Class of 2011 preliminary nominees named

09/13/2010

Revised, 9/14/10, 11:00 a.m. ET

Cornerback Deion Sanders, running backs Jerome Bettis, Marshall Faulk, and Curtis Martin, wide receiver Jimmy Smith, tackle Willie Roaf, and coach Dick Vermeil are first-year eligible candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2011.

From this year’s preliminary list of 114 modern-era nominees, Hall of Fame selectors will choose 25 candidates who will advance as semifinalist nominees. The list of 25 modern-era semifinalists will be announced in mid-November.

The semifinalists list will be reduced by a mail ballot to 15 modern-era finalists that will be announced in early January. 


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The final list of nominees that will be considered for election will consist of the 15 modern-era finalists and the two previously announced senior nominees, former Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger and former Los Angeles Rams linebacker Les Richter. Hanburger and Richter were selected this past August by the Hall of Fame’s Senior Selection Committee. 

In 2008 the Hall of Fame modified its by-laws for the Selection Committee making it mandatory for coaches to be retired five consecutive seasons. Prior to that change coaches were eligible immediately upon retirement.  As such, Vermeil was nominated in 2001 and again in 2007. This is his first year of eligibility since the change in the by-laws. 

The Class of 2011 will be selected from the list of 17 finalists (15 modern-era and two senior nominees). The actual voting will be conducted at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee’s annual meeting, which will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2011 the day before Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium in North Texas. The election results will be announced that evening during a nationally televised broadcast live from the Super Bowl media headquarters.

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

The preliminary list includes 84 players, 9 coaches and 21 contributors, including former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and longtime team owners Bud Adams, Jr., and Art Modell. 

To be considered for Pro Football Hall of Fame election, a nominated player or coach must have been retired at least five years. A contributor, who is an individual who has made outstanding career contributions to pro football in capacities other than playing or coaching, may still be active in his pro football career.

Once again the Hall of Fame is calling on fans and asking them to vote for who they believe should be included in the Class of 2011 at www.fanschoice.com.  For the second consecutive year, the Hall of Fame is teaming up with Van Heusen and J.C. Penney to provide fans with a dedicated platform forum to debate, discuss, and cast their ballot. To kick off the campaign, a team of Hall of Famers including campaign spokesman Steve Young, and Harry Carson, Warren Moon, Roger Staubach and Jerry Rice will be in New York City today casting the first “vote” and discussing their picks for the Class of 2011. 
 
The Fan’s Choice campaign gives fans unprecedented access to Hall of Famers, educates fans about the Hall of Fame selection process and brings them aggregated Hall of Fame news from across the country. Last year, nearly 1.5 million votes were cast for the inaugural Fan’s Choice for the Class of 2010.

2011 Preliminary Nominees
 

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  • bachslunch - October 20 2011 11:55 AM

    Susan, it's not clear to me what cogent HoF argument Ben Agajanian has from your post, especially regarding meaningful issues such as FG percentage relative to his era -- and please note that your caps lock button appears to be stuck in the "on" position, so please fix before posting again. Eric, I don't know anyone who thinks Cris (note spelling) Carter is overrated, but his and Tim Brown's waiting a while before being elected isn't unusual given HoF voting patterns -- patience is a virtue. And I'd be interested to know why you think Michael Irvin doesn't belong in the HoF.RMN, given that HoF membership is an individual's, not team's, award, it's not surprising that QBs such as Ken Stabler and Jim Plunkett are not in the HoF (Plunkett's regular season stats are poor and Stabler's are pretty much at Hall of the Very Good level). Tom Flores has a weak 97-87 W-L record as coach, and two SB wins isn't enough to make up the difference here. Tim Brown's getting in eventually anyway (a little patience, please), plus I agree Cliff Branch has an excellent HoF case (but the latter has a tough road ahead being a Senior). And leave the race card home next time you post.

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  • RMN - October 15 2011 08:49 AM

    You have a team that was successful for more than 10 years (over .700 best in the NFL) who had won several Division Titles and a SB, the coach is in the HOF, linebackers, TE, WR, OL, but not the QB. You have Dan Fouts and Joe Namath in the HOF not even close to .700 in 10 years and no SB for Dan. I am talking about Ken Stabler. How you can win division titles over an over again, one SB, several comebacks and not to be considered for the HOF. Please review Namath's stats vs Stabler's no big difference. Its something about the raiders? I mean Stabler, Plunkett (2SBs and MVP), Tom Flores (2SBs), Tim Brown, Cliff Branch (3SBs and TDs in every single one) or is about latinos? (Plunkett and Flores) or is about out having a couple of beers before or after the game? Come on if my QB can do over .700 and win a SB with a beer in one hand and throwing with the other, should be in the HOF!

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  • SUSAN - July 21 2011 06:14 PM

