Finalists for Class of 2013

01/11/2013

Four first-year eligible nominees – Larry Allen, Jonathan Ogden, Warren Sapp, and Michael Strahan – are among the 15 modern-era finalists who will be considered for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame when the Hall’s Selection Committee meets in New Orleans, La. on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013.
 
Joining the first-year eligible, are eight other modern-era players, a coach and two contributors. The 15 modern-era finalists, along with the two senior nominees announced in August 2012 (former Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Oilers defensive tackle Curley Culp and former Green Bay Packers and Washington Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson) will be the only candidates considered for Hall of Fame election when the 46-member Selection Committee meets.

The 15 modern-era finalists were determined by a vote of the Hall’s Selection Committee from a list of 127 nominees that earlier was reduced to a list of 27 semifinalists, during the multi-step, year-long selection process.  Culp and Robinson were selected as senior candidates by the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee. The Seniors Committee reviews the qualifications of those players whose careers took place more than 25 years ago.

To be elected, a finalist must receive a minimum positive vote of 80 percent.
 
Other than the four first-year eligible nominees, all of the modern-era nominees have been finalists in previous years.  Although they have been nominees in previous years, this is the first time the two senior nominees, Culp and Robinson, have been finalists.


YEARS OF ELIGIBILITY
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To be eligible for election, modern-era players and coaches must be retired at least five consecutive seasons. Contributors need not be retired.

Allen, Ogden, Sapp and Strahan are in their first year of eligibility. Parcells and Shields are in their second year of eligibility and Bettis is in his third. This is the fourth year of eligibility for Brown and Williams, the sixth for Carter and eighth for Reed. Greene and Haley have both been eligible for nine years. Robinson has been eligible for election for 34 years and Culp 27.


SELECTION MEETING AND ANNOUNCEMENT
The Selection Committee will meet in New Orleans, La. on Saturday, February 2, 2013, to elect the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. The election results will be announced at 5:30 p.m. ET (4:30 local time) during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl Media Center.

 
At the 2013 selection meeting, the selectors will thoroughly discuss the careers of each finalist. Although there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of six or seven can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected. Representatives of the accounting firm Deloitte & Touche will tabulate all votes during the meeting.

At the announcement, Pro Football Hall of Fame President/Executive Director Steve Perry will be presented with an envelope containing the names of the nominees elected. Each newly elected member will be contacted immediately by the Hall of Fame. Members of the Class of 2013 in New Orleans for the Super Bowl will be asked to join the live announcement show. Those not able to attend will be asked to join via teleconference.


2013 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival and Golden Anniversary Reunion
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The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, a multi-day celebration of the enshrinement of the newest Hall of Fame Class, is held each year in Canton. The festival which culminates with the Enshrinement Ceremony and NFL/Hall of Fame Game includes 18 special events over an 11-day period.  Two major events are the Enshrinees Gold Jacket Dinner (Friday, August 2), and the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable (Sunday, August 4). It is at the Enshrinees Gold Jacket Dinner where each member of the Class of 2013 will be presented his gold Pro Football Hall of Fame Jacket. At the Enshrinees GameDay Roundtable, the Class of 2013 will be featured center stage as they share memories of the game and their personal feelings about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

This year the Pro Football Hall of Fame is celebrating its 50th anniversary and as a part of the year-long celebration the annual Enshrinement Festival will include a special Golden Anniversary Reunion of previously elected Hall of Fame members.  As many as 130 previously elected Hall of Fame members are expected to attend this year’s Enshrinement Ceremony.

Individual Enshrinement tickets and Fan Packages for the 2013 Enshrinement Festival will go on sale soon. In the meantime, check out the Enshrinement Festival section for more details about one of the greatest celebrations in all of sports. 2013 Enshrinement Festival>>>

CLASS OF 2013 17 FINALISTS

 
LARRY ALLEN
Guard/Tackle … 6-3, 325 … Sonoma State, Butte Junior College (CA) … 1994-2005 Dallas Cowboys, 2006-07 San Francisco 49ers … 14 seasons, 203 games … Selected by Cowboys in 2nd round (46th player overall) of 1994 draft … Versatile, played every position on offensive line except center during 12 seasons with Dallas … Led way in second season for Emmitt Smith who set Cowboys’ franchise record with 1,773 yards … Started at right guard in two NFC championship games and Super Bowl XXX victory … Named NFL Alumni’s Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1997 and the NFL Players Association NFC Lineman of the Year twice (1996-97) … Named first-team All-Pro seven straight years … First-team All-NFC six times, second-team once … Moved to tackle late in 1997 and entire 1998 season, earned All-Pro honors at position … Signed as free agent with San Francisco in 1996 … First season with 49ers led way for Frank Gore who set team single-season rushing record (1,695 yards) … Elected to 11 Pro Bowls … Named to NFL All-Decade Teams of 1990s and 2000s … Born November 27, 1971 in Los Angeles, California.
  

JEROME BETTIS
Running Back … 5-11, 243 … Notre Dame … 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers … 13 seasons, 192 games … Selected by Rams in 1st round (10th player overall) of 1993 draft … Earned Rookie of Year honors ... Finished rookie season with seventh best rookie rushing total in league history... As rookie finished second in rushing yards and third in total yards from scrimmage ... First Rams rookie to rush for 1,000 yards since Eric Dickerson, 1983 … Rams leading rusher 1993-95 … Steelers leading rusher 1996-2001, 2003-04 … Steelers leader in total yards from scrimmage, 1996-2001 … His fifty 100-plus yard games ranks 1st in Steelers history … At time of retirement, his eight 1,000-plus yard seasons was tied for third-best in NFL history and his 13,662 ranked fifth all-time in career rushing yards … Ranked 19th all-time in combined net yards at time of retirement … Voted to Pro Bowl six times: 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2005 … Named All-Pro in 1993 (AP, PFWA), 1996 (AP); All-Pro Second Team 1997 (AP); All-NFC 1993 (UPI, PW); All-AFC 1996 (UPI, PW), 1997 (PW) … Born February 16, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan. 
 

TIM BROWN
Wide Receiver/Kick Returner/Punt Returner … 6-0, 195 … Notre Dame … 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers … 17 seasons, 255 games … Heisman Trophy Winner … Selected by Raiders in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1988 draft … As rookie led NFL in kickoff returns, return yards, and yards per return average  …  Led NFL in receptions, 1997 … Set Raiders franchise records for receptions, receiving yards, and punt return yards … At time of retirement his 14,934 receiving yards were second-highest total in NFL history; 1,094 receptions were 3rd; and 100 touchdown catches were tied for 3rd … Also gained 190 rushing yards; 3,320 punt return yards, 3 fumble return yards; 1,235 kickoff return yards … Total of 19,682 combined net yards, 5th all-time at time of retirement … Scored 105 total touchdowns (100 receiving, 1 rushing, 3 punt returns, 1 kickoff return) … Voted to Pro Bowl nine times, 1989 and 1992 as kick returner, 1994-98, 2000 and 2002 as a receiver … All-Pro choice as a kick returner, 1988 … All-Pro wide receiver, 1997 … Was named All-AFC as a kick returner, 1988, punt returner, 1991, and wide receiver, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997 … Born July 22, 1966 in Dallas, Texas. 


CRIS CARTER
Wide Receiver … 6-3, 202 … Ohio State … 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins … 16 seasons, 234 games … Selected by Philadelphia in the 4th round of the 1987 Supplemental Draft … First reception as a pro was a 22-yard touchdown catch … Durable; he played a full 16-game season in 13 of his 16 seasons … In 2000, became only the second player in NFL history to catch 1,000 career passes … Recorded 1,000 receiving yards in a season eight straight years … Broke the 100-yard receiving plateau 42 times during his career … Ranked second on the NFL's all-time list for total receptions (1,101) and receiving touchdowns (130) at retirement … His 130 TD receptions came from 13 different passers … Caught 70-plus passes in 10 seasons … His 122 receptions in 1994 was a then-NFL single-season-record … Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1990s and received the 1999 NFL Man of the Year Award … In 2002, returned to the field when he joined the Miami Dolphins in midseason when injuries decimated team’s receiving corps … Was first- or second-team All-Pro 1994, 1995, and 1999 … Selected to play in eight Pro Bowls (1994-2001) … Born November 25, 1965, in Troy, Ohio.
 

CURLEY CULP
Defensive Tackle … 6-2, 265 … Arizona State … 1968-1974 Kansas City Chiefs, 1974-1980 Houston Oilers, 1980-81 Detroit Lions … 14 seasons, 179 games … Selected in 2nd round (31st player overall) in 1968 draft by Denver Broncos … Denver attempted to switch him to offense before trading him to Chiefs during training camp … Fit in perfectly with Chiefs’ dominating defense … Member of team’s Super Bowl IV championship team in second season,  … Started at left defensive tackle in Super Bowl win over Vikings and registered three tackles, one assisted tackle … Dealt to Houston Oilers in blockbuster trade during 1974 season … Key veteran leader with 11.5 sacks to help Oilers to 10-4-0 record in his first full season with club … Winning record in ’75 was Oilers first winning season in eight years and just second in 13 seasons …. Named NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year by Newspaper Enterprise Association, 1975 … Culp led defense that helped Oilers earn back-to-back appearances in AFC championship game, 1978-79 … Named All-Pro, 1975 … All-Pro Second Team 1971, 1977, 1978, and 1979 …. First- or second-team All-AFC five times … Elected to six Pro Bowls … Born March 10, 1946 in Yuma, Arizona. 


