Semifinalists for Class of 2013

11/30/2012

Six first-year eligible candidates, guard/tackle Larry Allen, kicker Morten Andersen, safety John Lynch, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, and defensive end Michael Strahan are among the 27 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013.

The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 27 semifinalists from the previously announced list of 127 preliminary nominees. The list of semifinalists is typically limited to 25 names but this year there are 27 resulting from a three-person tie for the final position. The Hall of Fame’s By-laws provides that the list shall consist of “twenty-five nominees plus all ties.”

In addition to the six first-year eligible nominees, one other previously eligible candidate, cornerback Albert Lewis has made it to the semifinalist list for the first time. Each of the remaining 20 nominees on the Selection Committee’s list has been a semifinalist at least once prior to this year.

The list of 27 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee. The Seniors Committee nominees, who were announced in August, are defensive tackle Curley Culp, (1968-1974 Kansas City Chiefs, 1974-1980 Houston Oilers, 1980-81 Detroit Lions) and linebacker Dave Robinson, (1963-1972 Green Bay Packers, 1973-74 Washington Redskins).

 
Larry Allen, G/T – 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys, 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers
Morten Andersen, K – 1982-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-2000, 2006-07 Atlanta Falcons, 2001 New York Giants, 2002-03 Kansas City Chiefs, 2004 Minnesota Vikings
Steve Atwater, S – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
         
         
Cris Carter, WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
         
         
Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
Joe Jacoby, T – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
Albert Lewis, CB – 1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
John Lynch, FS – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
         
         
Karl Mecklenburg, LB – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos
Art Modell, Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens
Jonathan Ogden, T – 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens
Bill Parcells, Coach – 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
         
         
Warren Sapp, DT – 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Oakland Raiders
Will Shields, G – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
Michael Strahan, DE – 1993-2007 New York Giants
Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
Steve Tasker, ST/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
         
     
         
Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
George Young, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League


The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced in early January, 2013.

To be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a nominated player or coach must not have participated as an active player or coach for five consecutive seasons. A contributor, who is a nominee who has made outstanding contributions to pro football in capacities other than playing and coaching, may still be active in his pro football career.

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Although there is no set number of enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, 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 enshrinees can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected.

The Class of 2013 will be determined at the Selection Committee's annual meeting on Saturday, Feb. 2, in New Orleans, La. the day before Super Bowl XLVII. The election results will be announced immediately afterwards from the Super Bowl media headquarters.

The Class of 2013 will be officially enshrined on Saturday, Aug. 3 in Canton, Ohio as the main event of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Annual Enshrinement Festival Celebration. Additionally, a record number of Hall of Fame members are expected to return to Canton to take part in the annual Enshrinement Festival as a part of the Hall of Fame’s special Golden Anniversary Reunion Celebration.

Individual enshrinement tickets will go on sale in late-January. In 2013, the Pro Football Hall of Fame is partnering with NFL On Location, the League’s event experience and hospitality source, to offer exclusive fan packages to the Class of 2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival & Golden Anniversary. Click here for more information>>>

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Recent Comments
  • Duane Kofahl - August 03 2013 10:56 PM

    It's way past time that Andre Reed hasn't been inducted into the Hall of Fame--He played for the Bills,,,stuck with them because of the talent he had and allegiance to the fans of Buffalo Bills. He always was a humble, efficient player and getting older now--------it's time for REED THIS YEAR in 2013.

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  • Joe - July 21 2013 03:22 PM

    Joe Klecko All pro at 3 positions

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  • bachslunch - February 15 2013 12:31 PM

    Bob, I agree with you -- we need more "old guys." They just need to be the right ones, and there's no shortage of them. Folks, Harvey Martin, Lee Roy Jordan, Alex Karras, Jerry Kramer, Rocky Bleier, and Brian Piccolo are only Senior-eligible nowadays -- and of these folks, only Kramer has a really strong HoF argument. And no, Karras's gambling suspension doesn't help him any. The issue around Jerome Bettis is that his HoF argument pretty much rests on being a compiler -- he hung around long enough to amass a ton of rushing yards, but he was only an elite-level back for three of his 13 years, his numbers on fumbles and lifetime TDs and yards per rush are not the best, and he was pretty much worthless as a receiver. That being said, being a compiler will probably be plenty enough to get Bettis elected.

