Modern-era nominees for Class of 2013

09/27/2012

Offensive linemen Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden, defensive linemen Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan, defensive back John Lynch and kicker Morten Andersen, are among the 13 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013.

The complete list of candidates for the Class of 2013 consists of 127 nominees comprised of 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors.

From that list the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. That semifinalist list will be further reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. The Class of 2013 will be selected from the list of the 15 modern-era finalists plus the two senior nominees, Curley Culp and Dave Robinson, who were selected last month by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee.

The actual voting for the Class of 2013 will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 the day before Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. The election results will be announced at a live announcement show immediately following the meeting.

While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process by-laws provide that between four and seven new members will be selected.

Class of 2013 Selection Timeline Modern-era nominees breakdown
Aug: Culp, Robinson named seniors>>>
Sept. 27: Modern-era nominees named
Nov: Nominees trimmed to 25 semifinalists
Jan: 15 modern-era finalists to join two seniors
Feb. 2: Class of 2013 selection meeting

More on selection process>>>
Offense (53)
QB - 7; RB - 14; WR - 12; TE - 2; OL - 18
Defense (31)
DL - 12; LB - 7; DB - 12
Special Teams (5)
K/P - 4; Position Player - 1
Coaches (14)
Contributors (24)
 

Preliminary Nominees by Position


OFFENSE: QB | RB | WR | TE | OL  DEFENSE: DL | LB | DB SPECIAL TEAMS: K/P | Special Teams 
COACHES | CONTRIBUTORS

 *First year of eligibility; ^Past finalist
 

QUARTERBACKS
First-year eligible

Hall of Fame bylaws require that a player or a coach must have last been active at at least five full seasons before being eligible for consideration. There are 13 individuals among the 2013 modern-era nominees who are eligible for the first time.

Sam Adams, DT
Larry Allen, G
Morten Andersen, K
Priest Holmes, RB
John Lynch, S
Keenan McCardell, WR
Steve McNair, QB
Tom Nalen, C
Jonathan Ogden, T
Warren Sapp, DT
Michael Strahan, DE
Ted Washington, DT/NT
Bryant Young, DE

DREW BLEDSOE – 1993-2001 New England Patriots, 2002-04 Buffalo Bills, 2005-06 Dallas Cowboys
RANDALL CUNNINGHAM – 1985-1995 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 Minnesota Vikings, 2000 Dallas Cowboys, 2001 Baltimore Ravens
RON JAWORSKI – 1974-76 Los Angeles Rams, 1977-1986 Philadelphia Eagles, 1988 Miami Dolphins, 1989 Kansas City Chiefs
NEIL LOMAX – 1981-88 St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals
*STEVE McNAIR – 1995-2005 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 2006-07 Baltimore Ravens
PHIL SIMMS – 1979-1993 New York Giants, injured-1982
DANNY WHITE (also P) – 1976-1988 Dallas Cowboys

RUNNING BACKS

JAMAL ANDERSON – 1994-2001 Atlanta Falcons
OTTIS ANDERSON – 1979-1986 St. Louis Cardinals, 1986-1992 New York Giants
TIKI BARBER – 1997-2006 New York Giants
^JEROME BETTIS – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
LARRY CENTERS – 1990-98 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 1999-2000 Washington Redskins, 2001-02 Buffalo Bills, 2003 New England Patriots
^ROGER CRAIG – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
STEPHEN DAVIS – 1996-2002 Washington Redskins, 2003-05 Carolina Panthers, 2006 St. Louis Rams
TERRELL DAVIS – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
EDDIE GEORGE – 1996-2003 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 2004 Dallas Cowboys
*PRIEST HOLMES – 1997-2000 Baltimore Ravens, 2001-05, 2007 Kansas City Chiefs
BRIAN MITCHELL (also PR/KR) – 1990-99 Washington Redskins, 2000-02 Philadelphia Eagles, 2003 New York Giants
GERALD RIGGS – 1982-88 Atlanta Falcons, 1989-1991 Washington Redskins
HERSCHEL WALKER – 1986-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992-94 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995 New York Giants, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys
RICKY WATTERS – 1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks

WIDE RECEIVERS

^TIM BROWN (also KR) – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
^CRIS CARTER – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
GARY CLARK – 1985-1992 Washington Redskins, 1993-94 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 1995 Miami Dolphins
MARK CLAYTON – 1983-1992 Miami Dolphins, 1993 Green Bay Packers
HENRY ELLARD (also PR) – 1983-1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1994-98 Washington Redskins, 1998 New England Patriots
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON – 1996-99 New York Jets; 2000-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers; 2004-05 Dallas Cowboys, 2006 Carolina Panthers
*KEENAN McCARDELL – 1991, 2007 Washington Redskins, 1992-95 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002-03 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-06 San Diego Chargers
STANLEY MORGAN – 1977-1989 New England Patriots, 1990 Indianapolis Colts
^ANDRE REED – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
STERLING SHARPE – 1988-1994 Green Bay Packers
JIMMY SMITH – 1992 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-2005 Jacksonville Jaguars
ROD SMITH – 1995-2006 Denver Broncos

TIGHT ENDS

TODD CHRISTENSEN – 1979 New York Giants, 1979-1988 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
BEN COATES – 1991-99 New England Patriots, 2000 Baltimore Ravens

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

*LARRY ALLEN (G) – 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys, 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers
TONY BOSELLI (T) – 1995-2001 Jacksonville Jaguars, 2002 Houston Texans (injured reserve)
LOMAS BROWN (T) – 1985-1995 Detroit Lions, 1996-98 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Cleveland Browns, 2000-01 New York Giants, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
JIM COVERT (T) – 1983-1990 Chicago Bears
JOE FIELDS (C) – 1975-1987 New York Jets, 1988 New York Giants
BILL FRALIC (G/T) – 1985-1992 Atlanta Falcons, 1993 Detroit Lions
JEFF HARTINGS (G/C) – 1996-2000 Detroit Lions, 2001-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers
JAY HILGENBERG (C) – 1981-1991 Chicago Bears, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993 New Orleans Saints
CHRIS HINTON (G/T) – 1983-89 Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, 1990-93 Atlanta Falcons, 1994-95 Minnesota Vikings
KENT HULL (C) – 1986-1996 Buffalo Bills
JOE JACOBY (T) – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins
MIKE KENN (T) – 1978-1994 Atlanta Falcons
JIM LACHEY (T) – 1985-87 San Diego Chargers, 1988 Los Angeles Raiders, 1988-1992, 1994-95 Washington Redskins
*TOM NALEN (C) – 1994-2007 Denver Broncos
*JONATHAN OGDEN (T) – 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens
WILL SHIELDS (G) – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs
ERIK WILLIAMS (T) – 1991-2000 Dallas Cowboys, 2001 Baltimore Ravens
STEVE WISNIEWSKI (G) – 1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

*SAM ADAMS (DT) – 1994-99 Seattle Seahawks, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens, 2002 Oakland Raiders, 2003-05 Buffalo Bills, 2006 Cincinnati Bengals, 2007 Denver Broncos
CARL HAIRSTON (DE/DT) – 1976-1983 Philadelphia Eagles, 1984-89 Cleveland Browns, 1990 Phoenix Cardinals
^CHARLES HALEY (DE/LB) – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
ED “TOO TALL” JONES (DE) – 1974-78, 1980-89 Dallas Cowboys
JOE KLECKO (DE/DT/NT) – 1977-1987 New York Jets, 1988 Indianapolis Colts
DEXTER MANLEY (DE) – 1981-89 Washington Redskins, 1990 Phoenix Cardinals, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CHARLES MANN (DE) – 1983-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 San Francisco 49ers
*WARREN SAPP (DT) – 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Oakland Raiders
FRED SMERLAS (NT) – 1979-1989 Buffalo Bills, 1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991-92 New England Patriots
*MICHAEL STRAHAN (DE) – 1993-2007 New York Giants
*TED WASHINGTON (DT/NT) – 1991-93 San Francisco 49ers, 1994 Denver Broncos, 1995-2000 Buffalo Bills, 2001-02 Chicago Bears, 2003 New England Patriots, 2004-05 Oakland Raiders, 2006-07 Cleveland Browns
*BRYANT YOUNG (DE) – 1994-2007 San Francisco 49ers

LINEBACKERS

CORNELIUS BENNETT – 1987-1995 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons, 1999-2000 Indianapolis Colts
^KEVIN GREENE (also DE) – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
KEN HARVEY – 1988-1993 Phoenix Cardinals, 1994-98 Washington Redskins
CLAY MATTHEWS – 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons
KARL MECKLENBURG – 1983-1994 Denver Broncos
SAM MILLS – 1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers
DARRYL TALLEY – 1983-1994 Buffalo Bills, 1995 Atlanta Falcons, 1996 Minnesota Vikings

DEFENSIVE BACKS

ERIC ALLEN (CB) – 1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders
STEVE ATWATER (S) – 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets
JOEY BROWNER (S) – 1983-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LEROY BUTLER (S) – 1990-2001 Green Bay Packers
NOLAN CROMWELL (S) – 1977-1987 Los Angeles Rams
ALBERT LEWIS (CB) – 1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
*JOHN LYNCH (S) – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos
DENNIS SMITH (S) – 1981-1994 Denver Broncos
TROY VINCENT (CB – 1992-95 Miami Dolphins, 1996-2003 Philadelphia Eagles, 2004-06 Buffalo Bills, 2006 Washington Redskins
EVERSON WALLS (CB) – 1981-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1990-92 New York Giants, 1992-93 Cleveland Browns
^AENEAS WILLIAMS (CB/S) – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
DARREN WOODSON (S) – 1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys

KICKERS/PUNTERS

*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
GARY ANDERSON (K) – 1982-1994 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1995-96 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2002 Minnesota Vikings, 2003-04 Tennessee Titans
SEAN LANDETA (P) – 1985-1993 New York Giants, 1993-96, 2003-04 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1998 Green Bay Packers, 1999-2002, 2005 Philadelphia Eagles
NICK LOWERY (K) – 1978 New England Patriots, 1980-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-96 New York Jets