    A FORGOTTEN FOOTBALL LEGEND EVERYONE IN PRO FOOTBALL, HAS HEARD HIS NAME, FROM 1942 TO 1964, IT WAS HIS KICKING GAME, SO YOU THINK YOU KNOW FOOTBALL? THEN TELL ME HIS NAME? HE HAS TWO CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES UNDER HIS BELT, IF YOU SEE HIS TWO RINGS, THEY WILL MAKE YOU MELT. HE’S KICKED FIELD GOALS IN OVER 200 GAMES, NO ONE’S COMES CLOSE, HIS RECORDS REMAIN. SO, YOU THINK YOUR SMART? CAN YOU GUESS HIS NAME? HE CREATED A POSITION THAT DID NOT EXIST, THE COACH SAID GET OUT THERE, I NEED YOU TO KICK! HIS ARM WAS BROKE AND HE WAS IN PAIN, HE HAD NOTHING TO LOSE AND EVERYTHING TO GAIN. WITH HIS ARM IN A CAST, AND TAPED TO HIS CHEST, HE KEPT HIS HEAD DOWN. HE KICKED HIS BEST. HE SCORED 4 OUT OF 4, WOW, THE COACH WAS IMPRESSED! THAT WAS THE DAY, HE BECAME THE 1ST KICKING SPECIALIST YOU REMEMBER THE GAME? OKAY, SO WHAT WAS HIS NAME? THE ONLY PLAYER TO PLAY IN FOUR LEAGUES, HE’S ONE OF THE BEST KICKERS, THE PROS HAVE EVER SEEN! HEY: SEPTIEN, SAXON, ZENDEJAS, CHANDLER, JOHNSON, &WHITE, YOU KNOW HIS NAME! HE TRAINED YOU, RIGHT? IF IT WASN’T FOR HIM, WOULD YOUR GAME BE AS TIGHT? LOMBARDY, LANDRY, CONELERY, GIFFORD, AND SO MANY MORE… THEY BROUGHT HIM BACK, TO KICK AFTER THE WAR. THEY ARE IN THE HALL OF FAME, YET THEY NEVER FORGOT HIS NAME. HE COACHED FOR THE COWBOYS FOR TWENTY FOUR YEARS, WHEN HE RETIRED, THERE WEAR SOME TEARS. TOM LANDRY WROTE TO THE HALL OF FAME “HE HAS DONE MORE FOR THE KICKING GAME, IN THE LAST 50 YEARS, THEN ANYONE I KNOW.” SO WHO IS THIS KICKER, WHAT WAS HIS NAME? HE TAUGHT KICKING CAMPS, THE LESSON’S ARE FREE! IMAGINE, HEARING 20,000.00 KIDS SCREAM; UNCLE BEN, PICK ME!! PICK ME!! HE STILL GETS FAN LETTERS, HE AUTOGRAPHS EACH ONE. HE’S STARTING TO GET OLD, HE’S NOW 91. THE OLDEST SURVIVING PRO FOOTBALL PLAYER, HE’S WAITED SO LONG, TO BE A HALL OF FAMER. WHO IS THIS LEGEND? AN YOU GUESS HIS NAME? WHY CANT HE GET IN THE HALL OF FAME? JIM MURRAY ONCE SAID; “HIS SAWED OFF`BOOT IS IN THE HALL OF FAME.” WHERE THE REST OF HIM OUGHT TO BE, SO WHY ISNT HE? THE FIRST NFL PLAYER TO RECIEVE PENSION CHECK, IT’S TIME TO GIVE BACK. TO PAY OUR RESPECT LET’S HONOR THIS MAN, LET’S SHOW HIM WE CARE WE ARE HIS FANS, WE WILL ALWAYS BE HERE. DO YOU KNOW WHO IM TALKING ABOUT? DO YOU KNOW HIS NAME? AND YOU SAY YOU KNOW FOOTBALL? THEN REMEMBER THIS PLACE KICKER’S NAME; “BOOTIN BEN” AGAJANIAN, “THE TOELESS WONDER.” “THE GOD FATHER OF FOOTBALL'S KICKING GAME SUCH A GREAT MAN, AND HE’S STILL JUST THE SAME. HE DIDN’T DO IT FOR MONEY, HE DIDNT DO IT FOR FAME. HE LOVED TO KICK, BUT HE LIVED FOR THE GAME. IF BEN’S LITTLE BOOT COULD TALK, THIS IS WHAT IT WOULD SAY; BEN WAS SO PROUD WHEN HE GOT THE CALL THAT DAY. HE SAID; IT WAS THE HALL. THEY WANT US ON DISPLAY BEN SAID “IT’S AN HONOR”, WE WERE SHIPPED OUT THAT DAY FOR FIFTY YEARS IVE STOOD ALONE IN THIS PLACE, I LOOK THRU THE CROWDS, I LOOK FOR BENS FACE I GAVE HIM MY HEART AND HE TOOK MY SOUL. BEING HERE WITHOUT HIM, IS TAKING ITS TOLL! THERE AREN’T MANY KICKERS HERE IN THE HALL. I’VE SEEN 5 AT BEST, WHERE ARE THEY ALL? I HEAR PEOPLE TALK. I HEAR THEM SAY; THAT WE JUST KICK THE BALL, BUT DON’T REALLY PLAY. WE ARE THE LAST RESORT, THE COACH DOESNT WANT TO CALL. THE COACH SAYS; “DAMIT! WE GOTTA KICK THE #$*BALL!” I MISS THE GAME, I MISS THE CROWDS ROAR. I MISS THE TEAMWORK WHEN BEN AND I SCORE. THESE TWO LONLEY BOOTS WILL NEVER BE COMPLETE UNTIL WERE ALL LACED UP, BACK ON BEN’S FEET. WHEN BEN ARRIVES, WE WILL BE ONE. AND OUR JOURNEY TO BE TOGETHER WILL FINALLY BE DONE. BY SUSAN JOHNSON IT WOULD BE APPROPRIOATE, TO CREATE A NEW CATEGORY FOR BEN AND FUTURE AND SOME PAST FOOTBALL LEGENDS CALLED: “THE NFL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD” “A LIFETIME OF DEDICATION AND EXCELLENCE, BEYOND ANY AND ALL EXPECTATIONS OR LIMITATIONS” WHEN THE LOVE OF FOOTBALL HAS NO BOUNDARIES.

