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HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:13 pm
ParcellsPosted by Josh Katzowitz

It was a big day for 26 potential Pro Football Hall of Famers, as the Canton institution announced the semifinals list for those who could make up the induction class of 2012.

Bill Parcells and guard Will Shields are the two first-timers who made it this far in their initial year of eligibility. Also included are four players who have made it this far for the first time (Steve Atwater, Clay Matthews,* Karl Mecklenburg and longtime contributor Ron Wolf) out of an initial list of 105. This list will be whittled into 15 finalists.

*Not THAT Clay Matthews. THIS Clay Matthews, the other Clay Matthews’ father.

Without further ado, here’s the list of 26 semifinalists.

Steve Atwater, S -- 1989-1998 Denver Broncos, 1999 New York Jets

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

Tim Brown, WR/KR -- 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cris Carter, WR -- 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins

Don Coryell, Coach -- 1973-77 St. Louis Cardinals, 1978-1986 San Diego Chargers

Roger Craig, RB -- 1983-1990 San Francisco 49ers, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders, 1992-93 Minnesota Vikings

Terrell Davis, RB -- 1995-2001 Denver Broncos

Dermontti Dawson, C -- 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers

Edward DeBartolo, Jr., Owner -- 1979-2000 San Francisco 49ers

Chris Doleman, DE/LB – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Greene, LB/DE -- 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

Charles Haley, DE/LB -- 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

Cortez Kennedy, DT -- 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks

Curtis Martin, RB -- 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets

Clay Matthews, LB -- 1978-1993 Cleveland Browns, 1994-96 Atlanta Falcons

Karl Mecklenburg, LB -- 1983-1994 Denver Broncos

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

Andre Reed, WR -- 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

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

Donnie Shell, S -- 1974-1987 Pittsburgh Steelers

Will Shields, G -- 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs

Paul Tagliabue, Commissioner -- 1989-2006 National Football League

Steve Tasker, ST/WR -- 1985-86 Houston Oilers, 1986-1997 Buffalo Bills

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

Ron Wolf, Contributor -- 1963-1974, 1978-1990 Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, 1975-77 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1990 New York Jets, 1991 -2001 Green Bay Packers

George Young, Contributor -- 1968-1974 Baltimore Colts, 1975-78 Miami Dolphins, 1979-1997 New York Giants, 1998-2001 National Football League

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Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2011 3:16 pm

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

George Young, Paul Taglibue, Bill Parcells and Bettis I'm betting are virtaul locks. But then again how does anyone overlook Charles Haley, Willie Roaf, Curtis Martin and Chris Carter as well? Tim Brown? Man what a group of eligible candidates1

Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 1:06 pm

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Third and fourth on the career sack list.  Greene and Doleman respectively. 

I don't think commisioners should have to be elected as they are already in the hall being listed as commisioners.  It makes no logical sense.

Roaf dominated the line for years so yes.

Being a Patriots fan I say yes for Martin. 

Haley is the only man to have five rings as a player.  He was a starter and there are few who say he didn't earn those rings. 

No idea at all why Carter and Brown aren't already in.  Can we fix that please, k thx. 

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: November 24, 2011 12:51 pm


If inducted, THE BUS, would be THE ONLY Hall Of Fame running back to average UNDER 4 yards per carry over his career. Good running back on a team that always had a great running game before and after he was there. NO HALL OF FAMER...

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: November 24, 2011 9:39 am

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

There's only 3 RBs with more rushing yards than Curtis Martin.  Emmitt Smith, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders.  Good company I'd say.  Hopefully he accompanies them in Canton this year.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: November 24, 2011 8:29 am

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

I would like to see Chris Carter,Tim Brown,Andre Reed,Curtis Martin,Jerome Bettis,Roger Craig,and Bill Parcells be inducted to the NFLHOF. Each one of them have played a major role in the NFL during and after their NFL careers. Some of these individuals have been long over-due in being voted to the HOF,but that's just how the ball bounces when determining who will be voted into the HOF.

Since: Feb 18, 2007
Posted on: November 23, 2011 9:39 pm

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Coryell, Shields, Brown, Dawson and Matthews

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2011 8:35 pm

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Don Coryell should have been in the HOF long ago, most of his players are but he can't get in, now that's a joke! What is even more disturbing, alot of coaches who studied under Don "Air" Coryell are even in the HOF! All of his coaching accomplishments and innovations are still relevant in todays game but they are over shadowed by the fact his team never won the big game. Trent Dilfer won the big game, does that make him HOF worthy? Why is that the sole measuring stick anyway? It should have some weight but to be the deciding factor is utterly ridiculous.

Don Coryell was one of the innovators of the I formation Coryell brought the I formation to USC where he coached under John McKay. John McKay would hold coaching clinics, as do all major college teams. This is where John Maddon was first introduced to Coryell. Maddon was attending a coaches clinic about the I formation and after the clinic, everyone would flock to John McKay. Maddon says that if McKay learned it from this Coryell guy, why would I want to talk to McKay, so he went to talk to Coryell. Maddon would later serve as Coryell's Defensive assistant at San Diego State. (Maddon is in the HOF) It was at SDSU that Coryell would adopt a pass first offense as recruiting was nearly impossible in California for a DII school to compete with the likes of USC and UCLA. This is where he became know as "AIR" Coryell. He felt that there were only so many running backs and linemen in the state and  an abundance of Qb's and Wr's as mostly everyone was still running the ball. He felt that he could win with lesser talent(linemen and running backs) by being able to throw the ball all over the field. He elevated SDSU to a D-IA program.

In the mid 70's, Coryell would lead the St. Louis Cardinals to two consecutive division titles, they were the only division titles that Cardinals would win while in St. Louis. The Cardinals went 26 years without a single play-off birth, dating back to the days when they where the Chicago Cardinals. He left the Cardinals to coach SD Chargers where in his second season he led the Chargers to their first winning record since 69'. He then won three consecutive division titles from 79-81 and four consecutive play-off appearences which was the first since the mid 60's. He had the most explosive passing offenses ever as they led the league 6 consecutive years(78-83) and again in 85'.  As you know, Dan Fouts, Charlie Joyner and Kellen Winslow are all in the HOF. 

Coryell's coaching tree includes John Maddon(HOF), Joe Gibbs(HOF) Ernie Zampesse, Al Saunders, Jim Hanifan, Rod Dowhower. Norv Turner studies under Zampesse and Martz studied under both Turner and Zampesse. All are known for their vertical passing games. 

Coryell's passing attacks changed not only offense but the way defenses played the game. Before that time, there where no nickle and dime defenses. Teams had to ajust to stop his 3-4 wr sets and the aerial assult. Don "Air" Coryell is the father of the moddern passing game!

Sorry you aren't around to get what was due to you Mr. Coryell, some day these voters will wake up and realize what you did for this game that we all love. You are a pioneer and deserve your bust to be in Canton. RIP Don Coryell.   

Since: Nov 23, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:23 pm

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

Carter then Tim Brown... no way Reed goesn in before either one of those two guys.

Since: Nov 23, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:20 pm

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells

HOF is becoming a joke.... should be HOS hall of shame!!!!! Carter should already be in there along with Martin. Tasker? Davis? are you kidding me..... I thought Martin should have went in ahead of faulk

Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: November 23, 2011 4:08 pm

HOF names 26 semifinalists, including Parcells


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