2011 Preliminary Nominees - Alphabetical

09/13/2010

Class of 2011 Modern-Era Preliminary Nominees

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Tim Brown Marshall Faulk Curtis Martin Deion Sanders Dick Vermeil

K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr.
Owner
1960-Present Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Titans

 

Eric Allen
Cornerback
1988-1994 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995-97 New Orleans Saints, 1998-2001 Oakland Raiders

 

Ken Anderson
Quarterback
1971-1986 Cincinnati Bengals

         
Gary Anderson
Kicker
1982-1994 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1995-96 Philadelphia Eagles, 1997 San Francisco 49ers, 1998-2002 Minnesota Vikings, 2003-04 Tennessee Titans
 
 

Ottis Anderson
Running Back
1979-1986 St. Louis Cardinals, 1986-1992 New York Giants

 

Bruce Armstrong
Tackle
1987-2000 New England Patriots
 

         

Steve Atwater
Safety
1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

 

Al "Bubba" Baker
Defensive End
1978-1982 Detroit Lions, 1983-86 St. Louis Cardinals, 1987, 1989-1990 Cleveland Browns, 1988 Minnesota Vikings

 

Bill Bates
Safety (also ST)
1983-1997 Dallas Cowboys
 

         

Mark Bavaro
Tight End
1985-1990 New York Giants, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993-94 Philadelphia Eagles

 

Bobby Beathard
Administrator
1966-67 Kansas City Chiefs, 1968-1971 Atlanta Falcons, 1972-77 Miami Dolphins, 1978-1988 Washington Redskins,1990-99 San Diego Chargers 

 

Cornelius Bennett
Linebacker
1987-1995 Buffalo Bills, 1996-98 Atlanta Falcons, 1999-2000 Indianapolis Colts

         
Jerome Bettis **
Running Back
1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers
  Tony Boselli
Tackle
1995-2002 Jacksonville Jaguars
  Lomas Brown
Tackle
1985-1995 Detroit Lions, 1996-98 Arizona Cardinals, 1999 Cleveland Browns, 2000-01 New York Giants, 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
         
Tim Brown *
Wide Receiver (also KR)
1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  Joey Browner
Safety
1983-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  LeRoy Butler
Safety
1990-2001 Green Bay Packers
         
Dave Butz
Defensive End/Defensive Tackle
1973-74 St. Louis Cardinals, 1975-1988 Washington Redskins
  Leo Carlin
Administrator
1960-Present Philadelphia Eagles
  Bud Carson
Assistant Coach/Head Coach
1971-77 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1978-81, 1997 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1982 Baltimore Colts, 1983 Kansas City Chiefs, 1985-88 New York Jets, 1989-1990 Cleveland Browns, 1991-94 Philadelphia Eagles
         
Cris Carter *
Wide Receiver
1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
  Larry Centers
Running Back
1990-1998 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 1999-2000 Washington Redskins, 2001-2002 Buffalo Bills, 2003 New England Patriots
  Ray Childress
Defensive Tackle/Defensive End
1985-1995 Houston Oilers, 1996 Dallas Cowboys
         
Todd Christensen
Tight End
1979 New York Giants, 1979-1988 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
  Gary Clark
Wide Receiver
1985-1992 Washington Redskins, 1993-94 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 1995 Miami Dolphins
  Ben Coates
Tight End
1991-99 New England Patriots, 2000 Baltimore Ravens
         
Jack Kent Cooke
Owner
1974-1997 Washington Redskins
  Don Coryell *
Coach
1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
  Jim Covert
Tackle
1983-1990 Chicago Bears
         
Roger Craig
Running Back
1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-1993 Minnesota Vikings
  Otho Davis
Trainer
1971-72 Baltimore Colts, 1973-1995 Philadelphia Eagles
  Terrell Davis
Running Back
1995-2001 Denver Broncos
         
Dermontti Dawson *
Center
1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
  Ed DeBartolo, Jr.
Owner
1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers
  Richard Dent *
Defensive End
1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
         
Chris Doleman
Defensive End/Linebacker
1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
  Kenny Easley
Safety
1981-87 Seattle Seahawks
  Henry Ellard
Wide Receiver (also PR)
1983-1993 Los Angeles Rams, 1994-98 Washington Redskins, 1998 New England Patriots
         
Marshall Faulk **
Running Back
1994-98 Indianapolis Colts, 1999-2005 St. Louis Rams
  Tom Flores
Coach
1979-1987 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-94 Seattle Seahawks
  Russ Francis
Tight End
1975-1980, 1987-88 New England Patriots, 1982-87 San Francisco 49ers
         
Eddie George
Running Back
1996-2003 Houston/Tennessee Oilers/Titans, 2004 Dallas Cowboys
  Ron Gibbs
Official
1940-1962 National Football League
  Kevin Greene
Linebacker/Defensive End
1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
         
