 02:21 AM

    Way to go Hall of Fame voters - you denied a great man, and a great coach, enshrinement while he was still alive to appreciate and enjoy it. Great job! John Madden, Joe Gibbs, Dan Fouts, and a whole lot of other people who know a lot better than many of you have said for years that Coryell should have been enshrined, but you thought you knew better than they did. Now it doesn't matter. He won't be there to see it, so what's the point? The Pro Football Hall of Fame means nothing to me now. What a sham.

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  • Erik Rupp - July 04 2010 02:21 AM

    Way to go Hall of Fame voters - you denied a great man, and a great coach, enshrinement while he was still alive to appreciate and enjoy it. Great job! John Madden, Joe Gibbs, Dan Fouts, and a whole lot of other people who know a lot better than many of you have said for years that Coryell should have been enshrined, but you thought you knew better than they did. Now it doesn't matter. He won't be there to see it, so what's the point? The Pro Football Hall of Fame means nothing to me now. What a sham.

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  • Rusty - July 02 2010 04:50 PM

    Dont ever forget (because I wont) that 2010 you all denied Don Coryell membership the last year he was alive. You have all hurt a lot of true San Diego fans.

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  • GMANDOG - February 10 2010 06:46 AM

    AS for Barry Sanders coulda would shoulda does not count he not the record hold and now never will be and you can blame the Lions ownership for that for not letting him goto a team witha chance for a superbowl. Barry was amazing and what he did with the line in front of him cannot be denied and we all give him his props and yes he was a great player but he didnt get the record period and no ammount of wishing or complaining will change that. So that being siad yes Emmit deserved to be in the Hall of Fame for getting rushing record aswell as his othe accomplishments. Wondering how someone would have done with a lesser team is comparing apples to oranges. congrates to the class of 2010, and goodluck to the ones in next years class they all deserve to be in the hall of fame but only so many can make it every year

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  • Bob Paine - February 06 2010 07:31 PM

    Don Cotryell's offenses changes the game forever. He invented the athletic tight end, the passing tree, the H back and sired many of the games great coaches including Bill Walsh, Joe Gibbs and Ernie Zampese. His offense produced three HOF skill players. Sadly (for us Charger fans) he didn't climb the highest mountain as a coach but he is a true builder and visionary of the game.

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  • Dkoby - February 06 2010 11:47 AM

    Guess you never heard of Chuck Foreman Huh

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  • David - February 06 2010 10:42 AM

    I think Tommy Nobis, Claude Humphrey and Jerry Kramer belong in The Pro Football Hall Of Fame. With the Hall of Fame vote coming up on Saturday and a lot of deserving players not even on the ballot I thought a question about the HOF was in order. Floyd Little is going to be in the HOR and not Nobis,Humphrey and Jerry Kramer? Please change the way the Senior Committee votes on the Hall of Fame. I agree with James Pratt III about increasing the number of player each year being elected to the HOF. Especially the the older players.

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  • cageman - February 06 2010 07:47 AM

    Last year the 1st name that popped out 2 me was Ray Guy.The HOGS were dominant and Russ Grimm deserves in.I agree about the Sharpe bros, and btw how is Shannon on TV when he has a hard time talking correctly.(Jimmy and Terry need lessons 2.Come 2 think of it, Strahan lisps 2!)Dawson, Kuchenburg-these guys were great. Wide Receiver gets way 2 much credit here. Great comment about BLOCKING TE"s and how important Bavaro was 2 the Jints. Also, great 2 remember the famous linebacking corps over the years. I also liked the comment about how hearing names of the greats stirs something inside. It sure does 4 me.

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  • Fishypete - February 02 2010 11:32 PM

    Where's Bob Kuechenberg? He's the only Dolphin player to play in all the Dolphin Superbowls, he played with a broken Arm in one of the Superbowls against the Vikings. He played against Bob Lilly, this is what Lilly said of Kuechenberg, "I first played against Kuechenberg in Super Bowl VI, and I realized he was one of the best offensive linemen I had ever seen” Bob Lilly He made 6 Pro-Bowls, played 14 years...196 games. If he doesn't belong in the HOF...the HOF is a joke.

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  • Fishypete - February 02 2010 11:31 PM

    Where's Bob Kuechenberg? He's the only Dolphin player to play in all the Dolphin Superbowls, he played with a broken Arm in one of the Superbowls against the Vikings. He played against Bob Lilly, this is what Lilly said of Kuechenberg, "I first played against Kuechenberg in Super Bowl VI, and I realized he was one of the best offensive linemen I had ever seen” Bob Lilly He made 6 Pro-Bowls, played 14 years...196 games. If he doesn't belong in the HOF...the HOF is a joke.

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  • mmaloon - February 01 2010 02:01 PM

    John Randle, is the all time sack leader for interior linemen, definatly deserves to be in the Hall, besides no one was better at face painting and intimidating the oposition!!

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  • AL - February 01 2010 10:44 AM

    Chuch Howley is not in the Hall of Fame but should easily be enshrined. His numbers speak for themselves: 6 Pro Bowls, 5 All Pro, 2 Superbowl appearances, Superbowl Champion, Superbowl MVP (on a losing team), accounted for 4 turnovers in 2 Superbowl games (3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovery). Part of a dominating Superbowl defense that limited their opponent to 185 total yards and held them to 3 points. 3 points is still a Superbowl record. He was the first defensive player to be named Superbowl MVP. He was the first and so far only Superbowl MVP from a losing team. His accolades are better than at least 5 of the linebackers that are already in the HOF. His Pro Bowl/All Pro numbers should be good enough since guys like Terry Bradshaw and Lynn Swann got in with 3 Pro Bowls and 1 All Pro selections.

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  • al wan - February 01 2010 08:52 AM

    Wow this will be strongest HOF class in a while Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith are "shoe in's" in my book the greatest running back and wide receiver of all time. And this is coming from a Bears fan. So I'm hoping for you Richard Dent-Super Bowl XX MVP..... Chris Carter and Shannon Sharpe these guy should have been in the HOF last year as far as I'm concern....good luck guys.......

