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Coryell among 15 modern era Hall Finalists

The NFL announced their 15 modern-era Hall of Finalists Friday, and the list included a few surprises.

Perhaps the most pleasant surprise among them was former coach Don Coryell, who became a finalist for the first time in his career. 

Three other men were first time finalists: Rickey Jackson, Charles Haley, and Roger Craig.  Jackson’s candidacy seems to be gaining momentum of late.

The other 11 men to make the modern-era cut: Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Cris Carter, Andre Reed, Cortez Kennedy, Richard Dent, John Randle, Shannon Sharpe, Roger Craig, Emmitt Smith, Dermonti Dawson, and Russ Grimm.

The 15 modern-era finalists join Dick Lebeau and Floyd Little, who were selected as the two senior candidates by the Hall of Fame’s senior committee.

A maximum of five men can make the Hall of Fame out of the 15 modern-era finalists.

The election results will be announced at 5ET on Saturday, February 6, 2010 at the Broward County Convention Center. PFT plans to be in the house.

Congratulations to all the men who made it this far.

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  1. Child_Please! says: Jan 8, 2010 6:39 PM

    Ray Guy should have at least made the cut, but not elected.
    Jerry Rice
    Emmitt Smith
    Cris Carter or Tim Brown
    Richard Dent
    Dick leBeau
    Don Coryell
    These are the ones that should be elected

  2. Child_Please! says: Jan 8, 2010 6:42 PM

    Jerry Rice
    Cris Carter or Tim Brown
    Emmit Smith
    Richard Dent
    dick LeBeau
    Don Coryell
    They should be elected, especially Don Coryell.
    And please Raider Nation, dont whine about Ray Guy, he was a PUNTER(and Jerrell Wilson was better anyway)

  3. Henchman #24 says: Jan 8, 2010 6:46 PM

    Congrats to all. Here’s hoping we get three Niners: Rice, Craig, and Haley! Four, technically, if Dent makes it!
    Rice and Smith are the only “locks” to make it, IMO, but I wouldn’t bet against Sharpe, Carter, or Brown.

  4. NoHomeTeam says: Jan 8, 2010 6:47 PM

    Coryell, Rice — no brainers
    Carter — sorta-kinda-maybe; is there a category for Best #2 Guy Ever?
    Smith — well, the records books don’t lie (much), so I suppose he’s got to go in
    Brown — should get some kind of Honorable Mention for playing on the Raiders for so long. Hall of The Pretty Good, anyone?

  5. fmax4 says: Jan 8, 2010 6:49 PM

    Roger Craig, Don Coryell, Dick Lebeau, Jerry Rice, either Tim Brown or Chris Carter for the final spot.

  6. edgy says: Jan 8, 2010 6:57 PM

    I’m disappointed that Cliff Branch didn’t make the grade but I feel pretty confident that Rice and Smith will make it this year.

  7. oldskool says: Jan 8, 2010 7:02 PM

    Time for Russ Grimm to make it and to herald the rest of the HOG’S behind him.

  8. Bwa Ha Ha says: Jan 8, 2010 7:07 PM

    Coryell revolutionized the game, He should be in

  9. stnmmc says: Jan 8, 2010 7:12 PM

    So Roger Craig is a first time finalist AND one of the other 11 men to be nominated. He should be automatically in as he can be in two places at once.
    Your math sucks Rosenthal. Count the “11″

  10. SuzyKolberIsAwesome says: Jan 8, 2010 7:25 PM

    I’m not a Raiders fan, but there are some great Raiders on the outside looking in, when it comes to the HOF, but when you don’t have JERRY KRAMER in the Pro Football HOF, it starts to become a joke when you see some of these names, that still have not made it…would love to see ROGER CRAIG make it, but I’m not holding my breath on it,…how is CHARLES HALEY not in?… TERRELL DAVIS was a great player when he played, and a key part of the Broncos back to back Super Bowl Championships. I think KEN STABLER was a great QB, who seems to be forgotten in this list of potential HOF players.

  11. Tikkanen says: Jan 8, 2010 7:25 PM

    It’s a travesty that Don Coryell isn’t in the Hall of Fame. He popularized heavy passing offenses, the I-formation, and multi-receiver sets that are still used today. His coaching tree includes Hall of Famers such as Joe Gibbs, John Madden, Ernie Zampese (offensive coordinator of the Cowboys during the Super Bowl years of the 1990s and the mentor of Norv Turner, Jason Garrett, et al.), Al Saunders, and Dan Henning. The Hall should do the right thing and induct him while he is still alive.

