Class of 2011 semifinalists

11/28/2010

Five first-year eligible players – Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, Curtis Martin, Willie Roaf, and Deion Sanders – are among the semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011. Although the semifinalist list is usually limited to 25, this year there are 26 resulting from a tie for the final position. The Pro Football Hall of Fame By-Laws for the Selection Committee provides that the list shall consist of “twenty-five nominees plus all ties.”

The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 26 semifinalists from the previously announced list of 114 preliminary nominees. In addition to the five first-year eligible nominees, two other previously eligible candidates, Edward DeBartolo, Jr. and Ed Sabol have made it to the semifinalist’s list for the first time. Each of the remaining 19 nominees on the Selection Committee’s list has been a semifinalist at least once prior to this year.

The complete list of 26 modern-era semifinalists is as follows:

Jerome Bettis, RB – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Cris Carter, WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
Dermontti Dawson, C – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
Richard Dent, DE – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
Chris Doleman, DE/LB – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
Marshall Faulk, RB – 1994-98 Indianapolis Colts, 1999-2005 St. Louis Rams
Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
Ray Guy, P – 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
Lester Hayes, CB – 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
Cortez Kennedy, DT – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
Curtis Martin, RB – 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets
Art Modell, Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2003 Baltimore Ravens
Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
Willie Roaf, T – 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs
Ed Sabol, Contributor – 1964-1995 NFL Films
Deion Sanders, CB/KR/PR – 1989-1993 Atlanta Falcons, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-99 Dallas Cowboys, 2000 Washington Redskins, 2004-05 Baltimore Ravens
Shannon Sharpe, TE – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens
Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
George Young, Contributor – 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

The list of 26 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists. That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee. The Seniors Committee nominees, who were announced in August, are linebacker Chris Hanburger, Washington Redskins (1965-1978) and linebacker Les Richter, Los Angeles Rams (1954-1962).

The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced in early January, 2011.

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

Although there is no set number of Enshrinees for any Hall of Fame Class, the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s current ground rules do stipulate that between four and seven new members will be selected each year. No more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in a given year and a class of six or seven Enshrinees can only be achieved if one or both senior nominees are elected.

The Class of 2011 will be determined at the Selection Committee's annual meeting on Saturday, February 5, in North Texas the day before Super Bowl XLV. The election results will be announced at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl media headquarters.

The Enshrinement Ceremony will be held in Canton on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2011 in Fawcett Stadium. Ticket information will be available soon.


  Class of 2011 semifinalists - career capsules>>>



More from Profootballhof.com

Semifinalists, 2004-09
Selection process
2011 preliminary nominees
Hanburger, Richter named senior nominees

VIDEO: Exclusvie announcement on NFL Network's GameDay Morning
Part 1  |  Part 2  |  Part 3

Fan’s Choice
Also, for the second consecutive year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed up with Van Heusen to ask fans to voice their choice for whom they think should be included in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011. More>>>
 


Recent Comments
  • bachslunch - August 14 2011 03:19 PM

    Ray Collins has absolutely no HoF argument -- one pro bowl, no 1st team all pro selections, and a short career. And I'd be very interested to see the argument in favor of Lester Hayes as being the "best Corner-back to ever play the game!"

    Report Violation

  • bachslunch - August 14 2011 03:18 PM

    john h., Deion Sanders and Jimmy Johnson were considered by film study devotees such as HoF voter Dr. Z to be the two best cover corners ever to play in the NFL. And Sanders was also a world-class kick returner. No question he belongs in, and whether you like him or not is utterly irrelevant here. Bubba Smith's career was too short and not sufficiently award-filled to merit the HoF. Lester Hayes is a borderline candidate with 2 1st team all pro selections and 5 pro bowls -- very good if not quite at elite status, plus his use of stickum gave him an unfair advantage in coverage. Ray Guy has been discussed to death in these forums -- see elsewhere for issues on him. Tim Brown likely will be voted into the HoF eventually and I think he's deserving.

