Class of 2010 semifinalists announced

11/28/2009

 Also Fans “Voice Their Choice” 

Four first-year eligible players Tim Brown, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith and Aeneas Williams, are among the 25 semifinalists being considered for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.  The Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee chose the 25 semifinalists from the list of 131 preliminary nominees.  Also, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed up with Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation's Van Heusen brand and J.C. Penney, Inc. to ask fans, for the first time ever, to voice their choice for whom they think should be included into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.  

Other than the four first-year eligible nominees, each of the remaining 21 nominees on the Hall of Fame’s Selection Committee’s list of nominees has been a semifinalist at least once prior to this year. The list of 25 includes a coach, Don Coryell, and two contributors, Art Modell and Paul Tagliabue.

The complete list of 25 modern-era semifinalists is as follows: 

 Cliff Branch, WR – 1972-1985 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders 
 Tim Brown, WR/KR – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 Cris Carter, WR – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins
 Don Coryell, Coach – 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers
 Roger Craig, RB – 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings
 Terrell Davis, RB – 1995-2001 Denver Broncos
 Dermontti Dawson, C – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers
 Richard Dent, DE – 1983-1993, 1995 Chicago Bears, 1994 San Francisco 49ers, 1996 Indianapolis Colts, 1997 Philadelphia Eagles
 Chris Doleman, DE/LB – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers
 Kevin Greene, LB/DE – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers
 Russ Grimm, G – 1981-1991 Washington Redskins
 Ray Guy, P – 1973-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
 Charles Haley, DE/LB – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys
 Lester Hayes, CB – 1977-1986 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders
 Rickey Jackson, LB – 1981-1993 New Orleans Saints, 1994-95 San Francisco 49ers
 Cortez Kennedy, DT – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks
 Art Modell, Owner – 1961-1995 Cleveland Browns, 1996-2003 Baltimore Ravens
John Randle, DT – 1990-2000 Minnesota Vikings, 2001-03 Seattle Seahawks
 Andre Reed, WR – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins
 Jerry Rice, WR – 1985-2000 San Francisco 49ers, 2001-04 Oakland Raiders, 2004 Seattle Seahawks 
 Shannon Sharpe, TE – 1990-99, 2002-03 Denver Broncos, 2000-01 Baltimore Ravens
Emmitt Smith, RB – 1990-2002 Dallas Cowboys, 2003-04 Arizona Cardinals 
 Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner – 1989-2006 National Football League
 Steve Tasker, Special Teams/WR – 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills
Aeneas Williams, CB/S – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams

The list of 25 semifinalists will be reduced by mail ballot to 15 modern-era candidates.  That list increases to 17 finalist nominees with the inclusion of the two recommended candidates of the Hall of Fame’s Seniors Committee.  The Seniors Committee nominees, who were announced in August, are Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little. LeBeau played 14 seasons (1959-1972) at cornerback for the Detroit Lions. Little, a running back played nine seasons (1967-1975) for the Denver Broncos.
 
The results of the modern-era reduction vote to 15 finalists will be announced on January 7, 2010. 

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

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

The Class of 2010 will be determined at the Selection Committee's annual meeting on Saturday, February 6, in South Florida the day before Super Bowl XLIV. The election results will be announced at 5 p.m. ET during a one-hour NFL Network special, live from the Super Bowl media headquarters.

For the first time, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has teamed up with Van Heusen to ask fans to voice their choice for whom they think should be included into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2010.  The Van Heusen Fan’s Choice campaign which launched in September, mirrors the Hall of Fame’s selection process and will name the first-ever Fan’s Choice Class live on the NFL Network just prior to the official announcement from the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After the first cut-down and more than 220,000 votes, the Van Heusen Fan’s Choice Top 25 list includes 14 candidates who also appear on the official Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee list including: Cliff Branch, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Richard Dent, Kevin Greene, Ray Guy, Charles Haley, Lester Hayes, John Randle, Andre Reed, Jerry Rice, Shannon Sharpe, Emmitt Smith, and Steve Tasker. 