Ray Guy
Punter
1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
  Charles Haley *
Defensive End/Linebacker
1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
  Ken Harvey
Linebacker
1988-1993 Phoenix Cardinals, 1994-98 Washington Redskins
         
Ole Haugsrud
Owner
1923-27 Duluth Kelleys/Eskimos
  Lester Hayes
Cornerback
1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
  Jay Hilgenberg
Center
1981-1991 Chicago Bears, 1992 Cleveland Browns, 1993 New Orleans Saints
         
Chris Hinton
Guard/Tackle
1983-89 Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts, 1990-93 Atlanta Falcons, 1994-95 Minnesota Vikings
  Kent Hull
Center
1986-1996 Buffalo Bills
  Joe Jacoby
Tackle
1981-1993 Washington Redskins
         
Jimmy Johnson
Coach
1989-1993 Dallas Cowboys, 1996-99 Miami Dolphins
  Brent Jones
Tight End
1987-1997 San Francisco 49ers
  Ed "Too Tall" Jones
Defensive End
1974-78, 1980-89 Dallas Cowboys
         
Mike Kenn
Tackle
1978-1994 Atlanta Falcons
  Cortez Kennedy *
Defensive Tackle
1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
  Frank "Bucko" Kilroy
Administrator
1962-64 Washington Redskins, 1965-1970 Dallas Cowboys, 1971-1984 New England Patriots
         
Joe Klecko
Defensive End/Defensive Tackle/Nose Tackle
1977-1987 New York Jets, 1988 Indianapolis Colts
  Chuck Knox
Coach
1973-77 Los Angeles Rams, 1978-1982 Buffalo Bills, 1983-1991 Seattle Seahawks, 1992-94 Los Angeles Rams
  Jim Lachey
Tackle
1985-87 San Diego Chargers, 1988 Los Angeles Raiders, 1988-1992, 1994-95 Washington Redskins
         
Albert Lewis
Cornerback
1983-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-98 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
  Nick Lowery
Kicker
1978 New England Patriots, 1980-1993 Kansas City Chiefs, 1994-96 New York Jets
  Dexter Manley
Defensive End
1981-89 Washington Redskins, 1990 Phoenix Cardinals, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
         
Charles Mann
Defensive End
1983-1993 Washington Redskins, 1994 San Francisco 49ers
  Curtis Martin **
Running Back
1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets
  Clay Matthews
Linebacker
1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons
         
Art McNally
Official
1968-1991 National Football League
  Karl Mecklenburg
Linebacker
1983-1994 Denver Broncos
  Sam Mills
Linebacker
1986-1994 New Orleans Saints, 1995-97 Carolina Panthers
         
Frank Minnifield
Cornerback
1984-1992 Cleveland Browns
  Brian Mitchell
Running Back (also KR/PR)
1990-99 Washington Redskins, 2000-02 Philadelphia Eagles, 2003 New York Giants
  Art Modell
Owner
1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2003 Baltimore Ravens
         
Herman Moore
Wide Receiver
1991-2001 Detroit Lions, 2002 New York Giants
  Stanley Morgan
Wide Receiver
1977-1989 New England Patriots, 1990 Indianapolis Colts
  Bill Nunn
Administrator
1968-Present Pittsburgh Steelers
         
Buddy Parker
Coach
1949 Chicago Cardinals, 1951-56 Detroit Lions, 1957-1964 Pittsburgh Steelers
  Jim Plunkett
Quarterback
1971-1975 New England Patriots, 1976-1977 San Francisco 49ers, 1979-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
  Mike Quick
Wide Receiver
1982-1990 Philadelphia Eagles
         
Andre Reed *
Wide Receiver
1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
  Dan Reeves
Coach
1981-1992 Denver Broncos, 1993-96 New York Giants, 1997-2003 Atlanta Falcons
  Gerald Riggs
Running Back
1982-88 Atlanta Falcons, 1989-1991 Washington Redskins
         
Willie Roaf **
Tackle
1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs
  Joe Robbie
Owner
1966-1989 Miami Dolphins
  Reggie Roby
Punter
1983-1992 Miami Dolphins, 1993-94 Washington Redskins, 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1996-97 Houston/Tennessee Oilers, 1998 San Francisco 49ers
         
Art Rooney, Jr.
Administrator
1961-Present Pittsburgh Steelers
  Carroll Rosenbloom
Owner
1953-1971 Baltimore Colts, 1972-78 Los Angeles Rams
  Ed Sabol
Founder
NFL Films
         
Steve Sabol
President
NFL Films
  Deion Sanders **
Cornerback (also KR/PR)
1989-1993 Atlanta Falcons, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-99 Dallas Cowboys, 2000 Washington Redskins, 2004-05 Baltimore Ravens
  Shannon Sharpe *
Tight End
1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens
         
Clark Shaughnessy
Coach
1944-1947 Washington Redskins, 1948-49 Los Angeles Rams, 1951-1962 Chicago Bears
  Donnie Shell
Safety
1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers
  Phil Simms
Quarterback
1979-1993 New York Giants, injured-1982
         
