Hall of Fame selection committee meets nearly nine hours

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The new class of Hall of Famers has been determined.  And while we won’t see the fully-completed sausage for a couple of hours, the sausage-making process took nearly nine hours.

Via Peter King of Football Night in America and TheMMQB.com, the selection committee met for a record eight hours and 59 minutes.

The group, which includes PFT’s Darin Gantt, considered 15 modern-day finalists and a pair of senior committee nominees:  Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey.

The 15 finalists, up to five of which will make it, include Morten Andersen, Jerome Bettis, Derrick Brooks, Tim Brown, Eddie DeBartolo, Tony Dungy, Kevin Greene, Charles Haley, Marvin Harrison, Walter Jones, John Lynch, Andre Reed, Will Shields, Michael Strahan, and Aeneas Williams.

The thankless task of trimming that list to five finalists and then giving each an up-or-down vote fell to 46 voters, most of whom spent the week working in New York to cover the Super Bowl before giving up a full day on Saturday to a process that will surely leave of them feeling mentally and physically drained.

61 responses to “Hall of Fame selection committee meets nearly nine hours

  1. Charles Haley should be first on the list of this class. He was the final missing piece of the Cowboys Dynasty…and the guy has FIVE Super Bowl rings. No one else in the history of the NFL can make the same claim.

  2. That is a tough process… Walter Jones and Marvin Harrison are slam dunks, but the others are all Hall of Fame quality as well. How do you decide who gets in this year and who has to wait?

  3. Marvin Harrison is a slam dunk? Seriously? Haley has five rings but also played with Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, and the Dallas tripletts. Halyey had four real dominant years.

    STrahan needs to make it before Harrison or Haley or Derrick Brooks

  4. Walter Jones AND Haley without a question. Eddie Debartolo. Without him, there would not be a 49 legacy. Ray Guy deserves it big time. The rest ???
    Hard calls most of them

  5. I hope Bettis gets in because I’m a Steelers fan. I can’t say how he stacks up to everyone else because I’m a homer.

    I do think one of the biggest knocks against him (yards per carry) seems unfair. He’s a big back that just pounded people all game, every game. Defenses knew he’d be coming at them, and he’d often get 100+ anyway. Imposed his will, I guess you could say.

    Good thing I already admitted I was a homer.

  6. Rumour has it the Coalition of idiots ( er I mean the hall of fame voters) finally has voted Andre Reed in

    thank the baby Jesus, this injustice has finally been righted

  7. Based on some people in the know, Andre Reed finally got in! Don’t believe me search Twitter for Cornelius Bennett! Go Bills!!!!!

  8. Buffalo Bills Reporter on Twitter!!

    Tim Graham @ByTimGraham 1m

    I can confirm Andre Reed has been informed he’s a member of this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

    LETS GO BUFFALO!

  9. ruffbufffire says: Feb 1, 2014 5:47 PM

    Dre Reed 2nd best in his era behind Rice

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    Reed was never in the top 4 in receiving yards or touchdowns, only made the top 10 three times and four times in those categories, respectively. But he was the second-best receiver of his era?

    Really?

  10. ray guy shouldve already been in , walter jones gave up 9 sacks at left tackle in his whole career hes in, brooks changed the game at the mlb position , i guess reed got in so that leaves strahan for the 5th im not a bettis fan when it comes to HOF but he is 5th in rushing career yardage

  11. Brooks is of course in.

    As for Bettis there is no way the guy is in. Warrick Dunn has more career rushing/receiving yards, with a better average and was a great returner as well. Dunn is 17th all time in yards from scrimmage – Bettis is 21st (note that doesn’t include return yards).

    Dunn’s name isn’t even in consideration, so why is Bettis?

  12. guy, humphrey,haley, strahan,brooks,jones and one of recivers my order would be brown,reed and harrison.

    still don’t know how dungy and lynch even made last 15. coryell should be in before dungy. atwater should be in before lynch.

  13. All the receivers mentioned wouldn’t go across the middle against Steve Atwater but he can’t get to the top 15. What a shame. He was as feared as Lott and more than Ed Reed. He should’ve been elected his first year

  14. Dungy has 2 Super Bowls – everyone keeps saying one but you dummies forgot that HOF voting includes his playing career and he was a very good player. Dungy has a Top 10 all-time head coach winning percentage as well.

    He won’t make it first ballot, but he’ll get in sooner or later and he deserves to do so.