Others making the Van Heusen Fan’s Choice Top 25 list who didn’t make the official Hall of Fame Selection Committee list include an athletic trainer, Otho Davis; a game official, Jim Tunney; a coach, Tom Flores; as well as former players Steve Atwater, Todd Christensen, Randall Cunningham, Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Jim Plunkett, Sterling Sharpe, Phil Simms, and Joe Theismann.

Fans are encouraged to visit www.fanschoice.com daily to vote for their favorites before the next Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee reduction vote to 15 modern-era finalists that will take place in January.

 



Class of 2010 Selection Process

131 preliminary nominees named
Road to Canton (via South Florida) – nine-part series examining the nominees
Dick LeBeau, Floyd Little named as ’10 senior candidates
25 semifinalists by year
Selection process – how are enshrinees elected?
2010 Enshrinement tickets on sale


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  • KUJNE - July 28 2012 04:43 AM

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  • Dane Fallo - January 03 2011 08:15 AM

    Their are truly some great players on this list, and i would someday like to see all of them make it. But i don't understand why if you haven't played a glory position you have no chance! Ray Guy was the greatest punter of all time, and how many teams no how important it is to have a great punter. Just ask the New York Giants.

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  • Robert L. Anderson, II - November 29 2010 03:09 AM

    Where's Donnie Shell???

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  • joe brodski sr. - September 13 2010 09:15 PM

    PHIL SIMMS IS WAY OVER DO TO BE SELECTED TO THE HALL OF FAME THIS SHOULD BE THE YEAR HE GETS IN

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  • James - February 12 2010 08:01 PM

    Also, Jerry Kramer, Bob Kuechenberg,or Dermontti Dawson over Russ Grimm (Grimm or Jacoby anyway?). Humphrey or Richard Dent over Fred Dean also. Andre Reed over Michael Irvin.

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  • James - February 12 2010 07:13 PM

    Also, Jerry Kramer, Bob Kuechenberg,or Dermontti Dawson over Russ Grimm (Grimm or Jacoby anyway?). Humphrey or Richard Dent over Fred Dean also. Andre Reed over Michael Irvin.

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  • James - February 12 2010 06:52 PM

    Otis Taylor, Cliff Branch, Ray Guy, Andre Reed, Charles Haley, and one who should have received more credit but played for the lowly Falcons, Claude Humphrey. Elvin Bethea is in. No knock on him whasoever but Claude was a dominating DE in the NFC almost every year.

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  • James - February 12 2010 06:22 PM

    Otis Taylor, Cliff Branch, Ray Guy, Andre Reed, Charles Haley, and one who should have received more credit but played for the lowly Falcons, Claude Humphrey. Elvin Bethea is in. No knock on him whasoever but Claude was a dominating DE in the NFC almost every year.

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  • Clyde S.Swartz - February 07 2010 02:02 PM

    Should put Jerry Kramer used to play ex Green Bay Packers and made 5 times championship from NFL and Super Bowl too under his Coach by Vince Lambardi.

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  • jsl - February 06 2010 09:56 PM

    Tim Brown deserves to wait a long time he was just a slightly above averge player. Chris Carter got nubb agian and Andre Reed who are both better then Brown. Brown needs to take a back seat for a good long time.

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  • Chris - February 06 2010 09:33 PM

    Once again the Raiders are snubbed Tim brown, Cliff Branch, Lester Hayes,and two time super bowl winning QB Jim Plunkett and the snake Ken Stabler are for sure hall of fame players.Who are these guys who are voting(no clue).But it only took the voting committee over 20 some years to vote the great John Madden (112-39-7) into the hall. What a joke!!!!!

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  • Maxine Kuykendall - February 06 2010 01:41 PM

    I cannot believe that Jim Plunkett is not already in the Hall of Fame. He was the reason that I started really watching Pro Football. I loved the way he could hold the ball so long, not afraid of a sack, until he could find the open player. SFO Airport has a bronze stature of Plunkett in the United terminal.He was such a great QB for the Oakland Raiders. I remember when Jerry Rice left Mississippi's all Black College and was drafted by the 49'ers. Also a great player, that I hope he makes it, but like Emmitt they have not been retired as long as lot of other greats like Plunkett. I hope Jim Kelly makes it, after all he first tried playing in the AFL, before it was dropped, then he would have had a Super Bowl Ring had the kicker from Buffalo not have missed the winning field goal, while Jim was QB for the NFL Buffalo Bills.