    Report Violation

  • bachslunch - August 14 2011 03:04 PM

    john h., Deion Sanders and Jimmy Johnson were considered by film study devotees such as HoF voter Dr. Z to be the two best cover corners ever to play in the NFL. And Sanders was also a world-class kick returner. No question he belongs in, and whether you like him or not is utterly irrelevant here. Bubba Smith's career was too short and not sufficiently award-filled to merit the HoF. Lester Hayes is a borderline candidate with 2 1st team all pro selections and 5 pro bowls -- very good if not quite at elite status, plus his use of stickum gave him an unfair advantage in coverage. Ray Guy has been discussed to death in these forums -- see elsewhere for issues on him. Tim Brown likely will be voted into the HoF eventually and I think he's deserving.

    Report Violation

  • john hoosier - August 06 2011 10:10 PM

    lester hayes ray guy bubba smith these are real football players.DIONE WARWICK,SORRY, DION SANDERS,joke of jokes to put this coward in the hall.Always and forever punk of punks maybe but not in the hof. Totally disgusting to put this coward in.THIS is horrid. Any respect u had has now disapated,totally unbelievable,disgraceful,u crap all over what the hall stands for.It means a lot less to people now.tim brown,what a player.

    Report Violation

  • john hoosier - August 06 2011 10:08 PM

    lester hayes ray guy bubba smith these are real football players.DIONE WARWICK,SORRY, DION SANDERS,joke of jokes to put this coward in the hall.Always and forever punk of punks maybe but not in the hof. Totally disgusting to put this coward in.THIS is horrid. Any respect u had has now disapated,totally unbelievable,disgraceful,u crap all over what the hall stands for.It means a lot less to people now.

    Report Violation

  • MIKE - May 18 2011 04:57 PM

    As much i hate the Pittsburg Steelers, i feel that everyone on that STEELE CURTAIN defence should be in the Hall of Fame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    reported

  • Andrew - March 09 2011 11:46 AM

    What about Dick Schafrath? He was a 7 time Pro-bowler for the Cleveland Browns. All-pro 3 times, doesn't he deserve any consideration? He anchored an amazing offensive line that blocked for 3 HOF running backs...and wasn't he the lineman who with Paul Brown invented the Left Tackle pull?!?!?

    Report Violation

  • bachslunch - February 16 2011 09:02 AM

    Am not sure where the reputation for Everson Walls being such a feared DB comes from. I've seen the notion that Walls got thrown on a lot, in fact, which may explain the high number of lifetime INTs he got. His postseason profile of 3(1AP)/4/none isn't terrible, though. Terrell Davis is running into the same problems many great short career players are having getting into the HoF -- not surprising. And Deion Sanders's career is indeed great, and given that he was a first-ballot inductee, plenty of knowledgeable football people agree. Whether one likes his personality is irrelevant.

    reported

  • Jeff Ward - February 05 2011 07:51 AM

    Curtis Martin is a quiet giant of a running back. He was the biggest fan favorite of all Jets. He asked nothing of anyone and gave everything on the field. He looked for no recognition from everyone and bragged to nobody. To be a hero to all and ask nothing in return that is my pick for Hall Of Fame.

    Report Violation

  • Tony - February 04 2011 05:51 PM

    Terrell Davis is not a HoF running back. Sorry his career ended early because of injury, but his numbers are not worthy, especially when you consider the fact that 2,000 of those yards came in one season.

    Report Violation

  • doug - January 31 2011 11:26 PM

    CRIS CARTER hands down need i say more

    reported

  • Marcus - January 29 2011 12:13 AM

    All I can say is Jerome Bettis

    reported

  • Stephanie - January 27 2011 03:57 PM

    I'm with ya Debbie...where is Randall?

