Class of 2011 finalists

01/09/2011

Five first-year eligible players – Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Deion Sanders, and Willie Roaf – 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 North Texas on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011.
 
Joining the five first-year eligible players, are nine other modern-era players and a contributor. The 15 modern-era finalists, along with the two senior nominees announced in August 2010 (former Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger and former Los Angeles Rams linebacker Les Richter) 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.
 
Also, for the second consecutive year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed up with Van Heusen and JCPenney to ask fans to voice their choice for whom they think should be included in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011 at www.fanschoice.com.


The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s 17 finalists (15 modern-era and two senior nominees*) with their positions, teams, and years active follow:
           
Jerome Bettis– Running Back – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

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

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

Chris Doleman– Defensive End/Linebacker – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers

Marshall Faulk – Running Back – 1994-98 Indianapolis Colts, 1999-2005 St. Louis Rams

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

*Chris Hanburger– Linebacker – 1965-1978 Washington Redskins

Cortez Kennedy– Defensive Tackle – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks

Curtis Martin – Running Back – 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets

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

*Les Richter – Linebacker – 1954-1962 Los Angeles Rams

Willie Roaf– Tackle – 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs

Ed Sabol– Founder/President/Chairman – 1964-1995 NFL Films

Deion Sanders – Cornerback/Kick Returner/Punt Returner – 1989-1993 Atlanta Falcons, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-99 Dallas Cowboys, 2000 Washington Redskins, 2004-05 Baltimore Ravens

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

 
Brown, Carter, Dawson, Dent, Haley, Kennedy, Reed, and Sharpe have all been finalists in previous years. Although they were eligible in previous years, this is the first time Doleman, Hanburger, Richter, and Sabol have been finalists.
 
From this year’s list, four players – Dawson, Hanburger, Kennedy, and Richter – spent their entire NFL career with just one team. 
 
Hanburger and Richter were selected as senior candidates by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee at their August 2010 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 114 preliminary nominees that earlier was reduced to a list of 26 semifinalists. 

To be eligible for election, modern-era players and coaches must be retired at least five years. Contributors need not be retired.

Dent has been eligible for election for nine years, Doleman and Haley seven years. Dawson, Kennedy, and Reed have each been eligible for election for six years, Carter four years, Sharpe three years and Brown two years. Bettis, Faulk, Martin, Roaf, and Sanders are in their first year of eligibility. Since the retirement minimum for a player prior to 1968 was three years, senior nominee Richter has been eligible for 46 years. Hanburger has been eligible for 28 years.

Selection meeting, Class announcement at Super Bowl XLV in North Texas
The Selection Committee will meet in North Texas, on Saturday, February 5, 2011, to elect the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011. The election results will be announced at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl Media Center.
 
At the 2011 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 2011 in North Texas 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.

Ticket info for 2011 Enshrinement Festival
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, a multi-day celebration of the enshrinement of the newest Hall of Fame Class, is held each year in Canton. The festival which culminates with the Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL Hall of Fame Game includes 18 special events over a 11-day period.| 2011 schedule>>>

Fan Packages for the 2011 Enshrinement Festival are on sale now. Individual Enshrinement tickets will go on sale to the public on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 at 11 a.m. ET.  More ticket information for the Enshrinement Ceremony, NFL Hall of Fame Game and the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival events can be found here>>>



CAPSULE BIOS FOR CLASS OF 2011 FINALISTS>>>


 
 
 
The Van Heusen Fan’s Choice campaign which launched in September mirrors the Hall of Fame’s selection process and will name the Fan’s Choice for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 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 only five candidates who also appear on the official Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee list including: Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Marshall Faulk, and Andre Reed. 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 coach, Tom Flores, as well as former players, Darryl Talley, Steve Tasker, Cornelius Bennett, Kent Hull, Fred Smerlas, Ray Guy, Jim Plunkett, Lester Hayes and Donnie Shell.
 
The Final Round of fan voting begins today and the top 15 Fan’s choices will be combined with the official Hall of Fame Selection Committee choices for one powerhouse list of candidates looking for fans’ votes to become a part of the Fan’s Choice for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011.
 
Fans are encouraged to visit www.fanschoice.com to vote for their favorites before the Fan’s Choice for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 is revealed on February 5.
 