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  • Patrick Daigle - February 02 2013 07:31 PM

    A****er not getting in is a travesty.

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  • Welshenglish - January 22 2013 02:41 PM

    I understand the Bettis vote - he was popular, an excellent rusher and a hard worker who went out at the top. But Terrell Davis was simply a better RB. The stats (see Alan above) speak for themselves. Nobody is concerned about Eric Dickerson being in the HoF yet, bar two or three amazing seasons, he never posted any HoF-worthy stats (good for sure, but not great). Some people have conspiracy theories about Broncos players having a harder time. I just think people have short memories. Maybe if Davis had been in more adverts for sportswear and cellphones like Bettis he'd be in there.

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  • Bob - January 10 2013 07:41 PM

    In order, the 5 enshrinees should be Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden, Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Michael Strahan. And sure, add both old guys. We need more old guys.

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  • john dyitt - January 10 2013 07:24 PM

    why harvey martin and lee roy jordan are never part of the hall of fame discussion is beyond me! multiple pro bowls, all -pro seasons, super bowls,both played a long time and both were dominant at times! i just don't get it!

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  • Mike Cibulas - January 09 2013 03:51 PM

    . RE: the comments about Jerome Bettis being merely "decent"?!?! As the kids say, LMAO!! The guy retired as the fifth-highest rusher in NFL History. Part of what makes a Hall Of Famer a Hall Of Famer is durability, and let's face it--Bettis had it, Terrell Davis did not...The only reason Bettis did not get in last year was because of Curtis Martin, who finished fourth in all-time rushing, and likely also because of two other Steelers who made it in Dermontti Dawson and Jack Butler

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  • Lothario - January 02 2013 07:18 PM

    Why is there no love at all for Alex Karras. The man just passed away this past year and his name is still not being mentioned. Come on now! He was more than an actor. He was a damn good player. Just because he played for the Lions and didn't win a championship is not his fault. How many teams even won in the 60's other than Green Bay anyway. He made numerous pro bowls and was part of the all 60's team. I feel because of his one year suspension for gambling is costing him. Even in death. Why? Paul Hornung was part of that suspension but still made it to the hall. I just don't get it. Next year I elect the senior committee put Karras back on the ballot and put him in the hall where he belongs. So his spirit can finally R.I.P.

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  • Chris - January 02 2013 01:41 AM

    Rocky Blier and Brian Piccolo.

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  • Randy Kelley - December 22 2012 08:11 PM

    Jerry Kramer needs to be in the Hall of Fame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • bachslunch - December 19 2012 08:51 AM

    Alan, the point about Jerome Bettis being a compiler is well taken -- but note well that it's rare for post-50s short career players to make the HoF, which is why Terrell Davis is likely not getting elected anytime soon. Russell, Guy and Marshall are not the Senior nominees this year, and Marshall doesn't have a good HoF argument anyway. HHunter, it's not clear to me why Joe Jacoby belongs in the HoF when nobody's even considering equally deserving OT contemporaries such as Marvin Powell, Mike Kenn, and Leon Gray -- a cool o-line nickname isn't enough. David, the Bryant Young vs. Warren Sapp argument is one of longevity va. peak arguments, and the peak guy is getting the edge here -- and it's not the first time that's happened. Cactus, there's a reason Tim Brown is waiting a bit -- he's in a WR logjam with Cris Carter and Andre Reed, who have been eligible longer. Patience, please. Cosme, while I think many of your Seniors have reasonable to excellent HoF arguments, I don't see good ones at all for Andrie or Neely or Marshall and think Stabler and Dowler are reaches as well -- and anyway, they're not eligible via the regular route anymore.

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  • Brian Snyder - December 14 2012 11:03 AM

    I am kind of surprised that Steve Sabol didn't make the cut.