  15. All the receivers mentioned wouldn’t go across the middle against Steve Atwater but he can’t get to the top 15. What a shame. He was as feared as Lott and more than Ed Reed. He should’ve been elected his first year
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    You don’t have a clue what your talking about. Go back and watch film. Andre Reed went across the middle against anyone and everyone. Maybe the best receiver ever going across the middle and one of the best after the catch too. About time he got in. He should of been there way before Irvin. Reed’s stats blow Irvin’s away.

  16. Walt Jones should be automatic on everyone’s list. Unless you really don’t know football, then you can be forgiven.

  17. Finally Andre Reed gets respect!

    Should have made it before Cris Carter…but nonetheless he got that jacket.

    Go Bills!

  18. The way these comments are all over the place confirms why they met so long today. How is Kevin Greene not in with all those sacks?

  19. Dungy has 2 Super Bowls – everyone keeps saying one but you dummies forgot that HOF voting includes his playing career and he was a very good player. Dungy has a Top 10 all-time head coach winning percentage as well.

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    wrong ,,,,,he is going in as a coach not a player ….his playing days mean nothing …NOTHING to this vote ……and why would he go in as a coach is very questionable too

  20. It’s been leaked that Strahan, Andre Reed, Walter Jones and Derrick Brooks made it to the Hall. Fifth hasn’t been announced.

  21. Highest scoring person in the history of the NFL….. Not a shot, huh? More impressive than Bettis’ 3.9 ypc… If you want a big bruiser back, Alstott was better, though he was used differently. But I’d take him over Bettis…Morten Anderson, Brian Mitchell& Ray Guy ought to get some love for Special Teams.

  22. The bus may not get in this year but he definitely belongs in the HOF. Bettis is 6th ALL TIME rusher. 6th !! And that’s for a big back, who every yard he gained was punishment. His totals aren’t from ripping off 40-50 yard gains like most other RBs. Every other RB in the top 14 is in the HOF. Bettis suffered from asthma, he used an inhaler between plays on the sidelines. When you played the steelers back in the day, you knew you had to stop the run. Stop the Bus.

    Jerome ran when teams knew the steelers were running. Under cowher the steelers were 106-1-1 with a 10 point lead, because bettis closed out the game. Sure there are a lot of backs who have flashier runs, but most of them didn’t last very long, and certainly no back the size of Bettis gained the yards he did or lasted as long. For those who talk about his 3.9 avg, only 81 more yards would have given him a 4.0 and he was held out of his final game to rest up for SB run. If he played that game he also would have had his 9th 1000 yard season.

    Bettis played most of his career at 265 pounds. No back of 240 lbs or more ever gained even HALF of his yardage. Bettis had amazing feet for a man his size. Only FIVE RBs in NFL history have more yards, and none of them are nearly as large a back as he was. Don’t judge him against RBs who were smaller faster, more agile because as a big man he has no equal. He belongs in the HOF period.

  23. themightywhitey says:

    wrong ,,,,,he is going in as a coach not a player ….his playing days mean nothing …NOTHING to this vote ……and why would he go in as a coach is very questionable too

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    Racist (based on your name anyways)

    Also you are in fact correct, I always thought both were reviewed but that isn’t the case. A Top 10 winning percentage is impressive and because of that and he did get a SB I do think he’ll get in sooner or later.

  24. rodvmunchiii says: Feb 1, 2014 6:25 PM

    Brooks is of course in.

    As for Bettis there is no way the guy is in. Warrick Dunn has more career rushing/receiving yards, with a better average and was a great returner as well. Dunn is 17th all time in yards from scrimmage – Bettis is 21st (note that doesn’t include return yards).

    Dunn’s name isn’t even in consideration, so why is Bettis?

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    Jerome “The Bus” Bettis is 6th on the career rushing yards with 13,662 yards Dunn is 19th. Smith Payton Martin Sanders and Tomlinson is all that is ahead of the Bus. All but one is a hall of famer. All i can say is Get on the Bus!!! Go Steelers

  25. Dunn – 15306 yards from scrimmage (17)
    Bettis – 15111 yards from scrimmage (21)

    Dunn > 4.0 yards per carry
    Bettis < 4.0 yards per carry

    I'm not making a case that Dunn should be in, I'm making the case that Bettis should not. If Bettis is under consideration however, Dunn should be as well.