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  • Eric - July 16 2011 08:08 AM

    Has to be either cash,super bowl rings as well as popularity! Cause there are some guys in their thats all they have! sure don't have the stats to back them up for Hall of Fame! Whats funny is everyones use of the word OVERRATED! Specially when talking about Chris Carter! Chris CArter has the stats where he sits at No 1 such as most catches ,yards, etc! No wear in the dictionary does it say Overrated means top of achiever! lol Don't know why he isn't in already as well as No 2 WR of all time Tim Brown both have stats amazing careers where their isn't anyone close to where this two guys are stat wise! Both should be up there with the greatest of all time Jerry Rice! Besides if anyone wants to use OVERRATED in true sense of the word! Hell they should have this guys picture next to word in dict. M. Irving 88. lol Holy S**t why is this guy in the Hall of Fame! THats where rings and popularity have to be behind entry! Cause in all aspects he doesn't have the great career year wise and really doesn't have the stats! other than the rings and his criminal record it is a joke this man is in the Hall of Fame! At the time of retirement if ya look at it. left at No.8 all time WR he no longer is in the top 10. Tim brown who was draft the same year was N0 3 all time stat WR at the same time! Toss in that Tim didn't Have team or QB like Irving thats saying alot! IN fact Tim Brown had 6 QB's in the time and all sucked! lol CHRIS CATER AND TIM BROWN SHOULD BE AT TOP OF THE BALLOTS AND SHOE IN IF HALL OF FAME REALLY MEANS ABOVE ALL THE REST! Mike Irving is a joke!

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  • Ben Nathan Anderson - February 26 2011 01:39 PM

    Why Isn't Eddie George In The Hall Of Fame? He Should Be In The Hall Of Fame, He Played For The Tennessee Titans From 1996-July 22,2004

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  • bachslunch - February 21 2011 04:48 PM

    Mike, Randall Cunningham will likely wait a long time if he ever gets in at all. His career has some excellent years, but was shortened notably by injury (only 7 years as a regular). I doubt he'll ever be elected.

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  • Mike - February 16 2011 11:57 AM

    How many more years is Randall Cunningham going to have to wait?

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  • bachslunch - February 16 2011 08:30 AM

    Darryl B., agreed that a good HoF case can be made for L.C. Greenwood -- but neither Rocky Bleier nor Dwight White have anything resembling a HoF;level career.

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  • Darryl Blankenship - January 17 2011 09:33 AM

    Way over due for Rocky Bleier, Dwight White & L.C. Greenwood to be in the hall

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  • Robb - January 09 2011 02:44 PM

    Dear NFL HOF: Thank you for, yet again, showing that you truly know a Hall of Fame caliber player by not even allowing Joe Theismann on the list of consideration for 2011 inductees. You clearly see, as do the rest of the us, that he is an absolute moron when it comes to the NFL. Joe Theismann was a mediocre player, at best, and was absolutely the worst broadcast analyst in the history of the NFL. Thank you for not giving him a pity vote for his leg incident - though he and his 5 fans are probably going to whine about it. See you in 2016 for Brett Favre's induction! Regards, Robb

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  • bachslunch - January 04 2011 04:31 PM

    JSkullhead, while they were good, none of the players you mentioned in your post have illustrious enough careers to be HoF-ers.

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  • JSkullhead - January 03 2011 12:58 AM

    Wondering why those nomination commitee didnt nominate or choose those good players like Steve McMicheal(Chicago), David Butz (Washington),Rocky Blier(Pittsburg), and some others that were good players in the late 70's and 80's.

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  • Mark Merberger - December 02 2010 01:30 AM

    I have to make a statement on Art Modell. I`m a Virginia Clevelamd Browns Fan. You can put him in the Hall, But I know that alot of people in Cleveland don`t care for the man, and I understand what we had to go on for missing 3 years of the best game on earth without a team because of this, I would think in time that things pass. "Just like to move on", he went his way and maybe was not done in anyway what the fans of Cleveland wanted to be done. But Cleveland Browns are here to stay in Clevelamd. NFL Football maybe Business but, I would say alot of families invest their hearts in it growing up together and it`s not something you can just take away.

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  • C B - November 28 2010 11:23 AM

    YES MORE RAIDERS SHOULDBE IN. CLIFFORD BRANCH FO SHO !!!!

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  • jbork88 - November 27 2010 05:46 PM

    Ya, pass pass pass. thanks a lot coryell. i wis the game was still played like it was in the 70's.

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  • boltfromtheblue - November 20 2010 11:52 AM

    Donald David Coryell "IS" the reason we all all enjoy the game as it is played today.

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  • Bob - November 15 2010 02:47 PM

    Not long ago I wrote a letter to you, (NFL Hall of Fame), to express my regret that Joseph Robbie was NOT ever elected, or even nominated to your great Hall. This is so puzzling to me. Had it not been for Joe Robbie, I seriously wonder if there would have EVER been a Miami Dolphins franchise, nor the Stadium which used to bear/bare his name. This man did so much for the city and ALL the people of Miami and South Florida. ALSO, consider that more Super Bowls have been held/staged in the Miami area. I just don't see how this wonderful, gracious man could not hold a place in YOUR NFL Hall of Fame. I live in San Antonio, Texas; but I grew up in Broward County, Florida; and my heart has always been and will forever be with my beloved Miami Dolphins. Thank You!

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  • bachslunch - November 14 2010 11:48 AM

    Re Steve A****er (hyphenated in attempt to avoid unintended censorship). I certainly think he's one of several safeties of the last 20 years who is HoF-worthy. But even without Ronnie Lott's existence, I'm unsure of the rationale being used to consider him the best safety of this time period. Note well that the 90s and 00s was also when Leroy Butler, John Lynch, Ed Reed, Brian Dawkins, and Rod Woodson (the last of these was a well-honored safety for 5 years during the era) were active. Was he indeed better than all of them, and if so, why?

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  • bachslunch - November 11 2010 07:02 PM

    Re Wilber Marshall. The "20INTs/40sacks" metric can be seen as cherry-picking to support a particular candidate who happens to fit a particular parameter, regardless of how relevant to HoF worth it may be. The fact is that Marshall is one of several very good LBs from his era who likely won't distinguish himself from a very large pack -- which currently also includes Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Sam Mills, Cornelius Bennett, Karl Mecklenburg, Greg Lloyd, Clay Matthews, Chris Spielman, and Pat Swilling. Am thinking Greene and Haley have the best chance to get elected to the HoF from this group.