Fred Smerlas
Nose Tackle
1979-1989 Buffalo Bills, 1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991-92 New England Patriots
  Jimmy Smith **
Wide Receiver
1992 Dallas Cowboys, 1995-2005 Jacksonville Jaguars
  J.T. Smith
Wide Receiver (also PR)
1978 Washington Redskins, 1978-1984 Kansas City Chiefs, 1985-1990 St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals
         
Paul Tagliabue
Commissioner
1989-2006 National Football League
  Darryl Talley
Linebacker
1983-1994 Buffalo Bills, 1995 Atlanta Falcons, 1996 Minnesota Vikings
  Steve Tasker
Special Teams (also WR)
1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
         
Jim Tunney 
Official
1960-1991 National Football League
  Dick Vermeil
Coach
Philadelphia Eagles 1976-1982, St. Louis Rams 1997-99, Kansas City Chiefs 2001-05
  Herschel Walker
Running Back
1986-89 Dallas Cowboys, 1989-1991 Minnesota Vikings, 1992-94 Philadelphia Eagles, 1995 New York Giants, 1996-97 Dallas Cowboys
         
Ricky Watters
Running Back
1992-94 San Francisco 49ers, 1995-97 Philadelphia Eagles, 1998-2001 Seattle Seahawks
  Aeneas Williams
Cornerback/Safety
1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams
  Doug Williams
Quarterback
1978-1982 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1986-1989 Washington Redskins
         
Steve Wisniewski
Guard
1989-2001 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders
  Ron Wolf
Administrator
1991-2001 Green Bay Packers
  Darren Woodson
Safety
1992-2003 Dallas Cowboys
         
Louis Wright
Cornerback
1975-1986 Denver Broncos
 

Frank Wycheck
Tight End
1993-94 Washington Redskins, 1995-2003 Houston/Tennessee Oiler/Titans

 

George Young
Administrator
1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League


* Among 17 finalists for Class of 2010; ** First year of eligiblity

Recent Comments
  • wildcat1 - March 17 2013 04:11 PM

    Where oh where is Harvey Martin, you have got to be kidding me! Co-MVP of a Super Bowl and one of the greatest pass rushers in NFL history, this is the problem with sports writers doing the selecting. Also Chuck Howley, the only man to be named the Super Bowl MVP on a losing team, see if that ever happen's again.

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  • bachslunch - October 12 2011 01:39 PM

    JC, all the QBs you mentioned are only eligible as Seniors nowadays. They can't be considered via this part of the process.

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  • J. C. Fox - October 01 2011 11:24 AM

    Is there some reason as to why John Brodie has been overlooked for 35 years? He was one of the better QBs of his time. Also, I'd like to nominate three other QBs - Roman Gabriel, Ken Stabler and Daryle Lamonica.

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  • bachslunch - February 21 2011 05:14 PM

    Rickey M., Rod Martin's postseason honors profile of 3(1AP)/2/none is weaker than several of his LB contemporaries still not in the HoF -- and historically, postseason game success makes minimal difference in the HoF cases for defensive players. Greg, the meager postseason honors problem also holds for Clay Matthews Sr. at 1(0AP)/4/none. Mike K., Dave Butz has minimal such numbers as well at 1(1AP)/1/80s, and if guys like Joe Klecko at 2(2AP)/4/none and Fred Smerlas at 2(1AP)/5/none aren't in yet, I see no reason why Butz jumps the line ahead of them. Mike T., Ken Stabler is only eligible as a Senior now, and I say we get Ken Anderson in first, then discuss The Snake's HoF worth.

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  • Ricky Martin - February 10 2011 12:28 PM

    Will someone explain why Rod Martin Linebacker for the Raiders is not in the Hall of Fame. He is a two-time Super Bowl Chanpion. He set the record for most interceptions in a Super Bowl game by a linebacker with 3. His numbers are just as great if not more than the ones that are already in. Know its a politics but come on. He retired in 1991. Its 2011.

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  • BC - January 25 2011 03:16 AM

    Hey voters, I know you read this. How about voting LeRoy Butler in? All he did was change the way the Saftey position was played, thus changing defenses forever.

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  • BC - January 25 2011 03:14 AM

    Hey voters, I know you read this. How about voting LeRoy Butler in? All he did was change the way the Saftey position was played, thus changing defenses forever.

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  • Greg - January 21 2011 12:55 PM

    Clay Matthews deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. Without question there are guys on this list that deserve it as much if not more. For the lenght of time Clay has been retired I believe it is time to give the man what he deserves.

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  • concerned81 - January 15 2011 08:01 AM

    The annual Hall of popularity selection is now in session. I propose a new rule, if you don't get selected the first time you are eligible you don't get in the HOP aka HOF

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  • Mike Tye - January 11 2011 07:50 PM

    The fact that Ken Stabler is not in the NFL Hall of Fame already should be some sort of punishable crime.The "Snake" belongs in the Hall.

