Class of 2011 Semifinalists: Career capsules

11/28/2010

JEROME BETTIS
Running Back
(Notre Dame)
1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams; 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
Drafted: 1st round (10th overall) of 1993 NFL Draft by Los Angeles Rams
Seasons: 13
Games: 192
All-Pro: 2
Pro Bowls: 6
Career Stats: 3,479 carries for 13,662 yards, 91 touchdowns; 200 receptions for 1,449 yards, 3 touchdowns.
Notable: At the time of his retirement Bettis ranked 5th in rushing yards


TIM BROWN

Wide Receiver/Kick Returner
(Notre Dame)
1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Drafted: 1st round (6th overall) of 1988 NFL Draft by Los Angeles Raiders
Seasons: 17
Games: 255
All-Pro: 2
Pro Bowls: 9
Career Stats: 1,094 receptions for 14,934 yards and 100 touchdowns.
Notable: Brown had 80 or more receptions in nine seasons over a 10-year span. He also was lethal return man, his 19,682 all-purpose yards still ranks fifth all-time.


CRIS CARTER

Wide Receiver
(Ohio State)
1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles; 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings; 2002 Miami Dolphins
Drafted: 4th round of 1987 NFL Supplemental Draft by Philadelphia Eagles
Seasons: 16
Games: 234
All-Pro: 2
Pro Bowls: 8
Career Stats: 1,101 receptions for 13,899 yards and 130 TDs
Notable: Retired as the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver. Three times Carter led the NFL in touchdown catches.


DON CORYELL

Head Coach
(Washington)
1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals; 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Seasons: 14
Coach of the Year Awards: 1
Division Titles: 5
Career Record: 114 wins, 89 losses, 1 tie including playoffs
Notable: Under Coryell’s direction, the Chargers led the NFL in passing seven out of eight seasons.


ROGER CRAIG

Running Back
(Nebraska)
1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers; 1991 Los Angeles Raiders; 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
Drafted: 2nd round (49th overall) of 1983 NFL Draft by San Francisco 49ers
Seasons: 11
Games: 165
All-Pro: 1
Pro Bowls: 4
Career Stats: 1,991 carries for 8,189 yards, 56 touchdowns; 566 receptions for 4,911 yards, 17 touchdowns.
Notable: At the time of his retirement, Craig ranked in the Top 20 career leaders in both receptions and rushing yards.


TERRELL DAVIS

Running Back
(Long Beach State; Georgia)
1995-2001 Denver Broncos
Drafted: 6th round (196th overall) of 1995 NFL Draft by Denver Broncos
Seasons: 7
Games: 78
All-Pro: 3
Pro Bowls: 3
Career Stats: 1,655 carries for 7,607 yards, 60 touchdowns
Notable: Significantly increased yardage total each season until he suffered knee injury. In 1998, he became the fourth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season.



DERMONTTI DAWSON

Center
(Kentucky)
1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
Drafted: 2nd round (44th overall) of 1988 NFL Draft by Pittsburgh Steelers
Seasons: 13
Games: 184
All-Pro: 6
Pro Bowls: 7
Career Stats: Started 144 career games.
Notable: Preeminent center of his era, Dawson was named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s. He started a string of 171 consecutive games played before injury in 12th season interrupted the streak.


EDWARD DeBARTOLO, JR.

Owner
(Notre Dame)
1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
Seasons: 23
Division Titles: 13
Conference Titles: 5
Super Bowl Titles: 5
Notable: DeBartolo transformed the 49ers into one of the most dominant dynasties in NFL history.


RICHARD DENT
Defensive End
(Tennessee State)
1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
Drafted: 8th round (203rd overall) of 1983 NFL Draft by Chicago Bears
Seasons: 15
Games: 203
All-Pro: 2
Pro Bowls: 4
Career Stats: Amassed 137.5 sacks. 8 interceptions for 89 yards, 1 touchdown. Also had one safety and one fumble recovery for TD.
Notable: Recorded double-digit sack totals eight times over a 10-season span that included career-high 17.5 sacks in 1984 and a league-leading 17.0 sacks during the 1985 Super Bowl season. He ranked third all-time in sacks behind only Reggie White and Bruce Smith when he retired.


CHRIS DOLEMAN

Defensive End/Linebacker
(Pittsburgh)
1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
Drafted: 1st round (4th overall) of 1985 NFL Draft by Minnesota Vikings
Seasons: 15
Games: 232
All-Pro: 3
Pro Bowls: 8
Career Stats: Amassed 151 quarterback sacks. Also had one fumble recovery for TD; two safeties; and 8 interceptions for 121 yards, 2 TDs.
Notable: Had eight seasons with double-digit sack totals included a career-high 21 during the 1989 season.


MARSHALL FAULK

Running Back
(San Diego State)
1994-98 Indianapolis Colts; 1999-2005 St. Louis Rams
Drafted: 1st round (2nd overall) of 1994 NFL Draft by Indianapolis Colts
Seasons: 12
Games: 176
All-Pro: 3
Pro Bowls: 7
Career Stats: 2,836 carries for 12,279 yards, 100 touchdowns; 767 receptions for 6,875 yards, 36 touchdowns.
Notable: Faulk was the first player in NFL history to gain 2,000 yards from scrimmage in four consecutive seasons.


KEVIN GREENE

Linebacker/Defensive End
(Auburn)
1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
Drafted: 5th round (113th overall) of 1985 NFL Draft by Los Angeles Rams
Seasons: 15
Games: 228
All-Pro:
2
Pro Bowls: 5
Career Stats: Amassed 160 sacks. Also had 5 interceptions for 53 yards, 1 TD; 3 Safeties, and 2 fumble recoveries for touchdowns.
Notable: Greene twice led the NFL in sacks, the first time in 1994 with the Steelers and again two years later in Carolina. He had 10 or more sacks in a season 10 times during his career.


RAY GUY

Punter
(Southern Mississippi)
1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Drafted: 1st round (23rd overall) of 1973 NFL Draft by Oakland Raiders
Seasons: 14
Games: 207
All-Pro: 6
Pro Bowls: 7
Career Stats: 1,049 career punts for 44,493 yards and a 42.4 average. 209 punts landed inside the 20-yard line
Notable: Guy had a span of 619 punts without a block during his career, 2nd in NFL history when he retired. He was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team in 1994.