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  • Mike Randall - November 06 2010 01:12 PM

    I challenge the selection comittee to find a list of Linebackers that has minimum 40 career sacks & 20 INT's, a true two dimiensional player. I only know of one: Wilbur Marshall. (45 sacks, 23 INTs) Look closely at the season he had with the Oilers when he missed the first 6 games the team was 2-4, when he returned the team went 10-0 the rest of the regular seaon before losing to Joe Montana's Chiefs He was dominating with Chicago and Washington. Should have won Defensive MVP in '92 but Cortez Kennedy was an emotional favorite while playing for the memory of Jerome Brown. Marshall finished 2nd. Linebackers & Safetys don't always get the stats but can't be overlooked I also will argue to anyone that if there was no Ronnie Lott than Steve A****er would have been the best Safety of the last 20 years. Watch thoase Super Bowl wins again, he could have arguably benn MVP in both.

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  • Cvlaura - November 04 2010 12:51 PM

    I don't see Carl Hairston's name on the preliminary ballot. I am disillusioned because the HoF states that anybody can nominate a qualified candidate. I personally sent a letter to the Hall back in May of this year nominating "Big Daddy." I realize that doesn't mean he gets in, but how can he be left off the preliminary list once nominated? Carl Hairston has already made the cut to the top 25 a few years ago, so explain why he didn't even make the prelims? I hope this was just an oversight that will be corrected in time for voting by the electors.

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  • bachslunch - November 03 2010 07:51 PM

    There are several issues with Don Coryell's HoF case as a coach -- his defenses were usually as bad as his offenses were good, his W-L percentage and career counting stats are not overly impressive, and he had minimal playoff success. His best case as a HoF-er is probably as a contributor, perhaps as an offensive innovator to some degree. And comparing Dick Vermiel's stats and postseason success to coaching peers makes it hard to see why his HoF case is better than that of Tony Dungy (arguably the most HoF worthy of this group), Mike Holmgren, Mike Shanahan, and Bill Cowher -- and note that all these folks are behind Bill Belichick. Looks like a likely logjam there. In a sense, one can argue that Cris Carter is overrated since he's not necessarily the no-brainer first ballot WR some think, though I do think he's certainly HoF worthy; chances are he gets in within the next couple years. Will say it again -- the speed record for a TE to be elected to the HoF is Kellen Winslow, in his 3rd eligible year and 3rd time as finalist; most TEs waited a lot longer than this, so Shannon Sharpe's waiting a few years or so is perfectly consistent with past voting patterns at this position. No travesty here, and Sharpe will rightly get elected soon enough. And re Charles Haley, "rings" usually make a difference only with HoF-borderline QBs (Layne, Bradshaw, Griese, Aikman); only Lynn Swann and Paul Hornung might be seen as exceptions. Note the total absence of defensive players among those exceptions, and note also that if "rings" alone mattered, 4-ring Steelers such as Rocky Bleier, Larry Brown, and Mike Wagner would be considered HoF worthy. Charles Haley may indeed get elected, and if so he certainly wouldn't be the worst LB-DE in the HoF, though it's hard to see a case that he's better than Kevin Greene, or for that matter Sam Mills or Cornelius Bennett or Karl Mecklenburg.

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  • Prime4ever - November 02 2010 06:31 PM

    Primetime is the BEST DB ever, not getting in first ballot would be a travesty. Vermeil and Coryell should be locks, Cris Carter is overated and shouldnt get in before several other WR's that are still out, ex: Tim Brown, Henry Ellard. Why is the free world is Shannon Sharpe not in? This guy is the Top TE ever behind Ditka and Mackey, i know, i know start bashing me about Tony G, Sharpe won and put up huge numbers, a nightmare to cover. And say what you will Charles Haley has 5 rings, thats what we all obsess over, y aint he in?

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  • bachslunch - October 24 2010 04:59 PM

    Re Joey Browner: I agree he'd be a reasonable HoF choice, but he's up against some tough competition in players such as Kenny Easley, Deron Cherry, Leroy Butler, and Steve A****er (not to mention Senior eligibles such as Jimmy Patton, Bobby Dillon, Johnny Robinson, and Cliff Harris) at a position the HoF voters don't seem to like much (safety). I think they all belong in, but I'm not on the committee.

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  • bachslunch - October 24 2010 04:44 PM

    gene posca, thanks for the kind words -- I find this topic very interesting, and have done my share of researching this -- am glad it's appreciated. Matthew, I'll be very surprised if Deion Sanders isn't a "first ballot" guy, as he's considered arguably the best cover corner who ever played, was an excellent kick returner, and has a fine postseason honors profile of 7(6AP)/8/90s. Ricky Blitzer lots of stuff: agreed it would be greatly deserving to have the Sabols in the HoF but good luck having them reach finalist stage with all the deserving players waiting (Dr. Z thinks coaches and contributors should be in a separate voting category, and I agree); Shannon Sharpe's sitting and waiting a while is not unusual for TEs (the record is 3rd eligible year and 3rd year as finalist when Kellen Winslow got voted in), plus the voters are likely seeing him as analogous to the eligible WRs (maybe not all that unfair, as he apparently didn't block any better or with any more enthusiasm than the average WR); re Andre Reed, it may indeed be that he gets elected before Cris Carter and Tim Brown since he has been waiting longer than they have; re William Roaf, I doubt he gets in right away (Dermontti Dawson may be due this year), but down the road I think he makes it in; am wondering if Marshall Faulk's excellence as both runner and receiver might give him a better chance at "first ballot" treatment ahead of Curtis Martin or Jerome Bettis.