  12. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 8, 2010 7:32 PM

    “Smith — well, the records books don’t lie (much), so I suppose he’s got to go in”
    Wow, thanks for the concession to the eight time Pro Bowler, 1990′s All Decade Team member, three-time Super Bowl winning former Super Bowl MVP, League MVP, offensive rookie of the year, four time rushing champ, all-time rushing yardage and rushing TD leader that holds the all-time NFL records for 100 yard games, 1,000 yard rushing seasons and playoff TDs.

  13. BOO3LEGS says: Jan 8, 2010 7:36 PM

    Rice , Smith are locks as well as Dent, and Randle should be. These IMOHO are the 4 that pretty much dominated the opponent for the most consecutive years. Coryell rounds out the 5 that will be inducted this year.
    Sharpe, and Brown will get in one day for they were the most consistent at their positions for the time they played.
    Dawson could be the best center ever if the media and steelers fans were voting, but since he was a steeler his accomplishments were undoubtedly over-inflated so he should not get in.

  14. snnyjcbs says: Jan 8, 2010 7:38 PM

    You are kidding on Coryell right? You have this flunky in and yet Tom Flores that won 2 Super Bowls pushed to the curb.
    The Hall of Fame over the years has become a joke with all these media clowns most of which were wannabe jocks in School but were better suited to playing jacks screwing up the whole deal.
    Funny how the over 1/2 of a million fan votes on NFL Network had Guy, Flores, Plunkett, Branch all listed with the highest votes. Oh that is right the team that cannot get 20,000 fans at home games made the 500,000 votes.
    Coryel over Tom Flores says it all, the Hall of Fame has become a BIG JOKE.

  15. TylerDurden says: Jan 8, 2010 7:54 PM

    How many retired quarterbacks that have won two Super Bowls are not in the HOF?…..One….Jim Plunkett.

  16. JerryCola says: Jan 8, 2010 8:11 PM

    Dermontti Dawson was not the best center ever. Mike Webster was the best center ever. Dawson was the 2nd best center ever.

  17. 2 Dimes and a Nickel Back says: Jan 8, 2010 8:22 PM

    “Carter — sorta-kinda-maybe; is there a category for Best #2 Guy Ever?”
    If by best #2 guy you mean the 2nd best receiver to play football in the 90′s….look at the numbers.
    Rice is obviously a no-brainer..
    John Randle was the best pass rushing DT to play the game…he’ll get his time.
    If Michael Irvin is in the hall of fame than any of these receivers should get in

  18. radioboy20010 says: Jan 8, 2010 8:24 PM

    I fully second the nomination of JERRY KRAMER. Each year the process becomes more of a mockery on itself that Kramer doesn’t join the rest of the Packers greats.
    He was named the starting guard on the NFL’s first 50 year team, his personal story is the stuff of legends. He was a FIVE-TIME PRO BOWLER. He kicked 29 field goals,90 extra points, and kicked off. He was author of several best-selling books about Lombardi’s Packers.
    I think each day when the Hall of Fame game is played, Packers fans such as myself should gather at Lambeau Field and walk the sidewalks protesting this travesty.
    Whatever reasons have been used to keep Jerry out of the Hall have long since passed. When I see some of the candidates who get in, then think of Jerry, I know the system is rotten.

  19. 1nationraidernation says: Jan 8, 2010 8:27 PM

    no need to cry…but simple fact when youare the best “ever” at your position, you should be in the hall period.
    I guess special teams do not matter in the nfl?

  20. 56lightsout56 says: Jan 8, 2010 8:27 PM

    snnyjcbs says:
    January 8, 2010 7:38 PM
    You are kidding on Coryell right? You have this flunky in and yet Tom Flores that won 2 Super Bowls pushed to the curb.
    Coryel over Tom Flores says it all, the Hall of Fame has become a BIG JOKE
    —————————————–
    ah were witness to another moronic Faider’s fans epic failure at football history 101.
    Even Norv Turner could have won two SB with that group.
    what does that tell you about Flores football acumen?
    Coryell, on the other hand, changed how the game was played.
    and you can tell that the present day Faider organization has failed to grasp that by the epic ineptitude they have displayed.
    oh, and would you mind answering your phone jcbs, your parole officer is on the other line.

  21. Drafty says: Jan 8, 2010 8:44 PM

    Shannon Sharpe. In.
    Changed the position, changed the game.
    Reed? Brown? Carter?
    Christ on a pony – give me a break.

  22. Otis Taylor 89 says: Jan 8, 2010 8:44 PM

    I guess I’m not getting in this year….