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  • Angelo - February 01 2010 03:03 AM

    How is Joe Klecko not in the Hall of Fame?? The guy was dominant for 10 years..the only man to make the pro bowl at three different positions..Klecko had the respect of his teammates and opponents alike.

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  • Erik Rupp - January 31 2010 07:21 PM

    Don Coryell should have been in the Hall of Fame years ago. He was the only coach to have any significant success with the Cardinals in the 70's (winning 2 division titles OVER the Cowboys), and he created the Air Coryell team in the late 70's and early 80's with the Chargers. Some of his assistants who learned under him are in the Hall of Fame, and most of his schemes are still used by offensive coordinators today!

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  • BILL - January 31 2010 10:30 AM

    I HAVE BEEN GOING TO THE HOF GAME & IND SINCE 1977 , MY ????? TO ALL THE VOTERS & FANS IS WHY JERRY KRAMER IS NOT IN THE HOF ,, BUT HE IS THE ONLY ONE ON THE NFL'S ALL 50 YR TEAM .. THAT MAKES NO SENSE AT ALL . HOW CAN YOU KEEP HIM OUT , HE WAS A PART OF A GREAT TEAM AND GREAT PLAYERS . YOU HAVE SOME IN THERE THAT DON'T BELONG ,, HE DOES !!!! WHY CAN'T THIS HOF BE LIKE BASEBALL,S HOF , THEY HAVE LESS IN THAN FOOTBALL AND THEY BEEN AROUND A LOT LONGER , WHY DOES IT HAVE TO BE NO LESS THAN 4 TO NO MORE THAN 7 ,, SOME YEARS BASEBALL HAS 1 PERSON GO IN ,, WHEN YOU PUT NO LESS THAN 4 IN , THAT TAKES AWAY FROM THE GREATNESS OF THE ONE THAT ARE TRUELY DESERVING !!!! JERRY KRAMER BELONGS PLEASE PUT HIM IN !!!

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  • anylovs - January 30 2010 08:32 PM

    What right is right. Dont let your personal opinion get in the way of what all these guys worked hard for. Im a die hard Cowboys fan so of course I want Emmit and haley in. But if someone from the Cowboys was nominated and I didnt think they deserved it I would be the first to admit it. So dont let your personal belives cloud your judgement.

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  • threetoedpete - January 30 2010 11:19 AM

    Ok let's goggle the record.....Bobb McKittick got a two in 1982 in Bubba Prris, a three in '84 in Guy McIntyre, and a four in 1986 In Steve Wallace....and that was the base of the first run of the forty-niners. I know he's gone and he doesn't mind waiting.....but com'on guys....It's time. Threetoedpete....a Texans fan who appreciates Elvin Bethea getting his shot with the immortals. His bio is a good read btw.

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  • jkshiloh - January 30 2010 10:37 AM

    ottis Anderson-Rookie of the Year, 2 Superbowl Rings, Superbowl MVP, over 10,000 rushing yards, 12 years eligible and not in yet. And I agree about the 70s receivers, especially Cliff Branch. I firmly believe that he was a better receiver than Jerry Rice, but did not have the opportunities. Branch had over 1,000 yards one year on only 43 catches and did not have a single drop! I saw Terrell Owens have 6 drops in one game, yet he still caught 5 passes. Todays receivers stats are inflated by a pass happy era.

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  • John at Harry Hog Football - January 29 2010 05:31 PM

    Russ Grimm should be in - how can you rationally explain that NOT ONE MEMBER of the most famous Offensive Line in NFL history is in The Hall? Four Superbowls in Ten Years, with Three Rings? Seriously... And have you heard Joe Bugel's story about Russ Grimm and the hot dog??? Classic Hogs!!! Russ Emmitt (I hate to say) Rice Randle Sharpe Haley (I hate to say again) LeBeau

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  • Dave - January 27 2010 12:28 PM

    Where is Joe Klecko? He was one of the best defensicve lineman who ever played the game. Made the Pro Bowl at three different positions. Nobody else has ever done that. He revolutionized techniques for playing defensive line positions. It's a shame he is not in.

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  • SSR - January 26 2010 04:24 PM

    I'm a bears fan, but I don't see why he should be in Canton. Yeah, he was Super Bowl XX MVP, but what else? Only 4 Pro Bowls, 2 All Pro First Team Selection. I don't get it.

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  • SSR - January 26 2010 04:23 PM

    I'm a bears fan, but I don't see why he should be in Canton. Yeah, he was Super Bowl XX MVP, but what else? Only 4 Pro Bowls, 2 All Pro First Team Selection. I don't get it.

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  • SSR - January 26 2010 04:18 PM

    I'm a bears fan, but I don't see why he should be in Canton. Yeah, he was Super Bowl XX MVP, but what else? Only 4 Pro Bowls, 2 All Pro First Team Selection. I don't get it.

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  • Tom and Joan Edwards - January 26 2010 01:04 PM

    RUSS GRIMM HE WAS ONE OF THE HOGS FOR THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS AND PLAYED IN FOUR SUPER BOWLS WINNING 3 SUPER BOWL RINGS AS A REDSKIN -- XVII, XXII AND XXVI. HE WAS ELECTED TO THE NFL'S ALL DECADE TEAM OF THE 1980s. RUSS GRIMM BELONGS IN THE HALL OF FAME.

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  • Charles Goin - January 25 2010 11:01 AM

    Boselli should be a finalist.. hopefully next year. When during the combine almost all commentators compare the OL class to how they would compare to Boselli.. over and over again. To me thats proof his skills were hall of fame material, if being elected to the Pro-bowl as a rookie and every year there after wasn't enough proof.

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  • JaRed - January 25 2010 01:36 AM

    I'm not a Denver narcisit though; Rice is defenantly in. So should be Chris Carter. Dent for the bears.

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  • JaRed - January 25 2010 01:34 AM

    What's the deal? If their are 20 f884ing raiders in here then I'll state this case until I'm blue in my face. Stop the hating. More Broncos need the nod selection in: Rod Smith, Terrel Davis, Steve A****er to name a few. Oh, yeah, they didn't win it all before the 90's but what of Karl Mecklenburg or Dennis Smith? They were core parts of those Orange Crush defenses. I think their has been some slighting to the Broncos for one reason or another; just because we didn't have complete teams in the 80's doesn't mean there weren't great players. Mark Shlereth? Ed McCaffrey? Hope Little is in this year or next.