    Report Violation

  • He is - January 22 2011 11:57 AM

    Deon Sanders is an egotistical jerk. Could not stay with any team. Yes he made some great plays, but his career does not make him a H of F'er. He is the only one that thinks he is great.

    reported

  • Eric Alexander - January 15 2011 06:27 PM

    Dermontti Dawson should be a no-brainer for the HOF. He is truly the epitome of stability and excellence at the Center position. He was the anchor for one of the best lines in football for a LONG time. More importantly though, Chris Carter is WAY overdue for induction. He is the best receiver not in the hall. Chris stretched the field for years and then, when his age slowed him down a step, he took Randy Moss under his wing and became the possesion receiver. His numbers, his fame and his consistent performance, despite a revolving door of QB's make him an obvious choice.

    Report Violation

  • Judy - January 12 2011 05:25 PM

    ANDRE REED needs to go in this year. How about Steve Tasker. He changed special teams.

    reported

  • Troy - January 09 2011 02:04 PM

    I would like to see Everson Walls in the Hall of Fame. Before Dion, before A****er, before any attention was placed in the defensive back field was Everson Walls. No quarterback wanted to play against him or throw to his area of the field. He has more then a few intercentions, in fact a career leader in this stat. Everson Walls is the man and the leader of the Dallas defense. He went to play for the Gaints too and was fantastic in their defense. Everson Walls.

    reported

  • Ron - January 09 2011 12:54 PM

    UPDATE: As all right thinking Americans can appreciate, Art Modell, again, did not make the cut for this year's class for induction into the Hall Of Fame. Art's problem is thus; His self-defense of the evil he committed has always been that the city of Cleveland did not fulfil their promise to build him a new Stadium. THE PROBLEM IS, and what will forever doom Art Modell, is he did not take his case and request to the FANS of Cleveland! Art Modell never told Browns fans he needed a new stadium to remain in Cleveland. If he had, the people of Cleveland would've built him the eighth wonder of the world. This is why Art Modell will never make the hall. He wasn't straight with the only people who mattered; we, the greatest fans in all of sports. And Art's biggest sin; he not only moved the most storied franchise in all of sports, and devastated Cleveland for three years, but he broke an unsurpassed lineage that can never mend to its former glory. The Cleveland Browns, under the auspices of Mike Holmgren, will be back, returning to glory on par with their unparalleled fans, but Art Modell's complicity in the most unscrupulous action in the history of sports, shall never be forgiven.

    Report Violation

  • Ron - January 09 2011 12:53 PM

    UPDATE: As all right thinking Americans can appreciate, Art Modell, again, did not make the cut for this year's class for induction into the Hall Of Fame. Art's problem is thus; His self-defense of the evil he committed has always been that the city of Cleveland did not fulfil their promise to build him a new Stadium. THE PROBLEM IS, and what will forever doom Art Modell, is he did not take his case and request to the FANS of Cleveland! Art Modell never told Browns fans he needed a new stadium to remain in Cleveland. If he had, the people of Cleveland would've built him the eighth wonder of the world. This is why Art Modell will never make the hall. He wasn't straight with the only people who mattered; we, the greatest fans in all of sports. And Art's biggest sin; he not only moved the most storied franchise in all of sports, and devastated Cleveland for three years, but he broke an unsurpassed lineage that can never mend to its former glory. The Cleveland Browns, under the auspices of Mike Holmgren, will be back, returning to glory on par with their unparalleled fans, but Art Modell's complicity in the most unscrupulous action in the history of sports, shall never be forgiven.