SPECIAL TEAMS

STEVE TASKER (also WR) – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills

COACHES

BILL ARNSPARGER – 1964-69 Baltimore Colts, 1970-73, 1976-1983 Miami Dolphins, 1974-76 New York Giants
DOUG BLEVINS – 1995-97, 1999 World League/NFL Europe, 1997-2003 Miami Dolphins
BUD CARSON – 1971-77 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1978-81, 1997 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1982 Baltimore Colts, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs, 1985-88 New York Jets, 1989-1990 Cleveland Browns, 1991-94 Philadelphia Eagles
^DON CORYELL – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
BILL COWHER – 1992-2006 Pittsburgh Steelers
TOM FLORES – 1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
JIMMY JOHNSON – 1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins
CHUCK KNOX – 1973-77 Los Angeles Rams, 1978-1982 Buffalo Bills, 1983-1991 Seattle Seahawks, 1992-94 Los Angeles Rams
^BILL PARCELLS – 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys
BUDDY PARKER – 1949 Chicago Cardinals, 1951-56 Detroit Lions, 1957-1964 Pittsburgh Steelers
DAN REEVES – 1981-1992 Denver Broncos, 1993-96 New York Giants, 1997-2003 Atlanta Falcons
MARTY SCHOTTENHEIMER – 1984-88 Cleveland Browns, 1989-1998 Kansas City Chiefs, 2001 Washington Redskins, 2002-06 San Diego Chargers
CLARK SHAUGHNESSY – 1944-47 Washington Redskins, 1948-49 Los Angeles Rams, 1951-1962 Chicago Bears
DICK VERMEIL – 1976-1982 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997-99 St. Louis Rams, 2001-05 Kansas City Chiefs

CONTRIBUTORS

K.S. “BUD” ADAMS, JR. (Founder/Owner) – 1960-Present Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans
GEORGE ANDERSON (Trainer) – 1960-1993 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
BOBBY BEATHARD (Admin.) – 1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins, 1990-99 San Diego Chargers
GIL BRANDT (Admin.) – 1960-1988 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-present National Football League
C.O. BROCATO (Scout) – 1974-76, 1981-present Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans
LEO CARLIN (Admin.) – 1960-Present Philadelphia Eagles
JACK KENT COOKE (Owner) – 1974-1997 Washington Redskins
OTHO DAVIS (Trainer) – 1971-72 Baltimore Colts, 1973-1995 Philadelphia Eagles
^ED DeBARTOLO, JR.
(Owner) – 1979-2000 San Francisco 49ers
RON GIBBS (Official) – 1940-1962 National Football League
RALPH KOHL (Scout) – 1978-1992 Minnesota Vikings
EDDIE KOTAL (Admin.) – 1947-1961 Los Angeles Rams
ROBERT KRAFT (Owner) – 1994-Present New England Patriots
ART McNALLY (Official) – 1968-Present National Football League
^ART MODELL (Owner) – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens
BILL POLIAN (Admin.) – 1978-1982 Kansas City Chiefs, 1984-1992 Buffalo Bills, 1993-94 National Football League, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers, 1998-2011 Indianapolis Colts
ART ROONEY, JR. (Admin.) – 1961-Present Pittsburgh Steelers
STEVE SABOL (Contrib.) – 1964-2012 NFL Films
CARL STORCK (Owner/Coach/Admin.) – 1918-1930 Dayton Triangles, 1930-1941 National Football League
^PAUL TAGLIABUE (Commissioner) – 1989-2006 National Football League
BURL TOLER, SR. (Official) – 1965-1989 National Football League
JIM TUNNEY (Official) – 1960-1991 National Football League
RON WOLF (Admin.) – 1991-2001 Green Bay Packers
^GEORGE YOUNG (Admin.) – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League


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  • Cowboy Fan - August 11 2013 06:19 PM

    A list of nominees that didn't make it, but should definitely should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: 1) PHIL SIMMS – 1979-1993 New York Giants, (injured-1982) 2) JEROME BETTIS – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers. 3) TIM BROWN (also KR) – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 4) ANDRE REED – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins. 5) LOMAS BROWN (T) – 1985-1995 Detroit Lions, 1996-98 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Cleveland Browns, 2000-01 New York Giants, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 6) JAY HILGENBERG (C) – 1981-1991 Chicago Bears, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993 New Orleans Saints. 7) JOE JACOBY (T) – 1981-1993 Washington Redskins. 8) WILL SHIELDS (G) – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs. 9) MICHAEL STRAHAN (DE) – 1993-2007 New York Giants. 10) ERIC ALLEN (CB) – 1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders. 11)JOHN LYNCH (S) – 1993-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Denver Broncos. 12) AENEAS WILLIAMS (CB/S) – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams. 13) DON CORYELL – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers. 14) STEVE SABOL (Contrib.) – 1964-2012 NFL Films.

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  • bachslunch - February 15 2013 12:10 PM

    Carl, much as I agree that Kenny Anderson belongs in the HoF, he's only Senior-eligible nowadays. Chris, Mark Clayton's stats are about comparable to those of Mark Duper and Gary Clark, which means very good but not quite at HoF level. Sorry, alfonso, but I'll say it again -- Tom Flores's HoF argument (like Jim Plunkett's) starts and ends with two Super Bowl wins. Flores's coaching career is relatively short and his regular season W-L stats of 97-87 just aren't good enough to get him in.

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  • Chris Brazis - February 14 2013 08:34 AM

    MARK CLAYTON is a MUST, considering his career stats compared to all the other HOF receivers. There was nothing more exciting than watching #83 AFTER THE CATCH! HOF selection committee needs to look at his stats and yards after catch. That done, they will agree #83 deserves to be inducted next, before they consider any other more recent receivers. Two extra cents...a big NO to any coach, owner, scout or other contributor (fans don't pay to watch them). HOF should be based on game stats and what other players & HOF inductees say about playing against the potential nominee on the field during games, not all the popular PC choices it's starting to become.

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  • alfonso - February 03 2013 07:18 PM

    TOM FLORES

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  • jack - February 03 2013 07:15 AM

    Dispite the log jam of receivers...the stats of Tim Brown speak for themselves

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  • matt - January 26 2013 04:16 PM

    i want cunningham, sapp, and clayton to make it the most...

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  • Carl Starkey - January 03 2013 06:40 AM

    No Kenny Anderson again? Please!

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  • jeremy - December 25 2012 03:49 PM

    one of the only clear choices in this list is steve a****er... he was a beast and the only person to knock christian okoye on his ass..... im voting for a****er regardless....

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  • Tiffany Stockard - December 24 2012 12:46 AM

    Terrell Davis is the most over looked! In his 7 short seasons he was Super Bowl MVP in 1997. Along with being 1 of 6 2,000 yard rushers in the history of the game, Davis was league MVP in 1998, and NFL AP offensive player of the year. He went to Pro Bowls in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Out of all the 2,000 yard rushers, Terrell Davis is the ONLY one to have: Title of Super Bowl MVP, League MVP, and 2,000 year rusher, and 2 Super Bowl rings! I cannot BELIEVE Terrell has been over looked so many times!!

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  • Tiffany Stockard - December 24 2012 12:46 AM

    Terrell Davis is the most over looked! In his 7 short seasons he was Super Bowl MVP in 1997. Along with being 1 of 6 2,000 yard rushers in the history of the game, Davis was league MVP in 1998, and NFL AP offensive player of the year. He went to Pro Bowls in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Out of all the 2,000 yard rushers, Terrell Davis is the ONLY one to have: Title of Super Bowl MVP, League MVP, and 2,000 year rusher, and 2 Super Bowl rings! I cannot BELIEVE Terrell has been over looked so many times!!

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  • bachslunch - December 19 2012 08:33 AM

    Billy Howton, Ken Stabler, and Ray Guy are not eligible as regular candidates anymore, only as Seniors. Re Charles Haley, I think he'll be elected eventually, though it's not at all unusual for players to wait a while before getting in. He's not elite in the sense that first-ballot LB Lawrence Taylor was, and like Andre Tippett and Kevin Greene and Rickey Jackson, it's going to take a bit of time to get him in.

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  • JOEY LOCKHART - December 13 2012 01:38 PM

    STABLER, BILL HOWTON 500 CATCHES IN THE 60'S, RAY GUY BEST PUNTER OF ALL TIME, KEVIN GREENE CRIS CARTER, TIM BROWN

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  • JOEY LOCKHART - December 12 2012 05:11 PM

    KEN STABLER, RAY GUY THE BEST PUNTER OF ALL TIME, BILL HOWTON 500 CATCHES IN THE 60'S, TIM BROWN, CRIS CARTER, KEVIN GREENE 3RD ALL TIME IN SACKS

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  • Brent Chesney - December 12 2012 03:32 PM

    Please explain to me how the only five time Super Bowl player in history Charles Haley is not in the hall already. Without his addition as a pass rusher Dallas probably does not win the three Super Bowls in the 90's. 100 sacks. Perenial pro bowl. Was ferocious as a 49er. Come on. Let's put politics aside and vote for the statistics not whether the hall voters liked him personally or not.

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  • darren marrero - December 10 2012 02:25 PM

    First-year eligible Sam Adams, DT YES Larry Allen, G YES Morten Andersen, K YES Priest Holmes, RB NOT THIS TIME John Lynch, S HELL ****ING NO!! OUTSIDE HITTING HE SUCK!! AND SUCK AT HIS NEW JOB TOO Keenan McCardell, WR LOL!! LMAO!!! YEAH RIGHT Steve McNair, QB SORRY NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN Tom Nalen, C MAYBE SOME DAY Jonathan Ogden, T YES Warren Sapp, DT YES Michael Strahan, DE YES Ted Washington, DT/NT YES Bryant Young, DE NO 2013 HALL OF FAME NO QB RB TERRELL DAVIS WR CRIS CARTER/ TIM BROWN LB KEVIN GREENE K MORTEN ANDERSEN AND RAY GUY

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  • DT1713 - December 09 2012 07:34 PM

    Put Ray Guy in the HOF. He made punting a strategic part of the game with his ability.