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  • Ellwood Davis - February 06 2010 12:16 PM

    Time to put the greatest center in the history of the NFL in the Hall of Fame, where he belongs. Dermontti Dawson not only is the best center to ever play, he's one of the best offensive linemen to ever play. Dawson is in the Anthony Munoz, Tony Boselli mold....dominate so much that he destroyed the nose tackle over his head, then pull out leading running plays to the outside. He was also outstanding in pass blocking. I remember during one game, the TV Network did an isolation on his play.....the first I ever remembe done on any OL. Put Dermontti Dawson in the Hall of Fame. He was every bit as great at his position as anyone.

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  • Reginald Sparks Sr. - February 06 2010 10:49 AM

    Yes Kevin Green was a beast on the field at linebacker, but if you understood what Ricky Jackson had to do, and go thru, you would be saying RICKY,RICKY,RICKY, yes sir, RICKY JACKSON and ya'll boy (no disrespect)Lawrence Taylor was the best in the League in their time, I maybe modest, because I'm from New Orleans, but I think RICKY was just as good has LT, just on bad teams with no TV coverage, just ask Joe Montana, and Steve Young,or the SUPER BOWL Coaches,Players,Organizations of those San Francisco teams what they think of MR. RICKY #57 JACKSON, RICKY,RICKY,RICKY

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  • Reginald Sparks Sr. - February 06 2010 10:37 AM

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  • TAS - February 05 2010 11:31 PM

    Many of the final 25 deserve to get in, but I feel especially strong about Ricky Jackson, Dick LeBeau, Andre Reed and Cliff Branch making it in. They were all at the top of their positions for many years. The one I feel gets overlooked the most is Ricky Jackson, he was a player that was always around the ball. I never saw another player either forcing or recovering as many fumbles as he did. On a team with four pro bowl linebackers playing on the same team he was the best. I tried to vote for the four players above on the JC Penny/Van Heusen fan website, but it would not allow me to vote. It would allow me to drag my players to the voting box, but when I tried to click the VOTE button, nothing would happen and I got an error message at the bottom of my screen. I certainly hope that no one else had the same problems as I had voting for their favorites. HOF keep up the good work - GO SAINTS!!

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  • Awason Sanders - February 01 2010 10:12 PM

    i here a lot of people saying raiders get screwed heres what i say: cliff branch: yes ken stabler: no ray guy: yes lester hayes: no

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  • jsl - February 01 2010 07:43 PM

    Steve Tasker is the Best special teams guy that has ever played the game he should be a shoe in. If Chris Carter can get passed up his first year so can Rice. Smith is not the best running back the game has seen I dont think he deserves the record there are plenty of better backs out there. Just about any good running back could have done what he did behind the O-line that dallas had. They had the first line in nfl history to average over 300 lbs nobody knew what to do agianst them plus he milked the record for way to long.

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  • Martin Molina - January 25 2010 09:33 AM

    I can't figure out why the GREAT Lester Hayes in not in the HOF is beyond me? I was thinking it was because he used stickem but I see Biletnikoff is in the HOF so that can't be it, I hope. I don't see any other reason Lester Hayes is not in??? You still have to be in position to make plays and Lester Hayes made plenty of plays. Lest Hayes had a BIG part in the Raiders winning two Superbowls. I plead to you, do the right thing and choose Lester Hayes for the HOF, he earned it!!! Thank you very much to taking the time to hear us fans we greatly appreciate it! Martin Molina

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  • Michael Piurkowski - January 20 2010 07:29 PM

    I BELEIVE THAT WOULD BE EASIER WITH YES OR NO CHECK ASIDETHE NAME OF THE SEMIFINALIST

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  • michael e roebuck - January 07 2010 10:07 AM

    Hall of Fame i was there 1977 for the game and the getting to see all of the things out there is something i will always cherish,but what gets a person in and what keeps them out,just curious how the system works