CHARLES HALEY

Defensive End/Linebacker
(James Madison)
1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
Drafted: 4th round (96th overall) of 1986 NFL Draft by San Francisco 49ers
Seasons: 12
Games: 169
All-Pro: 2
Pro Bowls: 5
Career Stats: Recorded 100.5 sacks. Had one safety and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Notable: Haley holds the NFL record for most Super Bowl victories by a player. He won three with the Cowboys (XXVII, XVIII, XXX) and two with San Francisco (XXIII, XXIV).


LESTER HAYES

Cornerback
(Texas A&M)
1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Drafted: 5th round (126th overall) of 1977 NFL Draft by Oakland Raiders
Seasons: 10
Games: 149
All-Pro: 4
Pro Bowls: 5
Career Stats: 39 interceptions for 572 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Notable: Stole 13 passes in 1980 to lead the NFL in interceptions. The mark was one shy of the NFL record set by Dick “Night Train" Lane in 1952.


CORTEZ KENNEDY
Defensive Tackle
(Northwest Mississippi Comm. College; Miami - FL)
1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
Drafted: 1st round (3rd overall) of 1990 NFL Draft by Seattle Seahawks.
Seasons: 11
Games: 167
All-Pro: 3
Pro Bowls: 8
Career Stats: 58.0 sacks; three interceptions for 26 yards and one fumble recovery for a touchdown.
Notable: Kennedy was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1992. That year he had 14.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, 92 tackles, a fumble recovery and two batted down passes.


CURTIS MARTIN
Running Back
(Pittsburgh)
1995-97 New England Patriots; 1998-2005 New York Jets
Drafted: 3rd round (74th overall) of 1995 NFL Draft by New England Patriots
Seasons: 11
Games: 168
All-Pro: 2
Pro Bowls: 5
Career Stats: 3,518 carries for 14,101 yards, 90 touchdowns; 484 receptions for 3,329 yards, 10 touchdowns.
Notable: Martin started his career with a record-tying 10 consecutive 1,000-yards rushing seasons.


ART MODELL

Owner
1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2003 Baltimore Ravens
Notable: Modell worked closely with former NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to establish NFL Films and became its first chairman. He also was an important negotiator with ABC to launch Monday Night Football.


 

ANDRE REED
Wide Receiver
(Kutztown)
1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Drafted: 4th round (86th overall) in 1985 NFL Draft by Buffalo Bills
Seasons: 16
Games: 234
All-Pro: 3
Pro Bowls: 7
Career Stats: 951 receptions for 13,198 yards and 87 touchdowns.
Notable: Reed had 50 or more receptions in 13 seasons, which rank him second all-time behind only Jerry Rice. Also, at the time of his retirement his 951 career receptions ranked third all-time.


WILLIE ROAF

Tackle
(Louisiana Tech)
1993-2001 New Orleans Saints; 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs
Drafted: 1st round (8th overall) of 1993 NFL Draft by New Orleans Saints
Seasons: 13
Games: 189
All-Pro: 7
Pro Bowls: 11
Notable: Roaf was selected for the NFL's All-Decade Team in the 1990s.


ED SABOL
Founder
(Ohio State)
NFL Films
Notable: In 1991 Sabol was honored with the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Pete Rozelle Radio and Television Award for long-time exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.


DEION SANDERS

Cornerback/Kick Returner/Punt Returner
(Florida State)
1989-1993 Atlanta Falcons; 1994 San Francisco 49ers; 1995-99 Dallas Cowboys; 2000 Washington Redskins; 2004-05 Baltimore
Drafted: 1st round (5th overall) of 1989 NFL Draft by Atlanta Falcons
Seasons: 14
Games: 188
All-Pro: 9
Pro Bowls: 8
Career Stats: 53 interceptions for 1,331 yards and 9 touchdowns; 155 kickoff returns for 3,523 yards, 3 touchdowns; 212 punt returns for 2,199, 6 touchdowns.
Notable: Sanders was honored as the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 1994.


SHANNON SHARPE

Tight End
(Savannah State)
1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens
Drafted: 7th round (192nd overall) in 1990 NFL Draft by Denver Broncos
Seasons: 14
Games: 204
All-Pro: 4
Pro Bowls: 8
Career Stats: 815 receptions for 10,060 yards and 62 touchdowns.
Notable: Sharpe retired as the NFL’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end. He is also a three-time Super Bowl champion, winning twice with the Broncos and once with the Ravens.


PAUL TAGLIABUE
Commissioner 1989-2006
(Georgetown, New York University)
Notable: In 17 years as commissioner of the NFL Tagliabue grew the league from 28 to 32 teams and supported the construction of 20 new stadiums. He also created a league-wide internet network and the NFL Network.


AENEAS WILLIAMS
Cornerback/Safety
(Southern University)
1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
Drafted: 3rd round (59th overall) of 1991 NFL Draft by Phoenix Cardinals
Seasons: 14
Games: 211
All-Pro: 4
Pro Bowls: 8
Career Stats: 55 interceptions for 807 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Notable: At the time of his retirement, Williams ranked tied with Hall of Famer Ken Houston for second on the NFL’s all-time list of interception returns for touchdowns with nine.


GEORGE YOUNG
Contributor
(Bucknell University, Johns Hopkins, Loyola)
1968-1974 Baltimore Colts; 1975-1978 Miami Dolphins; 1979-1997 New York Giants; 1998-2001 National Football League
Division Titles:  6
Conference Titles: 4
Super Bowl Titles: 3
Notable: Young was honored as the NFL’s Executive of the Year five times (1984, 1986, 1990, 1993, 1997).


Recent Comments
  • Clifford Garrett - September 09 2011 11:59 AM

    I would like to know how the list is constructed? Who mominates the players What is the criteria? There are so many players that I believe should have been mominated that may be forgotten. For example, Ottis Anderson! Two time Superbowl winner and MVP in one of them. Over 10,000 career yard. Comeback player of the year. Two time Pro Bowler. First team All-Pro. Rookie of the year. What does a man need to do?

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  • bachslunch - March 30 2011 05:11 PM

    Irvin, one can indeed argue that Michael Irvin's career was cut short, ending with an injury in that 12th season -- and in his 11th, he had caught 74 passes and gained 1057 yards. One can speculate all one wishes, but there's no reason to think he couldn't have continued to put up such numbers for a couple more years before retiring. And while I think stats are useful, they need to be seen in context -- and there's no question Dallas's offense was a running offense when Irvin played there; it's not like he was in an Air Coryell type situation where he could crank up the biggest numbers of the time. Despite this, Irvin made the pro bowl 5 times, was named a member of the 90s all-decade team, was a consensus 1st team all pro in 1991 and consensus 2nd team all pro in 1992, which clearly puts him among the elite at his position for the time, if perhaps not the absolute single best. And if you're arguing that only the absolute best player at their position when they played should be in the HoF, that's not how restrictive the HoF has been historically. I see no reason why Irvin isn't within the top four WRs of the 90s, and neither did those choosing that all-decade team -- and it's not unreasonable to consider all such skill position players HoF worthy.

