A Game for "Life"

Seven legends – Derrick Brooks, Ray Guy, Claude Humphrey, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams – will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during a memorable enshrinement ceremony held at Pro Football Hall of Fame Field on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. | Great seats still available>>>


Watch video to the right as the Class of 2014 talk about the values learned from the game of football. They also recite the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Mission Statement: Honor the Heroes of the Game, Preserve its History, Promote its Values; Celebrate Excellence EVERYWHERE.


  

Derrick Brooks | Ray Guy | Claude Humphrey | Walter Jones | Andre Reed | Michael Strahan | Aeneas Williams 

Selection process timeline



@DBrooks55


Linebacker … 6-0, 232 … Florida State … 1995-2008 Tampa Bay Buccaneers … 14 seasons, 224 games … Selected by Buccaneers in 1st round (28th player overall) of 1995 NFL Draft… Never missed game during 14-season career … Started all but three games rookie season … Never missed a start for remainder of career … Earned All-Rookie honors after finishing second on team with 80 tackles … In 1997, led Bucs to first postseason appearance since 1981 … Topped team with 182 total tackles, 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and 10 passes defensed, earned first of 11 Pro Bowl selections … With Brooks, Bucs led NFL in total defense twice (2002 and 2005) and topped NFC five times (1998, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007) during his career … Named NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year, 2002 when he again led Tampa Bay with 173 tackles, career-high five interceptions (three returned for TDs), 15 passes defensed, one fumble recovery, one sack … Was a major contributor in the Bucs’ victory in Super Bowl XXXVII where he had three tackles, one pass defensed, one interception returned 44 yards for a TD against the Oakland Raiders … Six-time All-Pro choice, named All-NFC eight times … Selected to the NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born April 18, 1973 in Pensacola, Florida.


Hall of Fame Bio>>>
Video Bio>>>
Photo Gallery: Derrick Brooks>>>
Artifact: Derrick Brooks' Pro Bowl jersey>>>
Video: Class of 2014 announced at NFL Honors>>>
Video: What is it like to be a Hall of Famer?>>>
Photos: Derrick Brooks tours Hall of Fame>>>
Story: Brooks "bucs up" in Canton>>>
Graphic: Drafting of the 2014 Class - Brooks>>>
Video: Draft Day: Derrick Brooks>>>
Busted: Hall of Fame sculptor captures Brooks for immortality>>>
Infographic: Notes & Quotes: Derrick Brooks>>>
Buccaneers.com: The Road: A Hall of Fame Journey Part  1 | Part 2
Brooks' Greatest Season>>>


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Punter … 6-3, 195 … Southern Mississippi … 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders … 14 seasons, 207 games … All-American, nation’s top collegiate punter, 1972 … First punter ever to be selected in first round of draft, picked by Raiders (23rd player overall), 1973 … Became impact player from very first game as a rookie … Averaged under 40 yards only one season in NFL career … Had best average (45.3 yards) as rookie … Led NFL in punting, 1974, 1975, 1977 … Had only three of 1,049 punts blocked … Career average was 42.4 yards … Had 619 punts without a block, 1979-1986 … Veteran of 22 postseason games, adding 111 punts for 42.4 average … All-Pro six straight seasons, 1973-78 … All-AFC seven times … Played in seven Pro Bowls, including six straight from 1974 to 1979 … Played in seven AFC championship games … Member of Raiders victories in Super Bowls XI, XV, XVIII … Three-game totals: 14 punts, 41.9-yard average … Had 77 punts inside 20-yard line, 1984-86 … First punter to hit Louisiana Superdome scoreboard, 1977 Pro Bowl … Doubled as Raiders’ emergency quarterback with strong accurate passing arm … Born December 22, 1949, in Swainsboro, Georgia.