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  • Brian - December 14 2012 09:48 AM

    All of the above comments show how unappreciative folks are of the history...as to how the NFL has become the media and PR power that it is. That is all thanks to Art Modell and his understanding of the power of television. Moving franchises didn't stop a renegade like Al Davis from getting in, but it does stop a classy gentleman like Art Modell was from getting in.

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  • Alan - December 13 2012 02:26 PM

    If Bettis goes in and Davis doesn't the HoF voters are not fit to have their votes. No-one schemed for Bettis, no-one feared Bettis - he just played at a decent )not exceptional) level for a long time. Cut his career in half - is he even in the conversation? No, of course not. But TD, who had about half Bettis' career games, is. Think about that. TD was the best running back in the NFL who tore his knee making a tackle on a Brian Griese pick, and couldn't come back from injury. But his yards per carry are as good as anyone bar Jim Brown, his TDs per game are more than HoF worthy, and his post-season performances beat evertyone else already in the hall hands down. 7 post-season 100 yard games (out of eight total) and an overall post-season average of 159 yards - that's 40 yards a game (!) better than the next best, people. League MVP, SuperBowl MVP, 2000 yard season, 2 rings, a record 3 rushing TDs in a superbowl; what more can you do? Oh, I know. Don't play for the Broncos.

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  • Russell Wise - December 12 2012 01:24 PM

    Ogden Allen Tagliabue Parcells Carter Ray Guy Jim Marshall

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  • HHunter - December 12 2012 11:00 AM

    Joe Jacoby, Joe Jacoby, Joe Jacoby...the Hogs were the best offensive line in NFL history, and Mr Jacoby was the biggest reason. I agree with previous statements that although the Hall should be tuff to get into, there is a long laundry list of players that should not of had to wait as long as they have to make it. Separate out the coaches and contributors from the players. Get at least 7 players in each year, at least until you catch up with the back log of deserving ones.

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  • Matthew Sarratt - December 11 2012 07:50 PM

    How about we allow the Voting Panel have a little help in reducing the player log-jam of those who have been long overdue for enshrinement?....You know, think outside "The Walls of the Hall" by catagorizing the election FAIRLY! Simply have a 25 Player nominees list(including the 2 Senior Committee selections) of which a maximum of seven finalists can enter. Have a Coaches list of 6 Coaches list of which a maximum of 2 can enter, and have a Contributors list of 12(Owners, GM's, Commissioners, etc.) of which a maximum of 3 can enter. No reason why the differing entities can't be considered in this manner. The Coaches/Owners/Players should not be considered on the same ballot, they did not have the same responsibilities while they were active, why are they collectively crammed together for induction? Of course, the numbers can be modified by those in power, but it would also shed a better light on those folks casting votes when eligible people are not having to wait 40 years to be inducted. Just a thought from someone who has followed/tracked this for the last 35 years and hope someone with some logic in the HALL can support such a change for the better for Everyone.

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  • David - December 10 2012 08:25 AM

    Bryant Young should be on this list, its horrible Sapp is and he isnt

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  • David - December 10 2012 08:22 AM

    Bryant Young should be on this list, its horrible Sapp is and he isnt

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  • Alex Leal,Jr - December 09 2012 06:39 PM

    Eddie DeBartolo should be enshrined right along side all the other owners with 5 Super Bowl trophies.........which would be none!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jmurphy - December 08 2012 02:11 PM

    Get some Broncos in. How can one of the most successful franchises of the last 40 yrs have just 4 HOFamers. Gradishar should have got in. I would pass on Mecklenberg as much as i like him. But A****er is deserving, TD didn't play long but neither did Gale Sayers and he got in right away. Amazes me that a great defense like the Orange Crush that was the 2nd or 3rd best defense for a 10 yr span of 75-84 has 0 HOF's.