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  • Sharon Bruneau - December 05 2012 03:28 PM

    Go Bucs! Warren Sapp & John Lynch-my boyz.....

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  • Sharon Bruneau - December 05 2012 03:28 PM

    Go Bucs! Warren Sapp & John Lynch-my boyz.....

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  • DaBoys - November 30 2012 08:59 AM

    .....I almost forgot the late great Art Modell!

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  • DaBoys - November 30 2012 08:55 AM

    Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Warren Sapp, Michael Strahan, Morten Andersen, Gary Anderson, Paul Tagliabue, Steve Sabol and above all Larry Allen all deserve to be and will rightfully someday be inducted.

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  • tj945 - November 29 2012 10:56 PM

    I thought the list was to be trimmed down to 25 by now?

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  • bachslunch - November 26 2012 10:45 AM

    Jeff G., Jim Marshall is only Senior-eligible. He also does not have a HoF argument that I can see. In his 20 year long career, Marshall was not once named a 1st team all-pro by any organization, made two measly pro bowls, and is not on an all-decade team. If he were elected, those would be the worst such stats for a HoF-er by a long short, well behind those DLs currently in with the lowest such numbers, Fred Dean at 2(2AP)/4/none and Richard Dent at 2(1AP)/4/none. For most of his career, he was the third-best DL on his own team behind Carl Eller at 5(5AP)/6/70s and Alan Page at 6(6AP)/9/70s, both of whom are rightly in the HoF. If he didn't have his long consecutive game streak, nobody would be giving him even the least consideration -- and note well that such a streak in and of itself is not a HoF-worthy accomplishment, otherwise players like Everett Scott would be in the MLB HoF. Vikes fans who want to get riled up about a bad HoF snub from their franchise should be backing Mick Tingelhoff instead, who not only was second all-time in consecutive games played upon his retirement but also has the needed honors hardware for a strong HoF case at 7(5AP)/6/none.

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  • Jeff Gulan - November 25 2012 05:55 PM

    What about Jim Marshall???? I really don't understand why he has been not selected. He played in the most consecutive games bya defensive lineman, went to the superbowl four times, playing partners Alan Page and Carl Eller are in the Hall, and he is a true carachter guy. I really feel despite how many Vikings have gone into the hall recently JIm Marshall should be selected.

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  • fidge976 - November 22 2012 02:29 PM

    I think all the wide receivers nominated should be in the hall of Fame if you compare them to the receivers of today. I have never seen so many dropped balls by receivers ever in my 25+ years of watching football. Spare a couple. Man, you could be blindfolded and throw it in the middle of the field and Tim Brown would come up with it! And I hate the Raiders!

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  • playmoney - November 22 2012 02:23 AM

    Yes Curley Culp. Take a look at some highlights. That's all you need to do. The continually double and triple teamed nose tackle. A franchise player for two playoff caliber teams for over a decade straight. For a position-nose tackle-that is notorious for shortening careers, Curley played 13 years. As Chiefs all-pro center Jack Rudnay said about going against Curley in practices, "...every center in the league should have to go against Curley in order to know what it’s like to go against the very best". He made the new Houston Oilers' 3-4 defenses successfully possible to try as he always took on 2-3 players every play. Won NFL Defensive Player of The Year-at nose tackle! Was considered one of the quickest lineman in the league. But don't take it from me, as voiced by Hall-Of-Famer center, Jim Otto of the Raiders, "Curley Culp was perhaps the strongest man I ever lined up against." As a kid, he was also an NCAA wrestling champion.

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  • playmoney - November 22 2012 02:18 AM

    Yes Curley Culp. Take a look at some highlights. That's all you need to do. The continually double and triple teamed nose tackle. A franchise player for two playoff caliber teams for over a decade straight. For a position-nose tackle-that is notorious for shortening careers, Curley played 13 years. As Chiefs all-pro center Jack Rudnay said about going against Curley in practices, "...every center in the league should have to go against Curley in order to know what it’s like to go against the very best". He made the new Houston Oilers' 3-4 defenses successfully possible to try as he always took on 2-3 players every play. Won NFL Defensive Player of The Year-at nose tackle! Was considered one of the quickest lineman in the league. But don't take it from me, as voiced by Hall-Of-Famer center, Jim Otto of the Raiders, "Curley Culp was perhaps the strongest man I ever lined up against." As a kid, he was also an NCAA wrestling champion.

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  • bachslunch - November 19 2012 03:09 PM

    Bzamp, also forgot to mention that Gary Collins is only Senior eligible, not via the regular candidate route anymore.

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  • bachslunch - November 19 2012 03:05 PM

    Bzamp, could you please provide documentation that Gary Collins "invented the post pattern?" I can't find any. Regardless, Collins is a very good WR (and punter) who will have problems distinguishing himself in a HoF argument along with myriad other very good 60s WRs such as Boyd Dowler (also punter), Otis Taylor, Art Powell, and Lionel Taylor -- not to mention ones who have arguably a better case such as Del Shofner (a punter as well like Collins and Dowler, and a particularly good choice if you value a high peak over longevity -- I think of Shofner, Mac Speedie, and Shannon Sharpe as this kind of WR and support all three of them for the HoF). And WR is a position the HoF voters are historically very tough with as it is.

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  • Bzamp - November 16 2012 10:04 PM

    I am just wondering Gary Collins who invented the post pattern isn't on the list for a possible nominee?

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  • bachslunch - November 16 2012 02:28 PM

    DS, the reason you see such a wide range of names at this stage is that anyone can write in and nominate an regularly-eligible candidate for the Preliminary Round -- and that's why you see candidates ranging in HoF fitness from no-brainer musts like Larry Allen to head-scratchers like Danny White. The head-scratchers likely won't make it beyond this stage. Folks, Ray Guy, Ken Stabler, Lester Hayes, and Jim Plunkett are Seniors, not eligible to be nominated as regular candidates anymore -- they can't get in via this route, sorry. And unfortunately, Tom Flores's HoF argument (like Plunkett's) starts and ends with two Super Bowl wins. Flores's coaching career is relatively short and his regular season W-L stats of 97-87 just isn't good enough to get him in.

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  • DS - November 16 2012 03:03 AM

    This is perhaps the worst list of candidates I've ever seen the HOF put forth. It only shows that the arbitrary 1988 cut off is ludicrous and the general football knowledge of the sports writers has gone downhill. About 50% of the list could be replaced with better candidates, granted these players probably won't get elected, but still that's no excuse. Just as an example, with the exception of Kevin Greene, I couldn't imagine why you would elect any of these linebackers before Randy Gradishar or Robert Brazile. Imagine if any of the QBs on this list get in before Ken Anderson? At safety, imagine if either Dennis Smith or Darren Woodson got in to the HOF before Cliff Harris, Donnie Shell or Deron Cherry? And if Too Tall Jones gets in, when any football historian worth his salt knows his teammate Harvey Martin is more deserving? The HOF will probably do the right thing and elect players who really belong, but this list leaves much to be desired.

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  • vrorst - November 15 2012 08:01 PM

    Just read the article on Ray Guy not getting into the HoF... what a shame. The article stated that some of the selection committee members don't consider punters "real" football players (no td passes, tackles, running/receiving yards...etc..) so they don't think he should get in. In my 40 years of watching the game i believe that punters can have quite an impact on the game, at times games have been determined on great (or poor) punt placement! In his 14 year career, NO punts returned for a TD... nada! Every roster for every football team has a position for "Punter"... that would, in my opinion, make him a real football player. I do know that owners of teams have gotten into the HoF, and i don't remember seeing on-field, "real" player statistics for these folks... not knocking the owners, jus' sayin... Sure, Ray Guy ranks 78th in NFL history for punters, BUT, he played back when football was still rough and tumble FOOTBALL, he fine-tuned his position and realized that with short-field punts, he could literally put the opponents where he wanted... all this BEFORE "science" took over the game... C'mon, Men... let the Guy in!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Lori W - November 15 2012 05:08 PM

    Quarterbacks named are ridiculous...how about Ken Stabler or Jim Plunkett...they have rings to prove it. Not to mention Lester Hayes. However, Tom Flores should have been there a long time ago...first hispanic coach, superbowl rings, etc., etc., etc. Tired of seeing the newer players when some the best from the past have never made it.

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  • jim - November 09 2012 02:30 AM

    none of the quarterbacks are good enough to get in, its time to but tim brown andre reed or cris carter in if none of them get in soon 2-3 recivers in marivn harrison issac bruce and maybe torry holt will be up in the next 5 years and why isnt jim plukett jim marshall etc in yet, been to the hof and love it but they got to start making the right choices

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  • bachslunch - November 07 2012 03:20 PM

    Jerome, I agree with many things you say, but not all. Tom Nalen likely won't ever get elected to the HoF even if he was in fact the best Bronco OL of the time. The HoF is very strict with centers, and it's not unusual to see only one such player get elected from a time period. And that will almost certainly be Kevin Mawae who has postseason honors of 7(3AP)/8/00s. Nalen's 3(2AP)/5/none sits at the second tier of centers of the time right with guys like Jeff Saturday at 2(2AP)/5/none and Olin Kreutz at 2(1AP)/6/00s and Matt Birk at 1(0AP)/6/none -- and I doubt any of them get in. Re Ottis Anderson, for good or ill, he likely will be one of the best RBs not to reach the HoF, though someone has to be. Also, Alex Karras's gambling suspension will likely keep him out, and I actually have no problem with that.

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  • Jerome - November 06 2012 03:48 PM

    It's time the HOF stop with the Art Monk garbage stuff to Cris Carter, Andre Reed and Tim Brown. It's disgusting they've been denied entry this long. All three deserve a bust in Canton. I would even give consideration to Sterling Sharpe for his body of work alone. If Gayle Sayers is a HOFamer, Sterling Sharpe is too. Charles Haley has been snubbed too many times as well. I think two of Strahan, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp and Larry Allen get in. Tom Nalen might get in on his first try too. He was one of Denver's best linemen for many seasons. Who knows, it could be a lineman sweep again in 2013. If it is, it's time Jerry Kramer gets in. Alex Karras probably gets in posthumously. RB's? I think people forget what Ottis Anderson did with the Cardinals before his SB MVP season with the Giants. 10000+ yards at retirement time was once considered a lock for HOF recognition. Why not for Anderson? He was a powerful back with deceptive speed and good hands. Jerome Bettis might get in this time as well. As for the coaches? Parcells should get in after being snubbed last year. Marty Schottenheimer would get in easily if HOF credentials were primarily based on regular season stats.