The position roster will change after Class of 2011 election

The roster of Hall of Fame members could increase for 15 NFL teams

Finalists by year

Selection process

Class of 2011 selection process: Preliminary nominees  |  Semifinalists


Recent Comments
  • Robert Christopherson - December 26 2012 12:25 PM

    I nominate Richard Vermeil to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when his eligibility occurs. I played for Coach Vermeil in his first head coaching job at Hillsdale High School in 1960 and 1961. We won the championship. His high school handbook for football still sits on my shelf, more than an inch thick. Our program was so far ahead of the other schools. Coach Vermeil was named Coach of the Year in high school, and subsequently at every level of football---community college, NCAA, and NFL. The amazing and endearing thing is that he has maintained contact with players all through the years. In June 2003, our championship held a reunion in California, and Coach and his wife Carol attended for a memorable day and evening. All his players live enriched lived through the years because of this love and the lessons learned on the field. I am writing a letter directly to the HOF concerning this. We are all blessed to have this remarkable man in our lives. Robert Christopherson

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  • KUJNE - July 28 2012 05:44 AM

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  • adam genazzio - December 06 2011 04:24 AM

    One of the first books I read as a boy was Instant Replay by Jerry Kramer and he has been a great inspiration to me my whole life. I've found it hard over the years to understand how he could be overlooked for so long by the enshrinement committe. Please remember "the block" from the "ice bowl". It's pro football history, to me like the flag raising on Iwo Jima; instantly recognizable and awe inspiring.

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  • adam genazzio - November 28 2011 01:14 PM

    One of the first books I read as a boy was Instant Replay by Jerry Kramer and he has been a great inspiration to me my whole life. I've found it hard over the years to understand how he could be overlooked for so long by the enshrinement committe. Please remember "the block" from the "ice bowl". It's pro football history, to me like the flag raising on Iwo Jima; instantly recognizable and awe inspiring.

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  • bachslunch - August 14 2011 03:13 PM

    Jerry Sisemore went to only 2 pro bowls and was not once a 1st team all pro -- there are a number of other d-linemen with better HoF arguments, such as L.C. Greenwood, Claude Humphrey, Mark Gastineau, Joe Klecko,and more. And again, I say let's get Ken Anderson in the HoF and then discuss Ken Stabler.

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  • Ken McCurley - July 31 2011 10:21 PM

    I would like to nominate Jerry Sisemore from the Philadelphia Eagles 1973-1984 to be considered for the Hall of Fame.

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  • Ken McCurley - July 31 2011 10:21 PM

    I would like to nominate Jerry Sisemore from the Philadelphia Eagles 1973-1984 to be considered for the Hall of Fame.

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  • David H. - July 11 2011 05:48 PM

    Kenny Stabler called the plays for one of the greatest teams in history ... the 1970's Oakland Raiders. He was not only a great quarterback, but the offensive coordinator! He didn't care about stats ... he was a winner! Now, they want to judge players only on stats ... how stupid can you get?! I'm not going to Canton, OH to visit the HOF until they invite Kenny!

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  • Prof. Abbott Pamela - June 20 2011 03:35 PM

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  • Mike Ali (a.k.a. Morris) - May 21 2011 07:21 PM

    First of all, every player deserves to be inducted. It takes a great effort to make it to the pros and then to stay there for an extended period. My career ended at Northwestern Univ. I would have played with my high school team mate at Phyllis Wheatley High, Lester Hayes. Coming from football city, where we played tackle ball on concrete streets, I know the preparation and intensity of Hayes. Yet alone for the ingeniousness of using Stickum to gain an edge and then having the league to outlaw its usage is iconic! None of the current nominees have left that kind of statement. Period. Lester is soft-spoken to many, unless you know him. It probably came from the early years of stuttering;only we could deal with the time it took him to finish a sentence. He has remained a friend and hero to his community. Vote for the best Corner-back to ever play the game! Induct Lester Hayes.

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  • Travis - March 24 2011 03:00 AM

    Its great to see Dent join the MONSTERS of Super Bowl XX in The Hall of Fame!!!!!