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  • Erik N - December 08 2012 12:23 PM

    My personal choices for this year would be: Larry Allen, Cris Carter, Curly Culp, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson and Michael Strahan. Allen and Ogden are two of the ten greatest O-Linemen in history IMO, so they're near locks as far as I'm concerned. Strahan was one of the greatest pure pass rushers in NFL history, so he's also a first round lock. I put Cris Carter over Brown and Reed because Carter has more touchdowns than either and similar yardage numbers but really I'll be happy if any of those three is inducted. Parcells won two Super Bowls and has the longevity and consistency that marks him as a great coach. While I would rather see other candidates on the Senior Ballot, both Robinson and Culp and worthy selections. Warren Sapp, Will Shields, Tim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Kevin Greene and Edward DeBartalo Jr. and the modern era guys I hope get in next year.

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  • Cosme - December 07 2012 10:24 PM

    George Andre, John Niland, Ralph Neely, Harvey Martin, Drew Pearson, Lee Roy Jordan, Chuck Howley, Cliff Harris and Cornell Green - all former Cowboys from the '60's and '70's should be in the Hall of Fame. Stabler, Branch, Grayson and lester Hayes, all former Raiders, should be in the Hall. Greenwood and Shell, from the Steelers, should be in the Hall. It is a disgrace that Mick Tingelhoff and Jim Marshall of the Vikings are not in the Hall. An absolute disgrace! And it is a travesty that Jerry Kramer and Boyd Dowler are not in the Hall of Fame!

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  • Cactus - December 07 2012 07:45 AM

    Really Tim Brown has to go into his 3rd nomination process? Why is this man not already enshrined? 2nd in most career receiving yards (14,934) 3rd in most career receptions (1,094) 3rd (tied) in most career touchdown catches (100) 19,682 net yards for a career 105 career touchdowns 9 time Pro Bowl selection And they are putting in people ahead of this man?

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  • bachslunch - December 05 2012 11:22 AM

    Jmurphy, the HoF is an individual honor, not a team honor. That being said, I think Steve Atawater has as good a HoF argument as any safety from the era, and Karl Mecklenburg is (along with Sam Mills) one of the two best MLB/ILBs not in. I think both are deserving, but not because they're Broncos. Paladin, agreed that Darren Woodson has every bit as good a HoF argument as any safety not in -- unfortunately, the HoF voters don't much seem to like players at this position much. Hillraiser, I can see arguments that some Senior-eligible-only Raiders belong in the HoF (Branch, Guy, Grayson specifically), but any notion that this franchise has been unfairly discriminated against by HoF voters doesn't jive with the numbers -- of all the former AFL teams, the Raiders have by far the most players for whom this was their main team, with 13 (the Chiefs rank second here, with 9).

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  • Hillraiser - December 04 2012 05:17 PM

    Too many Raiders legends have been denied the Hall. Going back to the 70s, legends like Ken Stabler and Cliff Branch don't get the nods they deserve. In the 80s, you have greats like Todd Christiansen, who led the league in '83 with 91 receptions (more than HOF Kellen Winslow), and Rod Martin, who, in my opinion, was a far better all-around outside linebacker than Lawrence Taylor, who revolutionized the game with his pass rushing. The most unfair non induction I believe is Lester Hayes. In my opinion (as of course this writeup is), he is being scrutinized not only for being a Raider, but also for having an acute stuttering problem. This is not just something he copes with, but he has tried helping others with the same problem. Thanks to all for reading. God bless!

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  • Shaun - December 04 2012 11:53 AM

    Chris Carter is long overdue for induction. Roger Craig has always been a class act and I think he should be in. First player to gain 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in same season,first player to have three touchdowns in a super bowl and finished his career with over 13,000 total yards. Why isn't Kevin Greene in? They need to stop dragging their feet and put him in already. Bill Parcells and Tim brown deserve to be in. Jerome Bettis is another player that should be in. Maybe not this year, but I think Michael Strahan and Morten Anderson should definately be inducted at some point.

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  • Cosme - December 02 2012 04:15 PM

    Every one listed on the final 27 list deserve to be inducted. I agree with John B that L.C. Greenwood (and Harvey Martin) should be on this list before Michael Strahan - that Randy Gradishar should be on this list before Mecklenburg and - Jerry Kramer before Will Shields or Larry Allen. However, with the rules as they presently stand, Curly Culp and Dave Robinson are long over due and should be elected into the Hall. The log jam at wide receiver needs to be broken, and I would take Andre Reed simply because he has been waiing longer. Larry Allen and Ogden were the dominant offensive lineman of their era and should be taken. Charles Haley, and his five Super Bowl wins, makes him the next choice. Joe Jacoby should have been selected a long time ago. However, I predict the actual voters will vote in Culp, Robinson, Parcells, Haley, Shields, Jacoby and Albert Lewis.