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  • D. Fisher - January 24 2010 08:38 PM

    Mark Bavaro. No hype no glam, he just played the game like a blue collar guy going to work everyday. One of the best blocking tight ends to ever play the game. Not receiving but blocking. However, when he was called on to catch a pass, he was a great receiver that punished the defenders trying to bring him down (ask the San Francisco 49ers). But stack his receiving numbers up against those TE in the HOF. Bavaro: 351 catches, 4733 yards, average per catch 13.5 yards and 39 TDs. (with two superbowl wins). Please stop reserving the HOF tight ends for players that were really wide receivers. The tight is at the end of the line of scrimmage for a reason, to BLOCK. Stop punishing Bavaro because he was a blocker first and a receiver second. Bill Parcells had a system and without Bavaro the Giants would not have won those Superbowls. If someone disagrees and believe that Bavaro should not be in the HOF let me know why? This is the biggest travesty that I see every year (as a Giant fan I may be biased, but I dont see it).

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  • Tyler - January 24 2010 06:17 PM

    @Fanthroughthickandthin "Ok, first off, Emmett Smith should not be a hall of famer. He doesn't deserve to be called the all time leading rusher because that will always be Barry Sanders title. If Barry hadn't retired when he did it would have been his record and Emmett as always would have remained in his shadow." ---------------------------------------------------------- Ok, that is the stupidest thing I've ever heard, don't let your hate for the Cowboys interfere with your brain. He's not going to be in just because he's the all-time leading rusher. How about the fact that he's 2nd in history in touchdowns, #1 in rushing touchdowns, most 100 yard rushing games, 8 Pro Bowls, 11 straight 1,000 yard rushing seasons? Do I need to go on? Get a clue!

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  • charles - January 21 2010 10:54 PM

    i always felt johnny robinson, the old school texan/chief should be in. he was a finalist about 6 or more times. even when he was pushed aside, emmit thomas had no right to go before him. robinson was better and was a finalist too many times. along comes emmit thomas who is involved with the committee and goes in on his first try. it's a shame these things are based more on politics than individual merit.

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  • perrysaints 4life - January 21 2010 11:17 AM

    what about Rickey Jackson he was a great player name 5 lb that have better numbers than him ever you cant bc ihe was one of the best ever

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  • Ron Laviolette - January 16 2010 07:37 PM

    The game as it is played today is because of Don Coryell. His fingerprints are all over the NFL. His induction would be long overdue. Names such as Fouts, Joiner , Winslow, Madden, Gibbs, Walsh, to name a few, achieved what they did because of this man. Please acknowledge his contribution to this great game while he is still alive!

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  • RICK - January 16 2010 07:04 PM

    Finally, this may be the year for one of the most feared defensive ends of his time to get in RICHARD "THE SACKMAN" DENT..arguably one of the best if not the best players on a defense that was one of the best if not the best in the 80's. When you end a 15 year career averaging 9.1 sacks for every one of those years and finish behind Bruce Smith and Reggie White you are a Hall of Fame player..I have always wondered of all the Bears Hall of Famers in Canton, why is he not one of them and hopefully he will get the NOD this year. I know this is a very tough decision because in my mind about 90% of the guys on this years list deserve to get into the Hall of Fame.

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  • CSW - January 14 2010 02:24 PM

    I love the fact that the well-deserving first year candidates are nominated. However, how about Dermontti Dawson? I really hope he doesn't get bumped for the 1st year nominees. He is so deserving. Is there no compensation for team loyalty? same team for his entire career!

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  • Ollie - January 13 2010 06:26 AM

    Kevin Greene snubbed again..........One of the top sack leaders all time and STILL no respect.

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  • Dean C - January 12 2010 01:18 PM

    To Perry (The Saints Fan): Rickey Jackson is certainly an oustanding linebacker and he deserves to be in the HOF. Chris Hanburger, Chuck Howley, Andy Russell, Randy Gradishar were equally great...in their own way. I understand why Russell isn't in, probably the same reason they haven't yet elected L.C. Greenwood. Maybe the HOF selection committee doesn't want too many players from a single team in the HOF? However I don't understand why Howley is not in yet, or Hanburger. After the linebacking corps of Lambert-Ham-Russell, Taylor-Banks-Carson-Reasons(later on Johnson) and Lanier-Bell-Lynch, the Saints may have had the next best group of linebackers in NFL history. Jackson, Mills, Johnson, Swilling were great. Best of luck to Rickey Jackson. Hope he gets in!

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  • Dean C - January 12 2010 01:06 PM

    A few fans have made comments, where's Chuck Howley? I agree with these fans. It seems like the selection process really needs the voice of the older generation. I've been watching the NFL since 1970. It took way too long for Carl Eller, Roger Wehrli, Jack Youngblood, Claude Humphrey to get in to the HOF. It is still puzzling to me why, Chuck Howley, Jake Scott and Dick Anderson are not in HOF. While defensive players seem to be slightly more neglected than offensive players, let's not forget the pre-1978 receivers. I'm not taking anything away from the guys who made the final cut, like Andre Reed, Tim Brown, Cris Carter...these men were all great receivers. It's just a little sad to me that we have forgotten guys like Harold Jackson and Harold Carmichael. They were so good for so long and played in an era where the offense did not have the egde. Today's NFL game is very biased towards the offense, both in rules and officiating.

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  • Pat Cummings - January 11 2010 07:07 PM

    Otis Taylor has been deglected for years now. Why should one who is so deserving not be considered. His health is failing him now & it will be a shame if he is gone before receiving the recognition that he warrents.

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  • Eduncan22 - January 10 2010 08:57 PM

    Where is Chuck Howley?

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  • Don St.Pierre - January 10 2010 12:13 PM

    Always a few missed every year. If I pick from this class it has to be Rice,Carter,Brown,Smith and Craig.Really four receivers here lol.

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  • Don St.Pierre - January 10 2010 12:12 PM

    Always a few missed every year. If I pick from this class it has to be Rice,Carter,Brown,Smith and Craig.Really four receivers here lol.