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  • Dan Hobson - January 10 2011 12:13 PM

    While I agree that Jerry Kramer should be in the hall, i think that it is silly that Sterling Sharpe is not on the ballot this time around. Compare him to some of the other "candidates" and he should be in now. Sterling Sharpe - Receptions 595, Receiving Yards 8,134, Touchdowns 65. That's an average of 85 rec., 1160 yds., and 9 tds. Also was 5 time All-Pro, 5 time Pro Bowler, 2 times led the NFL in reciveing tds, 3 times led the NFL in receptions, and was the FIRST player to have back to back 100 receptions seasons. Here are other candidates with (seasons played) final stats and (avg per season) Tim Brown - (17 seasons), 1094 rec (64.3), 14934 yd (878.4), 100 td (5.8) 9 PB and 1 All Pro Cris Carter - (16), 1101 (68.8), 13899 (868.7), 130 (8.1) 8 PB, 3 AP Gary Clark - (11), 699 (63.5), 10856 (986.9), 65 (5.9), 4 PB Henry Ellard - (16), 814 (50.8), 13777 (861.0), 65 (4.0), 3 PB, 2 AP Herman Moore - (12), 670 (55.8), 9174 (764.5), 62 (5.1), 4 PB, 4 AP Stanley Morgan - (14), 557 (39.7), 10716 (765.4), 72 (5.1), 4 PB Mike Quick - (9), 363 (40.3), 6464 (718.2), 61 (6.7), 5 PB, 2 AP Andre Reed - (16), 951 (59.4), 13198 (824.8), 87 (5.4), 7 PB, 2 AP Jimmy Smith - (13), 862 (66.3), 12287 (945.1), 67 (5.1) 5 PB, 2 AP JT Smith - (13), 544 (41.8), 6974 (536.4), 35 (2.7), 2 PB Donald Driver - (12) including this season, 698 (58.1), 9615 (801.2), 53 (4.4), 3 PB Some may say he didn't play long enough. Well Jim Brown played 9 seasons and he was 1st ballot. The stat averages and totals don't lie. Sterling was as dominate a player as Jerry Rice who's averages were 77.4 rec., 1144.7 yds, and 9.8 tds. Do the right thing HOF.

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  • MIke Kelley - January 07 2011 03:46 PM

    Dave Butz. Few players matched his quiet demeanor and fearsome play on the D line for the Redskins and Cardinals. He was the linchpin on the Redskins line in two Super Bowl victories. His consistency of play for 16 years was subtly recorded on his helmet. He didn't allow his helmet to be repainted for the entire season, and by then you could see every hit from every game. I'd almost sell a body part to get one of those!

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  • MIke Kelley - January 07 2011 03:43 PM

    Dave Butz. Few players matched his quiet demeanor and fearsome play on the D line for the Redskins and Cardinals. He was the linchpin on the Redskins line in two Super Bowl victories. His consistency of play for 16 years was subtly recorded on his helmet. He didn't allow his helmet to be repainted for the entire season, and by then you could see every hit from every game. I'd almost sell a body part to get one of those!

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  • Karl - January 04 2011 07:47 PM

    Steve Tasker is over due to be in the hall of fame. A special team impact player. His play changed the outcome of games. Special teams = 1/3 of the game yet only one special teams player is in the hall. The best special teams player ever and yet not enshrined.

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  • bachslunch - January 04 2011 04:57 PM

    Pete, would you please tell us why Steve Tasker was the best special teams player ever, better than anyone who predates him? Keep in mind that there was no pro bowl or all pro recognition for such folks back when Alex Hawkins and Lou Piccone and Bill Malinchak and Ceasar Belser were special teams stars.

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  • Pete - January 04 2011 02:56 PM

    Steve Tasker was the absolutely the BEST special teams coverage man ever. I look at the list of possible and likely inductees and while they were all excellent players, NONE of the them was the best ever at his position. Steve Tasker was.

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  • bachslunch - January 02 2011 05:18 PM

    Stu, Joe Klecko is in a logjam with other worthy DL of the time such as Fred Smerlas, Mark Gastineau, and Too Tall Jones -- all have similar postseason honors. Frankie, disable your caps lock button and then tell us why Ray Guy is the greatest punter ever, using only meaningful stats and without making arguments to authority or citing anecdotes. Folks, "two rings" is the start and end of Jim Plunkett's very weak HoF case -- and while I'll agree about Chuck Howley and Dick Schafrath as good HoF choices, they're only eligible as Seniors, as is Andy Russell. JMS, Steve Wisniewski has decent postseason honors but is battling the general lack of emphasis often shown by the HoF voters for guards and centers -- plus his reputation for flagrantly dirty play isn't a plus. Rick S., your memory as a Raiders fan is indeed faulty, as the Raiders also drafted Sebastian Janikowski in the first round. Cajun MArk, Jimbo Covert has a short career and a scanty postseason honors profile of 2 pro bowls, 2 first team all pro selections, and membership on the all-80s decade team -- it's just not enough. And Richard Dent's very long wait is perfectly reasonable, given that he has minimal postseason honors and a reputation for playing poorly against the run and taking plays off -- I'm not sold on his HoF worth. Chuck, Jim Marshall has no business in the HoF with no 1st team all pro selections and 2 pro bowls in a 20 year career -- and he's only Senior eligible anyway.