    Report Violation

  • addi - January 08 2011 01:35 PM

    Come on Terrell Davis deserves to make it in. he has played for one team his whole career. and he was an amazing player to watch!!!!!!!!!

    reported

  • Darrell B - January 04 2011 08:45 AM

    DEION SANDERS THE BEST THAT EVER PLAYED. By the way he ran a 4.2 before breakfast!!!! Then ran a 3.9 at FSU Track. I witnessed it.

    reported

  • debbie - December 09 2010 05:08 AM

    Every year I wait for this list and every year I am dissapointed. Someone please tell me where is Randall Cunningham? Has anyone ever sat down and looked over the film of this mans career. He was incredible. The most exciting player to watch play Bar none. When will he get the respect he deserves. Also shame on the board for not putting Chris Carter in on his first year because everybody knew he would not make it in last year because of the class coming out with Rice and Smith.

    reported

  • bachslunch - December 06 2010 04:43 PM

    Juan P.: Deion Sanders could not have seen Dick Lane play, as Lane retired two years before Sanders was born. Willie Brown retired when Sanders was 11 years old, and I seriously doubt that Sanders was at an age where he could critically evaluate Brown's capabilities. However, Paul Zimmerman, a long time HoF voter and someone known as a knowledgeable devotee of film study, indeed saw all three CBs play (one presumes live and on film) and is on record in one of his Sports Illustrated articles as saying Lane and Brown were the two best bump-and-run style corners he ever saw. He also said in the same article that Sanders and Jimmy Johnson were the two best cover corners he ever saw. Am thinking Zimmerman is in a better position to judge this than Sanders, unless we know for sure Sanders is the level of film study devotee Zimmerman is. Re Ray Guy -- yes, I'm well aware of the concept of hang time. I'm also aware that hang time was not a valued punt quality in earlier decades of the 20th century. And re Guy's HoF case, despite your assertions there remain significant questions about how effective Guy was at dropping punts inside the 20 -- have seen criticisms about Guy from some HoF voters to the effect that Guy had a notably larger number of touchbacks than would be optimal for a HoF level punter. I'm not able to get hold of such stats from this time and thus do not know how accurate that statement is, and I'd be keen to know the truth via good hard stats. Let's see those facts before saying for sure, okay? And again, I'm keen to ask you to make the case that Guy was a greater punter than every one of Sammy Baugh, Tommy Davis, Verne Lewellen, Horace Gillom, Jerrel Wilson, Reggie Roby, Rohn Stark, Rich Camarillo, and Don Chandler.

    reported

  • Juan Parker - December 05 2010 09:41 PM

    Please everyone let's get this right, we seem to be ignoring the fact that the statement that Lester Hayes was the greatest bump and run cover to ever play the game was MADE BY DEION SANDERS. That's HIS quote, NOT mine. But, for the record, I do agree. Reason being: There were 3 rule changes that we can attribute to Lester Hayes. 1 was the elimination of stick-um which was used by him and Fred Biletnikoff. 2 was how they established the line of scrimmage. It was typical of Lester Hayes to be waiting for you as you broke huddle on your side of the line of scrimmage trash talking to you. This is how he got the name Lester the Molester. 3 Lester Hayes used to run the 1st 15 yards of coverage backwards, staring at the quaterback the whole time. He then would turn his back to the quarterback facing the wide reciever and then raise his hands while reading the eyes of the reciever, telling him the ball was arriving. The NFL then decided to pass a rule saying that raising your hands up in the receiver's face interferes with his ability to catch the ball, which makes no sense because as a receiver, isn't your job to get away from the guy covering you, and if you can't, isn't that your problem? More important than all of that is the fact that in my 47 years of football viewing, I never saw a more dominant bump-and-run cornerback. There's a distinction to be made between cover-corners and bump-and-run. The latter contests every inch on the football field making it probably the hardest thing to do in sports, considering the fact that all the rules favor NFL receivers. For all those that had the pleasure of watching him play, you know what I'm talkin about. Okay people, I guess you don't wanna hear about awards being named after people, that doesn't seem to impress you and hitting dome roofs doesn't either. How about this: Have you ever heard of the term 'hang time'? This phrase was coined after Ray Guy. He was an absolute weapon that changed the game and the Raiders went from laughing stocks to being envied after drafting this GUY in the 1st round!!!! No one could get a punt return against him, the ball would be in the air for 4-5 seconds and by the time returner could field the ball, he would already be surrounded by 5 Raiders. Penning the ball inside the 20, there was nobody better. What else is there really? Ray Guy has 3 superbowl rings and Lester Hayes has 2, if that means anything to anyone out there!!!!!!

