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09-20-2009, 12:01 AM
Steeler's Anderson, Dawson nominated for Hall of Fame
Saturday, September 19, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09262/999335-100.stm

Former Steelers kicker Gary Anderson, eligible for the first time, joins former teammate Dermontti Dawson, a finalist last year, on the list of 131 men nominated for election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, announced today.

A large contingent of former Steelers are among the group: Linebackers Kevin Greene and Hardy Nickerson, safeties Donnie Shell and Carnell Lake, coach Buddy Parker and player personnel head Art Rooney Jr., a part-owner of the team as well.

Also nominated are former Pitt players Russ Grimm, also a former Steelers coach who was a finalist last year, and defensive linemen Chris Doleman and Rickey Jacxkson. Darryl Talley of West Virginia joins them, as does former San Francisco 49ers owner Ed DeBartolo Jr., who also owned the Penguins and is from Boardman, Ohio.

The list of 131 will be reduced to 25 semifinalists and then 15 finalists, who will join the two seniors nominees, Dick LeBeau and Floyd Little, for the final vote to be taken on Feb. 6 for the 2010 Hall of Fame class.

The complete list of nominees:
FIRST-YEAR ELIGIBLE NOMINEES

Quarterback -- Rich Gannon

Running Back -- Eddie George, Emmitt Smith

Wide Receiver -- Tim Brown, Jerry Rice

Defensive Back -- Aeneas Williams (CB/S)

Kicker -- Gary Anderson
ADDITIONAL NOMINEES

Quarterbacks -- Ken Anderson, Randall Cunningham, Boomer Esiason, Jim Plunkett, Phil Simms,

Joe Theismann, Danny White (also Punter), Doug Williams

Running Backs -- Ottis Anderson, Larry Centers, Roger Craig, Terrell Davis, Leroy Hoard, Eric Metcalf (also WR), Brian Mitchell (also KR/PR), Mike Pruitt, Gerald Riggs, George Rogers, Herschel Walker, Ricky Watters

Wide Receivers -- Cliff Branch, *Cris Carter, Gary Clark, Henry Ellard, Irving Fryar, Roy Green, Herman Moore, Stanley Morgan, *Andre Reed, Sterling Sharpe

Tight Ends -- Mark Bavaro, Todd Christensen, Ben Coates, Russ Francis, *Shannon Sharpe, Frank Wycheck

Offensive Linemen -- Tony Boselli (T), Lomas Brown (T), Jim Covert (T), *Dermontti Dawson (C),

*Russ Grimm (G), Jay Hilgenberg (C), Chris Hinton (G/T), Kent Hull (C), Joe Jacoby (T), Mike Kenn (T), Jim Lachey (T), Max Montoya (G), Korey Stringer (T), Steve Wisniewski (G)

Defensive Linemen -- Al "Bubba" Baker (DE), Ray Childress (DT/DE), *Richard Dent (DE), Chris Doleman (DE/LB), Charles Haley (DE/LB), Ed "Too Tall" Jones (DE), *Cortez Kennedy (DT), Joe Klecko (DE/DT/NT), Dexter Manley (DE), Charles Mann (DE), Steve McMichael (DT/NT), Leslie O'Neal (DE), Michael Dean Perry (DT/DE), *John Randle (DE/DT), Clyde Simmons (DE), Fred Smerlas (NT)

Linebackers -- Cornelius Bennett, Matt Blair, Kevin Greene (also DE), Ken Harvey, Rickey Jackson, Rod Martin, Clay Matthews, Karl Mecklenburg, Sam Mills, Hardy Nickerson, Chris Spielman, Pat Swilling, Darryl Talley

Defensive Backs -- Eric Allen (CB), Steve Atwater (S), Joey Browner (S), LeRoy Butler (S), Raymond Clayborn (CB), Kenny Easley (S), Lester Hayes (CB), Carnell Lake (S/CB), Albert Lewis (CB), Frank Minnifield (CB), Donnie Shell (S), Darren Woodson (S), Louis Wright (CB)

Kickers/Punters -- Ray Guy (P), Nick Lowery (K), Reggie Roby (P)

Special Teams -- Steve Tasker (ST/WR)

Coaches -- Bill Arnsparger, Don Coryell, Tom Flores, Jimmy Johnson, Chuck Knox, Buddy Parker, A.O. "Bum" Phillips, Dan Reeves, Buddy Ryan, Clark Shaughnessy

Contributors -- K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr., Bobby Beathard, Gil Brandt, Leo Carlin, Jack Kent Cooke, Otho Davis, Ed DeBartolo, Jr., Ole Haugsrud, Frank "Bucko" Kilroy, Art Modell, Art Rooney, Jr., Carroll Rosenbloom, Ed Sabol, Steve Sabol, *Paul Tagliabue, Jim Tunney, Ron Wolf, George Young

*On 2009 17 finalists list

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Ed Bouchette can be reached at ebouchette@post-gazette.com.
First published on September 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm

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