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  • bachslunch - December 31 2010 05:30 PM

    Lots to comment on. joel, Roman Gabriel is only eligible as a Senior -- and while he's one of the better QBs not in the HoF, the position is arguably the most over-represented in the Hall. William L., the PFHoF explicitly has no "character clause," unlike the Baseball Hall, which does indeed have one, so being a "class act" has no bearing on anyone's HoF case (that goes for your comment as well, Dan S.) -- plus Donnie Shell is mired in a logjam of equally deserving non-HoF safeties including Kenny Easley, Leroy Butler, Cliff Harris, Johnny Robinson, and Jimmy Patton. JC, I'm with you on Ken Anderson and Henry Ellard, but neither Clay Matthews nor Lomas Brown have enough postseason profile honors to get them into the HoF. All, Ken Stabler and Jerry Kramer and Jim Marshall are now only eligible as Senior nominees, not via the regular process. seth, Herschel Walker's NFL total yardage stats make his HoF case worth considering, but the USFL's lesser level of play doesn't support his case. joel, since when is Harvey Martin considered one of the greatest NFL DEs? Richard W.M., Bob Kuechenberg has had plenty of tries and come up short as a regular finalist every time, and there are a ton of very deserving Seniors who have never even had one shot as finalist -- I say give guys like Al Wistert, Maxie Baughan, Lavvie Dilweg, and Jimmy Patton their chances, too. fred, seriously, Bobby Bryant -- with two pro bowls and no 1st team all pro selections? Bronco Buster, please prove that Louis Wright was a better cover corner than Jimmy Johnson or Deion Sanders, though I'm with you on Lionel Taylor and Steve Atawater. JJ, agree with you about Maxie Baughan and Chuck Howley, but am thinking Randy Gradishar, Joe Fortunato, and Robert Brazile deserve HoF induction before the other LBs you listed. Chuck D., please tell us which current HoF-ers don't measure to Jim Marshall, and more importantly, why?

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  • Stu - December 30 2010 09:27 PM

    I think it's an atrocious insult to Joe Klecko that he's had to wait this long to even be considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The only defensive player to earn Pro Bowl honors at three different positions. I truly believe there is anti-Jet bias across the nation and the NFL.

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  • Andrew - December 24 2010 07:47 PM

    Where is Ken Stabler? Everyone else one this list is deserving of consideration but the absence of Stabler is puzzling-had better stats and record then Namath! Coryell should have been in a long time ago.

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  • FRANKIE DAGNILO - November 25 2010 09:30 PM

    STABLER ONE ONE RING ALSO CHUCK HOWLEY WHO WAS HE WHY NOT LET ROY ROGERS IN JIM MARSHALL RAN THE WRONG WAY ,RAY GUIY WAS AND STILL IS THE BEST PUNTER EVER IT SHOULD BE ENOUGH HE WAS A GAME PLAYER U GUYS WANT ROMAN GABRIEL LOL DONNIE SHELL SHOUD GET A LOOK WHY NOT PUTY EVERY STEELER IN FOLKS GET IT OVER WITH MAYBE TIM HANRATTY AS A LIFETIME BACK UP ALSO BETTIS WAS A RAM HE SHBOULD GO IN AS A RAM BUT FAULK DWEEION SANDERS BETTIS TIM BROW WILL ALL BE A LOCK PLUNKETT 2 RINGS WHY IS HE STILL WAITING WHAT DID LYNN SWANN EVER DO , CHRIS CARTER DOUBLED SWEANNA YARDS HEY MABE WE CAN BRING IN BUBBY BRISTER HE WAS A STEELER TONY BOSSELLI WAS GREAT PLAYED 5 YEARS?

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  • FRANKIE DAGNILO - November 25 2010 09:20 PM

    JERRY KRAMER WROTE 2 BOOKS AND MADE ONE BLOCK , PLUNKETT HAS 2 RINGS TO MANY STEELERS ,LESTER HAYES SHOULD BE IN TERRELL DAVIS 6 YEARS IS NOT A GALE SAYERS FOLKS TOM FLORES YES STEVE SABOL YES TIM BROWN YES CHRIS CARTER WAS A DRUG USER BUT SHOULD BE IN ALSO THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO BOOT OUT SELECTIONS LIKE OJ SIMPSOM, MORE RAIDERS ARE NEEDED PERIOD SHANNON SHARPE IS NOT THE BEST ALL TIME ANYMORE HE WAS LUCKY TO HAVE ELWAY PHIL SIMMS 1 RING ,

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  • steveo - November 08 2010 10:38 AM

    why the hell is reggie roby getting consideration and ray guy not in yet...what a joke...kenny stabler?