    Report Violation

  • Lewis - December 05 2010 07:02 PM

    There are a lot of great players on this list. First, there are some no-brainers like Deon Sanders, Shannon Sharpe, Marshall Faulk and Tim Brown. I grew up watching Cortez Kennedy and If you have never seen him play, he was a great player on terrible Seattle teams. When he played for the Seahawks, they were consistently one of the worst teams in the league. They had no offense, which means the defense was always on the field. Cortez in his prime would often be double and triple teamed. He only played with all-pro Jacob Green for two years toward the end of Green's career. Jacob Green when he retired was third all time in sacks, only behind Reggie White and Lawrence Taylor. Cortez was a beast on the field. A big man that was athletic and fast for his size. I wonder if Cortez and Green had played for the NY Giants or the Cowboys, maybe they might not have been forgotten.

    Report Violation

  • bachslunch - December 05 2010 01:43 PM

    Juan P., several things. First, please explain why Lester Hayes was a greater bump-and-run CB than, for example, both Willie Brown and Dick Lane. Second, please explain with tangible specifics why Ray Guy was "the greatest ever to play his position," without resorting to arguments to authority such as "The college punter of the year award is named after Guy" and anecdotal trivia such as one of Guy's punts reaching the Superdome gondola -- and please begin by telling us why Guy was a greater punter than every one of Sammy Baugh, Tommy Davis, Verne Lewellen, Horace Gillom, Jerrel Wilson, Reggie Roby, Rohn Stark, Rich Camarillo, and Don Chandler. Lubow, it would also be nice to know what elevates Chandler above all the rest of these folks into 2nd place behind Guy in 1st place in HoF-worth. And depending on how one sees it, one might argue that Tim Brown's HoF case is stronger than Cris Carter's, given that Brown was also an excellent kick returner and Carter did very little of this. For what it's worth, I think all three of Carter, Brown, and Andre Reed are HoF-worthy. I also think that while one can make a HoF case for Ray Guy (though that's not necessarily the same thing as his being "the greatest punter ever"), other pure punters belong in the HoF as well.

    reported

  • Juan Parker - December 04 2010 09:51 PM

    In my opinion Tim Brown and Cris Carter are 2a and 2b in wide receiver anals,they both have about 1100 receptions both have over 100 touchdowns with a nice edge to Cris Carter here.Tim Brown has a huge lead in the yards category and was nothing short of magical in the open field.There you have it 2a and 2b,If you place a higher premium on yards rather then touchdowns {both have over 100 }and I do TIM BROWN 2A CRIS CARTER 2B both should have been first ballot h.o.f. selections!!! PS. { Lester Hayes was the greatest bump and run cover corner to ever play the game and the reason I wanted to play the posistion } DEION SANDERS !!!!!! Sunday Night Conversation ESPN !!!! Ray Guy the greatest to ever play his posistion Period,the absolute definition of Hall of Fame Credentials !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    reported

  • John - December 04 2010 03:37 PM

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

    reported

  • Lubow - December 03 2010 01:21 PM

    Not only should Ray Guy be elected but Don Chandler should be considered as well. Chandler is on the 1969s all-decade team and was a pro bowler.