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  • Irvin Stiles - March 15 2011 09:13 PM

    bachslunch, Irvin played 12 seasons, not exactly a career "cut short". He never was dominant at his position. He wasn't very fast, and he didn't have great hands. If we are not to consider stats, what are we supposed to use to qualify great players??? Hair styles? Irvin never led the league in catches or touchdowns and only led once in yards. I would argue his stats were aided by Dallas's great running game as Emmitt Smith and that o line constantly afforded Irvin single coverage. A luxury few NFL #1 recievers have. He was a good player on a great team. Irvin a hall of famer and Cris Carter not? That's just stupid.

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  • bachslunch - February 21 2011 04:42 PM

    irvin stiles, some good points made, but am having a hard time understanding why Michael Irvin does not belong in the HoF -- and if you use stats to back the claim, please be sure they are seen in light of when he played (not compared to later players), the fact that his career ended prematurely because of injury, and the fact that he played in a run-heavy offense. All, I say let's get Ken Anderson in the HoF first, then we can bring up Ken Stabler's worthiness. Dan Hobson, thanks for bringing up Sterling Sharpe, who certainly belongs on any list of short career players to consider.

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  • bachslunch - February 17 2011 04:40 PM

    Re Hugh M's comments: I see Jerome Bettis as more of a compiler than an elite RB, but I'm not against him being elected. And if Bettis is HoF worthy, Curtis Martin is even more so. No idea why anyone would think Ed Sabol is not HoF deserving. Also see no good argument that admits Cris Carter and excludes Tim Brown, as Brown was also a terrific kick returner. Every reliable source I've seen in fact says Richard Dent did not play the run well and took plays off, plus he has very meager postseason honors awards, tied with Fred Dean for worst among HoF d-linemen -- I think Dent's a poor choice. Chris Doleman strikes me as a notably better HoF option despite not playing the run any better than Dent -- note that he went to twice as many pro bowls as Dent, and made an all-decade team, which Dent did not. And again, please make the case using well-interpreted stats that Ray Guy (HoF worthy or not) was a better punter than Sammy Baugh, Tommy Davis, Jerrel Wilson, and Yale Lary, among others.

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  • Hugh Meloche - February 05 2011 02:36 PM

    Jerome Bettis: No. Good power back, but not really feared. Tim Brown: No. His stats are more a testament to his durability over 17 seasons than a sign of greatness. Cris Carter: Yes #1. Retired as 2nd all-time leading receiver. Don Coryell: No. Innovator and great offensive mind, he just didn't win enough. Roger Craig: Resounding NO. A slightly above-average player whose stats were a product of the system he played in. Terrell Davis: Sympathetic No. He did great for 3 seasons, but that's just not long enough. Dermontti Dawson: Yes #2. All-Decade Team. 'Nuf said. Eddie DeBartolo Jr: No. Having said that, do I need to watch my back at night? Richard Dent: Resounding YES #3. When he retired, only Bruce Smith and Reggie White had more sacks. He was one player that if you were on offense, you'd better know where he was on every play. Played the run as well as the pass. Ask Steve Young about Dent. Chris Doleman: No. He was good, even very good, but he wasn't great. Didn't play the run nearly as well as the pass. Marshall Faulk: Definite Yes #4. Anyone who saw him play doesn't need to ask. Kevin Greene: Not yet. He'll get in eventually, but there are too many others who deserve it now. Ray Guy: Absolutely Yes #5. I don't care what position you play, when you are clearly the best to ever play that position, you have to be a Hall of Famer. Charles Haley: No. Ignored the run. Lester Hayes: No. If you want to know how good he really was, see how his picks dropped when Stickum was banned. Cortez Kennedy: Not yet #2. Good enough, but not this year. Curtis Martin: No. Very good back for a very long time, but not a special player; not a game-changer. Art Modell: No, No, No, a thousand times No. Andre Reed: My first fence-sitter. Definitely not now; perhaps in the future. Willie Roaf: Yes #6. He was a dominant player, and would have been better if there had been better talent around him. Ed Sabol: No Deion Sanders: Most Definitely Yes #7. Electric, exciting, the epitome of a shut-down corner, and one of the most feared kick returners of all time. Shannon Sharpe: Not yet. Paul Tagliabue: No. Aeneas Williams: Not yet. George Young: No.

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  • Hugh Meloche - February 05 2011 02:31 PM

    Jerome Bettis: No. Good power back, but not really feared. Tim Brown: No. His stats are more a testament to his durability over 17 seasons than a sign of greatness. Cris Carter: Yes #1. Retired as 2nd all-time leading receiver. Don Coryell: No. Innovator and great offensive mind, he just didn't win enough. Roger Craig: Resounding NO. A slightly above-average player whose stats were a product of the system he played in. Terrell Davis: Sympathetic No. He did great for 3 seasons, but that's just not long enough. Dermontti Dawson: Yes #2. All-Decade Team. 'Nuf said. Eddie DeBartolo Jr: No. Having said that, do I need to watch my back at night? Richard Dent: Resounding YES #3. When he retired, only Bruce Smith and Reggie White had more sacks. He was one player that if you were on offense, you'd better know where he was on every play. Played the run as well as the pass. Ask Steve Young about Dent. Chris Doleman: No. He was good, even very good, but he wasn't great. Didn't play the run nearly as well as the pass. Marshall Faulk: Definite Yes #4. Anyone who saw him play doesn't need to ask. Kevin Greene: Not yet. He'll get in eventually, but there are too many others who deserve it now. Ray Guy: Absolutely Yes #5. I don't care what position you play, when you are clearly the best to ever play that position, you have to be a Hall of Famer. Charles Haley: No. Ignored the run. Lester Hayes: No. If you want to know how good he really was, see how his picks dropped when Stickum was banned. Cortez Kennedy: Not yet #2. Good enough, but not this year. Curtis Martin: No. Very good back for a very long time, but not a special player; not a game-changer. Art Modell: No, No, No, a thousand times No. Andre Reed: My first fence-sitter. Definitely not now; perhaps in the future. Willie Roaf: Yes #6. He was a dominant player, and would have been better if there had been better talent around him. Ed Sabol: No Deion Sanders: Most Definitely Yes #7. Electric, exciting, the epitome of a shut-down corner, and one of the most feared kick returners of all time. Shannon Sharpe: Not yet. Paul Tagliabue: No. Aeneas Williams: Not yet. George Young: No.