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  • Stumbler2001 - January 07 2010 07:26 AM

    Only 5 modern era nominees can get in, then the 2 senior committee nominees, so here are my picks Jerry Rice,Emmit Smith (Locks) Shannon Sharpe (Should also be a lock, but I'm not sure) Ray Guy (Best ever at his position) Paul Tagliabue (His time as commissioner took Nfl from popular to Juggernaut) As far as the senior nominees, Dick Lebeau for sure. I'd say no on Floyd Little. Lebeau had great careers as a player and a coach. Little seems like he was very good, but all time good? I don't think so

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  • Jay - January 07 2010 06:52 AM

    Agreed with SSR. Raider players are always overlooked. Cliff Branch, Lester Hayes, Ray Guy, and Ken Stabler should be in without a doubt. Tim Brown should go in first ballot. His stats are great, not as great as Jerry Rice, but compare the quarterbacks each receiver has had throughout their career. Before you Raider haters want to hate, please better your football knowledge. Raiders against the world.

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  • Jay - January 07 2010 06:52 AM

    Agreed with SSR. Raider players are always overlooked. Cliff Branch, Lester Hayes, Ray Guy, and Ken Stabler should be in without a doubt. Tim Brown should go in first ballot. His stats are great, not as great as Jerry Rice, but compare the quarterbacks each receiver has had throughout their career. Before you Raider haters want to hate, please better your football knowledge. Raiders against the world.

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  • marvel13 - January 07 2010 12:06 AM

    my list is of course emmit smith,jerry rice,floyd little,kevin greene,Dermontti Dawson,Art Model, Tim Brown

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  • SSR - January 06 2010 08:22 PM

    Only up to 7 can get inducted each year.

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  • WILLARD I. SWINSON - January 06 2010 07:51 PM

    HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES SHOULD BE: 1.JERRY RICE 2.EMMIT SMITH 3.SHANNON SHARP 4.GUY 5.HAYES 6.GRIMM 7.HALEY 8.DOLEMAN 9.GREENE 10.DENT WITHOUT A QUESTION

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  • J.U.L.E.S. - January 06 2010 07:09 PM

    it is clear that Jerry Rice, Emmett Smith, Kevin Greene, and Shannon Sharpe SHOULD be elected. Period. Basing the election purely on performance, not popularity, highlights this. These players are all-time at their respective positions. This isn't saying that Cris Carter, Tim Brown, RAY GUY (of all guys to have been to more than one Super Bowl and NOT be elected?) Lester Hayes, Aeneas Williams, Steve Tasker, and Russ Grimm shouldn't be---All these players should be elected and it's a shame that at best, only three players will get the nod! It's only right to mention that Paul Tagliabue will eventually be honored, considering under his watch--the NFL grew to such a world-wide juggernaut...showing no signs of slowing down!

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  • SSR - January 05 2010 02:37 PM

    I think the 2010 Hall of Fame should be Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Shannon Sharpe,Cris Carter, John Randle, Kevin Greene, and Dick LeBeau.

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  • SSR - January 05 2010 11:00 AM

    Tell me why Casper and Biletnikoff are in the hall of fame? Don't you think Stabler was a key figure in their success?

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  • Awason Sanders - January 03 2010 10:42 PM

    I Don't think Joe Namath Should be in the Hall at all!!! Stabler was better than him but I just don't know if Stabler is in the Elite Class

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  • SSR - January 03 2010 08:09 PM

    Why does everybody hate Ken Stabler so much?

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  • SSR - January 03 2010 08:06 PM

    Why does everybody hate Ken Stabler so much?

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  • SSR - January 03 2010 10:25 AM

    1974 NFL MVP. Norm Van Brocklin, Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung, Bart Starr, Alan Page, O.J. Simpson, Fran Tarkenton, Walter Payton, Terry Bradshaw, Earl Campbell, Dan Marino, Marcus Allen, Lawrence Taylor, John Elway, Thurman Thomas, and Barry Sanders were only NFL MVPs once.