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  • Todd - January 10 2010 10:34 AM

    I think the HoF people should make a week long award ceremony. Not only get the players of modern era but for those who are still waiting and deserving. Just suiting up back in the 50's is enough to be a Hall Of Famer. I think a lot of people have lost sight of the Hall Of Fame as it is. Get back to the roots of what makes a player great. All the guys who are still waiting to get in. The time is coming!

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  • James Pratt, III - January 10 2010 08:58 AM

    Please increase the number of inductees allowed into the Hall each year. We are clearly falling behind, leaving too many deserving players out in the cold. The league has expanded over the years, and first-timers like Rice and Emmit, who are of course deserving, will once again bump those who have been repeat finalists year after year, and who should already be in the Hall (case in point, Richard Dent). This is not right.

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  • jason fine - January 10 2010 08:13 AM

    Jim Plunkett. The only multi-winning superbowl QB not in the hall. Heisman tropyh winner, rookie of the year, 1980 comeback player of the year, superbowl 15 mvp, and superbowl 18 champ. Enough said!

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  • Daniel Melocik - January 10 2010 08:12 AM

    I've always wondered why kickers and special teams players in general always seem to get overlooked..... there's one kicker in the HOF. Every week the coaches talk about special teams play, how crucial it is, and field position. Nothing effects the outcome of a game as much as field position. Look at what happened to the Panthers earlier in the season: the very first game they got blown out by the Eagles because of 5 interceptions that gave the Eagles extremely short fields..... yes I know you'll say "that means turnovers have the biggest impact," but if you take into consideration how rare a 5 interception game is and how common a 5-10 punt game is, obviously special teams and the resulting field position have a bigger impact. Too many games are decided by punts and field goals and the corresponding coverage games..... even a superbowl ('04 Panthers vs Patriots) was decided by a botched special teams play (Kasay's kickoff out of bounds at the end) and a field goal (the field goal kicked when the Patriots couldn't score a TD after that botched kickoff..... game decided by 3 points, just like about 9 games the Panthers played that season). To say kickers and ST players don't deserve consideration is ridiculous and short-sighted in my opinion.....

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  • Joe O - January 10 2010 07:23 AM

    I give all you folks kudos for stickin up for Ray Guy. The stats I see listed here are enough for me to say, put him in. I also see someone speak up for Jim Marshall, and I tend to agree, one 'wrong way' run shouldn't exclude him, as his 'right way' numbers are way off the chart. Wrong not to include him with his "Purple People Eaters" Carl Eller and Alan Page. Put him in! I can just say as a long time Charger fan, if it weren't for that offense of "Air" Coryell, I probably wouldn't have become a West Coast Team fan, being from NY. I can only hope that the committee will induct "Air" Coryell for all his hard work and excellence on the field. (OK, He never went to or won a superbowl, but you can't deny his stats) Any questions, go here! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Coryell

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  • Ric - January 10 2010 01:43 AM

    There are only 2 Broncos in the Hall of Fame...What's up with that? Only John Elway and Gary Zimmerman. Where is Floyd Little, Tom Jackson, Randy Gradishar and Karl Mecklinberg? We also need Rod Smith, Shannon Sharpe, Steve A****er, Mark Schlereth, Jason Elam and Yes...Terrell Davis Should be in. He played the same length of time as Gayle Sayers and his stats are far better along with 2 SB Rings. Sayers is in and Davis should be as well. Those are at the top of my list, but there were many more great Broncos who deserve to be there. Why are the Broncos always passed over?

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  • dennis baber - January 10 2010 12:49 AM

    of course jerry rice and emmit smith get in. their stats can't be denied. but to think that tim brown get's in before chris carter is just alcohol induced logic. tim brown will get his due just not this year. john randle was one of the most feared defensive tackles of his time. 1 goofball play shouldn't keep jim marshall out but i guess it is what it is. their is a whole generation of great players that will never get in due to the rules of the HOF and the election committe.

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  • dennis baber - January 10 2010 12:49 AM

    of course jerry rice and emmit smith get in. their stats can't be denied. but to think that tim brown get's in before chris carter is just alcohol induced logic. tim brown will get his due just not this year. john randle was one of the most feared defensive tackles of his time. 1 goofball play shouldn't keep jim marshall out but i guess it is what it is. their is a whole generation of great players that will never get in due to the rules of the HOF and the election committe.

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  • Shane - January 09 2010 09:40 PM

    @ Fanthroughthickandthin: "Ok, first off, Emmett Smith should not be a hall of famer. He doesn't deserve to be called the all time leading rusher because that will always be Barry Sanders title. If Barry hadn't retired when he did it would have been his record" That may be the dumbest thing I ever read! If Jim Brown played 16 games a season I'm sure he would have put up better numbers too. The fact is, Barry chose to retire in spite of the record, he didn't want it, don't deny Emmit what he EARNED because someone else was a quitter. To say Emmit doesn't deserve it is just a dumb comment.

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  • Fanthroughthickandthin - January 09 2010 08:55 PM

    Ok, first off, Emmett Smith should not be a hall of famer. He doesn't deserve to be called the all time leading rusher because that will always be Barry Sanders title. If Barry hadn't retired when he did it would have been his record and Emmett as always would have remained in his shadow. Secondly, Tim Brown, Chris Carter, and Jerry Rice all deserve to be in the Hall today. They're just that good.

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  • TravisP - January 09 2010 08:29 PM

    How can you honestly make the argument that Tim Brown should be in on his first time and make Cris Carter wait until his 3rd or 4th, I would love to hear it.

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  • The Andoman - January 09 2010 07:18 PM

    Smith and Rice are locks and deserving of it. I'll call Haley a lock because he's the only player to win 5 Super Bowl rings. I'll say Brown, because in the 80s and 90s,if you thought Raiders, you thought Tim Brown. Roger Craig would be my next pick because he's the first to ever have 1000 yds both rushing and receiving in a season. We all know that HOF votes are all political BS, though. It's a shame the players have to "sell" themselves to the voters to get in.