EDWARD J. DEBARTOLO, JR.
Owner … Notre Dame … 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers … Purchased 49ers in 1977 with vision to create top-notch organization, on and off field … Known as a "players’ owner,” led franchise to unprecedented winning during tenure … In 1979, hired Bill Walsh as team’s head coach, drafted quarterback Joe Montana, and created atmosphere conducive to winning … Fortunes of franchise changed soon thereafter … In 1981, 49ers finished 13-3 to claim NFC Western Division title and won hard fought playoff battles with New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys and capped the year with a thrilling 26-21 victory over Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl XVI … DeBartolo infused team roster with talent that resulted in San Francisco enjoying amazing string of winning seasons … Team averaged 13 wins per season, including playoffs, during a span from 1981 to 1998 (not including strike-shortened 1982 season). During DeBartolo’s ownership team claimed 13 division titles, made 16 playoff appearances, advanced to NFC championship game 10 times, and was first franchise ever to win five Super Bowls (XVI, XIX, XXIII, XXIV, XXIX) … Franchise posted the best winning percentage in NFL in both the decades of the 1980s and 1990s … Was named NFL Man of the Year by Football News, 1989 as the nation’s top sports executive … DeBartolo was also highly respected inside NFL circles and served on league’s realignment and expansion committees … Born November 6, 1946 in Youngstown, Ohio.
 

KEVIN GREENE
Linebacker/Defensive End … 6-3, 247 … Auburn … 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers … 15 seasons, 228 games … Selected by Rams in 5th round (113th player overall) in 1985 draft ... Played primarily on special teams as rookie, only season he didn’t register a sack  … Did not have any starts in second season, but played in all 16 games and managed seven sacks … Added 6.5 sacks in 1987 and by fourth season was bona fide pass rusher for Rams, registering career-high 16.5 sacks, including career-best 4.5 sacks in win over 49ers in season finale that clinched playoff spot for Rams … Following year matched his 16.5 sacks total … Had double-digit sack totals 10 times, second in record book at the time … Only time missed recording 10 sacks in any of last eight seasons was 1995 when he had team-leading nine sacks for Steelers … Named to Pro Bowl five times (once with the Rams, twice with Steelers and Panthers) … Selected first-team All-Pro, 1989 with Rams, 1994 with Pittsburgh and 1996 with Carolina … Captured league sack title twice, 1994 and 1996 … A member of NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1990s … Played in six conference championship games and one Super Bowl … Led team in sacks 11 times and amassed 160 total sacks, third all-time at time of retirement … Also had three safeties, 26 opponent fumble recoveries, and five interceptions … Born July 31, 1962 in New York, New York.

CHARLES HALEY
Defensive End/Linebacker … 6-5, 242 … James Madison … 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys … 12 seasons, 169 games … Selected by 49ers in 4th round (96th player overall) in 1986 draft … Only player in NFL history to play on five winning Super Bowl teams (XXIII, XXIV, XXVII, XXVIII, XXX) … Began career at linebacker and led 49ers in sacks in each of first six seasons … Recorded four double-digit sack totals with 49ers including 12 as rookie and career-high 16 in 1990 … Moved to defensive end after trade to Dallas … Added two more double-digit sack seasons, 1994, 1995 … Suffered serious back injury, limited to just five games, 1996 … Retired after undergoing surgery … After a two-year hiatus, signed with 49ers as backup defensive end for two playoff games in 1998 … In 1999 came back for final season, added three sacks to finish career with 100.5 … Twice named NFC Defensive Player of the Year (1990, 1994), voted to five Pro Bowls, named All-Pro twice, once as linebacker, once as defensive end … Played in six NFC championship games over seven seasons … Starting at left outside linebacker in 49ers 1988, 1989, 1990 championship games; at right defensive end in Cowboys’ 1992, 1993, 1994  conference championships … Member of 10 division championship teams during his 12 seasons … Born January 6, 1964 in Gladys, Virginia. 

ART MODELL
Owner … 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens … Spent 43 seasons of full ownership in NFL … Purchased Browns in 1961 for unprecedented $4 million … By 1964, club won NFL championship with dominating 27-0 victory over Baltimore Colts … Also played in league championship in 1965, 1968, 1969 … Served as NFL President, 1967-69 … Integral in breaking impasse for realignment after AFL-NFL merger … Influential chairman of the NFL’s Broadcast Committee for 31 years (1962-1993) … Negotiated major network contracts that set standard for all of professional sports … Integral in establishing Monday Night Football series, 1970 … Cleveland earned seven playoff berths during 1980s … Advanced to AFC championship game three times in four seasons, 1986-89 … Relocated team to Baltimore, 1996; franchise remained in Cleveland … Five seasons later, Ravens defeated New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV … In all, Browns made seven NFL/AFC championship game appearances; Ravens played in three AFC championship appearance during Modell’s tenure … Sold majority ownership of Ravens in 2004, stayed part of ownership group until his death … Born June 23, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York … Died September 6, 2012, at age of 87.

JONATHAN OGDEN
Tackle … 6-9, 345 … UCLA … 1996-2007 Baltimore Ravens … 12 seasons, 177 games … First-ever draft pick by Ravens … Taken in 1st round (4th player overall) in 1996 draft … Won Outland Trophy Award as top lineman in college … Instant starter for Baltimore, earned All-Rookie honors … Leader of offensive line that helped Ravens amass more than 5,000 yards of offense in back-to-back seasons, 1996-97 … Noted as strong pass protector as well as effective run blocker … Led way for running back Jamal Lewis who became fifth player in NFL history to rush for 2000 yards in a season, 2003 … Key blocker for Lewis’ then-record 295 rushing yards versus Cleveland Browns, Sept. 14, 2003 … Started at left tackle in Ravens’ 16-3 win over Oakland Raiders in 2000 AFC Championship Game and 34-7 victory over New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV … NFL Alumni’s NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year, 2002 … Named All-Pro in 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2006 … Earned All-AFC honors nine times … Voted to 11 Pro Bowls … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of 2000s … Born July 31, 1974 in Washington, D.C.

BILL PARCELLS
Coach … Colgate, Wichita State … 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-1996 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys … 19 seasons, 303 games … Regular season record: 172-130-1 … Postseason record: 11-8 … Overall record: 183-138-1 … Parcells reversed the fortunes of four NFL teams … After a 3-12-1 season (1983), he took Giants to playoffs twice as Wild Card … In 1986 led Giants to 14-2 record and defeated Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI … Led Giants to NFC Eastern Division title in 1989 … In 1990 won second world championship with dramatic victory over Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV … Left coaching for two years, returning in 1993 with New England Patriots … Within two years led Patriots to playoffs after seven-year absence … Two years later, 11-5 Patriots were AFC representative in Super Bowl XXXI … In 1997 took over 1-15 New York Jets and led them to 9-7 record in 1997, 12-4 record and AFC championship game in 1998 for the best two-year turnaround of a 1-15 team in NFL history … Coached Dallas Cowboys from 2003 until 2006 … Became first coach to coach four different teams into the playoffs when his 10-6 Cowboys played in the 2003 Wild Card Game … NFL Coach of the Year 1986, 1994 … Born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey.

ANDRE REED
Wide Receiver … 6-2, 190 … Kutztown … 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins … 16 seasons, 234 games … Selected by Buffalo in 4th round (86th player overall) of 1985 NFL Draft … Most prolific receiver in Buffalo Bills history … His 941 career receptions still Bills record and 266 more than number two on that list … His 13,095 career reception yardage, 36 games with 100-plus receiving yards, and 15 catches in a game are current team records … Known for his “yards after catch” … His 951 career receptions were third all-time in NFL history at the time of his retirement … His 13 seasons, including nine consecutive, with 50-plus receptions was exceeded only by Jerry Rice at time of Reed’s retirement … Reed is tied with Bills running back Thurman Thomas for team best career touchdowns (87), most on passes from Jim Kelly … Kelly-Reed tandem held NFL record for career receptions (663) until 2004 when eclipsed by Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison … Known for toughness as he made most of his receptions over the middle … A four-time All-AFC choice and three-time All-NFL second-team, was selected to play in seven consecutive Pro Bowls (1989-1995) … Added an additional 85 catches for 1,229 yards, including five 100-yard games in postseason play … Born January 29, 1964 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
DAVE ROBINSON
Linebacker … 6-3, 245 … Penn State … 1963-1972 Green Bay Packers, 1973-74 Washington Redskins … 12 seasons, 155 games … Selected in 1st round (14th player overall) by Packers in 1963 NFL Draft … Chosen in 3rd round (17th player overall) by San Diego Chargers in AFL Draft … Signed with Green Bay and quickly built reputation as big-play performer on Vince Lombardi-coached Packers dynasty … Started at left outside linebacker in three straight NFL championship wins, 1965-67 … Starting OLB in Packers victories in Super Bowls I and II … Recorded two tackles, five assisted tackles, one fumble recovery and pass defensed in Green Bay’s 33-14 win over Oakland Raiders, Super Bowl II … Rebounded from Achilles tendon injury in 1970 to regain form as one of game’s finest linebackers … Intercepted 27 passes which he returned for 449 yards in career … Lone interception return for touchdown came in first season with Washington … Named All-Pro second-team in 1968 and 1969 … First-team All-NFL selection three straight seasons, 1967-69 … Elected to three Pro Bowls … Named to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 1960s … Born May 3, 1941 in Mt. Holly, New Jersey. 