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  • Ricky Blitzer - October 22 2010 09:08 PM

    Well I guess I will add my 2 cents. I still wonder why Shannon Sharpe is still waiting when he retired he help all the TE records he has 3 SB rings and still he sits. I think the 1st WR to go in will should be Andre Reed since I feel he along with kelly and thomas where the Bills offense that went to 4 SB, also Aikman Emmitt and Irvin. As for OL I think Roaf and Dawson definately havwe what it take to get in this year or next. AS for DL I thibk time has passed for Richard Dent and I think Cortex Kennefy and Chris Doleman will get in before Dent. As for secondary I think Deion is 1st ballot all the way, as he was the most feeler Db/KR of his era not to mention that great KR that won the game for his team after his teams opponent just score a TD with less then a minute left and he needed to run it back to a TD or lose the game. I always thought Joey Browner, was a guy team feared when they came to Minnesota. Well RB are deep and I think it will be Curtis Martin Marshall faulk and then Jerome Bettis when I rank RB. most of the time Martin was the only player on the Jets for years. Faulk always had players around him. This is the big question in my mine what about Ed and Steve Sabol of NFL films where would the NFL be without a video record of all the runs kicks and passes, that has transpired over the past decades?????

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  • Matthew - October 18 2010 10:13 AM

    The 2011 class will look like this, Deion Sanders, Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe, Don Coryell, Cris Carter and Senior Nominee Chris Hanburger. I agree with a lot of people on here that the Senior Committee needs to do something, they need to do more than 2 a year, flip it to 5 Seniors & 2 of the modern players... for like 5 years. There are way to many of the Pioneers of the game that are on the outside looking in... They got it right in 2005 getting Fritz Pollard and Benny Friedman in… but there are like 18-20 in there era that also need to be in…

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  • Kyweaver - October 16 2010 02:22 PM

    This is how i think it will be: Marshall Faulk, Shannon Sharpe, Don Coryell, Cris Carter and one Senior Nominee (Likley Hanburger). That is my 2011 hof class prediction. i don't think Sanders or Bettis will get in this year but within the next two esily.

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  • RayCoulter - October 14 2010 08:44 AM

    Why does Randall Cunningham get no consideration??

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  • RayCoulter - October 14 2010 08:44 AM

    Why does Randall Cunningham get no consideration??

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  • gene posca - October 10 2010 11:07 PM

    Pay attention to the insightful comments of 'bachslunch'. I've been studying football for 40 years and he is correct on virtually every point made in his comments.

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  • Mike Terres - October 05 2010 04:42 PM

    Dear Seniors Committee- Please take some extra time and thought this year at nominating the 1920's unofficial rushing leader Tony Latone. If the '25 Pottsville Maroons can't have the deserved title of Worlds Champions, atleast give them an honor which will forever place the team and city of Pottsville on the map for their important place in the histoty of the NFL.

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  • gene posca - October 05 2010 08:53 AM

    Pay attention to the insightful comments of 'bachslunch'. I've been studying football for 40 years and he is correct on virtually every point made in his comments.

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  • bachslunch - September 23 2010 05:02 PM

    Kenny Stabler is now only eligible as a Senior. He won't be on the regular candidate list anymore.

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  • number12 - September 23 2010 01:51 AM

    Ken Stabler not on the list, but Doug Willliams is? What are these guys smoking?

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  • bachslunch - September 22 2010 06:31 PM

    Agreed that Ken Anderson belongs in the HoF. Am less sold on Kenny Stabler, as his stats are less impressive -- I say we get Anderson in first and then talk about The Snake. Terrell Davis's career is indeed noteworthy but extremely short, and the HoF tends not to elect many short career players (folks like Dick Stanfel, Sterling Sharpe, Tony Boselli, Tombstone Jackson, Mac Speedie, and Del Shofner have gotten nowhere thus far) -- he may get elected eventually, but am thinking his chances are fairly slim. Am not too taken with Randall Cunningham for the HoF, as his career is spotty and injury-riddled, though he does have a couple fine seasons under his belt. Not sure it's enough, though.

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  • bachslunch - September 22 2010 06:21 PM

    Of the newcomers, agreed that Deion Sanders is a lock for first-ballot election and Marshall Faulk is a good bet to be one as well. Have doubts that William Roaf will also be first-ballot, but do think he's getting in sooner or later. There's always an outside chance one or even both of Curtis Martin or Jerome Bettis might sneak in on their first try, but I wouldn't bet the rent on it -- they'll get elected eventually as well. Given how tough the HoF voters are on WRs in general, have serious doubts Jimmy Smith will ever get elected. Tim Brown is in a logjam with Andre Reed, Cris Carter, and Shannon Sharpe -- they're all likely to get in, but Brown's eligibility is the most recent of these four, and they'll likely make him wait his turn behind the other three.

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  • bachslunch - September 21 2010 10:20 PM

    Am thinking the most overdue of Seniors are those deserving few from the 1920s still not in -- would nominate Duke Slater, Lavvie Dilweg, and Verne Lewellen here. Or one might consider Al Wistert, who is still alive at age 89 and has never been a finalist and is also HoF deserving. Not as taken with Alex Karras here, whose gambling suspension would have gotten him banned from Baseball Hall of Fame consideration for life and whose postseason profile is not as good as Henry Jordan's -- and Jordan took two tries as a Senior before finally being elected, which would suggest he's borderline enough at DT as it is. Would be fine with Jerry Kramer getting in the HoF, but he's had 10 finalist tries (one as a Senior) with no luck thus far. Not as sold on Bob Kuechenberg either -- his postseason profile of 2(1AP)/6/none is not exactly earth-shattering, and five guard contemporaries of his are already in (Tom Mack, Larry Little, Gene Upshaw, John Hannah, and Joe DeLamielleure).

