Individuals are not asked to “declare” a team under which he is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Rather, an enshrinee is elected in one of three categories: player, coach, and contributor.
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However, the Hall of Fame will list enshrinees according to the team or teams on which they spent a significant period of time. Here is a look at how the 17 finalists for the Class of 2014 could impact the overall team roster in Canton.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have three finalists who spent a significant part of their careers with the team. The Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, and San Francisco 49ers, have two finalists who spent a significant part of their careers with the team. The Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Dallas Cowboys, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers, St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams, and Seattle Seahawks each have one finalist who spent all or a significant part of their careers with that team. From this year’s list six players and one owner – Brooks, Guy, Harrison, Jones, Shields, Strahan and DeBartolo, Jr. – spent their entire NFL career with just one team.
If elected …
ARIZONA (CHICAGO/ST. LOUIS/PHOENIX) CARDINALS
2014 Finalist: Aeneas Williams
In the Hall (11): Charles Bidwill, Jimmy Conzelman, Dan Dierdorf, John “Paddy” Driscoll, Dick “Night Train” Lane, Ollie Matson, Ernie Nevers, Jackie Smith, Charley Trippi, Roger Wehrli, and Larry Wilson.
2014 Finalists: Morten Andersen, Claude Humphrey
In the Hall (1): Deion Sanders is the only other Hall of Famer who played a significant part of his career with the Falcons.
2014 Finalist: Andre Reed
In the Hall (8): Joe DeLamielleure, Jim Kelly, Marv Levy, Billy Shaw, O.J. Simpson, Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Ralph Wilson, Jr.
2014 Finalist: Charles Haley
In the Hall (14): Troy Aikman, Larry Allen, Tony Dorsett, Bob Hayes, Michael Irvin, Tom Landry, Bob Lilly, Mel Renfro, Deion Sanders, Tex Schramm, Emmitt Smith, Roger Staubach, Randy White, Rayfield Wright
INDIANAPOLIS (BALTIMORE) COLTS:
2014 Finalists: Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison
In the Hall (11): Raymond Berry, Eric Dickerson, Art Donovan, Weeb Ewbank, Marshall Faulk, Ted Hendricks, John Mackey, Gino Marchetti, Lenny Moore, Jim Parker, Johnny Unitas.
KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
2014 Finalist: Will Shields
In the Hall (10): Bobby Bell, Buck Buchanan, Curley Culp, Len Dawson, Lamar Hunt, Willie Lanier, Jan Stenerud, Hank Stram, Derrick Thomas, Emmitt Thomas.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
2014 Finalist: Morten Andersen
In the Hall (3): Jim Finks, Rickey Jackson, and Willie Roaf.
NEW YORK GIANTS
2014 Finalist: Michael Strahan
In the Hall (19): Morris “Red” Badgro, Roosevelt Brown, Harry Carson, Benny Friedman, Frank Gifford, Mel Hein, Sam Huff, Alphonse “Tuffy” Leemans, Tim Mara, Wellington Mara, Steve Owen, Bill Parcells, Andy Robustelli, Ken Strong, Fran Tarkenton, Lawrence Taylor, Y.A. Tittle, Emlen Tunnell, Arnie Weinmeister.
OAKLAND/LOS ANGELES RAIDERS:
2014 Finalists: Tim Brown, Ray Guy
In the Hall (13): Marcus Allen, Fred Biletnikoff, George Blanda, Willie Brown, Dave Casper, Al Davis, Mike Haynes, Ted Hendricks, Howie Long, John Madden, Jim Otto, Art Shell, Gene Upshaw.
2014 Finalist: Jerome Bettis
In the Hall (20): Mel Blount, Terry Bradshaw, Jack Butler, Dermontti Dawson, Bill Dudley, Joe Greene, Jack Ham, Franco Harris, John Henry Johnson, Walt Kiesling, Jack Lambert, Bobby Layne, Chuck Noll, Art Rooney, Dan Rooney, John Stallworth, Ernie Stautner, Lynn Swann, Mike Webster, Rod Woodson.
ST. LOUIS/LOS ANGELES RAMS:
2014 Finalist: Kevin Greene
In the Hall (15): George Allen, Eric Dickerson, Marshall Faulk, Tom Fears, Elroy Hirsch, Deacon Jones, Tom Mack, Ollie Matson, Merlin Olsen, Dan Reeves, Les Richter, Jackie Slater, Norm Van Brocklin, Bob Waterfield, Jack Youngblood.
SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
2014 Finalists: Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Charles Haley
In the Hall (13): Fred Dean, Jimmy Johnson, Ronnie Lott, Hugh McElhenny, Joe Montana, Leo Nomellini, Joe Perry, Jerry Rice, Bob St. Clair, Y.A. Tittle, Bill Walsh, Dave Wilcox, Steve Young.
2014 Finalist: Walter Jones
In the Hall (2): Cortez Kennedy, Steve Largent
TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
2014 Finalists: Derrick Brooks, Tony Dungy, John Lynch
In the Hall (2): Warren Sapp, Lee Roy Selmon
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