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  • Ray - March 10 2011 08:58 PM

    Hey what about Ray Collins in the Hall of fame he played 11 yrs from 1950 to 1961.It is time to stop playing politics and give credit were due

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  • bachslunch - February 21 2011 06:04 PM

    Lots to reply to. Ken D. and Fred, Gary Clark, Mark Duper, and Mark Clayton are in a second-tier of WRs of the era and it's unlikely any of them will be elected, especially given how much trouble Art Monk had getting in. And comparing your favorite HoF snub to a weak player already in (such as Lynn Swann and John Stallworth) is not a good HoF argument, especially when you don't adjust stats for era. Tommy, numbers of super bowl rings don't historically make up for low-end HoF-level postseason profile honors -- and besides, Charles Haley will likely get in sooner or later. niknikktm, Dan Dierdorf was one of the best OTs of his time, as his 5(3AP)/6/70s honors demonstrate, Les Richter was a very deserving MLB of his era as his 3(1AP)/8/none honors show, and Jim Marshall has absolutely no business in the HoF at all with a profile of 0(0AP)/2/none in a 20 year career (sorry, but consecutive game streaks only get you so far here). All, Andre Reed, Cris Carter, and Tim Brown will get in the HoF sooner or later -- right now they're stuck in a logjam, so have a little patience, folks. All who are claiming Ray Guy was the greatest punter ever, please show with solid stats (and not testimony or anecdotes and such) why he was better than all of Tommy Davis, Jerrel Wilson, Sammy Baugh, and Yale Lary -- and note that that's a different question from whether he's HoF worthy, which one could indeed make a case for, so let's not overstate the case here. GK, given how many QBs are in the HoF, it's not a crime that Charlie Conerly isn't a HoF member, as somebody's got to be the best QB from the 50s not in -- and I'm not swayed by Frank Gifford's argument in his favor as he was Conerly's teammate. All, let's get Ken Anderson in the HoF first and then discuss whether Kenny Stabler is HoF worthy. Gary E., comparing Drew Bledsoe's raw numbers to QBs who were not his contemporaries is not a good HoF argument, any more than comparing two WRs across eras -- fact is, he's a Hall of the Very Good level QB like Vinny Testaverde, Phil Simms, Joe Thiesmann, Boomer Esiason, and Dave Krieg. rik, neither Tom Flores nor Jim Plunkett belong in the HoF -- their arguments start and end with two Super Bowl wins, as neither has regular season stats that come anywhere remotely near HoF level. All, those of you who think former players and coaches will be less biased than sportwriters in making Pro Football HoF selections need to look at the awful job former players and coaches did (and continue to do) in selecting Baseball HoF Veterans -- in fact, the number of terrible crony selections they have made this way is truly mind-boggling.

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  • tod lemos - February 07 2011 06:24 PM

    shannon sharp in? TIM BROWN WAS FAR BETTER,JUST LOOK AT THE STATS.

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  • Steve Majors - February 07 2011 05:15 PM

    Sad that Carter didn't make it. His stats dwarf Irvin's yet he in. 400 plus more receptions, double the td catches. What are these people thinking?

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  • RCC - February 07 2011 02:47 PM

    The Hall of Fame selection process and the committee is a complete joke. It's a popularity contest, pure and simple. There needs to be a change in the system, which would allow for all living hall of fame voters to cast a vote, much like the Heisman voting. To leave it to a bunch of media representatives, most of whom have never played organized football (at least past Pop Warner or maybe high school) is ridiculous. The fact that Cris Carter was again by-passed speaks volumes as to the inadequacy of the current system. Andre Reed makes the final cut and Carter Doesn't? This is simply one comparison that makes no sense--there are many, many more. There needs to be a grass roots effort started with an end result of overhauling the section committee. Otherwise, a bunch of writers and other media types will continue to massage their own egos by allowing their personal prejudices to dictate who is entitled to be enshrined in the hall. This, despite the fact they have no idea of the sacrifices over the course of a lifetime that it takes for a premier athelete to reach such a level. They just know it's their one sphere of control and they use it to the detriment of the game, the Hall and, most importantly, the deserving players left to wonder what they ever did to certain members of that group who continue to screw them over.

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  • Karl Mensing - February 07 2011 07:06 AM

    The class size should be bigger. Hopefully the NFL wont make the same mistake that the MLB did with Cubs great Ron Santo. Get these people who deserve to be in the HOF into the Hall before they are gone. It is a shame to let those who deserve to be recognized for their great careers and lifetime achievements fade away before getting their due reward!