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  • jeffdurski - September 20 2010 10:25 PM

    Sanders, Faulk and Roaf are very deserving of first ballot entry. Jimmy Smith is close but Tim Brown was a better player and should get in this year. Martin is close to, but Terrell Davis should get in next. Bettis will need to wait several years and although a popular player and celebrity was very one dimensional ie no hands.

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  • jeffdurski - September 20 2010 10:10 PM

    Jerry Kramer, Bob Keuchenberg and Alex Karras are the most overdue. Also Ken Anderson, Stabler and Randall Cunningham should be in.

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  • bachslunch - September 19 2010 11:51 AM

    Re punters and the HoF. Note well that there are already some punters in the HoF, examples being Sammy Baugh, Norm van Brocklin, Yale Lary, Bob Waterfield, Ace Parker, and Charlie Trippi -- even Lem Barney and Jackie Smith were their team's punter for a few years. Of course, all these folks played a field position as well. Note well also that some HoF electors do not believe any punting specialists belong in, as they appear in at most about 6-7 plays per game -- not so sure I agree, of course, as a fine punter can provide excellent field position advantage to his team. The big question is which punter now not in deserves election, and one can make cases for several possibilities (some now only senior eligible) including Tommy Davis (also PK), Verne Lewellen (also Back), Ray Guy, Jerrel Wilson, Horace Gillom, Rohn Stark, Rich Camarillo, Reggie Roby, and Don Chandler (also PK), not to mention how some current or recently retired players such as Shane Lechler, Jeff Feagles, and Sean Landeta stack up here. And to change the subject and bring up Tim Brown -- Brown's getting in eventually, but given the logjam of waiting eligible receivers such as Andre Reed and Cris Carter and TE Shannon Sharpe, he'll have to wait his turn (the fact that he was a finalist in his first eligible year bodes well here).

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  • David - September 17 2010 09:59 PM

    I feel the one position that is the most ignored is punter. I look at the list of nominees and I see a long list of WR's, a list of RB's, even a long list of defensive linemen. I look at punters and there is only two. Plus, there are zero punters in the hall right now. I know there are a lot of other players that are just as deserving, although when you think about it, out of all the punters that have ever played in the NFL, only two(2) are even worth mentioning going into the Football Hall of Fame. Only two punters. I'm making a plead now to try and make the 2011 class the class of the punters. PUT THEM IN!!!:)

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  • JJHart63 - September 17 2010 04:24 PM

    In an era of me before team, steroids, and athletes who appear on the front page and in the news because of their off field activities, I can not see how a player such as Tim Brown can not be inducted to the hall of fame. He has always been a class act, someone you can point to for an example for your kids. He gives back to wherever he has been. He has the stats, had team loyalty, and is a Heisman Trophy winner. Is a Super Bowl ring all that counts? It shouldn't be.

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  • bachslunch - September 15 2010 10:07 PM

    Dave: Don Coryell is on this list under "Coaches."

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  • Dave - September 15 2010 06:22 PM

    Where is Don Coreyll???????????????

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  • bachslunch - September 15 2010 06:13 PM

    Lots to address here. Alex, there are in fact several fullbacks already in the HoF: Jim Brown, Jim Taylor, Larry Csonka, Joe Perry, John Henry Johnson, and Marion Motley, according to the HoF's own website. If you're talking FBs from the 1980s and beyond, I would be very interested to know why you think Tom Rathman and Daryl Johnson belong in ahead of Larry Centers and Mike Alstott, or more importantly why any FB from this later era deserves to be in the HoF at all. DJ, I would be very interested to know why Joe Theismann belongs in the HoF, given that his stats look to be at the Hall of the Very Good level of QBs like Boomer Esiason and Phil Simms and Brian Sipe, and his single SB win isn't going to give him much of a leg up. All, Cris Carter will get elected eventually, and his having to wait a few years is no travesty -- first ballot treatment for WRs is rare, with only 5 of the 21 currently in getting this honor, such as it is. Thomas Pianetti, comparing your favorite HoF snub to the worst players in (such as Joe Namath and Lynn Swann) is not a good argument. All, Jerry Kramer and Randy Gradishar and Andy Russell are now only eligible as Seniors and will not appear on this list, regardless of consideration worth. Patrick, Morten Andersen is not eligible yet, and Tom Dempsey is both a Senior and has very pedestrian numbers -- voting Dempsey in would be like voting Bobby Thompson into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Earl Gillem, Jim Marshall is also Senior-eligible only and does not have good enough stats to merit HoF election (he was named to an all pro 1st team zero times and to pro bowl squads only twice in 20 years) -- and if a consecutive game streak were all that qualified a player for the HoF, Everett Scott would be in the Baseball HoF, but he's not. David Wofford, Carl Eller is indeed in the HoF and I think deservedly so -- and agreed that Roman Gabriel is better than many remember, though QB and RB are probably the most over-represented HoF positions. Gary, Joe Klecko wouldn't be a bad HoF choice, though he's up against contemporaries such as Mark Gastineau and Fred Smerlas and Ed "Too Tall" Jones, all of whom have similar postseason honors numbers. PJ, in theory it's true that anyone can nominate players for the Preliminary Round and they should appear here -- but I gave up doing such nominations after having some eligible players on my list not appear, such as Mark Gastineau and Harold Jackson (Jackson was on a strike roster in 1987, though he didn't play).

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  • Jordan Butler - September 15 2010 01:12 PM

    Deion, Jerome (The Bus), Marshall, Curtis, Smith, Roaf, and Vermeil are all definitely deserving of being a part of Canton in the NFL Hall of Fame. Thier names need to be enshrined.

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  • John - September 15 2010 09:58 AM

    Why is Jerry Kramer not being considered? He was a pivotal figure in that offensive line of Lombardi's not to say how many times he played injured.