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  • Hugh Meloche - February 05 2011 02:30 PM

    Jerome Bettis: No. Good power back, but not really feared. Tim Brown: No. His stats are more a testament to his durability over 17 seasons than a sign of greatness. Cris Carter: Yes #1. Retired as 2nd all-time leading receiver. Don Coryell: No. Innovator and great offensive mind, he just didn't win enough. Roger Craig: Resounding NO. A slightly above-average player whose stats were a product of the system he played in. Terrell Davis: Sympathetic No. He did great for 3 seasons, but that's just not long enough. Dermontti Dawson: Yes #2. All-Decade Team. 'Nuf said. Eddie DeBartolo Jr: No. Having said that, do I need to watch my back at night? Richard Dent: Resounding YES #3. When he retired, only Bruce Smith and Reggie White had more sacks. He was one player that if you were on offense, you'd better know where he was on every play. Played the run as well as the pass. Ask Steve Young about Dent. Chris Doleman: No. He was good, even very good, but he wasn't great. Didn't play the run nearly as well as the pass. Marshall Faulk: Definite Yes #4. Anyone who saw him play doesn't need to ask. Kevin Greene: Not yet. He'll get in eventually, but there are too many others who deserve it now. Ray Guy: Absolutely Yes #5. I don't care what position you play, when you are clearly the best to ever play that position, you have to be a Hall of Famer. Charles Haley: No. Ignored the run. Lester Hayes: No. If you want to know how good he really was, see how his picks dropped when Stickum was banned. Cortez Kennedy: Not yet #2. Good enough, but not this year. Curtis Martin: No. Very good back for a very long time, but not a special player; not a game-changer. Art Modell: No, No, No, a thousand times No. Andre Reed: My first fence-sitter. Definitely not now; perhaps in the future. Willie Roaf: Yes #6. He was a dominant player, and would have been better if there had been better talent around him. Ed Sabol: No Deion Sanders: Most Definitely Yes #7. Electric, exciting, the epitome of a shut-down corner, and one of the most feared kick returners of all time. Shannon Sharpe: Not yet. Paul Tagliabue: No. Aeneas Williams: Not yet. George Young: No.

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  • Lee House - February 04 2011 07:54 PM

    there are some no brainers on this list 1. Deion sanders no one has been able to change a game around like he has. much like the devin hester of today we he got his hnads on the ball he was a serious threat to score. 2. Willie roaf a pro bowl line who spent his career with botrh the bnew orlean saint and kansas city chiefs. He was an excellent lineman. #3 Charles Haley a dominent defensive force and a quarterback killa one who played from whistle to whistle. #4 tim Brown a great recieve the best in oakland history. #5 Roger Craig enough said.

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  • Mary Perkins - February 01 2011 07:48 PM

    Mac SPEEDIE should be enshrined in the Hall of Fame because he was one of the best receivers of all times, on one of the best teams - the Cleveland Browns of 1946 to 1950.

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  • rock - February 01 2011 08:48 AM

    here are my 17 to be selected. bettis/ modell/ hayes/ tim brown/ chris carter/ dawson/ dent/ debartolo jr/ craig/ doleman/ faulk/ guy/ greene/ kennedy/ martin/ sharpe and sanders. now to have of these guys enter would be great but the average has been 7. so here are my final 7 picks: modell/ dent/ guy/ sharpe/ sanders/ hayes/ carter. the others are well deserving as well but if the list is downt o 7 i have to say those mentioned above.

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  • rock - February 01 2011 08:48 AM

    here are my 17 to be selected. bettis/ modell/ hayes/ tim brown/ chris carter/ dawson/ dent/ debartolo jr/ craig/ doleman/ faulk/ guy/ greene/ kennedy/ martin/ sharpe and sanders. now to have of these guys enter would be great but the average has been 7. so here are my final 7 picks: modell/ dent/ guy/ sharpe/ sanders/ hayes/ carter. the others are well deserving as well but if the list is downt o 7 i have to say those mentioned above.

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  • Charlie Pike - January 31 2011 05:57 AM

    looking at this years finalist i agree with a few of the selectioms Ray Guy, Richard Dent, Don Coryell, Tim Brown, Andre Reed, Chris Carter, Dermontti Dawson, Kevin Green, Shannon Sharp, and Ed Sabol but i can't help thinking that the HOF selection commettee has their up their butts when they nominate Terrell Davis and omit Steve Tasker in my opinion Terrell Davis maybe if he hadn't got hurt might have been a great one but we'll never know. But there should be a special wing at the HOF for special teams players and it should be named the Steve Tasker Wing

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  • albert lynn - January 30 2011 01:48 PM

    anyone who believes that ray guy should not be in hall of fame don't know footall. the greatest punter of all time.how many games did he when with his leg.should have been in hall of fame a long time ago.

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  • BALTIMORE "COLTS" fan - January 11 2011 01:10 AM

    ART MODEL Not in HOF??? But al davis is Davis sued NFL, Moved twice (at will) Why does the Cleveland voter get to black ball ART MODEL,, MODEL left Browns name in Cleveland More than NFL did for BALTIMORE To see what BALTIMORE got,,,CLOSE YOUR EYES Blesed New Year one and all

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  • djh-tex - January 10 2011 01:04 PM

    Deon Sanders should be a no brainer for the first round induction but some of these sportswriters you have to wonder about. Some will not vote for him. What a shame. He deserves to go in on the first vote.

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  • Rick Cooley - January 10 2011 09:55 AM

    No DLs should be able to get into the HOF if Joe Klecko is not in. His exclusion is a crime.

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  • Rick Cooley - January 10 2011 09:53 AM

    No DLs should be able to get into the HOF if Joe Klecko is not in. His exclusion is a crime.

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  • John Nesdoly - January 09 2011 11:26 PM

    So many deserving candidates. Deion Sanders will deifinitely go in his first time (probably in 1st place overall in the voting). That will make him the last of the great draft class of 1989 to go in. He was drafted fifth overall.. and number 1,3 and 4 are already in. Number 2 was a bust. Marshall Faulkl deserves to go in this time as well because of the way he changed the RB position. Same with Shannon Sharpe. Bettis should go in this time and who will go in fifth remains my guess.