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  • VEECEE - February 06 2011 07:00 AM

    WHEN WILL BE THE RIGHT TIME FOR ALL THE RIGHT PLAYERS TO GET IN------BETTIS, REED, CARTER, MARTIN, HALET, ETC. THE PROCESS NEEDS TO BE CHANGED. I HAVE BBEN TO THE NFL HALL OF FAME AND IT IS WONDERFUL. I PLANE TO VISIT AGAIN AND AGAIN. GOOD PLAYERS SHOULD NOT BE KEPT OUT TIME AFTER TIME BECAUSE OF THE PRESENT SYSTEM. TRY INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF PLAYERS INDUCTED TO 15. IS THAT A PROBLEM????????????????????????

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  • Steve Majors - February 06 2011 12:37 AM

    Sad that Carter didn't make it. His stats dwarf Irvin's yet he in. 400 plus more receptions, double the td catches. What are these people thinking?

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  • robert daily - February 05 2011 07:36 PM

    i have to agree with you that ray guy should be there a long as marshall and karammer.but how does haley not get in he had the stats he has the rings oh i now he pissed of a few sports wrighting panzzies who prob never had the balls to play the game afraid to get hit no doubt.an i like hanberg but he wasent as good as gradashire or even schmerrich im sure i spelled that wrong sorry bill fans . and as for self and espnpromoted deion give me a braek i have every game he has played in the nfl and yes he was fast could return kicks but trust he he gave up just as many big plays or more than he made and i even think those pussy ass sports wighters could even break his takles here a shot down corner for you that never gets and recognition everson walls only led nfl in ints 3 diff years how many times did prime fag do that and he could takle to and carter give me a break the only rec better than him in his playing days was rice come on man lets start getting this thing right .

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  • Alicia - February 05 2011 06:21 PM

    Put Jerry Kramer in the HOF... should have been done 20 years ago.

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  • terry - February 01 2011 04:40 PM

    Hopefully the "Bus" will arrive in Canton, in August. There is one other Steeler that needs consideration. How about Donnie Shell.

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  • Po PO - January 29 2011 08:59 PM

    Your 2011 Class Inductess: Roaf, Sanders, Faulk, Sharpe, Bettis, Richter, Hanburger

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  • Clyde - January 28 2011 12:17 PM

    Pro Football Hall of Fame Committee should ashamed too. Why dont put Jerry Kramer , Chuck Howard , and Lee Jordan should be in the Pro Football HOF!

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  • MORRIS M - January 28 2011 12:02 PM

    JIM MARSHALL (MN VIKINGS) DID NOT MAKE THIS LIST? WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THIS SELECTION PROCESS? MAYBE WE SHOULD LET THE FANS VOTE.

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  • Cindy Hinton - January 28 2011 06:01 AM

    It is great to see that so many of you agree that RAY GUY should be in the HOF. I live in his hometown where he played high school football, yes, he is a legend here. We know he deserves to be in the HOF, trust me, we've tried and voted and yet, no HOF. We have a mural in our town square, guess what is the focus...RAY GUY punting the football. You CANNOT have a team without someone kicking the football. Thus, you shouldn't have a HOF without one either!

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  • SHAN - January 27 2011 09:36 PM

    44 MEMBER SELECTION COMMITTEE? THAT'S IT? THE PLAYERS THAT ARE ALREADY IN THE HALL OF FAME DON'T EVEN GET A VOTE? How many of those 44 members ever played the game? Coached the game? Had a son who played the game? ANYTHING! These 44 members (writers) have too much power. Everyone knows they hold grudges against the players that wouldn't give them interviews - That's why Charles Haley isn't in yet. The only player with 5 superbowl rings and was a major contributor on all 5 of those teams with the cowboys & niners. I will go as far as to say they wouldn've won them without him. I'll bet that all the other players that everyone else mention, didn't talk to the media much.

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  • Gloria Miller - January 27 2011 07:34 PM

    I am amazed at how great football fans are. These people are not even Raider fans and they know that Ray Guy should have been in the HOF many, many, many years ago. I don't know how you can ignore kickers. Look at the stats. How many times has a kicker decided the game? How many kickers have the most earned points in the game? Just because they are not on the field 45 minutes of the game, does not mean they do not contribute to the game. When you make up a team, you do not leave out the kickers. I have voted for Ray Guy for the last few years. He needs to be there. Please rethink the what makes up a HOFer. Those deciding who goes in, you need to blow out the cobwebs and get in the people who have defined FOOTBALL!!!!!

