Ray Guy, Tim Brown, Cris Carter among Hall of Fame semifinalists

The debate about whether a pure punter belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame will continue, and a couple of wide receivers whose numbers were excellent at the time but look less impressive with each passing year will get another chance at Hall of Fame enshrinement.

That’s among the news coming out of NFL Network today, where the 26 Hall of Fame semifinalists are being revealed on NFL GameDay Morning.

Former Cardinals and Chargers coach Don Coryell, who died in July, is also on the list of semifinalists.

The first-time finalists include cornerback Deion Sanders, offensive tackle Willie Roaf and running backs Jerome Bettis, Curtis Martin and Marshall Faulk.

The list of 26 semifinalists will be reduced to 15 finalists by a vote of the Hall of Fame selection committee, and then those 15 men, plus Seniors Committee nominees Chris Hanburger and Les Richter will be voted in or out of the Hall of Fame on the day before the Super Bowl.

The other semifinalists are Don Coryell, running back Roger Craig, running back Terrell Davis, center Dermontti Dawson, owner Edward DeBartolo Jr., defensive end Richard Dent, defensive end Chris Doleman, linebacker Kevin Greene, punter Ray Guy, linebacker Charles Haley, cornerback Lester Hayes, defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy, owner Art Modell, wide receiver Andre Reed, NFL Films founder Ed Sabol, tight end Shannon Sharpe, Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, cornerback Aeneas Williams and contributor George Young.

The other semifinalists will be announced later this morning; we’ll update this post with those names.

36 responses to “Ray Guy, Tim Brown, Cris Carter among Hall of Fame semifinalists

  1. How in the world is Richard Dent not already in the Hall? This 49ers fan during the 80s when he regularly whipped the 49ers butts thinks he belongs there.

  2. Ray Guy needs to be in there. He’s who every punter is compared to.

    For those who think a punter isn’t important..quit being a moron! (if you can)

  3. Enough of Ray Guy already. His net average was not all that great and he is part of the Raider hype that we all had to deal with in the 70s. Was his career any better than Sean Landetta’s?

  4. Don Coryell is a no-brainer. Should’ve happened long ago. Yes to Haley, Dent, Brown, Ed Sabol, and George Young. Each was the cream of their crops.

    Sharpe, Kennedy, Davis, Reed, and Craig were all solid players, but not HOF great over a long enough span. Ray Guy was a great punter, but seriously, he was a punter. When did even a great punter help win a championship? Tagliabue? Be serious. Modell, the guy who stole a team from a city? DeBartolo? Be even MORE serious! The man was a CROOK, and he lost the frigging team he’s nominated for owning!!!!!!

    Aeneas Williams? AENEAS WILLIAMS???? Quick, who can even name what team this guy played for???? He was good, but his name doesn’t come to mind like, say, Ronnie Lott.

  5. “All he does is catch touchdowns”
    When Cris Carter retired he was second all time in both receptions ind TD catches.
    He was in 8 consecutive Pro Bowls and was named to the 1990’s All-Decade team.
    No one says he’s Jerry Rice, but this guy deserves to be in the a Hall of Fame!!!

  6. I don’t know if a pure punter belongs in the HOF, but it seems his job was to make up for the mistakes, and inability to get a 1st down of the offensive players, some of whom made the hall of fame……When Ray Guy played, field positon was important, it’s not like todays game, where you sneeze in the general vicinity of a QB, the offense gets rewarded with a first down….

  7. I would go with the following: Richard Dent, Chris Doleman, Cortez Kennedy, Paul Tagliabue and then horseface.

  8. A Hall of Fame player is someone who was dominant at the position they played and helped change the game. Ray Guy did that.
    Put the man in!!!!!!!!

  9. Sanders, Faulk, Coryell, Craig, DeBartolo, Dent, Greene, Guy, Haley, Sabol, Sharpe, Brown, Carter that should be it

  10. Deion Sanders, and Terrell Davis should not be in the HOF. (I guess you could put Davis’s name under John Elway after all Elway wouldn’t have a super bowl without Davis, and cheating by being WAY over the salary cap.)

  11. Kevin Greene was better than Haley and played three differnt positions. Plus he didn’t walk around the locker room yanking on it. Outside of Deion and Willie Roaf no one is a real slam dunk. Aeneas Williams was once the Darell Revis of the league, but only for about 2 years and he playe don really bad teams.

  12. If Lynn Swann is in the hall, then everyone on this list deserves to get in.

    Yeah he only has four rings, Super Bowl MVP and was one of if not the best receivers of his era. What did Chris Carter ever win? If Swann played today or in the 90’s he would have gaudy numbers too.

  13. @ pastabelly

    Moron, Ray Guy was a coffin corner master, which is a team play and not a stat builder. No one does it anymore. He was also a great athlete, 3rd string QB, and if you actually saw him play you might have a clue. Anyone who remembers the sky high leap and one handed snare of a 9 foot high bad snap in the SB knows what I’m talking about. Stick to what you know how to do, which is read a spreadsheet.

  14. And for MDS, Tim Bown was THE consumate pro, consistantly, and did not have very good QB’s to build the majority of your precious “numbers”. What matter is did he make clutch catches often, yes, was he at the top of his position over a long period of time, against HIS peers, yes.

    Are you a modern day stat tool? Yes.

    Tim Brown was the man, for a long time. He is a Hall of Famer.

  15. Sanders, Dent, Greene, Carter and Sharpe. Brown and Faulk will be next year. I don’t see the senior nominees getting in this year.

  16. And since when did the HOF seek to elect convicted felons and salary cap cheaters? Fast Eddie got what he deserved already which is being forced out of the league, by the league, for being a c-r-i-m-i-n-a-l

    Oh yeah and Gina Baross agrees with me. She is the waitress he felt up in his house while his wife was out of town. He paid her off.

  17. “When did even a great punter help win a championship?”

    Go ask Marino or one of the other people in the Hall who deserve to be there but never won a championship. And Ray Guy was a serious weapon on a championship team.

    One team goes home happy each year, there are great players on a lot of teams. In the ultimate team sport, you should look at individuals that exemplified excellence. The ESPN mentality has ruined sports analysis and created a lost generation when it comes to thinking clearly about these sorts of things.

  18. If Terrell Davis makes it in, then Bo Jackson should too.

    I agree that Swan shouldn’t be in, he was WAY too soft.

  19. JSpicoli says:
    Nov 28, 2010 1:38 PM
    @ pastabelly

    Moron, Ray Guy was a coffin corner master, which is a team play and not a stat builder. No one does it anymore. He was also a great athlete, 3rd string QB, and if you actually saw him play you might have a clue. Anyone who remembers the sky high leap and one handed snare of a 9 foot high bad snap in the SB knows what I’m talking about. Stick to what you know how to do, which is read a spreadsheet.

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    You are the moron. Ray Guy was never know as a “coffin corner” punter. Jeff Feagles was the master at that and the records confirm both of my points. Ray Guy is just overrated. I would hope that when a truly great player like Curtis Martin gets in that he won’t have to share any spotlight with Guy.

  20. Spicoli, I am ready for you when you start making up more stuff about your freaking punter. By the way, I won’t fight you or anybody else on Jeff Feagles or Adam Vinatieri as true special teamers who merit consideration.

  21. I grew up watching Ray Guy punt and besides great hang time he could also put the ball out of bounds inside the the 10. He was a master of the coffin corner.

  22. Deb says: Nov 28, 2010 3:33 PM

    Soft? joetoronto, you are so full of crap.
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    He was as soft as the game has ever seen, Deb.

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