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  • Concerned81 - January 09 2010 06:50 PM

    I heard on the senior committee selection discussion video about Dick Lebeau deserves to be in the HOF because he is 3rd on the all time interception list for pure cornerbacks. why is the number 2 pure cornerback on the all time interception list not in the HOF. Seems a little strange to me.

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  • ThroopRaider - January 09 2010 02:50 PM

    Year after year the Raiders get disrespected by the selection committee. Why can't they grow up and select some of the best players to ever play the game. i.e Jack Tatum and Lester Hayes.

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  • Ken Thompson - January 09 2010 01:37 PM

    All of these great men deserve to be in the HOF. I agree with Raida4life...check out his final line up. I doesn't get any better than that. I hope that a few years from now, we will be talking about guys like Marques Colston, Drew Brees, Shawn Payton as HOF candidates. The WHO DAT nation has suffered long enough. I sure hope da Saints win it all this year! We need some hardware. We need some more SAINTS in the HOF. THE PLAYOFFS ARE ALMOST HERE PEOPLE!!!! AREN'T YOU EXCITED?!! I know I am. WHO DAT! WHO DAT! WHO DAT TALKIN BOUT BEATIN DEM SAINTS!!!!!

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  • r8rb4cool - January 09 2010 01:16 PM

    There IS a bias among HOF 'voters'. I have to assume it starts with Zimmerman. He said "Kenny Stabler will never get my vote as long as I'm alive". Redundancy lacking lucidity.Raiders get jobbed. Yes, Jim Plunkett is the only QB that I know of with TWO SuperBowl rings NOT in the HOF. They were earned as THE starter...not as a backup. While many players to this day don't consider punters as anything more than "kickers" Ray Guy is MUCH more. Too numerous to list are his accomplishments and revolutionizations. Cris Carter should have been voted in LONG before Irvin. Dick LeBeau should have been in 20 years ago.

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  • michael - January 09 2010 12:21 PM

    Todd, they do have a week long ceremony for the inductees. It is held one week prior to the the Hall of Fame game in August. It is held in Canton Ohio where the HOF if located.

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  • Meren35 - January 09 2010 12:11 PM

    Its A Joke that Ray Guy is not in the Hall of Fame, I suppose Shane Lechler will get jobbed also when his turn comes up for the Hall of Fame, Take the Voting Process out of the Hands of these Biased Writers, because some of them are totally biased against certain players. It just feels like Oakland Raiders players who are deserving are continually being blackballed. And to the Senior Committee Put Lebeau in!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It does not appear the idiots listened to the Fans voting at all. Or Guy would be among the Finalists.

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  • Meren35 - January 09 2010 12:11 PM

    Its A Joke that Ray Guy is not in the Hall of Fame, I suppose Shane Lechler will get jobbed also when his turn comes up for the Hall of Fame, Take the Voting Process out of the Hands of these Biased Writers, because some of them are totally biased against certain players. It just feels like Oakland Raiders players who are deserving are continually being blackballed. And to the Senior Committee Put Lebeau in!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It does not appear the idiots listened to the Fans voting at all. Or Guy would be among the Finalists.

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  • James M - January 09 2010 11:26 AM

    As an NFL fanatic since 1971 I think it is an absolute travesty that Ed Sabol is not in the Hall of Fame. I can make a very strong argument that NFL Films is the most significant reason why football zoomed past baseball to become the #1 sports in America in the late 60's and early 70's. I always hear credit given for the merger and the Super Bowl from that era. But here in the trenches with the fans, you bring up the subject of NFL Films, or John Facenda or Sam Spence's music and faces light up every time.

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  • edraider - January 09 2010 11:22 AM

    Some amazing nominees this year. Ray Guy's name has been all over shrine websites this year but alas has been snubbed again. He has the rings, the longeivity, the punt yardage, the probowls, the poise, the personality and he's arguably number one all time. How many other positions don't have members in the hall. Shane Lechler is on course to become the greatest punter of all time. NFL..............tell me where his motivation is ? It don't come from you lot.

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  • SSR - January 09 2010 11:13 AM

    I think special team players like Ray Guy and Steve Tasker should get in. But, only a few people can get in each year. It's very difficult to put in special team players along with other defensive and offensive players who've given more energy to the game. I hope Ray Guy and Steve Tasker get in someday, but each year, there's always be a couple first ballot hall of famers that get in each year.

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  • CONRAD - January 09 2010 11:10 AM

    Played 207 games in a row 7 pro bowls 6 consecutively 3 super bowl rings 619 punts with out a block and Ray Guy can't make the hall of fame? B.S.

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  • CONRAD - January 09 2010 11:03 AM

    Played 207 games in a row 7 pro bowls 6 consecutively 3 super bowl rings 619 punts without a block and Ray Guy is not good enough to be in the hall of fame? B.S.

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  • PR - January 09 2010 10:17 AM

    If the NFL won't honor the greatest punter of all time, Ray Guy, that means they simply don't view punters as serious NFL players. Since that appears to be the case, they shou;d just do away with punting. Four downs to make the chains move or you lose the ball.

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  • ralph - January 09 2010 09:58 AM

    Dick Lebeau should be in if not as a player than as a coach defensive mastermind. dermotti dawson should be in

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  • Rudy Vidi - January 09 2010 09:30 AM

    Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith are definitely in and are deserving. I think Charles Haley is a great choice. As a sentimental pick, Don Coryell is another of my favorite picks...you can fight over the rest.

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  • D - January 09 2010 08:46 AM

    Brown, Rice and Smith are locks. Ray Guy has been snubbed way too long and is very deserving of a spot in the hall. Don "Air" Coryell changed the way the game is played and, even though he was a Charger, is deserving of the honor. Why don't they set up players buy category, like offensive, defensive, special teams, coaching and owners/contributors. That's five just pick one from each.

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  • Brett Davies - January 09 2010 08:23 AM

    Roger Craig has to make the hall of fame...1st running back to rush and receive for 1000 yards in the same year, also on grass i may add, 1st player to score 3 touchdowns in a superbowl, 1st player to be elected to the probowl in two different positions half back and fullback, 1988 offensive player of the year, backbone of the 49ers offense which made life a little easier for the great Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, 3 superbowls rings dont come easy either! Roger Craig was the first back to excell in all phases of the game running receiving and blocking, 4 probowls and three 1000 yard seasons in a pass happy west coast offense, he also made the 80s team of the decade, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith are both a lock too.