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  • andrew jones - January 27 2011 07:31 PM

    no receiver ever made such acrobatic catches like cris carter, whether it was the one hand in front (palming the football), or the jump, twist, and catch !! he, long with andre reed, should be hall-of-famers

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  • Brian G - January 27 2011 11:32 AM

    [b]Les Richter[/b] deserves to be in. A true American, respected by everyone. Rams had to wait 2 years for him in the military. Then 8 straight Pro Bowls.

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  • Dan Phelps - January 27 2011 11:27 AM

    What a travesty Art Modell is always eliminated by those fat head Cleveland writers. This man has done more for the NFL and the cities of Cleveland and Baltimore than anyone gives him credit for.

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  • Thomet - January 27 2011 11:04 AM

    Im also a fan of the history of Football, Every year you see one or two first time locks but not this year! Well maybe D. Sanders. So who goes in? Im with everyone else Jerry Kramer, Ray Guy, Ken Stabler, Kevin Green any one of these should be going in. The list above is great but HOF should players who changed the game made a difference sure they all did great things but for everyone i see on the list today there was some else who did it before them. Marshall Fualk sorry Roger Craig did it before you, Oh MVP and super Bowl champ, Ken Stabler has done that. But Ray Guy stands out all by himself, I know he was a punter but no one changed his position like him not before not after, though Shane lechler is gettig close( Not a Raider fan). Oh and for the Chris Carter fans out there, I too thought maybe he shuld go in but after looking at all the stats, Im not sure, His numbers look just like Tim Brown and Andre Reed.actually Tim Brown has better numbers other then TD's, So maybe all three of these guys should go into the hall together but not this year. RAY GUY, RAY GUY, RAY GUY.

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  • Robert Bozewski - January 27 2011 10:04 AM

    Has Leonard Marshall #70 ever been consider for The Hall he has the stats that show he should be in.

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  • PAMELA - January 27 2011 09:43 AM

    I agree with some of you. Ray Guy, Kevin Greene, Ken Stabler, etc all belong in the HOF. But the one I really think should be there is Randy Gradishar from the Denver Bronco's. He was such a big part of the "Orange Crush" defense yet he never made the final cut for HOF. What a shame!!!!

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  • Norm - January 27 2011 09:37 AM

    I agree what is wrong with you guy's no Kevin Greene and now he is a LINEBACKER COACH for Green Bay and doing a great job at that also. "Come On Man"

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  • Dennis Goins - January 26 2011 06:12 PM

    Deion Sanders all the way! His baiting QBs,letting rec. get open and then pass them to make an interception. Even in alot of games he shut down recievers or half of the field and the QB would not throw his way and leaving the saftey to do more things. In a game where his name was not being called out alot that was his best game.

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  • Eric Farmer - January 25 2011 07:55 AM

    No Kevin Greene??!!!! What is wrong with you people? 3rd all time on the sacks list....as a LINEBACKER!! Come on man. He is one of the best and your not putting him with the best, its a slap to the face.

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  • G Ross - January 25 2011 01:31 AM

    Who can honestly tell me Chris Carter is not a Hall of Famer? Please remember; this is the Pro Football Hall of Fame not the Pro Football Championship Hall of Fame. I agree that Super Bowl champions should be held in high regard but you cannot disregard the remarkable regular season achievements of Chris Carter. This is a man who was picked up by the Vikings off of waivers for a loaf of bread & a six pack of beer and ended his career only chasing Jerry Rice in many of the major receiving categories. A wide receiver's main job is to catch a football. Chris Carter is regarded as arguably having the best "hands" in the history of Pro Football, therefore the best receiver in its history with the numbers to back that up.

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  • concerned81 - January 21 2011 06:47 PM

    Sometimes I wonder why we go through this so called HOF thing. However, I guess it’s necessary for our culture to provide recognition to those we think have separated themselves by performance. The problem I have is with the process, it appears to be so subjective it has become humorous. Getting it right appears to have become secondary to just having an objective or in this case a player to put on the pedestal, one who has not challenged our standards of behavior. Performance is secondary! Like others on this message board I can name at least 20 others who deserve to be in the HOF but will never get in during their life time. I just don’t get the waiting 30 years and then getting elected. What’s that about?

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  • Clark - January 20 2011 09:57 AM

    Bledsoe? Really? If he gets in I'll qui****ching football. His numbers are a testament to how many coaches were blinded by his first overall draft status. Any quarterback after 1990 with a passer rating of 77 is awful. YOU CAN'T COMPARE HIM TO 1970S QUARTERBACKS LIKE BRADSHAW OR NAMATH. Bledsoe sucked, and his numbers demonstrate that he sucked for a long time.