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  • R Wethers - November 02 2010 10:17 PM

    I have written to some of the Hall of Fame selctors but have not heard back. I suggest electing 5 seniors every year due to the backlog of deserving candidates, 4 from modern times and 1 contributor or coach. This would total 10 people which would allow many seniors to share the joy with their family and fans. I estimate about 60 players pre 1986 to be very acceptable to the Hall. This process would take about 12-15 years to complete and then revert to the election of 7 players but also add 1 coach or contributor. The fans I hope would support this idea and make it a reality with the League and the Hall.

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  • wildcat1 - October 27 2010 12:33 AM

    Where oh where is Harvey Martin, you have got to be kidding me! Co-MVP of a Super Bowl and one of the greatest pass rushers in NFL history, this is the problem with sports writers doing the selecting. Also Chuck Howley, the only man to be named the Super Bowl MVP on a losing team, see if that ever happen's again.

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  • Lynn - October 25 2010 11:23 AM

    I would like to see Chuck Howley in the Hall of Fame. He was a great player for the Dallas Cowboys. I'm glad to see "Too Tall" Jones is on the list.

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  • WmJ - - October 24 2010 06:44 PM

    Did KEN STABLER play in the NFL?

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  • SCOTT of Scottsdale - October 22 2010 08:28 AM

    I can't believe they are overlooking Jerry Kramer, Bob Kuechenberg, Andy Russell, and Dick Schafrath who were not even nominated AGAIN!!!!!! Tim Brown is a lock to go in this year making him the 8th (or is it 9th) man to win the Heisman Trophy and be inducted into Canton. A classy gentleman. How Jim Plunkett has not yet been inducted yet is beyond me. Ricky ("for who?, for wha****ers is nominated and not Kramer? The HOF voters need to be drug tested.

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  • Denise - October 10 2010 11:26 AM

    What!?? Still no Jerry Kramer?? What's is the problem here?

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  • Micahel - October 04 2010 06:23 AM

    Where in God's name is Jerry Krammer. Enough all ready

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  • Sammye Murphy - October 01 2010 09:21 AM

    i feel like Simon Fletcher who played with Denver Broncos should be nominated for hall of fame

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  • CURT KUTCH - September 29 2010 06:08 PM

    ALTHOUGH NUMEROUS PITTSBURGH STEELERS HAVE BEEN INDUCTED, WHY HASN'T DONNIE SHELL ONE OF THE BEST SAFETIES OF HIS ERA BEEN CHOSEN. LOOK AT HIS STATS AND HE WAS A PLAYMAKER THAT CAME THROUGH WHEN IT SEEMED THAT THE STEELERS NEEDED IT THE MOST. YES I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ANDY RUSSEL, DERMONTI DAWSON, AND ANOTHER OVER LOOKED STEELER LC GREENWOOD, ONE OF THE BEST DURING THE 1970'S GREAT STEELER TEAMS.

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  • Commitment To Excellence - September 23 2010 02:48 PM

    Ray Guy a shoe in for being the GREATEST at his position. Jim Plunkett two time super bowl winner and a for a complete turnaround of a qb career in the dumps. Tim Brown aka Mr. Raiders, should have went in the 2010 class, right up there with Jerry Rice, LESTER HAYES.... T-Rex in pads, no doubt one of the greatest corners ever. Coach Flores led my favorite team to the Super Bowl twice and brought home the Lombardi Trophy. The first Raiders quarterback ever, first latino coach ever. GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Dr. Larry Weber - September 23 2010 01:26 AM

    Lester Hayes!!!! T-Rex in pads. My childhood hero and one of the greatest corners ever.

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  • Rick Surbaugh - September 17 2010 01:22 PM

    Ray GUY!!...the ONLY kicker ever to be drafted #1!!!!

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  • Douglas - September 16 2010 04:37 PM

    Where is Robert Brazil?

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  • Cajun MArk - September 16 2010 05:32 AM

    The mystery to me is why some people refuse to recognize the greatness of Ray Guy? The man only had a near perfect career for his position. How come no love for Richard Dent, or Jimbo Covert? Covert might have one of the best to ever play his position while Dent was THEE feared pass rusher of those 80's Bears teams.

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  • Sharon - September 15 2010 08:05 AM

    The Hall of Fame voting will continue to be a joke until those with a vote recognize the importance of the kicking game. It is incredible that Ray Guy may never go in the Hall of Fame. If punters and kickers are not important, just arbitrarily decide where to put the ball and start playing. Have the offensive team give up the ball after four downs. I am disgusted by the voters who say they will never vote for a kicker!

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  • JMS - September 14 2010 01:16 PM

    I agree with Ray Guy...ought to be in. Same thing with Steve Tasker and Brian Mitchell..special teams is part of the game. What's really amazing is that Steve Wisniewski and Jim Plunkett are not in??? As for voting for this year...my guess is that it'll be Sanders, Faulk, Vermeil, Haley, Greene and Too Tall.