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  • Brett Davies - January 09 2010 08:18 AM

    Roger Craig has to make the hall of fame...1st running back to rush and receive for 1000 yards in the same year, also on grass i may add, 1st player to score 3 touchdowns in a superbowl, 1st player to be elected to the probowl in two different positions half back and fullback, 1988 offensive player of the year, backbone of the 49ers offense which made life a little easier for the great Joe Montana and Jerry Rice, 3 superbowls rings dont come easy either! Roger Craig was the first back to excell in all phases of the game running receiving and blocking, 4 probowls and three 1000 yard seasons in a pass happy west coast offense, he also made the 80s team of the decade, Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith are both a lock too.

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  • Mike - January 09 2010 08:17 AM

    It is nauseating that Chris Hanburger is constantly snubbed by people who never played a down of fottball in their lives...... Hanburger has better credentials than 3/4 of the linebackers in the HOF Sports writers with long memories are paying him back for being" media unfriendly" Where is the integrity? If Chris Hanburger is not selected to the HOF, why bother having one? Its a joke.

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  • Mike - January 09 2010 08:16 AM

    It is naseating that Chris Hanburger is constantly snubbed by people who never played a down of fottball in their lives...... Hanburger has better credentials than 3/4 of the linebackers in the HOF Sports writers with long memories are paying him back for being" media unfriendly" Where is the integrity? If Chris Hanburger is not selected to the HOF, why bother having one? Its a joke.

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  • Brett Davies - January 09 2010 07:55 AM

    ROGER CRAIG !!!

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  • DD - January 09 2010 07:41 AM

    Dermontti Dawson The BEST Center ever, he changed the way center's where used, he had to make the line call(blocking assignments), hike the ball and then get out and pull for the running back around the corner. THE BEST EVER No Question, HALL OF FAME

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  • KCnyc - January 09 2010 07:36 AM

    It's a shame that the HOF has snubbed at least 4 great steelers of the 1970's due to their teams great success.i just can't understand why L.C.Greenwood,Andy Russell,Mike Wagner and Donnie Shell are not in. Greenwood was a beast at defensive end through out his career,especially in the playoffs.

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  • MinerKing25 - January 09 2010 04:13 AM

    Come on, HOF week should be a week for the THE BLACK and Silver. Why isnt Ray Guy in the HOF, and Timmy Brown shouldnt be a question. Hs is in the top five in all reciever catagories. Plus he was an outstanding return man. He matches all wide outs with Pro bowls as well. Kenny Stabler, Jim Plunkett superbowls. Come on you all know they shouls be in, and dont get me started on Jack Tatum. My HOF list Rice,Smith, Brown, Craig, and Haley.

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  • JGD - January 09 2010 03:01 AM

    Am I the only person who sees that this whole HOF thing is rediculous. I mean who made these guys on the selection committee the "experts"? My God, it's laffable!!! Look, it all boils down to nothing more than a few people's biassed opinions. How else can you explain how people like Ken Stabler, Ron Jaworski, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Harold Carmichael, Haven Moses, Charlie Waters, L.C. Greenwood, Chuck Howley, Lyle Alzado, Ken Anderson and Drew Pearson are not in the hall. And why no punters/kickers? Are they not part of the game? C'mon, man! And honestly, does it even make a difference? How many people even know who all is even IN the HOF??? How many people even visit the HOF??? This whole thing about only 5 per year is ludicrous!!! If they deserve it, put them in!!!

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  • Rudy - January 09 2010 01:44 AM

    The Broncos had exactly zero Super Bowl victories before Terrell Davis joined them and have had the same number since he had to retire due to injury. Couple that with the statistics during his great years, and I don't know how you don't consider him a Hall of Fame Player.

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  • Rudy - January 09 2010 01:44 AM

    The Broncos had exactly zero Super Bowl victories before Terrell Davis joined them and have had the same number since he had to retire due to injury. Couple that with the statistics during his great years, and I don't know how you don't consider him a Hall of Fame Player.

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  • Josh - January 09 2010 01:09 AM

    No Ray Guy? He was arguably the best punter to have ever played the game. Started the use of hangtime. Also it is time for a punter to make it into the hall of fame because the punter is an essential piece to every championship team

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  • DAVID A CUEVAS - January 09 2010 01:06 AM

    ROGER CRAIG AND CHARLES HALEY DEFINATELY DESERVE TO BE IN THE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME BECAUSE OF THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS AND DYNASTY. ROGER CRAIG WAS A BIG PART OF THREE WORLDS CHAMPIONSHIPS WITH THE 49ERS ESPEACIALLY SUPERBOWL NINETEEN. HE IS STILL THE ONLY RUNNING BACK IN NFL HISTORY TO RUN FOR A THOUSAND YARDS AND RECEIVE FOR A THOUSAND YARDS IN THE SAME SEASON. AND AS FOR CHARLES HALEY HE IS THE ONLY PLAYER TO WIN FIVE SUPERBOWLS. IT WOULD BE A CRIME IF THESE TWO PLAYERS DID NOT MAKE THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME THIS YEAR. THANK YOU SINCERLY DAVID A CUEVAS. A BIG TIME SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS FAN.

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  • Duder - January 09 2010 12:01 AM

    TIM BROWN is the man

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  • brian - January 08 2010 10:59 PM

    They need to change who votes or the new members. It should be done by existing members. Every year, they're so worried about the new eligibles, that they continually snub those players, who actually made this game what it is. Emmitt Smith, i will give credit to, he was a warrior that gave it his all when he was on the field, but I always wondered how would he have done with a team that had a sub-par offensive line. Barry Sanders, and Sweetness played on teams for years where they were constantly harrased behind the line o scrimmage, how many times did you see them, you figured they were done, and then they popped loose for a 40 yard run. Emmitt usually went 5 yards before anyone touched him. People need to look at the whole picture, I always felt a Hall of Famer is someone, who no matter what team they played on, no matter how good, would still be a special player. Shannon Sharpe was good, but he was always on a good team, was he great. His brother was alot better, way better. But at the time all the announcers talked about was the Cowboys and the 49ers. So Rice and Irving got all the press. I would take Sterling over both of them. He was on teams that had no other weapon than himself. Double and triple teamed constantly, and yet he was still the first player to have back to back seasons with over 100 catches. How can you not give a place to Ray Guy and Kevin Greene. The best punter in the NFL, hands down, and a linebacker who impacted every team he played on. Has some of the best numbers of all linebackers. Two other names, Chuck Howley and Jerry Kramer. JIm Plunkett, 2 Super Bowl rings. I could go on all day long... Ed Too Tall Jones, Cliff Branch, Todd Christensen,Tommy Nobis, Jim Marshall,Chris Hanburger,Claude Humphrey... Anyone who really knows football feels something when they hear everyone of these names.