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  • Gary E. - January 17 2011 10:11 PM

    Bledsoe's claims to (Hall of Fame) are statistics that speak for themself. He's fifth all-time in completions (3,839), seventh in passing yards (44,611) and 13th in touchdown passes (251). He also finished his career with more passing yards than (23 Hall of Fame) quarterbacks. Some names are Joe Montana (40,551), Johnny Unites (40,239), Jim Kelly (35,467) Steve Young (33,124), Troy Aikmann (32,942), Terry Bradshaw (27,989), Joe Namath (27,663), Bart Starr (24,718) and Roger Staubach (22,700) Yards. Bledsoe's career (57.2) completion percentage ranks among all of the recent Hall of Fame quarterbacks who competed in his era, among them Steve Young (64.3), Joe Montana (63.2), Troy Aikman (61.5), Jim Kelly (60.1), Dan Marino (59.4), Warren Moon (58.4), Bledsoe is ahead of John Elway's (56.9). Bledsoe (3.74) touchdown percentage also beats out Aikman's (3.50). Bledsoe's NFL career passer rating of (77.1) also surpasses (9 Hall of Fame Quarterbacks), among them are Terry Bradshaws (70.9) and Joe Namath with a (65.5) rating. Bledsoe's (37) 300-yard passing games ranks 9th by NFL quarterbacks During reg. season. Above (Hall of Famers) John Elway (36), Steve Young (28), Johnny Unitas (26), Joe Namath (21), Troy Aikman (13), Fran Tarkenton (13) and Terry Bradshaw (4). He also ranks 6th with (6) in most career 400-yard passing games by NFL quarterbacks During reg. season. Also above (Hall of Famers) Joe Namath (3), Steve Young (3), and John Elway (2). All seven players who have passed for 40,000 yards and are eligible for the (Hall of Fame) have been enshrined Dan Marino (61,361), John Elway (51,475), Warren Moon (49,325), Fran Tarkenton (47,003), Dan Fouts (43,040), Joe Montana (40,551), Johnny Unitas (40,239), and out of the 40,000 yard (Hall of Famers) only 4 passed for more yards than Bledsoe. Of the 40,000 yard (Hall of Famers) Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Fran Tarkenton and Dan Fouts didn't win titles. With Moon and Fouts never appearing in a Super Bowl. While Bleadsoe reached two Super Bowls, winning one in 2001, Making Bledsoe's career a (Hall of Fame) status.

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  • FXM3 - January 17 2011 12:00 PM

    Jerry Kramer not in HOF? Shame on the writers

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  • FXM3 - January 17 2011 07:06 AM

    Jerry Kramer not in HOF? Shame on the writers

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  • Joe Sparta - January 15 2011 09:00 PM

    It is a shame Jerry Kramer is not in the HOF yet.Jerry was an All Pro guard and member of 5 championship teams and voted as a member of the all half century team.

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  • FSU - January 15 2011 07:42 PM

    PRIMETIME!

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  • kyle weaver - January 15 2011 04:58 PM

    @ glen kathan, CRIS CARTER, CRIS CARTER....EVERBODY SAY IT CRIS CARTER!!!!!!!!

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  • glenn kathan - January 14 2011 02:04 AM

    ANDRE REED ANDRE REED ANDRE REED........EVERYBODY SAY IT ANDRE REED ANDRE REED!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • glenn kathan - January 14 2011 02:00 AM

    okay i think this should be andre reeds year hes waited long enough and as the all time leading receiver for his franchise he should be a shoo in not to mention his super bowl appearances and many other accolades he received during his 15 yr career(14 of which he spent with BUFFALLO)

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  • Jeff - January 12 2011 07:13 PM

    Andre Reed definitely should be among the class of 2011 !!! Reed was one the most prolific receivers to ever play the game, and was one of the best receivers for yards “after the catch.” Reed played in four consecutive Super Bowls (1991-1994) and was selected to the Pro Bowl in seven consecutive seasons.

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  • Steve Roberts - January 12 2011 03:49 PM

    Without RAY GUY you can't even field a team with your Hall of Famers!!!! Somebody needs to study his accomplishments and what he meant to the game!