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  • SSR - January 03 2010 10:24 AM

    1974 NFL MVP. Norm Van Brocklin, Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung, Bart Starr, Alan Page, O.J. Simpson, Fran Tarkenton, Walter Payton, Terry Bradshaw, Earl Campbell, Dan Marino, Marcus Allen, Lawrence Taylor, John Elway, Thurman Thomas, and Barry Sanders were only NFL MVPs once.

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  • SSR - January 03 2010 10:20 AM

    Awason, Stabler led his team to 8 conference championships. He was one of the key figures of Raiders of the '70s. He has better stats than Joe Namath. Like I said before, if Biletnikoff and Casper are in, why not Stabler?

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  • SSR - January 03 2010 10:17 AM

    Awason, Stabler led his team to 8 conference championships. He was one of the key figures of Raiders of the '70s. He has better stats than Joe Namath. Like I said before, if Biletnikoff and Casper are in, why not Stabler?

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  • Awason Sanders - January 02 2010 08:52 PM

    Players that are Robed a Chance at the Hall: Jerry Kramer, Ricky Watters, Jerry Smith, Earnest Bynar, and Cris Carter

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  • Awason Sanders - January 02 2010 08:46 PM

    Why is there no "Gritz Blitz" Falcons in the Hall

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  • Awason Sanders - January 02 2010 08:44 PM

    The 15 Finalist Should Be: Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Roger Craig, Dermonti Dawson, Chris Doleman, Richard Dent, Kevin Greene, Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Aeneas Williams, Andre Reed, Russ Grimm, Paul Tagliabue, Ray Guy, and Charles Haley. Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little

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  • Awason Sanders - January 02 2010 08:00 PM

    I agree SSR with Kevin Greene and Jim Marshall they get overlooked. However Ken Stabler will never be a Hall of Famer, Name me a Accomplishment he did was he really Hall of Fame Worthy?

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  • SSR - January 02 2010 04:48 PM

    Kevin Greene has the most sacks by a linebacker. Why is he being looked over? One more thing, how can you put Fred Biletnikoff and Dave Casper in without putting in Ken Stabler? What about Jim Marshall? He has the most defensive starts ever.

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  • Awason Sanders - January 02 2010 02:06 PM

    Aeneas Williams Jerry Rice Emmitt Smith Andre Reed Dick LeBeau Paul Tagliabue Should be the Class of 2010 People who will come close: Don Coryell Tim Brown Floyd Little Ray Guy Shannon Sharpe Russ Grimm Charles Haley

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  • Jonathan Spry - January 01 2010 10:47 PM

    I think Emmit is one of the best and he deserves to be in the Hall and will always be in the Convo when you talk about Best NFL runningbacks

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  • Jim Casey - December 30 2009 04:32 PM

    It is a crime that Jerry Kramer of the Packers and Jerry Smith of the Redskins are not in the Hall. Who on the selection committee hates them? How about some justice for a couple of great players?

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  • Mark Pinheiro - December 25 2009 11:21 AM

    Again the Hall has snubbed Jerry Kramer it is down right wrong Jerry Kramer is not in the Hall.

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  • Robert Harris - December 20 2009 09:14 AM

    Two of the greatest players of the modern era are first time eligible this year -- Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith. Not only are they among the leading players of all time at their respective positions, they are role models to all professional athletes as to character and leadership both on and off the field. There's a lot of great players on the list, but these two guys are in a class of their own.

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  • Chip Sharp - December 17 2009 10:41 AM

    Thoughs of you who enjoy thw passing game need to thank Don Coryel. He really took the passing game to the next level and was instramental in making it what it is today. John Madden said Coryel need to be in the hall. Ho recently showed up to a AFL 50th presentation in San Diego he was frail. Enen though many of you dont know him you recive the benifits from what he did for the game. Below is an excerpt from Wiki. Coryell's direct development of future coaches included Super Bowl head coaches John Madden and Joe Gibbs, Super Bowl offensive coordinators Ernie Zampese and Al Saunders, as well as Jim Hanifan and Rod Dowhower. Adding to the Coryell coaching tree, Super Bowl offensive coordinator Norv Turner tutored under Zampese, and another Super Bowl offensive coordinator Mike Martz studied under both Zampese and later Turner [10]. Dan Henning coached under Gibbs.

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