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  • JJ - September 14 2010 11:00 PM

    A name I haven't seen or give much respect is for the late owner Carroll Rosenbloom..who built the Baltimore Colts into two NFL championships and rebuild the LA Rams into a powerhouse during the 70's..plus has many former players in the HOF too.

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  • Jose Salas - September 14 2010 07:22 PM

    “If you ask me to name the five best linebackers I played against, or had a chance to cover in my broadcasting career, Randy Gradishar would be on that list ... There is no question about his credentials; Randy Gradishar belongs in the Hall of Fame.”[23] Merlin Olsen Enough said.

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  • Mark Pinheiro - September 14 2010 12:17 PM

    Again another year for the HOF and no Mr Jerry Kramer when is this injustice to the best guard to play in the NFL be corrected! I hope someone on the veterans committee will step up and demand Mr. Jerry Kramer be elected to the HOF!

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  • Mike - September 14 2010 10:24 AM

    Royce , Doug Has a Ring as a Player . Ellard not good (Over 13k in yrds, 800+ catches) , Larry Centers was a good FB . Herman Moore had 3 straight yrs. with over 100 catches , lol . And Ben Coates and Wychek both are easily 10 top all-time TE's . Randall was ok . He didn't get a chance to show his throwing potential until he went to Minnesota . His rushing records will be broken in about a yr or 2 by "Mr. Vick" . And Gary Clark wasn't good ?? Wow , Lol . They all deserve to be in the Hall along with my picks for this yr. Deion Sanders , Terrell Davis , Shannon Sharpe and Steve A****er .

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  • Bob - September 14 2010 09:49 AM

    I agree with Michelle and CT-Footbal Fan that the HOF system needs to be revamped. There are now too many great players that deserve HOF status who will never get it because there are too many new players eligible for HOF status. The backlog is tremendous. My suggestion is to expand the number of spots in the HOF for each year. The current limit just doesn't allow many of the greats to get into the Hall. Also the sports writers need to remember the mountain time zone teams. The Broncos are too under-represented in the Hall. There are several other teams that are under-represented as well. It is definitely time for some changes.

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  • Earl Gillem - September 14 2010 08:12 AM

    To All of The Sports Writers who vote for the NFL Hall of Fame, why is former Minnesota Viking defensive end legend Jim Marshall again not even being considered for the 2011 NFL Hall of Fame? His name is not even on ESPN Fans Choice Website. Someone needs to start doing homework on this great player of the 1960's and early 70's. Mr. Marshall should have been in the NFL Hall of Fame over 20 years ago right after the election of Fran Tarkington and before Paul Krause and Ron Yary. As one of the original Minnesota Vikings of 1961 he was the original NFL Iron Man before Brett Favre broke his record of consecutive games played.

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  • CT-Football Fan - September 14 2010 08:03 AM

    I think the system for voting people into the HOF definitely needs to change. Another person who should definitely be in the HOF is Art Modell, former owner of the Browns/Ravens. It is unfair how a couple of sports writers (lead by Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer) is able to block his entrance year after year because they have a chip on their shoulder. Modell moved the team for BUSINESS REASONS! Within a couple of years, Cleveland not only got their team back but was able to keep all of the team history (not to mention they got a new stadium that the city was unwilling to give Modell at the time). Al Davis, who has moved his team several times, who has been blocking the NFL from putting another team in Los Angeles, who has sued the NFL even, has been inducted into the HOF. When you look at what Modell has done for the NFL (especially compared to Al Davis) is is just a travesty that his entrance can be blocked by a few with a chip on their shoulder. Tony Grossi has stated that as long as he is part of the voting committee he will do everything he can to keep Modell out of the HOF because he moved the team. His voting is strictly based on this one decision. When you have a committee made up of members who are allowed to bring their biases to the table, many highly qualified candidates will never get into the HOF.

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  • patrick - September 14 2010 07:35 AM

    Just curious as to why Morten Andersen and Tom Dempsey haven't been nominated to the HOF?

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  • sean lamb - September 13 2010 10:59 PM

    H-walker should been in Hall, Deion Sanders, Charles Haley , Bill Bates is in my Hall but will not make this one Chris carter is overated

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  • david wofford - September 13 2010 08:43 PM

    Roman Gabriel should be in and if Chris Hanburger and Les Richter do not make it, maybe we need someone else to do the voting...say, theres an idea...i think we should vote on who gets to vote....some of the players that are not in are proof you guys are idiots....is Carl Eller and Jim Marshall in? And as for Mr. Jerry Kramer...that is all the proof America needs to know we need some new voters....these guys belong...you do not even belong in the group who votes....you have become just like the Rock-n- Roll hall of fame....you are a joke

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  • MICHELLE WIE FAN - September 13 2010 08:04 PM

    I don't think players should ever become ineligible for induction because too much time has passed since they retired from football. I personally would like to see more of the older players who played for next to nothing, wore next to no protective gear (compared to today), and built the league into what it has become today be inducted into the hall before the more recent players made it in. A lot of the stats for various positions were not kept a long time ago (such as quarterback sacks, etc) so it would be hard to get those older players exact numbers. I attend hall of fame weekend (inductions & game) every year, and have for the last 29 years, and I always enjoy seeing the older players getting inducted and recognized for what they did more than seeing the more recent players getting inducted. In addition to not shutting older players out because too much time has passed, I would like to see the voting for the inductees be done by either the hall of famers, the retired players, or a combination of both instead of having the sports writers and people who did not play have a say.

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  • MICHELLE WIE FAN - September 13 2010 07:53 PM

    I don't think players should ever become ineligible for induction because too much time has passed since they retired from football. I personally would like to see more of the older players who played for next to nothing, wore next to no protective gear (compared to today), and built the league into what it has become today be inducted into the hall before the more recent players made it in. A lot of the stats for various positions were not kept a long time ago (such as quarterback sacks, etc) so it would be hard to get those older players exact numbers. I attend hall of fame weekend (inductions & game) every year, and have for the last 29 years, and I always enjoy seeing the older players getting inducted and recognized for what they did more than seeing the more recent players getting inducted. In addition to not shutting older players out because too much time has passed, I would like to see the voting for the inductees be done by either the hall of famers, the retired players, or a combination of both instead of having the sports writers and people who did not play have a say.