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  • Steve Roberts - January 12 2011 03:38 PM

    You have no Hall of Fame if you leave out greats such as Ray Guy, Jim plunkett and Ken Stabler!

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  • Steve Roberts - January 12 2011 03:38 PM

    You have no Hall of Fame if you leave out greats such as Ray Guy, Jim plunkett and Ken Stabler!

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  • Bob Fedowitz - January 12 2011 01:59 PM

    I personally have tried to do any and everything I can to get the NFL Hall of Fame to recognize Joe Robbie. I cannot understand why this man has been left off the list for induction I believe he SO DESERVES. After all he had done for people of South Florida and with all the championships and Super Bowls played there; it's just totally umimaginable that he STILL has not been where he rightfully belongs. Please take this man into consideration and I'm sure you will agree with my feelings about him. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter. Very Sincerely, Bob Fedowitz

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  • Clint - January 12 2011 01:58 PM

    I am not a Raider fan but, I can not understand why Kenny Stabler has not been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame !!!

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  • DAVID CUEVAS - January 12 2011 12:19 AM

    HOW CAN YOU GUYS NOT VOTE IN ROGER CRAIG OF THE SAN FRANCISCO FORTY NINERS HE WAS AN INSTRAMENTAL PART OF THE SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS DYNASTY OF THE 1980S WINNING THREE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PLUS HE WAS THE FIRST RUNNING BACK TO EVER RUN FOR AND RECEIVE FOR A THOUSAND YARDS IN AN NFL SEASON. HE SOULD DEFINATELY BE IN THE PRO FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME ALREADY.

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  • niknikktm - January 11 2011 06:36 PM

    When you induct guys like Dan Dierdork and now Les Richter while not even putting on the eligables list guys like Jim Marshal and Jerry Kramer you have absolutely ZERO credibility.

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  • Lynnwood - January 11 2011 01:04 PM

    Until the Selection Committee nominates and inducts Ray Guy (best punter EVER), it does not have a legitimate leg to stand on.

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  • rick - January 11 2011 11:03 AM

    for all the players, coaches, oweners, & others in the hof they truely are deserving of their enshrinments, i'm for all fairness in the selection process but i'm all so an avid raiders supporter. the way that the selectors pass up on raiders gets a little old, sure there are a number of raiders in the hof but i say it's about time that ray guy, tom flores, jim plunkett, lester hays, & tim brown recieve their day in canton. ya i could tell you all about all their achievements if you missed out on seeing them with your own eyes. they each possess all the requirments that make them stand out above others that have gone befor them. it's time to wake up the system.

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  • GK - January 11 2011 09:00 AM

    please put in Charlie Conerly, ask Gifford, he'll tell you he belongs. and Jerry Kramer has to be included from those great packer teams.

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  • Dennis - January 11 2011 07:49 AM

    Without Jerry Kramer, this is an illegitimate Hall.

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  • Matthew - January 11 2011 07:32 AM

    What makes the hall of fame so prestigious is that so many "very good" or even "great" players will never be inducted or will have to what a while... speciously the Football HOF, as there is a limit to how many people can be inducted each year... a lot of the players everyone is complaining about... have a arguable point. But that is what makes it so great. A maximum of 7 people can be enshrined a year... just by simple math... that tells me some of the "great players" will have to wait... I mean Fritz Pollard played in the 20's & didn’t get in till 2005... so don’t ask me to feel bad about a modern player having to wait a while to get in...

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  • Bill Schmunk - January 11 2011 01:51 AM

    My choice of the finalists without a doubt is Chris Carter. One of the most sure handed receivers ever to play in the NFL. Compare his career stats to any WR who ever played the game, and with the exception of the greatest receiver ever to play the game, Jerry Rice, he takes a back seat to no one. Dont make him wait another year when he is deserving now.

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  • Charlotte - January 10 2011 10:12 PM

    Ray Guy. RAY GUY. RAY GUY!!! What is wrong with you people?! He played his position better than any player before or since. Period. Who's nominating these guys? What more does a Guy have to do to get in the freakin' Hall?

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  • niknikktm - January 10 2011 09:04 PM

    When you induct guys like Dan Dierdork and now Les Richter while not even putting on the eligables list guys like Jim Marshal and Jerry Kramer you have absolutely ZERO credibility.