    reported

  • bachslunch - December 02 2010 07:10 PM

    debbie, Randall Cunningham's career has a few excellent seasons but was too short (impacted by injury) to be at HoF level. And Cris Carter's being denied "first ballot" entry isn't at all unusual for WRs, especially possession type WRs -- note that only 5 of the 21 players in the HoF in the "Modern Era: Wide Receivers" category have ever received this honor, so Carter's in good company. He's getting in sooner or later anyway, and there's also a chance he's being delayed by all the whining (by Carter as well as others) about his not being "first ballot" and some HoF voters are feeling shown up by it. If you're a Vikes fan, consider getting up in arms instead about a really indefensible snub from this franchise, Mick Tingelhoff. Fred V., re supposed snubs in other Halls of Fame, it's not clear to me that Brian Wilson has RRHoF accomplishments outside of his years with the Beach Boys, the Crickets period of HoF worth doesn't extend past Buddy Holly's death, it's not clear that Jan & Dean have that strong a RRHoF case (they lack both the critical cachet and pioneer status of the Beach Boys, for example), Roger Maris has a short career and way too short a peak for serious BBHoF consideration (2 huge seasons surrounded by 10 very good to mundane years, some of these injury-shortened), and both Pete Rose and Shoeless Joe Jackson are on baseball's banned/ineligible list (and rightly so) respectively for gambling on and throwing baseball games. And Frankie Albert likely isn't in the PFHoF because his career is too short (7 seasons total with just 5 of them excellent, and 4 of these occurring in the AAFL) and his coaching W-L record is a paltry 19-16-1 -- it's just not enough to get him in. And I'd be interested in seeing the argument that Albert was even the best left-handed QB in 49ers history, never mind all time, when comparing him to Steve Young.

    reported

  • Fred Vail - December 01 2010 08:56 PM

    Regardless os whether it is a sports related Hall of Fame or music related, the fans--who make the whole business side of the sport possible--are ultimately have the least voice in the selection process. Politics unfortunately wins out more often than not. A Rock & Roll Hall of Fame without a Brian Wilson, Quincy Jones, Jan and Dean or the Crickets--a Baseball Hall of Fame without Roger Maris, "Shoeless" Joe Jackson or Pete Rose, a Country Music Hall of Fame without Johnny Horton, Reba or Garth. But when it comes to Canton, the 'new kids on the block,' those who have played the game in the past 20 or so years, seem to overshadow the 'seniors' who developed the sport without a lot of fan fair during the first half of the 20th Century. To me, a grave oversight has existed for years by not electing San Francisco 49er player and Coach, Frankie Albert. Frankie was a major college star at Stanford before being the 10th overall draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 1942. He was with the 49ers for six years, and, in 1948, was named MVP, along with Hall of Famer Otto Graham. Frankie was beloved by the fans--and is credited with inventing the 'bootleg' play. He was also universally regarded as one of the best--or THE best--left handed quarterbacks to ever play the game. He threw for nearly 7,000 yards, which, in its day, was a major accomplishment. He was also a winning coach during his three years with the 49ers.

    Report Violation

  • bachslunch - December 01 2010 07:27 PM

    Lots of stuff, as always. To those who are saying Ray Guy was the greatest punter in NFL history, I'd like very much to see a good argument full of quantifiable specifics (no, not anecdotal stuff about Guy hitting the Superdome gondola with a kick or arguments to authority like the College Punter Award being named after him) that he was a greater punter than all of Sammy Baugh, Tommy Davis, Jerrel Wilson, and Verne Lewellen, for starters. And fairly or not, Guy, like every other pure punter, is likely to run afoul of HoF voters who think because such players only participate in 6-8 plays per game at most that no punter deserves enshrinement. Other HoF voters are on record re Guy as saying he had too many touchbacks to deserve election -- I'd of course be interested in seeing the numbers here, if they exist. Scott, pro-HoF arguments from teammates are rarely free from bias and normally considered less-than-reliable. Michael, while I support Cris Carter's HoF candidacy, you'd really choose Carter over Jerry Rice? Please explain, with plenty of hard specifics. Chasse, no question Terrell Davis was a HoF-level RB for four years -- but note that HoF voters rarely vote in short career players. They may or may not make an exception for Davis one of these years, as happened for Gale Sayers, Earl Campbell, and Dwight Stephenson. Matt, I suspect voters will get a chance to nominate Seniors about the same time whales fly -- and Dave Robinson has plenty of worthy company at Senior-eligible OLB in Chuck Howley, Maxie Baughan, Joe Fortunato, and Robert Brazile. Hopefully, Chris Hanburger will finally leave this logjam and head into the HoF this year.