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  • Habacuc - January 08 2010 10:59 PM

    Roger Craig and Richard Dent deserve to be Hall of Famers. Craig is one of the greatest RB/FB/Receivers of all time and Dent is one of the greatest defensive ends/sackers of all time. They both should be in the Hall!

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  • Imcalvin - January 08 2010 10:48 PM

    Russ Grimm should have been in YEARS AGO... Along with Joe Jacoby, the two most dominant lineman on THE most FAMOUS Offensive Line, that just happened to win... T-H-R-E-E Superbowls!!!

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  • Dan - January 08 2010 10:35 PM

    Before Faulk or Tomlison or Westbrook....their was ROGER CRAIG!...the first true dual threat back. The first 1,000 yard rush/1,000 yard receive player and the first to score 3 T.D's in a single Super Bowl...he made the West Coast offense go and he made everyone around him better, and that includes the great Joe Montana.

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  • Joe - January 08 2010 10:24 PM

    How is it that whenever the TV guys refer to offensive linemen nowadays they refer to them as "hogs" or as "hoglike," yet there isn't one of the original hogs in the HOF? Cmon we need Grimm, Jacoby, May & Bostic. 4 Superbowls for these guys!!!!

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  • Joe - January 08 2010 10:23 PM

    How is it that whenever the TV guys refer to offensive linemen nowadays they refer to them as "hogs" or as "hoglike," yet there isn't one of the original hogs in the HOF? Cmon we need Grimm, Jacoby, May & Bostic. 4 Superbowls for these guys!!!!

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  • Runningbear - January 08 2010 10:23 PM

    I like to know why Kevin Greene Did not get in. If you are a stats person look his up and he should be in. Then ask players from the HOF Offensive linemen that played against him bet they say he should be there. Well maybe when they see how he helped the Steelers LBs's last year and what he is doing in Green Bay LB's maybe they will see not only did he have great stats but knows a lot about football and how to pass it along to others.

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  • nightwing456 - January 08 2010 10:15 PM

    Don Coryell has deserved this for a long time. He is the Father of Modern Football as we know it. Go Air Coryell!!!

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  • NHRaidRfan - January 08 2010 10:09 PM

    A Raiderfan yes I am, but how can these clowns keep Ray Guy out year after year? He revolutionized the game with his punts inside the 20 yard line. Before him it was just kick the damn ball as far as you could. And is Jim Plunkett the only Quarterback to win two Superbowls not to be in the HOF?

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  • dukemds - January 08 2010 09:38 PM

    Ricky Jackson is very deserving. he was the main man on the dome patrol and hes been waiting 4 this 4 along time WHO DAT

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  • Shawn - January 08 2010 09:03 PM

    The fact that Ray Guy continues to get snubbed by the 44 snobs on the election committee is a joke. There are finalists on that less way less deserving than Ray Guy but I guess a punter doesn't win games...oh wait Ray Guy did. John Madden even said Ray Guy was the first punter you could look at and say "He won games". What a joke. The Hall of Fame Committee is nothing more than a joke to fans of the NFL.

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  • Dan - January 08 2010 08:30 PM

    Apparently Brian does know 'Something' about football, and 'proves' it by indicating that he know Smith's numbers. That the numbers might be inflated in some measure, or HOW the numbers came about, he apparently either does NOT know, or does not CARE. What would make him?

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  • Dan - January 08 2010 08:30 PM

    Apparently Brian does know 'Something' about football, and 'proves' it by indicating that he know Smith's numbers. That the numbers might be inflated in some measure, or HOW the numbers came about, he apparently either does NOT know, or does not CARE. What would make him?

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  • Brian - January 08 2010 08:13 PM

    art modell completely changed football and for the better without a doubt. he absolutely deserves a spot. without him the sport almost certainly would not have become what it is today

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  • bogie - January 08 2010 08:13 PM

    I got my 10 tickets on day one but WHERE IS RAY GUY or Jerry Kramer

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  • ScottyRock - January 08 2010 08:11 PM

    I covered the Steelers as a reporter for a radio station from 1981 through 1998, and I had a chance to see just about all of the nominees either play or coach and I think former Ram, Steeler, and Panther linebacker Kevin Greene should be on this list as well.

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  • SSR - January 08 2010 08:10 PM

    I was mistaken. Only 5 Modern era players can get in, which is tougher. I will say Jerry, Emmitt, Cris, Shannon, and John R. For Senior candidates, Dick.

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  • Dan - January 08 2010 08:06 PM

    Apparently Brian does know 'Something' about football, and 'proves' it by indicating that he know Smith's numbers. That the numbers might be inflated in some measure, or HOW the numbers came about, he apparently either does NOT know, or does not CARE. What would make him?

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  • Anthony L. - January 08 2010 08:02 PM

    I am surprised to see that Greene isn't on this list. I hope this is the year that Richard Dent finally gets the recognition he deserves and makes it into the HOF. Overall this list has a lot of very deserving names on it.