Hall of Fame Bio>>>
Video Bio>>>
Photo Gallery: Ray Guy>>>
Video: Class of 2014 announced at NFL Honors>>>
Video: What is it like to be a Hall of Famer?>>>
Raiders.com Video: Ray Guy's career highlights>>>
Story: Kickin' it in Canton>>>
Photos: Ray Guy tours the Hall of Fame>>>
Video: Ray Guy: Pro Football Hall of Famer>>>
Video: Ray Guy: The first full-time punter in the Hall of Fame>>>
Video: Ray Guy: A booming punt or dropping one inside the 20?>>>
Video: Ray Guy: Values taken from the Game>>>
Graphic: Drafting of the 2014 Class - Guy>>>
Video: Draft Day: Ray Guy>>>
Artifacts: What a "Guy"
Infographic: Notes & Quotes: Ray Guy>>>
Foot in Football>>>
 

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Defensive End … 6-4, 252 … Tennessee State … 1968-1978 (1975 inj. res.) Atlanta Falcons, 1979-1981 Philadelphia Eagles … 14 seasons, 171 games … Falcons’ first-round pick (3rd player overall) in 1968 draft … Recorded 11.5 sacks as rookie … Named National Football League Defensive Rookie of the Year, 1968 … Although not official NFL stat until after he retired, Humphrey is credited with 122 career quarterback sacks … Highly effective pass rusher, led team in sacks nine of 13 seasons … Earned first-team All-Pro in 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977 … Second-team All-NFL/All-Pro 1969, 1970, 1971, 1974, 1976, 1977 … Selected to play in six Pro Bowls … Extremely durable, missed just two games prior to season-ending knee injury in 1975 … Rebounded with career-best 15 sacks in 1976 and was named team Most Valuable Player … Traded to Eagles in 1979 for two fourth-round picks following a brief “retirement” … In first year with Eagles, finished second in sacks and his 31 quarterback “hurries” were a team best … In 1980, team high 14.5 sacks helped Eagles advance as NFC champions to Super Bowl XV … Career stats include two interceptions, a fumble recovery for TD, and two safeties … Born June 29, 1944 at Memphis, Tennessee.

Hall of Fame Bio>>>
Video Bio>>>
Photo Gallery: Claude Humphrey>>
Video: Class of 2014 announced at NFL Honors>>>
Video: What is it like to be a Hall of Famer?>>>
Video: Hall of Famer Claude Humphrey>>>
Video: Claude Humphrey's contribution to the game>>>
Video: Claude Humphrey's toughest opponent>>>
Story: Humphrey Visits Hall of Fame>>>
Photos: Claude Humphrey tours the Hall of Fame>>>
AtlantaFalcons.com Video: Claude Humphrey highlights
Artifacts: Humphrey donates artifacts to HOF>>>
Graphic: Drafting of the 2014 Class - Humphrey>>>
Video: Draft Day: Claude Humphrey>>>
Infographic: Notes & Quotes: Claude Humphrey>>>
Humphrey had a nose for the QB>>>
 

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@BigWalt71

@BigWalt71


Tackle … 6-5, 300 … Holmes Comm. College (MS); Florida State … 1997-2008 Seattle Seahawks … 12 seasons, 180 games … Drafted in 1st round (6th player overall) of 1997 NFL Draft … Seahawks traded up to select Jones as sixth overall pick … Ability on football field was evident from start … Earned starting left tackle spot during rookie training camp, named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month in October, and a consensus pick for multiple all-rookie teams … Provided blindside protection for quarterback Warren Moon as Seahawks topped NFL in total passing yards that season … Following 1999 season, Jones became first offensive lineman in Seahawks history elected to Pro Bowl … First of team-record nine All-Star nods … In 2001 was recognized with first selection as first-team All-Pro … Highlights included Jones and line mates opening holes for Shaun Alexander’s 266-yard day that, at time, was fourth highest single-game rushing total in NFL history … Earned All-Pro honors five more times (2002, 2004-07) … A team leader, Jones was integral part of Alexander’s MVP season in 2005 … Jones helped his running back chalk up a franchise-record and league-high 1,880 yards while establishing the then NFL mark for touchdowns in a season (28) as Seattle led the NFL in scoring with 452 points … Jones’ team-record 10 playoff starts included 2005 NFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XL … Named to NFL’s All-Decade Team of the 2000s … Born January 19, 1974 in Aliceville, Alabama.