WARREN SAPP
Defensive Tackle … 6-2, 300 … Miami (FL) … 1995-2003 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 2004-07 Oakland Raiders … 13 seasons, 198 games … Selected in first round (12th player overall) by Tampa Bay in 1995 NFL Draft … Instant starter … Named to All-Rookie Team, 1995 … Amassed 96.5 career sacks despite playing on interior of defensive line … Recorded double-digit sack totals four times … Had more than one sack in a game 23 times … Named 1999 NFL Defensive Player of the Year after helping lead Tampa Bay to first division title in 18 years … Registered 12.5 sacks, 54 tackles, three forced fumbles, and recovered two fumbles, 1999 … Recorded career-high 16.5 sacks, 2000 … Started in two NFC championship games, one Super Bowl … Recorded two tackles, one sack, two passes defensed, and forced fumble in Bucs’ 48-21 win over Raiders, Super Bowl XXXVII … Additional career statistics include four interceptions, two touchdown receptions … First-team All-Pro four straight times (1999-2002) … Second-team All-NFL in 1997, 1998 … All-NFC five times … Selected to seven Pro Bowls … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Teams of the 1990s, 2000s … Born December 19, 1972 in Orlando, Florida.

 WILL SHIELDS
Guard … 6-3, 320 … Nebraska … 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs … 14 seasons, 224 games … Selected by Chiefs in 3rd round (74th player overall) of 1993 draft … Placed into lineup in first NFL game after starting left guard suffered injury … Next week was inserted as starting right guard … Started every game from that point through retirement … Never missed a game during 14-season career, 224 games played, 223 starts are franchise records … As rookie helped Chiefs to an 11-5-0 mark and AFC Western Division crown, first division title for team since 1971 … Chiefs won four division titles and made six playoff appearances during Shields’ career … Earned 12 straight Pro Bowl berths … Named first-team All-Pro in 1999, 2002, and 2003, picked as second-team All-Pro four times … Was All-AFC seven times including each of final six seasons … Chiefs led NFL in total yards gained in 2004 and 2005 and topped AFC in that category in 2003 … Led NFL in points scored in 2002 and 2003 highlighted by running back Priest Holmes’ then-record 27 rushing touchdowns in ’03 … In 1994, Chiefs offensive line established a franchise record allowing a mere 19 sacks … A member of the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Joined Hall of Fame linebacker Derrick Thomas in 1999 as only active players named to Chiefs’ 40th Anniversary Team … Born September 15, 1971 in Fort Riley, Kansas.
 

MICHAEL STRAHAN
Defensive End … 6-5, 255 … Texas Southern … 1993-2007 New York Giants … 15 seasons, 216 games … Selected in 2nd round (40th player overall) in 1993 draft … Dominant pass rusher and also excellent at defending the run … Recorded 141.5 career sacks … Had 38 multi-sack games during career … Registered double-digit sack totals six times during nine-season span, 1997-2005 … Suffered torn pectoral muscle in 2004 but rebounded following season by starting all 16 games and amassing 11.5 sacks … Named first-team All-Pro five times (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005) … All-NFC five seasons … Voted to seven Pro Bowls … Set NFL single-season sack record with 22.5 sacks, 2001 … Also won NFL sack title in 2003 with 18.5 sacks … Named unanimous NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 2001 … Started at left defensive end in two NFC championship game wins, two Super Bowls … Recorded two tackles, one assisted tackle, one sack and one pass defensed in Giants’ 17-14 win over Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, his last NFL game … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born November 21, 1971 in Houston, Texas.


AENEAS WILLIAMS
Cornerback/Safety … 5-11, 194 … Southern University … 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams … 14 seasons, 211 games … Selected in the 3rd round (59th player overall) of 1991 NFL Draft … One of finest defensive backs ever … Starred at cornerback for first 12 years of career before moving to safety … Earned Pro Bowl nods at both positions, seven times at cornerback and once as safety … Had first career pick and four deflected passes in NFL debut … Finished year tied for most interceptions in NFC with six, also recorded 17 passes defensed, 48 tackles … Named NFC Defensive Rookie of the Year by NFL Players Association … Earned Pro Bowl nod and All-NFC acclaim for first time in 1994 when he added another conference interception title with career-high nine interceptions … Named first-team All-NFC 1995, 1996, 1997, and 2001 … Selected to NFL’s All-Decade Team 1990s … Recorded interception in every season but last and had five or more picks in a season six times … Led Cardinals in interceptions seven times and Rams leading interceptor in 2003 … In all, registered 55 interceptions for 807 yards … His nine pick-sixes tied him for second all-time at time of retirement … Shared NFL record for longest fumble return in upset victory over Redskins Nov. 5, 2000, 104 yards for a TD … Recorded interception in record four straight postseason games during span from 1998 to 2001 … Started at left cornerback for St. Louis in 2001 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XXXVI … Born January 29, 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 


Recent Comments
  • Joe Florenzano - February 01 2014 11:53 PM

    Mick Tingelhoff, Vikings long time center and All-Pro also deserves to elected into the NFL Pro Football HOF.

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  • Don - November 25 2013 07:36 PM

    So, Art Modell, who fired the guy who created modern pro football (Paul Brown) and go the greatest player in the history of the game (Jim Brown) should be in the hall of fame, but Ken Anderson shouldn't be? I don't always believe in the numbers, but according Pro-football reference Ken Anderson is the 34th best player since 1950... Can those stats be that wrong? That's not 34th best QB, that's 34th best player, and he doesn't deserve to be in the hall of fame? It's a sham without him.

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  • Larry - August 05 2013 09:09 PM

    AFL running back COOKIE GILCHRIST played with the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos during the 1960's. It's a shame he is always overlooked. He stood up for his cival rights on and off the field. Watch this preview of a coming documentary about Cookie on You Tube Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8cKidcKOA8

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  • BigSwole - July 09 2013 07:57 PM

    Can someone please tell me how Warren Sapp gets inducted into the Hall of Fame before a player like Jerome Bettis? It is still baffling that the Bus has not gotten in. People, he is the 6th all-time leading rusher in the history of the NFL. His listed weight was 245 but we all know that was a bunch of crock. The Bus is the original, true big back. This dude was 275-280 playing weight and had nimble feet. Show this man some respect please and stop putting people like Warren Sapp in because he is on NFL Network. Horrible at that too.

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  • Mark Ira Kaufman - February 11 2013 04:22 PM

    The artlcles at my blog are almost entirely about politics. I suppose the one I wrote on Art Modell is as political as it gets. Its premise is that not only does Modell - who as much as any individual helped turn pro football into the nation's dominant sport - belong in the Hall of Fame. But when it comes to "The Move," decisions and indecisions during the decade preceding it proves one thing. The only thing that distinguished Modell's decision from what I would have done if I owned the Browns is that I would have left five years sooner! And I am a native Clevelander who loved the Browns even before Modell bought the team! Consider what went one for YEARS before Modell moved the team. If you were Modell, what would YOU have done? [See "Art Modell belongs in the Hall of Fame... REALLY!" at http://open.salon.com/blog/mark_ira_kaufman/2012/09/06/art_modell_belongs_in_the_hall_of_fame_really]

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  • Gary - February 06 2013 10:58 PM

    Clay Mathews? Ray Guy is way past due.......

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  • William - February 06 2013 08:08 PM

    There are many, many good arguments for why some people should already be in as well what's taking so long for recently retired players. What criteria was used before in determining selection? Their body of work! So, my question is why in the name of COMMON SENSE, isn't Chris Carter there! For the life of me, how do you keep a player out who did what he did for as long as he did it, in an undeniably harder time to play the position that it is today! WAKE UP!

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  • Jaxi - February 03 2013 11:03 AM

    RUSS FRANCIS should be in the Hall of Fame!!!

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  • Smitty - February 02 2013 09:21 PM

    I HOPE MODELL NEVER GETS INTO THE HALL OF FAME

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  • Nor-Cal Scott - February 02 2013 05:43 PM

    Eddie DeBartolo was the greatest owner in pro sports history. He LOVED his players, coaches, and staff. He did everything FIRST CLASS. There is not one single player that played for him that would not run through a brick wall for him even to this day. Eddie D for NFL HOF 2014!!!!!!!