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  • rds - January 08 2010 08:01 PM

    Ricky Jackson deserves to go. He did not win a campionship wit Saints....but did with the Niners....he was a BEAST

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  • Brian - January 08 2010 07:55 PM

    art modell completely changed football and for the better without a doubt. he absolutely deserves a spot. without him the sport almost certainly would not have become what it is today

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  • Brian - January 08 2010 07:55 PM

    art modell completely changed football and for the better without a doubt. he absolutely deserves a spot. without him the sport almost certainly would not have become what it is today

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  • Brian - January 08 2010 07:52 PM

    sharpe does not belong in the hall. his career was only slightly above average and his attitude was always awful. and to the guy who said emmitt smith was a putz, you know nothing about football sir, and hall of fame due is not based on your opinions. 18,355 yards and 164 td's! nuff said.

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  • Brian - January 08 2010 07:52 PM

    sharpe does not belong in the hall. his career was only slightly above average and his attitude was always awful. and to the guy who said emmitt smith was a putz, you know nothing about football sir, and hall of fame due is not based on your opinions. 18,355 yards and 164 td's! nuff said.

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  • nevermodell - January 08 2010 07:42 PM

    Glad to see Art Modell got snubbed. He should never, ever be allowed in after committing the crime of moving the original Browns. That said, of course Kevin Greene got snubbed, he was a meathead Steeler...

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  • vengefuljinn - January 08 2010 06:55 PM

    yeah! these guys are a joke.no kevin greene. yep! he did'nt win a super bowl. hmm! neither did alot of other people.oh! wait he did'nt do drugs, steroids,or dancing with the stars. all he did was play as hard as he could every down electrify those of us who had the chance to see him play. never forget those big plays he made like the sack on montana to secure a playoff spot when everybody said they was done.his sideline antics man i miss watching him.

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  • CrisR - January 08 2010 06:48 PM

    It DISGUSTS me that Jim Marshall hasn't been in the HOF for twenty years now. Cliff Branch deserves to get in as well. I'm glad to see LeBeau is a finalist, but he'll probabl be a victim of the "Art Monk Syndrome". Half of the electors will vote him in because he deserves it, and the other half will vote him in just to end the conversation.

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  • CrisR - January 08 2010 06:48 PM

    It DISGUSTS me that Jim Marshall hasn't been in the HOF for twenty years now. Cliff Branch deserves to get in as well. I'm glad to see LeBeau is a finalist, but he'll probabl be a victim of the "Art Monk Syndrome". Half of the electors will vote him in because he deserves it, and the other half will vote him in just to end the conversation.

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  • CrisR - January 08 2010 06:47 PM

    It DISGUSTS me that Jim Marshall hasn't been in the HOF for twenty years now. Cliff Branch deserves to get in as well. I'm glad to see LeBeau is a finalist, but he'll probabl be a victim of the "Art Monk Syndrome". Half of the electors will vote him in because he deserves it, and the other half will vote him in just to end the conversation.

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  • Dan - January 08 2010 06:20 PM

    The Broncos finally won Super Bowls, and it has been continually said it was because Elway got T. Davis. None all those other years. The Ravens won with a marginal offense and a great Defense. That being the case, why does S. Sharpe deserve to be in the HOF? If he was SO great, why were ALL of his records broken BEFORE his 5 yrs were up to be eligible? E. Smith was a Putz, a beneficiary of a Huge O Line, and a good passing game. It is only proper that his 'carry' to break Payton's yardage record was in fact a STUMBLE!

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  • sleepy920 - January 08 2010 06:11 PM

    James Williamson, I agree that Tommy Nobis should be in the HOF but also Claude Humphrey.

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  • SSR - January 08 2010 06:10 PM

    Please put Shannon Sharpe and John Randle in this year. Their speeches will be awesome. I will say: Rice, Smith, Carter, Sharpe, LeBeau, Randle, and Coryell.

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  • SSR - January 08 2010 06:08 PM

    Please put Shannon Sharpe and John Randle in this year. Their speeches will be awesome. I will say: Rice, Smith, Carter, Sharpe, LeBeau, Randle, and Coryell.

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  • TMBROWNS - January 08 2010 05:59 PM

    How does a Russ Grimm make the finally 15 and not a Chris Doleman or Ray Guy? Come on selection committee, how about getting your act together! Hey senior committee, can you hear me? It’s time to see Chris Hanburger and Maxie Baughan on the list next year to make it easier on the voters!

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  • WHO DEY THINK GUNNA BEAT THE BENGALS - January 08 2010 05:38 PM

    shannon sharpe should be a defo this year and herry rice obviously will

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  • Raida4Life - January 08 2010 05:24 PM

    Should be Smith, Rice, Brown, Reed, Randle, Sharpe, and prolly Carter

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  • echo61 - January 08 2010 05:19 PM

    Do Falcons fans still consider Deion Sanders one of their own as he's a lock for 2011.

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  • James Williamson - January 08 2010 05:10 PM

    If any Atlanta Falcon belongs in the Hall of Fame, it is Tommy Nobis period. He had 294 tackles as a rookie! That's 21 tackles a game!

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  • Chris Zoobi - January 08 2010 05:00 PM

    First ballot nominees are all deserving. My "beef" is no Atlanta Falcon is in the HOF. Tommy McDonald and Eric Dickerson do not count. Jeff Van Note, Mike Kenn or even William Andrews should have stronger consideration.

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  • Bob Filarowski - January 08 2010 04:58 PM

    I am VERY disappointed that Steve Tasker CONTINUALLY remians unable to break into the HOF. He was the preimer special teams player when he was with the Bills during tho thier Super Bowl years. I honestly think he was the best pure special teams player of all time, too (excuding punters and kickers, of course). It is said that, to make a winner in the NFL, youhave to have an excellent offense, defense, and special teams. Give the man his due, already. Elect Tasker to the HOF!

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  • Charles Eplin - January 08 2010 04:56 PM

    Good selection, But I think the Hall of fame needs a Punter in there. Ray Guy was one of the best and they should start with him. My 5 to go in is Emmit Smith, Jerry Rice, Charles Haley,Tim Brown and Shannon Sharpe. But congrats go out to all finalists.

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  • jcdallas - January 08 2010 04:45 PM

    Great group of finalist. We know Emmitt & Rice will be in the final group. Good luck to Charles Haley, he deserves to be in the Hall. Senior Class nominees , Did we forget about Chuck Howley ? Would like to see Howley get in.

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  • SSR - January 08 2010 04:04 PM

    No Kevin Greene? You got to be kidding me.

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