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  • Dan Hobson - January 09 2011 03:37 PM

    As a Packer fan watching the NFC North for years, Cris Carter was always a pain in my rear and by far was a better reciever than Irvin. Also, Richard Dent, while was the pass rusher on the Bears, that defense was completely centered on what Dan Hampton and Steve Mongo McMicheal did. But Dent's numbers don't lie. He should have been in 10 years ago. Chris Doleman was real good but John Randle was the guy to fear in the Vikings defense. Terrell Davis was good for 3 years but if Sterling Sharpe doesn't get any consideration for being argueably the 2nd or 3rd best reciever during his career, hell no on Davis. Sterling Sharpe's numbers - 7 seasons, 595 receptions, 8134 yds, 65 tds. That averages out to 85 rec, 1162 yds, and 9 td a season. 5 time all pro, lead NFL in receptions 3 times and recieving td 2 times. in 1992, became only the 7th triple crown reciever in history to lead the league in Rec., Yds., and Tds. Also was the 1st player to have back to back 100 reception seasons. Like Bo Jackson, his career was cut too short due to injury. Jackson was a sure HOFer before his knee blew out. I would even put Bo in before Terrell Davis. To the HOF voters, please consider all that i have said and give Sterling his rightful place in Canton.

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  • Bernie Oravec - January 09 2011 12:52 PM

    Oakland Raiders Ray Guy and Lester Hayes deserve to be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011. Both helped define the 1970's greatness of the Raiders. The veterans committee should also revisit nominating Raiders QB Ken Stabler. Stabler is one of the greatest comeback quarterbacks of all time and also helps to define the decade of the 1970's. Think about The Immaculate Reception, The Sea of Hands game, The Holy Roller, Ghost to the Post, Super Bowl XI and all the dramatic finishes throughout his career in Oakland. The "Snake", Kenny Stabler earned the right to be part of the Hall of Fame.

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  • Michael Furman - January 09 2011 10:44 AM

    This is a tough class... as they all are... they just announced the final 15... to me the one who needs to be there more than any other as the Hall of Fame is in place to document football history... is Ed Sabol... Hello he made the NFL what it is... each and every person that has made a post to this or even looked at this site did so because they became enamored with the NFL as a result of his work and vision. As for the players... as a Steeler lover it pains me to say I will be shock if Canton is wearing Black and Gold this year... my other 4 are as follows... Deion Sanders... Prime Time... never a huge fan as he was a showboat, but you can not deny his impact, he was a game changer... one of the best OT's ever... Willie Roaf (I guess there will be some black and gold)... 11 Pro Bowls... set the standard for what an OT needed to be as the game changed from pure mauling to a little more finesse... Shannon Sharpe was an integral part in the change I just spoke of... the hybrid... Shannon was a nightmare of a match-up... he made those Bronco teams go... and finally the biggest game changer on this list... Marshall Faulk... I think often overlooked, he made Peyton Manning a better QB and then did that and more fro Kurt Warner... his impact in both the running game and the passing game makes him the choice over the other backs this year... The other offensive players will need to wait until these guys get in... Tim Brown is well deserving... more so than Reed and Carter... RB's need Marshall as he did while playing lead the way... so Martin and Bettis will go through this process again... Haley is a mystery, he was a winner and deserves the call before Dent... other pass rushers like Doleman and Greene are on the outside looking in for now... DB's like Williams and Hayes need Prime to get his bust first and hope for a light year in the future... Young should be the first executive in as he did things the right way... Eddie and Art have lots of skeletons to overcome and Coryell had the misfortune of never winning... Tags will get in as the football world is realizing how important he was to the league, just will take some time... If my predictions are accurate... bring a pillow to Canton... with Sharpe and Prime we have two of the biggest windbags ever taking to the podium and Marshall now an NFL talking head will do his fair share... Willie was a quiet giant while he played so he may save us a little time... as for Mr. Sabol... his story as with all he has already told will be must see... Congrats to all as it is an achievement to be mentioned... as for those that make well deserved!!!

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  • Isaac Newton - January 08 2011 12:43 PM

    Ray Guy only led NFL in punting for 3 seasons. Guy is only considered because he was the beneficiary of a crary Al Davis 1st round pick for a punter.

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  • Rik Bertin - January 08 2011 11:37 AM

    I also would like to see and hear more about Mr. Chris Carter, of all he does is catch touchdowns, and Mr. Aeneas Williams in my outlook a very underrated and many times an unmentioned secondary great... This on---line posting to the N.F.L. Hall of Fame is just fantastic, I completely enjoy the outlooks of other football fanatics... Kind Regards, Rik B.

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  • irvin stiles - January 07 2011 07:27 PM

    Tim Brown definitely deserves it and he will get in. Carter should go in first at wr though. Hayes is another good but not great player that doesn't belong and Guy? Please a punter in the hall??? No way!

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  • Raiderfan - January 06 2011 10:07 PM

    Out of the 3 raiders..Ray Guy, Lester Hayes, Tim Brown..all deserving players..i guarentee none will get in the league and voters hate the raiders

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  • irvin stiles - January 06 2011 08:49 PM

    Irvin shouldn't be in. He got in on hype. All the pub of the triplets,the Super Bowls, Americas team. I'm not saying Reed is not worthy, I think he is but you can't rationalize his induction by comparing him to someone who didn't deserve induction. The hall is supposed to be for great players, not good players. Unfortunately there are too many great players not in and too many good players in that shouldn't be because of hype and publicity. Heck, Namath had more interceptions than touchdowns. He was good, not great, but most consider him to be NFL royalty.

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  • Brian Doyle - January 06 2011 05:29 PM

    Andre Reed is an absolute must selection. Being on the final ballot the last couple years...2011 has to be his year. He is truly deserving of this honor. If Micheal Erving made it with 201 less receptions, 13 less career TDs and over 2,000 yards less than Reed...it's clear based on stats alone that Reed deserves it. He along with Chris Carter.

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  • irvin stiles - January 05 2011 09:10 PM

    No brainers,Cris Carter how is he not in yet??? Second only to Rice when he retired. Marshall Faulk, rushing and receiving best double threat ever, Willie Roaf, absolutely the dominant player at his position of his era, Deon Sanders, the absolute best shut down cover corner ever, and a game breaker returning punts and ints. Also deserving, Shannon Sharpe and Cris Doleman, the numbers don't lie. Why is Terell Davis on the list? Three outstanding years does not a HOFer make.

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  • Rik Bertin - January 04 2011 09:52 PM

    I feel being a life long football fan that all the canidates listed above are excellent choices. I am very interested in seeing and hearing more about Mr. Tim Brown... Mr. Roger Craig... Mr. Jerome Bettis... and last but not least Mr. "Prime Time" Himself Deion Sanders... The players listed above should all step into Canton Ohio... Each of these players played a "key" role in winning teams; they brought their unique talents to every Sunday... This enabled an average guy like myself have a positive escape not only for that Sunday, but through all the Sunday's of these N.F.L. greats playing days. From Craig the high stepper, The Bus taking everyone to school, T. Brown I do it all, and one of the most ridculous players in the N.F.L. "Prime Time" Best of Luck, and Kind Regards... Football fan number 543,987,521,000.