  23. Viper21 says: Jan 8, 2010 8:51 PM

    Jerry Rice, & Emmitt Smith = no brainers.
    IMO only two others should get in. John Randle, & Russ Grimm. They were dominators at their respective positions. As far as the haters on Grimm….. ask yourself this: Was Theismann great…?? Uh….. no. Was John Riggins….. mmm maybe. I think Riggins had a ton of heart. Dont think even in his prime he coulda played today… Even as a Cowboys fan, Riggins is a player I respected. Having said that, I dont think Riggo, or Theismann wouldve had the success they had without the “Hogs”. One of the best O-lines ever put together…. Fact is, not one of those guys weighed 300lbs. They averaged like 260. The captain of the hogs was Grimm. He was a beast, and put Olineman on the map.
    I thought, Randle was a beast. So for me, I’d only vote in 4 “modern era” HOF’rs. As far as Coryell….. flip a coin. Im cool if he goes, Im cool if he dont.

  24. bake says: Jan 8, 2010 9:01 PM

    The hall has a lot of guys that probably ought NOT be in it. It should be for the greatest of all time. Plunkett was NOT one of the best of all time, nor was Stabler. Brown and Carter were like Art Monk. Lots of catches. Dominant, Game- changing? I dunno. Shannon Sharpe had the most prolific numbers of any tight end ever.
    Coryell? Never won a championship. Never made it to a championship game. Influential, yes. One of the greatest coaches in the history of the game? I don’t think so.

  25. NightTrainNeckTie says: Jan 8, 2010 9:08 PM

    Otis Taylor, I believe you were the first man to ever do a touchdown dance. Elevating the level from Homer Jones, the first man to spike a football after a score.
    @ 2 dimes and a nickle back
    “If Michael Irvin is in the hall of fame than any of these receivers should get in”
    I guess you didn’t watch professional football in the 90′s.

  26. edgy says: Jan 8, 2010 9:23 PM

    DocBG, you do realize that Dick LeBeau was a hell of a player, who was third on the list of interceptions when he retired. His coaching is a bonus but it’s his time as a player that will get him there one day.

  27. efangule says: Jan 8, 2010 9:27 PM

    The HOF process is all a sham for 55 sports writers to claim they now best who should be in the HOF.
    They should have 55 current HOFers also in this commity so that people who actually played against the potentials
    can say whether they should get innor not.
    Until then, the whole thing will just be a joke.
    I have heard Peter king say “players are bias and won’t vote
    for guys who deserve to get in because they didn’t like them or their team”. Then in the same breath say “tagliabeau won’t get in because of how he treated reporters”. Talk about a double standard.
    How about you do an article on that Florio? Or are you too in bed with King to make waves.

  28. BOO3LEGS says: Jan 8, 2010 10:03 PM

    Tim Brown was the best WR2 in Fantasy Football history, just for that he should get in.

  29. Audient says: Jan 8, 2010 10:20 PM

    And Art Modell’s name is nowhere to be found.
    And that’s the way it should be.

  30. Deb says: Jan 8, 2010 10:35 PM

    @No Home Team …
    Who would have you? Even a Steelers fan like me understands that Emmitt Smith will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer because he deserves it. (She rolls her eyes.)
    Yes, as someone said, when you were THE best at your position you should be in the Hall … which brings us to Ray Guy. So after defending a Cowboy, now I have to defend a Raider. Sheesh.
    Anyone who doesn’t understand why Dermonti Dawson should go in, doesn’t get the saying about games being determined in the trenches. Grimm should go in for the same reason, though Dawson was a more dominant player at his position.
    Rice. Duh. That makes it tough for Carter, Reed, Brown, and Sharpe (a receiver classed as a tight end) because they’ll split votes.
    Nice nod to Coryell. A nod does not an induction make–nor should it, in this case. LeBeau is on the ballot as a player, not a coach, so nothing the Steelers D did this year should matter a hill of beans. Dent, Randle, and Kennedy: great players. I was partial to Randle.

  31. SF Saints Fan says: Jan 8, 2010 10:38 PM

    ABOUT TIME!!!
    Rickey Jackson is one of the greatest linebackers of all time. Look at his stats and compare them to some of the other modern era hall of fame linebackers.
    He also has a Super Bowl ring which he earned while playing for the Niners once he figured out that he had no chance to get one with the Saints because they played in the same division.
    Rickey may be the first, but not the last of the, “Dome Patrol” linebackers to make in into the hall. There was a guy by the name of Sam Mills who is also worthy of election……
    Rickey Jackson will be the first true Saint player elected to the hall of fame.
    Congrats Rickey!!