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  • Nor-Cal Scott - February 02 2013 05:38 PM

    I grew up a 49er fan in Northern California, but Oakland Raider Ray Guy is a HUGE omission in the NFL HOF. OMG, the field was just cut to 10. How SF 49er Owner Eddie De Bartolo is not in the Top 10 is crazy!!!

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  • Dave - February 02 2013 04:54 PM

    Kudos to the voters! Keeping Modell out protects the integrity of the institution. Much to the chagrin of LP with the non-thinking comments they posted. But a shout out to LP anyway who finally is a proud graduate of kindergarten after 17 years. Good luck in the first grade where you can learn to spell out your own name, and maybe even climb up to an IQ in the double-digits.

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  • Frank - February 02 2013 04:15 PM

    Art should not get in. He was offered a new stadium in Cleveland and turned it down.The city fought him for the name and the colors, that he didn't want to give up.Was dead broke as an NFL owner and was bailed out by Baltimore.

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  • Jim C - February 02 2013 03:18 PM

    Jerry Kramer, Jerry Kramer, Jerry Kramer, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OUT THERE!!

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  • James - February 02 2013 02:37 PM

    Art Modell ripped the heart out of Cleveland? Cry me a river. Clevelanders knew they would have a team within three years just a few weeks after the move was announced. That team came complete with the Browns name, colors and all record unlike the Baltimore Colts move to Indianapolis. Modeell was one of the owners in the history of any sport based on his achievements both on the field and with the league. He also restored the broken hearts of football fans in Baltimore which along with Green Bay has the best fans in the NFL.

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  • Hector - February 02 2013 02:32 PM

    Plunkett. rookie of the year. 2 superbowl wins. in an era when qbs called their own plays.

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  • JOHN BIEN - February 02 2013 01:43 PM

    DREW PEARSON WR DALLAS COWBOYS (HAIL MARY CATCH AND NUMEROUS GAME WINNING CATCHES FROM QB ROGER STAUBACH AND ALSO PUNTER RAY GUY FROM THE RAIDERS..HE IS THE BEST OF ALL TIME!

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  • Scott Golladay - February 02 2013 11:15 AM

    Die hard Redskin fan and I have a poster of Doug Williams still hanging in my house but not 100% sold on that one comment about Doug going into the HOF. But probably more for who is in front of him than what he accomplished. He was a great player and leader but if I think of all the Redskins still not in the HOF, not sold yet. When I think of the HOF I think of guys that were just unstoppable or were guys that the other team had to plan around. Guys like Gary Clark and Dexter Manley I would place ahead of Doug. I took a look at his statistics and I would even say Theismann should draw more consideration based on what he posted (Super Bowl 17, NFL MVP 1983). As for who is on this list, how does Art draw this much attention over someone like Ray Guy? I can't stand any of the Raiders from SB 18 because me ruined by Super Bowl 18 for me but if I had a vote I would certainly give it to Ray over Art. That is a big miss by the NFL. I also cant stand Lester Hayes but I would throw in a vote for that guy as well.

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  • Steve Rossi - February 02 2013 09:28 AM

    It is ABSOLUTELY shameful of the NFL Hall of Fame not to have a punter listed as one of their members. It is as though the position does not exist. Ray Guy should be the 1st player elected in for that underrated position. NOW. Want a conversation endall? Isn't the name of this great sport... "FOOT"BALL?

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  • Hello Joe - February 02 2013 08:23 AM

    In the city where fans of the 3 pro sports teams have endured a total of 136 consecutive seasons (and counting) without a championship, a record that will never be broken, the Modell chapter was the sorriest chapter of them all.....

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  • David A. Moes - February 02 2013 07:48 AM

    As a Business Man, Art Modell did what he believed was best for his Business---as any good Business Man would do . Art Modell deserves to be inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame !

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  • Rob S - February 02 2013 07:37 AM

    Ray Guy, Ken Anderson, Andre Reed, All 3 are undisputable

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  • LP - February 02 2013 06:21 AM

    Just because the Browns sucks (and everything in Cleveland) doesn't mean Art should not be in the HOF

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  • Allen - February 01 2013 11:08 PM

    I want to see Ray Guy get in the HOF. Everyone says that special teams is 1/3 the game. So get your head out of your butts and get him in the HOF!!!!

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  • Allen - February 01 2013 11:08 PM

    I want to see Ray Guy get in the HOF. Everyone says that special teams is 1/3 the game. So get your head out of your butts and get him in the HOF!!!!

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  • shane murphy - February 01 2013 07:58 PM

    i think from that list allen, brown,modell, parcells, strahan and bettis should be in.

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  • Brit - February 01 2013 01:29 PM

    The HOF is a great source of pride in the local community. Please don't tarnish that by letting Modell in.

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  • Laura - February 01 2013 01:02 PM

    While it's true Modell was involved in the inevitable partnership between the NFL and the television networks, it doesn't outweigh all the negatives. From firing Paul Brown to over 30 years of horrible football team management and the unforgivable move out of town, Modell is the worst thing that ever happened with Cleveland sports.

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  • JJ - January 31 2013 02:53 PM

    Always been more partial to the old school guys..names already mentioned like Jerry Kramer, Ray Guy, Billy Howton, Ken Stabler,Tommy Nobis, Lionel Taylor, Jeff Van Note, Alex Karras and Al Wistert. All very deserving in my book. Few more I like to consider..Rich Jackson, Eddie Meador, Sonny Randle, John Hadl, Jack Pardee, Jim Marshall, Maxie Baughan, Mick Tinglehoff, Wayne Walker and Rosie Grier.

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  • B. Melamud - January 31 2013 11:20 AM

    Recent visitor to HOF. Absolutely amazing! But NO Ray Guy?!? Incredible!!

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  • Jeff - January 30 2013 07:58 PM

    The most overdue to be inducted are 1 Al Wistert 2 Jerry Kramer 3 Alex Karras 4 Ken Stabler 5 Ken Anderson 6 Randall Cunningham 7 Terrell Davis 8 Tim Brown 9 Bob Keuchenberg 10 Herman Moore

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  • Jeff - January 30 2013 07:51 PM

    From the above group I would pick Robinson as a senior, Ogden as first balloter and my other 5 would be Parcells, Tim Brown, Haley, Shields, and Carter.

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  • BP - January 30 2013 07:37 PM

    This is a strong class. I don’t envy the voters. Strahan should get in. Parcells and DeBartolo have all those rings. So does Haley as a player. The 3 WR’s all deserve it. Ditto for Ogden. Sapp and Culp were beasts! And the Bus could rumble. Conversely, Modell was too divisive. I remember when Letterman called him the biggest weasel in sports. Nobody made Cooperstown this year and the Cleveland move was Modell’s version of a steroid scandal. With the HOF right in Cleveland’s backyard that would be a bad mix.

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  • mark - January 30 2013 02:22 PM

    Andre Reed-Game changer and the numbers speak for themselves. Great receiver on one of the most potent offenses in the history of the N.F.L.He has been on the list long enough..time for him to get in!!!

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  • CALVIN EDMOND - January 30 2013 01:16 PM

    WHY ISN'T DOUG WILLIAMS NAME ON THE CANDATES LIST FOR THE HALL OF EAME? HE STILL THE ONLY BLACK STARTING QUARTER BACK TO WIN THE SUPER BOWL! TO THE HALL OF FAME SELECTION COMMITTEE PUT THIS MAN IN THE HALL OF FAME.

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  • Mark Wendel - January 30 2013 12:13 PM

    Mark -- Jerome Bettis is a no brainer. I wish to add that I am very disappointed in the Hall Of Fame's failure to even nominate one of the greatest defensive ends in the history of pro football. I am reffering to LC Greenwood. He terroized both quarterbacks and running backs during the 1970's in that great steel curtin front four defense.The greatest defense of all time. LC Greenwood should be in the Hall of Fame.

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  • Bryan - January 30 2013 12:07 PM

    The HOF is to recognize the very best, not mediocrity. Look closely at Modell’s record. See why his Cleveland teams spanning 4 decades NEVER made the Super Bowl. How many other original franchises have never made it….Detroit? Be aware Art based his hiring decisions for coaches and personnel directors on those he perceived as puppets, so he could maintain control and receive the credit. The result under Art’s influence was a consistent pattern of questionable decisions and abysmal drafts! And how was it possible for a NFL owner to lose money? Art was a charmer but a closer inspection of his Browns franchise is truly a study in incompetence at the top. Vote him in and there are 20 other owners more deserving. How much should these qualifications for induction be watered down? Keep the Hall reserved for greatness, not buffoonery.

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  • Mark Wendel - January 30 2013 12:05 PM

    Jerome Bettis is a no -brainer. He should have been voted in last year. Also I wish to mention the failure of the Hall of Fame to even nominate one of the greatest defensive ends of all time and I am speaking of LC Greenwood. He terroized quarterbacks and running backs during the 1970's in that great Steel Curtain defense. LC Greenwood should be in the Hall of Fame.