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  • John - September 14 2010 12:54 PM

    ONE kicker in the hall? What that tells me is that kicking/special teams is .000001% of the game. What a joke. And the fact that Ray Guy is not in the hall is a joke.

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  • JMS - September 14 2010 12:45 PM

    I agree with Ray Guy...ought to be in. Same thing with Steve Tasker and Brian Mitchell..special teams is part of the game. What's really amazing is that Steve Wisniewski and Jim Plunkett are not in??? As for voting for this year...my guess is that it'll be Sanders, Faulk, Vermeil, Haley, Greene and Too Tall.

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  • Chuck Dresen - September 14 2010 12:31 PM

    I believe that Vikings D lineman Jim Marshall should be in the Hall of Fame and that there are a lot of players that are in the Hall that do not measure up to this Ironman.

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  • patrick - September 14 2010 07:32 AM

    Just curious as why Morten Andersen or Tom Dempsey haven't been submitted to the hall?

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  • patrick - September 14 2010 06:37 AM

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  • echo61 - September 14 2010 02:25 AM

    Just curious as why Morten Andersen or Tom Dempsey haven't been submitted to the hall? _______ Andersen is not eligible until 2013 as players must wait for five full seasons to see their names on the ballot. Dempsey is not going to be elected just for one 63 yd FG - its about career achievements. Andersen will be the 2nd pure kicker inducted after Jan Stenerud. Joel - Harvey Martin is not mentioned because he only qualifies as a Senior. This is the modern era list. I'm surprised to see Leslie O'Neal and Irving Fryar being dropped from the nominations. Also agree with everyone's thoughts on Jerry Kramer - the biggest injustice by far in Canton.

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  • echo61 - September 14 2010 02:24 AM

    Just curious as why Morten Andersen or Tom Dempsey haven't been submitted to the hall? _______ Andersen is not eligible until 2013 as players must wait for five full seasons to see their names on the ballot. Dempsey is not going to be elected just for one 63 yd FG - its about career achievements. Andersen will be the 2nd pure kicker inducted after Jan Stenerud. Joel - Harvey Martin is not mentioned because he only qualifies as a Senior. This is the modern era list. I'm surprised to see Leslie O'Neal and Irving Fryar being dropped from the nominations. Also agree with everyone's thoughts on Jerry Kramer - the biggest injustice by far in Canton.

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  • Scotty Roberts - September 14 2010 12:01 AM

    Dermonti Dawson, as well as Jerome Bettis, Curtis Martin, Kevin Greene, and even though he isn't mentioned...Packers great...Jerry Kramer deserve to go into the hall. Wake up people!

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  • JJ - September 13 2010 10:49 PM

    I agree 100% about Jerry Kramer..some other linebackers I haven't seen listed are..Tommy Nobis, Wayne Walker, Maxie Baughan, Chuck Howley, Andy Russell and Jack Pardee and Jesse Tuggle.. All of these guys deserve HOF induction.

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  • Spencer Yohe - September 13 2010 09:48 PM

    What's up with the Seniors Committee and NFL Electors for not selection Packers greatest Guard ever in the likes of Jerry Kramer, the only guard ever elected to the All-Time 50-year team. It's all politics. Ewspecially if they don't like you or are jealous. Any Hall without Jerry Kramer is an injustice and Incomplete!

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  • fred - September 13 2010 09:23 PM

    Bobby Bryant, defensive back for the Minnesota Vikings in the 70's

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  • Bronco Buster - September 13 2010 09:18 PM

    Harry Carson is in, Randy Gradishar now waits for the blessing of the seniors committee. The term "cover corner" isn't even in the dictionary if not for Louie Wright. Steve A****er is eligible but doesn't get a mention in any posts. First WR with a 100 catch season? Lionel Taylor. Does the committee realize there IS a Mountain Time Zone?????

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  • gerry w.k - September 13 2010 09:17 PM

    I love to see a chane in N.F.L. Voting! Sports reporter have a lock on it! open it up to the fans also! Give the fans 40 % voting! I believe more old players will be voted into the Hall! To many reporter think they are god!

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  • Richard W. Mills - September 13 2010 08:55 PM

    It's time for the Old Timers Committee to give SERIOUS consideration to Bob Kuechenberg, the great pulling guard of the Miami Dolphins from 1970 to 1983. If the late, great Larry Little is already in the HOF, then why not Bob Kuechenberg, Little's teammate at the other guard position??? Justice delayed is justice denied!!!!

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  • Dan Salemme - September 13 2010 08:08 PM

    If true character matters, Deion Sanders is a big NO, Dexter Manley is also A big NO, eventhough he is one of my favorite players of all time. Jack Kent Cooke is a yes. Joe Jacoby and Jim Covert as big yesses.