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  • Tom McLain - December 01 2012 06:56 PM

    In no particular order: Larry Allen, Jerome Bettis, Terrel Davis, Eddie D; Roger Craig, Cris Carter, Joe Jacoby, Charles Haley, John Lynch, Bill Parcells, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, Michael Strahan, Aeneas Williams & Tim Brown

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  • Damone Rodgers - December 01 2012 03:17 PM

    The honor of enshrinement is misleading to me when I reminisce over the career of Cris "He only catches Touchdowns" Carter. Its criminal and unseemly that he wasn't elected with his first year of eligibility! Watch him catch some touchdowns. Check his stats. Andre Reed is certainly no Cris Carter. He's better than Lynn Swann and John Stallworth (HOFs) ... if this is just about Super Bowls that's just stupid! I'm sorry his quarterback wasn't Joe Montana or any elite QB for six consecutive years... that's kind of a testament to his ability isn't it?!? He played in the NFLs Norris Division where the knock-out them crossing rout runners. He has the best hands as presented by NFL Films. I can not believe that Cris Carter is not already enshrined!?!

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  • Todd - December 01 2012 02:44 PM

    Something needs to be done about the logjam at wide receiver. Tim Brown, Cris Carter, and Andre Reed are all worthy candidates, and I would be shocked if none of them get the yellow jacket this year. My choices, for what it's worth, are Jerome Bettis, Jonathan Ogden, Andre Reed, Will Shields, and Michael Strahan.

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  • Ricky - December 01 2012 02:36 PM

    Well I think there are a lot of great names on this list and I think the 50th Anniversary will be a memorable class so i predict are Larry Allen Curly Culp Jonathan Odgen Andre Reed Dave Robinson Warren Sapp Michael Strahan You will have the Bills, Bucaneers, Chiefs, Cowboys and Giants Packers, and Ravens all represent by players who spent most of there careers with one team and all or most winning Champions with their teams.

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  • Mike Ehlenbeck - December 01 2012 01:06 PM

    I'm glad that Ogden, Allen and Strahan made it as semifinalists. Those three are on the NFL Network's 100 Greatest Players List, and like I said before, ANYONE who made that list deserves to be enshrined in Canton.

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  • Todd - December 01 2012 12:12 PM

    Something needs to be done about the logjam at wide receiver. Tim Brown, Cris Carter, and Andre Reed are all worthy candidates, and I would be shocked if none of them get the yellow jacket this year. My choices, for what it's worth, are Jerome Bettis, Jonathan Ogden, Andre Reed, Will Shields, and Michael Strahan.

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  • JohnB - December 01 2012 09:15 AM

    I, personally, don't think you can vote in Michael Strahan before you get LC Greenwood in...You can't let Karl Mecklenberg in before Randy Gradishar, No Steve A****er before Donnie Shell...No Albert Lewis or Aneas Williams before Ken Riley or Pat Fischer...and surely no Sean Landetta before Ray Guy!!! My, again, personal choices for this class: Bettis, Brown, Carter, Jacoby, Parcells, Culp & Robinson.

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  • jordan - November 30 2012 07:13 PM

    class of 2013 bettis coryell haley strahan andre reed modell sapp

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  • Brian - November 30 2012 05:54 PM

    Andre Reed is long over due, put him in the hall this year!

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  • Paladin - November 30 2012 02:51 PM

    Darren Woodson got robbed again. The man was one of the hardest hitting, best tacklers in the league, he had 4.3 speed and routinely shut down elite slot receivers and TEs in one on one coverage, he's the Dallas all time leading tackler, and he won 3 Super Bowls. Yet he gets passed over in favor of special teams players and other guys with virtually no chance at induction due to structural reasons. The anti-Cowboys bias is alive and well.

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