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  • Mike Ehlenbeck - October 28 2012 01:41 PM

    I think Steve Sabol is definitely capable of making it on the 1st try. I know contributors don't get much credit, but you should make an exception for Sabol. He brought a new level to how the game has been played, not to mention the music he selected for NFL Films was a masterpiece. I'm just surprised no one is giving Sabol the credit he deserves. In addition to Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen and Michael Strahan, he should also be a shoo-in for Canton.

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  • Mike Ehlenbeck - October 28 2012 01:38 PM

    I think Steve Sabol is definitely capable of making it on the 1st try. I know contributors don't get much credit, but you should make an exception for Sabol. He brought a new level to how the game has been played, not to mention the music he selected for NFL Films was a masterpiece. I'm just surprised no one is giving Sabol the credit he deserves. In addition to Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen and Michael Strahan, he should also be a shoo-in for Canton.

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  • Mtn. Man - October 28 2012 01:58 AM

    Jerry Kramer deserves to be in the HOF far more than half of the guys on this list. He led Horning and Taylor into the end zone and then kicked the extra point. Ray Guy once hit the top of the superdome with a punt---was all pro more times than I can count and he still gets left off the list. WHAT GIVES?

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  • bachslunch - October 24 2012 02:36 PM

    Cosme, you said "why are we debating Mecklenberg's merits when Randy Gradishar and Tom Jackson, HOF worthy linebackers from the 1970's era Broncos are not in yet...and their Hall worthiness is not debatable." Two things. First, agreed that Karl Mecklenberg belongs in, but not voting him in when regularly eligible just throws yet another deserving LB into the Senior pool -- I say no way, discuss him now and get him in during his regular eligibility (and that goes for another deserving ILB of the time, Sam Mills). And that goes for any such modern era eligible players who merit election. Second, while I think Gradishar belongs in, Jackson has a very short honors profile of 1(1AP)/3/none, far lower than several other deserving Senior-eligible OLBs not in such as Robert Brazile, Maxie Baughan, and Chuck Howley.

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  • Mike Ehlenbeck - October 20 2012 07:01 PM

    A couple of years ago, the NFL Network put out the list of the 100 Greatest Players of All-Time. As far as I'm concerned, anyone who made that list deserves to be enshrined in Canton. To date, 87 players on the 100 Greatest list are in Canton. Of the 13 that aren't enshrined yet, I said that 3 are guaranteed to be enshrined in 2013: Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen, and Michael Strahan. As far as the other 10, 5 are still currently playing, 6 if you count Ray Lewis. As far as who might be enshrined in 2014, I'm guessing that Kurt Warner and Derrick Brooks will definitely make it.

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  • Mike Ehlenbeck - October 20 2012 05:06 PM

    I can see three guys on the list that are sure to make it on the first try: Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen and Michael Strahan.

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  • bachslunch - October 18 2012 02:52 PM

    Lots of things. George P., Dennis Smith was only named a 1st team all pro twice, not four times, and his 2(0AP)/6/none postseason honors profile is less good than other safeties of his time not in such as Joey Browner at 4(3AP)/6/80s and Kenny Easley at 4(3AP)/5/80s and Deron Cherry at 3(3AP)/6/none and Donnie Shell at 3(3AP)/5/none, all of whom I think have a better argument. And safeties tend to get short shrift from HoF voters as it is. Bill M., Don Coryell may have offensive innovator status (probably his best HoF argument) but his defenses were usually as bad as his offenses were good and his W-L record of 111-83-1 with no postseason success isn't outstanding, while Chuck Knox and Marty Schottenheimer will have to overcome significant issues with awful postseason stats despite amassing a lot of regular season wins. Like Jeff, I too don't get the pushing here for Neil Lomax (okay but short career with no postseason games played), though Phil Simms and Steve McNair would seem to fall short of HoF caliber as well (if not as short as Lomax) -- they're in the same gray area as good-but-not-quite-HoF QBs such as Boomer Esiason and Dave Kreig and Joe Theismann. Jeff D., that's pretty much the same for Randall Cunningham, whose career was marred by injury and minimal postseason success. Curt, Clay Matthews was not "more productive" than the HoF LBs you mentioned -- his postseason honors are meager at 1(0AP)/4/none and actually less good than other OLB more-or-less contemporaries not in such as Kevin Greene and Cornelius Bennett and Greg Lloyd -- plus tackle stats are very unreliable to cite, as there's no standard for doing so (some teams are very lavish in assigning them). Ricardo, I don't see an argument for Too Tall Jones over other DL of the time like Joe Klecko, Mark Gastineau, or Fred Smerlas, for three. Ryyan, I didn't even know who Peggy Parratt was, and he played even before the NFL was formed -- I think that's a Senior for sure and not eligible this way. rich, I'm sure you're aware Shane Falco is a fictional character and thus not eligible. Keith, not only do Roger Craig's accomplishments pale next to those of a later player such as Marshall Faulk, he has at best no better an all-purpose yards RB argument than contemporary Herschel Walker. All pushing for Joe Jacoby, I'd be interested to see the argument that he's more HoF deserving than contemporary OTs with comparable honors profiles such as Mike Kenn, Marvin Powell, and Leon Gray -- being a Redskin and a "Hog" isn't enough, sorry. William, if they didn't waive the waiting period for Derrick Thomas upon his death, they won't for Junior Seau, either -- besides, Seau is a lock to get in, perhaps even first ballot. JB, I'm interested to know why you think Warren Sapp does not deserve to be in the HoF.

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  • bachslunch - October 18 2012 02:00 PM

    Folks, this Preliminary list is for those players who are NOT Senior eligible only. You won't find players like Ray Guy, Alex Karras, Ken Stabler, Al Wistert, Cliff Branch, Jim Plunkett, Cookie Gilchrist, Jerry Smith, Jim Marshall, Roman Gabriel, Donnie Shell, L.C. Greenwood, Jerry Kramer, Mick Tingelhoff, Tommy Nobis, Randy Gradishar, Claude Humphrey, Lester Hayes, Maxie Baughan, Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordan, Mike Curtis, Andy Russell, John Hadl, or John Brodie here because they are no longer eligible as modern-era candidates. The place to gripe about their omission is over at the Seniors nominee announcement comment section, not here.

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  • Madison - October 15 2012 10:31 AM

    So many older guys not even getting looked at. One crime perpetrated by the HOF is to not have "too many" HOFs from one team. If they put it out on the field they should be recognized no matter who they played for! Donnie Schell, L.C. Greenwood, Ray Guy, Ken Stabler, Alex Karas! The list goes on and on. Heck, there's probably even a Cleveland Brown out there who deserves it more than some of the guys on this list.

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  • Lee - October 14 2012 11:14 PM

    This Year #1 Art Modell (as much as I dislike him) #2 Terrell Davis #3 Tim Brown #4 Jonathon Ogden #5 Joe Jacoby #6 Ed Jones #7 Steve Sabol All time snubs: #1 Ray Guy #2 Jerry Kramer #3 Don "air" Coryell #4 Charles Haley #5 Tommy Nobis #6 Ken Stabler #7 Aneas Williams #8 Mick Tingelhoff #9 Chuck Howley #10 Randy Gradishar #11 Claude Humphrey #12 Lester Hayes #13 Steve A****er #14 Clay Matthews #15 Alex Karras

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  • George Pisano - October 12 2012 09:09 PM

    Wow! What a class. Steve Sabol no doubt. Ray Guy should have been there awhile ago. Here is something I find real interesting. The Defensive Backs of the Denver Broncos when they won their Super Bowls. I mean I could make a case for Steve A****er as I am sure anybody who has been hit by him would but here's a real sleeper: Dennis Smith. I see names but I don't see a lot of accomplishments with them. Here are some of Dennis': Smith established himself as one of the most feared and hardest hitting safeties in the NFL (a reputation later held by his protégé, Steve A****er). Smith was voted to play in six Pro Bowls (following the 1985-1986, 1989–1991 and 1993 seasons), was named All-AFC in 1984 and 1988 and played on three Broncos Super Bowl teams (XXI, XXII, XXIV), and was named All-Pro 4 times. Smith’s career totals include 1,171 tackles, 30 interceptions and 15 sacks. He posted a career-high five interceptions in 1991. Ranks 4th all-time amongst Denver Broncos in games played with the franchise with 184. If that's not durability I don't know what is. And he killed my team the Raiders!

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  • Bill Maxson - October 08 2012 10:54 AM

    Coryell, Knox, Shotty...what do you have to do to get in HOF? Andre Reed was a dominant WR, no HOF? Cris Carter...come on man, created the acrobatic one handed sideline or end zone catch(Buddy Ryan said"all he does is catch touchdowns", you were wrong Buddy)

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  • Bill Maxson - October 08 2012 10:47 AM

    Why isn't Mick Tinglehoff or Jim Marshall in the Hall??? I agree with skins fan also....HOF needs HOGS!

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  • Bill Maxson - October 08 2012 10:47 AM

    Why isn't Mick Tinglehoff or Jim Marshall in the Hall??? I agree with skins fan also....HOF needs HOGS!

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  • L R Eddy - October 08 2012 12:31 AM

    Hard to believe some of the older players not yet elected. How are Tommy Nobis, Maxie Baughan, Randy Gradishar, Alex Karas, Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordan, Jim Marshall, Claude Humphrey, Mike Curtis, Andy Russell, John Hadl, John Brodie, Kenny Stabler and Otis Anderson still not in the HOF? These players were multiple time all-stars and amassed stats that warrent induction. Fix the system!!!