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  • bachslunch - January 04 2011 04:43 PM

    ken k., comparing Dave Krieg to the QBs you listed is meaningless, as they played in different eras from Krieg -- you'd need to do a period adjustment of some sort to accurately weigh them. Krieg's biggest problem is that he has a lot of competition with better contemporary QBs already in: Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Joe Montana, John Elway, Steve Young, Warren Moon, and Troy Aikman, plus a decent chunk of Dan Fouts's career. Sorry to say, somebody's got to be the best QB of his time not in the HoF. Scott C., your comment regarding Larry Brown as being a contemporary of Floyd Little's while having stats that are pretty much Brown's equal is exactly correct -- which why I think Little does not belong in the HoF.

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  • Scott Cox - January 03 2011 04:55 PM

    Larry Brown from the 1970s Redskins has just as good of numbers as Floyd Little but never gets considered! WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • ken kasel - January 03 2011 02:47 PM

    Seahawks-Dave Krieg has more TD passes AND yards than HOFers: Bradshaw, Staubach, Namath, Baugh, Tittle, Starr, and Jurgensen... Look at Daves career and story....truly special!

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  • bachslunch - December 31 2010 04:55 PM

    ricardo, Too Tall Jones isn't even the best DE not in the HoF (L.C. Greenwood, Claude Humphrey, Gene Brito, perhaps even Mark Gastineau), never mind the best DE in NFL history -- and certainly not with only 3 pro bowl nods and 2 first team (one year each by AP and NEA) all pro selections. augie, Don Coryell has better regular season coaching stats than Tom Flores, plus a reputation as an offensive innovator which Flores doesn't have -- two Super Bowl wins are the start and end of Flores's HoF case, and it's just not enough. One of the things not helping Roger Craig's HoF case is that Marshall Faulk is a similar type of back to Craig but a more highly-regarded player. And comparing Aeneas Williams to Richard Dent and Kevin Greene and Charles Haley seems like comparing the proverbial apples and oranges.

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  • Jason Breest - December 30 2010 01:48 AM

    Even though I do agree with you Bill Besch that the best 8 should get in, but it's harder than you think. I'm sorry, but Roger Craig deserves to go in before Running Backs like Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis. Heck people could make an argument that Roger Craig was Marshall Faulk before Marshall Faulk. considering Craig was the first Running Back to have both 1,000 yards rushing and recieving in the same season. It wasn't until over a decade later that this accomplishment would happen again. I also feel Charles Haley, Richard Dent, or Kevin Greene should get in before Aeneas Williams. This alone proves how hard it would be to get down to the top 8, or what you feel your top 8 is compared to mine. I respect anyones opinion, but am willing to listen to people who want to debate who I feel the top 8 is, as long as they can back it up with smart facts. My Top 8= Deion Sanders, Roger Craig, Marshall Faulk, Cris Carter. Willie Roaf, Charles Haley, Tim Brown, and Richard Dent. The Next 5= Andre Reed, Kevin Greene, Curtis Martin, LeRoy Butler (Not on List) and Sterling Sharpe (Not on List) I think if you are going to vote guys like Art Monk, Tim Brown, and Andre Reed in, why not Sterling Sharpe. He didn't play as long because of injury, but like Gayle Sayers, who career was cut short, Sharpe was one of the best when he played.

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  • Jason Breest - December 30 2010 01:47 AM

    Even though I do agree with you Bill Besch that the best 8 should get in, but it's harder than you think. I'm sorry, but Roger Craig deserves to go in before Running Backs like Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis. Heck people could make an argument that Roger Craig was Marshall Faulk before Marshall Faulk. considering Craig was the first Running Back to have both 1,000 yards rushing and recieving in the same season. It wasn't until over a decade later that this accomplishment would happen again. I also feel Charles Haley, Richard Dent, or Kevin Greene should get in before Aeneas Williams. This alone proves how hard it would be to get down to the top 8, or what you feel your top 8 is compared to mine. I respect anyones opinion, but am willing to listen to people who want to debate who I feel the top 8 is, as long as they can back it up with smart facts. My Top 8= Deion Sanders, Roger Craig, Marshall Faulk, Cris Carter. Willie Roaf, Charles Haley, Tim Brown, and Richard Dent. The Next 5= Andre Reed, Kevin Greene, Curtis Martin, LeRoy Butler (Not on List) and Sterling Sharpe (Not on List) I think if you are going to vote guys like Art Monk, Tim Brown, and Andre Reed in, why not Sterling Sharpe. He didn't play as long because of injury, but like Gayle Sayers, who career was cut short, Sharpe was one of the best when he played.

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  • ricardo mendoza - December 29 2010 06:18 PM

    Hey¡ Where is Too Tall Jones? Did you see the last Van Heusen class? Jones was the best Defensive End in NFL history.What happen with the HOF guys?

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  • augie - December 28 2010 10:33 AM

    Don Coryell??? Tom Flores owned Coryell and won 2 superbowls. How could Coryell go in before Tom Flores? The Chargers have only won division titles, who's doing the voting?

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  • Nickolay Mak - December 28 2010 01:32 AM

    Roger Craig is sooo unappreciated. Besides being the first to gain 1000 yards rushing and receiving in one season (M. Faulk- the only other one).. His career started as a fullback! He scored 3 touchdowns against Dan Marino. He was NFC MVP the year that Rice won the MVP in the Super Bowl and Montana (great as he was and is) has been given credit for what others have done... John Taylor's two 90 yard plus TDs were predominantly slant and run plays with tremendous blocking. Craig has been in the playoffs every year he played-- including with the Raiders and Vikings. Craig set the tone for all of fantasy football stats.