  26. Given that only 5 get in (and up to 1 senior), here are some votes:

    For this year’s class: Derrick Brooks, Marvin Harrison, Kevin Greene, Jerome Bettis and Michael Strahan.

    Of the seniors, either no one or Claude Humphrey – if one absolutely positively has to go in.

    Walter Jones, Charles Haley, Tim Brown, Will Shields and Aeneas Williams all deserve enshrinement too – but 5 is the limit. But they still need to get in.

  27. Alstott over bettis? You must be joking.

    Jerome Bettis 13 seasons 255 lbs
    CARRIES 3,479
    YDS 13,662
    AVG 3.9
    TDS 91

    Mike Alstott 12 seasons 248 lbs
    CARRIES 1,359
    YDS 5,088
    AVG 3.7
    TD 58

    Earl Campbell 8 seasons 232
    CARRIES 2,187
    YDS. 9,407
    AVG 4.3
    TDS 74

    Warrick Dunn 12 seasons 187 lbs
    CARRIES 2,669
    YDS 10,967
    AVG 4.1
    TDS 49

    Dunn is a completely different type back and shouldn’t be compared to the bruising type backs like bettis, alstott, and Campbell. Sooner or later bettis will be in the HOF

  28. How does Strahan get in ahead of Haley and Green? That makes no sense.
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    Strahan has more all pro selections, was defensive player of the year, was much better against the run.

    Not saying that Green and Haley don’t deserve to be in but Strahan was better.

  29. A great majority of the names above have obviously been suggested by the home boys of the respective player’s team, which, by its nature is deeply biased.
    I’ll stay away from that, and say

    1. Haley
    2. Dungy
    3. DeBartolo
    4. Guy
    5. Brown

    I list Haley at Nr1 because to my knowledge no other player has five SB rings. Dungu next because no other coach will ever be able to say he was the first black SB winning coach. His legacy is absolute.
    The other three have all the necessary credentials and their inclusion is arguable.

  30. koenig61 says:
    Feb 1, 2014 7:08 PM
    Alstott over bettis? You must be joking.

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    Alstott played his entire career mainly spiting carries with Dunn. While Alstott was around for a while the entire second half of his career he was dealing with injuries and didn’t carry the ball much. Alstott was a FB that would run the ball here and there but was never the primary ball carrier. If you want to see what Dunn’s stats would have looked like in the modern era of no FB’s just add about 60% of Alstott’s stats to his.

    For me, I watched both play, I’d take a healthy Alstott any day of the week over Bettis. Alstott had more power, more moves, more speed, was a better blocker and could actually catch the ball – something Bettis never did. But again that would be a healthy Alstott which was only about the first 6 years of his career.

    Dunn is a different type of player, but the HOF doesn’t have separate categories for big backs that can’t catch. For the record I don’t think Curtis Martin should have got in either she he’s the definition of average – just with a long playing time. I’d take Bettis over Martin, but I’d take an all-around back like Dunn over either.

  31. Bettis had more career rushing yards and double the Touchdowns than Dunn.

    Bettis:
    YDS 13,662 , TDS 91

    Dunn

    Yds: 10,967 Tds: 49

    Its no comparison between the two. Bettis is 6th all-time rushing leader. Dunn is 19th.

    Bettis will eventually get in. He is a HoFer.

  32. steel2372 says:
    Feb 1, 2014 7:40 PM
    Bettis had more career rushing yards and double the Touchdowns than Dunn.

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    You’re forgetting – and apparently Bettis did as well – that RB’s can CATCH the football. When you add in catches Dunn moves ahead of Bettis.

    Bettis isn’t a HOFer, thus the reason he was again bypassed by the HOF.

  33. Way to go Andre.

    To the ill-informed, Andre Reed did break records posted by Art Monk and Steve Largent, then Rice shattered it. Did it going over the middle many times and without a QB putting it up 40 times a game.

    Try telling people that Harrison and Brown are better than Largent, Monk, Don Maynard and Lynn Swann. The game has changed, it is a passing league.

  34. As a die hard Steeers fan, I’m obviously biased, but I have a hard time believing the 6th leading rusher of all time doesn’t deserve to be in the hall of fame (although I wouldn’t want the voter’s job). All that being said, I am not a fan of this new way of announcing the winners…..instead of giving them several hours of attention, all they get is a couple minutes during the NFL Honors show.

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