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  • Caine Dart - October 06 2012 05:42 AM

    Legends always inspire myth.Did he heat the footballs?were they filled with helium?can anyone explain Ray Guy's continued absence from this list?

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  • Wendi Jaeck - October 03 2012 07:20 PM

    Where is JERRY KRAMER?

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  • Jeff Arnold - October 03 2012 02:53 PM

    I don't get the Neil Lomax debate at all. Phil Simms only won one Super Bowl. Hostetler played in the other one. Simms and McNair should be in though. No other QB on that list should be, although being a Cowboy fan I would love to see White go but don't think he ever will. Stabler should be in too. RBs, about any of those guys could go in for one reason or another. The ones instrumental in getting their teams to SuperBowls definitely. WRs should be Carter, Brown and Reed first for sure. It's an amazing group of Offensive Lineman any of those guys are deserving. Allen being my fave but I guess those "Hogs" should be in too. Defensive Linemen are impressive too. Haley with 5 rings has to go and "Too Tall" too. Strahan will go because he's in the public eye and he'll be your "draw" name and of course those stinkin' Redskins too. All those LBs are well-deserving. Some of the best Defensive Backs in NFL history on that list. Of course Darren Woodson is my fave and was a big part of those SB Cowboy teams. No Kickers or Special Teams guy should take up room from those guys who played every down and took all the punishment every game but those guys were some of the best and they did it forever. Alot of those coaches that could go in aren't until they have definitely retired for good. Cowher won't, Schottenheimer won't. Coryell should, changed the game alot, Vermeil maybe, Knox maybe too. Johnson may not have served enough time but did alot in a short time. If he'd have stayed with Dallas another four or five years there's have been some more SBs. Parcell's and Flores should go too. Owners whatever.

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  • Sal - October 03 2012 10:20 AM

    I am looking at the list of Linebackers and none of them should go in before Brad Van Pelt #10. Van Pelt was one of the very best LineBackers of his time. Consumate Pro-Bowler and the one guy who was always around the football. Big, fast, and strong. He played on bad Giant teams but he and Carson stood out. Van Pelt never gave up on a play. He was not only a true Giant but a true NFL player. HOF Committee you need to really come up with a new formula because you are missing on obvious, deserving athletes and some of your selections are way off base.

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  • Cosme - October 02 2012 06:07 PM

    The selection process needs to be reformed. How can HOF voters be compelled to consider Danny White or Neil Lomax when Ken Stabler is STILL not in the Hall.? Who, except someone divorced from reality, believes Randall Cunningham accomplished more than the Snake or made a bigger impact on the game than Stabler? Or Keenan McCardell and Keyshawn Johnson when Otis Taylor, Drew Pearson, Boyd Dowler and Cliff Branch are not in the HOF?Or Ken harvey and Darryl Talley's Hall worthiness is debated when Chuck Howley and Tommy Nobis are not in the Hall? John Lynch was a great safety. But better than Ed Meador? And we ponder the merits of Bill Fralic and the guard who was voted by the Hall of Fame in 1969 to be the greatest guard during the first 50 years of NFL history (Jerry Kramer) is still not in? Ridiculous. The whole voting structure is an absurdity. Canton should be ashamed!

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  • grinch - October 02 2012 04:29 PM

    Neil lomax over Ken Stabler, Sean Landeta over Ray Guy, "com on man"

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  • cosme - October 01 2012 11:37 PM

    Karl Mecklenberg was a great linebacker and a mainstay of the Broncos' defense during the 1980's; but why are we debating Mecklenberg's merits when Randy Gradishar and Tom Jackson, HOF worthy linebackers from the 1970's era Broncos are not in yet...and their Hall worthiness is not debatable. Reform the voting system. Allow "Old Timers" to compete with the recent players.

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  • Shaun Machado - October 01 2012 01:06 PM

    Rakook; Did you fall down and hit your head recently,Landetta over Guy.Oh please you must see a doctor for that concussion it's compromising your train of thought . Sean Lendetta should be Ray Guy's pool boy after he's done shining all of Mr.Guy's shoes.Come on you can't be serious.That statement is so off the mark you better break out your Tom-Tom and use navigator to find your way back to sensibility.

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  • Jeff Durski - September 30 2012 10:14 PM

    The following is an edited version of my prior post. Robinson should go in but not Culp. The most over-due senior candidates are still Jerry Kramer, Al Wistert, and Alex Karras. Other than Robinson It is my opinion that the following should go in this year: Tim Brown, John Ogden, Parcells, Randall Cunningham(he was the Michael Jordan of Football back in his prime), Terrell Davis(carried the Broncos to their first two NFL titles on his back), Charles Haley(slightly edging out Kevin Greene this time.) Priest Holmes, like Terrell Davis is deserving of being first ballot based on his dominance despite an injury shortened career. Phil Simms and Jim Plunkett deserve to go in about as much as former Redskin Timmy Smith. Buddy Parker, Tom Flores and Jimmy Johnson need to go in as coaches next.

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  • jeff durski - September 30 2012 10:04 PM

    Robinson should go in but not Culp. The most over-due senior candidates are still Jerry Kramer, Al Wistert, and Alex Karras. need to go in as coaches nextOther than Robinson It is my opinion that the following should go in this year: Tim Brown, John Ogden, Parcells, Randall Cunningham(he was the Michael Jordan of Football back in his prime), Terrell Davis(carried the Broncos to their first two NFL titles on his back), Charles Haley(slightly edging out Kevin Greene this time.) Priest Holmes, like Terrell Davis is deserving of being first ballot based on his dominance despite an injury shortened career. Phil Simms and Jim Plunkett deserve to go in about as much as former Redskin Timmy Smith. Buddy Parker, Tom Flores and Jimmy Johnson

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  • Joia Nuri - September 30 2012 08:08 PM

    Congrats to Michael Strahan and John Lynch. It will be nice to watch Fox NFL Sunday next season and see four HOFers on the set. Howie Long and Terry Bradshaw need some company. But I also want you guys to put Cris Carter in the Hall. It is about time.

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  • Curt - September 30 2012 07:52 PM

    When is Clay Matthews going to get his just due? The guy played more games at linebacker than anyone when he retired (only eclipsed by Junior Seau). He has more tackles than Ray Lewis - today (obviously that will be eclipsed, but puts his production in perspective). He played outside linebacker, not middle. They didn't even count sacks until 6 years into his career. Much more productive than several hof'ers like Andre Tippett, Rickey Jackson, and Chris Hanburger to name a few. Just because he played in Cleveland and didn't get voted for as All Pro more than once, doesn't mean he didn't deserve it. It shouldn't be a popularity contest, put him for his production - he deserves it! By the way, when was the last time the Browns were good? When Clay Matthews played!!

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  • Ricardo Mendoza - September 30 2012 01:31 PM

    This must be the year for Ed "Too Tall" Jones. The NFL HOF won't be complete until he gets in.

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  • Peter - September 30 2012 08:43 AM

    When is Tommy Nobis going to be considered? Quite a few of the players on this list are less than deserving. I guess all it takes to get into the Hall of Fame these days is to have played in the NFL or been associated with it. The inductees should be chosen by the fans that know what's going on, not a selection committee.

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  • Mike Ervin - September 30 2012 03:01 AM

    My choices this yr are RB- Roger Craig, WR- Cris Carter, Andre Reed, OL- Larry Allen, Joe Jacoby, Will Shields, Mike Kenn, DL- Charles Haley, Ed Jones, LB- Clay Matthews, Sam Mills, DB- Leroy Butler, Nolan Cromwell, John Lynch, KP- Morten Anderson, Gary Anderson, ST- Steve Tasker, Coaches- Don Coryell, Buddy Parker, Chuck Knox, Dick Vermeil, Contributors- Bud Adams, George Anderson, Gil Brandt, Eddie De Bartolo Jr., Art McNally, Steve Sabol, Jim Tunney.... Hopefully have of my choices will make the final cut My top 5 are Cris Carter- Andre Reed- Joe Jacoby- Sam Mills and Steve Sabol.....

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  • Jeremy M Flanagan - September 29 2012 03:20 PM

    7 for 2013: Charles Haley Cris Carter Don Coryell Larry Allen Ray Guy Roger Craig Steve Sabol Next group: Aeneas Williams Andre Reed Kevin Greene Jonathan Ogden Tim Brown Steve Tasker Will Shields

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  • rich in tx - September 29 2012 11:40 AM

    SHANE FALCO!!

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  • Jim Dahl - September 29 2012 09:14 AM

    Not a single offensive lineman should be considered until Jerry Kramer is inducted into the HOF. Most of the current nominees are laughable compared to Kramer. None are more deserving.

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  • nhoj - September 28 2012 03:35 PM

    Ray Guy should be on every list until he gets in. He changed the way we look at special teams.

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  • JOHN ELWAY - September 28 2012 12:25 PM

    this is the year Terell Davis gets in. he carried me to my superbowl rings. and how does he keep missing out. i mean god. even joe namath got in.... by that standard so should jamarcus russel.

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  • Bob Friday - September 28 2012 11:39 AM

    Art Rooney, Jr. brought the Steelers back to life and into the spotlight with his player personnel expertise. He deserves to join his father and brother in the Hall.

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  • Stephen - September 28 2012 11:07 AM

    When Coach Ted Cottrell presented Bruce Smith to the Hall of Fame, he mentioned Chris Hinton as one of his toughest competitors. Also stating that Chris Hinton should be in the HOF. Coach Cottrell, I agree! http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-3/Cottrell-From-mentor-to-presenter/42b0adf7-59b9-427e-a350-ef30012ce8a7

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  • Stephen - September 28 2012 11:06 AM

    When Coach Ted Cottrell presented Bruce Smith to the Hall of Fame, he mentioned Chris Hinton as one of his toughest competitors. Also stating that Chris Hinton should be in the HOF. Coach Cottrell, I agree! http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-3/Cottrell-From-mentor-to-presenter/42b0adf7-59b9-427e-a350-ef30012ce8a7

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  • Stephen - September 28 2012 11:05 AM

    When Coach Ted Cottrell presented Bruce Smith to the Hall of Fame, he mentioned Chris Hinton as one of his toughest competitors. Also stating that Chris Hinton should be in the HOF. Coach Cottrell, I agree! http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-3/Cottrell-From-mentor-to-presenter/42b0adf7-59b9-427e-a350-ef30012ce8a7

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  • Stephen - September 28 2012 10:42 AM

    Chris Hinton should be a shoe-in. First rookie offensive linemen to ever be named to the Pro Bowl. Only two other offensive linemen have done it since. Selected to the Pro Bowl for three different positions, Left tackle, Right Tackle and Right Guard. 7 time Pro Bowler. Can line his career up with the best. His stats speak for itself.