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  • JJ - January 30 2013 10:36 AM

    Elect both Curly Culp AND Dave Robinson..long overdue. My modern picks..Kevin Greene, Tim Brown, Aeneas Williams, Will Shields and Bill Parcells. As for Modell and DeBartolo..forget it..too much negativity feedback from fans over their careers. For Bettis..next year bro'.

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  • Kurt - January 30 2013 10:21 AM

    Ray Guy and Russ Francis

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  • JeffSmith - January 30 2013 08:43 AM

    Every year it is the same old, same old. People post names of players that should have got in and with most people listing those names, I agree. I have been a football fan for over 40 years and have learned that the pro football hall of fame is a joke. IT IS A POPULARITY CONTEST AMONG SPORTS WRITERS. I hate the packers but it is a true shame that Kramer is not in the hall yet! He must not have kissed the media's a**, which makes me like the guy. Now to make all these football fans think I am nuts, after watching football for 40 years and wagering on a few games here and there I have determined that professional sports are rigged. I don't believe the players are involved, but their have been some unexplainable calls made by the refs to keep teams from covering the point spread over the last 40 years. The most prominent example of a rigged game is in 2007 pitt vs SD, pitt wins 11-10, youtube the video. Pitt was a 6 point favorite. look at the extreme measures the refs took to take the TD off the board (polamalu scored) with no time left. fix was in.

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  • Dean - January 30 2013 08:37 AM

    I agree with many of the nominees. I have to wonder why Ray Guy is never on the list. Special teams is not only a part of football, but a very important part. A great punter compared to an average punter can make enough difference to win a couple games a year. Which is the difference in making the playoffs or not. I also don't understand how Jay Hilgenberg is not already in. I realize center is not a glamour position and people don't think about them as much. But, "Come On Man", Jay Hilgenberg was the premiere center in the league during the 80's and won a Super Bowl. He's a guy that came into the NFL undrafted and ended up starting in 7 Pro Bowls. He was also voted ALL PRO 7 consecutive seasons. Those were his peers (the guys he played against) voting him as the best center in the NFC 7 times. Carter should go in, he's waited long enough. Parcells is a lock. Strahan, very good player, but should not be a first time entrant, neither should Sapp. I realize they plaster their faces all over TV which will help them get in. Modell, not so sure about. He was a long time owner and all. But also seemed to run both teams into the ground financially and destroyed a fan base. I don't think longevity for an owner or a player should be credentials for the HOF.

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  • Dave - January 30 2013 08:33 AM

    Although it's true Modell had important contributions on the marketing and TV side, there are way too many negatives with how he managed his business finances and football operation, along with ripping the heart out of the community that gave undying support for more than 30 years. The other candidates on this list are far more deserving.

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  • robert lee - January 30 2013 07:52 AM

    HI, eddie debartolo should be in the hall of fame with all the other owners that have won 5 super bowls! witch is none. michael strahan and bill parcells true legends of the sport.

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  • Debbie - January 30 2013 07:51 AM

    Art Modell almost bankrupted both the Browns and the Ravens. He sold the majority of the Ravens because he again ran out of money. He devastated a great fan base because of money. Does that qualify him as a great NFL team owner. I'm sorry he passed away but that is absolutely no reason to put him in the Hall of Fame.

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  • Rich - January 30 2013 07:00 AM

    If Chri Carter doesnt get in this year,they should investigate the people who vote!!!!!!!!!!!! Should already be in the hall!

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  • FAS1 - January 30 2013 06:56 AM

    Still no Jerry Kramer OR Bob Kuechenberg???!!! What a travesty!!! Lombardi must be rolling over in his grave...and Shula must be totally perplexed!!!

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  • Rich - January 30 2013 06:55 AM

    when will the committee install Phil Simms?? there are certainly QB's in the Hall that were less talented...

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  • Kurt - January 30 2013 06:29 AM

    Ray Guy,and Russ Francis

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  • Branch - January 29 2013 07:49 PM

    Top 10 Reasons Lester Hayes Should Be In The Hall Of Fame... http://varsityclubinc.com/the-top-10-reasons-lester-hayes-should-be-in-the-hall-of-fame-2/

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  • Branch Rickey - January 29 2013 07:46 PM

    MUST READ: The Case For Lester Hayes.... http://varsityclubinc.com/the-top-10-reasons-lester-hayes-should-be-in-the-hall-of-fame-2/

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  • elvisaustin - January 29 2013 03:58 PM

    i think its a shame that ray guy the best punter ever in the game isnt in the hall and jim plunkett and kenny anderson

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  • Joshua - January 29 2013 02:49 PM

    Art Modell and Jon Ogden should be selected to the hall. I believe the Modell's time has come to be placed in the hall. If it wasn't for Modell, then we wouldn't have the NFL the way it is today. The economic nomenclature and chemistry wouldn't be here today. Also, if it wasn't for the Ravens, the legal precedents would HAVE NEVER BEEN set in place. The threat of relocation (by use of the SAME LEGAL PRECEDENT IN LAW for the Browns) was used to fuel a proliferation of stadiums and better revenue sharing. ART... CHANGED THE GAME!!!! Ogden was the most pure offensive tackle with a rare blend of speed and size. Great reputation for smiling, sportsmanship, grace and power at his position. Ogden brought upon a next generation of big guys playing the offensive line. I still believe Ray Guy should be in the hall and I strongly hold that position. My picks (7 out of 15): Allen, Ogden, Carter, Modell, Sapp, Strahan, and Williams. If Modell and Ogden are not placed in the hall, it's an UTTER TRAVESTY and disgrace...

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  • Slugger B - January 29 2013 01:02 PM

    Art Modell while in Cleveland was one of the worst owners ever! Not just the move to Baltimore but look at his record and how he ran the team. He fancied himself as a smarter football person than Paul Brown. Over the years Daffy Duck would have had better drafts (just look at the record). No way he should ever be in the Hall of Fame, unless they name a restroom stall after him.

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  • Dennis Ewaskowitz - January 28 2013 07:42 PM

    PLEASE put Jerry Kramer in the HOF. He truly deserves to be there!!!

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  • Jim - January 27 2013 10:46 PM

    Park "The Bus" in Canton.

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  • Jeremy - January 27 2013 06:26 PM

    CJ, Didn't Paul Hornung also miss the 1963 season because of the gambling violation? But he IS in the Hall of Fame.

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  • Alisa - January 27 2013 06:19 PM

    Come on Hall of Fame committee members, when are you going to do the right thing and enshrine Jerome Bettis, huh? Jerome has the most heart, courage, respect and a solid record to boot!!! No one in the NFL desires to be enshrined more than Jerome Bettis....Lets go, get him inducted in 2013!!!!

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  • EDDY - January 26 2013 08:23 PM

    ART MODELL Owner … 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2011 Baltimore Ravens … Spent 43 seasons of full ownership in NFL Integral in breaking impasse for realignment after AFL-NFL merger {This avoided a major anti trust suit and the shutdown of the NFL.} Negotiated major network contracts that set standard for all of professional sports … {Without which some pro football teams would have closed down} Integral in establishing Monday Night Football series, 1970 Relocated team to Baltimore 1996; 1996; franchise remained in Cleveland {ware it is alive today [RAIDERS~RAMS~ ~COLTS~] } Sold majority ownership of Ravens in 2004, stayed part of ownership group until his death … Born June 23, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York … Died September 6, 2012, at age of 87. (NOW WHAT WAS THAT rm ejr...~

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  • Van Cecich - January 26 2013 12:39 PM

    What a class of nominees! Must be in: Sapp- 100 sacks from the interior. Unbelievable! Brown and Carter- Completely dominated the 90s, both grabbed 100+ TDs. Haley- It's time. 2 DPOY, along with 5 SB wins. Enough said. Allen and Ogden- double digit PBs and SB winners. Culp- Senior Candidate. DPOY and SB winner. Not now, but soon: Strahan, Shields, Williams and Greene

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  • Luckyfoot43 - January 26 2013 10:08 AM

    Modell took over one of football's most successful and storied franchises and ran it into the ground. His ego required him keeping his finger in the pie (ala Jerry Jones) with decisions made from the perspective of a marketing man rather than a football man. His influence presided over the drafts which were deplorable. In Modell's over 30 years with the Browns I can only recall one good draft (Clay & Ozzie in 78). His playoff teams came in spite of Modell. The 1960's were still Paul Brown's players until the bad drafts took effect. The Kardiac Kids 1980 team resulted from a series of miracle comeback finishes. The mid-late 80's run came from raiding the USFL when it folded and the Bernie supplemental draft. Under Art, what was once among the NFL's greatest franchises became a team still dreaming of making their first Super Bowl. When he moved the team out of Cleveland, his legacy went from that of a failed owner to an all-out disaster. His person was never again welcomed in Cleveland and his bust should never be welcomed in nearby Canton.