Hall of Fame Bio>>>
Video Bio>>>
Photo Gallery: Walter Jones>>>
Artifact: Walter Jones' Draft Card>>> 
Video: Class of 2014 announced at NFL Honors>>>
Video: What is it like to be a Hall of Famer?>>>
Video: Walter Jones' visit to Canton>>>
Story: Jones drops by 2121 George Halas Drive>>>
Photos: Walter Jones tours Hall of Fame>>>
Seahawks.com: Walter Jones

Artifacts: Hall of Fame receives gift from Walter Jones
Graphic: Drafting of the 2014 Class - Jones>>>
Video: Draft Day: Walter Jones>>>
Infographic: Notes & Quotes: Walter Jones>>>
Seahawks.com: Walter Jones: Countdown to Canton with Tom Lovat>>>
Seahawks.com: Walter Jones: Countdown to Canton with Mack Strong>>>
Jones paves way for Seahawks history>>>
Seahawks.com: From beinning to end, Walter Jones was a Hall of Famer>>>
Seahawks.com: Keeping up with the Jonses>>>

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@Andre_Reed83

 

@Andre_Reed83



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.

Hall of Fame Bio>>>
Video Bio>>>
Photo Gallery: Andre Reed>>>
Artifacts: Reed donates mementos>>>
Artifact: Andre Reed's jersey>>>
Video: Class of 2014 announced at NFL Honors>>>
Video: Andre Reed and Aeneas Williams on making the Hall of Fame>>>
Story: Nice "Reed" on Canton>>>
Photos: Andre Reed tours Hall of Fame>>>
BuffaloBills.com Video: Andre Reed highlight reel
Video: Andre Reed's greatest game>>>
Video: Reed's trademark>>>
Video: Destined for the pros>>>
Graphic: Drafting of the 2014 Class - Reed>>>
Video: Draft Day: Andre Reed>>>
Infographic: Notes & Quotes: Andre Reed>>>
Reed on the run>>>

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@michaelstrahan

@MichaelStrahan


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.

Hall of Fame Bio>>>
Video Bio>>>
Photo Gallery: Michael Strahan>>>
Artifact: Michael Strahan's uniform>>>
Video: Class of 2014 announced at NFL Honors>>>
Video: Michael Strahan suiting up for Canton>>>
Giants.com: Michael Strahan HOF Central
Graphic: Drafting of the 2014 Class - Strahan>>>
Video: Strahan talks about his upcoming Enshrinement with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show>>>
Video: Strahan shares his excitement about being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show>>>
Infographic: Notes & Quotes: Michael Strahan>>>>
 

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@aeneas35

@aeneas35


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 … 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 … Born January 29, 1968 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Hall of Fame Bio>>>
Video Bio>>>
Photo Gallery: Aeneas Williams>>>
Artifact: Aeneas Williams trading card>>>
Video: Class of 2014 announced at NFL Honors>>>
Video: Andre Reed and Aeneas Williams on making the Hall of Fame>>>
Story: Williams picks off history at Hall of Fame>>>
Photos: Aeneas Williams tours the Hall of Fame>>>
Video: An interview with Aeneas>>>
AZCardinals.com Photo Gallery: Aeneas Williams, Hall of Famer
Graphic: Drafting of the Class of 2014 - Williams>>>
Video: Draft Day: Aeneas Williams>>>
Artifacts: Williams helps Hall of Fame cover history>>>
Infographic: Notes & Quotes: Aeneas Williams>>>
AZCardinals.com: Honoring Aeneas Williams - Induction Process>>>
AZCardinals.com: Aeneas Williams and the Stadium Vote>>>
AZCardinals.com: Honoring Aeneas Williams - Pat Tillman Impact>>>
 

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Class of 2014 Selection Process Timeline:


Feb. 1, 2014
- The Class of 2014 is announced from New York, the site of Super Bowl XLVIII. Story>>>

Jan. 9, 2014 - The 15 modern-era finalists are revealed. Story>>>

Nov. 20, 2013 - The list of semifinalists is released. Story>>

Sept. 12, 2013 - A list of 126 modern-era nominees for the Class of 2014, including 16 first-year eligible candidates is announced. Story>>>

Aug. 21, 2013 - Punter Ray Guy and defensive end Claude Humphrey were named by the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Seniors Committee as finalists for the Class of 2014. Story>>>