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  • bo - September 28 2012 10:34 AM

    Tim Brown, Chris Carter, Jerome Bettis, Jonathan Ogden, Morten Anderson. A lot of really good linemen, but not 1st ballot guys.

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  • MP - September 28 2012 10:12 AM

    Absolutely ridiculous that Ray Guy is not in the HOF. Also, how about LB Mike Curtis? http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/08/10/ray-guys-super-bowl-rings-sell-for-96216-at-bankruptcy-auction/

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  • scott bronkema - September 28 2012 10:06 AM

    Sabol, Coryell, Parcells, Ogden, Strahan, Sapp

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  • Ryyan - September 28 2012 09:52 AM

    No Peggy Parratt?. When I was growing p, uhe was the player all the kids aspired to be like; I shall never forget him. Best player in the history of the at least 2 or 3 different franchises. 3x Champion QB. Threw first forward pass in pro history. His omission saddens me.

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  • Rakook - September 28 2012 09:31 AM

    Landeta over Guy this is BS.

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  • John R. Spires - September 28 2012 09:17 AM

    Ray Guy, Jim Plunkett, Ken Stabler. Three Super Bowl wins and they don't even get a nod? The sports writers must make this right while these guys are still with us. To acknowledge them once they are gone would only be considered a token of the injustice that was done all these years.

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  • Chasse - September 28 2012 09:14 AM

    Three people who should be in the Hall of Fame, but for various reasons probably never will. Leo Lyons: Player - 1908-15 Rochester Jeffs, Coach - 1910-23 Rochester Jeffs Lyons, who also owned the barnstorming Jeffs from 1910 to 1925, is one of the principle founders of the NFL. He brought his Jeffs to play Jim Thorpe's Canton Bulldogs and brought attention to the professional game as something beyond amateur. In fact, you can probably say there wouldn't be an NFL if it wasn't for Thorpe, Carl Storck and Lyons. Lyons was also key in preserving NFL history by acting as the league's official historian and contributing to the founding of the very Hall of Fame he should be in. Unfortunately time, playing/coaching in a small market and have a weaker professional coaching record probably will keep him from ever getting there. Cookie Gilchrist: Player - 1956-57 Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL), 1958 Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL), 1959-61 Toronto Argonauts (CFL), 1962-64 Buffalo Bills (AFL), 1965 and 67 Denver Broncos (AFL), 1968 Miami Dolphins (AFL) SO it's a Pro Football Hall of Fame eh? Not the NFL Hall of Fame? Because Gilchrist, one of the top fullbacks of any era especially the fullback strong late 50s and 60s, deserves to be in the hallowed halls of Canton. You can argue that the AFL all-time teamer has been pushed over because of an NFL bias, but it seems more likely it was Cookie's antisocial personality that brushed people the wrong way. Oh just we can have drug addicts (Lawrence Taylor) and illegal gamblers (Paul Hornung) in the hall but not the leader of the 1965 AFL All-Star game boycott, that was intended to combat racism....I'm not even saying Taylor and Hornung don't belong. I'm saying Cookie should be in too and his background--however prejudice you might be--should not factor into a hall of fame vote. The vote is for a player's impact on the field, otherwise he'd go in as a contributor. Jerry Smith: Player - 1965-77 Washington Redskins Speaking of prejudice....How many hall of fame tight ends have more TDs than Jerry Smith? One....Shannon Sharpe...by 2...a guy whose rookie year was 13 years after Smith retired. Not Kellen Winslow Sr., not Jackie Smith or even Mike Ditka, just Sharpe. In fact only Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzales and Sharpe have more TDs as a tight end in all of NFL history...and Smith's best year was one year before Sharpe was even born. So why does Smith get passed over every year when he was arguably the greatest scoring tight end of all time? Well I honestly believe it was because Jerry Smith was gay. No he wasn't out during his lifetime, it was only discovered after his death in 1986, but rumors persisted and Jerry never got his fair shake. So there will be a 2013 class, and all will be deserving. And so will everyone from the 2014 version. And so on. And Lyons, Gilchrist and Smith will sink further into football history, forgotten by most....it's such a shame...

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  • jack package - September 28 2012 08:39 AM

    They do make a mockery of this sometimes. Steven Davis? Keyshawn Johnson? Who we going to have next year - Darrell Jackson? Ryan Leaf? Jimmy Clausen?

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  • Dirty Sanchez - September 28 2012 08:39 AM

    I'm at a loss over the Jim Plunkett comments. Very happy for him that he got two rings, but it seems to be some combo of success over a period of time, which Plunkett has very little and rings. Also, the player needs to be dominant over all or most others during their peak times in the NFL. This is why I do not understand the Ray Guy exclusion. One ring, but many Pro-Bowls and All-Pros. So what if it is a Punter. Is Punting not part of the game? I cannot see any Kickers for a while as the ones on the list were good, but not game changing. No current QB's on this list. They also will not put all three qualified WR's in all at once, let alone a very deserving, but short career S sharpe.

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  • Cindy Hinton - September 28 2012 08:26 AM

    Until RAY GUY gets in the HALL this list is a joke! Name one team who can play a game without a PUNTER. They are NFL players, all.

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  • Melissa - September 28 2012 07:33 AM

    Alright, my picks just based on who I think deserve to get in this year: Drew Bledsoe, Tiki Barber, Bill Cowher, Jerome Bettis, and Steve Sabol.... :o)

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  • Jason - September 28 2012 06:57 AM

    I remain puzzled as to why neither Tim Brown or Cris Carter are in, as they seem to tick most of the HOF boxes for WR: Dominant players over prolonged periods of time with gigantic stats. Too much emphasis put on Super Bowl wins for me. The number of outstanding offensive linemen is remarkable, and some very good players will miss out as a consequence. Jonathan Ogden a great player, but I will need convincing that he is significantly better than any of Jim Lachey, Chris Hinton, or Mike Kenn. Defensively I like Nolan Cromwell, Aeneas Williams, Sam Mills, and Joey Browner, none of whom would shame the HOF. All of Coryell, Parcells, and Modell need to be in as well. As always, more genuinely deserving people than there are spaces available...

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  • Keith T - September 28 2012 05:35 AM

    Roger Craig deserves to get in. First guy to get 1000 yards rushing and 1000 yards reveiving. He was a big part of a couple of the 49ers super bowl wins. Too bad he is always going to be remembered for the fumble that haulted the three peat!

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  • zach stocker - September 28 2012 03:53 AM

    tim brown long time coming.

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  • Dave Simpson - September 28 2012 02:19 AM

    Seven guys? I'll take Steve Sabol, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Charles Haley, Bill Parcells, and Jonathan Ogden. Carter and Parcells will kill with their speeches, BTW. Sterling Sharpe, Larry Allen, and Tagliabue just miss the cut.

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  • Donald - September 28 2012 02:03 AM

    This may sound strange to people because he is known for the wrong way run but: Jim Marshall. He played 282 straight games and started 270 playing DL in the 60s and 70s. He was a member of Purple People Eaters for Pete's sake, does reaching 4 Super Bowls mean nothing to you people. Final note on that game btw the Vikings won that game on a scoop and score caused by Jim Marshall

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  • Rich - September 27 2012 11:20 PM

    Its ashamed Kenny Stabler is still not in??? Come on hall? Better numbers than bradshaw and no love for Kenny?

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  • Mike Kogel - September 27 2012 11:02 PM

    Please NFL, Please. There Is One Man Who Deserves To Be In The Hall Of Fame. 5 Super Bowl Rings PROVE THIS. Charles Haley. Top Of The List!!!

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  • jake - September 27 2012 11:01 PM

    Ray Guy it has been way too long even raider haters know this should be done.

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  • Steven Sharp - September 27 2012 11:00 PM

    It is long over due for Cris Carter, he needs to be voted in.

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  • Jeff Arnold - September 27 2012 10:44 PM

    I don't get the Neil Lomax debate at all. Phil Simms only won one Super Bowl. Hostetler played in the other one. Simms and McNair should be in though. No other QB on that list should be, although being a Cowboy fan I would love to see White go but don't think he ever will. Stabler should be in too. RBs, about any of those guys could go in for one reason or another. The ones instrumental in getting their teams to SuperBowls definitely. WRs should be Carter, Brown and Reed first for sure. It's an amazing group of Offensive Lineman any of those guys are deserving. Allen being my fave but I guess those "Hogs" should be in too. Defensive Linemen are impressive too. Haley with 5 rings has to go and "Too Tall" too. Strahan will go because he's in the public eye and he'll be your "draw" name and of course those stinkin' Redskins too. All those LBs are well-deserving. Some of the best Defensive Backs in NFL history on that list. Of course Darren Woodson is my fave and was a big part of those SB Cowboy teams. No Kickers or Special Teams guy should take up room from those guys who played every down and took all the punishment every game but those guys were some of the best and they did it forever. Alot of those coaches that could go in aren't until they have definitely retired for good. Cowher won't, Schottenheimer won't. Coryell should, changed the game alot, Vermeil maybe, Knox maybe too. Johnson may not have served enough time but did alot in a short time. If he'd have stayed with Dallas another four or five years there's have been some more SBs. Parcell's and Flores should go too. Owners whatever.

