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RuthlessBurgher
01-07-2012, 08:18 PM
Bill Parcells on HOF finalists list
Associated Press
Updated: January 7, 2012, 2:48 PM ET

CANTON, Ohio -- Bill Parcells moved one step closer to Canton on Saturday when the Pro Football Hall of Fame released a list of 15 modern-era finalists for enshrinement that included the Super Bowl-winning coach.

Wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, running backs Jerome Bettis and Curtis Martin and former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields also made the cut when the 26 semifinalists were pared down through a mail ballot.

The final list of candidates also includes two senior nominees: former Steelers defensive back Jack Butler and former Lions guard Dick Stanfel.

The Hall's selection committee meets in Indianapolis next month. A finalist must receive 80 percent of the vote to be selected.

Between four and seven enshrinees will be announced Feb. 5. the day before the Super Bowl, and inducted in August in the Hall's 50th class.

Parcells and Shields were the only two candidates to make the list of finalists in their first year of eligibility. The notable exclusions from the semifinal list include former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, ex-Chargers coach Don Coryell and running backs Roger Craig and Terrell Davis.

Parcells is considered a first-year candidate under new requirements that were put in place in 2008, after he had been a nominee in 2001 and 2002. The new rule makes it mandatory for coaches, like players, to be retired for five consecutive seasons. Before that, coaches were eligible immediately upon retirement.

Parcells won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants in 1987 and 1991, then coached the Patriots and Jets before retiring in 1999. He returned to coach the Cowboys in 2003.

Bettis ranks fifth on the NFL rushing list with 13,662 yards in 13 seasons, three for the Rams and a decade with the Steelers, with whom he won the 2006 Super Bowl in his final game. Martin ranks fourth with 14,101 yards with the Patriots and Jets from 1995 to 2005.

Other finalists include DB Aeneas Williams, DEs/LBs Chris Doleman, Kevin Greene and Charles Haley, DT Cortez Kennedy, C Dermontti Dawson, offensive tackle Willie Roaf and owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/7435895/pro-football-hall-fame-finalists-bill-parcells-cris-carter-andre-reed-tim-brown

flippy
01-07-2012, 08:29 PM
This might be the year to get in with a relatively light class without huge names.

I bet Dirt and Bettis make it this year.

Steel Life
01-07-2012, 10:17 PM
When Bettis gets in, that's when I'll make my pilgrimage to Canton...let's hope it's this year. :tt1

aggiebones
01-08-2012, 01:17 AM
I think Butler gets in and that will make it hard to get both Bettis and Dirt.

I bet Dirt and Butler and Bettis waits another 1-2 years.

hawaiiansteel
01-08-2012, 02:31 AM
Four Steelers make cut

Bettis, Dawson are among final 17 along with two former Pitt standouts

Sunday, January 08, 2012
By The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


A distinct Pittsburgh flavor permeates the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2012 that will be elected next month.

Four former Steelers and two former Pitt standouts are among the 17 finalists, including 15 modern-day candidates who were announced Saturday.

Former Steelers halfback Jerome Bettis and his teammate, center Dermontti Dawson, were finalists last season. They join former Steelers linebacker Kevin Greene, and former Steelers defensive back Jack Butler (previously announced as one of the two seniors candidates) among the final 17. Greene, eligible for the past eight years, makes his first appearance as a finalist.

In addition, former Pitt standouts Curtis Martin and Chris Doleman are finalists along with Eddie DeBartolo Jr., a Youngstown, Ohio, native who is recognized for his ownership of the San Francisco 49ers. Martin was a running back with the Patriots and the Jets, while Doleman was a defensive end for the Vikings, Falcons and 49ers.

The list of finalists

Jerome Bettis ... Running Back -- 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Steelers.

Tim Brown ... Wide Receiver/Kick Returner -- 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jack Butler ... Cornerback -- 1951-59 Steelers.

Cris Carter ... Wide Receiver -- 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins.

Dermontti Dawson ... Center -- 1988-2000 Steelers.

Edward DeBartolo Jr. ... Owner -- 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers.

Chris Doleman ... Defensive End/Linebacker -- 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers.

Kevin Greene ... Linebacker/Defensive End -- 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers.

Charles Haley ... Defensive End/Linebacker -- 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys.

Cortez Kennedy ... Defensive Tackle -- 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks.

Curtis Martin ... Running Back -- 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets.

Bill Parcells ... Coach -- 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys.

Andre Reed ... Wide Receiver -- 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins.

Willie Roaf ... Tackle -- 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs.

Will Shields ... Guard -- 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs.

Dick Stanfel ... Guard -- 1952-55 Detroit Lions, 1956-58 Washington Redskins.

Aeneas Williams ... Cornerback/Safety -- 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams.

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RuthlessBurgher
01-08-2012, 04:12 PM
I think Butler gets in and that will make it hard to get both Bettis and Dirt.

I bet Dirt and Butler and Bettis waits another 1-2 years.

My prediction is that Dawson and Butler both get in this year.