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  • Tom - September 13 2010 08:02 PM

    Guys, my first thought was to look through the list for Jerry Kramer. It truly is amazing that he still is not on this list. I thought about going through all the reasons why he should be in the hall, but a couple of other guys already included the information I would have used, plus some. So, repeating, ...JERRY KRAMER must be elected before ANY OTHER GUARD! ALL TIME 50 YEAR TEAM! Kramer carried Vince Lombardi off the field in Super Bowl 2 and had key block in ICE BOWL and scored most points in 1962 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP as a KICKER. Jerry also wrote sports BEST SELLING books- INSTANT REPLAY, DISTANT REPLAY and FAREWELL to FOOTBALL. Jerry lost some time with injury from childhood that gave him his nickname the ZIPPER, due to all the surgeries. Jerry played in 6 NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS, winning 5 and first 2 SUPERBOWLS!! Who on the current list comes close? ... Also, What's up with the Seniors Committee and NFL Electors for not selection Packers greatest Guard ever in the likes of Jerry Kramer, the only guard ever elected to the All-Time 50-year team. It's all politics. Ewspecially if they don't like you or are jealous. Any Hall without Jerry Kramer is an injustice and Incomplete!

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  • joel - September 13 2010 07:35 PM

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  • joel - September 13 2010 07:34 PM

    How harvey martin of the dallas cowboys isn't mentioned,he was one of the greatest defensive ends too ever play the game!! What about everson walls another hell of a cornerback!!

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  • Rob - September 13 2010 05:54 PM

    Remember only 5 modern candidates can be elected each year, so given 1st timers and finalists from last year not elected my guess at the five would be: Sanders, Faulk, Dent, Carter, Sharpe TE

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  • ted vollmuth - September 13 2010 05:47 PM

    My vote for the class of 2011 would definitely include Cris Carter, one of the top receivers of all time and in a class with Michael Irvin and Jerry Rice.

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  • seth - September 13 2010 05:32 PM

    herschel walker should be in...remember..this is the pro football hall of fame...not the NFL hall of fame...Herschel was what made the USFL. and his stats speak for themselves

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  • PACKDYNASTY - September 13 2010 04:49 PM

    JERRY KRAMER must be elected before ANY OTHER GUARD! ALL TIME 50 YEAR TEAM! Kramer carried Vince Lombardi off the field in Super Bowl 2 and had key block in ICE BOWL and scored most points in 1962 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP as a KICKER. Jerry also wrote sports BEST SELLING books- INSTANT REPLAY, DISTANT REPLAY and FAREWELL to FOOTBALL. Jerry lost some time with injury from childhood that gave him his nickname the ZIPPER, due to all the surgeries. Jerry played in 6 NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS, winning 5 and first 2 SUPERBOWLS!! Who on the current list comes close???

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  • JC - September 13 2010 04:09 PM

    My HOF predictions for 2011 are Deion Sanders, Cris Carter, Dermonti Dawson, Coach Don Coryell, Marshell Faulk, Charles Haley, Shannon Sharp, Jerome Bettis.

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  • Albert Lee - September 13 2010 04:07 PM

    Jack Kent Cooke should have been in years ago. Because of him we have the salary cap, Fed-Ex Field, the Redskins-Cowboys rivalry (I know, you think it was all a George Allen thing. But who brought George Allen to Washington? Thank you!). His Redskins featured the first black quarterback to win a SuperBowl (or should I say only). He hired Joe Gibbs & George Allen, who are in the Hall.

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  • bamaburgess - September 13 2010 04:02 PM

    Tough year again...I vote Bettis, Carter, Brown, Bennett and Greene. The Bama fan in me would love to see Biscuit in the hall with D.T., and the true sports fan in me has to pull for the Auburn guy Greene. He was a monster. ...and another year goes by without The Snake in the Hall....

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  • Andy - September 13 2010 03:48 PM

    As a founding owner of the American Football League, it is past time for Bud Adams to be admitted to the Hall of Fame. He is well overdue for such a high honor.

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  • JC - September 13 2010 03:44 PM

    How Ken Anderson is not in HOF yet is beyond me. Henry Ellard also belongs in. Clay Matthews and Lomas Brown belong in based on how long they were able to play productivly for as long as they did. They weren't just hanger-ons. They both were still main staples of there teams offensive line and linebacking corps respectivly

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  • William Lowery - September 13 2010 03:38 PM

    Will someone please tell me why Donnie Shell is not in The Hall of Fame and someone like Lawrence Taylor is. Mr. Shell was a class act on and off the field and clearly a GREAT player more than worthy of this honor!

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  • joel - September 13 2010 02:51 PM

    I cant believe that Roman Gabriel is not in the Hall of fame. the first Asian American to make it big in the NFL. And one of the all time greats of the 60s and 70s. 1969 league MVP 1973 comeback player of the year.NFL Hall of Famer's Alen Page and jimmy Johnson said that he was one of the best players they ever played against.Do the people that vote on this even research any of the players that they put in ??

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