    Report Violation

  • Cindy Hinton - December 01 2010 05:48 PM

    RAY GUY should be the FIRST PLAYER INDUCTED in 2011. It has been a shame to see year after year, the voters snub him. Teams have a punter as a team member, they should be equally considered for the contribution they gave the team. RAY GUY is the greatest, ever. I live in his hometown and we are just disgusted with the HOF inductees year after year not recognizing his play on the field. VOTE HIM IN, PLEASE! THE MAN HAS AN AWARD NAMED AFTER HIM FOR GOODNESS SAKE!

    reported

  • Matt Gaffney - December 01 2010 04:06 PM

    We fans should be given the honor to nominate the senior players. I think Dave Robinson should be elected. He was a great linebacker on the Lombardi Packer Championship teams. He never gets mentioned anymore, but was a fast tough player.

    Report Violation

  • DaveM - December 01 2010 03:44 PM

    I think that the most deserving OLDER players should get in every year, unless a first or second ballot player is obvious (Payton, E.Smith, Rice, etc.). Let the younger players wait their turn, and let the older ones get on in before life is unkind to them. If it doesn't happen this way, there'll always be a "backlog" of senior candidates that may never see that day they have dreamed of.

    Report Violation

  • Ben Lash - November 30 2010 07:26 PM

    A very good list of players. I believe most are deserving. What I really care about is that Art Modell NOT be voted into the HOF. Someone so self serving that did so much damage to one of the great teams in NFL history has no place with the elite of anything let alone the Hall of Fame.

    Report Violation

  • Luis - November 30 2010 03:11 PM

    Chris Hanburger should be in the HOF this year.

    Report Violation

  • Chasse - November 30 2010 11:52 AM

    I'm probably going to take some flack for this but Terrell Davis was the best back of his era. That's right, in his prime better than Barry Sanders, Emmitt Smith, Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis, Thurman Thomas, Ricky Watters, Eddie George and yes even Marshall Faulk--although I agree Sanders, Thomas and Faulk are real close. Now for the obligatory "I'm not even a Bronco fan" bit--I actually root for the bears. Take that however you want it. Although I wasn't alive to see Floyd Little cut up the late AFL or to witness the fierce pass rush of Randy Gradishar, Tom Jackson, Lyle Alzado and the rest of the 1970s Orange Crush defense, I say with full confidence that Terrell Davis is the most important player in Bronco history. Yes, over John Elway. Before Davis the Broncos were known as the lovable losers of the NFL, like the Minnesota Vikings of the 1970s and Buffalo Bills of the 1990s. Except, unlike the Vikings or Bills, the Broncos weren't known for a concentrated stretch of near perfection but for an complete history of consistent, and gut wrenching, disappointment. Take out the last place Saban-Little years of the 1960s and you have a pretty impressive streak of success for the Orange and Blue, 13 playoff appearances--1977, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993--7 division titles--1977, 1978, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991--and 4 AFC championships--1977, 1986, 1987, 1989--strewn across three decades. And yet, no gaudy gold rings, trips to Disney World or citywide parades. And then, in 1995, the Broncos drafted Davis who, in just four years, changed the aura of Denver from lovable losers to Champions, with the same amount of shinny Lombardi footballs as the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, and more titles than the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets and my beloved Chicago Bears. Davis, in my mind, owns some of the great individual moments of the 1990s. His 184 yard performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the 1997 Wild Card Match-up, "Re-match Game," his bruising effort in the 1998 Super Bowl against the Jesse Tuggle-led Atlanta Falcon defense--number 2 against the run that year--and, of course, the "Migraine Game"--Super Bowl XXXII. The comparisons I always hear when people are discussing Davis's HOF candidacy are Earl Campbell and Gale Sayers, short but excellent careers, and I think this completely is wrong. Campbell and Sayers, although all-time great backs, never won anything. Instead, the best comparison in my mind is future HOF Quarterback Kurt Warner. Think about it, Warner only had five truly good seasons and his statistics place him in the Jeff Garcia, Mark Brunell, Rich Gannon, Trent Green, Jim Zorn, Boomer Esiason realm of good but not HOF QBs. The difference lies in Warner's post season success, especially in the Super Bowl where Warner not only jumps Gannon and McNabb, but Manning, Marino and Elway in poise under pressure. Warner was a post season god and so to was Davis, whose post season stats--8 games, 204 attempts, 1140 yards, a 5.6 average and 12 TDs--place him above everyone in average yards per carry (At least 100 attempts) and in the company of Emmitt Smith, Franco Harris, Marcus Allen and Thurman Thomas in overall career performance. I'm not saying Davis will be or should be inducted this year, but eventually TD needs to make his way to Canton otherwise this thing is a farce.