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  • CJ - January 26 2013 03:49 AM

    Eddie DeBartolo's name populating this list makes me wanna wretch. Anyone who was caught breaking Federal laws, and forced to forfeit their team should NOT be eligible for any HOF's. Alex Karras' name is blackballed from HOF induction because of the gambling accusations that cost him the 1963 season--how in the world is DeBartolo up for induction with all of his shenanigans??

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  • CJ - January 26 2013 03:46 AM

    great mention of Steve A****er earlier. A****er, Mecklenberg, Randy Gradishar--the Broncos have had some GREAT defensive players over the years who can't even get a sniff at the Hall Andre Reed and Cris Carter belong in! How much longer must they wait?? Reed for my money was the greatest Run After Catch receiver I ever saw personally. And he did it in the cold, snow, and wind up in Buffalo. And did it year after year after year. Carter had the best hands and "catch range" that I ever saw. He could catch balls in front of him, behind him, cata-corner between two defenders, one-handed, and of course he almost copyrighted the tightrope catch on the sidelines. The HOF is so backlogged, lets get these two deserving players in this year!

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  • Dave Pike - January 25 2013 08:29 PM

    Hall of Fame credentials? An owner on this list..... 1. Fired two Hall-of-Fame coaches 2. 30+ years of his meddling bungling produced consistently bad drafts with zero Super Bowl appearances 3. Incompetent business management caused him to lose money despite possessing the golden goose 4. Yanked the team away from one of the NFL's most loyal & supportive fan bases Having anyone so unqualified even sniffing the Hall would be a permanent stain on such a reputable institution & forever damage its credibility!

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  • Jayson Hoffman - January 25 2013 08:18 AM

    Where are all the special team players? People talk about special teams being one third of the game but I guess that is just talk. If you are the best at your position, you should be in the Hall of Fame regardless of your position. Ray Guy - greatest punter ever. Morten Andersen - all time leading scorer. Steve Tasker - greatest gunner. Why are they excluded?

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  • Steve L - January 25 2013 03:47 AM

    Some of the names I'm seeing make a lot of sense, others are obviously being made by loyal fans that remember their heroes as greater than they were or simply over rating guys for a season or small group of seasons & not a HOF career. There are some great players not getting any consideration particularly from the 70's & earlier. As far as the current list it seems like Andre Reed & Cris Carter have both waited long enough especially when you look at the consistent production by both of these great players. I truly don't understand the committee's prejudice against WRs.

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  • billy - January 24 2013 02:44 PM

    RAY GUY!!!! U know he needs to be in there.

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  • orville davis - January 23 2013 01:28 PM

    Another good, deserving class. But how in the name of Amos Alonzo Stagg can Ray Guy not make any of these ballots? Duhhhhh, simply the best punter ever to play the game. Amazing, absolutely amazing.

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  • Lake Erie Dawg - January 23 2013 12:01 PM

    Don't forget......Don't ever forget! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6J7Sc2Uaa0E

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  • Lake Erie Dawg - January 23 2013 11:47 AM

    Don't forget......Don't ever forget! http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6J7Sc2Uaa0E

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  • rm - January 22 2013 10:39 PM

    Many of these I can argue for but Art? Understandably considered for willingness to help orchestrate or gamble on marketing/ television/ and local businesses for league or much more... personal gain. A new owner with television interests taking over arguably the winningest franchise in either league's history from a football organization with local investors that hired State Champion Coach(Massillon)/ Collegiate National Champs coach(Ohio State)/ and Professional Championship team coach in two leagues(Paul Brown: 7 titles in 12 years), Signed arguably the greatest running back in NFL History(Jim Brown- that Modell let go prematurely" Modell threatened to fine Brown $1,500 for every week of camp he missed.[122] Brown, who had previously said that 1966 would be his last season, announced his retirement instead.[123] At the end of his nine-year career, Brown held records for most rushing yards in a game, a season and a career. He also owned the record for all-purpose yards in a career and best average per carry for a running back at 5.22 yards, a mark that still stands"-wikipedia ), served the NFL by working on deals for television coverage and eventually Monday Night Football coverage. As this role proved beneficial to the NFL , the role he played as the Majority owner of Cleveland's team repeatedly disappointed fans. He invested in dated buildings (Tower City), coated olympic-sized Municipal Stadium in hideous colors neither branding the stands for either the Browns or the other tenant(Cleveland Indians). Repeatedly, this owner served the media investment the NFL counted on but crushed the hopes of the largest organized fan base in the NFL. Releasing or often trading fan favorites/AllPro talent for a gamble on possible better value draft picks. Rumors of moving the team away surfaced more than once in under twenty years. Modell always denied or deflected all conversations about such possibilities right up to the day he moved a franchise (approved by or assisted by others invested in the NFL). Modell requested a moratorium on discussing the Stadium project when he was secretly negotiating with Maryland officials(Cleveland.com- noted in his limited discussions with mayor and governor). So, he ended or rerouted the careers of potential HOFers that passed through Cleveland, withheld intentions from Ohio politicians and fans, and attempted to abandon a great fan base. Even the 1980's 7 playoff appearances, sellout crowds, a league leading team history winning percentage, AFC Championship appearances, an awkward sidearm QB with "diminishing skills" (at that time, statistically paralleling stats similar to other mediocre QB and future SuperBowl Winning maybe HOF John Elway) couldn't deter his attempts to leave Cleveland. Eventually, his attempts to find a better opportunity to profit came on the free debt better profit promises of a city recently crushed by it's team departing via a late night move care of Mayflower moving vans. So, with the inherited roster from Cleveland, new profits care of a sports lottery, paid for buildings giving him revenue from PSLs( an option he refused in Cleveland), Parking, and much more...He quickly uncovered the ability to win again after lawsuits over moving, team name, even logos for his "new" franchise. The last time a franchise received a similar stipend and used it to begin an improved era was likely the success of the team with few winning seasons before 1970( Pittsburgh Steelers) after received a monetary amount for remaining in a city, remaining in a league, throughout league/divisional realignments. Only, Pittsburgh built a winner...they didn't build a plan to profit, claim too much debt, then hide true intentions while basically claiming a bankrupt situation to profit off Baltimore's willingness to give at all cost to bring football back to Maryland. So, a man with television interests that bought majority ownership of the most successful team at that time, in a league that was pushing to surpass baseball as America's sports giant, brings his interest to the League's marketing and a Monday Night tradition is born. I'll think of the musician, Hank Williams Jr. more often when Monday Night is on, rather than remember a man that destroyed tradition, depleted an organization, but never understood the loyalty of the fans and the attempts of previous ownership to always keep Cleveland investors on board to always keep the franchise in Cleveland. The NFL would've made it on to television with or without his television background...the invention of television is just too great of a twentieth century to believe that he alone played a role so great that no other opportunist would have jumped to be part of. It's possible I'm a little wrong but in my sports talks with family I'm reminded of the different experiences of every fan. In one recently I'm told a man, Bob Gries, once broke the spirit of a relative when he questioned why his favorite player was let go. Without the ability to change a Modell decision he replied, "it's a business". Probably not a pleasant explanation to dish out and a reality check for a young fan but a lesson in how Modell always kept taking risks, neglecting the fan base and attempting to build on his television interests not run a championship team. Gries was an original investor and remained as a minority investor until after his death. As I'm told, my grandparents paid little or no rent to maintain a property owned by Gries, he brought children to explore his property and experience things they may not see or ever experience in Greater Cleveland. He had interest in industry in the region, he partnered with previous investors always keeping a majority interest in Cleveland, a group that created the foundation for a true Football tradition. They provided the groundwork for a team that could help bring media interest and fans to television sets to watch the NFL. When the final days in Cleveland were getting near for Modell he fought attempts by the son of this previous investor to keep the Browns in Cleveland or to obtain greater ownership roles on a storied team. As a loyal fan of the Football Hall of Fame, I can not find it possible to respectfully attend events surrounding the nomination of a marketing opportunist. Please don't give him a sole place in the hall but maybe a public declaration of apology could be stated by others involved in the moves allowed by the NFL to lift the load of responsibility of this man's shoulders before we give him great honors in the "NFL Hall of Fame". Include his name in the stories of media marketing and the re-establishment of football marketing (he didn't build a team in the city/he moved an established organization to a waiting market) in Baltimore.

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  • Jake - January 22 2013 05:39 AM

    CLAY MATTHEWS!!!!!!!!

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  • Steve L - January 19 2013 03:01 AM

    Some of the names I'm seeing make a lot of sense, others are obviously being made by loyal fans that remember their heroes as greater than they were or simply over rating guys for a season or small group of seasons & not a HOF career. There are some great players not getting any consideration particularly from the 70's & earlier. As far as the current list it seems like Andre Reed & Cris Carter have both waited long enough especially when you look at the consistent production by both of these great players. I truly don't understand the committee's prejudice against WRs.