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  • Racy - September 27 2012 10:14 PM

    Why no Jerry Kramer? I know there are alot of Packers from that era, already in the Hall, but Kramer shouldn't be punished for that. He is one of the all-time great offensive guards and helped revolutionize pulling guards, as part of the infamous Lombardi Power Sweep. I also want to see Chris Carter finally get in. I think there are too many voters who hold long time biases, based on off-field issues, even though the player has redeemed himself several times over. There are few who have Carter's stats. A top 5 all-time great at his position.

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  • Lori - September 27 2012 09:58 PM

    Come on this time Tim Brown,Andre Reed,and Steve Tasker need to make it. Sorry Morton, you don't get in until after Ray Guy. How is Ed too tall Jones not in but the piece of crap, crack smoking push off artist Micheal Irvin is. Too Much poltics. Bring back some honor to the hall and vote base on the accomplishment or for those who changed the game i.e. Tasker- a special team position was add to the Pro bowl roster just for him. Tim Brown- 5th all time receiver for yards. Just shy of 15k yards, 100 TDs 1094 receptions , all while on a time for the majority time, had crap for a quarterback Andre Reed 12th all time receiver for yards 951 receptions and 87 TD

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  • Skip Naler - September 27 2012 09:42 PM

    Congratulations to George Anderson The FIRST Trainer ever to be nominated to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Your friends, family and the entire Raider Nation salute your honor

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  • Sott Rogers - September 27 2012 09:32 PM

    None of the listed QBs have a shot... Bettis and T.Davis are the only two RBs deserving... a case could be made for Brian Mitchell as a kick returner... WRs Brown, Carter, Clark, Clayton and Reed... neither TE gets in... OL Allen, Jacoby, Lachey, Ogden and Williams... DL Haley, Jones, Manley and Sapp... LB Greene... DB A****er and Woodson... K/P Gimmie a break!!! you can make a case for Morten Anderson since he is the all-time leading scorer of the league... and all you Ray Guy people... shut up already!!! HE WAS A PUNTER!!! You should be asking why Stabler and Branch aren't in!!!

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  • Joshua - September 27 2012 09:10 PM

    If Art Modell is not put in the hall of fame this time... This will be absolute disgrace to the game of football. If it wasn't for Art Modell, the NFL would still be fledgling and falling apart. Ray Guy and Sean Landeta are two punters you can look at and say: Hey, they won games!

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  • Scott Rogers - September 27 2012 09:01 PM

    Tell me which of those QBs is better than Kenny Stabler?!?

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  • John Cacciatore - September 27 2012 08:57 PM

    Is there any Reason why Roman Gabriel's name is never mentioned for nomination? Roman ws NFL MVP in 1969 and comeback player of year in 1973. Roman's stats speak for themselves--there are several years that his stats surpassed the great Fran Tarkenton, and he made it to the Hall. Roman is at least deserving of a nomination and election to this elite group at some time. I hope those in position to vote, will re-evaluate his numbers and place in the game in the 60's and 70's, and give him that well deserved consideration.

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  • Melissa - September 27 2012 08:34 PM

    As a Raiders fan, it pains me, but Terrell Davis definitely deserves to be in the HoF. As does Tim Brown.

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  • Kristi Anderson - September 27 2012 08:23 PM

    I am beyond happy that my late father George Anderson Head Trainer for the Oakland/ La Raiders is one the list with the most amazing men in sports!! He is the first NFL Trainer to ever be nominated!!!

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  • Kristi Anderson - September 27 2012 08:20 PM

    I am beyond happy that my late father George Anderson Head Trainer for the Oakland/ La Raiders is one the list with the most amazing men in sports!! He is the first NFL Trainer to ever be nominated!!!

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  • Lisa Tice - September 27 2012 08:00 PM

    Its going to be VERY difficult to pick from the people listed above. They are ALL good quality team players most have Super Bowl experience and rings. As usual its going to be a numbers (yardage, completions, touchdowns, consecutive games, super bowl(s) rings, and on the defensive side of the ball interceptions, sacks, forced fumbles, hurries, safties) thing. I also think that once someone (player, coach, office staff) passes away, he should automatically become eligible because he is deceased and can never actively contribute again.

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  • Rocke Sweaney - September 27 2012 07:20 PM

    To : Oliver Whiffen , Elijah967 , Frank Calvillo , and P.G. Fernandez, GET OVER IT !!!! Jim Plunkett WILL NEVER, and does NOT DESERVE to be elected to The Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall is reserved for the men that have had ENTIRE CAREERS that are HOF worthy. NOT because they won TWO games. FACTS : Jim was 2nd Team ALL-PRO ZERO times. Jim was 1st Team ALL-PRO ZERO times. Jim went to ZERO Pro Bowls. In his career, Jim threw 164 TD passes and 198 Interceptions. He had a career passer rating of 67.5. I have met, and talked with Jim Plunkett. GREAT Guy....NO DOUBT about it. But he will NEVER get in the Hall, and doesn't deserve to be, so as I said, GET OVER IT.

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  • Rocke Sweaney - September 27 2012 07:16 PM

    To : Oliver Whiffen , Elijah967 , Frank Calvillo , and P.G. Fernandez, GET OVER IT !!!! Jim Plunkett WILL NEVER, and does NOT DESERVE to be elected to The Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Hall is reserved for the men that have had ENTIRE CAREERS that are HOF worthy. NOT because they won TWO games. FACTS : Jim was 2nd Team ALL-PRO ZERO times. Jim was 1st Team ALL-PRO ZERO times. Jim went to ZERO Pro Bowls. In his career, Jim threw 164 TD passes and 198 Interceptions. He had a career passer rating of 67.5. I have met, and talked with Jim Plunkett. GREAT Guy....NO DOUBT about it. But he will NEVER get in the Hall, and doesn't deserve to be, so as I said, GET OVER IT.

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  • Greg - September 27 2012 07:07 PM

    Bobby Beathard and Joe Jacoby had better get in at some point. Jonathan Ogden is a cetainty to get in on a first ballot.

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  • DHR - September 27 2012 07:02 PM

    It's past time to put STERLING SHARPE in the Hall!!!!

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  • Victos - September 27 2012 06:46 PM

    How are Tim Brown, Andre Reed, and Chris Carter not in the Hall? Kevin Greene and Haley need to be inducted as well.

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  • Rakook - September 27 2012 06:24 PM

    Bledsoe and Lomax over Stabler and Plunkett??????

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  • realDReynolds - September 27 2012 06:08 PM

    Bill Parcells Charles Haley Mike Strahan Warren Sapp Jon Ogden Larry Allen My class

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  • TOM JOSEPH - September 27 2012 05:59 PM

    PARCELLS, HALEY, L. ALLEN, H. WALKER, E. WILLIAMS. I so agree that Ray Guy should be in.

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  • William Margold - September 27 2012 05:53 PM

    Loyally Lion-aciously upset about Alex Karras being shunned. But it's more important this time than the five year waiting period be waived in regards to Junior Seau

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  • Dustin - September 27 2012 05:38 PM

    Terrell Davis really deserves to be inducted into the HOF. He accomplished everything possible in his 7 seasons. This list of players/coaches really is amazing and it will be rewarding to each and every person inducted. This year I vote for Terrell Davis, though. There isn't anything he didn't accomplish as a player in the NFL.

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  • Holger Pamler - September 27 2012 05:33 PM

    DREW BLEDSOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Jared - September 27 2012 05:30 PM

    Randall Cunningham Jerome Bettis Cris Carter Jonathan Ogden Kevin Greene Steve A****er Don Coryell

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  • Holger Pamler - September 27 2012 05:27 PM

    DREW BLEDSOE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • MIchael Graybill - September 27 2012 05:17 PM

    RAY GUY TIM BROWN JIM PLUNKETT Tell me why the hell they are not in already?

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  • Craig Murden - September 27 2012 05:06 PM

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  • Craig Murden - September 27 2012 05:04 PM

    Phil Simms belongs in the H.O.F. His Leadingbring the Giants out of 25 years of lousy football to the Superbowl speaks for itself. The best day in Superbowl history by a QB. His lifetime stats surpass many QB`s already enshrined. All in the run dominated and cold weather NFC East!

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  • SNAKE50 - September 27 2012 05:03 PM

    Now its getting so bad that Ray Guy is not even on the special teams list........

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  • Paul - September 27 2012 05:02 PM

    This is the modern candidate list (players retired 5 to 24 years ago). Any players retired more than 25 years are considered senior candidates and would not be included on this list but under the separate nominating process with those candidates announced in August. That is why players like Ray Guy, Ken Stabler, Cliff Branch and Jim Plunkett are not included on this list, so no need to complain about them not included

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  • Paul - September 27 2012 05:01 PM

    This is the modern candidate list (players retired 5 to 24 years ago). Any players retired more than 25 years are considered senior candidates and would not be included on this list but under the separate nominating process with those candidates announced in August. That is why players like Ray Guy, Ken Stabler, Cliff Branch and Jim Plunkett are not included on this list, so no need to complain about them not included

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  • Craig Murden - September 27 2012 05:00 PM

    Phil Simms should be in the H.O.F. He led my team from 25 years of LOUSY football to the Super Bowl Championship. He had the best day any QB has had in the history of the Super Bowl. His lifetime stats surpass many in the Hall. All this in the run first cold weather NFC East!

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  • Tim - September 27 2012 04:59 PM

    JEROME BETTIS, TIM BROWN, CRIS CARTER, ANDRE REED, CHARLES HALEY, MICHAEL STRAHAN, STEVE TASKER

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  • Sara Johnson - September 27 2012 04:51 PM

    Don Coryell changed football forever. Obviously he had an impact on how offenses are run but as a result his influence also changed defenses. The fact that he's not in the HoF already is a TRAVESTY.

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  • samboccatom - September 27 2012 04:45 PM

    No Warren Sapp in does not belong in the hall. Steve Sabol diffidently belongs there.

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  • Kerri Gibson - September 27 2012 04:35 PM

    Keyshawn Johnson??? are you SERIOUS??? He SO doesn't belong there.... Phil Simms deserves it..but i doubt he'll ever get in, despite 2 superbowl rings.... Strahan SHOULD go in, maybe not first ballot though...but if it was up to me, he would.... Steve Sabol definitley belongs there.