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  • Bill Besch - December 20 2010 08:18 PM

    We need to get some of the older overlooked greats in there, perhaps 1 per year, starting next year. For this year, let's make sure to get in the best 8 of this years nominees, it would be a crime if these 8 aren't in this year!: CURTIS MARTIN MARSHALL FAULK TIM BROWN JEROME BETTIS CRIS CARTER DEION SANDERS AENEAS WILLIAMS ANDRE REED

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  • Bill Besch - December 20 2010 08:05 PM

    We need to get some of the older overlooked greats in there, perhaps 1 per year, starting next year. For this year, let's make sure to get in the best 8 of this years nominees, it would be a crime if these 8 aren't in this year!: CURTIS MARTIN MARSHALL FAULK TIM BROWN JEROME BETTIS CRIS CARTER DEION SANDERS AENEAS WILLIAMS ANDRE REED

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  • bachslunch - December 20 2010 04:28 PM

    Merk L., Jerry Kramer is not eligible as a regular candidate anymore, and hasn't been for some time. In fact, he was nominated once as a Senior and was voted down. As to why Kramer has no luck getting in the HoF, his is an unusual and interesting case. The reasons voters have passed on him may include his having been named to only 3 pro bowls (despite 5 1st team all pro selections), his having missed half of 1961 and most all of 1964 due to injury, his authorship of the tell all book “Instant Replay” which may have ruffled some feathers, his inclusion in an all first 50 years of the NFL team roundly criticized by insiders as a botch job, and the perception among some HoF voters that he was no better a player on his own team at his own position than Fuzzy Thurston and Gale Gillingham. Not sure if I agree here, but that may be the thinking.

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  • Mark Lindberg - December 19 2010 01:41 PM

    Can someone tell me why Jerry Kramer hasn't been elected to the HOF. He was the great right guard for the for the Green Bay Packers. He's not only a great player, but an author, and a sited resourse for documenteries for the 1960's Packers, Vince Lambardi. He lead the then famous packer sweep and was the lead blocker on the famous Bart Starr qb sneak witch ended the "Ice Bowl". What is the reason for the snubbing.

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  • Colin Brown - December 17 2010 04:18 PM

    Garrett Rawlins-Maddigan - I am happy to concede to you. I really threw in Roger Craig as an afterthought and it was not my intention to appear critical of Joe Montana. My main point was about Terrell Davis and If I can add to that, there is a case for saying that the much-vaunted Class of '83 would have been winless without Terrell Davis. He not only helped Elway fulfil his destiny, but I believe Elway's Superbowl wins validated the Class of '83. None of that would have happened without Terrell Davis and that is some legacy for a man whom many would deny entry because he only played for a short time.

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  • Garrett Rawlins-Maddigan - December 16 2010 06:18 PM

    K chirping Joe montana Colin Brown ? Joe Montana won his first superbowl without Roger and his 2nd one Craig wasn't a big part of the offense . and he never even played with Ricky Watters . Roger Craig yes he was good and maybe deserves to go the hall of fame but look at the talent around him Montana , Rice , Taylor and many others Roger Craig was just an extention of them and yes I can say that because Montana was good Before him and after him . Same with Jerry Rice , and Jontathon Taylor but after Montana was gone Roger Craig didn't do very much on the field

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  • bachslunch - December 15 2010 07:08 PM

    Craig R., Jerry Kramer is not eligible as a regular candidate and has not been for a long time now. He can only be nominated as a Senior. And unlike Dave B., I am not in favor of reducing the number of HoF-ers who can be elected per year, as this will likely just make things even more difficult for players at non-glamor positions to get in, plus it suddenly and arbitrarily tightens HoF standards compared to previous eras. I see no reason why the HoF should suddenly become more exclusive that it has been in past. Like Alan, I also think a good argument can be made to increase the number of HoF-ers elected in a season, primarily in order to ease upcoming logjam problems -- and that's even more the case if non-players continue to be lumped together as finalists with players. I think non-players should be considered separately.

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  • Colin Brown - December 15 2010 05:18 PM

    Picking up on Steve Berlin and his comment on Terrell Davis. As a Scotsman looking in from the side I am amazed by the emphasis on longevity in US sports. Being OK for 20 years is still just OK. Terrell Davis helped John Elway confirm his greatness. His contribution in 2-3 years was immeasurable and to deny him because of injury is frankly ludicrous. I could also make a case for Roger Craig. Don't tell me that some numpty, who put up better numbers because they played forever, had more impact than Roger Craig. Joe Montana won no Superbowls in the years between Roger Craig and Ricky Watters.

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  • Colin Brown - December 15 2010 05:18 PM

    Picking up on Steve Berlin and his comment on Terrell Davis. As a Scotsman looking in from the side I am amazed by the emphasis on longevity in US sports. Being OK for 20 years is still just OK. Terrell Davis helped John Elway confirm his greatness. His contribution in 2-3 years was immeasurable and to deny him because of injury is frankly ludicrous. I could also make a case for Roger Craig. Don't tell me that some numpty, who put up better numbers because they played forever, had more impact than Roger Craig. Joe Montana won no Superbowls in the years between Roger Craig and Ricky Watters.

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  • Craig Rau - December 15 2010 01:30 PM

    The HOF is still ignoring JERRY KRAMER. He is the only member of the NFLs 50th ann. team not in. Instant Replay, Farewell to Football,Lombardi, Distant Replay are 4 fantastic books he wrote with the late Dick Schaap. All pro lineman for the Packers , came back from a colostomy, made THE BLOCK in the ICE BOWL yet has been bypassed for many less worthy canidates "COME ON MAN!!!!!" As far as the former Clevland Owner, if he is elected you know what Browns fans will be chanting during the entire ceremony

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  • Dave Boyack - December 15 2010 12:37 PM

    I am in favor of the HOF reducing the number elected each year. I think the HOF is getting a little watered down. The offensive numbers of some of these semi-finalists were acheived during a time when some rules were relazed to favor offensive production. Even pointing to Pro-Bowls is somewhat tainted as some players were voted because of their populartiy amoung there peers. Yes, we need to start with tangibles, but we to look at the intangibles just as closely/equally. To make the entire process and induction more meaningful, how about the HOF adapt a rule of having 2-3 semi finalists per position. This list has 5 RBs and 4 WR/TE but only 2 OL ? 5 Contributors but only 1 Coach ? Lets re-write the process and get a truly meaningful induction class. Otherwise, the Sports Writer(s) who kept arguing for Lynn Swan should be in this Hall too !!!

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  • Alan - December 14 2010 10:33 PM

    Hard to reject most of these candidates. Bettis, Sanders, Martin, Roaf, and Faulk should all get this year as first-ballot hall-of-famers. I would also put good odds on Cris Carter getting in as well. The Pro Football Hall of Fame may have to increase the number of inductees due to the overwhelming number of individuals worthy of induction for the hall of fame that will not get in when they should already be enshrined in Canton.