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  • John - January 18 2013 01:30 PM

    A selection process guided by popular vote would eliminate all controversy. Anyone not chosen has not qualified solely on their lack of "fame." A fair measure of fame, from year to year, could be a certain percentage of the national population. If none of the finalists attain that percentage in any given year, it is because they are not "famous" enough, and if all the finalists are selected, so be it. They will have been selected due to their "fame," not by any arbitrary, ever-shifting process, re-invented each year by a tiny group of so-called experts on the worthiness of players. It is not the "Hall of Stats." It is the "Hall of Fame." Therefore, let "fame" stand as the determining factor.

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  • John - January 18 2013 01:08 PM

    The process of selection should not be in the hands of sportswriters. Fame is not determined by specialists; it is determined by the masses. Once the finalists are selected, it should be up to the ordinary "Joes" (and "Janes") to vote them in. Furthermore, it should not be the top 6 (or even 8) vote getters; rather, it should be all those receiving over a 100,000 votes. Clearly, those who are esteemed by that many people are "famous," and should be included in the "Hall of Fame." Some years that may mean that all the finalists are selected; other years maybe none will be honored, but at least those selected will be chosen by a large number of people (indicative of fame) rather than by a small group of elitists.

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  • John - January 18 2013 01:06 PM

    The process of selection should not be in the hands of sportswriters. Fame is not determined by specialists; it is determined by the masses. Once the finalists are selected, it should be up to the ordinary "Joes" (and "Janes") to vote them in. Furthermore, it should not be the top 6 (or even 8) vote getters; rather, it should be all those receiving over a 100,000 votes. Clearly, those who are esteemed by that many people are "famous," and should be included in the "Hall of Fame." Some years that may mean that all the finalists are selected; other years maybe none will be honored, but at least those selected will be chosen by a large number of people (indicative of fame) rather than by a small group of elitists.

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  • Jude Wheeler - January 18 2013 12:38 PM

    Canton is not ready to have Art Modell in the HOF. We have long memories. Best to wait another generation or two.

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  • Captain Jack Rack'Em - January 18 2013 11:18 AM

    First off, as a football aficionado and long-time fan, there are PLENTY of men who are loooooooooooooong overdue - Tommy Nobis, Jim Marshall, Lee Roy Jordan, Cliff Harris, Claude Humphrey, John Hadl, Kenny Anderson and Neil Smith come IMMEDIATELY to mind - but I guess that means others will call me 'OLD.' No, it's because I'm wise and an analyst by profession. However, since fans DO have an agenda, I'll voice my Silver and Black motives. How can the greatest punter/special teamer of ALL TIME, Ray Guy, NOT be in the Hall? How about the only two-time winning Coach/Quarterback combo (not presently playing) who have been snubbed by name of Tom Flores and Jim Plunkett? Cliff Branch has numbers that are on par or exceed Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, but those overrated Steelers are in the Hall, which is a travesty towards Clifford. Needless to say the best defensive backs in their era - Lester Hayes and Jack Tatum - have also been excluded. Finally two other ex-Raiders who spent many of their years in other team colors - Roger Craig and Eric Allen - need their overdue enshrinement as well. Let's FIX THIS CANTON... let's make this a 'True HALL OF FAME' and not just a Hall of 'Well Knowns.'

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  • Captain Jack Rack'Em - January 18 2013 11:18 AM

    First off, as a football aficionado and long-time fan, there are PLENTY of men who are loooooooooooooong overdue - Tommy Nobis, Jim Marshall, Lee Roy Jordan, Cliff Harris, Claude Humphrey, John Hadl, Kenny Anderson and Neil Smith come IMMEDIATELY to mind - but I guess that means others will call me 'OLD.' No, it's because I'm wise and an analyst by profession. However, since fans DO have an agenda, I'll voice my Silver and Black motives. How can the greatest punter/special teamer of ALL TIME, Ray Guy, NOT be in the Hall? How about the only two-time winning Coach/Quarterback combo (not presently playing) who have been snubbed by name of Tom Flores and Jim Plunkett? Cliff Branch has numbers that are on par or exceed Lynn Swann and John Stallworth, but those overrated Steelers are in the Hall, which is a travesty towards Clifford. Needless to say the best defensive backs in their era - Lester Hayes and Jack Tatum - have also been excluded. Finally two other ex-Raiders who spent many of their years in other team colors - Roger Craig and Eric Allen - need their overdue enshrinement as well. Let's FIX THIS CANTON... let's make this a 'True HALL OF FAME' and not just a Hall of 'Well Knowns.'

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  • Bruce A. Ladd - January 18 2013 02:01 AM

    Minnesota Vikings defensive-end Jim Marshall and Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy should be in !

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  • Jon - January 16 2013 03:56 PM

    Why no Steve A****er one of the greatest safeties ever

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  • sandra clinton - January 16 2013 09:43 AM

    would love to see, CRIS CARTER, he's one of the greatest receivers that was in the game of Football.... Fancy footwork does it again, again, and again.... CRIS CARTER SHOULD BE IN THE HALL OF FAME.............

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  • Michael risden - January 15 2013 10:04 PM

    Rocky blier????....Steeler fans feel everyone who wore black and piss belongs in the hall i guess.....gotta have more than what 4,000 yards rushing to get in the hall hello!!!!!

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  • Shaun - January 15 2013 01:44 AM

    Cris Carter better make it this year. I still cant believe he didn't make it after 3 years. Guy was amazing made some of the best side line catches BEFORE the Coaches Challenge era. Not to mention he was the 2nd player to record 1,000 catches, and lets not forget that the 1,000th catch was a TD. He was amazing and fun to watch, if he doesn't make the HoF this year im gonna be saying C'MON MAN to the HoF voters all year long. I dont even want to hear that the reason he doesn't get into the HoF is because he never won a SB ring nor ever played in a SB then I'd have to call the HoF a joke... Team game wasn't his fault he had one of the worst coaches all them years in Minnesota (Denis Green).

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  • Manassa Mauler - January 14 2013 05:37 PM

    Weird that legendary guys like Rocky Bleier aren't in the HoF yet, yet they're already considering finalists who retired as recently as 2007. This is all about guys who spread the fame and renown of the sport through their actions, right? A player should really have to be out of the league at least 10yrs to even be considered (for a little historical perspective, to confirm their legendary status)Too early IMO for the recently retired, like Strahan et al....so obviously, that leaves some highly respected big impact players like C Carter and K Greene,guys who could blitz to the front of this line on stats alone.

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  • Manassa Mauler - January 14 2013 05:18 PM

    Weird that legendary guys like Rocky Bleier aren't in the HoF yet, yet they're already considering finalists who retired as recently as 2007. This is all about guys who spread the fame and renown of the sport through their actions, right? A player should really have to be out of the league at least 10yrs to even be considered (for a little historical perspective, to confirm their legendary status)Too early IMO for the recently retired, like Strahan et al....so obviously, that leaves some highly respected big impact players like C Carter and K Greene,guys who could blitz to the front of this line on stats alone.

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  • jim - January 14 2013 09:35 AM

    why has Gary COLLINS no.86 with the browns not on the list for the hall. Gary was a star back in the 60:s with browns

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  • Johnny Robinson - January 13 2013 12:41 PM

    I agree with your finalist list. For whatever reason, the HOF voters are keeping Chris Carter out. At the time of his retirement he was the most prolific reciever ever other than Jerry Rice in my humble opinion. HOF.....do the right thing. Elect Chris Carter to his rightful place in the Hall of Fame.

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  • Dustin Barrett - January 13 2013 01:21 AM

    How can Tommy Nobis keep getting passed over????????? I know he was on a expansion team(Falcons), but his stats are there, his praise from other Hall of Famers is there, he was the first Falcon ever, he played over 10 years, and i can go on. You nominated Sapp over Nobis..........come on man!!!!!!

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  • Rick - January 12 2013 07:57 PM

    I see that 3 of the 4 great Minnesota "Purple People Eaters" has made it to the HoF but not Jim Marshall played and started 282 consecutive games (270 with the Vikings).

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  • D. Jackson Channell - January 12 2013 06:15 PM

    Robert Brazille from the Houston Oilers, 1975-1985, started every game, Dr. Doom, should be on this list...please make that happen! Thanks.

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  • Robert Damiano - January 12 2013 03:03 PM

    Why not Joe Klecko? 3 times pro bowl at 3 different positions. not some guy who just retired.

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  • Robert Damiano - January 12 2013 03:02 PM

    Why not Joe Klecko? 3 times pro bowl at 3 different positions. not some guy who just retired.

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  • Bently - January 12 2013 02:45 PM

    NFL HOf is now a log jam mess w/ any possible outcome and zero common sense...look at the voters, all unknowns

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  • Mark Apodaca - January 12 2013 12:36 PM

    I was hoping that Jerry Kramer of the Green Bay Packers and Mike Curtis of the Baltimore Colts would have a chance to be elected to the Hall of Fame. I wonder what is preventing them from receiving the honors.