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  • Mitch KRASNOFF - September 27 2012 04:29 PM

    Come on, isn't it time to recognize JOE KLECKO!!

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  • Neil Heaton - September 27 2012 04:29 PM

    I really think Clay Matthews deserves to be in....had a long stellar career, the lack of a Super Bowl is the only blemish.

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  • HAL JARVIS - September 27 2012 04:26 PM

    AND IF NOT KEVIN GREENE THAN CHARLES HALEY

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  • Dan DeVite - September 27 2012 04:25 PM

    I like the selection this year. I'd like to see "The Bus" and Coach Cowher get in they both deserve it. Respectfully: Dan DeVite

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  • HAL JARVIS - September 27 2012 04:23 PM

    I THINK THIS CLASS WILL NOT HAVE A HEADLINER LIKE YEARS PAST! I THINK THE FOLLOWING PLAYERS MAKE IT THIS YEAR, DAVE ROBINSON, CURLEY CULP, ANDRE REED, LARRY ALLAN, JONATHAN OGDEN, JOHN LYNCH & LONG OVER DUE KEVIN GREENE. THOSE ARE MY PICKS.

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  • grinch - September 27 2012 04:23 PM

    Neil lomax over Ken Stabler, Sean Landeta over Ray Guy, "com on man"

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  • Russell - September 27 2012 04:16 PM

    KLECKO, KLECKO,KLECKO,KLECKO

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  • Geo Taylor - September 27 2012 04:14 PM

    Warren Sapp. Michael Strahan, Phil Simms, and Tuna.

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  • Susan Dunlap - September 27 2012 04:07 PM

    Kickers/Punters get no respect. Ray Guy should have been there long long time ago. I think it is about time a punter gets into the hall of fame why not the best.

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  • James McFarland - September 27 2012 04:06 PM

    There is only 1 man on thid plante with 5 Super Bowl rings. Charles Haley! Why is he not in the Hall of Fame?

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  • Tony - September 27 2012 04:05 PM

    Ken Stabler and Jim Plunket both need to be in there already!!!!!!

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  • Chris - September 27 2012 04:03 PM

    Well you can bet your next paycheck Steve Sabol will be elected this year.

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  • woody herman - September 27 2012 04:01 PM

    The Redskins first two super Bowl wins were during the strike years. '82,'87. The would not have made the playoffs in '87 if New York would have played those three games as the Redskins went 3-0 and the Giants stood up for the players and did not spend like the Redskins to play the scab games. So in most people book the Redskins won with Mark Rypein once. Joe Jacoby was good man from Louisville and I knew the guard that played with him there- even he says Joe is not a Hall of Famer. Grimm should have never made it but Pitt has a way of getting players into the HOF. So No hail to the redskins when they did not complete but one full season to win a super bowl.

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  • Anthony Rizzotti - September 27 2012 04:00 PM

    Strahan all day long!

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  • Nick - September 27 2012 03:59 PM

    Steve Sabol should be in no matter what. His contributions to the NFL are as far reaching as anyone ever involved with the league.

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  • Aaron - September 27 2012 03:56 PM

    QB:i'm going to go with Randall Cunnigham the most deserved RB: i'm going with Jerome Bettis and Priest Holmes WR: i think Tim Brown and Chris Carter should be a no brainer i also really like Andre Reed OL: if you watched the game enough you would instantly choose Jonathan Ogden, Will Shields and Larry Allen they are some of the greatest all time at their positions DL: i like Micheal Strahan and Ed "too tall" jones LB: none DB: Steve A****er K: Any mainly i like Nick Lowery but all were amazingly clutch Coaches: i like alot in this group i like Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer, Dick Vermeil, Bill Cowher wow you could put all of these men it the hall. For contributors i like Art Rooney, Art Modell And Bud Adams.

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  • Victor - September 27 2012 03:50 PM

    No Mark Stepnoski again?!?! The guy was All Decade and they can't even put him on the preliminary list?

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  • JB - September 27 2012 03:48 PM

    Warren Sapp definitely doesn't deserve

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  • pgfernandez - September 27 2012 03:45 PM

    That Jim Plunkett is not already a HOF is unforgivable and to disrespect him again unamagable.

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  • Aaron - September 27 2012 03:44 PM

    QB:i'm going to go with Randall Cunnigham the most deserved RB: i'm going with Jerome Bettis and Priest Holmes WR: i think Tim Brown and Chris Carter should be a no brainer i also really like Andre Reed OL: if you watched the game enough you would instantly choose Jonathan Ogden, Will Shields and Larry Allen they are some of the greatest all time at their positions DL: i like Micheal Strahan and Ed "too tall" jones LB: none DB: Steve A****er K: Any mainly i like Nick Lowery but all were amazingly clutch Coaches: i like alot in this group i like Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves, Marty Schottenheimer, Dick Vermeil, Bill Cowher wow you could put all of these men it the hall. For contributors i like Art Rooney, Art Modell And Bud Adams.

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  • Frank Calvillo - September 27 2012 03:43 PM

    Still no Jim Plunkett? What a croc. 2-time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, not to mention being hispanic, a rarity in the NFL.

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  • David - September 27 2012 03:42 PM

    Don Coryell!!! The time is now! He literally is the reason the NFL is a Passing League today. John Madden and various other HOF coaches credit their success to him. He is a legend to the people who know and love the game of football.

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  • woody herman - September 27 2012 03:40 PM

    The Redskins first two super Bowl wins were during the strike years. '82,'87. The would not have made the playoffs in '87 if New York would have played those three games as the Redskins went 3-0 and the Giants stood up for the players and did not spend like the Redskins to play the scab games. So in most people book the Redskins won with Mark Rypein once. Joe Jacoby was good man from Louisville and I knew the guard that played with him there- even he says Joe is not a Hall of Famer. Grimm should have never made it but Pitt has a way of getting players into the HOF. So No hail to the redskins when they did not complete but one full season to win a super bowl.

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  • Frank Calvillo - September 27 2012 03:38 PM

    Still no Jim Plunkett? What a croc. 2-time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP, not to mention being hispanic, a rarity in the NFL.

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  • TOM - September 27 2012 03:37 PM

    One name and one only - should have been there for years. CHRIS CARTER.

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  • Mitchell Ride Jr. - September 27 2012 03:36 PM

    Misguided As I was reading the requirements to be eligible the Hall of Fame bylaws require that a player or a coach must have last been active at at least five full seasons before being eligible for consideration. This statement has indeed caused much confusion between those of us who are not so........ receptive and confuse themselves with words. I tried hard to explain this to several of my friends who have read this same article, believe it means that an individual must have been involved with football for at least 5 years. However,I understood it to saying "a player or a coach must have been (inactive) for at least five full seasons before being eligible for consideration." Please help me to prove my point for those who have misinterpreted and have clearly misunderstood this article. Moreover, I perhaps may be wrong (Doubtful) Nevertheless a response to my posting would do some real justice in proving which idea is correct. We all here in Waco N.C. are very passionate FOOTBALL FANS and I would hate for them to be misguided and cheated out of such knowledge which I believe is crucial to being a "FAN" Sign Aravendownsouth

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  • Ankoor - September 27 2012 03:25 PM

    Being a Die hard Redskins / Ravens Fan, the Hall of fame needs another Hog! Russ Grimm got in couple of years ago. now its time for Joe Jacoby to get in. He also was a part of the three Super Bowls teams. How about first time Jonathan Ogden. Pro Bowl Player & 1st draft pick by Modell after moving to Baltimore.

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  • Ankoor - September 27 2012 03:19 PM

    its the 50th year of the Hall of Fame! Won't it be great if the Late Art Modell & Late Steve Sabol finally make it to the Hall! That will be a great story! Lets go Voters lets vote these two guys in!

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  • Matt Driscoll - September 27 2012 03:16 PM

    Phil Simms was a game manager lucky to be on a good team his numbers are pedestrian. Priest Holmes definatly deserves it as does Plunkett in my opinion.

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  • Jimmy - September 27 2012 03:16 PM

    Priest Holmes HOFer. Amazing RB and class act off the field.

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  • vjdbbq - September 27 2012 03:09 PM

    KLECKO KLECKO KLECKO

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  • Jimmy - September 27 2012 03:06 PM

    Priest Holmes HOFer. Amazing RB and class act off the field.

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  • Elijah967 - September 27 2012 03:02 PM

    Just what do we have to do to get Ken Stabler, Cliff Branch and Jim Plunkett in the Hall of Fame?

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  • Houston Scott - September 27 2012 03:00 PM

    Forever no to Bud Adams. While its great he did a lot to kick start the AFL, his stubborn cheapskate antics doomed the ilers on too many occasions and will continue to plague the Titans. Glad he's out of Houston, good riddance, sorry for you Titans fans.

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  • Oliver Whiffen - September 27 2012 02:59 PM

    How can you keep ignoring a Super Bowl MVP quarterback with 2 Super Bowl rings. Not to mention a Hesiman Trophy winner. No disrespect to anyone on that list but Jim Plunkett deserves to be in the HOF and every year he is left off. How can this be? Some clarification would be nice.

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  • kevin tobey - September 27 2012 02:51 PM

    Ray Guy should of been in a long time ago was surprise name not on list but I agee should be in there. And on the list

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  • kevin tobey - September 27 2012 02:50 PM

    Here is my guess who will make it in. QB.Phil Sims very deserving. RB.Ottis is very deserving but I see Rodger Craig or Jerome making it. WR,Anyone of the first 4 very deserving. TE.Todd OL.Alot of good ones in the mix my pick Larry Allen Defensive L Charles Haley of course LB any one of them all of them outstanding DB same as above all of them very good Kickers- Nick Lowery Special Teams Tasker coaches Chuck should already be there. Other good ones Jimmy,Dan Reeves,Marty excellent one. Parcells proven winner Contributors TAGLIABUE should be in already also done a lot for us but Sabol should be inducted hands down above the rest.

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  • kevin tobey - September 27 2012 02:41 PM

    Love to see Neil Lomax get in pulling for Phil Sims who is more deserving. Just to see some of my Cardinals on the list makes me happy.

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