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RuthlessBurgher
01-11-2013, 11:08 AM
Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists announced
Posted by Darin Gantt on January 11, 2013, 9:34 AM EST

The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced its list of 15 finalists Friday morning, a group which will be whittled to no more than five inductees the day before the Super Bowl.

The group includes four first-time eligible nominees: Guard Larry Allen, tackle Jonathan Ogden, defensive tackle Warren Sapp and defensive end Michael Strahan.

It also includes last year’s 10 finalists who missed the final cut: Running back Jerome Bettis, wide receivers Tim Brown, Cris Carter and Andre Reed, guard Will Shields, defensive end Charles Haley, linebacker Kevin Greene, cornerback Aeneas Williams along with Bill Parcells and Ed DeBartolo, Jr.

The 15th finalist is former Browns owner Art Modell.
That means the 12 semifinalists (it’s normally 10, but two extras advanced on ties) who did not advance included: Kicker Morten Andersen, safety John Lynch, cornerback Albert Lewis, safety Steve Atwater, coach Don Coryell, running backs Roger Craig and Terrell Davis, tackle Joe Jacoby, linebacker Karl Mecklenburg, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, special teamer Steve Tasker and executive George Young.

Two senior nominees — former Chiefs and Oilers nose tackle Curley Culp and former Packers and Redskins linebacker Dave Robinson— are voted upon separately, for a maximum class of seven.

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/11/pro-football-hall-of-fame-finalists-announced/

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
01-11-2013, 11:24 AM
Thats a solid group again. Would not surprise me if JB has to wait another year. I would like to see some receivers finally get their due. Tim Brown and Andre Reed were two of the most exciting players of their era, and either one could take it to the house at any given time (Brown 105, Reed 87 TDs).

Shoe
01-11-2013, 11:30 AM
Thats a solid group again. Would not surprise me if JB has to wait another year. I would like to see some receivers finally get their due. Tim Brown and Andre Reed were two of the most exciting players of their era, and either one could take it to the house at any given time (Brown 105, Reed 87 TDs).

Charles Haley is the one who should be in before all others... that he is still left waiting/wanting is ridiculous. Considering that, along with names like CC & AR, JB should wait.

supersteeler
01-11-2013, 01:11 PM
Charles Haley is the one who should be in before all others... that he is still left waiting/wanting is ridiculous. Considering that, along with names like CC & AR, JB should wait.


I agree, he was a great player for the 49ers and Dallas, he has what 4 or five SB rings?


As for Jerome, I think he gets in this time. I remember the game where the Steelers were playing the Rams when Jerome played for them. He ran all over us, then in 96 I think we signed Jerome, and he was a force for years.
Yeah, The bus was a tremendous player for us and is well deserved to be in the hall.


Now get down to the Jerome Bettis bar and grille, time to celebrate! http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll22/_GttaNme_/bth_thsmile_party.gif

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
01-11-2013, 01:28 PM
Charles Haley is the one who should be in before all others... that he is still left waiting/wanting is ridiculous. Considering that, along with names like CC & AR, JB should wait.

Ya, Haley should get in as well. From the first year guys the only one who I think should walk in first ballot is Ogden. He was one of the top 2 or 3 LTs over a very extended period. I can see Allen getting in too, but he was a guard so we downgrade him for that - although he did play for America's hype machine so.....

RuthlessBurgher
01-11-2013, 02:02 PM
On HoF election day, they trim the final 15 down to 10, and then trim again down to 5, and then they vote on those final 5 guys (and the 2 senior candidates) individually.

I think the first 5 to be eliminated will be Tim Brown, Ed DeBartolo, Kevin Greene, Andre Reed, and Aeneas Williams.

I think the next 5 to be eliminated will be Jerome Bettis, Cris Carter, Art Modell, Will Shields, and Michael Strahan.

I predict that a 7 man class will be inducted: Larry Allen, Curley Culp, Charles Haley, Jonathan Ogden, Bill Parcells, Dave Robinson, and Warren Sapp.

papillon
01-11-2013, 02:26 PM
Here are my predictions...

I think the first 5 to be eliminated will be Tim Brown, Ed DeBartolo, Kevin Greene, Andre Reed, and Aeneas Williams.

I think the next 5 to be eliminated will be Warren Sapp, Art Modell, Will Shields, Bill Parcells and Michael Strahan. (I think Sapp's problems will keep him out, Model, Parcells ehh, Shields next year, Strahan a few years yet)

My 2013 class: Larry Allen, Curley Culp, Charles Haley, Jonathan Ogden, Cris Carter, Dave Robinson, and Jerome Bettis.

Wow, some darn good football players being left out.

Pappy

RuthlessBurgher
01-11-2013, 02:30 PM
Personally, I would put in Cris Carter, Will Shields, and Jerome Bettis before Sapp, but I'm just predicting the way that I think the vote will go.

Slapstick
01-11-2013, 02:36 PM
Only 4 guys in the history of the NFL rushed for more yards than Bettis...at the time he retired...

He should be in...

RuthlessBurgher
01-11-2013, 02:44 PM
Only 4 guys in the history of the NFL rushed for more yards than Bettis...at the time he retired...

He should be in...

For that matter, when Cris Carter retired was 2nd only to Rice in catches (since passed by Marvin Harrison and Tony Gonzalez) and was 2nd only to Rice in TD catches (since passed by Randy Moss and Terrell Owens).

Crash
01-11-2013, 02:45 PM
Only 4 guys in the history of the NFL rushed for more yards than Bettis...at the time he retired...

He should be in...

In due time. In his last 4 seasons he was basically an injury prone hanger on.

fezziwig
01-11-2013, 02:49 PM
That group would make one heck of a football team all on their own. Yep, that is one stacked deck to have to go up against.

papillon
01-11-2013, 02:57 PM
In due time. In his last 4 seasons he was basically an injury prone hanger on.

Well, in that case, then in 9 seasons he basically became the 5th leading rusher in NFL history. He should be in then. Even Jerry Rice was hanging on at the end of his career.

Pappy

Djfan
01-11-2013, 02:58 PM
Ed DeBartolo, Jr.


Really? NFL's double standard again.

Crash
01-11-2013, 03:09 PM
Jerry Rice at 39 and 40 had 1100 yard seasons with the Raiders.

In his last 4 seasons Bettis topped 900 yards ONCE, and in his last 8 seasons only averaged 4+ yards per carry ONCE.

Silly comparison.

Oviedo
01-11-2013, 03:28 PM
The anti-Steelers bias will have Bettis and eventually Hines and Ben waiting as long as Demotti Dawson had to wait. It will always be harder for a Steeler to get in and therefore they will wait longer.

hawaiiansteel
01-12-2013, 06:30 PM
@ Former Steelers Jerome Bettis and Kevin Greene made the cut to be among the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.

The guess here is that Bettis gets in and Greene does not.

When Bettis became eligible for the Hall of Fame, he did so in the same year as Marshall Faulk and Curtis Martin.

At that time, the pecking order among those backs ranked them Faulk, Martin, Bettis.

Faulk got in the first year, Martin the next. Now, it's Bettis' turn.

http://nflfromthesidelines.blogspot.com/2013/01/rainey-situation-different-from-others.html