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  • MICHELLE WIE FAN - September 13 2010 07:46 PM

    I don't think players should ever become ineligible for induction because too much time has passed since they retired from football. I personally would like to see more of the older players who played for next to nothing, wore next to no protective gear (compared to today), and built the league into what it has become today be inducted into the hall before the more recent players made it in. A lot of the stats for various positions were not kept a long time ago (such as quarterback sacks, etc) so it would be hard to get those older players exact numbers. I attend hall of fame weekend (inductions & game) every year, and have for the last 29 years, and I always enjoy seeing the older players getting inducted and recognized for what they did more than seeing the more recent players getting inducted. In addition to not shutting older players out because too much time has passed, I would like to see the voting for the inductees be done by either the hall of famers, the retired players, or a combination of both instead of having the sports writers and people who did not play have a say.

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  • MICHELLE WIE FAN - September 13 2010 07:46 PM

    I don't think players should ever become ineligible for induction because too much time has passed since they retired from football. I personally would like to see more of the older players who played for next to nothing, wore next to no protective gear (compared to today), and built the league into what it has become today be inducted into the hall before the more recent players made it in. A lot of the stats for various positions were not kept a long time ago (such as quarterback sacks, etc) so it would be hard to get those older players exact numbers. I attend hall of fame weekend (inductions & game) every year, and have for the last 29 years, and I always enjoy seeing the older players getting inducted and recognized for what they did more than seeing the more recent players getting inducted. In addition to not shutting older players out because too much time has passed, I would like to see the voting for the inductees be done by either the hall of famers, the retired players, or a combination of both instead of having the sports writers and people who did not play have a say.

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  • GARY - September 13 2010 07:26 PM

    Long time Steeler fan living in Bronco country. Not only do I want to see, Kevin Greene, Jerome Bettis and Dawson get in but how about Randy Gradishar?

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  • thomas pianetti - September 13 2010 05:42 PM

    I don't understand why Phil Simms and Ken Stabler are not in the Hall Of Fame but the most overated qb in the history of the NFL Joe Namath is in. Also where is Jerry Kramer? No Andre Reed but Lynn Swann is in?

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  • Thomas - September 13 2010 05:03 PM

    Where is Andy Russell 8 pro bowl 7 All-Pro 2 Super Bowls and co-captain of the steel curtin when does Andy get his love you guys are blind

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  • Garland - September 13 2010 04:38 PM

    I know the position is not glamorous, but Jerry Kramer's absence in the HOF is criminal!

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  • Garland - September 13 2010 04:38 PM

    I know the position is not glamorous, but Jerry Kramer's absence in the HOF is criminal!

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  • Garland - September 13 2010 04:37 PM

    I know the position is not glamorous, but Jerry Kramer's absence in the HOF is criminal!

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  • Garland - September 13 2010 04:33 PM

    Do the right thing - select Chris Carter!

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  • Cowboys4life - September 13 2010 04:19 PM

    I don't even like the Vikings, but not voting for Chris Carter is RIDICULOUS!!!

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  • Mike - September 13 2010 04:16 PM

    Royce , Doug Has a Ring as a Player . Ellard not good (Over 13k in yrds, 800+ catches) , Larry Centers was a good FB . Herman Moore had 3 straight yrs. with over 100 catches , lol . And Ben Coates and Wychek both are easily 10 top all-time TE's . Randall was ok . He didn't get a chance to show his throwing potential until he went to Minnesota . His rushing records will be broken in about a yr or 2 by "Mr. Vick" . And Gary Clark wasn't good ?? Wow , Lol . They all deserve to be in the Hall along with my picks for this yr. Deion Sanders , Terrell Davis , Shannon Sharpe and Steve A****er .

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  • Mike - September 13 2010 04:16 PM

    Royce , Doug Has a Ring as a Player . Ellard not good (Over 13k in yrds, 800+ catches) , Larry Centers was a good FB . Herman Moore had 3 straight yrs. with over 100 catches , lol . And Ben Coates and Wychek both are easily 10 top all-time TE's . Randall was ok . He didn't get a chance to show his throwing potential until he went to Minnesota . His rushing records will be broken in about a yr or 2 by "Mr. Vick" . And Gary Clark wasn't good ?? Wow , Lol . They all deserve to be in the Hall along with my picks for this yr. Deion Sanders , Terrell Davis , Shannon Sharpe and Steve A****er .

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  • DJ - September 13 2010 03:34 PM

    Gary is right. Both Joe Klecko and Mark Gastineau should have been inducted a long time ago. The biggest travesty of all is that Joe Theismann is being SNUBBED when his coach (Joe Gibbs) running back (John Riggins) and receiver (Art Monk) have already been inducted. Incredible.

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  • PJ - September 13 2010 03:12 PM

    To Royce: This preliminary list represents nominations by anyone, yes that is right at this stage, anyone including you, can nominate someone for election. This list is simply compiled and released by the HOF, it is not prepared by the HOF or the selection committee.

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  • Gary - September 13 2010 02:34 PM

    When is Joe Klecko going to get serious consideration? Pro Bowl at 3 different positions? Who else can claim that?

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  • Alex - September 13 2010 02:22 PM

    I wonder when the true fullback position will ever be appreciated? Tom Rathman and D. Johnson should be in the hall. They never will because the position itself isnt appreciated. It drives me crazy because they both deserve to be in the hall!

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  • franknbeans - September 13 2010 01:49 PM

    last I looked Scramble Randall has how many Super Bowl RINGS???

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