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  • Gin21 - January 10 2011 07:50 PM

    I think Deion Sanders should be in the hall for the fact that he instilled fear in all quartbacks. Thay weren't worried about his tackling ability, but by the fact he would turn their passes into interceptions, and maybe touchdowns. Alot of the young guys today are interested in hitting hard, and trying to knock someone out of the game, and most of those young guys are gonna wind up Effing quadraplegics, looking for a hand out from the league. One day these young guys will realize the fundamentals of the game of football. Out play, out score, and win. Which leads to Superbowl/World Champions of the football world.

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  • phil jacobson - January 10 2011 07:43 PM

    How come johnny robinson of k.c.has not been considered? he was in superbowl 1 and also won in 1970. wake up NFL.

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  • Tommy - January 10 2011 06:57 PM

    How do you not vote Charles Haley in? Five superbowl rings!!!

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  • Cindy Hinton - January 10 2011 06:42 PM

    UNTIL YOU INDUCT RAY GUY INTO THE HALL OF FAME....this political/popularity voting is a farce!

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  • Bryan - January 10 2011 06:11 PM

    Ive been a packer fan my whole life, does the NFL hold a GRUDGE against Mr. Jerry Kramer or what?

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  • fan99 - January 10 2011 05:37 PM

    Jerry Kramer should be in by now!!! NEXT YEAR???...Senior Selection Committee....Hope you are listening!!! We can't go back to the years of only 4 inductees in HOF class!!! Seven inductees should be the minimum of a class size...They're too many players who are deservent of enshirement...Let's do it when they can still enjoy being recognised for their achievements!!!

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  • Tom - January 10 2011 04:00 PM

    Please don't let Deion the peon be voted in. He profected the prase "ole" when going to tackle.

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  • Edward Maves - January 10 2011 03:19 PM

    Their Is one individual taht has not even gotten on the list and it is a shame. Jerry Cramer of the Green Bay Packers greats years and gaames has not even been on the ballot. He is the only one the greatest game in the coldest temp. not to be inducted.

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  • ray - January 10 2011 03:02 PM

    Nothing but a bunch of old geezers who don't have any idea what's happening.

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  • Jason Reese - January 10 2011 02:41 PM

    Being an loyal Bills fan, There is no way, You put Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, Ralph Wilson JR, without inducting Andre Reed, in the Hall of Fame. He's been selected but never inducted. It's about time this Great Wide Receiver get his name inducted in to the Hall of Fame.

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  • Fred - January 10 2011 01:52 PM

    I agree with the Kevin Greene, Ray Guy posts! How bout Duper/Clayton? Compare them to Swann/Stallworth and numbers damn close, except for Superbowls!!! Shouldnt matter, its a body of work over a career!!

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  • trent - January 10 2011 10:06 AM

    I think the hall does a crappy job as well selecting its nominees. Look at Gene Hickerson, Poor man. Had to wait until he was dying to get recoginized. Sometimes I think there is outside influence on the choices made for the hall. I know they cant be reading the same stats I do !

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  • chris - January 09 2011 11:43 PM

    It's criminal how Ray Guy is continually disrespected as a player. I'm not a member of Raider Nation, just a long, long time football fan, bit of historian and well familiar with the players enshrined in Canton. I would not argue anyone out of the HOF. By the same measure you shouldn't have to plead a players case to be inducted ( to a large degree )so vehemently.Guy was really the most effective player ever as a punter- he was at the forfront of making special teams a serious part of the team equation and in a time when football was still in a more fundamental era, he also won the war of field position when that was indeed something to play for. It should be noted that these teams didn't exactly deny the reputation that was given them - The Raider Mystique - but this was also perpetuated mostly by fans and, of course, Al Davis whose football savvy at the time was just great. Consequently, Oakland players are paying the price for this when it comes time for consideration due to some old resentments.In addition, numbers don't lie but they also don't tell the whole truth. Especially in football. Ask a Guard. All thing being equal to this day, when filling out your all time roster who will you write down as your Punter? This position that you have to have? How is Ray Guy not in the HoF?

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  • SSR - January 09 2011 02:25 PM

    NO KEVIN GREENE?! ARE YOU EFFING SERIOUS?! MORE SACKS THAN ANY LINEBACKER IN HISTORY!!! YOU PEOPLE NEED TO BE FIRED!!!

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  • Ken Doss - January 09 2011 11:42 AM

    Gary clark should be in the HOF. he was part of "the posse" and help the redskins win 2 of the 3 superbowl trophy they have

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