  32. Howie Handles says: Jan 8, 2010 10:38 PM

    “Congrats to all. Here’s hoping we get three Niners: Rice, Craig, and Haley! Four, technically, if Dent makes it!”
    ——
    I know you wrote “technically”, but one season doesn’t make him recognized with your team IMO.
    Don’t like Craig’s chances, but Rice is a lock, and if Dent makes it, Haley should too.

  33. Howie Handles says: Jan 8, 2010 10:49 PM

    “You are kidding on Coryell right? You have this flunky in and yet Tom Flores that won 2 Super Bowls pushed to the curb.
    The Hall of Fame over the years has become a joke with all these media clowns most of which were wannabe jocks in School but were better suited to playing jacks screwing up the whole deal.
    Funny how the over 1/2 of a million fan votes on NFL Network had Guy, Flores, Plunkett, Branch all listed with the highest votes. Oh that is right the team that cannot get 20,000 fans at home games made the 500,000 votes.
    Coryel over Tom Flores says it all, the Hall of Fame has become a BIG JOKE.”
    —————
    Coryell revolutionized the game. Flores was the head coach of a team that won two SB’s, but his overall record isn’t that special, 105-90. Coryell’s record isn’t much better, but it was his impact on the game. With that being said, I wouldn’t vote Coryell in either.
    Flores-is not a HOF’er, but if the same people who gave Ryan Seacrest a star on the walk of fame vote for the HOF, then I guess he’s in.
    Plunkett-no
    Branch-yes
    Guy-he was a punter, big deal, although one of the best.
    Enough with the Raider Kool-Aid.
    It seems like they have lowered the standards for all HOFs, as there are people every year who get in that aren’t deserving. It should be for the cream of the crop, not just good players and coaches, but great ones.

  34. Big Stuff says: Jan 8, 2010 11:00 PM

    Congrats to Ricky Jackson. If he played for anyone other than the Saints, he would have been in years ago.

  35. ben6969 says: Jan 8, 2010 11:23 PM

    Ricky Jacksonshould’ve been in the Hall years ago, when he retired he was in the top ten in every major LB statistic, but since he played for the Saints he gets no credit. Everyone around the country thinks Archie Manning is the greatest Saints player of all time, but here everyone knows it was Ricky. I doubt he’ll get in this year because of the great class, but normally making it to the final 15 will eventually lead to a bust…

  36. VonClausewitz says: Jan 8, 2010 11:35 PM

    Absolute guaranteed locks on numbers alone : Rice, Smith
    Guys who are HOF caliber: Carter, Brown, Sharpe, Grimm, Reed
    Old guys who should get in if the world made any sense: Coryell, LeBeau
    Guys who I have no idea about but are probably worthy: Haley, Craig
    If it were my vote they’d go in this order:
    LeBeau,
    Coryell,
    Rice,
    Smith,
    Grimm

  37. speedy1383 says: Jan 8, 2010 11:52 PM

    As others have pointed out, Rice and Smith are no brainers. They will breeze in. I do believe Dick L. will get in from the Seniors. I don’t think Little will get in from the Seniors. So that leaves up to 3 spots. I think Grimm will get in because there isn’t any Hogs in there and there should be at least 1 of their dominant OL in the Hall. I am going to predict Sharpe and Carter will be the others getting in. I don’t think Sharpe revolutionized the TE position. Winslow and Newsome turned the position into a big weapon on offense. Jackie Smith before them did as well.
    whatdiga-You do realize that King presented Paul T. for several years. So he didn’t have a bias against him. He may be talking about others about him. I have read from him that many people blame Paul for the upcoming strife in the labor talks. So he may not be getting in for a few years.

  38. callmecougar says: Jan 9, 2010 12:54 AM

    Don Coryell shouldn’t get in until Blanton Collier AND Art Modell get in.

  39. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 9, 2010 11:49 AM

    “John Randle was the best pass rushing DT to play the game”
    Randle disappeared in the playoffs too much for my taste. I’ll take the Manster. 9x Pro Bowls, 9x All Pro First Team, NFC DPOY, 111 sacks, one of very few defensive Super Bowl MVPs, Outland Trophy, Lombardi Trophy, 1980′s All Decade Team, 1,104 tackles (roughly double Randle’s tackles), first ballot HoF’er.

  40. Deb says: Jan 9, 2010 4:17 PM

    @Howie Handles …
    You do understand that football is a territorial game, right? It’s all about field position. And in a game about field position, a punter can play an important strategic role. That was particularly true during the era when Ray Guy played–before the day of the high-flying offense when teams clawed for every yard.
    I’m not generally one to confuse kickers with real players, but sometimes a punter can be a big deal.

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