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  • bachslunch - December 12 2010 01:25 PM

    Steve B., it's not clear what the criteria are for saying Tom Flores was somehow better than Terrell Davis -- especially since you're comparing a coaching record to a running back's stats. And the argument for Don Coryell over Flores in HoF coaching worth stems from Coryell's better regular season W-L record (Flores at 97-87 .527, Coryell at 111-83-1 .572) plus a level of innovator's reputation on offense that Flores doesn't have. Tankrose, "rings" don't seem to enter into the discussion for defensive players, only for Hall of the Very Good QBs and for some odd reason Lynn Swann and Paul Hornung. Also don't see anyone here saying Charles Haley doesn't belong in the HoF, though with a postseason profile of 2(2AP)/5/none and a reputation as a pass rush specialist, the fact that he's waiting a while isn't unreasonable. Tom M., I'm with you all the way here -- good observations.

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  • Tom Martens - December 11 2010 08:15 AM

    Hey, it's nice to see that the senior committee finally got it right this year. Chris Hanburger and Les Richter are excellent choices. How about seeing Maxie Baughan's name next year? Get a clue senior committee, stop looking so incompetent year in and year out. Base the qualification of selection on the players "body of work" during their career, not on some inane criteria like Super Bowl appearances or because you were influenced by someone's pandering and you didn't do your own homework.

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  • Tankrose - December 10 2010 04:58 PM

    How can you NOT look at CHARLES HALEY!! The man has more RINGS then any other DE/LB and he was a MONSTER at the postion. He lifted one team to the top and dropped one team from the top...REALLY you are not even going to consider him? REALLY!?! Okay so you say it is more then rings and stats? FINE then what your mad cause he was a problem for EDDIE D? SO! t doesn't take away from what he did on for the game! NAME ONE PLAYER WITH BETTER NUMBERS...ONE!!with MORE RINGS!!! JUST ONE!!!

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  • Steve Berlin - December 10 2010 10:24 AM

    How is Tom Flores not there, but Terrell Davis and his six-years of play is? For that matter, while Don Coryell is deserving, he never even got to the Super Bowl, yet Flores WON a pair as a coach.

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  • bachslunch - December 09 2010 07:47 PM

    ed soto, it's entirely reasonable to argue that Chris Doleman is more qualified for the HoF than Richard Dent, and I agree. In fact, I don't think Dent even belongs in. Doleman was named to twice as many pro bowl squads as Dent was, and was named to more 1st team all-pro squads. Both were excellent pass rushers who played the run poorly, plus Dent has the added baggage of taking plays off sometimes. And agreed that the argument that "we need more '85 Bears in the HoF" is baloney, as HoF membership is an individual honor, not a team honor. But Jim Marshall has absolutely no business in the HoF -- in his 20 year long career, he was never once named a 1st team all pro by any organization, and went to only two pro bowls -- plus he's only Senior eligible now anyway. And a consecutive game streak (artificially prolonged by his coach over the last few years of his career, no less) is not enough to warrant HoF election, otherwise we'd see someone like Everett Scott in the Baseball HoF. Sammy Y., please don't play the race card -- it's ugly and hurts your credibility. Besides, the HoF argument for Jim Plunkett and Tom Flores starts and ends with their two Super Bowl wins. Plunkett's regular season stats are mediocre at best and often worse plus his career was marred by injury, and much the same can be said of Flores's regular season coaching accomplishments (a W-L record of 97-87 just isn't going to cut it, sorry -- not enough wins and a mediocre winning percentage, with half of his seasons below.500). Race has utterly nothing to do with it.

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  • Hall of Fame NEEDS - December 09 2010 03:28 PM

    1.Deion Sanders, 2. Willie Roaf, 3. Dermontti Dawson, 4. Ray Guy, and 5. Terrell Davis. Ed De Barttolo JR. is close in this group.

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  • Sammy Young - December 08 2010 10:38 PM

    While this list is impressive and everybody on it (espeically Chris Carter!) are more than deserving to be in the HoF, can someone please explain to me why Jim Plunkett and/or Tom Flores are still not in the HoF although they both won 2 Super Bowls and Jim was MVP of one? Doesn't that matter? Or is George Lopez right- NFL really means "Not For Latinos".... I hope not....

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  • ed soto - December 08 2010 04:05 PM

    Chris Doleman is desreving!!! BETTER stats than Richard Dent!! TAKE A LOOK!! And none of this "Dent WON A SUPER BOWL" nonsense!! The HOF is for INDIVIDUAL SUCCESS "NOT" a teams! And for GOD's sake... JIM MARSHALL!!!!!!!!!!

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  • bachslunch - December 01 2010 06:58 PM

    Jack M., I would like to see proof (not anecdotal stuff, either, about such things a****ting the Superdome Gondola, or arguments to authority such as the College Punter award being named after him) that Ray Guy was "the best punter in the history of football" -- for starters, please tell us why he was better than Sammy Baugh, Tommy Davis, Jerrel Wilson, and Verne Lewellen. Kenny G., while I think Joey Browner has a reasonable argument for HoF membership, I fail to see why anyone would choose him over Deion Sanders -- for starters, please note that Sanders was a world-class kick returner (Browner didn't do this) and one of the best pure cover corners who ever played in the NFL (if your coverage is this good, nobody's going to throw against you and tackling is moot). Not to mention the fact that Browner was a safety and Williams, Sanders, and Hayes were cornerbacks -- it's just not a good comparison to make. And it's hard to see an argument that necessarily favors Browner over other safeties such as Kenny Easley, Leroy Butler, Steve Atwter, and Deron Cherry. Dave V., Roger Craig is likely being seen by the HoF voters as a poor-man's version of Marshall Faulk and analogous to Ricky Watters, and thus a borderline candidate.

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  • Dave Verplank - November 30 2010 09:01 PM

    I sure hope Roger Craig makes it in this time. I don't understand why he keeps getting passed over. Are there still some pissed off Niner fans that haven't forgiven him for fumbling in the 1990 NFC Championship game that the Giants ended up winning?

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  • Kenny Gattison - November 29 2010 11:17 PM

    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone here who would take Williams, Hayes or Sanders over JOEY BROWNER. The games hardest hitter who made plays! Deion tackled like 11 people in his whole time playing, all a joke with Deion!!! Hayes cheated, and Williams was solid but not like Browner!

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  • Kenny Gattison - November 29 2010 11:13 PM

    My oh my? Why is it that JOEY BROWNER keeps getting overlooked when he was a much better player than all these DB's??? Better Numbers on the #1 defense??? Over 1100 tackles from a safety!!! UNREAL JOEY BROWNER is way over due FOLKS!!!

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  • Jack McAlpin - November 29 2010 10:32 PM

    Ray Guy was the best punter in the history of football.

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