    reported

  • Michael Chalk - November 30 2010 10:22 AM

    Chris Carter should be a given this year, the man is second only to Jerry Rice as a receiver and if I had to choose between the two I would take Carter every time.

    Report Violation

  • Jeff Padgett - November 30 2010 01:06 AM

    Here is my vote for 2011 class: Deion Sanders,Marshall Faulk,Curtis Martin,Chris Doleman,Tim Brown Deion...best cover corner of all time Marshall...most versatile back of all time Curtis......consistent for a long time Chris..21 sacks one season,4th all time sacks..better stats I think than Haley or Dent Tim ..great stats long time..(see Curtis)

    reported

  • Sylvia - November 29 2010 07:35 PM

    It's about time Ray Guy & Lester Hayes are acknowledged for the contributions they made to pro football & their positions. Mike Haynes was inducted in the HOF and Lester Hayes completes the pair, as one of the most feared cornerback duo in NFL history. And as for Ray Guy, his punts were awe-inspiring. Truly the best punter EVER!!! Guy's accomplishments will never be equaled. Congrats to Ray & Lester!!! Well deserved!!!

    reported

  • cloudjumper41 - November 29 2010 06:32 PM

    It is NOW time for Ray Guy's enshrinement! A first round pick that was one, if not the best, player in the punter position. Very deserving.

    Report Violation

  • Chris - November 29 2010 05:14 PM

    1. Marshall Faulk 2. Deion Sanders 3. Cris Carter 4. Charles Haley 5. Tim Brown

    reported

  • Dennis Brown - November 29 2010 04:56 PM

    It's a joke to have non-players and non-coaches be nominees. Art Modell? Are you kidding all of us Cleveland fans?

    reported

  • TR - November 29 2010 03:11 PM

    Very good list of candidates, most very deserving...but since there is a limit I'll have to go with Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Marshall Faulk, Charles Haley, and Deion Sanders. Outside of Jerry Rice, Cris Carter was the best WR year-in and year-out. Tim Brown was the AFC's best receiver year-in and year-out. Marshall Faulk is one of the top five or six RB's of all-time. Charles Haley was a dominant pass rusher and shifted the balance of power in the NFC from the 49ers to Cowboys when he switched teams. Deion Sanders is probably the best coverage cornerback of all-time. I hope not too many good players are first-year eligibles, because for the 2012 class, I'd like to see Jerome Bettis, Richard Dent, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, William Roaf, and Aeneas Williams.

    Report Violation

  • Scott - November 28 2010 11:44 AM

    Roger Craig - first 1000/1000 a bunch of rings and all his HOF teammates agree. Watch interviews here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_V1EuvBjjI

    Report Violation

First time posting? A confirmation email will be sent to you after submitting.



Your Comments



Your email address is required to confirm your comments. Email addresses are never displayed to other users and they are not used for any other purposes other than story comments.

Once you enter your email address, name, and comment, you will be emailed a link to confirm your comment. Additionally, you will be sent a password. In the future, if you wish to leave other comments, use the password that is provided in the email.