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  • L R Eddy - January 12 2013 10:04 AM

    Others that should have been elected and hopefully someday still do - Chuck Howley, Lee Roy Jordan, Cliff Harris, Tommy Nobis, Claude Humphrey, John Hadl, Roger Brown, Otis Anderson, Michael Dean Perry, Lester Hayes, Kenny Anderson, Maxie Baughan, Randy Gradishar, Dennis Smith, Andy Russell, Donnie Shell, Bill Bergey, Roger Craig, Eric Allen, Neil Smith, Steve A****er,

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  • Loys Eddy - January 12 2013 09:27 AM

    I agree with Dustin Barrett, where is Tommy Nobis? Dave Robinson? He was very good, but not even close to Nobis, Maxie Baughan, Bill Bergey or Randy Gradishar. And you can throw in Chuck Howley and Lee Roy Jordan too.

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  • Mark H - January 12 2013 09:24 AM

    Of this group, I'd hope that Carter, Greene, Ogden, Strahan and Williams should be the players. I'd also give Bill Parcells the nod and Dave Robinson. If you can take seven people, go ahead and do so. All deserve the honor. I remain mystified why Jerry Kramer is on the outside looking in. Aside from his stellar football career, he also was a major figure in building the mythology of the NFL through his books with Dick Schaap. And as others have said, Roger Craig deserves a look, too.

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  • Jeff - January 12 2013 07:28 AM

    Joe Jacoby, Bostic, Lachey, Gary Clark, Joey T............Come on guys !

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  • FAS1 - January 12 2013 05:01 AM

    Once again, Jerry Kramer and Bob Kuechenberg have been snubbed by the writers...and for what reasons??? Please...go back to the game film of these two stalwarts and then review your thinking process.

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  • leonard - January 12 2013 01:22 AM

    There are several great players that havent even been mentioned by the people that elect these great players, some un recongnized players are Roman Gabriel, john Brodie, John Hadl, Jim Plunkett, Kenny Stabler, Art powell, Billy Howton, Billy Wilson, Terrell Davis, Roger Craig, Ken Anderson, Ken Riley,Lee Roy Jordan, Chuck Howley, These players were winners and class acts and should be in by now. I have been a fan for over 35 years and should have a vote. If i did they all would be in

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  • Newton - January 12 2013 12:37 AM

    How long must we wait............................ RAY GUY!!!!!!!!!

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  • Mike Henry - January 11 2013 07:44 PM

    Jerry Kramer, should be in the hall

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  • Scot - January 11 2013 07:34 PM

    Chuck Howley!What the heck are other linebackers like 49ers Wilcox,Washington Hanburger doing in the hall before him??????????????????

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  • Debbie Vandenburg - January 11 2013 07:01 PM

    Andre Reed

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  • Randy Kelley - January 11 2013 06:43 PM

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  • BARRY - January 11 2013 04:30 PM

    Why hasn't Roger Craig ben a candidate or is in the hall of fame no running back has ever run for over 1,000 yards and had 1,000 receiveng yards in one season like Roger did in 1985. He also has the championships and the stats that warrent him to be a hall of famer. I have no idea why the writers won't vote him in. He also had one of the best runs in history in 1988 against the LA Rams.

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  • Ron - January 11 2013 03:10 PM

    If you really want "game" changers, how about running back Johnnie Rogers? What he accomplished is everyone's wish. Was on the SF 49'ers roster and greatly contributed to the team winning three (3) Superbowls, set numerous records as a RB. I don't know what constitutes a "qualified player" but it sure does seem strange that this player was not even mentioned as a candidate.

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  • Mike Ehlenbeck - January 11 2013 02:58 PM

    Jonathan Ogden, Larry Allen, and Michael Strahan. Like I said before, all three were on the NFL Netowrk's Top 100 list. All three are still finalists for enshrinement. All three should make it in Canton next month.

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  • Dustin Barrett - January 11 2013 02:52 PM

    @Gary....Jeff Van Note! Absolutely. @John....Jerry Kramer, Ken Anderson...yes and yes. @Chet...Don Coryell! THE modern pass game creator! But, back to my guy Nobis. He also is very actice in Atlanta with The Tommy Nobis Center, which assists disabled individuals with employment opportunities and skills training, and is non-profit. So you have a great player(see Dan Reeves comment on Nobis), active in community, and respected among peers. Is that not a Hall Of Famer?

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  • Darin - January 11 2013 02:35 PM

    Being a lifetime fan of America's Team - Dallas Cowboys; I would love to see Larry Allen and Charles Haley inducted. Bill Parcells should be a lock and Cris Carter can go in after waiting several years. I do not want Michael Strahan to go in on his first year, let him wait a little bit. My picks would be Allen, Haley, Parcells, Carter, Tim Brown, Art Modell, and Jerome Bettis. Very Loyal DC Fan.

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  • Jill M. - January 11 2013 02:09 PM

    I am so happy to see Warren Sapp selected. His leadership on and off the field was detrimental of holding his teams together through good times and bad. He always had a smile on his face and his stats speak for themself. An all around great guy !!

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  • Irish gal - January 11 2013 02:08 PM

    John Lynch.

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  • Don - January 11 2013 01:56 PM

    Cris Carter and The Bus should be voted in this time. I will never agree that Art Modell should be in the Hall after what he did to Cleveland in 1995.

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  • Gary - January 11 2013 01:46 PM

    Jeff Van Note , center for the Falcons, 8 x pro bowler. Missed one game in 16 years. Went up against the best for many years, despite being undersized for a center. Much better numbers than Dwight Stephenson, but never made it in.

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  • Dustin Barrett - January 11 2013 01:07 PM

    How can Tommy Nobis keep getting passed over????????? I know he was on a expansion team(Falcons), but his stats are there, his praise from other Hall of Famers is there, he was the first Falcon ever, he played over 10 years, and i can go on. You nominated Sapp over Nobis..........come on man!!!!!!

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  • EDWARD DAY - January 11 2013 12:58 PM

    No Warren Sapp dirtiest player ever to play the game cannot believe you people are that low bringing him in

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  • Julie - January 11 2013 12:55 PM

    Where is Jim Plunkett?

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  • Vinny D - January 11 2013 12:50 PM

    How about Joe Klecko , who was all-pro at three different positions on defense ???????????

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  • Don Nichols - January 11 2013 12:12 PM

    Some AFL'ers? Bob Talamini of the Oilers was All-AFL something like 8 times. And if election only hinges on a player's performance on the field, the Chief's Jim Tyrer should be recognized, despite his tragic ending. Or how about the Broncos' Lionel Taylor who led the AFL in receptions. More than Maynard and "Bambi!" Floyd Little didn't arrive 'til after Taylor left the Broncos so it's not like there was another threat out there. Or Art Powell? 2nd in TD receptions in the AFL from 1960-1967. Bobby Boyd of the Colts? Led the NFL in interception for the decade of the 60's. Harold Jackson? Led the NFL in receptions during the 70's.

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  • J.R. - January 11 2013 12:06 PM

    Where is Ken Anderson,Ken Reily, Chris Collinsworth??????

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  • gary lett - January 11 2013 11:30 AM

    WHERE IS RAY GUY !!??

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  • john - January 11 2013 11:18 AM

    Much of the selection process seems arbitrary to me. There are many players with a couple of great years who have been elected over players with many. If you were the best ever at your position and the game changed because of you(Ray Guy) you should be in the hall. If you have been a finalist nearly ten times and are the key player in almost every video you see of a team's running success (Jerry Kramer) you should be in the hall. If you were the first to do something incredible like running and receiving for 1000 yards in the same year (Roger Craig) you should be in the hall. If you were the most accurate passer of your generation and led poor teams much farther than they would have gone without you (Ken Anderson) you should be in the hall. There are many more examples of players that should have been included over many who are already in.

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  • Mike - January 11 2013 11:11 AM

    Terrell Davis - Short career but one of the best running backs ever. Carried Denver to two Super Bowls and almost a third. Also agree with Sasha about Roger Craig.

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  • Gary Houchens - January 11 2013 11:03 AM

    Where is Bob Kuechenberg??? Why No Dolphins from the 72 Undefeated Team?

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  • Bob Fedowitz - January 11 2013 10:50 AM

    Dear Sir(s); I have written a number of times by mail and also by email to you, the people of the NFL Hall of Fame, to absoutely no avail. I, as a super major NFL fan, as are so many millions of others; just cannot understand how nor why a man by the name of Joseph Robbie has NOT been voted nor elected to the NFL Hall of Fame. To me this is just plain ludacrous. After all he had done to bring one of the most successful franchises to the NFL; not to mention the stadium he had built that has hosted the most Super Bowl games, along with New Orleans. I would sincerely LOVE to know how and or why he has been ignored and totally overlooked. Please allow me to hear what or why is your reasoning for this incredulous oversight. Sincerely, Bob Fedowitz

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  • Chet - January 11 2013 10:42 AM

    Don Coryell - one of the game changers that should be in the Hall Of Fame

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  • sasha - January 11 2013 10:35 AM

    Roger Craig?

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  • Jim - January 11 2013 10:14 AM

    Rocky Blier

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